With a growing ‘Mumpreneur’ workforce, it seems there’s never been a better time to quit the corporate world to set up working for yourself.
Top Tips from Mums to Mums
While it’s never easy setting up your own business, here’s some tips from insiders, to inspire:
“My top tips to make life easier as a working mum are to accept help wherever possible, to work with positive people who understand that you have other commitments and to hire a cleaner (that’s been my one luxury throughout!). It’s extremely hard to not feel guilty as a working mother sometimes. Sometimes I find it hard to not beat myself up about not making a cake for the cake stall at school and to try not to worry that everything isn’t perfect!’
Sarah Watts founder of Two Little Boys Ltd
“Like so many working mothers all over the world, I feel the constant struggle to be the best mother I can, whilst setting a good example to my children to work hard. I travel for work when its necessary and I miss them all the time when I’m away.” Victoria Beckham
“In recent years we’ve seen a steady rise in the number of mumpreneurs applying to join our community as women look to fulfil their careers but in a way that preserves the all-important work/life balance.
“Many of the mums we work with launched their businesses from the kitchen table - enabling them to spend more time with their families - and a number of these businesses have gone to achieve great success, with 17 of our female-run businesses now selling more than £1m with us each year.” Ella D’Amato, chief commercial and partner officer at notonthehighstreet.
“Use being a new company to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to be a disruptor or to do things differently. For instance, most children’s plates are made from melamine, but we chose polypropylene since it’s recyclable, sustainable and food-safe. It's hard starting a new business, especially knowing where to find reputable suppliers, I found industry bodies such as the British Plastic Federation a great resouce. I also signed up to be part of the Europe Enterprise Network, who offered great support through their network of contacts." Sophia Procter, Managing Director of Munchy Play
‘The last thing I do before I go to sleep is write a list of things I have to do the next day. I then wake up, driven and focused. I also carry a notebook with me at all times. I have all the best ideas driving to school or sitting in traffic and used to forget them when I got back to the office! I am very results driven so I set myself targets each month and then write down a treat next to each one, like get a new pair of shoes. When you are an entrepreneur no one pats you on the back or congratulates you for doing well. So just pat yourself on the back!’
Lindsay Neal, founder of Olli Marketing
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