Business Start-ups: The ‘Mumpreneur’

Business Start-ups: The ‘Mumpreneur’

Starting your own business is new for me, let’s take a look at how others have fared and what tips they can offer as they tackle managing their time in my new theme: business start-ups

First up is Madia, an NHS physiotherapist turned pregnancy and post-pregnancy support therapist specialising in Pilates and massage. She started out working for herself full time last year and has spared a couple of moments in her busy schedule to chat to me about how she finds running her own business:

  1. What made you decide to start working for yourself?

It began back in 2011 when I fell pregnant with my daughter. I struggled to find any suitable pregnancy exercise classes and massage services in my area. Most people don’t want to treat pregnant ladies. So I decided to extend my training to fill the gap. It started with just one evening class a week in my local church. Just before I left for maternity leave with my son in 2014 I was contacted by a private clinic to set-up pregnancy support services with them. This was a brilliant confidence boost.

I started to struggle with the family work life balance when I returned to work in 2015 after my second pregnancy: 2 childcare fees and a long commute across London was just too much. In September 2016 I took the leap to start up fully self-employed!

  1. What was the thing you were most frightened about when you considered the prospect?

There were quite a few mental barriers for me at the beginning: no regular income, possibly losing my future employability and from a very personal perspective seemingly swapping my professional status to that of “mum”, “housewife” and “wannabe business woman”.

I was lucky that I managed to pilot my idea over the years and build a small client base. I managed to also get contacts with others who are helping me along the way.

  1. Now you are doing it, what do you love most about working for yourself?

I love that I can schedule my clients and meetings around my family commitments and give my clients as much time and personal input as they want, without worrying about clinic restrictions.

I also love networking with other ‘mumpreneurs’, seeing their success is so inspiring.

“I love that I can schedule my clients and meetings around my family commitments and give my clients as much time and personal input as they want” Madia

  1. Is there anything you miss about not working in a team or being an employee?

The serious bits like holiday pay, pension etc. are things I will need to incorporate into my business now. I do miss the health professional environment and working with other Physio’s but I’m now creating my own environment, perhaps even my own little team of multi skilled professionals and that prospect is much more exciting!

Madia, thank you for being our first start-up case study. As you can see from her interview she has taken the leap into self-employment despite some of the doubts that crept in but most of her success seems to have come from the ability to pilot and test her services before taking the leap and having a support network around her – great advice Madia!

There will be plenty to think about if you are planning to start a business, don’t let time management be one of them. The end of the 9-5 doesn’t have to mean the beginning of a 24/7 live and breathe your business or else it fails mindset…it might do, but wouldn’t it be worth getting a second opinion before you take that plunge? Take a look at my client referrals or get in contact for more information.

Stress, 2017 does not welcome you…

Stress, 2017 does not welcome you…

This is a call for anyone who has ever looked at their to-do list and decided it’s too long to even start… for anyone who has looked at their diary, crammed with meetings and wondered when they’ll actually get to start their to do list… for anyone who has not even got around to writing a to-do list for 2 months… for anyone who wishes someone would write them a to do list by systematically going through the 658 unread emails in their inbox and telling them which to prioritise.

This is a blog post for anyone who has ever wanted to run out of a meeting mid flow and hide in a cupboard… for anyone who has felt like screaming “you just don’t get it do you” during a client call… for anyone who longingly wishes for a holiday without worrying what Armageddon they will return to. This is for you. TimePenny is for you.

Stress comes in many forms, we’ve been exploring it a little bit during this season and we’ve come to the last post in the theme; there is still so much to say on this topic. Read some of the feedback from my clients and you’ll see that stress is not uncommon, but it can also be tackled, in small ways, very easily.

Let’s not try and pretend that every stressful situation can be fixed by following Brian Tracy’s ABCDE rule or going for a pedicure. It can feel like a mammoth task just unpicking the reasons you got in this stressful situation in the first place. That’s why my coaching sessions always start with questions and lots of talking from you. After the hour session is over I can summarise our learnings into 2 or 3 concrete actions and tools to move forward, plus a few tips to take you into a stress-free way of approaching work. If you are interested feel free to get in touch.