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How It All Began ...

Cotton Bottom - Monday, August 12, 2013

This part of the story has only begun very recently, a Mum of FOUR kids, the eldest being only five years old taking on an online store in an effort to contribute to the family income (we hope) but also to do something for me, something I haven't done for a very long time.  Crazy, perhaps yes, but this year has dealt us a few unexpected twists which have sent emotions in all directions imaginable. 

At the beginning of the year my husband was offered a job in a location that we had wanted to try for a very long time, probably since our first child, Master E was born a little over 5 years ago.  It was an opportunity close to my family and in a location that could potentially have offered us a lifestyle that we couldn't knock back.  So we packed up our little family (at that stage the kids were almost, 5, 3 and 1 year old twins) and headed off on the new adventure.  The rental property took longer than expected to be ready and in the end we only served out two months of a 12 month lease before we were told that the job was being made redundant and that my husband would no longer have a position with the company.  What to do? Cry, yes lots of tears over the days that followed.  Living in a beautiful location, close to family but four kids and no work.  It was not going to work for us as much as we wanted it to.  So only four months after moving out of the big smoke we packed our four little cherubs up and moved them back, only this time to another rental as our home has tenants until next year.  Three house this year and another move looming when the new year comes, that's madness enough in itself.

Thankfully my husband was able to find a new job pretty quickly, began as a temp position and today he has become a permanent staff member of an iconic brand, certainly takes a bit of pressure off.  But new job close to home has meant a significant pay cut, no daycare spots for the two littlest has meant I can't go back to work (and daycare for four is ridiculously expensive anyway so I probably would have been working for $15 a day if that) and hence I have been trying to think of a way to try and make it all work.

And then I got an email about this opportunity, read it, pondered it for 30 seconds and deleted the email.  But it kept niggling at me so I fished the email out of the trash can and started emailing questions to the owners.  When I told my husband, he was interested but it being a company that sells cloth nappies, nappy accessories, gifts and skincare for babies and children and now some other exciting products, he was obviously not as excited as if say I was considering buying a mountain biking venture.  In saying that he is supportive and once we went over details and numbers and what it would take to happen he said I could make an offer!  I did and we waited and were told after a day or so that we were not successful :( Another party had made a higher offer that they were going to pursue.  But as you know we did get the business, that other offer fell through and we took that as a sign and grabbed the opportunity.

So now, in amongst naps, CLOTH nappy changes and cleaning up the never ending spread of food on the floor, I get on the computer, talk with suppliers, pack orders and regularly visit the post office with my double pram LOADED with packages (perhaps not always loaded, but I am thinking super positive) and two bike riding children following along. 

Am I tired? Yes! But that is no different to before I started this.  I have found a new lease on life and have become a person again as I can take my mum hat off for a few hours each night and dig my teeth into something for me.  This business will become what I make of it and hopefully I will be rewarded by what I put into it in so many ways!

So that is how Cotton Bottom began for us, I love having my babies in cloth nappies and testing out all the brands that we stock, most of which I had not used when I had Miss M in cloth nappies back when she needed them.  There are so many accessories and brands to choose from and I am striving to source quality products in cloth nappies but also the other products we stock.  I am so excited to have added Sinchies Reusable Food Pouches to our range and will write more about them, their benefits and what drove me to use them in the first place next time.

Master I and Miss A have just woken up and are squawking at me from their room so until next time ...    

Anonymous commented on 12-Aug-2013 03:26 PM
So excited for you Mrs CB & good on you for doing something for you!! No doubt with your amazing enthusiasm & persistency (& a little hard work) your venture will be a huge success!!! Yay to all those inspiring women with businesses working from home who make it ALL happen!
Kristy commented on 14-Aug-2013 10:48 AM
Good luck!! Hope it all works out for you :)
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Susan commented on 17-Nov-2013 07:55 PM
You're inspirational Christine. Best of luck with the business.

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