From Blog to ‘Blook’

You may have heard that I’ve written a book called Start a Family Friendly Business?

For the last few months I’ve been guest blogging and tweeting about the fact that the book is out today, 15th September. Unfortunately there’s been a bit of a hold-up with the publisher, but it will be available by the end of September, I promise.

(In the meantime, you can pre-order it at Amazon. Go on, you know you want to!).

Just the other day I found out that Start a Family Friendly Business is actually a ‘blook’ – a book that came out of a blog. This blog in fact! So I thought I’d tell you the story of how it all happened.

I started Business Plus Baby because my career wasn’t flexible enough for me as a mum to a new baby.  I needed to know which businesses would work around a baby so started to research business ideas, but I couldn’t find a list of family –friendly businesses anywhere.  I spent hours trawling the internet, on Twitter and on Facebook, plus I went along to the first Mums The Boss meetings to find out what other business mums were doing.

A few months later I’d seriously considered at least six business ideas and none were right for me, but I thought that they might help someone else. So I wrote a series of blog posts called Business Ideas For Mums, giving the pros and cons of each idea. I thought that I might use these as a starting point for an e-book eventually, but I hadn’t bargained on the magic of blogging!

Antonia Chitty of Family Friendly Working and I ‘met’ through our blogs. By coincidence Antonia had been thinking of writing a book of business ideas just like mine, so we joined forces and together we wrote Start a Family Friendly Business.  We realised that you need more than just a good idea though, so we’ve included step-by-step guides on how to choose your business idea and how to check that it’ll work for you.

I still haven’t had the time to launch my business because this blog has turned into a business in its own right! But as soon as I do I will be blogging about it here.

So if you’re thinking of starting a blog, do it. You never know where it might take take you…

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