The Mama You Can series has reached a milestone of 20 Mama’s, who over the last few months have shared their amazing stories.
There has been some amazing advice from them all so this week instead of featuring a Mama (back to the usual format next week) I wanted to share some of my favourite pieces of advice with you all.
So without further ado here are my favourite tips from the series so far to form my…
Top 20 tips for starting your own business
- A good friend and fellow business mama sent me a quote at the beginning of this journey, “better an oops than a what if”, and I think that sums it up perfectly. Amanda from bundles and bunches
- My approach is that, whilst I may outsource some of the work as I am by no means an expert in everything, I should always have a basic knowledge of any work being done so I can challenge those doing the work and try to add value and ideas to whatever work is being done. This has pushed me out of my comfort zone on occasion but that’s a good thing! Jo Mackay
- Talk to people who have done something similar to what you are about to do and are successful at it. Fiona Crossman
- Take a step back, put things into perspective and regroup. Sometimes it is definitely easier to give up rather than push through…but good things take time, and it’ll all be worth it! Laura Vivo Cavaller
- Taking the first step is often the hardest, so the biggest piece of advice I’d give other mums is to just get started and do one thing to make a change. Clare Murthy
- The best bit of advice I was ever given was to ‘start before you’re ready, otherwise you’ll never start’. Kathryn best day ever party shop
- Do something you enjoy and are passionate about – then it really won’t ever seem like you are actually working!!!. Lisa from What2buy4kids
- Follow your heart and go for it. You’ll never know until you try and your old career will still be waiting for you, if it doesn’t work out. Bridie by the sea
- If you have an idea, don’t just write it off, take the time to explore it. It could be the next big thing! Laura Hollinger
- Motherhood changes you, and this can apply to Career wise too. But that can be a good thing, I believe I am more empathic now, better at multitasking and able to run on far less sleep!! Jo Harris
- Someone once told me that success is different for everyone. Most people equate success with wealth. For me success is balance, running a business and being there for my children. There is no right way to live life so find out what is really important to you, focus on it and be brave. Claire Gillespie
- Just f**kin do it! Just before I handed in my notice I was at a wedding with a group of good friends. I was explaining that I was nervous about how it was all going to work out when I handed my notice in and friend turned to me and very candidly said “For f**ks sake Jess. You’ve grown and pushed out two children who are gorgeous. You manage to coordinate their lives, your household and your own. If anyone can do this, it’s you. Just stop talking about it and do it.” He was blunt, but he was right and I needed it. Jess Haworth
- Jot down everything you’d like to try out. Then work out what is more achievable and what you’re really good at. Sunita lucky things blog
- Don’t rush into it and do expect to have to work at it – but make a plan and imagine the future. If it’s a future that looks good to you, make the plan happen! Amy Blackwood Photography
- I really believe positivity and determination can get you there. Just believe in yourself and your capabilities. Victoria from Lylia Rose
- Don’t feel embarrassed to ask others with experience in what you are thinking of setting up for help and advice. We were encouraged and given really great advice by people we didn’t know that well. Everyone we asked to meet for an informal chat over coffee said yes and we learnt so much from these meetings. Property potential Surrey
- Don’t ever quieten that voice inside. It takes one single idea and the power of determination to transport a dream into reality. Above all I would always recommend taking your time when making that decision, if it’s meant to be it will wait for you. Aman from The Baby Service
- If you’re thinking about changing your pathway then trust your instincts, they know you well. I’d rather regret the things I do than the things that I don’t and I’m confident that I can do well in anything I set my mind to. Claudette Anderson
- If you have the opportunity to do something different and for yourself, do it! I speak to hundreds of women every month who have enjoyed their career but find themselves at a natural turning point whilst on maternity leave. Use this opportunity to do something new and release your dream. Buying a franchise is a great opportunity to step into self employment but with the full support of your franchisor. I’d recommend the British Franchise Association website for a list of good franchise businesses. There are lots of fabulous businesses to choose from! Julie Clabby
- If you are in anyway thinking about setting off to do your own thing, it’s the right decision. Don’t fret about finding work. You already have all the skills you need. And as a publicist I can tell you that if there is one thing social media has done its make putting yourself out there easier and less intimidating than ever. Prepare for more juggling and a different kind of stress but also for more cuddles and bedtime stories. Because it’s right there for the taking. Kelly pike
Hope you enjoyed those tips and found them useful.
Mama You Can will be back next Thursday with the next Mama in our series.