rock the bump logo

I’m Zoe, belly cast artist and founder of Rock the Bump pregnant belly casting. I am based in Bournemouth but travel and work with women from across the UK to celebrate their beautiful bumps and create timeless, unique pregnancy keepsake casts. I have recently worked with Love Island winner Cara De La Hoyde and my work has been featured by OK Magazine online.

It’s just over 3 years since I started Rock the Bump pregnant belly casting. My children were 4 and 2 when I launched the business and I was working part-time from home for NCT so already had my hands full. Since launching Rock the Bump I have gone on to have another baby (hazard of the job…), launched my own maternity/nursing bra fitting business (Bournemouth BraLady) and put on two local baby shows.

When I got the routine call from my boss checking in to discuss my return to work plans following my last stint of maternity leave, without thinking, amidst the chaos of my life with three happy little hooligans, I made a BIG decision and responded by telling her that I would not be coming back to work. Yep, I quit my job with NCT to follow my dreams, look after my family and build my business.

With Alabama in school full-time, Buddy in preschool and Phoebe growing up in a blink and you miss it kind of way, my time is way too precious to spend working at home for anyone other than myself! It’s a risk but not one I can see myself regretting as I am choosing to do something I am passionate about, something creative and something special for all the lovely women who choose me to cast their precious baby bump.

Self employment is a funny old thing, especially when your business is an artistic one. Being a self-employed artist and a work at home mum is especially funny, firstly because everyone assumes that you don’t have a job, secondly because you literally have to fit your work in to any little slither of time you might be able to find if you want to make a go of it.

There’s so much work I need to do to build and grow my business. I’ve set myself some goals for 2018 to help keep my focus but am also exploring other avenues and opportunities that will help to raise my business profile (networking is not my thing…) and promote Rock the Bump to a wider audience. Most importantly I am desperate to get back in to my own studio in 2018. To say I need more space to work is an understatement but it’s not just about the practicalities, it’s about my confidence and identity as a self-employed artist. Rock the Bump needs a home of its own and I need a place to go when I need to work where I can be creative, away from the chaos of home. Don’t get me wrong – one of the things I love most about Rock the Bump is that my little people enjoy it and seem to quite like “mummy’s bumps” all over the house. To them it’s not really a job, they just see mummy getting messy, painting, creating… but I need to remember that Rock the Bump IS my job, my business, my livelihood.

Rock the bump casting image

I need to stay focused and keep my business on track.  At times I get nervous and start looking at ways to expand Rock the Bump so I can make more money quickly but it’s not what I really want to do. I really believe in Rock the Bump and genuinely think it has legs. I just need to stay true to myself and continue to create beautiful pregnant belly bump casts and belly bowls that I am proud of. I also need to recognise the value of my own work and find it in me to better sell myself in 2018.

Rock the Bump pregnant belly casting… I’m off to go make it happen! Who’s with me? Interested in joining the Rock the Bump pregnant belly casting team as a self-employed belly cast artist creating pregnant belly bump and belly bowl casts for women in your local area?  Get in touch to find out how you can become part of a small, creative and supportive team with big ideas to make a Rock the Bump belly cast a ‘must have’ item for all mums to be!

 

Social links
You can visit my website www.rockthebumpbellycasting.co.uk You’ll also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. You don’t have to be pregnant to support Rock the Bump. A simple like, comment, share or follow on Social Media helps get my business name out there.

 

You could feature on our guest blog on LWB by emailing your story, 3 high quality images and your social media and website links to info@localwomeninbusiness.co.uk.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.