Welcome ~ Be inspired to achieve your dreams

Looking for inspiration and support to set up your own business?  Or, set up in business recently and need to surround yourself with a community of like-minded business mums? Then you’re in the right place.  Hi, I’m Heather Bestel ~ mum, therapist, author and award winning business mentor and I’m inviting you to be inspired by what other mumpreneurs are creating and how we can all support each other in growing our businesses while creating a balanced lifestyle.  I’m so passionate about looking after ourselves first, so we can put everything into our businesses. So, Step 1  is to take more ‘Me Time‘ everyday. Download your FREE e-book Six Steps to Bliss (pop your details in the box on the right) and let’s get started. Then Inspire Yourself with our mumpreneur stories, Educate Yourself with our articles and look out for our new Mums Biz Group  . . . . . coming soon!

Monday Mumpreneur with Amy Forrest from Embroiderised

On Mondays we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week’s mumpreneur inspires us to build relationships not competition and says there is enough business out there for all of us. Well said . . .

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Your name: Amy Forrest

Tell me about your children:

I have a little boy called Max, who turned 2 in September. He is my World! He is incredibly witty, intelligent and funny and I burst with pride everyday knowing I am his mummy!

Where do you live?

Edinburgh, Scotland. Lived here all my life and love it!

PC or Mac? 

PC, I have never even used a Mac!

Tell us about your business:

My business is called Embroiderised. I embroider baby items such as bibs, fleece blankets and hooded towels to give them that personalised touch. They are very popular for new born gifts. I also sell personalised wooden signs which are great for gifts, Christmas presents and family keepsakes.

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What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I always wanted to have my own business, apart from knowing it would be something crafty I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I wanted to do. When my son was born he was given a few personalised gifts and I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do; make a keepsake that can be kept forever, something no one else will have as each child is an individual.

I was on maternity leave and I felt that this was the best time to launch it while I had some spare time. Babies are hard work, but they do sleep a lot so this was a great time to pin point suppliers, market and then launch it. I started up in February 2013 and I was and continue to be blown away with the response and orders that come through on a weekly basis. I wanted my items to be good quality but not to be too expensive.

All items I supply are under £15.00 including delivery. I also wanted to support other British businesses and quickly decided that Embroiderised would back the “Made In Britain” Campaign.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business? 

I mainly trade through my Facebook page and find that quite often posts, offers or competitions I put up may only be seen by a small percentage of my customers.

How have you overcome it?

I have paid to ‘boost’ some essential posts but found that if i try to get people to interact on a post the numbers seeing the page increases dramatically. This is also nice to do as I then get to interact with my customers and can therefore give a very personal service. I am working on a website which I am aiming to launch in the new year as well, after I get through my very hectic Christmas season!

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What’s been your proudest business moment? 

It’s hard to pin point just one to be honest. I absolutely love getting pictures of my items being worn, along with lovely feedback from the customers. I was very proud when I sent my 10th order to Australia! I love getting repeat business, its a great indicator that people are happy with the service and products I am supplying.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ A very dear friend wrote this in my husband and I’s wedding book and I have loved it ever since. A light-hearted way of telling you to find good in any situation that is thrown at you.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I love spending time with my family, we enjoy being outside, so a nice long walk with them is when I feel the most relaxed. There is nothing better in the world than watching you child running about laughing and loving life, makes my heart melt!

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

Some new winter boots, they are so cosy!!

Favourite colour:

It has to be red. Red is associated with energy, strength, power, determination and desire. I think this sums me up. I always put 110% into anything I do, in order to get the best results.

Favourite flowers

I really like daffodils! They are a sign of Spring and that the warmer months are on their way. The garden always starts to come to life when they pop up!

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur? 

You will learn as you go! Looking back when I first started I had no idea of postage costs not to mention tax return forms! I have built up good relationships with fellow crafty businesses, I have found this to be an invaluable asset to the success of my business. People in small trade businesses want to help each other, that’s the beauty of being involved with them and not in large business chains. There is enough business out there for everyone so building relationships not enemies is essential.

Come and find out more about Amy and her business by connecting on social media . . . 

Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Embroiderised

Email: embroiderised@live.co.uk

Website: Launching soon!

Think your mumpreneur story will inspire our community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch. Or let me know in a comment below.

Monday Mumpreneur with Lis Kelemete from Cutified Spa Parties

On Mondays we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week’s mumpreneur is inspiring the next generation by showing them just what a positive impact and valuable contribution biz mums can make.

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Read her story . . . 

Your Name: Lis Kelemete

Tell me about your children: 

Along with my husband, my children are my support system and my greatest accomplishment.

Alliyah (8) She’s an old soul, emphatic and full of so much knowledge and has more understanding than we realise. She’s creative/artistic like her daddy with an incredible sense of justice. She loves to dance and has been doing ballet/jazz since she was 2.5 and does actually ‘dance like nobody’s watching’! Accessory queen just like here mama! lol.

Xavier (6) is my firecracker, spontaneous, full of attitude and very quick witted! He has an amazing mechanical aptitude and sense of direction. A VERY affectionate and friendly boy! Speaks his mind, is very strong willed and has a special way of making every situation hilarious…quite the comedian!

Keanu (4) is a snuggler! He is intense and can be extreme but he loves with his whole heart. He is passionate about the things that are important to him (especially his colouring books! lol) He’s head strong, independent, very defiant & determined. Has the FUNNIEST personality and is showing a lot of interest in music through break-dance and song!

Where do you live: Townsville, Qld, Australia.

PC or Mac: Mac

Tell us about your business:

CUTIFIED pamper/spa parties is a mobile party service that comes to the comfort of your home! Catered to girls aged 5-15 yrs of age within Townsville QLD. It’s a refreshing new concept for Townsville and my business is all-about-the-customer ethos whilst advocating health, beauty and confidence.

CUTIFIED pamper/spa parties was inspired by my daughter Alliyah, when for her birthday she requested to go to a salon a year ago (what princess doesn’t want to be pampered like their mothers?) along with 6 of her girlfriends. Upon ringing over a dozen salons, I was unable to secure a booking that would take children of that age and particularly in a group of that size. So, I figured if I can’t get what I need….just build it! And build it I did, along with my very talented artist of a husband!

Spa Parties are on the trend and are unique, interactive and all about having fun with your friends! We come equipped with all our spa décor and equipment, magazines, mood flame and photo props to set the scene of absolute glamour! Our party guests are treated to manicures, pedicures, facials and meditation sessions tailored especially for children in an age appropriate environment. So many girls today want to feed their inner diva and now, here’s their outlet!

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

Working full time and being a mum is tough, sometimes unbearably hard, but my supportive husband & I made this decision and I know how incredibly lucky I am to have this choice. I currently work in mining and construction as a Recruitment Coordinator and have been for the last 6 years and crazily operate Cutified as well with the assistance of my wonderful colleague Judy.

Prior to recruitment I worked 7 years managing in fashion retail and whilst I adore my children, I have always been driven towards the world of entrepreneurship. It took a lot of careful thought to get to this point but in my heart I knew that for me to be the best mum I could ever be, I have to get real and be the best “me” I can be for my husband and children.

I want my children (especially my daughter) to understand that women can make a positive impact in the work force, that our contribution is valuable and that they will carry these values and appreciation into their adulthood. I hope that my husband and I exemplify to our children; compromise, making choices and always doing our best.

What’s you biggest challenge in business?

Working two jobs, my biggest issue will always be time management. No matter how organised you are, you won’t get to super-simple if your life includes children, but I know my desire to succeed will always outweigh time restraints.

How have you overcome it?

It’s so easy to fall into a negative train of thought when life isn’t going the regimented way I expect it to. So, I recently started a Gratitude Journal to keep myself in a thankful and positive state of mind. Regular practice of gratitude can have an phenomenal impact on the mind and I find that since adopting this practice and “attitude of gratitude” it enables me to push through the barriers and find that light at the end of the tunnel. Success is a state of mind.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Cutified Spa Parties has only been operating for 2 months and locals have really embraced this unique party concept with bookings until mid next year! Customer satisfaction is imperative in any business and I pride myself on strong communication and customer excellence so it’s always an absolute pleasure to hear and read the wonderful feedback we get after a party.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for – Oprah Winfrey

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I’m a self-confessed busy-bee (lol) so it’s always been difficult for me to turn my thoughts down. I’m practically incapable of swtiching off and I have had wakeful nights for as long as I can remember. I have quickly learnt that self employment and good sleep is NOT a mutually exclusive choice so my gung-ho, hack-all-night attitude of startup culture has taken it’s toll so I wind down with relaxation music and find this really quietens the mind and minimises any worry. Soft music helps me deviate from the typical demands of the day so I stop thinking like a poor sleeper and let my mind rest peacefully.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

Accessories – I love costume jewellery and managing an accessory store back in my retail days was testament to my bling-obsession!

Favourite Colour?

Red – they say this personality colour identifies the extroverted and optimistic – funny because this is me in a nutshell!

Favourite Flowers?

Peony – these beauties are what made up my wedding bouquet. Symbolises romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and happy marriage.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give a new mumpreneur?

To all those risk-adverse-procrastinating mothers!…..TAKE A RISK! Life is inherently risky and the odds are better than you think! There will always be challenges and obstacles but getting over them makes success all the more sweeter. Here’s to big wins to all budding Mumpreneurs!!

Find out more about Lis and her business on her sites and connect with her on social media: 

Website:- cutifiedspaparties.vpweb.com.au

Instagram:- cutified_spa_parties

Facebook:- www.facebook.com/Cutified Spa Parties

Think your mumpreneur story will inspire our community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch. Or let me know in a comment below.

Monday Mumpreneur with Stefanie from Business Fun Factory

On Mondays we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week’s mumpreneur is using her experience to help other biz mums from making the same mistakes as her.

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Your name: Stefanie

Tell me about your children: 

I have got a cute little baby girl aged two. She is the best that ever happened to me in my life.

Where do you live? 

Vienna, Austria (but moving soon to Bogota, Colombia)

PC or Mac? PC

Tell us about your business:

My passion is to do business. I love the world of entrepreneurship and the energy behind. My first business failed completely and I turned out to be broke. Now I help other women to set up their own business without resulting having a big minus on their bank account.

I am convinced that everybody has a unique gift to offer to this world. Everybody who has found their real passion and wants to be independent can do that. Sometimes it just lacks a little bit of “kick in the a..” So, I help women to find their real passion and show them how they can turn that passion into a real business that makes money.

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What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it; that I can build something from my knowledge and experience. I wanted to have a self determined life (as far as my daughter lets me) and I don’t wanna ask for sick leave when my baby girl is ill and needs me. But most important I am convinced that everybody can turn their dream into a business. My motivation is to motivate and guide women towards a life with more fun and freedom.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

TIME. In the beginning of my business I still had my 9-5 job. And I had my baby girl. So, I had to work at night. In the weekend I wanted to dedicate all my time to my girl. So there was not much left. I decided to make something out of the time I have got.

I think that is so important for every business women or every mum who wants to start a business. Don’t find excuses but search for solutions. Try to make the best out of what you have got. It will not bring you any further to complain but only to get out of your comfort zone and just do it.

How have you overcome it?

Time is still an issue. However I am doing better and better in finding more time for my business and myself.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

The first day of my business. The moment when I finally was sure what kind of business I wanna have. I just started out right away.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started” by Mark Twain

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I go for a run and do some work out. I love to sweat because it’s like all negative thoughts come out and only positive energy stays.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A new PC and I love it.

Favourite colour:

Pink

Favourite flowers:

Sunflowers

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Find your real passion, start now, don’t spend too much money and have fun in life. I have learned that you can start a business with almost zero investment. You can do a great website all by your own; if you don’t know how, just google or youtube it.

Find out more about Stefanie and her business on her sites and connect with her on social media: 

Website address: www.businessfunfactory.com

Facebook address: www.facebook.com/businessfunfactory

Think your mumpreneur story will inspire our community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch. Or let me know in a comment below.

Monday Mumpreneur with Sandra Dowse from Pickle Pie Gifts

On Mondays we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week we’re peeking inside the business of a workaholic mumpreneur managing the busiest time of the year for her gift company to see how she creates the balance between busyness and family.

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Name: Sandra Dowse

Tell me about your children:

William – Age 3

I’m also 34 weeks pregnant with baby No2! No name yet!

Where do you live? 

Smarden in Kent, UK

PC or Mac?

Mac all the way! Never owned a pc – wouldn’t even know how to turn one on!

Tell us about your business

Pickle Pie offers bespoke, personalised gifts that are quirky, fun and are quite literally jam packed with love!

We sell our products on our own website – www.picklepiegifts.co.uk and also are an Enterprise Partner on notonthehighstreet.com

We offer products from a wide range of Homeware items, personalised oven mitts, aprons, loom band tins, iPhone cases, iPad cases and even dog treat tins!

There is myself Sandra, Mel who is my right hand lady & Head of Customer Happiness, Clare who’s the Chief Printer of all things pretty, Julia (who is my mum) and the Head of Beautiful Gift Wrapping, plus four Designers, a book keeper and 9 children between us (soon to be 10!)

All our products are bespoke yet affordable and we work with the customer every step of the way to design a perfect product. As each product is different and personal to you, there are no two the same!

All you need to do is tell us the nice bits, the happy bits and even the slightly embarrassing bits. You must then choose a colour scheme and design. Then wait while we squish and squash it all into a beautiful, personalised product and send it out to you.

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All designs are trendy, quirky, contemporary and fun and the best part is making our customers smile with the end result! Get Pickling!

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I worked full time for years in London, at several Design and Marketing positions. I then had William and decided that if the business I had on the side was really going to succeed and be taken to the next level, I needed to devote all my time to it and immerse myself 100% and live and breathe Pickle Pie! Which is what I did!

Having a family and running a business is very hard, but with the right attitude, devotion to both the business and the family, you can succeed at being a great mum and a mumpreneur at the same time!

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

I think the biggest hurdle that we have overcome as a company is being a gift company, our busiest time of the year is Christmas and that also coincides with the biggest family time of the year too! In the last quarter of this year we received our 10,000th order!

We are so passionate to succeed and grow, that the challenge of the amount of orders we have achieved and getting happy customers returning to us combined with the busy family lives we lead, makes for a very ambitious mix!

How have you overcome it?

By being ambitious, never giving up, being slightly crazy and never losing our sense of humour! (Ok, maybe we do in mid November – but we soon find it again!)

What’s been your proudest business moment?

I have a mixture of moments that I feel very proud of. Appearing in loads of cool PR and magazine articles, being featured on the notonthehighstreet blog, one of our prints appearing in “The only way is Essex”, Achieving 10, 000 orders, Opening our new shiny office last month and believe it or not becoming VAT registered! (It means that we are now taken seriously in the world of business!)

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“If at first you don’t succeed; you are running about average” – MH Alderson

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”
― Peter F. Drucker

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

Relax! What is that? I am a workaholic and Im often found in the office at midnight, printing out orders and dispatch notes! But when the laptop is stowed away and the weekend is here, I love to have country walks with the family, spend time on in our beautiful home and maybe a spot of cooking and baking too!

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

My husband brought me a Thermomix Food gadget for my birthday last week, so the last treat I purchased for me was some bread tins, so I can get making my own bread!

Favourite colour:

Its a close call between Charcoal Grey & Vintage shabby green!

Favourite flowers:

Hydrangers – the bigger the better!

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Make your work life as flexible as you can – this will not only be great for you but also be the ethos for the team that support you too. We all work flexible hours and around our family life.

When the kids are at nursery or school and then we are always there to do the school runs, attend sports days and cook the tea. But as soon as bedtime is here, we revert back to the laptop and get working! Its a hard slog, but well worth it.

Its possible to then get the perfect balance of being a great mummy and working for a great company!

Find out more about Sandra and her business on her sites and connect with her on social media: 

Website: www.picklepiegifts.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PicklePieCreations

Fancy inspiring others by sharing your mumpreneur story with our community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch. Or let me know in a comment below.

Monday Mumpreneur with Lyndsey Gilchrist

asap1On Mondays we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

I love how this week’s mumpreneur steps up and finds a solution to the loneliness that many of us face when running our business from home.

 

Your name: Lyndsey Gilchrist

Tell me about your children:

Alexander is 5.5 years old and Oliver 2.  Baby number 3 is due in Mid-June.

Where do you live?

I live in Glasgow Scotland, although originally from Edinburgh

PC or Mac? PC

Tell us about your business:

I started as a Virtual PA in 2005.  Since that date I have rebranded and setup set-up my businesses in an entirely different way.  My businesses are ASAP Admin and Call Team.  At Call Team we provide business owners with a call handling service, we are more than a message taking service in that we go above and beyond and ensure that you never miss another call or business opportunity.

ASAP Admin is a Virtual PA business providing small business owners with admin support.  However since January 2013 I found a new niche which has proven popular and that is setting up systems and processes, automating business, basically giving businesses owners a structure to enable them to continue to grow their business and they now have systems in places to allow them to do this without overwhelming themselves.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I set up my business prior to having a family knowing that when the time did come that I would have grown my business to the point that would enable me to be flexible and work around the children without the stress of having to find clients and already have a client base.  My children and my husband David motivate me and my husband is extremely supportive of me and the businesses.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

The most challenging aspect is being able to get out and network as 99% of networking meetings are from 8am when trying to do the nursery drop off and now also doing a school run, or they are at the school pickup time.  I mainly network online now and have a fantastic clientele that refer me via word of mouth. There is also the challenge of actually working from home which can be quite difficult and lonely.  However since getting our attic converted into an office space I love it and feel that I now am away to work and get my head down and get on with work.  Being able to chat via Skype and Facebook etc., to clients, potential clients and acquaintances takes away the loneliness.

How have you overcome it?

I have joined online networking groups and have Skype sessions with clients to have face to face meetings that would be impossible with our clients being throughout the UK.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

I absolutely love what I do and it’s the satisfaction that you get when you accomplish a project for a client that they were struggling to do and completed it in a short space of time that they are amazed.  Also the fantastic team that I have managed to get in place, which enables me to leave the business in their capable hands and have them undertake projects and let me get on with growing my business too.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I only work whilst the kids are either at school/nursery out with these times before they are in bed it is mummy time.  When they are in bed, I will curl up with a good book and relax, or occasionally take a complete break and go and get some pampering with either getting a haircut or my nails done.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

I took some time out and went for a coffee and read a book, although I can see a pampering session of getting my hair and nails done shortly.

Favourite colour:  Red / Purple

Favourite flowers:  Gerbera’s

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Research research research.  Make sure you do plenty of research before you decide to start up your business. Make sure you have everything covered and if you can start up whilst still in employment and get your marketing and even a few clients ready then that is even better.

Find out more about Lyndsey and her businesses on her sites and connect with her on social media: 

Website address: www.asapadmin.co.uk and www.callteam.co.uk

Facebook address: www.facebook.com/asapadmin and www.facebook.com/callteam

Twitter address: www.twitter.com/asapadm1n and www.twitter.com/callteam

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below. 

Monday Mumpreneur with Caroline Wylie

Every Monday we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week’s feature biz mum shows us how we can do it all backwards and still be a successful mumpreneur and her catchphrase is pure genius!

Your name: Caroline Wylie

Tell me about your children: Cassius, aged two

Where do you live? Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

We live in a rambling but tumbledown Victorian tenement in one of Glasgow’s sought after suburbs. As a result, I’m now a dab hand with duct tape and stepladders!

PC or Mac? PC, most definitely.

Tell us about your business:

I run Virtually Sorted, a virtual assistant (VA) business which I started ten years ago when being a VA was practically unheard of in the UK. Virtually Sorted is a one-stop-shop for admin; from running weekly SEO reports to transcribing videos or webinars.

The business encompasses anything which people find themselves doing on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, which can be outsourced. This frees up time to concentrate on growing the business. Through Virtually Sorted, I found that I was repeatedly receiving enquiries from other VAs who wanted to know what equipment I was using and how I marketed the business etc.

These enquiries lead to me set up the Society of Virtual Assistants, which now has more than 1,400 members and is the largest organisation for VAs in the UK. Through this society, I also conduct an in-depth annual survey which VAs and other businesses can use to research the industry. The latest survey (v5) is available to download here.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I did this one back to front really – I had already set up my businesses before I became a mum. But what was really interesting was the reactions of other mums had when I said I was back to work after five weeks… It was hard at first, but I think for me it would have been harder to be at home for a whole year and then suddenly catapult myself back into work and my child into full time care. Granted, I didn’t get to attend that many baby groups, but I did get to take my son on a Teddy Bears Picnic this morning!

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

My brain! I’m not a naturally ambitious person so I often need pushing to really shoot for the stars. I have realised that limits tend to be very much in my head.

How have you overcome it?

I make a conscious effort to plan out my business goals each month. I take time out of the office, go somewhere nice and scribble furiously in my notepad (I’m retro like that!).

What’s been your proudest business moment?

I won the RBS Best New Glasgow Business when I first started and received some great coverage in the media … up until that point, I think everyone in my family thought this was a pie in the sky idea. I was genuinely surprised to win and it gave me such a confidence boost to get through the first few years. More recently, my Society of Virtual Assistants blog got shortlisted to the final top 10 digital/tech bloggers in the UK Blog Awards 2014. I was really pleased to be nominated and delighted to be a finalist.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

Done is better than perfect. (Sometimes we get so tied up in the tiny details that we never get anything done!)

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

My lie in on a Sunday morning is non-negotiable – if I don’t get it, I get sick! I also do a Monday morning yoga class which I find to be an amazing way to start the week. I highly recommend it, both mentally and physically.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

It undoubtedly involved either chocolate or wine. Or both.

Favourite colour: My office is painted a really zingy lime green – I love it!

Favourite flowers: I have a nutty Burmese cat called Lottie – she eats flowers and then throws them up all over the house, so no flowers here! I do have something called an ‘Elephant Foot Tree’ which my mum gave me for my office when I started the business – amazingly it’s still alive, so that’s probably my favourite plant.

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Although the early days can be hard, it’s so worth it when you get to spend so much time with your kids whilst they grow. Focus your energy on what will generate the most income with the most pleasure. And of course, outsource to grow your business!

SVA logoYou can find out more about Caroline and her business on her website:

http://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/

And connect with her on social media:

Twitter:  

https://twitter.com/SocietyOfVAs

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofVirtualAssistants

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below. 

Monday Mumpreneur with Pippa Best

pippaEvery Monday we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

 

I loved reading about this week’s featured mumpreneur especially as she’s all about Mamma Me Time! A girl after my own heart.  I love everything they do and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them too.

Your name: Pippa Best

Tell me about your children

My daughter has just turned 3, and my son is about to turn 6…

Where do you live?

Penzance, Cornwall, UK

PC or Mac?

Mac

Tell us about your business:

Story of Mum is a free online community that takes a gloss-free look at motherhood – boosting confidence and encouraging mums to let go of Bad Mummy guilt and carve out vital time for ourselves.

We’ve just hosted our first residential Mamas’ Retreat and have launched our first DIY Mamas’ Retreat Kit – a gorgeous digital kit containing everything you need to host your own Mamas’ Retreat for friends at home.

www.storyofmum.com/diymamasretreatkit

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We have monthly Make Dates on twitter where mums come together to share our stories and get creative. E-courses and online retreats are coming later this year, along with a series of workshops on and off-line.  First up will be “Working Mama, Happy Kids” with Child and Community Psychologist Dr Emily Jane.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

Being a mumpreneur is still very new to me. For most of my life, I’ve worked as a freelancer in film development and project management. I started Story of Mum as a little creative experiment alongside my ‘proper’ paid work, but the more it has grown, the more I have started to feel I’ve found my new calling.

So this year, I’ve decided to turn Story of Mum from passion art project to business – so that I can spend more time on it, have a transformative impact on more mums, and support the work of others I really admire (we’re currently donating 10% of our DIY Mamas’ Retreat Kit sales to the Museum of Motherhood and Womankind Worldwide).

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Making money! Turning a voluntary and grant-funded project into something that generates income is my current big challenge.

It’s a challenge to identify and develop the right projects, but it’s also challenging at a deeper personal level. While I’ve no problem charging high prices for my freelance film work, exploring ways I might charge for what comes so easily and joyfully with Story of Mum has required a big and difficult mental shift…

How have you overcome it?

I’ve had to rethink what it means to be of service to others, and the different ways in which it can be possible to do that. And spend a long time exploring the right ways to monetize what we do without losing our heart and soul of the project.

I’ve been blessed with some fantastic mentors who have helped me to slowly explore and overcome my money blocks and develop strategies that will allow me to serve more mamas who need it, building new Story of Mum products based on my core beliefs and passions.

A great example has been the variations on the Mamas’ Retreat brand – I’ve embraced these projects because they perfectly support our vision of helping mums to take time to nurture themselves, get creative, and share their stories with others.

The DIY Mamas’ Retreat Kit is our first online product that truly chimes with that vision and it feels like I’m putting a little piece of my heart out there – scary and exciting.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Reaching 80% capacity sales of tickets for our first residential Mamas’ Retreat within a few days of launching it over Christmas!

I literally saw a dream come true in a matter of days. It felt a huge risk to take up a last minute opportunity with a very special venue (a stunning listed building by the sea in Cornwall, also where I got married!),and then to organize and offer the retreat within such a short time frame, but it completely paid off.

It also felt great to have financial proof that a real market and need exists for what we are offering.Which has spurred me on to keep growing and developing all these new ideas. We’re on the right track!

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What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

I always come back to the Marianne Williamson quote about not being afraid to shine. It pops up for me somewhere whenever I need to be reminded that I shouldn’t hide my joy and strengths. Shining is a marvelous encouraging thing, and we should all do more of it.

This month I’m also being inspired by Benjamin Franklyn – as a little reminder to make sure I make time for myself; and a self-care encouragement to all mamas. To nurture our families, we must first nurture ourselves.

“When the well’s dry, we know the value of water.” – Benjamin Franklyn

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I do yoga and zumba regularly. My brain is always busy andI find that moving is a really good way to calm it down. I can’t just sit still and meditate, but yoga has allowed me to connect with my inner voice and fall in love with my body again. And I love zumba because it makes me laugh for pretty much the entire class. I also love that I can eat delicious guilt-free treats after jumping around in a giggling frenzy for an hour too…

Getting creative is also a big part of how I relax. Running Story of Mum means that I have to come up with new quirky creative activities for mums each month – which means I have a gold-plated excuse to play and test all my ideas first.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A coffee in the park – a precious quiet moment in the sunshine, listening to birdsong and leaves in the wind, looking out at seagulls and clouds being buffeted along, and supping on a latte. Bliss.

Favourite colour

Turquoise. The sea isn’toften turquoise where we live, but this colour reminds me of the sea, and how a few moments of looking out at it can both soothe and inspire me. I got married by the sea, in turquoise!

Favourite flowers

Daffodils. They come up early in Cornwall, we’re very lucky – ours started to come through in February despite all the storms that have battered the coast – the UK’s largest ever wave was recorded off Penzance that week.

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Set a committed intention, throw your passion after it, and be ready – because amazing things can happen very fast!

Enjoy every moment of being present and engaged with your kids, and try to get them into bed by seven thirty! I get most of my Story of Mum work done between 7.30 and midnight and I have no idea how I would get anything done without that time…

Find out more about Pippa and her business on her website:

Website:www.storyofmum.com SOM_chosen final

And connect with her on Social Media:

Facebook page – www.facebook.com/storyofmum

Twitter – www.twitter.com/storyofmum

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below. 

Monday Mumpreneur with Beca De Carlo

Every Monday we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

I’m delighted to introduce you to this week’s featured mumpreneur, she not only shares her story with us but has created a wonderful resource for us all to use in our business and our life (check it out below), enjoy x

 

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Your name: Beca De Carlo

Tell me about your children

Jade 10, Tiehj 8 and Pleaides 7 – Jade is a great meditator, she always smoothes things out between people, she is loves performing in the circus and is amazing at maths. Tiehj is always singing, dancing and up a tree at the tippy tippy top freaking out anyone watching. Pleaides has more talent in his little pinky when it comes to any sport than I could hope to have after a lifetimes practice, he is also totally empathetic and shares everything he has without asking – which is so beautiful to see.

Where do you live? Mullumbimby, Australia

PC or Mac? PC

Tell us about your business

I have 2 businesses – That Crystal Site and Fertile Mama – the 2nd formed out of the 1st.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I have always been a crystal junkie and when I fell pregnant with Jade I wanted to be there for all the firsts that come with a baby, I didn’t want her to be in day care and be told that she smiled, crawled or walked while I was in the office… so I decided that I would create a website and sell crystals that way I could work from home and not miss one of those delicious moments.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Being everyone from sales, marketing, content writer, packer, admin to accounts and doing everything myself while raising little 3 kids (I had 3 under 4yrs) at home without boundaries of work time / home time… I never stopped. Total burn out with no sleep!

How have you overcome it?

They have all just started being at the same school and catching the bus together which is totally liberating for me!  While they were little I just did whatever I could, whenever I could around them and their needs. I had to bide my time really. Now they are all at school I have 5 hours a day where I get to be productive while they are not home – which is good for my soul. I really enjoy silence it means I can hear my own guidance.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

There are a few – my 1st sale – meant that this business idea of mine could work. When I ranked no1 on google for the term ‘crystals’ and when I hit 40000 visitor per month to my site. Helping ladies fall pregnant, getting babies to sleep, giving sensitive people back their freedom to go out in public – because I recommended crystals and did healings for them. They were pretty awesome moments.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

Focus on the possibilities; that way you will always find a way.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I meditate with my crystals and I walk the coast line of Byron Bay.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A gorgeous set of ‘Elspeth McLean’ hand painted stones with mandalas on them.

Favourite colour: Lime Green

Favourite flowers: Frangipanis

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

You can have anything you want. Start with the end in mind and reverse engineer so you are set up from the start with the dream business always in mind. Get coaching, tech help or support from people who know more than you and are already where you want to be so they can help you grow into your dream faster.

Here are some wonderful Business Support Crystals for mammas that Beca is sharing with us.  Check out their properties below:

Business Support Crystals For Mamas

Labradorite: Patience, perseverance, success, knowing the right time, intuition – a Business mamas BFF

Rose Quartz: Self Love, Mama hugs to support us when are try to do it all ourselves and to see the beauty around us.

Fire Agate: Dispels fear, gets us to take action and stimulates both progression and advancement. It encourages you to be the best possible version of yourself!

Fluorite: Clarity, concentration and relieves chaos – cause no Mama has chaos in her life :P

Black Tourmaline: Protection from negativity, stress, brings stability, wisdom and inspiration

Citrine Lightbrary: Abundance, Joy Support and Community

Larimar: Fresh (higher) perspective, cleansing of old stuff, speaking with clarity and from the heart, support through change

To find out more about Beca and her business, visit her websites and connect with her on social media:

www.ThatCrystalSite.com
www.facebook.com/ThatCrystalSite

www.FertileMama.com
www.facebook.com/FertileMama
www.twitter.com/FertileMama

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below. 

Monday Mumpreneur with Patricia Talavera

ptalaveraEvery Monday we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

I’m delighted to introduce you to this week’s featured biz mum who inspires us by reminding us that when we put energy into our dreams, amazing things happen.

Your name: Patricia Talavera

Tell me about your children 

My husband Boshwell and I have one daughter, Isabelle. She turned 2 in December, she decided to make her appearance just around the time I was due to take my finals for my Master’s degree and she’s been keeping me on my toes ever since.

 Where do you live?

I live in Fort Washington MD. US

PC or Mac?

We have both but I prefer PC.

Tell us about your business

We combine our love of technology & marketing to help women entrepreneurs make the most of their online real estate (including their website & social media).  We know what needs to be done to turn your website into a lead generating machine and we also know HOW to do it. We combine strategy and technology to make marketing easier.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I decided to start my own business after being told that I couldn’t possibly find a job that I enjoyed, make the kind of money I wanted to make, and still be there for my family. I realized, that’s probably true as long as I work for someone else, so I decided to create my own job lol.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve heard the saying, “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” and I know that if I want to go big this year, it’s going to take some huge steps. So I have to keep reminding myself that extraordinary results mean that I have to do something extraordinary to get there.

How have you overcome it?

Most of my hesitation comes from fear, so I surround myself with supportive, like minded women. I also have several biz bff’s who hold me accountable when I get tempted to keep playing small. Having a supportive husband really helps as well, he’s contributed a lot of his talent to my business and he’s been my biggest cheerleader since the start.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

When we successfully relaunched as Save Your Time Biz Solutions. It was a lot of work, but when we were done, I felt like everything was more in line with what we wanted the company to be, and the kind of work that we wanted to be doing.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

The struggle you’re in today, is developing the strength you need for tomorrow

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I listen to music, or I read. Sometimes it’s nice to just zone out, and I get a lot of great ideas when I actually let myself relax.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

I’m not sure, but I’m getting ready to buy myself a phone case that says “Act like a lady, think like a boss”.

Favourite colour

It changes every time someone asks me, but the popular answer is probably pink.

Favourite flowers

Roses, mostly because I associate them with a lot of happy memories.

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do your fears. Don’t quote me on that, I didn’t come up with it lol. But I do think it’s very fitting. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the worst that can happen is that a promotion doesn’t work out, I don’t close the sale, etc. But if I don’t even try, I’m definitely not going to get the results I want. I know it’s easier said than done, but believe me when I say that if you start putting that energy towards creating your dreams, rather than thinking about what could go wrong, amazing things start to happen.

Find out more about Patricia and her business on her website:

www.saveyourtimebizsolutions.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook page

www.facebook.com/saveyourtimebizsolutions

Twitter

www.twitter.com/sytbizsolutions

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below. 

Monday Mumpreneur with Rebecca Newenham

newenhamEvery Monday we feature a mumpreneur just like you and me who’s ready and willing to open up their lives and their business to us.  

They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then our featured business mums show you what’s possible.

This week’s featured mumpreneur is a true inspiration to her staff as they were the ones who put her forward for the feature. She always knew that she would build her business to give opportunities to others and you can see why she’s been recognised and won accolades ~ a true leader.

Your name: Rebecca Newenham

Tell me about your children

I have three daughters – Isabelle 12, Aimee 10 and Robyn 8. Our house is very pink!

gavalogoWhere do you live?

Guildford, Surrey, UK

PC or Mac?

Mac but still have access to PC!

 

Tell us about your business

Get Ahead VA are experts in providing nationwide virtual assistance services. Our team of highly skilled virtual assistants support small businesses remotely. We are the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do. We do jobs that our clients don’t have time to do, can’t do or simply don’t want to do. We don’t take up office space and clients pay us for the exact work that we do – there are no hidden costs, no holiday or sick pay. We deliver a wide range of virtual business support from basic administration through to sophisticated email marketing and PR campaigns.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I always knew that I wanted to run my own business. My mother run a tutorial business from home when I was growing up and was a great role model for me. I wanted to give my girls the continuity of me being able to do school drop off and pick up but I also wanted to contribute financially. I started to hear about the term virtual assistant more and more, it evolved in the US. I researched various courses and found one run by 2 hugely successful UK based VAs. The course ran over one day and it was fantastic as it ran through everything you would need for a home office right through to documentation and types of work we could do. With my background and contacts I had a clear vision for how I could create a team and service a broad range of customer requirements. I didn’t want to be a sole trader and always knew I would grow the business and give work opportunities to fellow mothers.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Running your own business from home is definitely a challenge. Technology makes it a lot easier to manage your time but you have to be disciplined. At one stage I would wake up and check my emails before even putting on the kettle. This was crazy but an easy habit to get into!

How have you overcome it?

Since moving into my garden office I have found it easier to set boundaries and make a clearer distinction between my work and family life.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

One of the real high points for me was last year’s Christmas lunch. Seeing the team together and hearing them all talking passionately about our clients and the huge benefits of being part of GAVA made it all worthwhile. The majority of our team have children and I know how much they value being able to work from home, flexibly around their families. I was also very proud when we were voted 2nd most loved VA business in the UK through ‘the best of’ business directory and I was selected as a finalist in last year’s MumpreneurUK awards.

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What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“What will be will be”

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

By demonstrating the benefits of having a VA myself! At half terms and holidays I always ask one of my team to check my emails so I can have a proper break with my girls. I also love my bootcamp exercise which I do outside twice a week come rain or shine. I have a babysitter booked so there is no excuse not to make it.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

At the end of my last 21 day detox I treated myself a set of 3 rings from Stella and Dot

Favourite colour

I am currently loving luminous colours

Favourite flowers

It has to be daffodils at this time of year

What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?

I think the secret to Get Ahead’s success has been understanding our varied customer requirements and then making the right connections between the specific VA and the client. I pride myself on being a fantastic match maker! So make sure you really consider what your customers want and then deliver upon it.

Find out more about Rebecca and her business on her website:

Website address: www.getaheadva.com

And connect with her on social media:

Twitter address: @GetAheadVA

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/get-ahead-va

Facebook: facebook.com/getaheadva

Fancy sharing your story and becoming part of our wonderful supportive mumpreneur community? Drop me an email over on the contact page – and I’ll be in touch.   Or let me know in a comment below.