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With life often pulling us in all manner of different directions, juggling family and business can often be one of life’s greatest challenges.

But, if you have landed on my blog, you’re already nailing work, business, money and being a mum! After all, anyone can turn their talents into a business and do what they love, even if you are busy nurturing your little ones. You just have to have the drive and determination to turn your vision into a reality.

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 and the mix with work, but you’ll no doubt be wondering how to make the room in your life (and purse!) for the addition to the family.

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.

So, if starting your own business is a pursuit you’re giving serious thought to, here are a few tips to get your plans off to a strong start and guide you in the direction of success.

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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 a recent YouGov survey, a staggering 4 million adults don’t read for pleasure. If you’re one of these statistics and want to change that, then audiobooks are the way forward.

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 business – of course!

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 side down, or aren’t doing enough?

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.

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 five of the online tools all start-ups should be using.