Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Mel is an incredible woman who have cultivated a life for herself and her kids. Raising four children as an independent mother she taught herself photography, blogs and is a very passionate about food. Read how she has become a freelance and what advice she would give you if you were thinking of doing the same.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Mel! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the one with food in one hand and my camera in the other. Oh, and I’m French, but don’t ever tell me I sound foreign! I started writing my blog when my 3rd baby was diagnosed with a gazillion food allergies, and I quickly found a brilliant community online. Food and photography are my two passions. I love helping people learn how to take better photos using whatever camera they own, whether it be a fancy DSLR or an old phone. Check out my Instagram feed for phone photography tips. ‘Le Coin de Mel’ is all about food, photography, family life, allergies, crafts, days out and pretty much everything I get up to with my 4 children.
What inspired/motivated you to create your business?
My kids! I left my teaching career of 15 years to focus on my children and reinvent my working life to be completely flexible and fit around my 4 little ones.
What have you learnt on your journey as a business owner?
You can have a job you actually want to get up for and have fun every single day. You’re only ever going to get as much as you’re prepared to put into your business. There’s no such thing as a day off.
What has been the toughest challenge being your own boss?
The insular nature of freelancing can leave you feeling isolated. Make sure you network so you can build a community around you and never feel alone.
What advice would you give women wanting to start their own business?
Go for it! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Starting your own business takes a lot of work, sweat, tears and planning, but being in charge of everything you do is an amazing feeling. It’s all about baby steps and mindset. If you don’t start, you will never know what great things you could achieve. Start today and you won’t regret it! Believe in yourself, and if need be, fake it until you make it!
Seven random facts about yourself
I unexpectedly gave birth to my 4th baby on my bathroom floor.
My favourite meal is fillet steak with green beans in garlic butter.
You’ll never see me bowling.
I was an orienteering champion at high school.
I can’t find my way around my own town and always use a SatNav.
I love the smell of rapeseed fields.
I am always late and can’t stand people being early.
I was once stuck in a snow storm on the longest ski piste in Europe whilst pregnant with my second baby.
Connect with Mel via her website and Instagram.