5 signs it’s time to change from Stay at Home Mum to Mumpreneur

Being a stay at home Mum can be great, you’re there for all of the milestones, you don’t have to worry about finding (not to mention paying for) childcare and there’s no commute to worry about. However it can get a bit lonely, and dare I say it, a little bit boring!

Your brain feels numb from overexposure to Cbeebies

Talking to/about toddlers all day can get a bit mind numbing after a while. If you feel like you need an intellectual challenge then starting a business can provide you with that. Even if you’re still suffering from a bit of baby brain (my kids are 4 and 6 and I’m still using that excuse!) getting the brain cells working again can help you shake it off.

You’re worried that you’re not keeping up with workplace skills

Taking a career break to care for your children can have an effect on your long term career. Keeping your skills up to date is one way to mitigate the effect and running a business is a great way to do it. Running my business I’ve developed my IT skills, research skills, communications skills, writing skills. I’ve even learnt web development and marketing from scratch.

You need something that’s just for you

Having children is great but it’s easy to lose your sense of self when they take over your world. Running a business can give you back your sense of identity. It means that for some of the week you’ll get called by your own name instead of so and so’s Mummy. Starting a business helped me to avoid a repeat experience of postnatal depression after my second child was born.

You aren’t comfortable relying on your partner for money

Let’s be clear, being a stay at home Mum is of equal value to going out to work. You are entitled to a share of the household income. Knowing this still doesn’t mean we always feel comfortable about it. Earning your own money can be very satisfying. There’s nothing quite like treating your family to a meal out with money you’ve earned from your own business.

You want to set a good example for your children

Following your dreams is a great example to set for your children. If you want to run your own business, doing so can help show your children that you can achieve whatever you want in life if you work hard.

If you’re feeling inspired to swap being a stay at home mum for being a Mumpreneur check out our 10 Great Business Ideas for Mums.

become a Mumpreneur with a direct sales business

Five signs it’s time to quit your job and become a Mumpreneur

Being a working Mum can be great. With the right employer, the right childcare and the right support it can work and lead to happy Mum and happy children. If it doesn’t seem to be quite working for you, check out these signs that it’s time to become a Mumpreneur.

Your Sunday is ruined by the thought of Mondays

If you spend your Sundays dreading Monday, worrying about everything you have to get done, it’s time to reevaluate. When your work is having a negative effect on your free time then something needs to change. When my husband was unhappy at work, Sundays always felt a bit off because he was worrying about king back to work the next day.

You aren’t happy with your childcare

Some children run in to nursery without a backwards glance but others have to be pried off you. It’s normal for children to have trouble separating from you and most will settle as soon as you’ve gone but if part of you is worried that they aren’t happy their then launching a business where you can keep them with you might be the answer.

You feel like your missing out

First words, first steps, first supermarket tantrum. All parent want to be around for (most) of these milestones but the benefits of working can be a fair trade off for missing them. If you feel like you’re losing more than your gaining then it’s time to become a mumpreneur.

You hate your job

If your job makes you miserable then you’ll definitely want to consider a change. Your children will pick up on your unhappiness and happy Mum=happy baby. As they get older they’ll be aware that you’re staying in a job that makes you unhappy. This may give them the wrong impression of work is like. My Mum hated her job as a legal secretary when I was growing up but carried on because they let her work from home. It certainly effected how I imagined my working life would be. I dreaded starting work and was actually pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t as bad as I expected. (Although no where near as good as being self employed!)

You need something for yourself

Between looking after children, working, cleaning and general life admin, it’s hard to fit in any time for yourself. Running a business can mean that you can combine working, with doing something you love. This has certainly been the case for me. Once I became a Mum I wanted my time away from my son to mean something other than just earning money.

You want to become a mumpreneur!

Of course the biggest sign is that you want to start a business. If you’re showing signs that it’s time to become a Mumpreneur, check out our Ten Great Business Ideas for Mums.

What it's like when a business fails, Tots Tales Story

How does it feel when your Business Fails?

If you’ve read much of this blog before you’ll know that as well as Business for Mums, I run Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sales. Neither of these were actually my first business. My first business was “Tots Tales: The Baby and Toddler Book Club”. It was baby and toddler classes based around books (I’m a former librarian so it’s kind of my thing). They ran for about 9 months before I accepted defeat and closed them down. Had you told me that was where I’d end up I’d have been horrified, failure was my worst nightmare. When I experienced what it’s really like when your Business fails,  it really wasn’t so bad.

How it all started

In the beginning it seemed like a great idea. I loved going to baby and toddler classes with my kids. I loved books. I have a Business Studies degree. I even lead the singing session at my local toddler group. What more suitable business could there be for me than running book based baby and toddler classes? What I didn’t think about was how stressful I’d found my previous experiences of teaching. How I wasn’t really that keen on children who weren’t my own. How I had avoided like the plague running story time when working in the library. I didn’t want to go back to work, I’d always wanted to start a business so I only saw what I wanted to see and ignored the glaringly obvious reasons that it was a bad idea.

There were things about the business I loved. Researching and planning the sessions was good fun. Getting the logo designed and creating my stationary was great. Learning about accounts and marketing was satisfying. Unfortunately I soon came to dread running the actual classes. Initially I thought it was because numbers were low to start with and that created an odd atmosphere. I then did a big Facebook promotion and had lots of people come for a free trial. Very few came back. In my heart I knew then that I’d made a mistake. I didn’t enjoy running the sessions which was the heart of the business and it came across in the delivery. If I wasn’t having fun, no one was going to have fun.

Knowing it wasn’t going to be a success

I carried on for a while, feeling that it was too soon to give up. I tried changing the structure of the classes, tried to relax and enjoy it more. Eventually I reached the point were I was feeling sick at the thought of running the class. I had to accept that this just wasn’t the right business for me.

And once I’d done that I felt fine about it. In fact I felt excited because now I could focus on finding something that was right for me. I always imagined that I would feel humiliated if a business failed (in fact that’s probably why it took me so long to start) but actually I felt proud that I tried when so many people never do. Friends and family were surprised when I stopped running it but nobody made me feel like a failure.

Moving on

I started researching other opportunities and this time I was far more honest with myself. When I came across Mum2mum Market I really considered what would be involved and weather it would suit me. It was scary trying again. You start to wonder if you can trust your own judgement but I had loved being self employed so much that I couldn’t imagine going back to work. This time I got it right and have been running and growing nearly new sales in my area for three years. I had developed a good knowledge of the local parenting community when I was running a Tots Tales. I was able to make use of that in my new venture, as well as all the general business skills I learnt like book keeping and marketing.

The most valuable thing I learnt from the experience was that failure isn’t the huge disaster we think it is. I was lucky that the only money I lost was my redundancy money and obviously if I had lost money that I couldn’t afford to, it could have been a much bigger problem. But it’s usually the humiliation that we fear and the experience has taught me that it’s really unfounded. Most people just carry on down the easy route and never really follow their dreams but, to adjust the famous Tennyson quote, it’s better to have tried and failed, than never tried at all.

You can read more about Tots Tales in my Business Story or read about other people’s business fails in Businesses that didn’t make it.

Mums Business Inspiration: Mum publishing a magazine

Mums Business Inspiration: Where does it Come From?

Mums Business Inspiration can come from many places. On Business for Mums we’re shared the stories of hundreds of Mums who have started their own business. They all answered the questions “What inspired you” and we’ve used their answers to look for recurring themes.

Mums Business Inspiration: Why Mums want to start a business

I had a always known that I wanted to start a my own business but I had never known exactly what I wanted to do. It took until the maternity leave of my second pregnancy for me to take the leap. The stories shared on Business for Mums suggest I wasn’t alone in knowing that self employment was the direction I wanted to take.

“When my youngest was a year I started watching out for ideas. I wanted to do something that worked around my three young kids (they were 1, 3, 4 when I started) and also something I am passionate about.” Lisa from A Fine Choice

It can also be the experience of motherhood that inspires the Starting of a business. Grace from Beauty by Grace was inspired to start her business by the need for a sense of self “Even though I absolutely loved being a mum, I felt like I had lost myself, I felt like I had no identity.” Keeping hold of your personal identity can also help with postnatal depression.
Many life changes are inspired by a significant life event and that’s no different for Mothers, Suzanne started working as a virtual assistant as it offered a way to work that suited her circumstances.

“I was in a car accident and as a result of the injuries, I was off work sick for a few months, which I hated. I was desperate to get back to work but needed a role that was flexible as I was still recovering, so I decided to hand in my notice and began building up my own Virtual PA business.” Suzanne from Pink Diamonds Office Support

For Ethne from Wood Street Books, it was a personal tragedy that led her to reassess her priorities and become self employed.

“I disliked my job intensely and had long had the desire to become self employed. I had a miscarriage in March 2013 which made me reassess my work/life priorities and I promptly handed in my notice at work. Fast forward 12 months and I had finally completed my long overdue accountancy qualifications and done all the leg work involved in becoming a self employed accountant just in time for Erin’s arrival. Then there was only the small matter of managing a start up as well as a new born baby!”

Mums Business Inspiration Ian often triggered by the thought of leaving their children to return to the work place. That then pushes them to start a business.

“I was feeding my youngest in Chessington World of Adventures and looking through a parenting forum. It was about 6 months from my return to work and I was having that wobble….”I can’t possibly go back to work, my babies need me at home!”. I saw a post on a forum from another Mother with the same dilemma and someone had mentioned Pink Spaghetti Virtual PA’s.” Laura, Pink Spaghetti Franchisee

It can be important for Mums to both be their for their children and retain a sense of self. For a lot of women to best way to achieve that is through self employment.

“I made an active choice that being a Mum was more important than financial success, but having the mental stimulation that work provided was still important to my own well being. Becoming self employed seemed the best answer. As the children have grown, it has allowed me to be the Mum I want to be but fit in the work commitments to allow me to still be ‘me’ and keep a platform from which to grow as my children’s needs change.” Caroline from Added Zest Ltd

There are also less positive circumstances that push Mums in to self employment:

“What inspired me was not being able to get a job! Previous to 2012, the last time I’d been applying for jobs was 2001 and things had changed A LOT! I wanted something well-paid and part-time but I wasn’t getting anywhere so essentially I was forced into the position of finding freelance work – and it grew from there.” Tanya from How to become a Virtual Assistant

Mums Business Inspiration: Where Mums ideas come from

So, we know why Mums want to start a business, but how do they come up with their ideas? A lot if Mums take their inspiration from a skill they already have:

“I was approached by my son’s headteacher to give French classes in the curriculum from Year 2 to Year 6 last year. Then I also set up Spanish breakfast and after-school clubs there. I was then approached by another school to do the same. Next I started looking into ways of expanding without compromising my life-work balance and came across Kidslingo.” Jill from Kidslingo

It can also be reigniting a previous passion that leads to a business:

“Initially, after having my first son in 2012 I became a little frustrated at the lack of time I had to concentrate on my art. But then one day I drew him – nothing radical! – bit it was a breakthrough…I showed some family & friends, who really liked them & said that they could relate to them & so I decided to make them into more finished pieces in order to produce limited edition prints to sell. So, my family is a huge inspiration!” Anne-Marie Rickus Arts

For other Mums, a new business means a completely new direction:

“I found a book online about how to become a VA. All you needed was internet connection and you could work with people online. This was a totally new way of looking at things for me and I realised that I could be doing this and working with people all over the world.” Chichi Eruchalu

People often imagine that all businesses are inspired by a gap in the market or finding the solution to a problem. Evidence from the stories on Business for Mums suggest that this is the case for only a small proportion of Mums. Here are a couple of examples:

“I had always enjoyed making and sewing but didn’t have time or resources to make more ambitious things such as clothes and, speaking to peers it appeared that there are many people in the same boat. When I looked around crafting shops or haberdashery departments in the larger stores they were full of kits, aiming to simplify a particular craft, but none contained kits to make actual clothing.” Kate from The Pretty Lovely Company

Businesses can also be inspired by a childhood experience:

“I’d had a bad experience as a child learning to swim and I swore my kids wouldn’t be afraid of water…I looked around for children’s swimming classes but was disappointed with what I found. Eventually, I found classes in London and I used to go all the way to London once a week from Buckingham! The owner of that particular swim school asked if I would like to be a teacher so I qualified and became a swimming teacher. I started teaching locally and I was in the pool one day and a lovely little baby was sick on me – and that was my lightbulb moment! I thought, I need to be doing something for myself…” Tamsin from Water Babies

You can read more about my personal Buisness journey on the About Us page. You can also read about my two business stories, Tots Tales and Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sales.

My Viral Facebook Post (Plus 5 Tips to Create Your Own)

Disclaimer: I have no idea what the number is that defines a post as being viral but for me, this was a viral Facebook post!

I’m always on the look out for new stuff to post on my Facebook page. I try to post twice a day, everyday so that’s a lot of content to generate. What I share varies, I share the posts I write, the stories from my blog, quotes from people who have shared their stories on Business for Mums. I also create my own memes, usually inspired by something I’ve seen. I will often take the sentiment and reapply it to being a Mum running a business.

My Viral Facebook Post

The inspiration for my Viral Facebook post came from reading something on Facebook. Someone was complaining that we support our favourite celebrities and we should support our friends and families in the same way. This immediately struck a chord for me. I love it when I see my friends liking posts on my business page. That quick click let’s Facebook know that what I’m sharing is good stuff so it shows it to some more people. If they then engage with, Facebook shows it to some more people and so on. That inspired me to create this meme:

My most Viral Facebook post

I posted it on a Sunday night and went to bed. The next morning I was amazed to see that it had almost 100 shares. I’d had pretty successful posts before but nothing like this. It turned out that was just the tip of the iceberg. The post eventually had a reach of more than half a million people, 6300 shares and 1400 likes. Most importantly I got literally hundreds of news likes on my page.

The results of my Viral Facebook post

Someone (who had no idea that I’d created it) shared it in to the group for the franchise I run. A friend told me they’d seen it shared by one of their friends in Australia.

I’ve also found that I can reshare it from time to time and still get great results. This last posting was from about 3 weeks ago and has resulted in around 400 new page likes.

A more recent share of the post

I think the reason that it’s so successful is that people want to share it rather than just like it. They want their friends to see it to encourage them to hit like once in a while. The friends seeing it then hit like on the post. Other successful, if not quite Viral Facebook posts for me have been ones that encourage tagging, like the examples below.

Other popular Facebook posts

Tops tips for a Viral Facebook Post

1. Look at other memes that is popular and think about weather you can make relevant to your industry

2. Focus on things that people want to share, Facebook places a high value on shares so will show posts that have been shared a lot to more people.

3. Think about things we’re people will want to tag other people, name based posts or posts referring to a particular quality

4. Make sure you put your branding on your images. Some people will share from your page but others will save the image and then share it, if your branding is on there people will still know where it came from.

5. Make the most of the fact that Facebook allows you to invite people who have liked your post to like your page, this way you’ll maximise the number of new page likers you get.

I’d love to hear about any viral or near viral Facebook posts you’ve had.

Running baby and toddler classes

What’s it Really Like Running Baby and Toddler Classes?

Running baby and toddler classes is a popular choice for Mums who are looking for a business that will fit around their families. Weather you want to run them independently or through a franchise, here’s what you need to know.

It’s about the parents as much as the children

The classes might be for the children but it’s the Mums who make the decision to come. I attended a music class with my son for a couple of years. The class itself was pretty rubbish but it was such a lovely group of Mums that I kept going. If you can foster a nice atmosphere and discourage cliques, you’ll get more parents coming each each term.

If there is time during, or at the end of, your session for parents to chat that can help to develop a friendly group. Less formal meet ups at parks or soft plays during the school holidays also help. Mums of under 5s are often left with nothing to do when classes stop for the holidays.

Finding the Right venue is key

Venue hire is an odd business. Mostly it’s done as an add on to an organisation’s real business (church’s hiring out their halls, school’s hiring out their gyms) and that means price and terms vary massively. This means that shopping around is key.

For running baby and toddler classes you’ll need good parking (make sure that the car parking won’t be used for something else when your customers will want to use it), baby changing and a room without hazards. A cafe and are near by park are also bonuses.

You’ll also need to be happy with the person that you’re dealing with and their reliability. I viewed a hall which was perfect but rejected it because I found out that they cancelled all bookings if a funeral was taking place. I also moved on from a venue because the person I was supposed to collect the keys from was so often not in when I arrived.

Facebook is your frieNd when running baby AND TODDLER classes

When I ran baby and toddler classes, I got very few bookings until I started using Facebook. If you only have a small advertising budget then this is where you should spend it. I paid a lot for adverts on parenting websites and in parenting magazines. They were all wasted money when compared to the number of bookings I got through Facebook.

There are also lots of free ways to advertise on Facebook. Every area has lots of Facebook parenting groups where you can post about your classes (just not enough to annoy people). You can also get your friends on board with spreading the word by asking them to share your posts

You’ll get recognised in the street (aNd you’ll feel a bit famous!)

Who knew that running baby and toddler classes could make you famous! The baby and toddler world is surprisingly small. I would often run into my customers when I was out and about. There’s nothing quite like having a toddler run up to you in the library and give you a big hug because they know you from your class.

Your own children will love it

When I first started developing my classes I would try my ideas out on my kids. Soon I found myself running baby and toddler classes everyday at home because my baby and toddler loved it! It was a great way to practice my songs but it did get a bit old in the end.

If you think you might enjoy running baby and toddler classes then have a look at the stories on our classes and education page or, if you think you’d like to go down the franchise route then you can check out our franchisees stories.

Becoming a childminder involves taking children out

Becoming a childminder

If you’re considering becoming a childminder then there’s a lot to think about. Like anything involving children it’s carefully regulated. Taking care of other people’s children is a big responsibility so it’s important think carefully about the decision before committing.

Are you suited to becoming a childminder?

Of course it’s important that you like children, you probably wouldn’t be considering it if that wasn’t the case. What people sometimes forgot is that you need to like parents too. Liaising with parents is one of the most important parts of a childminders job so think carefully if that’s something you’ll enjoy. If you have strong opinions about parenting this might lead to clashes with parents that would make it difficult for you to look after their child Looking after someone else’s children is a huge responsibility so you’ll need to decide if that’s something you can cope with or not.

If you’ll have your own child with you when you’re working you’ll need to consider how becoming a childminder will effect them. Will they enjoy having other children around or will they find it difficult to share you? If they struggle, how will you cope with it?

Your Home

As childminders look after children in their own home, your home will need to be suitable. You’ll need to have enough space for children and ideally some equipment for them to play with. You’ll need to keep records for the local authority so will need space to create and store your paperwork.

The location of your home is also important. Parents will need to drop off and pick up there children so a location that’s close to family homes or a station can helpful. It can also be useful to be close to a school/preschool for pick ups and drop offs. Becoming a childminder could be difficult if you live somewhere very remote.

Regulation

To become a childminder you need to be registered with the local authority. The only circumstance in which you don’t need to register is if you’re looking after children for less than two hours a day. You also don’t need to register if you only look after children over the age of eight.

The registration process involves undertaking a training course approved by the local authority. Some authorities run their own, alternatively most authorities have approved the course run by PACEY which is available by distance learning. You will also be required to undertake paediatric first aid training. The local authority will check that you are suitable to look after children by carrying out a DBS check and speaking to referees that you provide. They’ll also carry out DBS checks on anyone else who lives in the house, including young adults.

Finding clients

Most parents find their childminder through word of mouth but this can be tricky when you first start out. Make sure everyone knows that you are becoming a childminder. That way they can recommend you if they hear that someone’s looking for childcare. Most local authorities keep a list of local childcare providers so make sure you’re on it.

Facebook can be a great place to advertise your services, in local parenting groups and general local groups. Lots of schools have a Facebook group for parents. If you know people with children at a local school you can ask them to mention in the group that you have vacancies.

Alternatives to becoming a childminder

If you don’t think your home is suitable for looking after children then you could consider becoming a nanny. Nannies look after children in their own homes and tend to ok after fewer children at a time.. Childminding hours can be long, if you want to work less hours then you could look at running baby and toddler classes or after school classes. If you’re really ambitious you could even consider setting up your own nursery.

Mum running a business

5 Ways Running a Business Beats Working When You’re a Mum

Running a business verses working for someone else. Here’s the 5 reasons that I think running a business beats having a boss any day of the week.

Running a business has more Flexibility

Flexibility is probably the main reason that Mums end up running rather than returning to employment. When they are babies, you can work while they’re sleeping. When they’re preschoolers you can work during that wonderful 15 hours of funded childcare (which seems a real luxury when you’re used to working during the 30 minutes a day your toddler considers sufficient for a nap). Once they’re at school you can fit your work in to a 9-3pm day. If you’re employed you’re relying on breakfast and after school clubs to fill in the gaps. You can also attend all of the school events (we seem to average one a week at the moment) Plus you can be there for them when they aren’t well without having to negotiate with anyone.

Time away from your children is more rewarding

Family time is precious. When I went back to work after my son was born I remember thinking that I wanted my time away from him to be more rewarding. As a parent, you get very little time to yourself. I realised that if I was running a business that I loved, my work would feel like “me time”. The theory was proved right when I started my own business after having my daughter. Often, the only work that Mums can fit around their children, is low skilled and low paying. Starting a business can be a way for Mums to work part time while using their skills and gaining job satisfaction.

Setting an example

I ne’er really considered myself much of a feminist until I had my daughter. I’m of the generation that grew up with a female prime minister. I think that meant I assumed that women could do whatever they wanted. It’s only now that I’m faced with the idea of my daughter going out in to the world that I feel concerned about societies expectations of women. By running my own business I feel that I’m helping to show my children that they can follow their dreams.

You have Lower personal expenses when running a businesS

When you’re in the workplace you need to dress appropriately. You often end up buying your lunch, you probably need to pay to commute. Not to mention contributing to leaving gifts and the lottery syndicate you dare not miss in case it wins. If you’re running your own business you can probably avoid most, if not all of these, although you might still want to treat yourself to lunch once in a while.

Choose who you spend your time with

One if the things I love the most about self employment is not having to deal with office (or in my case, library) politics. You may love some of your colleagues but there are sure to be some that you’re not keen on. Then there’s the boss. I’ve had some great ones, and I’ve had some awful ones but overall, I’m the best boss I’ve ever had. Once your self employed it’s really up to you whose company you keep. Just try and make sure you do get some (either through Networking groups or more generally having a social life) as being self employed can be isolating.

If you’d like to start a business have a look at our 10 Great Busines Ideas for Mums

Business mum changing domain name

Changing domain name: My Experience

As you may have noticed, the name of this blog has recently changed. It’s something’s I’ve wanted to do for a while but the practicalities of actually changing domain name kept putting me off. I tried to find a post in someone else’s experience of doing it but could find one so thought I’d write my own. So here’s my guide to changing domain name on wordpress (without losing all your seo).

Buy new domain name

And make sure you like this one to avoid changing domain name again in the future! There are thousands of places where you can register a domain name but as I knew I was going to be using TSO for hosting I registered mine with them.

Export current site via tools

On your wordpress dashboard you’ll need to visit your tools section and select export. You’ll then be able to create an xml file of your site. Save this somewhere on your computer. This won’t stop your current site from running, it just makes a copy of it.

Set up new website with that domain name

I already have a basic hosting package with TSO and that includes two websites so I was able to just add the new one without making any additional payments. Whoever your hosting is with you should be able to set up a new website in your control panel. You’ll then need to install wordpress on the site, most hosts offer one click installation.

Add URL in settings

Once you’ve done that, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard on the new site. Then in Settings: General, you’ll need to add your URL to the WordPress address and site address boxes.

import your xml file

Visit the “Add plugin” page on your new site, search for and download the WordPress importer plugin. You’ll then need to import the xml file you saved earlier.

Add your theme, widgets, plugins and set permalinks

To start with things will look pretty wonky. Changing domain name will suddenly seem like a terrible idea. Quickly go to appearance and download which ever theme you were using before (if you really like a challenge you could go for a new theme but personally I just wanted to get everything looking normal again as quickly as possible!) Once that’s done it won’t seem so bad. Next you you’ll need to go to set your permalinks in settings: permalinks. I wanted to set mine up differently to the way they were set on my old site but it is probably simpler if you can keep them the same. Check which plugins you had on your old site and add all those that you still want to the new site. Your widgets won’t have been copied over so you’ll need to set them up again.

 add a redirection plugin to your old site

Redirection was the thing I was most worried about. I still think that maybe I’m missing something and there is an easier way (do comment if you know one). If you’re keeping your permalink structure the same then there probably is an easier way. For me I needed to manually redirect every page on my old site to the corresponding page on my new site. I used “Quick page/post redirect plugin”. It allows you to redirect from each post/page by adding a redirect menu to them all. This meant I was able to go to each page, find the corresponding page on my new site and copy and paste the URL.

Redirection when changing domain name

At this point you’re probably thinking, is this really necessary? It is. Redirecting all the pages to a new site (rather than not bothering of just changing the address on your old WordPress site) is what lets you hold on to your google rankings.

Change all your internal links on the new site

Just when you think the really tedious bit is over, you realise that all your internal links now go to your old site and then get redirected back to your new site. I still haven’t finished changing all of my internal links but I have done the majority.

Verify your new site on google search console

You’ll need to add your new site to your google search console account and verify it. Once it’s verified, you can go to your old site on the console and select change site name (in the little cog menu on the top right). You then just need to complete the steps, you’ve already put your redirects in place and if you use the Yoast plugin, you can create a site map to submit via the “crawl” option I need the menu.

Changing domain name in google search console

 

Backlinks

While your google ranking is protected by this method, your domain authority (as ranked my MOZ) will be 1. To help build it up again, Consider asking people who have backlinks to your old site to change them to your new site. You might also want to do some guest posting to start building links to your new site.

How has changing domain name effected my site?

I completed changing domain name about a week ago and when I search for the keywords I ranked well on with my old site, I still rank at around the same place with my new site. My traffic is also around the same level. It looks like it was worth the effort but I certainly don’t plan on changing domain name again in the future!

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My home office before and after

Making my Home Office Back in to a Refuge

Before we had children, my home office was my refuge. It was a corner of the house that was just for me, full of beautiful stationary and perfectly organised. Over the years since the children have come along, other things seem to have crept in. Toys in the cupboard, a heated aired to dry the endless laundry and a whole bookcase of children’s picture books. Once I started running Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sales even more things have arrived in there. An urn, the 15 clothes rails I hire out, foam mats for the sale’s play area plus thousands of flyers. These are both my own and those of business who advertise at the sales so need to be stored carefully.

Storage and Sitting ComfortablyComfy chair

One of my goals for January was to turn the room back in to my refuge. It’s important that the space works for me and meet the needs of both my businesses. I tend to work on my iPad most of the time so ta ther than having a desk chair I decided to have something more comfy. I went with an IKEA chair that I used for breastfeeding.  Next I cleared out all the toys, some to other rooms, some to the loft and some to be sold at a Mum2mum Market! This meant there was much more space to store the bigger items in the cupboard rather than having them out at the time.

Focussing on my Goals

The other thing I was keen to have was a way to visually see the goals I was working towards. I looked at lots of different types of noticeboard but eventually decided to go with a plain magnetic whiteboard. It gives me the flexibility to have both annual and monthly goals written on it plus the option to attach images.

I’ve even managed to clear out all the children’s picture books and use a small bookcase to store all of my lovely business related books. This means that the living room book shelves look much tidier and the children have their books in their own rooms.

Now that my home office looks so lovely I am determined to keep it that way. I’ll have to be ever vigilant against toys and other household paraphernalia sneaking back in but hopefully that’ll be easier now that the children are a bit older.

Tidy desk

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