I set up my first business in 2009 at 27, after having my son and finding myself a single parent living on benefits in a suburb of Birmingham (NOT the infamous James Turner Street, in case you were wondering…). This was a less than ideal situation.
I’d always worked, my parents had always worked, heck, everyone in my family WORKED HARD, and, after a brief relationship with an unreliable man, I found myself in an alien situation where I was relying on the state to fund my rent, pay my bills and basically keep me and my son alive. ‘He’ disappeared when I was three months pregnant and (as yet) has never got back in touch. Pretty horrible. Although, I always say this when people are negative about the situation: I’m massively grateful to him. I hear so much from other mums (and occasionally dads…) whose ex partners are in and out of their childrens’ lives, making a difficult situation even harder by being there one minute and not being there the next. I *know* that some fathers are amazing, even after a relationship breaks down, but he would definitely not have been. So I’m thankful that’s he’s stayed away (plus we have found a Daddy now who, as my son adorably put it once, is ‘the best Daddy for the job’). Anyway, I digress.