“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said
These words have haunted me for months. Any woman thinking of starting a business with a small family and not much money to outlay would agree. Should I or shouldn’t I? Is it too hard? Will it work? Will I have enough time? Will the kids suffer? Will our family suffer? Can I afford it? What if I fail?
I’ve thought long and hard about all of the above. Those questions and
I’ve debriefed with my husband, my friends, my family about the pros and cons of my idea too many times, and I’ve had honest and valuable feedback from a myriad of people. Yet no-one can guarantee that your idea, your pitch, your business will be a success. You just have to do the best you can, put one foot in front of the other and, as my husband says, ‘play the cards in front of you’.
My idea of connecting women through common interests was born from my own isolation from close family and friends when I relocated shortly after the birth of my first child.
I attended mothers’ groups, but just because we had children of similar ages, it didn’t mean we connected. I found it demoralising and draining to come home after these
I was lonely. I missed my close friends who were a two-hour car ride away and I missed being connected. I missed ‘the chat’.
After 12 months of planning, my idea has finally come to life. dear molly has arrived, and, like
It’s a platform for women to have a voice, to speak their mind through our forum discussions or through their own contributions to the website, which we encourage.
It’s a website which has (apart from our IT guru Tim), been orchestrated by women. I’m proud of the fact that this website has been discussed, designed and juggled between school and kindy hours, sports carnivals, sick kids, pupil free days, moving days, swimming lessons and so forth.
It hasn’t been easy, in fact, the hardest part is yet to come, but I am proud of what we have accomplished. I’m proud of dear
Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly.
As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law