Here is another interview in my series of inspirational mums. This week I have chatted to Rita Kobrak about her Italian holidays for mums. She is the host of the London Mums' Tuscan trip 19-23 June 2017 which mums and families can join. See details of how to bookhere.
Rita and I all glammed up for an event in London
Q: Tell us about yourself and family?
I have lived in London for 10 years and just moved to Italy (my mum’s country) with my two children, Alessia (9) and Sebastiano (3). My husband Mike and I bought and restored a Tuscan farmhouse where we do weekly rentals and organise mum and baby breaks.
Q: Why did you set up mum and baby holidays?
When my daughter was a baby, some weekends I visited my husband, who worked as a tour guide across Europe. By the time Alessia was two, she had been on 50 flights. Lots of mums said they would love to travel more but didn't feel confident enough. I worked in the travel industry before and felt there was a need for organised holidays where mums could relax while also spending quality time with their babies.
Q: What was your first mum and baby break like?
My first mum and baby break back in 2009 was full and I was so nervous. I adapted our family home in Italy to make it child-friendly with the help of lovely local ladies from the village. It all went well but I made very little money as I had charged too little! I bet the mums kept saying what good value it was!
Q: How have you developed the holidays over the years?
Over time I have adapted the holidays and added activities for older children such as Italian lessons, pizza making, dance classes and yoga. Many of my first customers still come back with all their children. I have also included more for mums such as massage sessions, a shopping trip to the local shoe outlet and wine tasting. This year we are doing a new social media workshop retreat with London mums’ founder Monica!
Q: What is your advice to anyone wanting to start a business?
Don't think too much about it, just do it. Write down your passions and where you want to be in the next five years. Make a list of what you have to do to achieve this. Talk to people about your idea as you never know who will be interested or who can help. A mum who came on two of my yoga breaks decided to retrain as a yoga teacher. We stayed in touch and she now works for me. We have also become good friends.
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy sharing our Italian home with mums and children. Each group is different and my kids are happy to have our house full of kids to play with. I like to work while staying in our house in stunning surroundings. I have made many friends along the way too. I look forward to welcoming you to our Tuscan home.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums
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