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 Lisa Coop

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 wanted to prove to herself that she could run her own business and in doing so, has inspired others to join her.

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Your name: Lisa

Tell me about your children:

Three children jake 10, Elisha 6 & Isabelle 3 who are my world

Where do you live?

Leamington spa Warwickshire, UK

PC or Mac?  PC

Tell us about your business:

Run a health & Wellbeing business with forever living products the company is 36yrs old in over 150 countries globally

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I was drawn to it after being a customer for two years & wanted to provide a better lifestyle for my family

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

My biggest challenge was to prove to myself I could run my own business

How have you overcome it?

I’ve overcome this being having a very supportive husband & children

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What’s been your proudest business moment?

Having a new prospect tell me she only joined because of me!

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

Family, freedom, forever

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

I don’t normally treat myself as my kids are my priority

Favourite colour: red

Favourite flowers: Gerberas

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

Don’t let anything set you back use it as your driving force to succeed

To find out more about Lisa and her business, visit her site:

Website: www.lisacoop.flp.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook: aloeinspiredgloballwellbeing

Twitter: @lisacoops99

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 Laura Mackintosh from Rain-Shine

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 award winning business mum is passionate about getting our kids from behind their computer screens and out into the fresh air.

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Your name:

Laura Mackintosh

Tell me about your children:

Erin age 7 and Sara aged 4.

Where do you live?

Stirling in Scotland

PC or Mac?

PC

Tell us about your business:

I co-own and run a small family business with my mother called Rain-shine. We started the company in October 2010, when my youngest was just 8 weeks old. We provide quality waterproof clothing and swimwear to parents, nurseries, schools and groups to allow children the freedom to play outside come Rain or Shine.

We are proud to say that the majority of images used on our site are of our own children or those of satisfied customers, so REAL children! We recently published an ebook containing fun, easy outdoor play ideas to get the little ones more engaged outdoors and offer a FREE chapter of this to all our customers – a little something extra.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I was on maternity leave when my mother and I got in to a discussion about clothing and the need to get the kids outdoors whatever the weather. We talked about how when my sister and I were young that we had the regatta all in one waterproofs and how you never really see these anymore. It was decided from then and we started selling the all in one waterproofs and snowsuits from Regatta. At the beginning we had a basic 5 page website listing our products, which has grown today to well over 100 pages. Our product range has grown to include brands such as Trespass, Togz and Keela and we introduced a swimwear range from Konfidence, Speedo and Zoggs.

We are passionate about getting more children outdoors and reducing the amount of screen time. We were so saddened to hear that for the first time our childrens generation actually have a general lower life expectancy of 5 years. If we can help in any way to break down one of the barriers to outdoor play (unsuitable outdoor clothing) and getting kids more active, then we are delighted.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

The biggest challenge has to be the age old time management problem – having young children, you want to be able to ensure that you spend quality time with them as well as working on the business. I must admit I found this tricky in the first instance as we built the business.

How have you overcome it?

As my business was built around the needs of children (waterproof clothing and swimwear to get outside) I turned it to my advantage. I got the kids kitted out in our clothing range and walked the talk as they say. It was the best solution as I got to spend quality time with the children and they grew to love being outdoors and having a healthy lifestyle. In turn I also got to properly test the products which enables me to talk from the heart about them in our product descriptions and in our blog.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

My proudest business moment to date has to have been winning Theo Paphitis #SBS award in December 2013. We are excited to be attending an exclusive winners event in January 2015 where we get to meet him in person.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“Come Rain or Shine, we’ve got the kids covered”

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What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I enjoy reading business books (believe it or not I find this relaxing) or listening to mediation cds. Most of all however I enjoy just getting out with my kids and since we discovered geocaching this is all they want to do!

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

2 nights stay in Hilton in Birmingham plus return flights from Glasgow for the #SBS winners event.

Favourite colour: pink

Favourite flowers: carnation

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

Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s hard to be super mum and super business woman at the same time. Make sure you take some proper downtime to recharge your batteries.

To find out more about Laura and her business, visit her site:

Website: www.rain-shine.co.uk

Contact her here:

Email address: laura@rain-shine.co.uk

And connect with her on social media:

facebook: facebook.com/rainshinewear
twitter: @rainshinewear
pinterest: @rainshinewear
youtube: www.youtube.com/user/rainshinewear

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 Louise Humphryes from Supermum Surrey

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 help each other in order for all of us to succeed. We love her philosophy.

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Your name: Louise Humphryes

Tell me about your children: Bethany aged 12 and Olivia Ages 15 months

Where do you live? Woldingham, Surrey UK

PC or Mac? Mac

Tell us about your business:

In November 2013 I created a Supermum Surrey Facebook page and invited my friends and family to join. I then began networking with mums across surrey and invited them to share their small business on our page. Before long we had a few thousand members and a real community had grown.

It then occurred to me that we could build upon the Facebook page idea and develop a website where our Supermums could create a full business profile all linked to their social media sites as well as a customer rating mechanism for each member. This would allow any potential buyers to easily find trusted, reliable services in Surrey.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

It all started out as a hobby, I felt really comfortable networking with small businesses and I really enjoy what I do, the lovely emails, and FB ratings really motivated me.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

The biggest challenge is having enough time to manage the business. As any parent knows, there is a fine art to time management when you have a young child.

How have you overcome it?

I try to spend as much time with my daughter as possible and do the majority of the Supermum work in the evenings

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Winning a best new business award! I couldn’t believe the endorsements I received.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

‘Mums helping mums’ I think its very important for all women to help each other succeed, no matter how similar the other business may be.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

As most of you women who run a small business know its so hard to find time to yourself, but I do like a pamper, I have met many beauty therapists through Supermums.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

Aww, I will let you into a little secret, it was Channel sunglasses (I told my partner they where £100 but they where £500)

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite flowers: Roses

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

Talk to friends and family when things get tough, too many wonderful businesses end due to pressure.

To find out more about Louise and her business, visit her site:

www.supermum.org

And connect with her on social media:

www.facebook.com/supermumsurrey

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 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

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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.