A SINGLE mum who used one week’s benefits to set up her own successful business has come up smelling of roses.
Florist Isiasha John, 26, is now juggling the demands of being a mum to seven-year-old Morgan-Rose and running her business, Floral Favourites in Car Hill, Balby.
Isiasha, who opened the shop in March, said: “I went to college to train as a florist and worked at Tom Wood’s for a bit then I decided I wanted to open my own business.
“It has been hard being a single mum and setting it up but I think it’s easy for some people to make up excuses and come up with reasons why they can’t do something.
“I was really determined to do it so I used one week’s benefits- about £60- to buy loads of stock and the shop has just grown from there.
“All my family and friends are really proud of me.My daughter misses me sometimes when I’m at work but she loves the shop. She said she wants to be like her mummy when she grows up and be a florist.”
As well as providing flowers for any occasion, chocolate hampers and, jewellery, Isiasha also sells household items for her dad Larry John’s charity Change Aid.
The organisation that Mr John runs is a non-profit recycling company that aims to raise money for the Cal Centre Project, a Doncaster hostel, and secondly to reduce the area’s carbon footprint.
As well as recyclable waste, Change Aid also collect used furniture and sell from a unit just down the road from Isiasha in Carr Hill.
And the successful businesswoman has even been invited back to Doncaster College to give floristry students a motivational talk.
Isiasha said: “I was so nervous when I went in to talk but I came out of there feeling so confident because all the students were so impressed with what I had done, one of my old tutors was even crying she was so happy for me.”