I’m A Mumpreneur And This Is My Story

I'm a mumprenkeur and this is my story, a business owning blogger as well as mum of 3 boys

It’s coming up to a year since I left the workplace and started life as a mumpreneur. That’s 12 whole months of a daily commute from my bed to the sofa and now my multipurpose desk.

12 months of one woman planning meetings

12 months of late nights and early mornings

And d’you know what? I’ve loved every cotton picking minute of it!

I’ve given it my all and managed to make working from home a success.  I knew I’d come to a natural end in my previous job, I’d lost my mojo  and was dreading my maternity leave ending. Knowing it wasn’t just the thought of leaving my boy, I had an opportunity to trust my instincts so weighing up the pros and cons, my mantra became

you just don’t know until you try it

Having a back up plan

Now don’t go thinking this lady’s a serious risk taker, I always have plan B! With a family to support and mortgage to pay I have to play safe with my big ideas as well as making sure I have the full backing of those closest. The tipping point to my latest adventure was the desire to be at home with my family, see my boy grow up as I’d done with his older brothers and not have the stress of arranging childcare (and paying for it.)

And I’m not alone, I recently stumbled upon a story in the Telegraph dated  back to April 2014 and titled the ‘Rise of the mumpreneurs‘ It told how the rise in childcare costs meant more and more mums were considering becoming their own boss or mumpreneur

– a stay-at-home mother who keeps one eye on the children and another on a fledgling business.

So I handed in my notice in and joined the mumpreneur army. My renewed enthusiasm for ambition and desire for success giving me the kick I needed to get things off the ground.  First off, was to rekindled a personal blog, initially  to keep my mind busy in the fog of new baby days, but I soon realised that I could actually make a living doing something I’d come to love.

I'm happy to shout about being a mumpreneur, turning blogging into a business while working around my family. It's not an easy option by any ,means but is a lifestyle choice I will never regret

My sensible head knew I needed a steady income as  my ‘bread and butter’ so set up a business which I could use my professional training and experience. I had short term and long term goals. If you’re embarking on a new business you need to know where you’re taking it in order to allow it to flourish. And simmering away in the back ground were my plan b’s and c’s. The ones I would fall back on if things went belly up and the ones which I might up following.

One thing I picked up along the way was that as much as goal setting and planning is vital in business development, being prepared for change and opportunity to progress in other areas is also a key.

The story so far….

And that is where I’m at now. While I close the door on one adventure, I’m opening a much bigger one. I still have my plan B should things stop gathering momentum but that’s the beauty of being a mumpreneur, or self-employed anything, there is no one saying “wait till I’ve checked with so and so” you just go for it!

There are good days and bad, it’s just the bad aren’t really that bad at all, more mediocre and there are still  those who step in your way simply because they don’t like the cut of your jib, don’t think you are up for the job  or just a general pain in the bum, it’s just now I’m not sitting opposite them in an office! (saying that The Toddler can get pretty feisty, pre nap time some days)And  I’m not saying that being your own boss is easy, far from it. I still find it hard to define working hours and tend to work much longer and later than I intend and then bow under the guilt when I’m not ticking off my to do list.

The house isn;t as tidy as I like it to be and I get a lot less sleep and downtime than I did as an employee but  also get the buzz of seeing results, meeting new people and seeing my efforts pay off.

So as I type this with my faithful spaniel at my feet and the toddler stealing kisses with his arms wrapped piggy-back round my neck, making the mumpreneur switch has been the best life changing decision I have made.

(And a sneaky little thank you to the people who nominated me for a second year in the Mum and Working Parent Blogger of The Year awards! You really shouldn’t have, but I’m so glad you did!)

we've been nominated blog award

 

I'm a mumpreneur and proud! a self employed mum working from home around my family. It's not the easiest option but I have managed to make being a blogger a business, read my story here;

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19 Comments

  1. 11th May 2016 / 12:23 am

    Your life sounds ideal, sounds like you made the right choice x

    • 12th May 2016 / 8:02 am

      It’s very hard work but I wouldn’t swap it for the world right now. (Maybe a large lottery win would make me reassess though!)

  2. 11th May 2016 / 7:37 am

    I love this! It’s been a year for me too, working at home, and I love it. it’s been such a thrilling challenge!

    • 12th May 2016 / 8:00 am

      Thanks Kat x
      It’s amazing how quickly time flies isn’t it. So much has changed for me in the last year.

  3. 11th May 2016 / 7:46 am

    I’m a mumprenkeur too although I never thought of it like that previously! I have a cake business working from home which has just expanded to include my sister, I guess that makes her one too! Plus I have my blog & freelance writing and I’ve got a few more ideas in the pipeline for expanding the blogging business. Once you feel inspired doing something you love the ideas keep flowing don’t they 🙂 You’re doing amazing to be so successful, go you!

    • 18th May 2016 / 9:24 am

      Wow, you’re a multi mumprenuer! I have 3 business’ at the moment but will be handing over one of them to concentrate on the others which compliment each other perfectly. It’s a much better way of life when you have kids, although the hours are much longer for me!

  4. 11th May 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I love to have a plan and the fact you have a plan B too is great. I love reading stories like this, I find it really inspiring and hope that one day I too can be a Mumpreneur x #BlogClubUK

    • 12th May 2016 / 7:59 am

      Keep those plans in check and anything is possible. I never thought I would make a success of it but with sheer determination and hard work I’m getting to where I wanted to be. God luck Laura x

  5. 12th May 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Lovely to hear you are living your dream. #BloggerClubUK

  6. 13th May 2016 / 7:17 am

    Gosh, well done you – really living the dream! I am very impressed. I sort of need the discipline of a ‘day job’ I think and I’m lucky in that I work in a school so get the holidays. But working from home successful must be brill. Congratulations! 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  7. 13th May 2016 / 7:24 am

    Love it! I admire people who are ready to take the risk. And doesn’t that sound like the perfect job for a mother? Thank you for sharing this story, it inspires!
    xxx

  8. Random Musings
    13th May 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Well done on taking the leap! It sounds fab being able to make money from something you love, and it’s very rewarding to know you bet on yourself.
    Good luck with growing your business
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

  9. Regina L. L. Wells
    16th May 2016 / 3:44 pm

    This is so reaffirming, encouraging, and realistic on so many levels. I appreciate that you have backup plans and flexibility and that you’re honest about how much harder it is to work for yourself than someone else…but more rewarding. Thank you so much for sharing with #ShareTheJoyLinky!

    • 18th May 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thanks Regina, I didn’t want it to sound like a carpet of roses but it is the better option and I’ve never once regretted it.

  10. 17th May 2016 / 10:54 am

    What a fab post! Earning a steady income from home is my dream and I am doing everything I can right now to make that happen! It really does sound like you made the right choice for you and your family, and congratulations on the nomination! #bloggerclubuk xx

    • 18th May 2016 / 9:13 am

      thanks Clare, good luck getting to your work from home goal too!

  11. 21st May 2016 / 10:51 am

    It sounds like the choice you made was perfect for you and that you have found a great balance between confidence in what you’re doing and the flexibility to adapt and change whenever needed – how wonderful! Congratulations for the award nomination too – good luck!! #sharethejoy

  12. Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    22nd May 2016 / 11:01 am

    Good for you following your dreams, lovely. Many of us talk about it but never take the plunge! Sounds like it’s been the perfect move for you. All the best of luck for the awards, and for the future too! xxx #sharethejoy

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