Mother/Daughter Businesses

Business, lady like, photography

A few years ago, handmade crocheted and knitted accessories for women and children was the rage.  Anything vintage-inspired was flying off the shelves.  My daughter Kristy suggested that I create headbands for ladies and toddlers with a 20’s and 30’s style. After testing the local craft markets we had some reasonable success. We knew it had to be a collaboration of our strengths in order to move the business beyond our own backyard.


Since my daughter is a blog designer and photographer and I loved working with yarn, our joint venture seemed obvious.  The idea of actually selling it on the open market was a little daunting at first.  Etsy was the new on line storefront to showcase handmade items with minimal financial upstart money.  It seemed the perfect opportunity to test market our products.

We had to first sit down and talk about branding, colors and design ideas. Simple, right? Let me say that both of us are very independent thinkers.  Although we had the same vision in which direction we wanted Lady Like to go, we had some kinks to work out.  Definitely not taking everything personal was a hurdle to overcome. Through time, we’ve learned to respect differing opinions.  It’s not about who’s right or wrong but rather giving each person a chance to share their ideas,  good or bad.  When you put all concepts on the table and brainstorm, wonderful results can happen.

One important aspect of a joint business is that each one deserves credit for their work.  In our business, my handmade items are displayed in our Etsy Shop,  my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, and all other media sites.  At first glance,  it might appear that I’m Shopladylike which is far from true!  Without Kristy’s expertise in her gorgeous photography, building my blog site and additional technical needs, there would be no business.  Her style, adventurous personality and creative mind keeps my fingers working on our next idea.  After all, it’s a partnership.

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I can’t tell you how many times people have commented how wonderful it is to see a mother and daughter working together. I’ve also noticed more mother/daughter enterprises telling their unique stories of success.  Kristy and I have shared a special journey with our small business.  It has stretched our creative juices and opened up an opportunity I never would have dreamed of.  Because of the business, I’ve met some wonderful people on social media who continue to inspire me.  If you’re thinking of taking that step to join your mother or daughter in business, it can be a rewarding experience like ours.  I would love to hear your family business adventures and any advice would like to share.

44 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the mother/daughter business. I wish you much success. I can imagine working with family can be a challenge at times but as you stated can also come with great rewards. Learning to let go and allow room for everyone involved to shine is great inspiration!

  2. I love your daughter’s blog design and you have beautiful creations. I know how to crochet but I haven’t been successful at making hats or headbands.

    I have made several blankets but they don’t sell.

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks so much. Kristy is a talented blog design and wonderful photographer. I’m so fortunate. Keep trying to work on your crochet items. It takes time to learn about hats. Don’t give up.

  3. Kungphoo says:

    This is wonderful! Congratulations! Best of luck in all that you do, you guys definitely have the cutest accessories! 🙂

  4. I think this is a wonderful idea to be able to work together in a mother/daughter business. Sure, it may be a challenge at times but what business or associate isn’t. 😉 Your ideas are wonderful and can be seen in the many beautiful things you create! Lovely! 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      Through the business, we have grown closer together. As children get older, we don’t always see them as much. This is one way for Kristy and I to stay connected even though she lives 200 miles away 🙂

  5. Rochefel says:

    That is really awesome, mother-daughter tandem 🙂 I have to wait for my daughter to grow up so we can try it too 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      I hope when your daughter grows up you’ll do something fun together. I saw one website where the daughter was only 10 and created beautiful art! They’re never too young because they have so much creativity at that age! Best wishes

  6. How lovely to see that a mother and daughter can work together to create a wonderful creative business by drawing on each others strengths. Congratulations to you both! 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks Beverley. It is wonderful to have such a creative daughter and talented photographer at my fingertips. It’s fun going on road trips where we can brainstorm and have a great time together

  7. Gina says:

    Congratulations on your joint success! I agree that it’s not about right or wrong, but putting all options on the table and creatively looking at each.

  8. veronica says:

    I love your accessories! They are really cute and unique. It is awesome you get to do it with your daughter

  9. Congratulations for you business! It is awesome that mother and daughter work together!

  10. sue says:

    I’m sure it’s lots of fun working with your daughter. I’d love to work with my daughter some day. She’s has such a different way of looking at things. It’d be hard not being the “Mom” though.

  11. Don Purdum says:

    It’s awesome that you and your daughter are close!!!! My son (who is 12) is into crocheting and knitting. He is active, playful, and loves wrestling like any boy but finds it fun to create while relaxing. Enjoy your time with your family, it’s precious!!!!

    • ladydi says:

      Amazing young man you have there! Encouraging him to find his creativity in fiber is awesome. Lots of male sports athlete K & C for relaxation. Thanks for sharing your family story Don 🙂

  12. Like you, I created a mother /daughter business several years ago. It has its ups and downs and I know I could not move forward without the particular gifts my daughter brings to the business. Suprisingly, one woyld think she would take on the social media marketing but had no interest in that. It became my challenge. She has an artists eye and is a perfectionist, so I leave photography and all design decisions to her. So far its working.

    • ladydi says:

      You know Roslyn, I think we find our niche and our areas of strength. I could learn how to create a blog using Word Press but she’s the expert, together with her professional photography business, it’s the icing on the cake for me. It’s been a struggle to get me to be consistent with blogging and keeping myself visible on social media sites. You are doing an awesome job and an inspiration to me 🙂

  13. Claudia says:

    Aww…you daughter is beautiful Good luck with your business.

  14. You’re both very lucky to have each other and are able to work together. Not many mothers and daughters get that lucky. My mom and I could never work together. We both take things too personally. LOL

    It’s so great that you have a photographer and blog designer in the family. In the old days you wished for a doctor, a lawyer and a mechanic in the family and you were all set. These days, you need to add a web designer/computer guru and photographer to the list.

    • ladydi says:

      You can imagine how blessed I am to have her expertise. I could never have considered doing any of these projects without that support. That’s why I mentioned that she’s behind the scenes a lot of the times but everyone gets to see her gorgeous photography!

  15. How wonderful to share this with your daughter! My 16 year old helps me a lot at art shows, but I have to admit she gets bored sometimes. 🙂

    • ladydi says:

      Once she gets a little older, your daughter may want to share in what you do and not just helping out. Both my girls are talented in music and art and Kristy with the additional photography/blog design. It’s been a joy watching them spread their wings and do what they love best

  16. Darla says:

    I love to see family work together! Mine has been very supportive through my creative journey:) My oldest son works with me now as my IT/computer guru, and I am very blessed to have him! What a wonderful way to collaborate and build your biz. It really is a perk to be a creative entrepreneur!

  17. Beth says:

    What a beautiful story maybe one day when my daughter gets older she will want to be a part of what I do. She’s always crafting with me so who knows what the future might hold.

    • ladydi says:

      That’s great Beth! that your daughter loves to craft with you. Sometimes our gifts come to us early in our years and sometimes later. Mine re-emerged later and I’m so glad it did. Your daughter will remember and cherish your time together, working side by side and having fun. Blessings

  18. Tina says:

    Congratulations on this business adventure! I love the idea that mother and daughter ca work together and be so creative! I can hardly wait to read more about you and your stunning creations!

  19. What a great team and special memories you both are creating with each other. I would have loved to had a business with my mom so it’s wonderful to see the behind the scenes with you both!!


  20. Have you ever met the mother, daughter team at Life Without Limit? Check them out, they do awesome work over there! You’ll love them… 🙂

  21. Ashley says:

    It’s wonderful that a mother daughter team can combine their talents for a successful business! Awesome!

  22. Great to see a Mother and Daughter team and see different talents come together.

  23. I am a first generation entrepreneur. So I hope to leave a legacy of building your own business for future folks in my family. It is wonderful to see your legacy! Congratulations!

  24. Pat Moon says:

    I love the mother/daughter business relationship you and your daughter have worked out. It is a blessing beyond blessing to be able to work closely with a son or daughter. Family relationships can be so beautiful!

  25. Wreckless says:

    You are so talented, mama. I love that you make our ideas come to life through your expertise in fibers and threads. 🙂 Love you!

  26. Sharon O'Day says:

    The key to succeeding in such partnerships is total clarity of who has what expertise. At that point, it makes no sense to have someone doing what they’re not best at … simply for some ego reason! Far better to maximize your chances of success by playing to your strengths, which you and your daughter obviously did!

  27. Kelly Hudson says:

    What a great success story! I lover hearing about your mother daughter business. I wish you both the best in your future endeavors. You are both so talented ism ire you will flourish.

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