Starting Your Mumpreneur Business: What You Need To Know

Do you have a great business idea, but are unsure how to turn it into reality? Or is your business up and running, but not doing as well as you might like?

Well, Antonia Chitty, Erica Douglas and I have put together…

The Essential ‘Start Your Mumpreneur Business’ Pack

This pack is packed with friendly advice and guidance on starting a successful business at a low cost. It will give you the information you need to take your from business beginner to successful entrepreneur.

It’ll show you how to:

  • Earn money in your spare time.
  • Assess business ideas and find the one that is right for you.
  • Turn your hobby into a profitable business.
  • Create a website that makes you money
  • Set up a successful direct sales or party plan business.
  • Take a business from idea to reality.
  • See your current business grow and succeed.

Get exclusive access to this pack full of articles and guidance written by Antonia Chitty, Erica Douglas and I with contributions from business experts including Emma Wimhurst, Mel McGee, Roberta Jerram and Alison Rothwell. Read tips and ideas for helping YOU to – get a great business idea – test your idea – start your business –  make the most of innovative strategies to help you create a successful family friendly enterprise.

Sounds just like what you need? Buy your pack NOW or read on to find out more

You can be sure that this pack will help whether you are wondering about starting a business or have a definite business idea. Get your copy NOW. It includes:

  • Start a Family Friendly Business by Antonia Chitty and Helen Lindop
  • The Mumpreneur Guide’s Start Your Own Business Book by Antonia Chitty
  • The Mum Blogger eBook by Erica Douglas

Work through your pack to discover:

  • 4 types of business that work well when you are a parent
  • 129 great flexible business ideas and how to make them succeed when you have a family.
  • 11 tips to help you succeed as a mumpreneur
  • 7 indispensible resources to get your business off to a great start.
  • 19 ways to make money online

Plus you’ll learn:

  • 7 simple ways to find customers.
  • The 19 ‘must haves’ for any website.
  • 9 great ways to raise your business profile online.
  • 7 essentials to help you get to grips with business finance basics.
  • 5 key elements of getting a great work life balance.
  • 10 ways to grow your business and take it to the next level.

And you’ll receive:

  • 12 practical exercises to help you take action in YOUR business
  • A 25 day plan to help you create a successful blog AND make money
  • 42 inspiring case studies of mums and dads with great businesses

The Essential ‘Start Your Mumpreneur BusinessPack would normally cost £52 but TODAY you can buy it for just £33.

Take the first step to start your business: Buy your pack NOW or read on to find out what other leading businesswomen think

These women have found the contents of ‘The Essential ‘Start Your Mumpreneur BusinessPack invaluable:

A great resource for any mum looking for flexible working inspiration and ideas.

Jane Hopkins of MumsClub

“I’m a huge advocate of mums who set up in business and who combine work and motherhood on their terms…and this book is a great starting point for anybody who’s excited by this prospect.  It’s packed to the gunnels with good ideas and inspiration for harnessing the hidden mumpreneur inside!” Wendy Shand of Tots to Travel

“An invaluable guide for Mums who have the seed of an idea. Practical advice in easy to read snippets with loads of real examples. This will help Mums take their idea forward but with realistic expectations, a business mentor on your bedside table!”

Sam Willoughby of Whats on 4 Little Ones

“Erica’s ebook is an excellent resource for anyone interested in starting a blog or for those wishing to understand the mechanics of blogging a little better. It is well written, comprehensive and full of valuable advice. I’d highly recommend it.”

Rosie

“The “must-have” read for anyone considering setting up a business whilst combining the responsibility of raising a family. Don’t do anything until you have read this book……it could change your life….”

Emma Wimhurst, Business Mentor and author of BOOM!

Get your copy here for just £33 at NO RISK. Full money-back guarantee if you find this package is not for you.

Free Business Advice in the East of England

If you need business advice and live in the East of England, take a look at the Enterprise Start-Up and Development Association (ESUDA).

You could get FREE advice if you:

  • Are thinking of starting a business
  • Started a business in the last 3 years
  • Are based in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk or Norfolk

Enterprise Start-Up & Development Association (ESUDA) is a family run social enterprise that offers free and low-cost business support services to women, young adults, people with disabilities and Social Enterprises in the East of England.

They have 5 business advisers with a history of starting and running businesses. Whether you are struggling to write a business plan, want to find new customers or just want someone to talk to about your business, they will be able to help you by offering advice, training and support in all areas of enterprise.

To find out more visit www.esuda.co.uk or email adriana@esuda.co.uk

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Ten Tips For Success In Direct Selling

Direct selling businesses are a great way for mums to earn some extra cash whilst still being a full-time parent. Mumpreneur Robin Bradley set up her own direct selling company, Phoenix Trading, 15 years ago and shares her top tips for being successful in a direct selling business.

  1. Always be prepared – You never know when you’ll meet your next potential customer, so have a bag with you that’s big enough to carry a few brochures and products, just in case a selling opportunity arises.
  2. Set yourself realistic goals – Set short-term and long-term objectives for yourself that you can realistically achieve. Write these down on paper so you can remind yourself what you’re aiming towards.
  3. Keep it simple – Don’t over complicate things, too much information or a huge choice of products can confuse people.
  4. Network – Contact people that you think are suited to your market. By using people you already know to start with, you’ll feel much more comfortable selling to them. You can decide on the best way to contact people, a phone call, posting a brochure or dropping in to give some samples and products to encourage impulse buying.
  5. Follow up – Keep good relationships with your contacts by following up with them. For example, call your customers to check they received their order and use this as an opportunity to discuss new products coming out.
  6. Promote yourself – Take advantage of the events and fairs happening in your area and book yourself a stall. Any type of event would be a great opportunity to promote your business and a mix of events would reach different types of customers.
  7. Manage your time – Diary planning is key to running a successful business!
  8. Have regular contact with the business and your colleagues – Keep your knowledge updated by attending company and team meetings. Share ideas and best practices with your colleagues to keep your business fresh.
  9. Step out of your comfort zone from time to time – Try something new, something you ordinarily wouldn’t do. You could build a Twitter feed or set up a group for your customers on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or specialist sites like MumsLikeYou, to keep people up-to-date on your business. Try speaking to school mums you wouldn’t necessarily speak to. Doing this will help build your confidence and build your network.
  10. Have a positive mental attitude – It’s the people behind a business that make it successful and create a positive image. People will be more likely to be interested in your business if you come across as enthusiastic and passionate about what you’re selling.

Top Tips for Managing Your Time as a Mumpreneur

Today, Laura Morris of Rentabuggy gives us her top five time management tips for mumpreneurs. Rentabuggy is a pushchair rental service that you can use if you’re on holiday or just want to try out a buggy for a couple of weeks before you buy. You can find out more about how Laura started Rentabuggy here at Business Plus Baby this Friday 30th July.

When I started my business I was married and even though running a business was tough at least I had two pairs of hands to ease the workload. Now a single mum to my daughter Ashleigh, who will be shortly 4 years old and also now running not only my own business www.rentabuggy.co.uk but co-running another one, has definitely been an insight into a whole new world that has taken a lot of adjustment.

My work day life now revolves around meal times, school runs, piles of washing and various other duties, not including my ever growing workload. Trying to maintain a routine has been tough and if you are a mother yourself as you will know sometimes illness and a variety of other stuff seems to pop up in the middle of an important meeting or deadline! Here are my top tips on managing your time.

  1. I work in blocks of 30 minutes. I have found that if I have sat at the computer all day I seem to not get as much done. Seems silly when put in such context but if you try the ‘30 block trick’ it works a treat as you get a break and your mind has time to be restored and focus. I.e. Breakfast 30 minutes, Phone calls 30 minutes, School Run 30 minutes etc
  2. Every morning when you wake up write a to-do list. Many people keep there to-do list within their head but it is important to write it down. The biggest reason for this is that when you cross items off it you can see the progress you have made and this gives you more motivation.
  3. For a long time I had a massive guilt that as I was not only trying to be a role model for my daughter and earn an income I was also not spending enough time with her. In reality I was but it is a massive guilt every mother seems to carry. My daughter is now old enough to love the fact of helping around the house and by doing this together she knows she is helping mummy but we also get to chat about our day’s and share some time doing stuff together even if trivial.
  4. It is very easy when running a business from home to basically get sucked in and to work all night every night. In all honesty, I am quite a sucker for this but I recently decided that to actually be more effective I needed to switch off some evenings. Again, for the first few nights I sat there racked with guilt (especially after a big bar of Galaxy!) but the next morning I woke up feeling refreshed and more focused. We all need to switch off. Even if you had your own office somewhere, you would have to come home at some point!
  5. I recently was at an event where there was an Inspirational Speaker that I really connected with. She was telling the story that every morning before she switches on the computer she goes for a run. She say’s when she comes back she feels refreshed. She says she sees the time as working as it sets her up for the day. Unfortunately, I don’t get time to run every day but this is something I do 2-3 times a week. It really helps me de-stress. So remember who you are and still keep passion in any hobbies you may have!

‘Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent’