MummaToo

I never envisioned being a mother.  I had dedicated 7 years of my life to creating a successful business and didn’t think I had room for being a mother and a businesswoman because of the demand on my time for both of them.

The business I own is not a very baby friendly business, even though it is run from home.  It is a dog boarding facility so it isn’t a place a baby can crawl around safely and because it is like a dog park, in that dogs run around with other dogs, the concentration level whilst at work has to be 100% – Suffice to say, for me, having both world of career woman and mother was not in my mind’s grasp.

And as I write this, I am staring at my beautiful almost 7 month old son and have found out I am also 12 weeks pregnant with the second one.   How did this happen?  Well, the stories are true … if you find the right person, things change and things sure did change.  Not only will I have two babies under 2 by November this year, I also have two stepchildren, which are my partners.  Going from zero children to four within the space of 3 years!

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Law and Disorder – 4 Business Tips From a Successful Lawyer-Mum

I started my legal practice when my son was six months old. That was nearly two years ago. The time between then and now has been a roller coaster of excitement, stress, joy, fear, exhilaration, frustration and absolute fulfilment. Whilst every day continues to hold new lessons for me, here’s what I have to share so far with those who are thinking about, or trying to, combine parenthood with running a business.

1. Be a proud parent

Setting up a new business with a breast-fed baby in tow meant that I didn’t really have a choice but to include my son in the planning process. This meant bringing him along to meetings with the likes of accountants, software providers and web designers. One such meeting was with four men, none of whom batted an eyelid when I chose to breast feed my son partway through.

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Top 5 Tips to Juggle Parenthood and Business

Back in Nov 2013 when I had just finished 2 years of dedicated research and effort developing Smart Cleanse and was ready to launch it onto the market, I found out that I had a new project on the horizon. A baby! Something I have of course always wanted, but in my later 30’s I resided to the fact that I was now a career woman or Entrepreneur.

Becoming a Mumpreneur at this stage of the game was not something I predicted at all. Even though it was definitely tricky timing career wise with the huge commitment I had made with Smart Cleanse, without a doubt my little 8 month old Leo is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves!

Many women seem to follow the same path:

School
Work/Uni
Kids
Back to Work
Retire

We work the job that suits the busy life with kids, the secure job, the job that “pays the bills”.  I followed that path too then one day decided to stop working “hard for the man” and work “smarter for myself!”

Going into business for myself was scary, exciting, challenging, rewarding, tiring, emotional and much much more…..some days I have certainly wanted to throw in the towel but it is my baby, my business and I have worked too bloody hard to do just that.

If you are looking at going into business for yourself I say GO FOR IT – but make sure you do you research first – a few MUST DO’s

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7 Legal Essential for Business Online: Part 2 – Privacy Online

What is the big deal about privacy? Everyone gives all their personal information to companies like Facebook and Google, so why not give it to your business? Data privacy is a big deal, particularly in Europe and Cyber-crime is on the increase, or at least awareness of it is. If you collect information, then you are obliged to provide at least minimum protection against disclosure.

So who is covered? If you collect the contact details of your customers, you are collecting personal information which is protected under privacy laws.  If you are a small business, you may not have to comply with privacy laws, but if you want your customers to feel secure in giving you their information, it is advisable to comply.

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7 Legal Essential for Business Online: Part 1 – Copyright & Trademarks Online

Just because you can find it online, doesn’t mean it’s free!  Protect your business by having the right permissions for use of content on your website. If you create it yourself, you have less problems.

Software for the internet is so sophisticated and quick today that it is easy to find copied content. Companies that in the business of selling copyright, like Getty’s Images, automate their whole system so that they find the image you are using without permission, send you a letter demanding payment of a licence fee and follow up without necessarily needing human interaction.

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The Real Reasons Behind Your Time Management Problems

Being a parent and having to run a business, we often have to juggle various priorities and it seems like there is never enough time in the day to “get it all done.”

We are committed to growing our businesses, yet we feel so overwhelmed by everything that needs our attention that we ended up running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and still come up short.

I often hear people complain social media being a time suck. They can’t fit in the time to write a newsletter. They don’t have a minute to reflect on their own growth. They are struggling to get even 6 hours of sleep in. Yoga… what yoga?

They wish they could get the unfair advantage of having a 28-hour day.

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Management Tips for Mumpreneurs

The word Mumpreneur is a bit of a buzz word at the moment but like all cliches and buzzwords, it has gained traction because it’s real. Mumpreneurs are a tremendous growth sector in Australia and overseas and according to the ABS, women are three times more likely than men to have the confidence to start their own business. And the Huggies MumInspired Research Report revealed that some 70 per cent of Australian mothers have thought about starting a business after having kids. Lets face it – once you’ve had a baby you feel like Wonderwoman – you can do anything!

For many women, the idea of going back to full time corporate roles after having children isn’t terribly appealing, once the cost of childcare and travel expenses and the time away from home is calculated, but they have the skills and energy and passion that can be channelled into their own ventures. As well as giving you time to care for your family, being a Mumpreneur offers a huge raft of other advantages over a salaried role.

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3 Ways To Get Honest Feedback Before You Launch Your Product

Starting a business is exciting. It’s fun to brainstorm your concept, design your product, build your website, and talk about the difference you are going to make in the world.

But how do you know if your business idea will work? And how can you be sure that people will actually buy your product?

Believe it or not…

Aside from consulting friends and family, most people seek very little customer feedback before launching their product. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. (I’m guilty of it myself!)

Caught up in the thrill of the ride, most people don’t talk to customers until after they have spent thousands of dollars on developing their ideal product and/or website. Which means that by the time they launch their product, they’re too far down the road to pivot, turn around or start again.

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I own a business, should I incorporate?

People are moving online faster than ever. Technology is helping brick-and-mortar businesses to adapt in a fast changing world. Once a website is created and visitors start browsing your business can expand greatly, however there are also a number of legal risks that it is exposed to.

While the process of incorporation has additional costs to merely starting or continuing a business, there are a number of benefits that come from registering a company (aka incorporation). The most important thing to remember is that an incorporated company is a separate legal entity from the company owner — this is crucially important should things go wrong.

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