Support Independent Businesses This Christmas

November 21, 2011

Over the coming weeks I will be showcasing on here and on my other sites (Mummy Needs and Kizzy Bass Business Services) some fantastic independent businesses that have some wonderful and unusual products ideal for Christmas.

So here are just the first of many independent businesses I will be featuring in the run up to Christmas.

 

Do you have a pregnant friend or relative you are looking to buy for this Christmas? Well Bumpalicious Maternity has a fantastic range of beautiful maternity clothes to make the feel special over the festive season. They offer a vast range of clothing from everyday to special occasion’s.

 

Looking for gift ideas for the whole family that are different from the high street, well why not hop over to the Little Lilypad Company and take a look at their unique collection of gifts for all the family. I love the Fairy Mirror set, my daughter would love these on her bedroom wall!

Looking for a special stocking filler for a little one? Well why not buy them a personalised board book which features pictures of their own family. Chloe’s Mummy is a great site which makes this unique bespoke board books which are great for you little ones, especially if you have family along way away. They also have a keepsake book ideal for Christmas presents.

Pop over to Mummy Needs on Wednesday for the next installment of Independent businesses!


Google + Business Page – How to Start

November 16, 2011

So you have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a Linked In profile, do you want to more?

Well with Google+ becoming a great social media tool, they have introduced a business page to their already great site. Here’s mine.

But how do you do it?

Step 1

Visit http://www.google.com/+/business/  and select Create a Business Page. You will need to be logged into your Google+ account first so if you are not do this too.

Step 2

Next you need to select your category:

  • Local Business or Place
  • Product or Brand
  • Company, Institution or Organization
  • Arts, Entertainment or Sports
  • Other
Step 3
If you have selected Local Business or Place, then find your location in Google using your country and primary phone number. This links in with your Google Place, if you don’t already have one then this is a great time to add one too!
Step 4
Customising your profle are quite limited so use what you can. Add a profile picture, ideally your logo and a tagline, utilising your USP in only 10 words!
Step 5
Promote your page through all your other social media accounts and on your website!
I hope this has helped. If you are still struggling or haven’t the time to do this then pop over to my site to see my packages.

Mumpreneur or Business Mum?

November 7, 2011

By Ambro

This debate has been raging for sometime on lots of blogs and social media sites and I thought I would like to share my opinion on this.

I am fairly new to the term, in fact I hadn’t heard of it till this time last year, but thought it was a great way to sum up exactly what we are. Mum’s who juggle a business alongside all the other aspects of having a family and home. I like the fact that it gives us the chance to support each other as we are all in the same boat. I would also say that I am a Business Mum and a Business woman but Mumpreneur is a term that  conjour’s up in my mind  a group of business mums all working for the same goal, starting and running a business which will fit in with their hectic lives.

I must admit that I actively follow other mumpreneurs and I am looking at supporting lots by buying christmas presents from their sites because I think that is at the heart of being a mumpreneur. Although I haven’t as yet stated on my site, but the reason I set up Kizzy Bass Business Services  and why I am looking at starting a local networking group is to help, encourage and promote other mumpreneurs.

So whether you like the term or not Mumpreneur now features in the Collins English Dictionary and really does fit the bill for a lot of mums who start and run businesses. At the end of the day, it is ultimately up to you what you call yourself and there is no right or wrong answer to this debate, I just think Mumpreneur is a great term to describe a sector of mums who have taken control of their’s and their families lives and are striving to achieve their individual goals.


Mumpreneur Monday

October 31, 2011

By Ambro

I’m looking at starting a feature on here called Mumpreneur Monday, it will be where on a Monday We will showcase a mumpreneur and her business. This is also open to Dadpreneurs too.

So if you fancy being featured or know someone who would like to be featured please get them to contact me through the contact page.

For the feature I will send a selection of questions and will require a head shot and logo for your business.

Looking forward to hearing from you and spreading the word about your business.


Business Mums Unite Conference

October 28, 2011

Last Wednesday I attended the Business Mums Unite conference which was held at the Albert Hall Conference Hall in Nottingham.

Charlotte Pearson from Strategic Consultancy was the wonderful lady who organised this fantastic event. There where a handful of exhibitors and lots of interesting sessions planned for the afternoon.

The keynote speaker for the day was Elaine Hanzak-Gott who had very moving and poignant speech. In fact it actually brought me to tears. She is such an inspiring lady who has a lot to deal with and still manages to smile and inspire others.

Naomi Timperley was the second speaker to take the stage and she shared with us how she has come to be where she is and how she is helping young entrepeneurs start their own businesses.

Sally Pettitt from The Mother Factor shared with us tips on how to get the most out of networking. These tips will be shared with you in a post to follow shortly.

And the last lady to take the stage was Rebecca Jones The Red Shoe Business Woman. She was fantastic, spoke completely the truth on how we as women try to be superwoman and actually we aren’t. She told us we need to concentrate on working less and earning more! She was very engaging and full of energy as she walked back and forth across the stage talking to the conference.

We then broke for lunch which was fantastic and networked before attending the sessions we had booked in the afternoon.

I attended Becky from Baby Budgeting’s  Blogging for Business and Laura Morris’s Learn the 3 R’s in Customer Service. Both where well presented and contained just the right information I was looking for.

Overall this was a fantastic day although a little hard to find but the venue was beautiful and the conference was spot on!

 


Help! I Want To Succeed.

October 26, 2011

New Course Helps Women Succeed

A new course, Help! I Want To Succeed, has been launched by online training providers ACEInspire.

Course creators Antonia Chitty and Erica Douglas say, “Help! I want to SUCCEED is for you if you see others succeeding and wish you could too. If you feel ‘I’m a failure’, or ‘Everything I touch goes wrong’, Help! I want to SUCCEED is for you. It will help you change the way you think. You’ll learn valuable lessons to help you tackle new challenges and learn how to succeed.”

Help! I want to SUCCEED is a 7 week eCourse which uses an innovative an inspiring combination of written and video lessons that you can study at a time and location that suits you. Erica Douglas says, “Read the lesson, watch the videos, complete the exercises and you’ll find your inner confidence growing.”

The videos are particularly focussed on issues that women and mothers find a challenge:

o Making the Most of the Time You Have

o Building Your Confidence

o Increasing Your Productivity

o Failure, Your First Step to Success

o Discovering What Success Means to You

With a female focus the course also includes a 55 min video on time management an eBook from Heather Bestel to help you value and nurture yourself.

Help! I Want to Succeed will teach you

  • How to work out what’s holding you back and how to overcome it
  • How to create your own lifestyle blueprint and start living the life you want
  • How to create the mindset you need to succeed
  • How to look after yourself so you can achieve more
  • How to be more creative so failure never holds you back
  • How to start thinking and acting like you are succeeding already

Find out more about the course if you want to be a great role model, to succeed in business, to improve your self confidence and to feel motivated and empowered. The course is available from ACE Business Training and The Mumpreneur Shop and costs just £21 to the first 100 subscribers.


Social Media – an essential business tool

October 24, 2011

Everyone needs a website to build a business in today’s current climate. But did you know that for your business to grow, develop and succeed you also need to be interacting with potential clients through social media.

So what is social media? I looked the definition up in the Oxford English Dictionary and this states “websites and applications used for social networking”. I think of social media as sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

All three sites are essential tools to help you spread your USP and are a great free resource for PR. You can target exactly who you want to see your business messages on Twitter by making sure you follow and interact with people who are in your marketing criteria. By following and interacting with these potential customers, you will begin a relationship with them before they have even thought about buying from you. This helps to gain trust and as a consumer, you are more likely to buy from someone you trust and “know” than just any random site.

Again with Facebook, if you have a page, make sure you are promoting this on your website and interacting with others on the site. Liking other businesses pages will hopefully get them to like you back and in turn when you post messages, these will then appear on their wall for all their followers to see too.

Linked In is a great site to build business relationships and bounce ideas off fellow business people. The groups on this site are great as I have found people to be very supportive and give excellent advice.

To make social media work for you and your business you will need to make sure that all your gravitar pictures are the same, either a photo of you or a logo/product so people can easily identify that they are all from the same company. Also you need to promote all you pages, accounts and sites from your website and each individual account.

The most important thing to remember when using social media is to regularly interact. Join in conversations, promote blog posts and offers along with the services you provide and customers will in turn interact with you.

If you are struggling to keep all your social media sites updated regularly or are unsure where to start, then why not get in touch. We provide a range of services customised to your individual needs. To contact Kizzy please visit the Contact Me page on this site. For all the services Kizzy provides, visit the Services page.


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