Getting to know me: The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been tagged to answer some questions about myself by Katie who blogs at Living Life Our Way

What is your favourite hobby? (Besides writing!)

Such a cliche but it has to be reading. I love post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. I was a librarian before I became self employed and a bookseller before that so books have always been a big part of my life.

What is your favourite TV show currently?

The Walking Dead has just come back from its mid season break and I’m loving that. I’ve also just finished watching Black Mirror on Netflix which was fantastic (the dystopian/post apocalyptic theme seems to extend to the to!)

Where would your dream holiday be?

I’m not big on holidays abroad. I would love to see the Northern lights but generally a staycation by the sea is my kind of holiday. I also love Centre Parcs but it’s more difficult now that we’re limited to school holidays.

When was the last time you cried and why?

Most likely the last time I watched Greys Anatomy! I’m a complete sucker for the high emotion drama and seem to cry at pretty much every episode.

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

Nothing very exciting, a family day out and then a meal with my hubby. I do like to drag it out a bit though, it spreads from whatever day it’s actually on until the following weekend!

How do you spend your ideal night in?

A long bath, in to my pjs, steak cooked by my hubby then a game of trivial pursuits.

Who inspires you?

My Mum. She brought me up on my own from the age of 8 and made sure that I knew I could do anything I wanted. I hope I can be as good a mum to my kids as she was to me.

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog because when I decided I wanted to become self employed, I loved reading the stories of Mums who had started their own business. So many of the stories were about Mums who had become hugely successful and , while those stories were great, I also wanted to read about people whose businesses were smaller and everyday.

Where did you last go out?

The school run! But if we’re talking out, out, me and my husband went to Thorpe Park for our anniversary, we love a roller coaster.

Who would you most like to sing a duet with?

My husband, although it should probably be in an empty room, we’re both pretty terrible!

We’ve been nominated in the Mum & Working Awards!

I am so excited to tell you that Mumpreneur Inspiration has been nominated in the Mum and Working Awards! Mum and Working is a fantastic website which lists flexible working opportunities for parents and the awards are all about recognising the people and organisations that support flexible working. We’ve been nominated in the “Working parent blogger of the year” category, we’d love your vote so I thought I’d tell you a bit more about me, Mumpreneur Inspiration and why we’d love to win!

I live in Essex with husband, my 5 year old son and my 3 year old daughter, we moved here from London about 10 years ago.

mumpreneur inspiration founder and her family

Having previously worked as a librarian my first instinct when I’m planning anything is to go and find a book about it. When I decided it was time to start my own business it was no different and the first thing I did was to look for a book. While I found lots of how to type books about tax and marketing and record keeping, what I really wanted was to read about people who had done it.

I managed to find quite a few stories about businesses that had become huge successes but I wanted to read about the more everyday businesses. Ones where Mums were running small but successful businesses or even just earning some extra money selling a few craft bits or doing some network marketing.

I went on to start a business running baby and toddler classes based around books and, while I know a lot about books, I don’t have that natural affinity with small children that you need to run really great classes so I decided to move on to something else. I came across the Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sales franchise and immediately loved the idea. I launched the sales in Chelmsford in 2014 and have been running them ever since.

Once the sales had been running successfully for a few years and my children were in school and preschool I had a bit more time and was ready for a new challenge. I’d carried on enjoying reading other Mums business stories and so decided to launch the blog, Mumpreneur Inspiration, to share the stories of Mums running businesses.

The aim of the site is to provide a resource for Mums who are interested in self employment. They might want to find out more about what it’s like to run a particular type of business that they’re interested in. Others might want to get some ideas about the sorts of businesses that have worked for other Mums and might work for them. The stories show Mums that it really is possible to run a business alongside a family and offer great advice on how to make it work.

Your vote in the awards means a great deal to me. Increasing awareness of the blog will help more parents to find it and inspire them to start the business that will allow them to contribute financially to their family while being there for their children and following their dreams. Your vote is also a thank you to all the fabulous Mums who’ve already taken the time to share their stories.



You can vote in the awards here and don’t forget to check out all of the other fantastic nominees!