Finding it tough as a mumpreneur? You’re not alone…

You know how life has its ups and downs? Last week I was getting bogged down by everything – working, cleaning up after the family, not having much time off to myself. I still very much believed in helping mums get businesses of the ground, but all I could see was a long, hard slog ahead. The days here are getting shorter as winter approaches, I was tired and if I’m honest, a bit bad tempered too.

So I took a few hours off (steady on, Helen!), got stuck into a good book – fiction, rather than my usual business books – and tried to get things back into perspective. Then I got an email from Erica Douglas that sums up exactly why I’m doing all this. Here’s her story…

“In 2009 I was working part time as a waitress, a job I enjoyed but that was physically demanding.  Events that year meant I had to resign leaving me with very little personal income (I was earning £100-£200 from my blog).  A few months later I found myself well enough to seek work again, I attended the Job Centre every week only to be disheartened to find that the recession meant that opportunities were limited.  With every week that passed and every visit to the job centre I felt more and more depressed and my self-esteem was suffering.

I’d been trying to make a go of things online but the small amount of income I was earning via my blog wasn’t really enough.  In October 2009 my husband told me to stop looking for a job, just like that, just stop.  He promised that he’d make up the difference between my waitressing job and the income I was making online in overtime (about £200-300 per month).  I took his advice and, well, he never had to do any overtime.  My husband is a sensible guy, he figured by taking away the barriers it really put me under (good) pressure to follow my passion and soon as I started taking it seriously I started earning an income.  I ‘work’ for around ten hours a week now on various things but predominantly my income comes from training business women how to use the internet more effectively.  I chose that niche as it’s something I’m hugely passionate about but there are a ton of different niches out there.

My target next year is to earn a ‘full time wage on part time hours’…

My target in the first six months this year was to exceed my waitressing income £400-500 per month.  My target by the end of this year was to earn more than £1000 per month working just ten hours a week (I’m not lazy, I’m studying full time too!).  Last month I exceeded my target, I know it’s not a huge amount (I’m not rich, yet!) but it was a big milestone.  My target next year is to earn a ‘full time wage on part time hours’ and I calculate that as £1500 per month before tax.”

Why was Erica sharing all this? Erica, Antonia Chitty and I have put together a pack of books that will help mums start their own businesses. In Erica’s words:

“I’m sharing this personal information because I want you to know that this is accessible, but it’s not a get rich quick scheme.  These books will teach you how to build a proper business that you can run flexibly around your children.”

Sometimes you need to hear someone else’s story to bring things back into focus. Erica reminded me why I started Business Plus Baby. I wanted to help women build a working life on their own terms, not to have to put their children into full-time childcare (unless they wanted to) and spend all their earnings on it. To earn a decent income but still have plenty of time to spend with their young children. To make use of their talents, keep their skills fresh and perhaps discover an entrepreneurial streak. To open up possibilities and opportunities.

I wanted to help women build a working life on their own terms

Because I’m passionate about my subject and also online, blogging is the perfect way for me to do that. But an online business is a long haul, it takes a lot of patience and determination.

So if you’re knee-deep in hard slog and flagging a bit, remember you’re not alone. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business and daunted by all the challenges ahead or you’ve hit a tough patch after starting your business, keep at it.

Keep taking those steps forward and make sure you’ve got the company of other business mums (we know what it’s like). From time to time reconnect with you reasons for doing all this. Take a little time out if it all gets too much.

Keep going and all those steps will add up to something really amazing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment :0)

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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.

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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:

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  • 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.

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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!

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