OPENING a business when her daughter was just three months old was never going to be ideal, but Jani Schaper says she would not change a thing.
The ribbon on Ms Schaper’s Glamour Nail Bar venture in Cockburn Central was cut two years ago and since then she has gone from strength to strength.
She has a growing client base, is about to open a second salon and even had celebrity reality television personality Charlotte Crosby seek her out for a service earlier this year.
Nevertheless, she said it had not been easy.
“We ended up opening when (daughter) Scarlett was three months old which wasn’t ideal … but I just had to make it work and I did,” she said.
Ms Schaper has put in plenty of hard work since opening and that was recognised after she scored a nomination for an AusMumpreneur Award in the service category.
The awards recognise mums balancing parenthood while growing their business.
“It’s not easy and every day is a juggle but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Ms Schaper said.
“I just make sure that I make time during the day and week to switch off the phone, don’t check the emails and forget about the workload and just have time doing something fun together (with the family).”
Ms Schaper said she understood why some mothers waited until their children were older or in school before pushing forward with a new venture.
“Everyone is different and you need to do whatever is going to work best for you and your family,” she said.
“All the nominees are definitely proof that it can be done, whether you do it with young children or wait until they go to school.”
AusMumpreneur Award winners will be announced at Crown Casino in Melbourne on August 14.
Voting closes on August 7.