Growing a Business with Kids: 5 Things I’ve Learned in 2011

Today’s post is by Claire Hughes, co-creator of the Handmade Horizons marketing e-course, which launches next week.

If you run a craft business, take a look at Handmade Horizons between now and the launch on 16th January for lots of free training on marketing your handmade products.

Over to you Claire!

How was 2011 for you? Personally, 2011 was a year of big development in my business and personal life. I learnt a lot – the hard way – but made it through the other side! Here are some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the past twelve months about growing a business with kids. I hope some of these will be of use to you, and help set you up for 2012! Continue reading “Growing a Business with Kids: 5 Things I’ve Learned in 2011”

Humour, Adventuring and Mystery

Perhaps the modern mother needs not only a fairer deal, but help in relinquishing the temperament of obsessive productivity. Rather than managing our children, we need to relax into their company, take pleasure from the tiny transactions of baby-days, the pleasures of play. We seem to have lost a capacity for tenderness and time-wasting, obsessed with doing more than feeling, distracted by a society that measures purpose in little boxes and success by how quickly they can be ticked off. Has the modern mother lost the ability to find in her mothering the humour, the adventuring, the mystery of that experience?

From an article by Joanne Murray-Smith, reprinted in the book ‘Buddhism for Mothers of Small Children’ by Sarah Napthali

It’s the last day of the year, which means in the next week we’ll be bombarded by ‘New Year, New You’ and goal-setting advice. Which is absolutely fine if you’re using it to build your business or lose a few pounds.

But one of the unique challenges we face as both business women and mums is balancing the organised, target-driven aspects of our lives with the chaotic worlds of our little children. It’s a tricky line to walk along and I know there will be times in 2011 when I slip into ‘managing’ my toddlers. Even though it’s frustrating and pointless for all of us!

Sarah Napthali says she’s printed off this quotation and stuck it on her fridge with the words humour, adventuring and mystery underlined. I think I might do the same!

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