SMBN Founder Julie Hawkins
KIH Products Ltd was established in 2013, after I designed the KIH Bed – a Pregnancy Cushion used by Massage Therapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors to enable clients to lay on their bellies at variable stages of pregnancy, in 2011 when I was heavily pregnant. I had also embarked on a Law Degree when I fell pregnant in 2011 and once I graduated in 2016 I published Finding Happiness and Freeing Your Spirit to Amazon to help others help themselves move forward in a positive way. (free on kindle unlimited). I am also a confidante, and offer 1-1’s via KIH Holistics.
Whilst I had worked full time age 15-35 my world changed when I became a single mum in 2012, and my employer made it clear that flexible working or reduced hours was not an option. I had to choose between my child and my career, I chose my child, and lost my home.
Overnight I went from being a married, 20 year career girl who owned her own home to a single mum with a repossessed property and poor credit, turned away by landlords and lenders, due to my status.
Desperate to continue my love of working but also desperate to be a full-time mum started a long and painful journey of fighting for family and financial independence. Whilst I continually attempted to find work in sync with school that paid a decent wage, this proved very difficult, and so I continued to fight to grow my business, and complete my Law degree to improve my prospects. My journey has taught me more than I ever wanted to know and now I have set up the SMBN to connect and support other hard-working single mums.
You are not alone as a single mum in business, you are part of the SMBN.