This week, we meet former ANA member and owner of Fluffy Tails, Amie Codlin. Amie was an ANA member from 2015-2016. We thank Amie for her contribution during her years of membership. 🙂
Tell us about your background. What did you do in your past life, before children? Before cloth nappies!
Before having kids (and after many years spent studying) I worked as an accountant. Whilst I am not currently working in this field full time, I certainly still use many of these same skills in my business and also in helping my husband run his business. It is definitely something that I have been able to use and adapt to the many phases of my life.
Tell us about your journey into the cloth nappy industry.
With my first child I used traditional terry flat nappies. It was never a decision I consciously made, I just always knew that I would use cloth nappies on my kids. By the time I discovered the choices available with modern cloth, he was almost out of nappies. I used modern cloth with my second child and soon started Fluffy Tails in order to share my love of cloth with others.
How has the cloth nappy industry changed since you started your business?
Many cloth nappy retailers have come (and gone) over the years that I have been running Fluffy Tails. I have also seen the creation of a lot of Facebook pages and groups dedicated to not only buying and selling second hand nappies but also discussing types and brands and how to use them.
The biggest and most exciting change in the industry would have to be the creation of the Australian Nappy Association. This is a fantastic platform in which professional and non-biased information regarding cloth nappies can be provided to parents who are using or are thinking of using cloth nappies.
What is the hardest thing about running your own business?
The hardest part of running your own business would have to be the fact that you are always in “work mode” even if you have tried to switch off. You will always think of something that needs to be done or an idea for the website or a blog post etc. There are emails and Facebook posts coming in 24/7.
Technology can be a double-edged sword by allowing you to jot down notes or quickly write an email wherever you may be, but it also makes it hard to get away from work. The infamous work-life balance is something we all strive to achieve.
What’s one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your business?
I wish I had known just how much time all of the little things would take. There is a constant list of things to do such as list new stock, review website content, reply to emails, order new stock, review advertising. Not to mention the difficult decision of which gorgeous products to stock!
Who helps you run your business?
Fluffy Tails is mostly run by myself but I do have a great helping hand from my husband who is an IT guru and is instrumental in keeping the Fluffy Tails website online and constantly tweaking the website so that it can do all that I want it to. I also have a cute little 18 month old helper who is always on hand to reorganise stock and help pack orders!
What do you do to relax?
I love getting out and about with my family to the beach or park. We are spoilt for choice for outdoor activities living on the Gold Coast.
The ultimate “me time” though would have to be going for a massage. I would do this every week if I could!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always follow your passion. If you don’t have a passion for something, you won’t give it your all and you won’t enjoy it.
What’s something you’d like your kids to remember about you?
I’d love my kids to remember the fun and laughter we have together and that I always supported them in whatever they wanted to do. Having someone in your corner is half the battle when it comes to achieving your dreams!
Tell us your favourite quote or saying.
“How wonderful is it that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world!” Anne Frank