With her background as a professional dancer, Marvellous Mum Lizzie Rawlinson has used her talent and skills to start up and three different businesses as well as juggling family life.
Which part of the Chilterns do you live? CSG
Family members: DAVID MY HUSBAND, ALEXA 6 AND JACK 3.
Company: CHILTERN CHEERLEADERS, PERSONAL TRAINER & PILATES TEACHER
Sum up your business in a sentence: WELL THERE ARE A FEW, SO FIRSTLY, I TEACH CHEERLEADING TO CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 4-12, DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND I KNOW OFFER ADULT CHEER FIT CLASSES ON A MONDAY EVENING. DURING THE DAY I ALSO OFFER PERSONAL TRAINING ON A 1-2-1 BASIS OR A SMALL GROUP AT MY HOME GYM. I’VE RECENTLY QUALIFIED AS A PILATES TEACHER AND NOW OFFER CLASSES IN SMALL GROUPS.
What did you do before starting up your business? I USED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL DANCER FOR 11 YEARS. I STUDIED AT ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY OF THREATRE ARTS AND WENT ONTO DANCE FOR TAKE THAT, BOYZONE, STEPS AND ROXT MUSIC. I WAS A MEMBER OF G-FORCE, THE CHEERLEADERS FOR THE SHOW, THE GLADIATORS.
When did you start your business and why? I BECAME A PERSONAL TRAINER 12 YEARS AGO AS WHEN I FINISHED DANCING I WANTED A JOB THAT KEPT ME FIT! CHILTERN CHEERLEADERS HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR 2 YEARS NOW.
The best part of your day / running your own business? THE SOCIAL SIDE, I LOVE CATCHING UP WITH CLIENTS AND HELPING THEM WITH THEIR FITNESS GOALS. ALSO, HAVING THE FLEXIBILTY TO BE AROUND WHEN THE KIDS FINISH SCHOOL.
And the worst? PAPERWORK!
How do you juggle running a business and family life? IT IS DIFFICULT , AS THERE IS ALWAYS MORE YOU CAN DO, BUT MY HUSBAND IS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND I DO END UP WORKING LONG HOURS.
What challenges have you faced? THESE SORT OF BUSINESSES HEAVYILY RELY ON WORD OF MOUTH RECOMMENDATIONS AND THEREFORE THE INITIAL FIRST TERM WAS VERY CHALLENGING RAISING AWARENESS TO A NEW BUSINESS, WITH THE CHEERLEADING.
Your biggest success? SEEING ALL THE KIDS PERFORM AT THE CSG VILLAGE FAIR. IT WAS VERY REWARDING AND ENJOYABLE SEEING ALL THEIR HARD WORK PAY OFF.
What business tip/advice would you offer new mumpreneurs? ITS ESSENTIAL TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN IN ORDER TO ACCOUNT FOR ALL POSSIBLE COSTS AND DO AS MUCH MARKET RESEARCH AS POSSIBLE.
Business dream? CARRY ON GROWING EACH PART AND SET UP CHEERLEADING IN BARBADOS!!
How do you relax? MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS
What do you love most about where you live? THE COMMUNITY, MY VILLAGE FRIENDS. WITHOUT THEIR HELP AND SUPPORT I WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BRAVE ENOUGH TO SET UP CHILTERN CHEERLEADERS.
What are you listening to at the moment? PALOMA FAITH
What’s your favourite tipple: VODKA & CRANBERRY
Your simple pleasure: CHOCOLATE
Favourite film: MOULIN ROUGE
Favourite book: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Tell us a joke: Wife: “I look fat. Can you give me a compliment?”
Husband: “You have perfect eyesight.”