Introducing one of our new content writers
We've recently put a call out for content writers for our site and we've received a good response. It is our pleasure to introduce one of our new writers, Jade Waddy. You can find out a little more about Jade through her brief blog at the end of the article. Do give us your feedback and comments on the subject of Jade's first piece.
Welcome Jade, thanks for working with us. We're looking forward to hearing more from you into the near future. WIMUK
How To Be A Fantastic Mumpreneur
There are hundreds to thousands of working mums in the UK, many of them juggle work with their home life with ease. But it’s not always easy and there are several factors that need to be kept in mind, especially if you’re new to the business world. Being a mumpreneur is not something to be sniffed at, you have to put in long hours on both ends and it can be tiresome, but if done right it can put your family’s finances in good stead. So what should you be keeping in mind?
Forget all work no play – It is an exciting time when you’ve started up your own business, but you mustn’t forget that you’re a mother. If you’re lucky enough to have the time on your hands to work more often than not then that’s great, but don’t let it start running your life. Most mothers will start up their own business because of the flexible working hours, but there will be times where you will do far less than you intend. Remember to give yourself some “me time”, if your whole world revolves around your business and your children you could end up stressed and under pressure. Take time out to relax every now and then on your own, read a book or have a long bath to wind the worries away.
Learn to prioritise – Obviously your children will always come first, no matter what. Don’t get caught up in your business so much that you forget how to be a good mother. There may be times where you need to enlist the help of others so that you can get on with your work and that’s okay, every now and then. Of course if there are big meetings or clients to meet you’ll need to work around childcare, but try to plan them well in advance so you can spend a little extra time with your child before and after so they’re less effected by your absence.
Always have a plan C… and D – As we all know with children, there must always be a plan C, or even a plan D at times. You need to always have at least 3 avenues/answers at any given moment. Being a working mum you’ll have to think fast on several occasions. You’ll never really know how to handle this until it happens, but a little tip is to think about it in the following way. Let the first plan benefit your child, the second plan benefit yourself and the third benefit the customer or client. This may sound backward, leaving the client/customer last, but this all changes when there is a child involved. As long as they are aware of your commitments and are happy, they shouldn’t be too bothered by a short wait or response.
Be up front and honest – You have to make sure that anyone you do business with or work with is fully aware of your current situation. If you’re a single mum, a mother of 4 or if your child is disabled; you need to let them know. Letting your customer/client know will hopefully mean more understanding and less pressure on their part and a nice little insight into your home life. Not being honest can cost you your income and in turn profit. Should your business need a small boost you can invest in a short term business loan, which are great for working mothers who need a helping hand.
Jade Waddy is an experienced writer with an NOCN level 3 in journalism who works on behalf of Absolute Articles and Merchant Money. She writes on all manner of subjects but specialises in business and lifestyle.