Welcome ~ Be inspired to achieve your dreams

Looking for inspiration and support to set up in business?  Or, set up in business recently and need to surround yourself with a community of like-minded biz 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 whilst remembering that YOU are the most important asset in your business, so taking care of yourself is number one priority. Start by downloading your FREE gift (pop your details in the box on the right) and let’s get some Me Time into your busy schedule.

Monday Mumpreneur with Lavina Bonar

 

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 biz mum designed and created a solution to a problem many of us struggle with and now her products are loved by women globally and are a favourite of Hollywood celebrities.

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Your name: Lavina Bonar

Tell us about your children:

Ava – Age 17 months old. Mummy’s adorable little girl full of mischief and delight.

Where do you live?

Hertfordshire, England

PC or Mac?

Mac

Tell us about your business:

Sizers is a young and innovative new British brand that offers a range of solution-orientated products for women who struggle to find the perfect shoe fit!

We manufacture, sell and distribute our footwear solution products to over 80 countries through our own website www.shoesizers.com as well as Amazon, Etsy and eBay. Our products are used in Hollywood by celebrity stylist Jessica Paster for her client’s designer footwear.

Currently our range exists of 3 products specifically designed to reduce your shoes up to 1 whole shoe size. We are looking to expand the range and are in the design stages of creating a men’s range of Sizers, with the hopes of launching it in the next few months.

Our high performance foot care line of shoe sizing insert cushions provide stylish, yet discreet solutions that are reusable, prevent bacteria whilst repelling moisture and odor. We believe you should be able to wear whatever shoes you want. Sizers provide the solution, giving you options!

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What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I came up with the idea of Sizers when I couldn’t find a pair of shoes in my size for a last minute job interview. I ended up buying a size too small as they were either all too big or stretched out. I kept thinking about my idea and began working on developing it every spare second I had, after work and every weekend. Several months later I became pregnant with my daughter Ava and decided to use this opportunity to take early maternity leave. I was 7 months pregnant running around trying to get Sizers off the ground before my bundle of joy arrived. It was certainly challenging to say the least. I have a lot of respect for mothers. Toughest job in the world!

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Giving birth to my daughter Ava and two days later going back to work to get our customer’s orders out on time. It was an exhausting chapter and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could do it as I had a very difficult labour, but when you’re doing something you love, somehow you find the strength and energy for it.

How have you overcome it?

I have a really supportive partner, James and my family were so great. They all rallied round helping as much as they could with Ava and just being there when I needed them. If you’ve got a circle of great people around you then it enables you to be the best you can. I’m really grateful for all their help as I couldn’t have done it without them.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

When Sizers was featured on NBC’s Today Show last month. It was an amazing moment to see a product I had designed and created being shown on one of the biggest morning shows in the USA. I still can’t get over the shock that our British made product went Stateside!

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. – Thomas Edison

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I like to do yoga whenever I can as its great for clearing my mind, but it can be quite difficult to find the time what with running a new business and making sure I’m there for my family. If I’m short of time, which I usually am, then I’ll go for a quick run or swim.

A pink lipstick from YSL. A bright lip always lifts my mood and makes me feel empowered.

Favourite colour: Anything bold and bright but if I had to choose, orange.

Favourite flowers: Pink lillies

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

Don’t think you can’t do both, run a business and be a great mother. My Mum is my role model because she showed me that you can be successful at whatever you put your mind to. You don’t have to compromise. I watched her run her own business single-handedly when I was younger, and no matter what was going on she always had time for her family. We always felt that we were her number one priority.

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

www.shoesizers.com

And connect with her on social media:

www.facebook.com/shoesizers
www.twitter.com/shoesizers
www.instagram.com/shoesizers

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 Rachel Swann

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 shows us that you don’t have to be an extrovert or pushy when it comes to sales and that a more gentle approach still gets the job done.

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Your name: Rachel Swann

Tell me about your children: Katie 13, Holly 11 and Beth  9

Where do you live? Leeds, Yorkshire

PC or Mac?

PC, although I love my iPhone and iPad for work too

Tell us about your business

I’m a consultant for mums in child-centred businesses.  That means that their target market is children with their parents and carers.  I support them in their marketing and advertising and help them to create amazing customer service for their business. I can help with the practicalities of running a business and can use my experience as a coach and hypnotherapist to help with some of the internal stuff like lack of confidence and imposter syndrome as well as the icky feelings around selling and chasing up money.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I wanted to have flexibility so that I could be around for my kids when they were younger and I wanted to be my own boss.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

I’m naturally quite an introvert and not a natural salesperson, so that makes it quite hard.  When I started in business I tried to learn about marketing and sales but all the traditional advice seemed to be that you just need to man up and get on with it.  I found sales and marketing really difficult as well as networking.

How have you overcome it?

I’ve studied with some great mentors and coaches and learned that there are ways to connect and make sales for introverts. It’s a more gentle way of selling but it still gets the job done.

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What’s been your proudest business moment?

Being asked to present on business building 2 years running to my colleagues at our franchise AGM when I ran my child-centred franchise.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“Done trumps perfection every time” Carrie Wilkerson.  It’s something I see a lot with business owners, waiting till everything is perfect and it just leads to inaction. You can also include the Nike catchphrase too ‘Just Do It!’

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I have a huge corner bath with jets and lights in my bathroom.  I get a bubble bar from Lush, a book, candles, my iPod and sometimes a cheeky glass of wine and spend an hour relaxing in there.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A Stella and Dot necklace in January (not on sale either)

Favourite colour:  Green

Favourite flowers: Carnations

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

Get a mentor or a coach early on in your business.  They can prevent you from making some of the common mistakes and give you accountability to make you progress faster.  It really is an investment rather than an expense.

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

www.rachel-swann.com

And connect with her on social media:

www.facebook.com/therachelswann

www.twitter.com/the_rachelswann

www.pinterest.com/therachelswann

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 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

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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

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