In our ‘Inspiring small businesses’ series we share and celebrate great stories from fellow small business owners who took their idea to the next level and built their own business. Starting your own business is a huge step, no matter how small your business is, so by bringing you closer to the great minds behind these inspiring businesses, we hope that you will find motivation and survival tips for building yours.
Next up, we bring you the inspiring business story behind Kids Gone Wild, shared by its founder Rob Scott-Branton. Kids Gone Wild provide outdoor, bushcraft and nature-based experiences for kids; teaching them to preserve and respect the outdoors whilst learning valuable life skills and having fun.
What is it that you do?
We run outdoor nature and woodland clubs for children and their families. We have classes and workshops for children aged 2+. We run weekly classes, regular workshops, birthday parties, corporate team building days and provide entertainment at events, fundraisers and festivals. Our sessions involve everything including storytelling, den building, tree climbing, firelighting and lots more.
What’s the story behind your business?
We are an outdoor family, my partner Lauren and I have 2 kids and we enjoy spending all of our spare time outdoors. Lauren was off on maternity leave and I was working long hours in an office environment, not only were we not getting much time to enjoy being outdoors together, I was missing seeing the kids as they were always in bed by the time I got home. We decided something had to change, and while we couldn’t just quit our jobs and go live in the woods, starting up Kids Gone Wild gave us the opportunity to use our outdoor lifestyle to make an ethical living, while getting to meet and spend time with other local families. We love that we can often bring our own kids along to the sessions too!
What inspired you to start your own business?
Lauren has run her own business before, so we had a basic knowledge of how to make it a reality, I am a qualified woodland leader and have the skills to design and implement the programmes. We are at the stage where our children are young and we both need to work, so much of daily life is spent at work, that we wanted to make sure that we were doing something we loved, that would make a difference to children and families in our area, and help the environment too. We believe strongly that the more children are in the woodlands enjoying them, the more future generations will care for and protect the woodlands. It is also a fun and accessible way of reconnecting children and families with nature. When you look at the statistics of screen time among young kids, it’s clear that more needs to be done to reduce this and encourage more time playing outdoors.
What is the most difficult aspect of running your own business?
Managing IT and social media platforms! Ironically we feel that since we have started this up we’ve had to spend more time on our phones and laptops answering customer enquiries etc!
What is the best thing about running your own business?
Fitting it into our own lifestyle has been a big positive for us, being able to take a day off for the kids birthdays, or doing our admin around the school run. Even though we are working, we get to spend so much more time together. It feels incredible to have traded office meetings for roasting marshmallows!