Start a family friendly business

According to a recent survey by Mumsnet and the Daycare Trust more than a third of parents have considered quitting work due to childcare costs. Around one in eight (12) having left a job, while one in 5 have turned a job offer down because of the cost of childcare. ever found yourself in a similar situation?

Given these statistics there is no better time to start your own business.

Are you??

  • Friendly?

  • Organised?

  • Love meeting new people?

  • Do you understand how much it can cost to raise a family?

  • Are you someone that likes a challenge?

  • Do you have or want to build links with the local children’s sector, including pre-schools, nurseries, schools, toddler groups, activity groups and many more?

  • Are you regularly be able to check you emails to keep up to date with your latest bookings and enquiries?

  • Can you be available at weekends to run markets, for about 4/5 hours?

If you have answered yes to 5 or more of the above then a career with Little Pickles could be what you are looking for!

Little Pickles Markets in less than 2 years has branched from Jessamine to a total of 13 branch leaders and growing still. Not only have Little Pickles Markets become a nationally recognised brand, they have developed a large following on Facebook and Twitter.

The best part of all is that Little Pickles Markets give you all the support you need to set-up and run successful markets. You will receive a starter kit including a banner, t-shirt, flyers, organiser handbook, goody bags, company public liability insurance, your very own email address. And best of all there are no start up costs!

I enjoy running the Little Pickles Markets in Hampshire, as I can put in the hours that I want to, and fit everything around school runs and holidays, being my own boss works so well, as I get to meet so many new people, and my kids love helping too ! The growth in Hampshire has been great, to watch the markets get bigger, and receive great feedback from the buyers and sellers makes it so worthwhile, knowing we are helping other families, and earning money at the same time.” Tarryn Hunt Little Pickles Portsmouth

The earning potential of Little Pickles Markets really does depend on you. So if your looking for a new challenge or something to complement an existing business or employment contact us today.

**Mumsnet questioned around 1,000 mums – the statistics mentioned were taken from Yahoo article **

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What Baby Equipment do I REALLY need to buy?

The list of items you can buy for your baby is endless. Many gadgets and gizmos are on the market to ‘make your life simpler’. But you are on a budget, so what do you really need and what can you do without?

Car seat

From the minute you leave the hospital, you will need to make sure baby is safe in the car. For a guide to choosing the right car seat, please read our guide here

Somewhere to sleep

It is a personal choice whether you use a cot, cot bed, moses basket or crib. You may find a cot is too big for a newborn, yet a moses basket may only last you a couple of weeks, especially if you have a big baby. Moses baskets are easy to move, so you can use it to keep baby fairly close to you in the day and then move it into your bedroom at night. A crib/cradle is slightly larger, giving the baby more room, but cannot be moved around during the day. Ask around your friends, see what they preferred. Second-hand cots, cribs and moses baskets are easily to find on the Second-hand market, but it is recommended you buy a new mattress for whatever bed you choose. When buying second hand, ensure your chosen ‘bed’ is strong and sturdy, in good condition. Ideally, especially with cots, you should look for one that comes with the instructions.


You will need a selection of babygro’s, vests, bibs and cardigans. If you are having a winter baby, you will also need to think about a coat or snowsuit, plus hats. It is worth remembering that people will inevitably buy you pink or blue clothing once baby is born, so do not go too mad beforehand or you will end up with so many clothes that you won’t be able to use them all.


Our guide to pushchairs will help you to decide which style to buy and again, these can be picked up for a fraction of the price second-hand


No matter how you intend to feed, it may be worth having bottles and a steriliser on standby. Despite best intentions, you may find you have to bottle feed and do not need added stress of having to get everything after baby is born. You could borrow from a friend or find a good quality second hand steriliser and buy new bottles.  You will also need muslin cloths and bibs, as it is bound to get messy!


What goes in, has to come out! Re-usable/washable/cloth nappies are the cheapest to use, but they are not for everyone. Some people would also say that disposable are ‘easier’ for the first couple of weeks while you settle into your new life, but again this is personal choice. The most important thing is to have a stash ready and waiting. Whilst on the subject of changing, you also need to think where you will change baby – a changing mat is cheapest, but will need to be used on the floor, or you can get a specially designed changing table. Again, these can be found at a fraction of the cost second-hand. You will also need a supply of baby wipes or cotton wool and a top & tail bowl.


Other bits you may want to consider: Baby Monitor, a bath or a bath support, nail clippers, blanket/shawl, Dummies, Changing Bag.

This list is designed as a useful starting point, it is a personal guide to what is essential but remember it is a personal choice that wholly depends on your lifestyle and your budget. Many items can be bought second-hand, but be sure to check all items carefully and remember the items that you should buy new (mattresses and bottle teats being the essential ones).

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