Welcome New Member – Chrissie Lowery, to the Single Mums Business Network. Chrissie is a Crafty Entrepreneur, Author, Radio Presenter, Owner of The Cuddle Bed Company and Founder of shophandmade.co.uk!

I am delighted to welcome Chrissie to the SMBN! Chrissie is a Crafty Entrepreneur, Author, Radio Presenter, Owner of The Cuddle Bed Company and Founder of shophandmade.co.uk, here is what she says;

I am a crafty entrepreneur, an author, a radio presenter and I own 2 businesses. One is a multi award winning company which I set up after my son was diagnosed with autism and when I had to give up my nursing career because of chronic illnesses. The Cuddle Bed Company makes soft and cosy products to help you sleep or sit in comfort. I also make sensory items like weighted blankets and a clothing range. 

My other business is a sales platform for creative business and offers affordable shops for crafted to sell their products. This fabulous website is run by a team of crafters who are available to help you grow your businesses as well as sell your amazing handmade items! 

Chrissie’s links are:

www.cuddlebed.co.uk

www.shophandmade.co.uk

You can join Chrissie’s FB groups here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/750337148880178/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/shophandmadeuk/


Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)

Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)
Hours – 119 to 126 per week (must not expect Sundays off)
Salary – £2.30 per hour OTE £30K +
Holiday Pay – No * Sick Pay – No * Perks such as Gym Membership or Costa – No
Bank Holidays – No * Annual Leave – Sorry, No (needy springs to mind)
You must be driven, able to work autonomously, and free to carry out emergency childcare (without taking any time off) in case of pandemic, 13 weeks of school holidays, in-service days or sickness.
If that sounds good so far and you meet the job description below (read on) – you may want to join your comrades in the SMBN!

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