Juggling work and children is an ongoing struggle for many mums, here are some tips to help if you are considering starting your own business.
Around three in four mums would love to start a business, but it can be difficult to know what sort of business would work for you.
Antonia Chitty and Helen Lindop have written a book, Start a Family Friendly Business: 129 Business Ideas for Mums, which gives you the inside take on some great business ideas and tells you how to work out which one is right for you.
Antonia Chitty started her PR business when it became clear her employed work didn’t offer the flexibility she needed after having a baby. Now mum to three, Antonia won Inspirational BusinessMum of the Year 2009. She has a number of businesses including Family Friendly Working, a site that offers daily news and help for working parents. She offers advice and mentoring for businessmums through The Mumpreneur Guide and her PR business continues to help business owners with copywriting, PR training and online promotion.
Helen Lindop left her job as a trainer after having her first child. The frequent travel commitments and lack of part time hours made it no long suitable. She felt that self employment might give her the flexibility she needed. Now mum to two, Helen has been researching business ideas that could fit her and her new family, and writing about it on businessplubaby.com.
Antonia Chitty offers these tips to get you started:
1. List priorities
List your priorities such as earning money, or finding work that lets you stay home with your children. Then, write down your skills, and ask others what they think you’re good at.
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