CLIMBING Everest was similar to owning a business, a northern suburbs businesswoman has told her peers.
Earlier this year, Suze Trappitt and her oldest daughter Tekaisha (18) took on the challenge of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp.
The guest speaker at Wanneroo Business Association’s July breakfast, held in Mindarie, likened the experience to owning a business.
She said the Everest adventure stemmed from a choice to say “yes” to an email offer, although it meant leaving another three children at home for two weeks.
“It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” the Ballajura resident said.
“You never know what those opportunities are and where they are going to lead you in the future.”
Ms Trappitt said the group they travelled with helped keep them going, and similarly, in business, people needed mentors to turn to for support when needed.
“There’s a few downs and ups to get through the mountains – with business, you never know how it’s going to go,” she said.
“It was the team that got us there.
“It’s hard at times; you need to support each other.”
Ms Trappitt started her business, Cherished Cherubs Babysitting, 15 years ago and won the people’s choice award for the District 32 SME Spectacular last year.
She said the company helped parents who did not have family to call on or were particular about the babysitter that cared for their children.
“Our team of more than 100 babysitters all hold their credentials of a working with children card, police clearance, first aid, as well as undertaking our own in house training,” she said.
“Our babysitters are interactive with the children and follow parent routines.
“Parenting can be hard, and relationships need nurturing, so our aim is to help relieve the stresses of parenting and build relationships, which in turn makes them better parents.”
Ms Trappitt said her own background in childcare, being a parent and a foster carer for babies had helped her understand the needs of clients and roles of babysitters.
“The hardest part we find is that families don’t know we exist,” she said.
“They think that if they don’t have family, or don’t have friends to call on, they can’t go out.
“Cherished Cherubs has helped many a nervous parent over the years.”