A MOTHER of three who came up with a business idea after going on a family holiday has been nominated for a national award.
Samantha Beckmann of 2 Bent Rods, a business in which kids are taught to fish, has been nominated for the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards.
Last month the Victoria Point-based 2 Bent Rods won a national award at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards.
“I actually tied with one of Surf Lifesaving Australia’s programs, which I think is great accomplishment, especially taking into consideration the size of their organisation,” Ms Beckmann said.
The AusMumpreneur Awards recognise mums in business who are achieving success in areas like business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.
The awards are aimed at recognising the growing number of women who balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Ms Beckmann said the business started after she went on a family fishing trip in 2003.
“Every other child on the beach seemed to be hanging with us,” she said. “We were pumping yabbies, (and) dragging a bait net.
“The other kids were all asking us questions about the creatures we were catching as they’d never seen them or even been fishing.
“...We thought there may be a niche market for fishing lessons, as well as teaching kids about sustainability and the waterways and environment.”
Ms Beckmann said she had a good work/life balance and usually got to set her schedule around her family.
She said anyone thinking of starting a business should first find something they were passionate about.
“Do your research,” she said. “You are going to fall at times, probably many times but when you have a passion, nothing can stop you.
“Keep getting up and having another go. Pay attention to your intuition.”
Her company will run a winter fishing school in August, one afternoon after school for the duration of the term. All fishing gear is supplied.
A free, come-and-try day will be held at Victoria Point on July 16 from 11am to 1pm and at Manly on Sunday July 23 from 1pm to 3pm.
AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced on August 25.