Liza Shieff, Managing Director of bebabo
OHbaby!: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Liza: A teacher.
OHbaby!: Do you ever feel "mummy guilt" about spending time working instead of with your children?
Liza: All the time! When I feel very guilty, I take a Haba game home and we play together. After just 20 minutes, I feel better and lose all the guilt.
OHbaby!: How do you get "me-time"?
Liza: Me-time is very important for me so on two or three occasions each week I head off to the gym or visit my favourite dress or shoe shops in Newmarket.
OHbaby!: What is the smartest thing you have done with your business?
Liza: Starting our website.
OHbaby!: What's the biggest mistake you've made and how was it resolved?
Liza: Too much time working without help.
OHbaby!: What is your favourite thing about the business now?
Liza: Greeting regular and new customers to the shop and discussing our toy range with them.
OHbaby!: What is the best advice you were ever given as a mother?
Liza: Endeavour to keep a balance in life between business affairs and the family.
OHbaby!: What is the best advice you were ever given as a businesswoman?
Liza: Probably to hang in there when times are tough with retailing, and continually strive to develop new and innovative marketing strategies.
OHbaby!: What are your best tips for getting out of the house on time?
Liza: Effective time and efficient routines. Time management is critical.
OHbaby!: Who is your superhero?
Liza: My mother. She is an amazing woman who raised my sister and me at a very difficult time - during Communism (in Russia). She is also an inventor and I am proud to have such an intelligent mum.