When Rachel Bates became a single mum in 2014, her priority was to find a new job that would pay the bills and provide more flexibility to support her three sons, Lewis, Calum, and Eli. After seeking the advice of neighbours and friends – many of which were tradespeople – the former estate agent settled on the idea of pursuing a new career as a painter and decorator.
Fast forward to today and Rachel is now the owner of a thriving, award-winning decorating company that has brought colour and life to her local community in Chard, Somerset. Building her reputation as a highly-skilled female decorator through word of mouth and referrals, Rachel has never openly advertised the fact she is a tradeswoman – instead letting her painting and decorating abilities speak for themselves.
But the focus of her BATES&MiSONS business remains squarely on her family. She says: “As a single mum with three kids, it was hard finding a job that I could plan around the school hours of my children. When I spoke to friends who worked in decorating, I liked the idea of being able to earn while choosing your own work hours”.
“The decision to go into decorating was purely to support my family. Even the name ‘MiSONS’ literally means ‘my sons’, with the little ‘i’ representing me back when I started the business by myself. But I also promised myself that if I was committing to this, I wanted to learn as much as I could and become the best decorator I could be.”
Rachel has made a name for herself by offering high quality painting & decorating services for clients, specialising in areas such as wallpapering and airless and HVLP spraying.
“I now work together with my partner and work partner, Luke, and we turn out some really nice work, which is quite skilled. When I started, I went on numerous training courses to learn as much as I could about painting and decorating. I’m now a Repair Care contractor and a Dulux Select Decorator. I’ve been on numerous Dulux Academy training days, including their Digital Murals, Wallpapering, and Kitchen Spraying courses, which have been hugely helpful, and we receive great support and advice through the Dulux Academy Facebook page too.”