Lindy Klim, wife of Olympic Swimmer Michael Kim and a real-life Balinese princess, has another string in her bow - businesswoman. When Lindy had difficulty finding the right skincare products for her baby's delicate skin, she came up with a solution - she would make her own range, Milk Baby.
Tell us about your business
Milk Baby is an all organic Skin Care range designed and created by myself and made in Tasmania. Milk Baby consists of three room sprays, Snotty Grotty, Stinky Winky and Nighty Night, a massage oil (Sleepy Bubs), bath time wash and miracle cream specifically designed for eczema (Spotty Tots).
Why did you start your business?
I started my business when I was pregnant with my first child Stella and my husband was creating his skin care range for men, Milk. I realised that there where no good, well priced, products on the market that I felt safe to use on my precious babes skin and thus created Milk Baby.
Has starting your own business lived up to expectations?
To be honest it’s a lot harder than I expected, there are so many different aspects you have to think of.
What have you enjoyed most about running your own business?
Definitely customer satisfaction, there is no better feeling than when someone loves the products you have created.
I started my business when I was pregnant with my first child Stella and my husband was creating his skin care range for men, Milk.
What is the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge would have to be designing an affordable organic range. I didn’t want to make any of my products over $35 however, unfortunately there are so many different factors you must account for and it seems like an ever lasting battle to keep the retail price down! This is always something I will fight for though.
Do you have any children – what are their names/ages?
I certainly do, Stella who is four and Rocco, two.
How do you manage to juggle the running of your business with family?
Well at the moment both my husband and I work from home which is fantastic, Stella has just started school and Rocco does two days a week at crèche. I also have my sister who assists with the business and whilst sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day I wouldn’t change it for the world!
What is the hardest thing about being a working mother?
Probably making the time that I spend with my children quality. Sometimes I feel like I am filling in time until they go to bed as I have a million and one other things to finish off. However, of late, I have realised I need to stop and really enjoy the time I spend with my children, everything else can wait.
What do you think about ‘me’ time? And do you manage to fit some in?
Hmmm ‘me’ time is definitely something that has gotten smaller and smaller over the last few years although I do believe that it is really important, even if it is popping our once a week for an hour to get your nails done. This of course applies to couple time too. If you can, try and have a ‘date night’ at least once a week, it really does help.
Have you ever thought about giving it up?
Um yes, several times, but then something happens and I realise how lucky I am to have such an amazing family and business. I guess at times like this I just try and remember the good things or count the days until my next holiday.
Do you have a favourite networking opportunity or event?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite I seem to get lots of tips from friends and books rather than networking.
Do you have any advice for someone starting their own business?
Don’t give up! It can be very hard and sometimes feel like a never ending battle but if you wanted it enough to start with you can do it.
For more info on Lindy Klim & her products head to Milk Baby.
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