Business ideas

Don’t stay in a job you hate with no get-put plan! Start a part-time business

Running around doing the school and/or nursery run can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many mums…

When you work and have to catch a certain train, or do early morning meetings, or face a hefty fine from your childcare provider if you are a millisecond late (again!) to pick up your little one, all the military precision juggling can take its toll.

What to look for when thinking of buying into any business that’s already established

One of the problems that people run into when they have decided that they’re looking for a product to sell is finding, choosing or deciding what product to sell.

Are you in that situation? If you want to start making more money working from home, selling products or buying into a franchise, there are a few questions you should ask yourself in order to help them choose a product.

Feeling overwhelmed? Tips on how to avoid information overload

Information overload is extremely hard to deal with. On the one hand you need to research, learn and evaluate whats going on in your industry and social media, but on the other hand sometimes all that information from different sources can confuse and overwhelm.

Most mumpreneurs who get started with internet marketing are usually very ecstatic to take on all of the information and resources in, but when they realise that the learning ever stops when it comes to building an online business, they often give up and find it hard to overcome all of the information that they get…does that sound like your reality?

10 hobbies that can become a business

If I had a fiver every time someone said “it’s only a little hobby” I’d be a rich investor on Dragons Den!

20120608-090228.jpgHobbies are often a goldmine that people just cast to the side as something they do for themselves, or help friends an relatives out with and that’s it. But if you’re looking for a way to make some extra money, why not earn it doing something you love doing?

Here are 10 hobbies that you can turn into a business or use to make extra money:

1. Organising –
call it obsessive compulsive if you like and laugh off your organising skills, but use them wisely and you could be laughing all the way to the bank!

Don’t take your skills for granted – people will pay (a lot) to have someone come into their homes and businesses and organise things for them – wardrobes, filing you name it!

Do you use your car for business? You need to read this

Do you drop of cake creations or other products to customers using your car? Do you drive to and from business meetings with your family car? And all with your standard car insurance policy?

driving for work If you answer yes, to even one of these questions, have you spoken with your current car insurance policy provider to check that you are covered?

By law, if you use a vehicle for work, you need to take out the right insurance cover. Even if you use your own car, a private policy is will not provide sufficient cover if the worst should happen. And even worse, not having the right cover may even be invalidated if you use your vehicle for business purposes.

How to fund your business idea without getting a bank loan

I’m a firm believer that everyone has a business idea in them. Quite often, a great business idea is staring us right in the face, but we just don’t see it – and part of that blindness is thinking that every business needs tens of thousands of pounds to get it off the ground. Wrong!

20111103-163450.jpgYou really don’t need so much money all the time – many businesses only need a little time and attention and minimal financial investment (less than £100) to get it off the ground. Quite often the huge investments that we see on programmes like Dragon’s Den are needed for big marketing and promotion campaigns, and perhaps to buy a huge bulk of the product to supply demand and grow the business faster.

If you’re looking for a way to fund your business, there are a variety of ways to raise that finance and the best for you depends totally on your product, your market, your business’s financial requirements and most importantly, your personal and financial situation.

How to find the right business model that will sustain you financially

Kids retuning to school today? Feeling like you really don’t have the energy to get back on that work-life treadmill again? You’re not alone, but instead of looking for a pity party, take action today and things could start looking different by the start of the next school half term.

20111031-082502.jpgThe trick is not to focus solely on the money you want to make – choose a business that you actually like.

If it uses your strongest abilities, skills, or talents, all the better. If it doesn’t, thats not a big deal – as long as you are willing to keep learning , you can develop the necessary abilities, skills, or talents as you go along.

Here are three tips for getting into the right business for you:

How to cut your business bills to allow for more fun days out with the kids

Super mumprenuer you are, but keeping energy costs down needs more calculation
Super mumprenuer you are, but keeping energy costs down needs more calculation

Balancing a working life with family commitments can be a struggle for most people, not least mumpreneurs who work from home. While days can often drag out and prove frustrating in the office, mumpreneurs work with the children in tow, and they usually want nothing short of the impossible: mummy’s undivided attention.

One of the many challenges facing any business owner is that of cost control. As energy prices spiral, mumpreneurs and other firms are increasingly looking to compare business electricity prices to save money on energy bills. Listed below are five ways in which energy costs may be reduced as part of a cost control initiative.

How to open your own café

Many people dream of owning their own business one day – in the current economic climate, with few rewards and long hours in the city, more are taking the plunge into independent ventures than ever. If you want a slower pace and a richer quality of life, perhaps you’ve thought about going into catering and hospitality. Opening a small café or boutique in the country is hard work but it’s more of a lifestyle than a nine to five.

start own business running a cafe-113400.jpgMost of us are familiar enough with Dragon’s Den to know that there’s more to it than turning up with a good idea: before you start you’ll need to calculate your outgoings and estimate your turnover.

Here are some of the essential things you need to know about when planning your start up.

How to use LinkedIn to make business contacts

Social media has really made it easy to make contacts with the people you need in your business sector.

If you're not using LinkedIn for business, you're missing out

Remember the days when you had to try to get past rottweiler-like receptionists and PAs, who made life as difficult as possible to get through to your contact? It was almost like you were a predator they were trying to field off, and by the time they had taken your name and contact details reluctantly, it felt like you’d just done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson…knowing full well that they were not going to pass your details on anyway!

Then in walked LinkedIn…all you need to do is search for the company or the job title of the person you’re looking for and then drop them an email, or ask one of your contacts who are linked to them to connect you!

Still confused? Want to find out how else LinkedIn can help your business, then read our LinkedIn for Business guide.