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 Rebecca Newenham

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

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

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

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

Your name: Rebecca Newenham

Tell me about your children

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

gavalogoWhere do you live?

Guildford, Surrey, UK

PC or Mac?

Mac but still have access to PC!

 

Tell us about your business

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

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

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

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

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

How have you overcome it?

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

What’s been your proudest business moment?

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

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What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“What will be will be”

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

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

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

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

Favourite colour

I am currently loving luminous colours

Favourite flowers

It has to be daffodils at this time of year

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

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

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

Website address: www.getaheadva.com

And connect with her on social media:

Twitter address: @GetAheadVA

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

Facebook: facebook.com/getaheadva

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

Monday Mumpreneur with Ali Baker

alibakerEvery 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 am so delighted to introduce you to our featured business mum this week. After following her own intuition and fulfilling a life long dream to walk the Camino, she now supports others to really listen to their heart and follow their own inner knowing. She really is the queen of getting out of her comfort zone and she inspires and empowers her clients to do just the same.

Your name: Ali Baker

Tell me about your children

Saskia and Thea, 11, identical twins who make me laugh and remind me to not take life too seriously

Where do you live?

Life brought me to a mountain village in the French Alpes above Grenoble in 2010, but originally from the Yorkshire Dales with time in Sheffield and Cumbria

PC or Mac?

Converted to Mac in 2012 and love it!

Tell us about your business

My new business is as a coach to empower yourself. I want to help women in particular live the life they really want whether as women, mamas or in their work. My get up and walk coaching style is that everything is possible, if you really believe that is right for you. When we think like this life gets easier, things stop getting in the way and we get stuff done, often easily, but we need to believe in ourselves, get rid of limiting beliefs and fulfil our dreams with concrete action.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

Firstly the flexibility it offered with small children appealed to me greatly, followed by the realisation that I can have a life created by myself using my talents to help others. Now I want to show my girls that they too can be in business if they want to be and have a family. It’s not an either/or question or one of working very long hours for somebody else. We all have so many talents and skills that the world needs.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Procrastination combined with too many ideas and not enough action!

How have you overcome it?

I’ve joined several online groups and found people to support me. When we share our experiences, stories and feelings we reduce their impact in our lives. Stopping the chatter in our heads by sort it out much quicker than simply turning it over in our minds

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Receiving two messages from people I’d coached saying they’d landed a £40,000 contract for their training consultancy and the other had doubled the jewellery prices on her Etsy shop after our empowering coaching session. Both of them were no longer doubting their abilities or getting stuck in excuses to not move forward.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

There is always a solution

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

Self care is a big priority for me after several years of neglect, so yoga, dancing, walking, playing loud music and reading, which I do on a weekly basis.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

Candles, flower essence room sprays and rolls of fancy sticky tape to decorate my journals

Favourite colour:  Red

Favourite flowers:  Primroses

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

Trust your intuition, tune in, listen, turn up and find ways to SUPPORT yourself as a Mum AND an entrepreneur.

Find out more about Ali and her business on her website: www.ali-baker.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ali Baker Inspired Coaching

Twitter: @alibaker305 

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 Karina Ladet

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

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

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

This week’s featured business mum teaches us not to wait for the perfect time to start our business, but to just take the leap and all the support will be there for us and that miracles really do happen.

Your name: Karina Ladet

Tell me about your children: 

My son Gabriel is 7 and my daughter Lou Kalliste 4. They are both fun, loving and sensitive children and I’m so fortunate to be their mom.

Where do you live?

In a tiny village in the South of France

PC or Mac?

PC but I would love to have a Mac again

Tell us about your business

I’m a channel and intuitive and I offer Intuitive Readings and Intuitive Coaching on Skype and by e-mail and also teach lovely people how to communicate with their spirit guides online and during live workshops in France, Sweden, Belgium and Australia.

I started my business 2 years ago and it has been such an incredible journey. I love what I do and it makes me so happy to support other people (mostly women) to live their lives to the fullest. I believe that we are all intuitive and that it’s possible for all of us to live our Dream Lives. In order to do this we need to connect with our inner voice and open up to all the support that surrounds us. I also believe that we all have spirit guides and angels who are there to help us and guide us on the right path for us. In the end it’s all about getting very still and listening to the guidance that is already there. I know that this is possible for everyone and love supporting people who are trying to find their way back to this connection.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I’m such an independent and intuitive spirit and I didn’t enjoy working for a French boss ; ). I also knew that I wanted to have a business on my own terms so that I could create the right balance between my work, family and me time. It’s so wonderful to show my children that work can be so much fun and be so inspiring and flexible. I can work from home and travel to teach my retreats when it fits my needs and my family’s. How awesome is that?

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Honestly, the biggest challenge for me was to actually start my business. It took me 11 years of waiting for the perfect time, not feeling ready and so many other excuses before I finally took the leap. Everything that has come up since then has been easier than that first big challenge.

How have you overcome it?

One day I decided it was time and I started. I’ve been able to go back and tweak my offers, my website and everything else afterwards. When I finally started so much support showed up in my life, both people and opportunities, and I’ve been constantly learning and growing since then.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

When I was holding a Spirit Guide Connection retreat in Kuranda, Australia, in November last year. Taking in the whole experience of having found a way to create two retreats in Australia and to bring my family with me for a whole month of exploring and enjoying such an amazing country brought tears to my eyes. This was such a magical moment and I know so many people were with me, both physically at the retreat and also following me online. I felt SO supported and knew in my heart without a doubt that I was at the exactly right place at the right time.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

Miracles happen every day. It’s such a great reminder that a situation or relationship can shift in one split second. I love that about life!

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I go for a long walk in the mountains where I live, climb a tree and hug it for a long time or get a massage.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A crystal bracelet created by the lovely Alex at Violet Gray in Australia

Favourite colour:  Purple!

Favourite flowers: White lilies and purple lilacs (I can’t choose!)

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

You are an amazing woman and mother. The gifts you have come to share with the world are so precious and only YOU can do this in your unique way. It’s ok to be afraid and feel like you are not enough sometimes. Know that you are on the right path and the perfect support is there for you if you ask for it. Hold that vision and give yourself what you need to bring it to life.

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

www.karinaladet.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karina-Ladet/210282699046998

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/KarinaLadet

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

Monday Mumpreneur with Rebecca Guidera

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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 featured mum shows us how running your own business can be the best thing for creating work and life balance and I love her advice for new mumpreneurs, enjoy …

Your name:  Rebecca Guidera

Tell me about your children

I have one lovely little boy called Cade and he’s three years old. He adores being in the great outdoors – going to the beach, fishing, bush walking and golf! It’s funny, neither my husband nor I have ever played golf and here we have our little man getting us into a new sport.

Where do you live?

I live in Vivonne Bay, which is located on Kangaroo Island, just off the South Australian coast. It’s a most beautiful and magical place.

PC or Mac?

Just upgraded from a PC to a Mac. What a learning curve.

Tell us about your business

My husband is a builder and together we are NRG General Building & Carpentry. The work we do ranges from the smallest of decks and patios to the largest of architecturally designed homes. I run the business side of things – marketing, bookwork, invoicing and finance etc. I also liaise with our clients a lot. We started from small beginnings over 10 years ago and today we are now a very successful business.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I have always subconsciously known that I would end up running my own business. As a teenager my parents had their own business and I could see the benefits of it even back then. I have worked for others in a variety of jobs, but nothing compares to working from my own office at home.

After I had Cade, I realised how my business and my family could easily blend together. I have no childcare to worry about, no time schedules to keep. I don’t have to ask for time off of work if he is ill. It really is a gift to be able to do that, and a big motivator to stay in this business of ours.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Keeping track of the finances. We have so much coming and going it can make your head spin.

How have you overcome it?

Ahhh, still a work in progress that one!

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Watching our reputation grow through word of mouth. You cannot buy exposure like that! Also to receive amazing feedback from clients, architects and engineers alike.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

‘Eat, drink and be merry’ – Saint Luke. I write it on a lot of birthday cards I send. Basically enjoy your life and have a bit of fun.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I love to get pedicures. We live in a remote area and the nearest spa is a 40 minute drive away, but I’m lucky enough to know a great Beauty Therapist who has a mobile business. She comes to us! It’s wonderful.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A beautiful photographic print from a local artist, which I am yet to frame and hang. I must put that on my to do list.

Favourite colour

I love all colours and find it really hard to pick a favourite.

Favourite flowers

Sunflowers, they just look so happy.

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

Schedule in a yearly timetable for your mundane, boring old bookwork, and stick to it. There is nothing worse than leaving things like that to the last minute. On the first Monday of every month, I sit down and do it. Once it’s done your free to work the things that sing to you :)

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

Website: www.nrggeneralbuilding.com

And connect with  her on Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NrgGeneralBuilding

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 Driver

caroline-driver-Family photoEvery 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 business mum identified a problem that frustrates parents and infants everywhere and came up with an ingenious and simple solution!  She’s now raising awareness so that every mum can avoid this common hazard, make her life easier and end tiny tears.

Your name: Caroline Driver

Tell me about your children: 

It’s a hectic life with three under 5’s! Never a quiet moment, but that’s what makes it all the more enjoyable! Nicholas is 4, Lois is 3 and Vincent is 17-months.

Where do you live? Trowell, Nottingham, UK

PC or Mac?  PC

caroline-driver-packagingTell us about your business

Infasense Ltd create sensible products for infants.  The first of our range to launch is the Justafit adjustable onesie (sleepsuit, if you prefer). I designed the Justafit after becoming frustrated by ill-fitting onesies.

Our family health visitor alerted me to the hazards posed by the excess fabric that would gather to cause ‘flipper feet’ as my children began to move around independently.

The Justafit adjustable onesie provides a simple solution to this problem; the adjustable ankle and wrist details keep the feet and hands where they’re supposed to be ensuring no more trips, slips or messy cuffs.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

Having three young children opens your world to a myriad of issues; you quickly identify flaws in the way certain products have been designed and you also start to recognise problems for which there isn’t a marketed solution.

This is really how it all began for me, the Justafit was a practical solution to a challenge my family, like so many others, face every day. Another motivation has been to spend time with my children as they grow. Running my own business has provided the added benefit of being able to work around the family, unlike in a conventional work environment.

I would also dearly love to make my children as proud of me as I am of my own parents.

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What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Not having enough hours in the day! Our Justafit is a solution to a genuinely common problem; it improves on a baby wardrobe essential! Raising awareness to ensure people know the Justafit exists to make their lives easier is a challenge and very time consuming.

How have you overcome it?

By enjoying what I am doing, it is a business but also a ‘hobby’.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

It took 18-months of product design, development and testing to finally arrive at this point. I would undoubtedly say that receiving the first batch of the end product made me very proud of this achievement.

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What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

Don’t do tomorrow what you can do today!

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

Every spare moment is spent with my children. I love watching them learn by exploring, walking our dog, or reading together.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A beautiful new dress for my sister’s wedding.

Favourite colour: Green

Favourite flowers: Bluebells

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

Be prepared to put in a lot of hard work. This is made so much easier if you enjoy what you are doing!

infasense new colourFind our more about Caroline and her business at her website:

www.infasense.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/infasense

Twitter: www.twitter.com/infasense

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 Kate Beddow

Kate Growing Spirit0031Every 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.

Sometimes our life’s purpose is right in front of us ~ only we need someone else to point it out. This week’s inspiring business mum shares her story to show how, once we know what we’re here to do, there’s no stopping us.

 

Name: Kate Beddow

Children: Laura (9) my Goddess in training who loves reading, writing and all things creative, and Daniel (5) my little Jedi who is always on the go and loves nothing more than playing Lego with his sister and hunting for dragons in the forest.

Live: Stafford, Staffordshire, UK

PC/Mac: PC at the moment but I am dreaming of moving to Mac with my next upgrade ;)

Business: I created Growing Spirits when my friend and mentor, Lisa Williams, pointed out that I should be focusing on working with children while we were having a chat one day. I had been working as an energy healer for a few years at that point and had been treating a lot of pregnant women and children, although I had never marketed myself that way.

My response was “Why would anyone want to come to me?” it was then that she pointed out that I had been a Primary School teacher, a childminder, a Brownie leader, I had even sold children’s books when Laura was a baby and of course I was a Mum. “How much more experience do you need?” she asked. It was as though someone had turned the light on.

It all became clear. Within 24hrs I had created a new website and had a new format for my business and I have been working with children and families ever since.

I run classes to help parents support and heal their children, as well as offering distant and in person treatments, classes and Reiki attunements for children and their parents. I use my own natural healing energy, it has undoubtedly been amplified by Reiki and Sekhem attunements, but I know it is my own unique blend of magic that I work with primarily. Working with families in this way makes my heart sing. I know I have found my life purpose and that feels wonderful.

What motivated me? Having spent years training as a teacher and working with other people’s children for many years I knew that I didn’t want t return to work when I had a family myself. I began working as a childminder when Laura was a baby, I also sold children’s books, then I was very ill.

When she was three years old I was diagnosed with a condition called “Acromegaly” (a tumour on my pituitary gland which was causing me to produce too much growth hormone). I was a mess and in a lot of pain. In 2007 I was blessed to have surgery and made a miraculous recovery. I was told I wouldn’t have any more children but within 6 months I was pregnant with Daniel.

The moment he was in my arms I knew I had to do something significant with my life. I had been given a second chance and I wanted to make the most of it. So I started looking into courses I could take and ways to keep myself well naturally, it was then I discovered Reiki and energy healing and I haven’t looked back.

As a teacher I would have missed so much of my own children’s lives; special assemblies, nativities, sports days etc and that would have been torture.  More importantly though I adore my job, it is never a chore and I bounce out of bed every morning. When you have found a job like this you don’t give it up, not without a fight!

Biggest challenge: Learning to think like a “business woman”. Having never worked anywhere other than schools it has been a steep learning curve. So many of my teaching skills are a huge asset in my business; organisational skills, writing classes etc but I had never had to do marketing, accounts or any of the countless other things involved in running your own business.

How have I overcome it?: I read. I read a lot of books about business, and by entrepreneurs I respected and admired. I have also been blessed with an amazing group of goddess mentors who hold my hand when I wibble and gently guide me when I lose my way.

Proudest business moment?: There are so many. Seeing children, and parents, make enormous improvement in their physical or emotional well being and knowing you helped them on their journey, building my own website from scratch with no training or IT knowledge, seeing my articles in print for the first time… I could go on. There is something to be proud of just about every day and that is one of the joys of being in control of your own destiny.

Catchphrase or favourite quote: “The soul is healed by being with children”

How do you relax or nurture yourself?: I tend to take a good book to the bath, go for a walk on Cannock Chase, meet a friend for coffee or spend some time cuddling the children, there’s nothing like a cuddle to help you recharge.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?: A beautiful leather bound notebook. I love stationery, all my planning is done on paper so I go through a lot of notebooks!

Favourite colour: It changes depending on my needs and my mood. At the moment I love turquoise though.

Favourite flower: I love snowdrops, their simplicity is so beautiful and they are the first sign of spring and the new life. I love daffodils for the same reason.

Advice for a new mumpreneur: Choose a business that you love because you will spend more time thinking about your business, working on your business and working in your business than you could ever imagine. It should be a joy growing your enterprise not a chore. Nurture it like you would a child and enjoy watching it grow and flourish.

Find out more about Kate and her business at her website:

www.katebeddow.co.uk

And connect with her on social media:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GrowingSpirits
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Growingspirit
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KatebeddowCoUk/about
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/growingspirit/

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 Laura Jones

Laura jones1Every 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.

As an award winning business mentor for The Prince’s Trust, I have a passion for supporting anyone who’s been through their services and love to hear success stories. So, I’m particularly delighted to introduce you to this week’s business mum who’s a proud Prince’s Trust supported business!

Your name: Laura Jones

Tell me about your children:

Indi-Cai , almost two and my reason for breathing. Keeps me alive, tired, focused, unfocused and helps me see the beauty of things when sometimes all you see is grey. His little hand started it all for me.

Where do you live? St. Albans Hertfordshire, UK

PC or Mac? – PC every time

Tell us about your business: 

My business, ECOlourKIDS, started when looking for Organic super safe and natural paints to use with my Son. I studied an Art based degree at Uni, so once my son was born I couldn’t wait to start getting creative with him. My problem was I couldn’t find anything I’d feel safe letting him, at the tender age of 9 months, get crazy with.

So I researched and shopped around, and to my dismay found nothing. When I realised that there just didn’t seem to be anything on the market, I started making my own, then shortly after for a messy play group I ran.  The paints and perfecting them started to become such a passion for me, that I decided I wanted to pursue the possibility of making a business out of it.

I then embarked on a Princes Trust Enterprise program, and began to see that making ECOlourKIDS a reality was indeed a possibility. I am now lucky enough to say that I am a Princes Trust Supported Business!!

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I have three products presently,Messy Play in a box set, A gift set for a little person, and standard paint set. I am working on more as we speak! The paints are powdered so can be made up at home to make mums feel they are part of the making process, plus this way they last longer, as I use no preservatives or added nasties. Simple, Organic, Natural paints that can be used from weaning age upwards, even a gluten and lactose free alternative is available for those extra sensitive bubs!

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

My Son. In numerous ways. Wanting to be present in his life as much as I can, especially as Im a single mum, is of the highest importance to me, so my career has to work around him. Being there to play, support, and raise him to the best of my ability, as well as being a positive role model for him drives me. I want him to see that if you want something in life, you can do it, and that anything is possible. You can create the life you choose if you are focused and positive. That for me would be the biggest gift I could give him.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Confidence and work/life balance. Being a stay at home Mum, whether single or not, is tough. I felt that I had started to lose myself. So learning to believe in my abilities and capabilities as Laura again, not just Mum, has been a challenge. Plus making sure time with my son isn’t being affected, finding a routine, has been hard at times.

How have you overcome it?

By keeping myself focused and positive, finding a pace that suits me and going with it. Praising myself, as I do my son for my little achievements and keeping going forward. I also make sure that I divide my day into Mum time and Business time, by keeping the lap top closed in designated mum time moments. It can be hard but its imperative to keep the balance. Coffee helps of course!

What’s been your proudest business moment?

Wow, there’s been a few , like the time my business cards arrived and I saw ECOlourKIDS printed on a glossy card for the first time! I try and find moments every day that Im proud and humble for, I find it helps me keep on keeping on.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become” – Buddha

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover”. – Mark Twain

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I lived in Thailand prior to having my son, and met an awful lot of wonderful people. I was introduced properly to mediation and Reiki out there, and how to connect and love yourself was a lesson I started learning. Daily I try and give myself time to wind down mentally by meditation of doing Reiki on myself. Walking in the country, long hot baths, and good music always help too! Plus the odd glass of wine of course!

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A cold water diffuser for my essential oils! Amazing and could not be without it now!

laura jones2Favourite colour: purple

Favourite flowers: jasmine, lilies, and lavender flowers

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

Dream and believe. Just because you are Mum now, don’t think you cant do it, in fact being a Mum gives you even more reason why you can!

Find out more about Laura and her business at her website: 

www.ecolourkids.com

And connect with her on social media:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/Ecolourkids             Twitter: @ECOlourKIDS

 

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 Catherine Poole

CMPEvery 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.

All I can say about this week’s featured business mum is that we all need her in our lives . . .

Your name: Catherine Poole

Tell me about your children: Andrew (9) Emily (5)

Where do you live? Dunfermline, Scotland

PC or Mac?  PC

Tell us about your business

I am a virtual assistant who helps creative people make their words work harder for them with intelligent transcription, proofreading and editing. If you’re fabulous at articulating yourself verbally but struggle to get your words down on paper, I can help re-purpose your recorded content!

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I went back to work part time after having my son and was made redundant, so I decided after having my daughter that going back to the traditional workplace wasn’t going to work for me. I decided to set up my business at the end of 2010, and it’s been a steep learning curve, but I have no regrets!

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

Realising after two years in business that I had no idea who my ideal client was!

How have you overcome it?

Having done one or two courses in the last year, I have a much better idea of who I want to appeal to and that’s creative women in business, particularly coaches, trainers and therapists who run online courses and create a lot of content which they want to re-purpose in order to add lots of extra value.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

I have a few moments I’m proud of rather than just one, but I would say starting my own business is probably my proudest, as I’d gone through most of my adult life being an employee, and would never have thought I could have been my own boss.

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

I like this one from Denise Duffield Thomas – ‘I serve, I deserve’.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I have recently discovered relaxation MP3s, which I absolutely love, and I do like a good book. If I’m going to treat myself, I will go and have a facial and massage.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

I treated myself to a lovely steak dinner at the weekend on a night out with the girls!

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite flowers: Tulips

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

Remember that you’re an expert. It’s all too easy to think you’re just ‘little old me’ in business (particularly if you’re a mum, unfortunately) and compare yourself to everyone else, but whatever it is you do, you can do something that a lot of other people can’t.

Find out more about Catherine and her business at her websites: 

And connect with her on social media:

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Monday Mumpreneur with Amy Simpkins

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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.

Is there something you’re really good at?

I mean so good at that family and friends see you as their expert and ‘go to’ person when it come to this skill?

This week’s mumpreneur shows you how she is turning this skill into a much needed service business.

Your name: Amy Simpkins

Tell me about your children:

Andrew is 2.5. He loves construction equipment, all modes of transportation, and listening to Pentatonix. He has been to 16 countries and all over the US. Clara is 20 months old. She loves cooking, stuffed animals, and climbing anywhere she can get a foothold – the higher the better. She has been to 11 countries (hopefully she’ll eventually catch up to her brother) and all over the US. They are 13.5 months apart in age, which is an adventure in itself.

Where do you live? Denver, Colorado, USA

PC or Mac? PC

Tell us about your business

My husband and I dated long distance across the US. Travelling to see each other morphed into a travel hobby to see the country and the world. When we had kids, we briefly considered “quitting,” but decided to give travel with kids a shot, and the rest is history – our kids have flown over 200,000 miles each in their short lives. Along the way, we’ve learned all sorts of tricks for making travel – particularly travel with kids, but also travel in general – cheaper, easier, more fun, and more frequent.

We always try to help family and friends out with travel planning and arranging, and over the past few years and with some word-of-mouth recommendations, we have swizzled that into a nice little side business. Stroller Packing is the next level of that venture – it provides a blog with awesome tips and tricks to make family travel better. If families want more personalized help, I am also available for hire as a concierge travel consultant.

I have all sorts of visions for Stroller Packing – a book about long-distance dating my husband, an e-guide for hacking your stroller into the ultimate travel machine, a compendium of my best travel advice… but for now I’m focusing on the blog, establishing an audience, and getting a few travel consulting clients.

In the process of starting Stroller Packing, I have found that I also have a passion (and talent) for setting goals, laying out plans, and executing. I started Life Architecting to blog about goal achievement, positivity, and encouragement for people trying to Do Their Thing. I’m planning to release an eCourse there later this year.

What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

I currently work outside the home 3/4 time as an engineer. I would love to be able to quit my corporate job and be able to travel more freely with my family and worldschool my kids.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

I’m still very much in the starting up phase. I am finding building an audience to be very challenging, and feel like I write to a very small audience, which can be discouraging.

How have you overcome it?

The biggest thing is just keeping the faith that, eventually, it will take off. I’m also trying to get used to talking up my businesses to whoever will listen – as an introvert, that’s difficult for me. I carry Stroller Packing business card with me when we travel, so when other travellers comment on our stroller setup, or the toys we make for our kids on the plane, I can hand them a card.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

I recently completed my first travel consulting project that was directly related to Stroller Packing. I helped an American expat in Shanghai plan a family vacation to the resort town of Hoi An, Vietnam. I loved planning their trip so much that I wish I could have gone myself!

What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I wake up early to exercise for a half hour most days before the kids get up. If I don’t work out, my energy is all off and I get super cranky. In order to focus, I need exercise. I get in a yoga workout at least once per week, and that’s by far the most important one to me.

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

A punch card for 10 massages with my darling masseuse. I’m a big believer in the power of human touch (and preventative maintenance!).

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite flowers:

Daffodils – they are so happy! I know this UK-based site has readers from all over the world (like me!), but many of you will be pleased to know that it was a visit to the English Countryside in spring when I was 17 forever cemented my love of daffodils.

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

Just do it. You can. That thing that’s inside you? It can come out, and people in this world are just waiting to hear it. And when you come to a point where you are afraid or you start to think you can’t – just keep doing it, keep taking action. You CAN. I believe in you.

Find out more about Amy and her business at her websites: 

And connect with her on social media . . . 

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Monday Mumpreneur with Lisa Holden

lisa holden1Every 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 inspiring mumpreneur brings her love of nature and healing into everything she does and shows us that we don’t need to separate business time and mum time to create balance.

Your name: Lisa Holden aka Mistletoeoak

Tell me about your children: 

2 children: Alex aged 9 and Emily aged 2.

Where do you live: Tiny village near Deal, Kent

PC or mac? PC but my smartphone is used more, I can blog and work on the go.

Tell us about your business:

I create handmade items and artwork inspired by nature. My main creations are pendants but there will be more items on the way soon… I also blog as part of my business, sharing great finds and freebies. I also run regular competitions that are open worldwide and not just here in the UK.

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What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?

My motivation was the fact I can be my own boss, stay at home with the children, yet still have an income stream.

What’s been your biggest challenge in business?

My biggest challenge was balancing time between being a mum and setting up/running a business- or so I thought… At first I thought I could only start my business when Alex was at school or when Emily was having a nap. I had the stereotypical idea that you had to keep the two separate.

How have you overcome it?

In the early stages I asked myself why? Why does business time and mum time need to be separate? With the nature of my business being creative and hands on, the children can join in. The best creations and ideas are when that idea pops in your head, so why wait, just get on with it and explore. Often we will grab a bag of bits and head to the wood to draw and make. If I need to be doing paperwork then they have some paper and pens too. I more than understand that this is not possible for all, but in my case I am lucky that I can embrace this approach and often the children come up with fab ideas that I would not have thought of.

What’s been your proudest business moment?

My first sale and the lovely email I received. The customer had taken the pendant they had purchased to their local woods and sent a photo of the pendant hanging in her favourite tree, just as I would do! It felt so grounding that my work can connect to others and bring them happiness. There are not many jobs that give you that wonderful opportunity.

My other proudest moment was after I lost my site through trolling and hacking, I was determined not to give in and got my site and shop up and running with different sites within 24hours.

lisa holden2What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?

The trees will have the answer. Go for a walk, it clears the mind, hug a tree and come back refreshed.

What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?

I am a huge advocate of Barefoot Breathing thanks to Jackie Stewart, it is like connecting into a power grid no matter what the weather or what is happening. I have also recently discovered Curvy Yoga, it is so relaxing yet challenges your body; you can definitely feel it in your hamstrings the nextday!

What was the last treat you bought for yourself?

Ha ha this morning, a new top form Mantaray Debenhams. I love their collections and the patterns reflect my love of nature, there are usually birds, flowers and leaves in their designs.

Favourite colour : Moss green.

Favourite flowers: 

Sweet peas, I love to grow them in the garden and their perfume fills a room when you bring them indoors.

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

Just do it. It is a scary leap but once you start there are so many supportive and helpful people out there. Do not be afraid to ask on forums, most times someone out there has been in the same place and can give you quick snippet of wisdom.

Find out more about Lisa at her website: http://www.mistletoeoak.blogspot.co.uk/

Visit her shop: https://beta.folksy.com/shops/mistletoeoak

Connect with her on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/mistletoeoakartworks
https://twitter.com/mistletoeoak
https://plus.google.com/u/0/103050102034835184192
http://instagram.com/mistletoeoak
http://www.pinterest.com/mistletoeoak/

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