Lucie Trinco is mum to two girls aged two and eight weeks, and is also the owner of Il Tutto, a luxury nappy bag company.
Tell us about your business ...
Il Tutto is a collection of luxury leather baby bags designed for mums who want a stylish alternative to carry all their baby paraphernalia in a nappy bag disguised as a handbag.
Why did you start your business?
At the time I was working at Oroton as their head designer, and travelling around the globe every six weeks. I wanted to start a family but the work I was doing wasn't conducive to doing so. I started researching opportunities and at the time no one was offering a baby bag that I would want to be seen carrying that actually worked in its function as a baby bag. So I married the two – style and function – and Il Tutto was born.
Has starting your own business lived up to expectations?
Most definitely. I absolutely love what I do and it also allows me the flexibility to spend time with my young family. I have the best of both worlds.
What have you enjoyed most about running your own business?
I love creating bags that mums love. The feedback I get from my customers is amazing and never fails to bring a smile to my face. That, in combination with the flexibility and being in charge of my own destiny, can't be beaten.
What's the biggest business challenge?
Ask any small business and I am sure the answer is the same – cash flow. We're growing very rapidly and have received some large orders from overseas, and managing the cash flow to buy the stock is my biggest challenge. I guess it’s a good problem to have so I am not complaining.
It's not always an easy journey, but it can be fun and fulfilling
How old are your children?
I have two gorgeous little girls – Francesca “Frankie” is two, and the divine little Clementine is eight weeks old.
How do you juggle the running of your business with family?
I'm lucky that I have a fantastic team, both at the office and at home. The girls in the office keep Il Tutto running smoothly when I'm unable to be there, and at home I have a combination of a nanny two days a week and childcare for two days. I try and keep my Wednesdays free from work and have a dedicated mummy day. This all allows me to have a balance between the two.
What's the hardest thing about being a working mother?
Having little time to yourself. Every spare minute I'm not at work I want to spend with my girls, so it leaves very little me time. I'm hoping that as Clementine gets older it will be easier.
Have you ever thought about giving it up?
How could I – I'm living the dream! Ha ha!
Do you have a favourite networking opportunity or event?
I'm a member of The Little Black Dress network of business women, which I love. It’s networking and connecting in small groups over dinner. Through that I've met some truly inspiring like-minded business women. It’s a fantastic forum to brainstorm business difficulties with people who may have experienced it before you and can offer practical advise. I'm also a member of Business Chicks and love attending their breakfasts and seminars.
Do you have any advice for someone starting their own business?
Be clear on your goals and what you want to achieve. Find a niche that no one is filling and stay true to that. It's not always an easy journey, but it can be fun and fulfilling.
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