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10 Great Business Ideas for Mums

Based on the stories that have been shared on Mumpreneur Inspiration we’ve compiled a list of business ideas for Mums. These have been inspired by the stories shared on Mumpreneurs Inspiration somyou know they can really work for Mums. There’s 10 here and you can gain access to another 10 by signing up to our newsletter, details at the end of the post.

The 10 Business ideas for Mums

Selling things on the Internet – If you’ve got some space for storage then selling on the Internet could be an option for you. The promotion can be done in your own time and little ones usually quite enjoy a trip to the post office. Even if you don’t want to develop your own website their are plenty of third party sites you can sell through such as eBay and Etsy.

Best for: Mums with storage space who need complete flexibility
Worst for: Mums without customer service experience

Stories from Mums who are running businesses selling online

Virtual assistant – If you have great administration skills and are good with technology you could offer your skills as a virtual assistant, helping other business owners with their day to day tasks. You can generally work in your own time as long as things are done by the deadline.

Best for: Mums who are organised and good at working to a deadline
Worst from: Mums who find admin tasks dull and repetitive

Stories from Mums who are virtual assistants

Creating and selling information products – If you are knowledgable about something you could consider creating information products such as online courses, ebooks or even a blog to share that knowledge. Once the products are created you can focus your time on marketing so this can be a great home based business for Mums.

Best for: Mums who are knowledgeable about a particular topic
Worst for: Mums who don’t have the best IT skills

Stories from Mums who are selling information products

Remote coaching – If you’re very experienced in something you could consider remote coaching, this lends itself well to coaching in areas such as business, marketing and finances.

Best for: Mums who enjoy helping others
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy working on a one to one basis

Stories from Mums who are remote coaches

Face to face coaching – Some types of coaching work better in the real world but can still be scheduled round family life. You may already have skills that you can coach such as fitness, parenting or counselling or you could train in one of these areas. You could either run this as a home based business if you have a home office or hire space at a local business centre for the actual consulting.

Best for: Mums who have access to some space to carry out the coaching
Worst for: Mums who have small children with them full time

Stories from Mums who are face to face coaches

Antenatal classes – Some woman are inspired to join this industry through a good birth experience and some by a bad experience. Whichever is true for you, if you’re passionate about woman’s experience of birth this could suit you but you will need some childcare.

Best for: Mums with a passion for supporting new Mums
Worst for: Mums who don’t have great empathy

Stories from Mums who run classes

Childminder – Probably the only job where you can have your children with you all the time while you do it. Everyone in your household will need to have a background check and you’ll need to do some basic training. The government is keen to increase the availability of childcare so there is lots of support available.

Best for: Mums with a decent sized home and don’t mind some red tape
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy looking after children

Stories from Mums working in childcare

Baking – Becoming a cake maker or decorator is something that appeals to lots of women. If you’ve got the skills to create something really beautiful then you can make some money.  You’ll have to be very well organised to fit it around small children. You’ll also need to keep your kitchen very clean to meet the health and safety requirements.

Best for: Mums who have a good kitchen space and like to keep it clean
Worst for: Mums who don’t have time to keep on top of the cleaning

Stories from Mums running food based businesses

Crafts – If you enjoy crafts then you could make them to sell. You could either do this online, through your own website or a third party site, or via local craft markets.

Best for: Mums who enjoy working with their hands to create something
Worst for: Mums who won’t  put as much time in to selling as creating

Stories from Mums running craft based businesses

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Home Business Ideas for Mums

With childcare costs as high as they are working in the home is an appealing option for many mums. Unfortunately there are a lot of unscrupulous people promising unrealistically high earnings for home working jobs. To help you find an opportunity that really can earn you money from home we’ve put together 5 home business ideas for mums. These aren’t get rich quick ideas and all will take time to establish but, with hard work, can create an income.

E-commerce

If there’s a product you’re passionate about then selling online could be for you. If you’re fairly good with a computer then there are plenty of packages that will help you to build an e-commerce site. You couldn’t also consider selling through another platform. eBay is a popular choice as is Amazon. If you’re selling something you’ve created yourself then Etsy can work well. Just bear in mind that all of these sites will charge you a fee for using them, usually a percentage of sales. If you plan to hold stock you’ll need some storage space, either at home or through a company. Alternatively you could look at drop shipping, where you take the orders and pass them on to another company to ship. Read about Mums who run e-commerce businesses.

Bespoke items

Bespoke items are one of the few things that small businesses can often do better than large ones. There are hundreds of items that can be personalised for buyers for example clothing, food items, gifts, stationery or furniture. Just be prepared to spend as much time Marketing the business as you do on the creative process. Check out our stories from mums who’s create bespoke items.

Blogging

Of all our home business ideas for mums this one will probably take the longest to build in to a profitable business. However if you enjoy writing it may be one of the most fulfilling. Bloggers make there money from advertising on their blogs. In some cases they will be given a product as payment for reviewing it, in others they will be paid either to write a post about something or to publish a post written by someone else. They also sometimes sell display advertising on the blog and run affiliate programs like Google Adsense. Read blogger KatyKicker’s story for inspiration or check out this fab course on how to get started as a blogger.

Information products

Information products describes a range of products, usually online, that provide the purchaser with information they need. The products might be ebooks, courses or access to a library of resources via a subscription payment. The hard work is in creating the products, once that’s done, the focus is on marketing them. This way you can continue to make money from them long after the initial hard work is finished.  Have a look at our information product stories to find out more.

Virtual assistant

If you have excellent admin skills then you could put them to use to creat an income. Many small business owners prefer to focus on the core elements of their business and outsource the admin to someone else. This creates opportunities for people whose forte is admin. You’ll need a decent laptop and good broadband speed to make it work. Networking skills to help you find your clients. To the stories from Mums who have become VAs have a look at our business to business stories.

Other home business ideas for mums

We’re tried to stick here to home business ideas for mums that are fairly accessible to everyone but if you have a particular skill set you may well be able to make use of it at home. You may be knowledgable about something that you could teach. You could either do it by inviting clients to your home or via the internet. If you’re a coach or counsellor you could offer your services via Skype. Perhaps you could do something you’ve done before but on a freelance basis. Whatever home business idea you choose to go for, make sure that you meet the legal requirements by getting insured and informing the council, landlord or mortgage company if necessary.

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Pros And Cons Of Using Reseller Hosting For Your Business

 

 

Reseller hosting is a lucrative way to make money. Reseller hosting is when someone or an organization lease or buys servers from a web hosting provider. After making the purchase, the individual or the company can sell that space to a third party. They can also provide additional web hosting service to their customers, depending on the type of package bought. If you are considering using this as a way to make some extra cash, or to start your own business it is important that you weigh the pros and cons before making such a huge decision.

 

Pros

One of the biggest pros is that it is relatively cheap to start as web hosting plans for resellers are smartly priced. You also do not have to worry about purchasing technology, infrastructure, and equipment that is usually required when you are web hosting. All of that comes from the parent web hosting service, which takes the pressure off of you.

Another great thing about being a reseller is you have a bigger company with more resources to provide server maintenance, connectivity, and security. It is the parent company’s responsibility to provide you with all of those things so that you can focus on running your business. Essentially, you have the option of outsourcing all of the technical tasks that come with being a reseller.

Let us say that you have a customer that gets a lot of traffic to their website. If you are a reseller, you can run different parts of your website from more than one URL as well as different servers. You can do all of this without having to buy more space or more servers.

Since you will be a reseller you will have access to more features. More features mean you can offer more services to your customers.

Cons

One of the main drawbacks of using reseller hosting is that you are solely depending on the parent web hosting company. The success of the parent company is your success, even if you have the technical know-how to get things done. If your parent company’s servers are always down, guess what? So are your servers. This can negatively impact your business.

Another con to consider is that you may still have to provide some level of customer service. Some parent web hosting services can provide you with a team of people strictly for customer service, but you may still have to answer questions. Ignoring these questions, no matter how taxing, can be detrimental to the success of your business.

There may also be a bit of a technical learning curve if you are not familiar with the basics of web hosting. Some of the features and control panels may be difficult to navigate. Also, keep in mind that you will have limited access to the server, which makes doing things without the help of your service provider much more difficult. If you believe you will be changing service providers at any time, it is recommended that you get a dedicated server or VPS.

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Freelancer Lifestyle: Helping Women Start Online Freelance Businesses

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

Hi, my name is Alison. I have one 9 year old girl whom I’m a single mum too. On top of this, I have the chronic illness MS and my parents live in Germany. 

What’s your business called?

My business is called Freelancer Lifestyle.

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Freelancer Lifestyle is a resource filled with tools for women wanting to start an online freelance business from scratch and on a budget.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

I became a Mumpreneur in 2016 when my child started nursery. I started by doing some bookkeeping and transcription work as and when I could find leads. One day, I met a client who asked me to help him do a webinar and market it. After doing lots of research on digital marketing and getting a love of writing, I started blogging. Today I’m a freelance writer in digital marketing and entrepreneurship.

My inspiration is seeing and hearing the delight in clients when I do a good job for them. Plus, I’m also inspired each and every day by my daughter and close friends who believe in me.

How did you fund your start up?

I funded my start up by reinvesting the earnings that I got from transcription and bookkeeping work into growing the business, learning about how to run a business, and getting a good laptop to work from. 

At the time, I was receiving help from the government. Therefore, I just put everything I earned back into the business. At the time it felt a massive risk with fear that I was just going to completely fail. Instead, after a couple of years the risk completely paid off and earned a full time income.

How do you manage working around your children?

Working around my child has been a constant evolving process. When she was in nursery – Year 1, I worked whilst she slept and at school.

As she has gotten older and in years 2 &3, I did client work whilst she was at school and marketing work in the evening whilst doing household duties.

When my child was in year 4, Coronavirus hit and I had to home school her. Even though I had less work coming in, I still had my blog to run as that made me money from affiliate links. 

So working during Coronavirus was very tricky. What I did was let my child sleep in till about 12pm. During this time, I did some client work and wrote blogs. When she woke, I tended to my child so she had food, washed and did a couple hours of school work. 

After I made sure, my child did everything required she went back to her gaming and I went back to my blogging or marketing.

Thankfully, now she is back at work and I am starting to get consistent client work. So I can now go back to the pre pandemic routine.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

A typical day for me is

8am Check emails and social media notifications.

9am Plan my day with a to do list. Putting the most urgent at the top. Also check on the news of the day.

10am Start doing client work

2pm Lunch break and household chores

7pm Blogging and marketing activities

11pm Go to sleep so I can get in a good solid 7 hours

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

My biggest challenge needs to be my anxiety. I’ve had a really big struggle from anxiety since 2011 when I came out of an abusive relationship. Since then, I have anxiety about people’s opinions of me and their behaviour when they are around me.

Another way my anxiety shows itself by overthinking every social media comment and email, even it it a positive remark, my anxiety doesn’t accept it. Not accepting it by the constant thoughts of people think I’m a rubbish writer and never want to work with me. They’re all just laughing at me.

I have been trying to overcome my anxiety by rationalizing everything and reminding myself that I can’t read people’s minds.

Rationalizing it means that I have been able to grow my connections and land clients with confidence that they’re seriously interested in working with me.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

The best thing about being a Mumpreneur is connecting with lots of like minded people. Plus people who want to support you with your business. You just meet a whole new community from across the world who appreciate you.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future is to launch a podcast. But a podcast to share peoples stories of being a virtual assistant or freelancing and just celebrate the freelancing world.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

My advice is for anyone starting out, learn who it is that you really want to work with. Discover how you can best help them. Refine your skills set so you can help them then create social media profiles as the go-to person. 

You don’t need to start with a website. Having a presence on social media and speaking with your ideal audience is a great way to get started. 

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Being a mumpreneur is never an easy thing to do. There are plenty of times you will want to give up. To stop yourself giving up, take a look at all you’ve accomplished so far and keep pushing forward.

Website Freelancer Lifestyle freelancerlifestyle.co.uk

Tips For Staying On Top Of Your Business Finances

 Owning a business means you’ll always have a lot on your mind. This isn’t something that everyone is going to enjoy, and it’s part of the reason why not everyone is cut out to be a business owner, but for many more, this is all part of the excitement of running their own business. It might even be why you wanted to start something for yourself to begin with; being the one in ultimate control with no one to ask for certainly does have its advantages.  

Unfortunately, when there is so much to think about, even the most organised of people can sometimes make mistakes and let some areas of the business get on top of them. The business’s finances is one of these areas. One way to combat this is to outsource your accounts, but although that might help in some ways, it may not get to the root of the problem. Read on to find out how to stay on top of your business finances. 

 

Don’t Mix Your Accounts 

When you first started your business and you weren’t sure whether it was going to be a viable concern, or if you would ever run it full-time, you may not have opened a separate business bank account. Perhaps you just used your own personal account rather than making things complicated for yourself. 

If this is still the case today, the complications will have appeared. Trying to determine what a business cost is and what a personal cost is, or trying to budget for anything when you have two sets of finances in one bank account, is going to be hard. You might find you accidentally spend business funds on your weekly shop, or that you use money allocated for your rent to pay a supplier. 

Having a completely separate business bank account is the best option. Everything will be much easier to see, and you won’t make any costly mistakes. Plus your accountant will find their job is easier too! 

 

Look At The Smaller Costs

There are lots of significant costs associated with business, often relating to buying stock, paying salaries, or paying the rent on a business premises. These are easy to keep track of, and you should always be able to budget for them. However, have you considered the smaller costs? These are the ones that often go unnoticed, and because of this, they can easily grow out of control. 

These smaller costs might surprise you, but they can be contained. Using bank loans or payday loans to combine them and pay them off entirely, and then, once you are up to date, factoring them into your budget is the best option. 

 

Remember To Invoice 

Finally, we can’t not mention the fact that cashflow can suffer because business owners forget to invoice their customers. No matter how busy you are or how tedious the job is, without proper invoicing you won’t get paid when you expect to be, and that can have a seriously negative effect on the rest of your business. 

Ensure you invoice everyone right away and check you have done so at the end of every week. 

Startup Necessities: Going Into Your New Venture With A Clean Slate

 

People who hope to be successful in business know that they will have some sacrifices to make along the road. If you’re planning to hit the ground running and make a profit quickly, then you will have to accept it’s going to take hard work and some late nights. It’s well worth it, in the end, but it might not feel like it to begin with as you go for a full week without ever sleeping properly. Slowly but surely, you’ll hit your groove and find everything more manageable, but let’s not pull any punches here; it’s hard to launch a business.

Furthermore, anything you do will be harder if you go into it with additional challenges. The stresses of running a business will be at least doubled if you have doubts over the wisdom of your course of action, or is your ability to react to setbacks is infringed in any way. If you have additional time, space, or financial constraints, it stands to reason that you will find it more challenging to get off the launchpad, so to speak, and to break Earth’s orbit (to extend the metaphor) as you try to get your business into the stratosphere.

It is for this reason that you should make sure part of your business’s launch involves clearing the boards personally, as you make the necessary adjustments to help you get stuck into your startup with the enthusiasm it deserves. Let’s look at the checklist of items you need to deal with ahead of launching your new business.

 

Don’t let yourself get double-booked

There is an impression that business owners can “have it all”: the successful, profitable business; the harmonious and fun home life; and the healthy lifestyle that allows you to face every challenge with energy and vigour. The truth is that you can certainly have all of that once the business is established – but to begin with you’re going to find your time monopolised by the efforts involved in starting your business and correcting any flaws that are exposed by its early operations. And there are always initial flaws, unfortunately.

You’re going to need to set time aside to make sure you can deal with the often punishing schedule that a startup entrepreneur will face. This may mean having to miss the occasional night out, offer your apologies for a family gathering or two, and sometimes maybe even miss out on a holiday that you’d been looking forward to. Once things are up and running you can re-enter this social landscape with a vengeance, but initially you’ll need to be prepared to say “no” to some engagements. That’s hard to do, but you’ve got a very good reason for it, so be prepared to say “no, for the moment” – people will understand why you’re doing it as long as you’re prepared to explain.

 

Don’t be held back by debt

In business, you will often have to make big decisions against a deadline. Sometimes, those decisions will be expensive ones and they may involve borrowing. Few people run a business entirely debt-free these days, and if you don’t have at least the option of a credit line you’ll find yourself hamstrung. For this reason, you don’t want to begin your startup story with a significant list of debts already on the table. It can complicate any attempt to borrow more, and even if you do secure more borrowing it will add another commitment you don’t want.

Before embarking on your startup journey, it is therefore wise to simplify your personal debt picture – pay off any cards and loans that you can, in full, and have at most one or two commitments including your mortgage. For those you can’t immediately cover, consider the benefits of debt consolidation loans to streamline your commitments. If you had to be totally debt-free to enter the business world, that would rule most of us out. What you do need is to have your debt under control, and that’s not impossible.

 

Get a clean bill of health

Having a startup usually means a lot of late nights and early mornings. It can mean missed meals and a fairly scattered approach to getting the nutrients and the rest that you need. Ideally, these sacrifices will be kept to a minimum, but there is inevitably a lot you can’t be sure of when you’re starting out, so you’ll need to be ready for them. It is essential that you know where you stand health-wise before you commit yourself to what is a very draining experience.

If you’ve been experiencing any symptoms, talk them over with your GP and understand their implications (if there are any). Commit to a full check-up, including blood pressure and general wellness monitoring, and ask your doctor’s advice on how to best ensure your health during this time. You don’t want to carry any question marks into such an important period in your life.

 

Ensure you have the space for everything

People often talk about needing space – usually metaphorically – during any testing time. While it is certainly important to have metaphorical space that allows you to make decisions without pressure, you do also need literal space. You need somewhere that you can work unencumbered, whether that’s an office where you can take calls and receive business visitors, or storage space where you can keep stock.

If you try to live and work in the same areas, you will find that eventually the two worlds become unacceptably intertwined and you’ll never really be “off the clock”. Commit, from the start, to having a business-free space in your home where you don’t answer your work phone or read any email – because the more your business inserts itself into your home life, the more it becomes like a stressful job you can’t quit, and the less it feels like something you do so you can enjoy life more.

Embarking on the future with a clean slate and clear goals in mind will allow you to give the business your best shot. With any luck, you will be able to ensure the best outcomes for your personal and business lives without having to compromise too much.

From English To Anglais For Business Expansion

Professional French translation services are key if you want to broaden your horizons and make your business visible to overseas nations. 

Sometimes GCSE and A-Level French just won’t cut it for your important and critical documents – you’ll need a fully-fledged translation that can whip your documents into shape. This is not only important for reaching more people with ads, but you will need to rely on a translator for your global business for logistics purposes. This is something supply chain consultants can help with, ensuring you’re running everything as efficiently as possible.

Seeing as French is spoken in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, and France itself, it’s a language that’s spoken in many different continents. French is taught in schools all around the world to primarily instill the language as a secondary language for many school children who can utilise it if they go traveling or decide to work abroad. Though sometimes this basic level just cannot make the cut – so if you’ve tried to write something for a French audience yourself, the translation may fall flat. Mistakes can be made with clunky phrasing, past and future tenses, and other various aspects that may not be so obviously wrong, but can be potentially fatal for the clarity of the translated document itself. 

By hiring a member of a professional translation company who has mastered the artful skill of converting a language into another, you’ll be able to be assured that the written communication coming out of your company will be edited with utmost clarity, and will ensure that the reader can completely understand what’s on the page. Translators maintain a self-sufficient skill set so not only can they provide translation services, but they can also edit and proofread too, so by hiring a translator you’re not just hiring one key worker, but three in total. 

 

Look For ITI Certification

There are a ton of translation freelancers online who hope to clinch the job from bilingual natives to people who’ve been doing the job for years – but only the best are ITI certified. 

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (otherwise known as ITI) is an expert association of translators and interpreters living and working in the United Kingdom. It was originally founded in 1986 aiming to promote high standards of the artisanal art of translation. Members of the quality translation group are not only from the United Kingdom itself but also from neighbouring countries in Europe. Many large companies contact the Institute in hope of being put in contact with a competent and reliable translator who can fulfil translation services – whether on a long-term basis or a short-term contract. 

Becoming an actual member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting is a process that’s not for the likes of newcomers. A qualified member needs to have been offering professional translation services for over three years and must demonstrate their ability through various references and payment logs to ensure that they really are pro. Being a certified member means that you’re an accomplished translator or interpreter who can talk and write in multiple languages to an extremely high standard. They are the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to their profession. So when you’re looking for someone to fulfil the duty of converting one language to another, make sure that they’re ITI certified. 

 

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Reducing the Stress That Comes From Working at Home

Working from home can cause more stress than you might imagine. There are a lot of responsibilities on your shoulder when you work without a manager looking over your shoulder, and you need to be relatively self-disciplined if you want to make use of your time and actually get work done. Stress can kill our productivity and it can ruin our day, but with most of us working from home due to the worldwide COVID-19 situation, it’s become increasingly important to find ways to keep ourselves motivated at home.

So in this post, we’re going to talk about how you can reduce some of the common stress factors that come with working from home.


Create some structure

The first and arguably most important task is to create some structure. Since you’re working from home, you might be tempted to work fewer hours or work in the evening when you don’t normally work. Some people might even try to cram their work into the hours before lunch so they have the rest of the day free. Ideally, you’ll want to create a regular structure like you had when you were working a regular day job. This will help your body adjust to the schedule so you feel more productive during certain hours.

 

Improving your work environment

It’s also a good idea to improve your work environment. Make sure you get yourself a comfortable chair and desk so that your posture is good and you’re not straining yourself to work. You’ll also want to invest in a pair of cheap glasses if you suffer from eye strain when working. Lastly, make sure you designate a certain part of your home or room to work so that you can train your mind to be in “work” mode when you sit down.

 

Switch up your work environment

Alternatively, you could also set up a work environment somewhere else. For example, you could consider co-working spaces, a friend’s house or even a quiet local coffee shop. The act of commuting to this work place can sometimes help us get into a productive work mood and shaking up the scenery can be a great way to stay focused. It’s also a great way to surround yourself with other productive people to make it feel more like a working environment.

 

Coping with distractions

There are many different distractions to deal with when you start working from home. Whether it’s your kids asking you for things, the dog barking or even your phone going off. Practice discipline by avoiding these distractions. Turn off your phone, try to keep the TV and radio off when you work, and consider locking yourself in a study for a couple of hours to try and avoid any potential distractions.

Hopefully, this article has shown you a couple of handy ways to reduce stress at home. One of the key aspects is staying more organized so that your mind is focused and spends less time wandering. Once you have solid goals in mind, you’ll find it much easier to get work done and avoid distractions.

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3 Side Hustles To Explore During A Pandemic

If you are keen to see your savings work more aggressively for you while we are in the throes of a pandemic, you need to consider these side hustles. As you still work full time, you need an activity that is fun, money-making, and can be done in your spare time. Some investments need more time and effort than others, so consider how many resources you can dedicate to your new pursuits. Follow this simple guide and you could soon be topping up your nest egg with the profits from your side hustles.

 

The Markets

Rather than emulating an investment banker and trying your luck on Wall Street, you can embark on a journey into the world of Forex. Trade Forex and you could find yourself buying yen against the dollar and selling sterling against the krona. You can set up an account with a third party platform and learn the skills of making money by trading currencies. You can set up a dummy account initially and practice with some Monopoly style money. This allows you to work on your strategies without the added pressure of losing your cash. When you’re ready, you can give the trading a go for real. Only ever trade what you can afford to lose and try to do your research by learning from the wealth of tutorials and vlogs online.

 

Property

The investment that most people go-to as a side hustle is property. By investing some of your hard-earned cash into bricks and mortar you can end up with an asset that will pay for itself over time. Choose the worst house on the best street, do it up by following a renovation plan, and then market it to renters and you could end up with tenants that pay your mortgage each month. This allows your bricks and mortar asset to accrue in value while you pay nothing towards your home loan. Keep this asset for the long haul and you may find that a decade or so later, you can sell your second pad for a handsome profit. You can then pocket this to reinvest or simply top up your savings.

 

Wine

If you have never considered wine as an investment but you do like the odd tipple every now and then, consider purchasing a few bottles of the finest vintages. Think of wine as you would antiques or fine art. The older and more scarce it becomes, the more sought after it will be. Do your research and discover those up and coming wines that are popular. Riojas from the early noughties always do well and increase in value over time. Buy a few bottles and store them in your cellar or with a professional storage firm. Keep an eye on the market and when you think that it has peaked, sell your wine a pocket the profit.

Side hustles need to be accessible and not too labour intensive. It’s all too easy to become stressed by your side hustle if you risk too much, don’t spread your investments, or spend too much time and effort employing strategies to make money. Remember, this should be a simple way to make some extra cash. Follow this guide and you can pocket some profit during this global pandemic.

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Making Effective Use of Your Website

Your website is perhaps one of the most effective tools to grow your business. However, a lot of entrepreneurs simply avoid using their website. Instead, they favour word-of-mouth marketing because it takes less personal investment and they rely on referrals and recommendations to get noticed. While this can work if you’re attempting to reach a certain demographic or audience, it’s actually fairly slow and there could be more effective ways for you to use your website.

So in this post, we’ll be looking at some of the best ways to grow your business using your website. This will include different kinds of features and services that make your website more enticing for users to visit.

 

Is your business on Google?

The first thing to do is to add your business to Google’s directory if it’s a physical store. If it’s not, then you don’t need to be concerned with your listing.

However, you also want to get on Google’s search results. This requires the effective use of search engine optimization. This generally involves using specific keywords that you aim to rank for so that people can find your website. It also involves making use of the content on your website to deliver value to your visitors. To make this easier, we suggest contacting an SEO agency to help you get your website to the front page of a search result. Ideally, you’ll want to be at the number one spot for maximum visibility, but this can take a bit of time to achieve if you’re a relatively new company.

 

Are you selling your products and services online?

This may seem like a strange question to ask, but many entrepreneurs don’t actually sell products or services in a simple manner on their website. Some business owners might only display what they sell on their website but they go through other services like Amazon, eBay or even a retail store to sell their products. If customers can buy directly from your website, it makes the sales process a whole lot easier and means your website gets more traffic.

Similarly, make sure you sell your services online with some automated systems. The least you should be doing is offering some kind of online quote system that automatically shows your prices depending on your customer’s needs.

 

Do you update your website often?

It’s important that you update your website as much as possible. This not only adds more content to your website for Google to index and use for SEO fuel, but it also shows your customers that you’re active and care about your business.

A great way to update your website is to have both a news and a blog section. The news section should be used to update your customers on new products and updates. The blog section can be used for guides on how to use your products and services, or even to update them on the status of your new products and how they’re being developed.

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4 Things You Need for Your Website as a Mumpreneur

Are you designing your new business website? There are various key pieces that need to be included in the design and structure. Here are some of the parts of your website that you can’t miss. 

 

Chatbot 

First, you need to make sure that you do add a chatbot to your website. You might assume that a chatbot isn’t going to fit into your business budget. However, we’re pleased to tell you that they are an affordable option for smaller companies and highly beneficial. With a chatbot, you will be able to guarantee that consumers can ask direct queries. This is great if your site structure isn’t perfect and let’s be honest, it probably isn’t. It’s difficult to get the structure of your website right and even harder to correct it later on in the life of your business. 

With a chatbot, consumers can cut through the jumble on your site and find exactly what they want or need. It can ensure that there’s less stopping a user from making a critical purchase decision. 

 

Blog 

You also need to make sure that you are setting up a blog on your site too. With a blog, you can provide the perfect platform for providing customers with more in-depth information including direct and indirect marketing. You should have a blog regardless of the type of site you are setting up. It’s a great way to fill your site with content and still keep it looking clean and tidy. This is also ideal for SEO purchases and Google always loves a good blog. Remember, you should be adding new content to your site about once a day. However, it can’t be random content. It needs to reach a high level of quality and offer value to your users. 

 

About Page 

It’s also important that you have an ‘About’ page on your business site. An ‘About’ page provides users with key information about not just what your business is but who you are. Research shows that consumers are more likely to buy from a business when they understand a little more about the person behind it. Indeed, your ‘About’ page should be highly personal and specific to you. It should talk about your goals and your ideals as a business owner and the direction you want to take your company in the future. With a strong ‘About’ page, you will see a high level of conversions. 

 

Search Bar 

Finally, you need to ensure that your website does have a search bar. Similar to a chatbot, a search bar provides users with a way to cut straight through your site directly to what they want. This could be a product page or a key piece of information about your business. However, a search bar will provide another benefit. It will allow you to find out exactly what customers are searching for when they visit your site. This can provide you with a way to fill holes in demand and ensure that your content is clearly targeted for people visiting your website. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key traits that should be part of your business website. 

 

7 Reasons Mums Never Have Enough Time

Before I had children I had no idea what parent life would be like, I had vague ideas about spending my days baking and reading while my baby played happily at my feet. Obviously I now know that life as a mum is very much not like that and I will never have enough time to bake or read a book in peace. Ever heard a Mum say “I’ve got so much time on my hands, I really don’t know what to do with it” No? Not surprised, here are 7 reasons why.

All the Eating – It doesn’t occur to you before you have kids they they need to eat 3 meals a day, EVERY DAY and, you have to make ALL OF THEM! Not to mention providing on demand snacks every ten minutes. How am I supposed to do everything when I am always preparing food?

Life admin – Doctors appointments, bill paying, eye tests, dentist visits. Life admin is a massive time suck and it just gets worse when you have to add school admin into the mix. Unfortunately, this life admin isn’t just mine and the kids. I also seem to be responsible for the “house admin” and the “husband admin”

Activities – When I was a kid, my mum just told me to go out and play. These days our kids have carefully curated social lives with scheduled play dates, clubs, sports and the horror that is swimming lessons. I am required to not on,y plan these things but act as a taxi driver to get them there, not to mention the hours I spend watching them trying not to drown learning to swim while the sweat from the overheated pool drips off my nose.

Pets – If you haven’t yet got a pet and would rather not add another time suck to your day I recommend a firm “no” to the puppy dog eyes begging for a puppy. Not only do they need feeding and walking multiple times a day, they also add “pet admin” with vet appointments, vaccinations and trips across town to buy the ONLY food they will eat.

Cleaning – Turns our that children are filthy creatures. My cleaning standards are pretty low but even I’m horrified by the mess they make. As soon as I’ve hoovered they are walking mud in from the garden, as soon as I’ve cleaned the bathroom, they are smearing toothpaste all over and as soon as I’ve washed clothes, they wear them again!

They want me to play with them – This is my worst nightmare. When I hear the words “Mummy, please play with me” all of the above jobs suddenly seem really appealing. I am a person who likes to feel productive and, much as I know that okay is very important for children, for me I can’t help feeling like it’s time I could be using to get all of the other jobs done.

Volunteering – You may have heard the phrase, “If you want something done, ask a busy person”. It’s definitely true. I am involved in the school PTA and the local group. Why? Because they asked and I am that busy person. 

So, those are the 7 reasons that Mums have no time for self care. Having said all of that, I highly encourage you to try and make time. After all, if you collapse from exhaustion, who is going to supply all the snacks?

7 reasons mums never have enough time