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!


Why Network?

September 27, 2011

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I love talking, ask anyone who knows me and they will agree whole heartedly that I can talk for England. I think, usually, as women we can talk a lot and that can make us great networker’s.

We network even when we don’t realise we are. An example of this is chatting in the playground to other mums, if you are like me you love sharing great ideas and lovely places to eat and what we are doing in business, at home etc. Is this not a form of informal networking?

Now I have to say that I have only been to a handful of networking events so far in my business life and it is all still new to me, but from the events and awards I have attended, these have thrown up opportunities that would never have presented themselves otherwise.

An example of this was at the MumsClub Awards in March this year where I was sat on a table with no one I really knew. From getting to know the others on the table, the lovely ladies from Caledonia Training Academy where there and after chatting and realising we where both in the beauty industry, they asked if I would be interested in becoming a distributor for them. Again this was all from networking and I would have never had this opportunity had I not gome.

I will be the first to admit that even though I can talk for England, since having my children my confidence has taken a big hit. I really have to force myself to go to these events but it is so worth it once I am there. It does take me a little while to start networking but you will always find people will come up to you nd start talking even if you do not initiate a conversation.

Networking events aimed at mums in business are fantastic as most are child friendly, meaning you can spend time in a relaxed environment not only with like-minded women but also your children will be interacting with other children too. It’s a win win situation. To find an event locally visit Mumsclub or google networking for mums.

So the moral to this post is, networking is an essential key to building and improving your business and once you have started you will ever wonder how you got on without it!