My apologies for the delay in posting. It’s been ages since my last post and I feel a bit like I’m confessing my darkest sins in a support meeting. But the truth of the matter is that I’ve just been a bit busy and distracted. However, the new school term has started and there has been a noticeable shift in focus and determination. So hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of these posts as I become a fully fledged blogger!
Today’s post is all about becoming a mumpreneur. I normally avoid using that particular term because I don’t feel very entrepreneurial, but I suppose it’s just the whole “taking the initiative” thing. Anyway, the reason for writing about this is because I’ve been involved in a mumpreneur initiative on the Moonfruit Facebook page. This is a company that provides website templates for people and businesses. I’ve had to do a number of things:
- Post on the Facebook page about my inspiration for starting the business,
- Post about the services that I offer and promote my website,
- Post about my family – part of my inspiration, and
- Write in a bit more detail about the decision behind becoming a mumpreneur, which mumpreneurs inspire me, how it has changed my life and any top tips I have for other would be mumpreneurs.
So I thought I’d share the last bit with you as this week’s blog post. I guess it might help you see a bit more about what makes me tick. Here goes.
My decision to become a Mumpreneur was in some ways easy and in some ways difficult. I’d worked for the same business for 9 years, 4 of which were after having my son. I was becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of flexibility in my life and I was very conscious that life was going to become more challenging when he went to school. My husband and I talked at length about my options and we agreed that I would leave my regular job to go it alone as a marketing and social media consultant. I’d worked in this field for over 12 years and still enjoyed the work, but I just needed a new direction and fresh challenge. So in March of this year I left my permanent job (and salary!) to start my own business. It’s not always been an easy move – the drop in income has been considerable and quite stressful at times and it can be quite lonely during the day. Making sales contacts and trying to sell myself does not sit very easily with me, but I do it because I can see the benefits. Being my own boss and setting my own schedule is very satisfying. Over the course of the summer, I’ve had lots more quality time with my son and it’s meant that I’ve been able to do things with him that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise – for instance playing in the garden on sunny days with the sprinkler on or going to the park. Previously I’d have been working and we’d have had to wait for a sunny weekend, which is not always guaranteed. It’s also meant that I’m able to take him to school in the morning and collect him from the gates at the end of each day, which has been lovely.
My inspiration has come from a number of sources. My former boss left the business a few years ago to set up her own business which has gone from strength to strength. My sister in law is a freelance market researcher and another former colleague left work to look after her own kids. I looked around me and saw lots of women struggling to juggle the demands of work and family and I was desperate to find a solution. I saw these women working for themselves and they appeared to have a much better work/life balance than those of them trying to do full time jobs in part time hours and dashing around dropping kids off and picking them up again at the end of the day. I have no ambitions to be the next big thing. My ambition is simply to build a modest business with a reasonable income, doing work that I love while being the wife and mum that I want to be. I’d like to be able to go on school trips sometimes, or attend school meetings before 6pm and I really want to meet my son at the school gates. It’s an emotional thing – and I’m not going to apologise for it. I don’t want to look back in 20 years and feel regret.
And the top tips for would be mumpreneurs? Well, watch this space. I’ll tell you those next time. Have a good week!