“I started a nativity scene in my living room – now my business generates over £70,000 a year”

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Samantha Beech, a mum-of-one, had previously worked in nurseries and as a teaching assistant before deciding to go it alone and set up a nursery in her living room.

Samantha and Billy Beech with their daughter Penny

Mom-of-one Samantha Beech was unsure what to do with her career after giving birth to daughter Penny.

The 30-year-old worked in nurseries and as a teaching assistant before having her own baby, at which point childcare costs and long hours started to bite.

But Samantha never thought she could work for herself, while spending more time with her family – it was actually her husband Billy, 31, who had the light bulb moment.

After retraining as a childminder with an agency, Sam decides to set up the Mini Moons crèche from their living room.

As well as spending all her time with her 2-year-old daughter Penny, she now earns more money than when she worked for someone else.

The business had a turnover of £70,000 in its last financial year, with Samantha earning a salary of around £28,000 when costs and assistant salaries were factored in.

In her previous roles, Samantha earned £19,000 a year when she was in charge of the nursery and £21,000 as a teaching assistant.

“I hadn’t even thought about the money or how much we could earn, I just knew I qualified,” Samantha said.

“It was actually Billy’s idea – he basically found my dream job.

“We have a front room that has never really felt good and one evening over dinner Billy suggested that I become a childminder.

“It was August 2020. It felt like a spark had been lit and I started imagining what it would be like.

“It made me excited to be able to do something I’m passionate about and be able to spend most of my time with my daughter.

“I hadn’t researched how much childminders charged or how much I could earn.”

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In addition to doing something she loves, Samantha will also soon be working with her husband Billy, who is also transitioning into a childminder at an agency called Tiney.

The couple now plan to expand the business together.

“Billy worked for a football club before that, he worked crazy hours and he missed Penny a lot growing up,” Samantha said.

“At first he was coming home and he was sad to miss key moments. But now he’s seeing it firsthand – it’s not a video on my phone.”

If you’re considering starting your own business, it’s important to do your research first. You need to make sure there is an appetite for the item you are selling or the service you are offering.

You also need to consider that growing a business can take time, which means you may not see the financial reward at first.

There are also financial aspects to watch out for, such as doing your own taxes, business expenses, and paying any staff you might hire.

But if you feel like working for yourself, Samantha urged others to take the plunge.

She said, “If you’re looking to start a business, do your research and take the plunge.”

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Dora W. Clawson