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Cara MacGregor, 43, is the co-founder of online wine company [email protected] She lives in south-west London with her engineer husband Thomas, 43, and their children Noah, 12, Sevan, 10 and Effie, eight.

I wake up at…

7am. I have coffee while Noah gets ready, before he leaves for school at 7:45. While the other two get dressed, I take a shower, then make some porridge, before taking them back to school at 8:45 am. I’m ready to start work at 9am.

A normal day involves…

Many mornings involve dashing from the school gate to catch a train to central London. But when I work from our home office, I place wine orders, which are delivered to our local storage unit.

My business partner Tilly Walters and I attach bespoke labels with three words and symbols to describe each wine, as well as a line explaining why we like it, for example: “It goes great with roast chicken”.

It’s easy to be intimidated by the wine industry, as it’s quite stuffy and old-fashioned, so we try to teach people what they drink in a simple way. Our virtual and in-person tastings are a great way to do that.

Social media is important to the business, but neither Tilly nor I like taking pictures of ourselves, so we need to improve! We are both working mothers, so flexibility is key. Once a week, I work in the evening to fit in a three-hour bike ride. Exercise is good for clearing my mind.

I stop working when my two youngest finish school at 3:30 p.m., then after ferrying them to and from after-school clubs, everyone is home by 6 p.m. Either I eat with Thomas once the kids are in bed, or earlier if I have spinning class in the evening.

The best part of my job is…

Getting positive reviews from people who liked wines they wouldn’t normally choose, who then ask, “What else can I try?”

And the worst…

Struggling to find time for administration, such as processing bills.

I relax by…

Taking a late night walk with our Labrador pup Ash and then watching Billions or something on Netflix with a nice glass of wine – I’m lucky to have access to some fabulous wine! On school nights, I’m always in bed at 11 p.m.