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[ 15 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]
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Almost two thirds of working mums have considered setting up their own businesses and 38% have put the wheels in motion, according to Workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey. The survey of over 2,390 working parents, sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, covers a wide variety of issues, from childcare and flexible working to finances, discrimination and self employment.
It shows 63% of working mums have considered setting up their own business or franchise, up significantly on last year’s figure of 57%. Of these, 62% are just considering it while 21% are in the early …

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[ 17 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

Some 44% of working mums would consider sharing their maternity leave with their partner, according to Workingmums.co.uk annual survey. The number of women who would consider sharing their leave when the new shared parenting legislation comes in next year has risen by 3% since last year and may in part be due to a rising number of women who are the main breadwinners in their families – over 17% of women who were living with a partner say they are the main breadwinner and only in a small number of …

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[ 24 Jan 2014 | No Comment ]

It isn’t easy to find that perfect job; the holy grail of jobs that fits around the children, and gives you a good challenge. When you have been looking at job adverts, you have probably noticed that not many part-time jobs are advertised either on-line or off-line. When you are after a more professional, higher level job it gets even worse. I was recently speaking to one of the most awarded firms for family-friendliness in the UK, and even they had just realised that they weren’t advertising part-time options above …

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[ 29 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

The Government believes that small businesses have a big part to play in setting the UK on the path to long term, sustainable economic growth. To this end, one of its stated aims in the March 2012 Budget was to make the UK the ‘best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business’.  But what are the issues facing anyone who fancies going it alone and setting up a new business? As it’s Financial Planning Week, it’s a great time to highlight some of the main financial planning …

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[ 21 May 2013 | No Comment ]

One more work from home opportunity is to become a market researcher for a mystery shopping company. You are self employed and the amount of work you get depends on your motivation and the amount of work each company has on. You can register with several at a time. You won’t make a fortune doing this, but will earn a few quid an hour, get travel expenses, and may enjoy some free meals. You may be asked to check certain details with a shop ororder something in particular, and you …

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[ 14 May 2013 | One Comment ]

Last week we looked at freelancing: this week we’re focusing on a popular area for freelancers, administration. This is a freelance service which merits its own section, because it is one area where anyone with a computer and reasonable language and IT skills can start a business. Play to your strengths. If you are good on the phone, some businesses may need people to make sales calls for them. Others may want a ‘virtual receptionist’ to answer the phones. This is not ideal if you have noisy children at home, but …

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[ 7 May 2013 | No Comment ]

If you have a skill that you have used in your career, could you do it freelance? Using a skill people know you have a talent for will help you when starting out. You should also look at people from previous employment and consider whether they could help you. Some may directly employ freelancers. If so, get in touch with a good resume of what your skills and experience are. Even if they know you well, it won’t hurt to remind them what you offer, and they may pass your …

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[ 29 Oct 2012 | No Comment ]
11 Tips for Mumpreneur Success

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.
Think about the hours you can devote to work. Be realistic if you plan to work around the kids, as children may not understand “mummy’s working”.  Write down your work hours, whether they are 12-2 each day during nap time, 9.30-11.30 to fit with nursery, 7-9 in the evenings or a combination on different days.
Research the market for your …

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[ 22 Oct 2012 | No Comment ]
Flexible working – your rights

If you want to start a business gradually, keeping your paid job on and fitting in the start up on evenings and weekends, you are entitled to ask to work flexibly. Find out more about who can ask, and how this can help you start a business.
You have the right to ask for flexible work if you have a child under 18. Your boss has to consider your request and can’t refuse outright.  She has to base a refusal on one of the following grounds:

Burden of additional costs
Detrimental effect on …

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[ 15 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments ]

Have you been impressed by the mumpreneurs you have seen on TV or in the news? Would you love to be able to run your own family friendly business but are unsure how? Many working mums and dads are stuck in inflexible jobs, and short of time for their family and themselves. If you have a job but want to work for yourself, here are some tips to help you budget to start your business:
Work out an ‘essentials’ budget, to see whether you could afford to give up work. Remember …