"I was never born to work a 9-5 job..." I love Courtney. She is one of my oldest friends and I have learnt so much from her...one of which is sitting still achieves nothing! Her success on everything she touches is proof of her natural entrepreneurial spirit!
- Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Courtney Klinkert, I am 30 years old and have 2 precious little boys, the oldest is almost 3 and the youngest is 18 months. I have been married for 6 years and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I turned a hobby into a small business in 2010 when I started making Christian Jewellery, 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 jewellery and started baking too for friends who became clients.
I absolutely love entertaining and spending time with friends and family at my home.
- Where did the idea for 'Baby Bottoms' come from
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.
- How do you juggle mom life and your business
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 jewellery! I think a strong support system is vital to any successful parent and business owner.
- What do you do to relax?
To relax either the kids are in bed or having a sleepover at their Nana’s house and I take the opportunity to read, have a bubble bath or enjoy a glass of wine in front of our fire.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I think our next holiday destination will hopefully be somewhere in the USA- The Grand Canyon!
- What advice would you give to other moms wanting to venture out on a business idea / opportunity
I definitely encourage doing as much research as you can and try create a survey. The most important thing is to have faith in yourself and a great support system too!
- What is your best “mom moment”
Ah, such a tough question! There have been many amazing moments along the way, but one of my best is when I see my 2 boys playing together, it truly warms my heart! These moments are the most special and so far they’ve got a great relationship and I pray it continues!
- Where can people follow you
Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/babybottomsza/
Facebook group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1389808511115640/
Instagram - @babybottomsza