Squiggle & Dot children's art classes founded by Rebecca Miles
Updated: Jun 28
Rebecca has certainly bought something new to Berkshire with her Squiggle & Dot art classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Read on to find out more.
As a mummy with a toddler, I know how difficult it is to find classes to keep them entertained. There are plenty of music and dance classes around, but not much that incorporates arts and crafts. That's why, when Rebecca told me her classes incorporate storytelling, art and music, I knew I had to try them out!
Rebecca Miles founded Squiggle & Dot last year. Since then, not only have her monthly classes been going down a storm, but she's created a pretty cool children's party and events part for her business too. I know who I'll be calling when it's Erin's next birthday!
It's been amazing getting to know Rebecca over this past year and I was delighted when she wanted to be part of the Berkshire Mumpreneurs profile section on my blog.
So, here it is. A big #WellDoneMumpreneur to you Rebecca!
INTERVIEW WITH MUMPRENEUR REBECCA MILES
What's your business name?
Squiggle & Dot.
From the moment I considered starting my business, I knew it would be called Squiggle & Dot. They were the first words I used to encourage my daughter to try different techniques with her crayons.
What does Squiggle & Dot do?
I design and deliver fun and inspiring art classes for toddlers, preschoolers and their adults in Newbury and Thatcham. Over the first six months it has quickly grown into a party and events service too - which I’m really proud of.
What's the story behind Squiggle & Dot? Why did you launch it?
Until earlier this year, my whole career had been in the creative industry. Beginning as an in-house Graphic Designer and working my way through to managing a Creative Studio in a London Ad Agency.
After having my daughter, my priorities shifted and I wanted to spend more quality time with her. I still needed to do something to feed my creative side though and art sessions seemed to fit in perfectly. I knew I wanted to create a session which encompassed lots of the playful elements I already enjoyed with my daughter (like singing, storytelling and free play) whilst supporting the main focus of art. So, Squiggle & Dot was born!
How do you juggle Squiggle & Dot around your family?
Apart from the time spent running the sessions (where my amazing mum has quality grand-daughter time) I am a full-time mummy during her waking hours. Everything else for the business is worked on in the evenings and weekends around other commitments. It was certainly difficult finding a do-able balance at first, but anything new takes time to adjust to… especially when it’s something you’ve never tried before!
What’s it like launching a business in Berkshire? Any tips?
Berkshire is such a friendly and helpful county to launch a business in! The more people you meet, the more you realise it really is a small world. An obvious top tip would be to make sure you start to network with not only people in the same boat, but also those who have been in business a while too.
Grab every opportunity as you never know where it will lead and never stop being curious. Learn, learn, learn. It won’t only benefit your new business, but also you as a person.
Final tip would be to never compare. Another business you admire may be in a completely different situation to you and not necessarily right for you, right now. Take your time if you need to - situations always change, so use that to your advantage.
What’s been your most valuable investment for Squiggle & Dot?
My website. I actually need to dedicate some time on the design and content, but I’ve made sure the package invested in is suitable for all of my plans for the next 12 months. I didn’t want to worry about add-ons and extras throughout the year, so made sure I’d planned out my wish-list beforehand.
What advice would you offer parents wanting to launch their own business?
If you think about it too much, you’ll never get started! The sooner you can jump in, the sooner you can start to make adjustments, tweaks and alterations. It doesn’t need to be perfect and everything can change if it needs to.
One key piece of advice that has stuck with me since art college is to not be too precious of your ideas. Get out there; chat to friends and family and bounce those thoughts off other people in networking groups. It not only helps you form a better picture of your goal, but you’ll also get quick and honest feedback which is priceless.
What other Mumpreneur in Berkshire would you like to give a shout out to?
Owning and running her own children’s classes, Rachel Tichband has been a wonderful support from the very beginning. Not only did she encourage me and give me some brilliant tips, but she's also supported me by attending my art classes with her child. This means the world to me!
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