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.


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!

 



Business Mums Unite

October 19, 2011

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Well today is the day of the Business Mums Unite and I am really looking forward to learning and networking with lots of like minded mums.

There are lots of sessions planned to help mums in business as well as some great speakers including Elaine Hanzak, who is the keynote speaker, Dragon’s Den survivor and Baby Loves Disco director Naomi Timperley, Sally Pettitt of The Mother Factor and Rebecca Jones The Business in Red Shoes.
So if you are there I hope to get chance to say hi, if not and you want to follow the events of the day, the Twitter hashtag is #BMU2011.
Plus pop back over the next couple of days to see how I got on!


Business Blogging – Why Do It?

October 5, 2011

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Well there is any easy fix for this and it is introducing a blog to your site. But why a blog and what do I write?

Well a blog is now an essential part of any business who wants to attract as many customers as they can and who doesn’t. This is because a blog is updated regularly with relevent information to what the business is about. The blog posts will contain key words that search engines will pick up and then send traffic through to your site.

Blogging is easy once you know how. It is essential that you use a business blog purely for business and not to put personal stories on their. You can start a personal blog for that and this is another way to link into your business and also let the people who want to know a bit more about you as a person.

What you write on your business blog will depend entirely on what your business niche is. For example, if you run a baking company you could talk about up coming events, share recipes and display your creations. There are lots of things you can include in a business blog and it is essential that you are using key words, such as baking, cakes and baking in (wherever you are based) so the search engines can find you.

Alternatively if you are struggling to manage a blog as well as your site and business there are many professional business bloggers out there. I also offer this service. Please pop over to my services page to see more or contact me through the contact page.


#silentsunday

October 2, 2011


M O T I V A T I O N that’s what you need!

September 13, 2011

This is a very good question and one that needs answering. I think it helps for people to understand who I am and by owing what has motivated me start a business and become a mumpreneur and what keeps me motivated whilst I am sat long hours working at my computer.

SO what has motivated me to start my own business? Well necessity is one thing, I was working part-time for the local council as a home care assistant which fitted in well when we just had our eldest. I started this job when he was little and meant I worked evenings so I was there during the day when he needed me. This job became harder and harder to do with the subsequent arrival of my other two children and with cost cutting, local policy, earlier this year I decided I needed to look into something else.

My daughter started school last year and my little man started preschool earlier this year so this gave me time to work towards my ultimate goal of being self-employed. I started an excellent online course, Become a Mumpreneur, and this opened a whole new world up to me, including being able to improve my blogging skills.

This has then had a snowball effect on my own business to the extent where I gave my notice in to my part-time job and am now entirely self-employed.

SO that was my motivation to start my business but I’m sure you want to know what motivates me to carry on when things are difficult or I feel isolated sat here at my kitchen table. Well, I look to my left and I see a picture of my 3 beautiful children looking back at me and this is all the motivation I need.

Due to circumstance and illness I am the main income in our house and I need to succeed to give my children the life they deserve. This is my motivation.

I have written this post not only to give you a bit of background about me but also this is an entry into the JoanneDewberry.co.uk blogging competition. 

My business is a freelance writer and business services provider to small businesses.