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Sep 11, 2011

Operating a mum-owned business can be quite a juggling act. Generating sales, monitoring finances, keeping abreast of admin, understanding valuable marketing techniques and how to implement them, and taking care of family life can be exhausting! At times you may feel like Jack-of-all-trades and master of none!

Have you considered the benefits – and power – of outsourcing various elements of your business? This is especially useful for the areas of business you don’t enjoy or in which you lack experience. Although additional costs will be incurred, you will soon get this...

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Aug 21, 2011

As a busy working mum, do you find it difficult to take a break and spend quality time with your children? It can often be the curse of the successful mumpreneur who is doing so well with the business, and enjoying the financial rewards it offers the family, that little time is left to enjoy quality time as a family.

If this sounds familiar to you, how does that make you feel? It is likely you set up your business so you could work around your family and attend to their needs in a flexible manner. Why not go back to basics and realign this as one of your key goals? The summer months offer...

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Aug 21, 2011

Finding things to do in the summer holidays seems to be every mum’s mission at the moment but have you thought about exploring your own back yard? It is completely free and you don’t have to leave your home! If you don’t have a garden, your nearest park is just as good!

Stop worrying about doing extreme, expensive activities with your children. Instead make up games that they can enjoy playing with you in your own garden. Here are some great ideas:

Nature Hunt
List a number of bugs, birds, flowers and animals that are likely to be in your garden. Start a Spotter’s...

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Aug 07, 2011

The summer holidays provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy days out with the children. Amidst all the fun and frolics, it is important when spending time outdoors to ensure you and your family remain safe in the sun. Here are some great tips to ensure you avoid the dreaded – and extremely harmful – sunburn and an unpleasant bout of sunstroke.

Ensure you stock up on protective sunscreen for your family. Buy a few bottles so you can keep one in the house, one in your bag and one in the car, ensuring you have sunscreen to hand wherever you are.

Apply your initial application of...

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Aug 07, 2011

Calling all mumpreneurs who are feeling burnt out, frazzled and at the end of their tethers! Well, who would be surprised if you are all those things as you continually endeavour to take care of the children, the household and a successful business! Those mumpreneurs who have children at home during the summer holidays must feel particularly shattered!

You should and must all realise it is OKAY to take a break, to chill out, to escape the bedlam, to have a KitKat! You must allow yourself time to recharge your batteries: in your absence your children will survive, the house will not fall...

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Jul 24, 2011

We often hear about the many mums who struggle to find fun things to do as a family during the summer months. With the prospect of the long summer holidays ahead, we have been focussing on finding ways to enjoy this time, instead of dreading it as so many mums have done in the past! We have now created a short guide to help you find fun activities to do with your children during the sunny months. We hope you find it a useful tool for the holidays now and in the future.

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Jul 24, 2011

As a budding entrepreneur, allowing self-doubt to consume you could be catastrophic for your future success. Theoretically entrepreneurs exude self-confidence and have an absolute belief in what they set out to achieve. In reality, mumpreneurs face an inordinate about of challenges that can test self-belief, and the pressure only rises once doubt sets in.

Of course life for many mumpreneurs differs greatly from those cash- and time-rich entrepreneurs. When you consider failure, not only is your money and reputation at stake, the future you had in mind for your family could also be...

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Jul 11, 2011

Ces Loftus (known as @Ces_Creatively on twitter) is a mum of 3 from Poole. In May 2006 her 4th son was still born at full term and she has overcome adversity to make a successful new cyber career. Ces says: "When my son died I almost died too. During the following few years I had several miscarriages, was grief stricken and went through a rough time on many levels as I lost my business, got into debt and felt like my life was collapsing around me.

Having worked as a brand image designer in agencies across the UK during my fifteen year career before becoming self employed, I set my business...

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Jul 10, 2011

Are you procrastinating about setting up your own business or have you been deferring the growth of an existing venture? Do you have tangible reasons for this lack of action or do you simply fear failure and the unknown?

Fear can be an all-consuming emotion that causes inactivity and results in unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. Allowing fear to control your decisions will damage your self-esteem and create a void where there was once potential.

Everyone, even the most successful entrepreneurs, fear failure. However, success is only achieved by those individuals who know how to manage...

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Jul 10, 2011

Are you the sort of mum who cannot wait to have the kids home from school all summer or do you feel completely daunted by the prospect? Most mums would probably own up to the latter, especially if they are working mums or have other daytime commitments.

The key to surviving this challenging time is to remain flexible. Although juggling work can be tough, try to use your free time wisely. If your child has been in a summer club or childcare all day, make sure bath and bed times are fun. Perhaps add extra bubbles or give them a deep bath in which to splash about! Bedtimes are always great fun...
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