How To Get Started As A Mumpreneur
Being a mother can often feel like a juggling act; particularly if you have children of different ages. From co-ordinating football practice and ballet lessons to getting baby packed for an hour outside of the home, motherhood can leave little time for anything else – particularly a job! More and more mums are choosing the freedom and flexible hours of running their own business and we’re here to share our tips on how to get started.
You be you
The first step in starting a business is to figure out what kind of business would suit you. Think about all of the things that you do during the day and make a list of those that you enjoy the most. It could be that you’re a whizz at organising or a dab hand with a spreadsheet, in which case, list these as your skills.
We just talked about the parts of your day that you love – what about the ones that you don’t? Maybe you get frustrated with a certain thing, such as an overly fiddly baby bottle. If you have a problem with this, there’s a good chance that others do too. By identifying a pain point, you may just be in a position to come up with a new idea to put out into the market.
If you’re looking to market a new product, we know that this can take a lot of time and money. Try getting in touch with a brand within that industry to see if they would be interested in partnering up with you. Leading banner company, Ultimate Banners – creators of the pull up banner dimensions guide, recommends partnering with a local brand where possible to make communication easier.
Meet your new team
Take advantage of the freelance market – when starting out in business, there are rarely enough hours in the day. Sites such as People Per Hour and Fiver are a really good way of getting a little help at a relatively low cost.
Put yourself up for hire
Try freelancing for yourself – if you’re not quite ready to launch into a full scale business, freelancing can be a really good way of easing yourself into it. Make a list of your skills and then browse through freelancer sites to find your niche.
The social network
The best way of finding out about new business opportunities is to network – and you don’t even have to leave home to do it. There are plenty of business related social media sites out there like LinkedIn which will help you make new contacts.
For those looking to throw themselves into the deep end, buying a franchise is a great way of starting out. As you’re, essentially, buying into a company which is already successful, it’s relatively risk-free and, you’ll receive loads of support.
Best of both worlds
Become an affiliate – If the idea of launching into a franchise is a bit daunting, try becoming an affiliate for an online brand. Although this may involve a small financial investment, it allows you the freedom of fitting in your business around your other responsibilities.
Starting an e-commerce store is really easy and inexpensive and can be quite lucrative. You can set up your own store on Shopify or, sell through Amazon. Don’t have anything to sell? No problem – sites like Jungle Scout can help you to source products to sell in your store.
Do your homework
Whatever kind of business you decide to get into, find the time to research it properly and to draw up a plan to include how much time and money you’ll need to invest – and what kind of return you can expect.
Going into business for yourself can be great fun as well as making you a little cash and allowing you to spend precious time with your family. If embarking on any kind of partnership or affiliation, make sure that you read all the rules and regulations first to avoid any nasty surprises.
By Ben of Ultimate Banners. Visit his website here https://ultimatebanners.co/pull-up-banners/
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