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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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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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Do people really understand?

So you’ve walked away from your corporate job that paid a nice salary, had a few perks, and above all felt ‘safe’ all so you can build a business and a lifestyle that works for you and your family… AMAZING, right? Well you thought it was!! So why are people looking at you like you have lost the plot? ‘You’ve done what?’ ‘why would you want to do that to yourself?’ they ask, followed by comments of ‘you’re brave’ and ‘I think you are nuts’.   So how do you react to the people around you when they are less than understanding when you excitedly tell them about your plans for mass (domination)?? Do you quickly change the conversation and hide your excitement, or do you spend time and energy trying to justify your decision in the hope of persuading them that you have not actually lost the plot? Trust me when I say this, their reaction says more about them then it does about you. But I can guess that you will feel out of your depth and lonely, like you are the only one going through this, but I promise you I for one know exactly what you […]

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What’s the hang up with saying I love making money?

Why does anyone go to work? Maybe it is simply for the joy it brings them? Whilst this may be true for some professionals, particularly those involved within the voluntary charity sector, Most of us work for one very simple reason ….. to make money!! So what is the hang up with saying I love making money? When someone asks what you do for a living… The answer should be ‘I MAKE MONEY by doing XYZ’ shout it from the rooftops and don’t be ashamed. Now, maybe the perception or hang up with discussing money comes from the UK’s stiff upper lip or private, traditional nature. I don’t know for sure… however, as you all know, I’m not shy and I don’t believe you should be either. I am proud to shout from the rooftops ‘I make money by supporting you to make money’. I know that my ‘thing’ is using my experience, knowledge and expertise to quickly understand the inner workings of any business regardless of the shape, size or industry. I know I can see opportunities that others can’t and put new processes in place that will increase productivity resulting in a substantial increase in profit, CHING CHING. […]

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Not just a mum…

What is going on? I’m pretty sure we are living in the 21st century, aren’t we?? Sometimes it really doesn’t feel like it. Recent conversation with a dad at the school gates. After usual pleasantries: Man:    I do not usually do the school run but I thought I would give my wife the day off. Me:      It’s not too bad, although I tend to do the school pick up and my husband does the morning drop off, he’s a morning person, I’m a night owl. Man:    What? He does the drop off every day?? Does he mind? What do you do whilst he’s doing that? Me:      I am not sure he minds at all, I mean the kids are as much his as they are mine. I own my own business so i will go into work, go to the gym, or sleep in, whichever takes my fancy on that day to be honest. Man:    Ohhhhh! I’m not sure about that at all, (visibly troubled). Who keeps the house while you do that then? Why do you that? Does your husband not earn enough to keep you? WOOOOOOOOOOOOW I am sure I can’t be the only one that often […]

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