Today meet Courtney, who has set up South Africa’s only cloth nappy cleaning service. She says having a routine of how she deals with her kids and work certainly assists her in putting everything together.
- Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.
My name is Courtney Klinkert, I am 29 years old and have 2 precious little boys, aged 2.5 and 13 months. I have been married for 5.5 years and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I turned a hobby into a small business in 2010 when I started making Christian Jewelry, I opened an online shop and shipped all over the world, this is still a side business I run. www.courtneyschristianjewellery.com . Then after my degree because we moved around a few times it was difficult to keep a steady job- my husband worked on the mines in Mpumalanga and then Limpopo, so I continued with my jewelry and started baking too for friends who became clients.
I absolutely love entertaining and spending time with friends and family at my home.
Then at the end of January I came up with the idea for Baby Bottoms. I’m a cloth mom who sometimes really doesn’t feel like cleaning, stuff and getting my nappies for ready for the next round of use. So I did some research and there is no company offering cloth nappy cleaning here in SA! We also offer a rental service for moms who want to try before they buy.
- What were you doing before you started this business?
Once we moved back to Benoni in 2014 I started working with my mom in an accounting and payroll business- Proficient Accounting and Payroll Services (Pty) Ltd- ProfAcc, which I’m still involved in.
- Is your business full time or part time and why?
This is currently a part time business as I still work for ProfAcc with my current bookkeeping and payroll clients. I’ll be doing it until Baby Bottoms needs my full attention. We currently only have a few clients as it’s just opened, so I’m able to do both.
- How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?
Each day is different, but I think having a routine helps a ton! My oldest son is in a playgroup every morning until 12:30, which gives me the mornings with my other son (who luckily naps like clockwork!) So I have set times where I work and get things done. Sometimes I have days where no work gets done, but it’s just one of those things you deal with when it happens.
I’m also blessed with a wonderful husband and mom who both are willing to help out when needed, whether it’s watching the kids, folding nappies or even making jewelry! I think a strong support system is vital to any successful parent and business owner.
- Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?
I have a vague outline of a business plan 😉 Yes I do have a plan, the first step is creating awareness about Baby Bottoms- what we do, where we’re based etc and I’m using a lot of social media such as Facebook and Instagram to help with that. I have also signed up to be at a few markets that are coming up. I think the first few months are going to be the hardest, but once we’re more known and have more people using our service I’m hoping that things will settle a bit.
- How do you get clients/ market yourself?
Right now I’m using Facebook as a marketing tool and I have a website that has a lot more information about Baby Bottoms on it. Currently clients are coming in the form of friends and through them word of mouth.
- What’s your biggest challenge right now?
Right now I’m faced with still growing my client base in order to make this a full time business.
- Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?
The start up was a reasonable investment, I purchased a few hundred nappies for potential rental clients but from here, once I have the clients the money I’ll need will just be to grow my stock levels.
- What makes your business unique from other brands?
Baby Bottoms is the only cloth nappy cleaning service in South Africa. This is what makes us so unique.
- Share with us your social media links and website.
I have a Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/babybottomsza/
Instagram account- @babybottomsza
Stay tuned, readers, because we are running a giveaway with this company on Wednesday!