#FemaleFounders - Danni McCabe

Danni McCabe - founder of Mama Tribe

Danni is an ex London girl now living back in the Cotswolds as a Mama of two boys, dedicated shopper, part time blogger and previously owner of a retail business that burned down! She knows all about the highs and lows of running your own business and has a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and management and has worked as a consultant for start-ups.

Her motivation behind MAMA TRIBE, was firstly to help others through the challenges of setting up and running their own business. To promote all of the independent brands and businesses set up by Mamas or for Mamas.

Then secondly as a girl that has moved from the City to the Countryside away from her friends and had two babies, she also understands how important it is to be part of a community and find like minded Women. So, Danni is collaborating with the groups, meetups, classes and workshops across the UK, to support what they are doing and to promote them. She aims to create a national MAMA TRIBE, whilst juggling family life and trying to retain a slither of her own unique pre-kid sparkle!

 

1. Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by strong, brave Women that are true and honest. I find I’m most inspired when I sit down and chat to the lady next to me in a café and find out her story. I’m inspired when I get to you people for who they really are by getting to know a bit more about them, instead of first impressions, or via social media accounts.

 

2. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Trying and trying again. Like many people I can have good and bad days.  Life can be tough and unpredictable but I’m a fighter and I would never give up.

 

3. What keeps you awake at night?

I’m a night owl, so I find it hard to switch off in the evening. My brain is normally working at full speed around 9pm and I always feel at my most productive and creative. If I have an idea, I have to keep going and write it all down, otherwise I’ll spend the whole night churning it over in my head so that I don’t forget anything!

4. What’s your signature meal and who would you cook it for?

I’m a rubbish cook and I don’t particularly enjoy it! I’m not a big foody and I’ve never been inspired to try and learn how to cook, but I adore Thai food and I would love to have someone make fresh Thai food for me at home, that would be heaven!

 

5. How do you manage your time?

We have two boys aged 7 and 2, so during term time the eldest is in school and the youngest is in nursery three days a week. So I have three full days dedicated to working and the rest of the time I have to fit it all in around entertaining my toddler with a few episodes of Paw Patrol, or I try and work once they are in bed. I have to be flexible and stop and start constantly. It’s part of the juggle when you have your own business and young children. But, it’s also my preference and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

6. Best bits (s) of advice ever received?

Don’t be a busy fool! It can be surprisingly easy to be a busy fool when you are totally passionate about something.

7. What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

Waffle maker.  Definitely the worst! It didn’t work and was very messy!
My best purchase was the first flat I bought when I was 22, it was a rental investment and I chose to work hard, save up my sales bonuses and get the money together for a deposit. I was super motivated to earn money and have something to show for it.

 

8. What is the closest thing to magic?

Donuts! They are truly scrumptious!

 

9. Do you have a mentor? What value do you think a mentor brings to a business?

Yes, Cori Javid. I’ve only been working with her for a month, but she keeps me focused and following a plan. It's great to have someone I know is 100% there for me, to check over what I’m doing and to give me the support I need. Being a business owner, working from home on my own and under rather chaotic circumstances with a young family, having a mentor is a constant form of support and encouragement. She helps me to stay organised and when I’m doubting myself she can help me to remember what I’m doing, how I need to do it and why I’m doing it. She is also able to offer advice, bounce around ideas and make suggestions based on her experience and knowledge. It’s a brilliant investment.

10. What unusual food combinations do you enjoy?

Hmmm, that’s taken me by surprise - beyond the usual ‘pregnancy cravings’ I had with my boys I don’t think that there’s anything particularly bizarre that I enjoy.

 

11. How can female entrepreneurs further support each other?

I feel like collaboration is the key to success. The saying ‘empowered Women, empower Women’, to me sums it up. Be brave, be honest and be true. Know your weaknesses and other people's strengths, don’t be threatened by them, instead find a way to work with them.

 

12. What’s something that will always be in fashion, no matter how much time passes?

I think that being true to yourself will always be the best statement to make.  I live by the rule that I always wear what I love.

 

13. What was the last thing you did that made you really proud?

I went through IVF to have my second child. It’s something I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do. I’ve been terrified of hospitals and needles since I was little and the thought of going through all of the IVF procedures terrified me. However I knew what I wanted and this was the only way to get it. So I found the strength to face my fears, albeit with a lot of tears along the way.

 

14. If you were to give advice to a fellow female entrepreneur what would it be?

Before you start out with a new business, figure out how much you can afford to invest financially, how much time you can afford to invest physically, work out how you are going to make it pay you and finally if it doesn’t work, how you are going to get out of it. Always have a get out plan, because not all great ideas work!

 

15. What does success look like to you?

Success to me is someone that has grafted hard to create their business, they have the stories and experience to back it up, because there is no success without an interesting story!

 

Contact

Website - https://www.mamatribe.uk/

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#FemaleFounders - Lola Head

Lola Head - founder, One Girl Band

Having run an online design business, LH Design, Lola saw increasing call for a supportive co-working space for solo entrepreneurs like herself, to feel a part of something bigger and to have a safe space to work. She founded ‘One Girl Band’ to provide this support as well as business advice and, on the 8th March 2017, she opened her first co-working space in Brighton, a creative and entrepreneurial hub of the South.
 

1. Who inspires you?

Any person who is going against the grain and doing their own thing; trying to make tiny changes to the world through their skills, talent and drive.

 

2. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My dog whining at me to get up, mostly! And the fact it’s a new day which means another chance to do some good.

 

3. What keeps you awake at night?

They don't keep me up as much as they used to but the usual fears that creative entrepreneurs face can sometimes cause sleepless nights; not feeling good enough; money; overwhelm. It's vital to remember that the bad parts don't last forever.

4. What’s your signature meal and who would you cook it for?

I make a mean mac and cheese - I’d cook it for all my friends, round my flat, surrounded by candles, good music and chat. That’s my happy place.

 

5. How do you manage your time?

I try and work in batch days as much as possible. Batch days are when you focus on one set of tasks, rather than flit between different ones all day. For instance, Monday’s are my admin days when I do the accounts, emails, planning and scheduling. Tuesday’s are my content creation days when I write the Weekly Letter, plan the podcast and any blog posts. Wednesdays and Thursdays are for clients (I’ll be out and about most of the day) and Fridays are for managing the Space (cleaning, checking there’s enough tea and that everything is okay etc). I always carve out time in my week to just be, too. Friday afternoons are usually when I have my personal development time — I’ll read, listen to podcasts, do some exercise. Anything that gets me away from the laptop for a certain period of time.

 

6. Best bits (s) of advice ever received?

No one is you and that is your power.

7. What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

The best purchase would probably be my laptop (boring answer, I know!)

 

8. What is the closest thing to magic?

All women coming together and supporting one another. There’s no feeling like it when you leave a room that was filled with amazing women doing their own thing; empowering, support and connecting with each other.

 

9. Do you have a mentor? What value do you think a mentor brings to a business?

I have a coach who saves me and my self belief on a weekly basis! Mentors/coaches/consultants bring a huge amount of value to any business. They allow you to see what you truly want to achieve, and they give you the tools and resources to make it happen. They also show you that it can be done through their own experiences and abilities. Sometimes, we just need someone to say ‘yes I know how you feel- this is what we’ll do’ and things can seem so much more manageable.

10. What unusual food combinations do you enjoy?

When I was younger, I used to love eating a McDonald’s strawberry sundae with chips as the spoon (sounds rank but it’s beautiful!).

 

11. How can female entrepreneurs further support each other?

There are lots of way to show your support for a fellow female entrepreneur but I think one of the most impactful ways is putting community over competition at the forefront; it’s about putting relationships before opportunity. By supporting over business owners rather than viewing them as competition, you’re making such a difference. You can start by sharing each other’s work on social media. Just a tweet about how you admire so and so can do wonders for their brand and for yours.

 

12. What’s something that will always be in fashion, no matter how much time passes?

Style wise - a Breton top, jeans, boots and a trench coat. Humanity wise- being compassionate and inclusive in everything you do.

 

13. What was the last thing you did that made you really proud?

Said no to an opportunity that would have paid well and pushed the brand out there, but was going against my values and vision. I was proud that I had trusted my gut and said no when it didn't feel right.

14. If you were to give advice to a fellow female entrepreneur what would it be?

You’re going to come across a lot of barriers. Some things won’t go the way you were hoping and you’ll feel like you’re not cut out for all of it. But, I promise that if you keep showing up, do the best that you can and prioritise yourself, it will all work out. Patience and persistence is key. It’s so worth it!

 

15. What does success look like to you?

Everyone has a different version of success. Your version of success is how you envision your life to be once you’ve reached the point where you can say ‘I feel successful’; what you’ll be doing; how you’ll be living. Some might want to be in their own home, doing the family life and the school drop offs, football tournaments and swimming lessons. Some might want to travel the world, be featured in every magazine, always on the telly. Some might just want to have enough money to pay the bills every month. Every single version is completely individual. There’s no wrong or right vision. We can’t compare our version of success to others because they’re going to look completely different. For me, my version of success consists of making a mark on the female entrepreneurship scene by offering spaces to female entrepreneurs and creatives that will give them a chance to create amazing businesses, grow their confidence and be surrounded by like-minded people who understand. Most importantly, it consists of me being surrounded by loved ones, being financially comfortable and being content.
 

CONTACT

Website - https://www.onegirlband.co.uk/

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