'I want my business to be a real success -- not just a hobby'
Ali Coghlan (29) from Wicklow started her online party supply site (Harryali.com), named after her toddler Harry, after she was made redundant from her job in television production earlier this year. She says: "I really do feel my redundancy was meant to be.
"I'd always wanted to work for myself and when I was left out of work in March, I figured 'well, this is the time to do it!'
"The idea came from an experience last year when I'd planned a party for my son Harry (2).
"I wanted to do party bags for everyone but it took ages running round all the shops getting stuff to put in them. Mums and dads who are working full time just don't have the time to do that, so I set up a company that delivers the whole party kit complete to their front door.
"It's had a great response so far. Because it's a start-up, I know it'll be a few years before I start making money but I'm always expanding and I want it to be a real success, not just a hobby.
"I've been able to reduce Harry's time in crèche from full time to three mornings a week. I'm gone from €850 a month on childcare to €350 and I'm spending so much quality time with him -- great!"