Tell us about the services you offer?
Y’earn is a parent-to-parent marketplace to rent Baby & Kids items from people and small businesses in your community, or make some cash if you have items you don’t need right now.
If you’re planning to have more kids it’s a great way to make money (and space!) in the meantime. You set how long items are rented for, how much you earn, Y’earn even helps with cleaning and a guarantee.
EARNERS (people that make money from items) Whether they need the money, space or want to help others less fortunate, they can rent items for as long as they like, and then decide to sell, donate to charity, or have them returned before their next child needs them.
YEARNERS (people that want items) can focus on creating important memories with their children without spending endless hours researching and shopping for everything that they need. Whether they rent short-term or long-term they can save cash and help Mother Nature.
COORDINATORS (the parent version of an Uber driver) pick up, disinfect and drop off between each parent. They help families while creating a side income.
Y’earn is on a mission to help parents create lasting memories and positive impact through convenient, sustainable, and affordable rentals. For every rental we plant trees and adopt bees, we have also partnered with charities like Great Ormond Street Hospital, Baby Basics baby bank and the Child Rescue Coalition.
What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?
I love the independence and flexibility, I love to travel and can work from anywhere. As every founder knows, this journey can be isolating and it’s really hard to keep going in the early days when you don’t have a team around you.
How do you define success?
To feel proud of what you’ve achieved. Sure, you can smash targets that others deem successful, but you need to feel good about what you’ve done. I feel successful when day in day out I’m happy with the progress I’ve made. Some days that progress doesn’t seem like much but if I’m still smiling and feel like I’ve had a positive impact, then it’s a win. That doesn’t mean that I’m not chasing those growth targets!
What’s next for your business?
I launched Y’earn in the US in Feb 2020 and within a month I had to move back to England and close it down because of Covid. A couple of months later I realised I wasn’t leaving London for a while so decided to launch here. Y’earn Baby & Kids is only a couple of weeks old so our focus is building awareness and exploring partnerships.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about setting up their own business?
Make sure you have a great network to support you. We all know it’s who you know, not what you know, but pay as much attention to your personal network. Being an entrepreneur is tough, even tougher than you can imagine. You need friends and family that aren’t going to be too busy to pick you up when you need it, that aren’t too afraid to be a sounding board because they haven’t experienced what you’re going through. So keep giving to your tribe(!) even though there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, so they can be there for you. It will feel like you’re constantly pushing water uphill and once you get over one there’s a bigger one behind, so having friends cheering you on in their own little ways will really make a difference.
What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?
Instagram is my go to platform to keep up-to-date with friends and family around the world, it’s been an amazing source to find Ambassadors for Y’earn. If you’re interested in helping this community grow then please get in contact.
What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be a dancer. I wasn’t even very good!
Tell us 3 facts about you…
- I LOVE to travel – as a backpacker, cabin crew, holiday lover. 57 countries and counting.
- I have a phobia of statues.
- I’ve spent the last 18 months living out of a suitcase with friends and family, while getting Y’earn off the ground. (Don’t worry, I am now looking for my own place!)
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?
I’m excited about meeting other women on the same journey and hopefully help each other in some way.
Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind Y’earn Carley, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.