Becoming a mumpreneur is not always an easy path, but for Fathiah Nur Liyana, 32, the choice was clear.
This former teacher steeled her resolve to quit her full-time job when her firstborn said “Mama” and she wasn’t there to witness it.
“I was almost in tears when my helper told me that. I was working such long hours that I missed all of my baby’s important milestones,” Fathiah says.
So, she became a bridal fashion designer and mum boss of Fanurly, a home-based bridal business. She has three kids aged seven, four and one.
These days, the Laselle College of the Arts graduate puts her design skills to good use by customising bridal outfits from home, while raising her three kids on her own terms.
The journey hasn’t been easy, though; she took a 50-per-cent pay cut at first, and is often on “zombie mode” after working through the night.
Her advice to mums considering business ownership: Do your sums, and get Hubby’s support because starting and sustaining a business can be rough at first.
“We sat down and calculated our finances to see if we could cope without my fixed income. Back then, we had to cut down on all our expenses and even sold our car,” she says.
But her struggles have paid off. “Business picked up over the years. Now I earn more than when I was working full-time, but it’s not about the money.
“What’s most important is that I get to spend a lot more time with my kids,” she says.