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Become a Mumpreneur Course – What it is all about?

About a year ago I started out on the Become a Mumpreneur Course run by Antonia Chitty and Erica Douglas. At that point I was running my business Green Aspirations selling environmental and ethical gifts via my online store and stalls at craft and gift events. The course has given me the boost I needed to take my business to the next level. I have made some fantastic business contacts and met some lovely business mums because of the course.

Here is a summary of what I have achieved in the last year.

  • February I set up and started blogging at my Green and Natural Living Blog with the help of the fantastic Tame Techy, who was also on the BAM course with me.
  • March I started out on Twitter @GreenAspiration and am really enjoying tweeting. I now have 680 followers. Thanks to all the BAM ladies that helped me out in my early tweeting days, when I was asking them lots of questions.
  • In the summer I did my first video blog, a tour around my small holding.
  • September I set up Business Mums Lincs to provide networking opportunities for mums in business in Lincolnshire and set up my second blog to go with it.
  • October I went to Nottingham to attend the excellent Business Mums Unite Conference, where I meet loads of lovely mums in business and listened to some inspirational speakers. All thanks to the wonderful Kizzy Bass another brilliant business mum from the BAM course.
  • November I ran my first Business Mums Lincs Social Media Workshop, which was lots of fun and a steep learning curve for me.
  • November and December were busy for me with Christmas craft fayres and sales from the Green Aspirations online shop
One of the best parts of the BAM course was the online friendships and support network that I have built with other business mums, who are juggling running a business and looking after their families.
Some of the amazing BAM women include Carol Smith who lives in Lincolnshire not too far away from me. She is a fabulous blogger and an inspiration to me, may be a blog of mine might be as successful as one of Carol’s some day.
Mandy Taylor or the Tame Techy, as she might prefer to be called, helped me so much in setting up my first blog and was so patient with me in the early days of my journey into blogging. I would not be writing this blog post if not for her. Mandy is one of the very successful BAM mums, I haven’t met her in person but maybe in 2012 we might manage a BAM meet up.
Kizzy Bass is another of the BAM ladies who I have managed to meet up with for a coffee and a chat, she is lovely, very supportive of business mums and has done a great press release for me.
So if you want to experience the BAM effect on your business then you have a chance to join the course until Friday 3rd February. Join the Become a Mumpreneur Course today. If you join please say that you found out about the course from me, Jackie Elton, as I will get a small reward for anyone joining. Thank you. I look forward to chatting with you on the BAM members website soon.


 

Social Media training and networking event – Boston

Are you getting the most from Social Media?

We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
So if you would like to find out how to promote your business using Facebook and Twitter, come along to the Business Mums Lincs Social Media training and networking event on Tuesday the 17th of Jan 10am-12pm at the Black Sluice in Boston, £10 per person.  If you have time to stay on for lunch at the Black Sluice Cafe, I will be available over lunch to chat some more.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 534 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 288 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on the my skills and knowledge about Social Media to you.
For those people that attend the event I will follow and interact with them on Twitter and Facebook.
So if you would like any more information or to book your place contact me either via the contact form. Or if you would prefer to speak to me, call me on 01205 280256.

Are you proud to be a Mumpreneur?

Do you like or hate the term mumpreneur? Do you call yourself a mumpreneur, a business mum, a work at home mum or a business woman? Or do prefer a self employed person?

For as long as I have been aware of the term mumpreneur, I have been aware that some people love the term and some people don’t. A while ago (back in October) I read an article by Rebecca Jones, a successful business woman (and also a mum), about “Is the term ‘mumpreneur’ doing business women a disservice?” Now it also happens that the same week before I read the article, I had the pleasure of hearing Rebecca speak at the Business Mums Unite Conference in Nottingham, and also to chat to her during the day. If I had not been to the Conference I would most probably thought that Rebecca was one of those women who delight in having a dig at other business mums. However she is not and I can see where she is coming from, but I still think mumpreneur is a useful term.

I was a business woman once before children, I was a recycling officer for a local Council and also a self employed massage therapist. Being a business woman meant I was able to attend breakfast meetings and overnight conferences, without a second thought. While I was at work I gave 110% of myself and sometimes when I wasn’t at work. But when I had my first children back in 2003 I knew I couldn’t give that 110% even on a part time basis, because I wanted to be there for my child and if my child was poorly and I left him with my mum I would spend the whole day at work worrying about him. So from 2003 to 2009 I had time as a stay at home mum, worked part time from home for a County Council and worked part time as a teaching assistant.

In April 2009 I started Green Aspirations on a part time basis, while still being a teaching assistant. After missing assemblies and sports days I realised that being a teaching assistant wasn’t the perfect solution to flexible working I needed as a single mum. Then in Christmas 09 my temporary contract as a teaching assistant was not renewed so I started to put more hours into Green Aspirations.

Then January 2011 I joined the BAM (Become a mumpreneur) course, I had my existing business Green Aspirations but I wanted to take it to the next level. Since January 2011 I have set up 2 blogs this one and my Green and Natural Living Blog I have started out on Twitter, met lots of wonderful Mumpreneurs, been inspired, set up Business Mums Lincs to help support and motivate mums in business in Lincolnshire and promoted Green Aspirations, which has definitely moved to the next level.

So am I a WAHM (work at home Mum), a business mum, a business woman or a mumpreneur or an eco-preneur? It doesn’t matter what terminology you use to describe me or yourself, because I am out there living my dream, being an inspiration to other mums, working hard for my family, but equally I am able to see every Christmas play and carol concert, sports day, assembly and end of term play.

  • Yes it is a very fine balancing act, that I sometimes don’t get balanced quite right
  • Yes I put in more hours than if I was employed by someone else.
  • No it is not easy and sometimes I wonder why I do it.
  • Yes it is hard work most of the time.
  • Yes I do miss the support of working with other people
But I love what I do and I am proud to call myself a Mumpreneur. Here is something to remind us how brilliant we all are, no matter what you call yourself and yes I do realise it isn’t Mothers Day. If you want to network with Mums in Business online check out the new Shenovate website.

Business Mums Lincs First Networking Event

Calling all Mums in Business in Lincolnshire, would you like to attend Networking Events tailored specifically to mums. Networking events that fit in around school hours, well Business Mums Lincs is just what you have been looking for.

On Wednesday 23rd November, 10am till 12pm at the Healthy Hub, Lincoln, Business Mums Lincs is hosting it’s first Networking and Social Media training event. The Healthy Hub is a fantastic venue and has a lovely cafe, where people can continue networking over a yummy wholefood lunch or fairtrade coffee and cake if they like. I will be staying for some lunch, so would it be lovely to have a few mums to chat with.

Are you getting the most from Social Media?
We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 415 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 273 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on my passion for Social Media to as many Mums in Business in Lincolnshire as possible.
So why not come and join me and 18 other lovely Mums in Business on the 23rd of Nov at the Healthy Hub. It is my first Business Mums Lincs event so the introductory price is a bargain at just £10. Online training courses for 2 hours social media training vary from £35-£50. I also guarantee to follow and like all the mums pages and share and retweet some of their content.
To book your place please use the Contact Page above and I will contact you with further details. I look forward to meeting you on the 23rd November.

Welcome to Business Mums Lincs

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Business Mums Lincs the new place to find out about networking opportunities and advice on running a successful business for mums (and dads) in Lincolnshire.

I am Jackie and have been running my own business part time for over 2 years, I am a mum to 2 gorgeous children and have lived in rural Lincolnshire most of my life. Since starting the business I have done some traditional networking events such as breakfast clubs, however they tend to be full of people in suits and can be a little daunting especially if you don’t know anyone there. I don’t attend the events regularly because normally when they are on, I am busy getting my 2 children ready for school.

So I have started Business Mums Lincs to provide networking opportunites for mums

  • who want to network with like minded people, who are dealing with some of the same issues as they are.
  • who want local events, so you don’t have to travel to the other side of the County.
  • who want events that fit around school hours.
  • who want events that are friendly, fun, informative and supportive.

Please leave a comment if there is anything you would like information about or if you would like a Business Mums Lincs Event in your area.