Back to school for kids and mums…

nicola_sempleToday’s guest post is from Nicola Semple. Over to you, Nicola!

Supergirl is about to start school.

On the one hand I am massively excited at the prospect of having a bit more free time to devote to my business and to the things that I want to do.

On the other hand it breaks my heart to think that my teeny weeny precious person is going off into the jungle of full time school and having to fend for herself.

But, quite frankly that’s the way it is and there is nothing I can do to change the situation.

As much as I love having my children around I know that I am not cut out to home-school (patience has never been my strongest virtue!). As we approach the end of a seven week break while we have both had a fantastic time I think we both agree it is time for a bit of space.

In an effort to take my mind off the fact that Supergirl is going off to the big bad jungle I have decided to launch The Business Success Bootcamp. The Business Success Bootcamp is aimed at business mums just like you.

Are you incredibly busy, trying to keep all the balls in the air and trying to do it all by yourself?

Are you so busy making your amazing products or providing your top quality service to clients that you often neglect making time to work on your business rather than in your business?

In that case, your time is now! If you have school age children then you will have a bit more time available to devote to your business.

Even if you don’t have school age children there is something about the ‘back to school’ feeling of September that makes us all want to sharpen our pencils, pull up our knee high socks and get cracking!

To help you on your way, you can access some amazing FREE training at The Business Success Bootcamp. I have lined up some fantastic industry experts who can help guide you through the minefield of sales and marketing, copyrwriting, social media, time management, the legalities of business and also provide you with lots of tips on how to make the most of your time and importantly take some time out for you.

The Business Success Bootcamp is only available during the month of September so make sure that you don’t miss out. You can download just one or all of the training materials provided and you can access the majority of them anytime, anywhere.

Pop over and take a look and start the journey to being more profitable and productive.

Nicola Semple is the Founder of Social Media Mamas and Life After Maternity Leave.  Voted Work for Mums Marvellous Mumpreneur 2013 she is passionate about helping mums be the best they can be in work and in life.   She has recently set up The Business Success Bootcamp to provide free business training to mumpreneurs.

Finding training venues on a budget

I  love running live, face-to-face training sessions. I love the internet too, but there’s nothing like talking to real people who are in the same room as you!

I’ve been thinking of running a live workshop for a while, and although I haven’t got anything planned (well, it’s just one of the many projects on my list!) I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground for budget training venues. So I thought I’d share my ideas just in case you need to run a session too.

Even if your business is basically home-based, you might find you need a venue to train a your team or to run a promotional event. Many mums are now offering live internet marketing or social media workshops to local business, too. Workshop venues can be quite expensive, but with a little creativity, you can find some for much less.

That said, bear in mind that the venue will affect the people who will attend and the price you can charge for a ticket. For example, if you want to attract people who would normally expect to attend a business event held in a hotel, they probably wouldn’t show up to an event in a village hall, even if the ticket price was a bargain. In fact, a cheap ticket price would probably put them off. Your choice of ticket price and venue are part of your brand (whether you do it intentionally or not), so going for a low-price venue might not be the right option.

So here are some low-cost places you can run training events or workshops:

Village halls or community centres

These can be a really good value option. Some centres have a main hall plus a smaller meeting room suitable for around fifteen people. One of my local community centres even has an IT training suite. Facilities vary widely from one centre to another (as does the decor!) so it’s worth checking what is in your local area.

Sure Start Centres and charity/voluntary organisations

Sure Start Centres are usually very well equipped and happy to make a little extra income by renting out a meeting room.

Business ‘incubators’ and enterprise agency centres

Look at the organisations in your area that help new businesses get off the ground, such as enterprise agencies, as they often have low-cost meeting facilities. If you need a room on a regular basis, virtual office packages sometimes include discount meeting room hire.

Independent coffee shops

I’ve not tried this one personally (yet!) but I think that working in partnership with an independent coffee shop could work really well. You could promote each other (your leaflets could sit on the counter of the coffee shop and their coffee shop’s address will be on your promotional materials) and it could be a really nice venue with great coffee!

Anywhere that has a meeting room that isn’t in use

Get creative and think of any organisation that might have an under-used meeting room. Even your local doctor’s surgery!

Hotels and pubs

OK, this is probably one of the first places that comes to mind, but it’s worth mentioning that a) prices could vary quite a lot depending on the time slot you want, b) it’s worth seeing if you can negotiate the price down from the one advertised and c) make sure you find out the prices of refreshments in advance so you don’t have any surprises.

If you have any other ideas for workshop venues, please do leave me a comment!

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