This is the first in a series of articles about the Art of Blogging by the Queen of Blogging herself Natalie Lue. Natalie earns a living from her blog at Bambino Goodies and other sites
Posts Tagged: mums in business
A professional career can be very rewarding, but mums in business face special challenges. They may have husbands who pressure them to “do it all,” keeping up with their household responsibilities just as if their day job did not exist. They may need to have their children in day care more than before, which can lead to separation anxiety – and not only on the part of the children! With all of these needs pressing on them, mums in business can quickly become overwhelmed. That’s why it’s important to keep a few key bits of advice in mind from the very start.
Emma Redding is a Personal Trainer, mum of 2, member of the guild of postnatal exercise teachers and founder and director of Buggyfit, a fun, sociable way to get back in shape after your new arrival.
Are you looking for a way to work that fits around your family? Like to do what you love AND reach your personal/professional goals, dreams and ambitions? You need a portfolio career.
Mum of two, Vanessa Blake, created the award winning dreamgenii pregnancy pillow when she was pregnant with her first child in 2005.
In this post our our blog PR expert Lesley Singleton suggests you look at the story behind you & your business to see if there is something newsworthy to say.
Just over a year ago I had a new baby, but it was very unlike my previous two children. It had been discussed for a short while and was very wanted, but there was some doubt as to whether this was the right time. I already had 2 children, but I had a new partner and she also had 2 children, so how would the new baby fit in? Perfectly, because I’m not talking about a real baby; I’m talking about my ‘business baby’ – Mum’s The Boss.
Like many mums, both Sam and I rejected the ‘going back to the traditional workplace’ option once we had had children. We were both drawn into the ‘franchise type business model’ which were not what we had hoped for, but then we met and formed our support network. Mums the Boss was started from a casual comment on a forum, and has grown to what we have today – a large and growing network and support group for the many mums who have their own businesses.
Lesley Singleton has been working in consumer PR and the media for more than a decade. In that time, she’s worked for big London PR agencies (including PR Week’s Agency of the Year) as well as in-house for a major airline and a high street bank. She managed press office functions whilst also devising and implementing strategic PR campaigns for a wide range of brands including Blockbuster Video, P&O’s Ocean Village and KLM. Lesley’s diverse career has seen her handle the publicity for a Michael Ball Christmas album, oversee a press conference for the DVD release of Joseph starring Donny Osmond and Joan Collins and launch a cruise ship with help from Ulrika Jonsson.
Leaving the bright lights of London behind, Lesley moved to Cranfield in 2004 and took up a PR role with Monarch Airlines, based at Luton. However, after having her son in November 2005, she decided to ‘go it alone’ and LS Media Ltd was born in May 2006. Specialising in business-to-consumer PR and media relations, Lesley has continued to work with a diverse range of clients in the travel, mother/baby, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. She’s worked with start-ups and mumpreneur businesses – including Mums Who Bake, Sporty Bump and Smallprint – as well as established brands such as The Open University.
At Amy Taylor Accountancy, you will find a friendly, personal service where children are welcome. Having been a chartered accountant and analyst for over 10 years, Amy Taylor recognised there was a need for local business people who are juggling a business and childcare to have somewhere they can meet their accountant and bring the kids without feeling intimidated.
Following on from our previous post about How to be an Accountant’s Perfect Customer, family-friendly accountant Amy Taylor explains to do’s and don’ts when claiming expenses for working from home.