I often mention moms that start businesses centered around family. Nicola Wyland is not one. It was her love of classic cars combined with a need for work-life balance that inspired her, reports Manchester Evening News.

Nicola, 29, who previously worked as a commercial buyer in the health sector, launched World of Parts in Rochdale last year with husband Lee O’Keefe, 36.

With a young family, she wanted a better work-life balance. Car restoration had always been an interest of the couple so they decided to set up a business selling vehicle parts, mainly for classic Fords and Minis.

The mail-order company, based at the Caldershaw Business Park, sells to car enthusiasts and trade buyers through its website.

Nicola said: “When my daughter was born two years ago, it made me rethink what I wanted to do. Although I went back to work part-time, it wasn’t ideal. The nursery costs were expensive and I didn’t want to go back to working full-time as I didn’t want to leave my daughter in nursery all day. As a working mum with a young family, I wanted to make sure that I had the right work-life balance.”

She said they saw a need for better availability of classic car parts, especially from the UK.

“I’d wanted to set up my own business for a while, so making money from a hobby seemed a great idea,” she said.

Photo from World of Parts

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