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The Unique Mumpreneur

Welcome to The Unique Mumpreneur Do you want the freedom to make your own decisions? Do you want to have the lifestyle you deserve? Do you want to be there for every milestone of your child’s life? Do you want all of this but do not have a clue where to start? Then you have come to the right place! Here you will find all the tools and guidance you need to start and build the business you want, and be part of the amazing Unique Mumpreneur community that gives you all the support you need along the way. I know from experience just how damn hard it is to start a business and turn it into a thriving profit making machine, all whilst providing my children, Alana and Lottie with the love, attention and support they need. That’s why I knew as soon as I could I wanted to build a community providing all the lovely mumpreneurs like yourself with the support, knowledge and tools to make a success of your businesses too!! I’m a no nonsense, straight talking, profit maker… I won’t do it for you, I will make you work hard and keep you responsible for your […]

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New Baby = New Business? WHY NOT?!

Early last week, I received an influx of messages from friends and clients asking if I’d seen TV and radio broadcaster Katy Hill’s blog article entitled, “New Baby = New Business? WHAT?!” Curious, I hopped over to the site to read what Katy had to say. The first words that leapt out at me were “Start a Business During Your Maternity Leave? Are you fu*@ing KIDDING me?” Oh dear. It was clear that Katy and I may have a difference in opinion. In the article, Katy says she ‘nearly stacked into a nearby tree with rage’ when she heard someone mention on a podcast that they help mums start a business while on maternity leave. She pinpointed a ‘worrying and growing trend’ where new mums are under pressure to launch a business at the same time as recovering from birthing a tiny human, and described the possibility of achieving this as ‘a myth – often fuelled by social media’. As Katy puts it: Life isn’t going anywhere.  If you’ve got big dreams inside you – AMAZING! By all means – dream, dream, dream the biggest bloody dream you’ve ever dared to so that, one day, you can make that dream happen. […]

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An interview with… Sarah Drawwater

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career background? I have always enjoyed being creative though until recent times had not found the right outlet for that creativity. My past careers included mainly accountancy, which fulfilled my love of using technology, but not very often the creative part of me (except from my love for an excel report and a beautifully organised chart). Tell us about your business? (for example, when you started it, what it does, how many employees if any) I started my business after going back to work part time after my second baby. I had been back to work for just one year after my first but knew that whole time it wasn’t forever as I was going to have another. On returning for a second time (and last time) it just didn’t feel right, I had a great boss and lovely company to work for, but I wanted to be with my babies more. It was then I decided to take my passion for my own photographs one step further, and make it work around my family too… So, my business is now based around editing other people’s photographs allowing them to capture the […]

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How to launch a business blog that your clients will love

When thinking about how to market your business, one of the first pieces of advice people will often give you is to write and feature a blog on your website. There are plenty of benefits to having a business blog: You can give your clients in-depth, high value content on the topics that matter to them, which will create goodwill towards your business You can build your reputation as an expert in your field You can open a conversation with your customers It gives you content to use and share on social media It’s an effective way to create fresh content that Google loves, so it should improve your page rankings and domain authority Blogs bring in more website traffic They also help you to rank for a greater range of keywords You can sell advertising space on your blog on the Google Display Network via AdSense Before you start blogging, however, it’s important to plan your strategy and pinpoint your reasons for having a blog, as well as your goals for its growth. A first step is to answer the following questions about your business blog:   Who is my target/ideal client? If you try to create a blog […]

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An Interview with… Dawn Styles

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career background? I am a mum of 4 children, all of which are home-educated by myself and my husband. I started my own business as a childminder 10 years ago, when my own children were young, to enable me to still earn whilst being home with them. About a year ago I was introduced to DoTERRA essential oils and it came at a great time for me. I was feeling a bit fed up and needed something new to inspire me. I decided to start learning about essential oils and their benefits to health and wellness, I haven’t looked back! Tell us about your business? I started my DoTERRA business in September 2016. I basically educate and empower people to support their own health and wellness using essential oils and supplements. I love it so much, the oils have given me a new lease of life and I just love seeing the change in other people as they start using essential oils. What inspired you to start your business? When I realised the power of these therapeutic grade oils I just wanted to help as many people as possible by sharing them. […]

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The Unique Mumpreneur’s guide to running a business during the school holidays

Most parts of the UK are half way through the school holidays at the moment, although those of you in Scotland will have had the kids at home for a good month already. As a working mum who runs her own business, I know what a challenge it can be to juggle work with taking some downtime to spend with the kids. I also recognise that it’s often an even bigger challenge if you’re a lone parent. Whether you only have two weeks of the holidays left or another six weeks ahead of you, it is possible to keep your business ticking over and take some time out to be with your family. Here are some of my favourite hints and tips for managing this delicate balancing act: Remember your ‘why’ When I went self-employed, it was because I wanted the flexibility to spend time with my kids and bring in a healthy income without working to pay for childcare. I wanted to be able to take some time off during school holidays, as well as to attend school plays and sports days in the future. When I feel frustrated or stressed that I ‘should’ be devoting more time to […]

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Why your maternity leave might be the perfect time to start your own business

For many of us, the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood turns our thoughts to what we want for our own lives and for the lives of our children. A survey of 2,319 British mothers by VoucherCodesPro in 2015 found that the majority planned to do something significant and even life-changing while on maternity leave. Eighteen percent pledged to take up a new hobby, 12% vowed to learn a new language and 9% planned to travel before and after the arrival of their newborn. One in six women also decided that they would use their maternity leave to enter the world of self-employment – a plan that 50% of those followed through to fruition. Why might maternity leave be the perfect time to start your own business? As we’ve touched on above, having a baby is a life-changing event that can dramatically shift your priorities. Some women feel that, with their family set to grow, they have to make big changes to their careers while they can. For others, self-employment is the only feasible way to earn while looking after a young family, especially when factoring in childcare costs. You may have a job where the hours aren’t flexible or […]

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My top 10 tips for stress-free networking

Feeling nervous about face-to-face networking? It can be helpful to have a plan of action before you attend an event. Here are my top 10 tips: Network with intention One of the best networking tips I was ever given was to network with intention. What is it that you want to get from networking? Do you want to build your knowledge of a certain sector? Would you like to grow your referral network? Perhaps you want to connect with people who share a similar audience to you to collaborate on a project? You’ll feel much more confident about networking if you know why you’re there.

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Out of the blue – the pressure to be the perfect parent

A couple of weeks ago, on 23rd March, I watched Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, speak about motherhood and mental health at the Best Beginnings ‘Out of the blue’ film series launch. The films explore how important it is to be open and receive support for mental health issues, especially during the first years of parenthood. The Duchess of Cambridge told her audience, “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience.  However, at times it has also been a huge challenge- even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.  Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost. And yet there is no rule book, no right or wrong – you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family.  For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence […]

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A guide to successful networking

Networking is a lot like exercise, isn’t it? We know we should do it and that it will be good for us but we don’t always know where to start; and it can be hard to summon the energy when there are so many other demands on our time. We also know that when we do it, we’ll feel the benefits afterwards, but sometimes taking the first step is the hardest of all. I am now a huge fan of networking (trust me it hasn’t always been that way) but to continue the exercise metaphor, it really does keep my business fit, my mind healthy and allows me to work muscles I didn’t even know I had. I am well aware – mostly from experience and talking to other women in business – that, like exercise, networking can bring up a lot of feelings – both good and bad – before you get started. But, believe me, when done properly the benefits are life-changing. The challenges of networking for women Long before I set up the Unique Mumpreneur, I realised what a complex issue networking is, especially for women. So many of the female business owners I’ve spoken to – […]

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Monthly Networking Events

The Unique Mumpreneur monthly networking events are for women, like you, who are running their own business or want to start their own business whilst juggling the responsibility of raising a family. These events are for the women who value the importance of building relationships with other women who share a similar journey to them and for those looking for a business environment where the belong. Jo, the founder of Serenity Loves, Hallmark Carpets and Flooring and now The Unique Mumpreneur, knows from experience just how important it is to surround yourself with other women who ‘get’ you. Women who concentrate more on lifting you up, women who genuinely want to help you to succeed and women who want to help make your business the best it can be, allowing you to live the life you want. That is why as soon as she could she launched these monthly meet-ups. These networking events will allow you to promote your business to many other business women in person, share experiences, ask and/or offer support, increase your confidence and decrease that feeling of isolation and overwhelm. In addition to all of that, you may find new clients as well as new suppliers, […]

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