Tell us a bit about you?
My name is Cathryn and I’m a mum of a nearly 4 year old daughter Zoe, and we live in the beautiful Camden region in NSW. I’m a multi-passion kind of person, and totally get into so many things at a time, I’m so glad my hubby is a supporter of everything I choose to do!
Tell me a bit about what you were doing before you got in contact with Business Jump?
Have always been working in the corporate world, and got to a point where I felt overworked & overwhelmed, and my body was giving me all the signs of this, I was constantly sick and then I had a week of full on migraines, I felt stressed and so emotional. It wasn’t too long after this I found Remarkable Business Mums on Facebook, and I felt like it was my light. It still took me a few months to commit but I have never looked back!
Tell us about your business?
Local Market Finder is an online directory and blog to learn more about and find amazing markets in Australia. These can be your local farmers and produce market, beautiful handmade products from local artisans and designers, or foodie markets.
Hubby and I have always been fans of markets, and every place we visited locally and overseas we always looked for a local market. When I found this idea with Business Jump, it was my calling and I knew I had to jump!
Why did you want to start your own business, what is your why?
My initial why was about me, and having that potential freedom to be a work at home mum, and being able to do this anywhere. But as I’ve taken this journey, I have so much respect for the hard work that market organisers and small business stallholders put in, my why is not just about me, but also about promoting and providing exposure for small business so they can succeed.
How long had you wanted to start a business before you actually took action and took the jump?
I’ve always wanted to start a business for as long as I can remember, but I guess that period of being overworked and stressed was the catalyst to do something.
If you hadn’t of started your own business what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Still dwelling on the idea of having a business!
What have you done differently because of Business Jump that you wouldn’t have done if DIY’ing?
I will be honest and say everything! I probably would have figured it all out without Business Jump, but at a very slow pace.
How did it feel when you got the reins to your business to take out into the world?
Total excitement and fear!!!
How many hours a week do you work on your business?
I haven’t counted, probably a lot! In between working my day job, I do a lot on my phone on my way home, then get on the laptop after daughter is in bed.
What are 3 of your most special ‘business wins’ you’ve had to date?
- My first ever client who signed up on my website without me having to reach out! That was such an exciting moment.
- Hitting the thousands likes on my Facebook page.
- Writing my first ever blog – this was exciting for me!
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Somewhere in the world, or on our acreage running this business with passive income!
I totally want to be a digital nomad!
What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking about starting their business?
Close your eyes and imagine the life you would be living if you took this step. Take a deep breath, and do it!
There will always be fears and doubts even in business, but definitely surround yourself with people who get it, or 100% support your dreams.
Where can we find you?