Archive for the ‘Starting and running your business’ Category

Pregnant? How to start earning extra money before your maternity leave

Firstly, congratulations are in order! If it’s your first child you’ll know doubt have a mix of excitement and a ting of nervousness every so often – life is about to change, for the better! If this is not your first child, you know what to expect during the pregnancy

Top tips for moving your online business to the high street

When you first tentatively ventured into the online retail world all those years ago, all you wanted was to boost your income without having to sign away your life to a full-time employment contract. But your business has gone from strength to strength. In between school runs and messy dinnertimes, you’ve

How to build a business in your spare time

  Juggling motherhood, employment and all of life’s other challenges can start you thinking about the practicality of starting your own business. Being able to work to your own timetable and not having to answer to a manager could definitely alleviate some of the pressures of being a working mother.

Get productive: create the ideal home office workspace

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No time to read? Here’s how you can read a book a day

Yes – we all know the excuses (reasons) why we can’t read. We are busy working, or sorting out the children, or too tired, or need to help someone in the house do something. But the truth is, reading doesn’t mean you have to stop everything you’re doing. According to

Podcast: Sunshine through the rain – Lorena Oberg talks success after acrimonious divorce

Divorce can be tough no matter how grown up you and your other half choose to be about it. But when it’s acrimonious and you don’t have a penny to your name, and you need to stay afloat so you can keep your children, what do you do? Well, start a

Podcast: Yee Kwan of Dragon’s Den fame on launching into the UK ice-cream market

Yee Kwan launched her ice cream and sorbet business after being made redundant as a surveyor in 2009. Today, Yee’s business produces 18,000 litres of ice cream and sorbet a year, and is stocked in Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods Market, as well as in a growing number of restaurants and independent retailers across the country.

Podcast: The Mothers Who Work Story

Back in 2007, I had just been made redundant and was in need of owning my own words and creativity a bit more. That’s nothing new for the journalist that I am, but what was born out of that need was Motherswhowork.co.uk. Eight years later, that need is helping many

We have a new podcast intro – what do you think?

We thought our podcasts could do we a refresh, so we’ve got this fantastic podcast intro for you…what do you think?

How to not let your colleagues make you feel like a skiver

There’s nothing more irritating than doing your job (really well!), working your contracted hours and being made to feel like you’re doing something wrong because you’re leaving on time. But how do you manage that when you’re colleagues are constantly making comments that make you feel like you’re letting the

How to be a smug and happy freelancer or business owner

It’s a dream for many, but somehow you’ve managed to go freelance or set up your own business. Hurrah! But what all your friends and observers don’t see is how you often struggle to get some structure and enjoyment into your day. While they wish they could ditch the monotonous

Podcast: How to apply for flexible working – the proper way

Applying for flexible working can be daunting – especially if your boss has already tried to put you off the idea verbally. But a conversation in passing shouldn’t stop you from making a statutory application.

Podcast: Faith Nwosu of Tick-Tec talks about new app MySchoolNews

Turning a challenge into a solution is one of the most common and effective ways to start a business. Tired of the cumbersome method that her sons’ school was using to deliver updates, and the moans of parents at meetings, one mum decided to make, and alas the MySchoolNews app was born. We speak to the founder Faith Nwosu about the journey to developing her app.

How to prioritise when everything is a priority – 5 steps that will (hopefully) change your life

There are days when you need a priority list for your…priority list. Everything seems important and it just doesn’t seem right to give one thing all your attention when you have one or two other items on your to-do list that have equal importance. There is no magic cure to

Five online tools you’re probably not using in your business, but should be

When starting up your own business, it is important to take advantage of the wide range of online tools at your disposal. From comparison sites to cloud services, there are a multitude of services you can utilise to make your start-up more efficient and more profitable. Here we look at

Thinking of collaborating with another business? Here are some things to consider…

On paper, it sounds like a dream – you have your skill set and need someone with another area of experience and interest, and you’d like to work with them to reduce your costs.

Do you have a business idea that you think is completely crazy? Read this…

Business ideas come in all shapes and sizes…but they do come, and in different ways, when you least expect it to. Sometimes, an idea could be staring us blank in the face, but we just can’t see it. If you’re looking for a business idea you can run with, you

Five time wasters and how to cut them out of your life for good (Part 2)

If I had a pound for every time a working mum bemoaned how they wished there were more hours in the day, I’d be writing this from a palatial villa somewhere far away with iced cool drink in a tumbler. Not that it’s always an invalid comment, sometimes, we could

Five time wasters and how to avoid them – part 1

These days, it seems that everyone is trying to fit a week’s worth of work into a day. While it may look like the epitome of efficiency efficiency,  are you really making progress of just deceiving yourself? Here are five time wasting activities you probably don’t even realise that you’re

Mums are throwing in the towel and going freelance…find out how you could, too

The number of mothers ditching the corporate ladder going freelance or self employed has rises by 24% in the past two years. And the reasons cited for this change is for more flexibility (69%). Flexibility and work-life balance are words that have been batting around for years. But for many