This week we get to meet one of our newest members, The Nappy Lady!
Business name: The Nappy Lady
Your name: Justyne
Tell us about your background. What did you do in your past life, before children? Before cloth nappies! What I did before nappies and children, mmmm from the age of 18 I have managed retail stores. I started managing Injeanious Jeanshop, then 9 years running Casual Guy menswear, then moving to manage Rays Tent City first superstore in Nunawading for a few years, then I left to have kids. I grew up in Geelong before moving to Melbourne.
Tell us about your journey into the cloth nappy industry. Well I fell into this industry by default really. Once I had my boys ( now 18 & 16) I ran a kids clothing business online for 4 years from home. When my youngest started prep, I thought “I have to get out of the house and do something different.” Anyway I used to buy nappies / pull ups & cleaning products in bulk and the guy who owned it was always SO rude to me and all his customers. Customer service being what I do, it made me so frustrated that I rang my husband after ringing and doing my monthly order with him and him being really short and rude as usual, I said to my husband I’m going to open a nappy shop! And it was that simple, although I started with ‘mainstream’ nappies and Ilistened to what my customers wanted and turned completely eco.
How has the cloth nappy industry changed since you started your business? Oh it has evolved greatly since I started. I have always had cloth nappies right from the start BUT not many people knew about them. For me and what I do, I think people are much more educated on being Eco. This has been very evident to me especially in the last few years.
What is the hardest thing about running your own business? No time for the simple things, appointments, groceries, housework…lol.
What’s one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your business? To shut one daya week! Really there are 1000 things, I opened this on a whim really.
Who helps you run your business? ME. My hubby helps when I need things fixed or my store room overflows and I need his shed! (he really is super supportive of everything I do and any hairbrained idea I have.)
What do you do to relax? Relax???? I relax at work, I love coming to work. Outside of work pretty much just centers around our house and kids and extended family. At the moment it’s footy season, that consumes 6 days a week.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “If it’s meant to be, It’s up to me.” This advice was given to me by a multi millionaire so I listened!
What’s something you’d like your kids to remember about you? That I am always respectful of other people…
Tell us your favourite quote or saying. Back to the advice I was given. “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”
Is there anything else you think our readers would love to know about you or your business? That I’m always here to help with advice etc.