Hi I’m Charlie, I’m an Usborne Organiser, you know - the ‘That’s Not My’ Books? Our books range from birth all the way up to young adult. I run Charlie’s Story Time and I love to help promote literacy by putting books into children's' hands.
When did you start your small business and why?
I started my small business back in October 2016 just as something small to do for myself which I could also fit around looking after my young children. I’m not going to lie the added bonus of free books for my kids was also something of a bonus! What I didn’t expect was how much I would enjoy what I do and the possibilities of how big I could grow my business. I also didn’t expect the whole new social life I now have and the friends I’ve made.
Tell us about your most memorable or greatest achievement so far:
I haven’t had one specific memorable achievement – I’ve had many, and that is seeing the way children’s faces light up when they hold their new book and then the look of excitement when they open them – and that’s why I love what I do so much.
Reading together is a great opportunity to bond with babies and children. Even at a young age looking at pictures and hearing the sound of your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and helps babies develop listening and language skills.
What do you hope to bring to Dorset Bump to Baby Show 2018?
Not only will I have a whole range of our beautiful award winning books that your babies and children will love I will also be there to talk to everyone about how they too can be part of this amazing opportunity and join me and my team in becoming an organiser too. With flexible working hours to suit you boosting your family income, free books for your children and a great support network and that great feel good factor too, it just sounds too good to be true!
If you could give one piece of advice for a new mum what would it be?
One piece of advice I have for a new mum? That’s simple – trust your instincts, no one knows your baby better than you.
Thank you to Charlie for giving this interview. If you're exhibiting at Dorset Bump to Baby Show 2018 and would like to feature in our Guest Blog Spot please contact Zoe and Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org