This week I’m really excited to introduce Jojo to my Parents in Business series, and her business Jojo Bradley Interior Design. I’m delighted to be featuring Jojo today, as her business and services that she offers to her clients is right up my street and hopefully yours too?
Here Jojo shares her business story about how she retrained and set up her Interior Design business after doing, designing and project managing her own house renovation. I’m a little bit in awe reading this inspiring business story, especially hearing that she now employs 10 people and makes the business work around her young family.
Jojo’s business success has been fuelled by her passion for interior design and dreaming big! Her work shared on her website and Instagram proves just that. I would love for you to have a read of Jojo’s story below….
Tell me a little bit about you, your background, and your business?
I studied psychology at university but always had a passion for interiors. I studied this further and when my husband and I bought our derelict Georgian home in Cheshire, I undertook renovating our home. From this I started to receive commissions and over the year the business has grown and we now employ 10 people. We offer a personal, bespoke interior design service, carefully managing all aspects of large- and small-scale projects from start to finish. We place our clients’ needs at the heart of the design process, working closely to given briefs, budgetary and style requirements. The business has grown so that we now manage commercial projects as well and we work across all of the UK.
What motivated you to set up your own business?
I had always taken a keen interest in interior design but when we bought our derelict home, I realised I had to turn my attention full time to managing the huge project. This project fuelled my passion, so I gained formal interior design qualification and started helping out friends and families. The demand for my services grew so I started the business.
How do you balance or juggle your business around family commitments?
It is always a struggle for all parents, and I am no different, it really helps having a passion for what you do, and I live and breathe interior design and don’t mind working early mornings or the evenings most of the time. I am also very lucky to have built up a fabulous team here at Jojo Bradley Interiors. Being able to rely on our amazingly talented designers is key and something I am grateful for every day.
What do you view as your biggest success since setting up your business?
Demand for our services has grown exponentially so I decided we had to grow the team and our head office. We were fortunate we were able to develop our large barns into stunning showroom and office. Where (in normal times) clients can come for meetings, consultations and to see our extensive fabric library and furniture. From here, we provide a full interior and architectural design services including project management, CADS, room schemes, CGI’s, , bathroom design, kitchens, joinery and consultation. We have in house workrooms which create beautiful bespoke upholstered furniture too.
What are your top tips for anyone who is thinking about setting up their own business?
Be tenacious and do something you love. Making life work for you is important and keeping the boundaries around your work and your other passions is important. If you are focused you can achieve amazing things so always dream big.
Thank you so much Jojo for sharing you incredible business story, I am so inspired reading this, and how you have grown the business.
If you like what you’re reading and would love to be part of my Parents in Business series just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or have a nose at some of the other businesses I have featured in the series: My Little Piccolo, Armadillo Sun, and Home with CMB.