Name: Lindsey Coxon
Business Name: Custom Murals
Facebook page/group: www.facebook.com/custommurals
Twitter name: @custommuralsuk
Linkedin: Lindsey Coxon
Custom Murals is a hand painted wall murals and canvas design service based in Stockton on Tees but covering all of the North East and Yorkshire.
When did you start your business and why, (what got you interested and what are you passionate about)?:
My family is settled in the North East, but for a qualified Textile Designer there are few opportunities in the area. I had spent time out of work to bring up my children and had begun thinking about the options for returning to work. I happened to be decorating my Son’s room and I decided to have a go at painting a mural on his bedroom wall, that was the light bulb moment when I realised that there may be an excellent business opportunity staring me in the face!
What gives your business the edge?:
Great customer service, I take pride in what I do giving every job 100%.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
Being able to run the business to work round family life.
And what is the worst!?:
All the extra work that comes with being self employed, the paperwork, marketing, planning and working out quote…There’s so much more to to the job than just painting the mural!
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
I try work around the kids taking them to school as much as I can. Some days I can work from home which is great but on days that I am out to painting a mural I try to fit this in when my husband is home so we don’t need to use extra childcare, we occasionally need to get the grandparents to help out.
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
I really want to business to grow with the kids, as they get more independent I want to be able to work more hours. I would also love a studio as I am working from the dining room at the moment!
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
Do your research, get lots of advice and go for it!