Breaking down barriers for mothers in business

This is the third episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, in our mini series and run up to International Women’s day. Faye Dicker continues to explore the themes of Inspire & Inclusion, with this weeks guest, Nadine Campbell from ACE Entrepreneurs.

As fearless entrepreneur and community leader, Nadine has spearheaded the way for many – with new ideas often born in adversity. Nadine speaks openly about journey and what it means to support others, as well as breaking down barriers, when it comes to motherhood and business.

There are some really small changes we can make in terms of this apologetic way of living in order to just accommodate this, accommodate mothers.

We are holding up and bringing up the people of tomorrow. So really what we’re doing is prioritizing, ensuring that they’re getting what they need and then putting our next hat on when we get into work and giving our workplace or our business what they need. And as we know, when we, we clock off at 5.30pm/6pm.

That mum hat goes back on. Um, so really we shouldn’t apologise because we’re doing amazing. We just need to give ourselves some grace.

 

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From stand up comedy, to running a business around children – why motherhood is a feminist matter

This episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, is the second in a mini-series countdown to International Women’s Day.

The themes for IWD this year are #InspireInclusion. So on the FM podcast, we’re looking at ways we can both inspire and create a more inclusive space for women.

Faye Dicker, is joined by Jo Millett, from Lean Content. Jo shares her journey, from teaching to stand up comedy, to running her business and how motherhood makes feminism hit home.

“I think, a bit of a lag around motherhood, and I felt, for me, when I went into motherhood, being hit full force in the face by the patriarchy, and I skipped through my twenties as a feminist, and when I became a mum, I was like, oh, this is where it kicks in.

You know, my husband goes back to work after three weeks and gets a promotion and a slap on the back. Meanwhile, I’m doing breastfeeds through the night. I’ve got no energy and I’m expected not to work for a year. And when I go back to work, I’m going to get paid less. I’m going to get less respect.”

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A more inclusive world for women with ADHD

This episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, is the first in a mini-series countdown to International Women’s Day.

The themes for IWD this year are #InspireInclusion. So on the FM podcast, we’re looking at ways we can both inspire and create a more inclusive space for women.

Faye Dicker, is joined by Louise Tayler, from Understanding ADHD. Lou shares her own journey and diagnoses later in life. And how she is on a mission to support others, navigate their world with ADHD.

 

If it is something that’s that keeps niggling you, and you keep coming back to it, do look into it, do take it seriously. Because I know there is an issue, we have an issue with getting diagnosed, and we have an issue with doctors and all of that kind of stuff. But there is actually a huge amount you can do. While you’re waiting for a diagnosis, even if that’s what you want to do, you can learn a lot about the condition, you can learn a lot about supporting yourself, and you don’t need a diagnosis for that.

 

 

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Staying motivated when you’re running business around motherhood

I know I say this all the time, but it can be hard when you’re running a business around motherhood – trying to fit all the things, into a truncated day.

It can be challenging at the best of times, being the accountant, the cleaner, the cook, the taxi driver, the social media manager, head of sales, the marketer – oh yes and doing the actual job!

With the best will in the world, it can be easy to lose your motivation. It’s called being human. Even the most positive, resilient, person, can have a ‘flat moment’. In the case of juggling motherhood around a small business, it can be even harder – as you’re typically the one to ‘pick up the slack’. And that can make you lose your stride.

So what can you do when you lose your motivation and how can you help find it again?

Here’s a few tips & ideas, to dig into, when you’re having one of those ‘why am I doing it’ moments.

 

Be kind to yourself

This might sounds obvious, but if you’re having the sort of day where you’re just feeling a bit rubbish, be kind to yourself. That’s not to say ‘chuck the duvet over your head and ignore the world’ but break things into smaller chunks. Have a comfy clothes kind of day, with a little splash of colour that makes you smile. Self-care is really important, when it comes to running your own business around motherhood.

At the end of every Freelance Mum Coffee Morning, I ask everyone to write down one thing that will bring them peace. Then remind them, it doesn’t matter what peace looks like – peace can be getting a tick on a to-do list, it can be going for a walk, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, the important thing is, to make time for you and bring a little bit of peace to your life.

After all, one of the perks of being a Freelance Mum, is being able to call the shots. So make sure you do the things that you need, to help get you through your day. And if that’s taking your foot off the gas a little, that’s fine. You can only do your best, but you’re not a robot. So ‘your best’ will look different every day. Be kind to yourself.

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Focus on smaller tasks

I always love the saying, ‘how do you eat an elephant? Chunk by chunk’. If you look at the whole thing, it can feel impossible, but if you break it into chunks – it’s a much more manageable and rewarding. There are so many different methods to approaching work, ‘start with eating your frog’ (in other words, start with the thing you least want to do). But in moments when you’re struggling with motivation, have a smaller, achievable list. Pick the easy jobs, that you can easily tick off and leave you feeling better. Chances are, by the time you’ve put a few ticks on the list, you’ll find yourself gathering momentum again.

 

Inspirational stories

Listen/watch/read inspirational stories – about people who’ve ‘done it’. There’s no clear route to success and great business leaders have also had to overcome several challenges along the way. Although not a ‘freelance mum’, I always find watching Joe Wicks story. Not least because he gets so emotional telling it, but because it always draws me in and he’s so relatable. He starts by sharing his story, of wanting to make a difference, handing out leaflets and not cutting through – but never giving up. He says it so much better than me. Have a watch.

 

 

Connect with the why

Which brings back to Simon Sinek and ‘Connect with the why’. I say brings me back, as I also reference him in the podcast –it’s such an excellent exercise (and so simple too) it’s really useful to keep referencing it and ‘Connect with the why’. Keep reminding yourself why you do what you do. Remember, connecting with the why and how you do it, are two different things. You can still connect with you why and do things differently (IF you want. But that’s a  much bigger exercise. If you’re lacking in motivation, just keep life simple and break things into chunks. Just connect with the why – that’s enough.

 

Do some exercise

It really doesn’t matter what – ideally something you enjoy, but just get your body moving. It’s well documented the feel-good feelings after exercise, then feed into the rest of the day. Put on a piece of your favourite music. Dance like no one is watching. Do a work out at home. Walk in the rain. Jump in cold water. It doesn’t matter what. Just do something. Better still, do it with a friend -once you’ve had a good ‘download’ and got your body moving, chances are, you’ll start to feel boosted again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practise Gratitude

Practising gratitude, is one of the most simple and yet boosting things we can do. Just take a moment to give thanks for three simple things. It doesn’t have to be business related. Close your eyes and take a few minutes to run through your mind, of 3 things you can give thanks for in your life. The task of scanning through your mind, is a really useful activity and proven to be a really useful took, for your brain to start scanning. Once to start looking for ‘glimmers’, you start to see even more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture success

Take a moment to step away from the grind of every day life, sit in your favourite chair, look out at your favourite view and just take a few moments to visualise success. If it helps, there are plenty of guided meditations along the way, that can help you. Really dig into the details, of that picture – imagine what it looks and feels like to live in that moment. Feel what it feels like, what you look like and take some beautiful deep breathes. Visualisation is a really useful way, to keep your mind focused.

And at the end of dreaming that beautiful, big picture, go back to thinking of one small step you can towards it.

Stay connected

Find people you can be honest with, you can take your ‘game face’ off and say ‘I’m feeling a bit (inset word, I was going to go for ‘meh’ – but maybe that isn’t it). Chances are, you won’t be alone and having someone else who ‘gets it’ can be really helpful. At Freelance Mum, it’s what we do every day. It’s the core of everything – being there, to support others and share the FM highs & lows. So make sure you have a network of people who surround you and can help share the murky days and your goals.

Freelance Mum netwalk

Ways to grow your business that don’t cost the earth

In this episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker looks at low cost ways that you can grow a business, that don’t break the bank. There’s practical advice and ideas, that you can take away and instantly apply. Let’s face it, growing a business can be hard, so here’s a range of low cost ideas that don’t cost the earth.

It can be a lonely old time when it comes to being a freelancer and being self employed. So this is why this is another great opportunity to grow your business in a way that doesn’t cost the earth.

Have a look at how you could collaborate or work with others. Um, is there something that the two of you, are your businesses aligned in some way? Is there like a natural synergy between you? Could you come up with a really lovely promotion? I mean, it happens All the time, in fact, a freelance when we readily see people working together.

But an example that comes to mind was Totsup reward bus collaborating with Little Dreams Sleep Consulting. And it just was such a great partnership and a really, you know, a really obvious one helping the commons to get to sleep and then. with tots like reward bus, rewarding them with passengers. So you can just see what great collaborations there are.

 

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Dear Diary – reflections from my visit to FM South Devon

Dear Diary,

I’m writing this as I remember my trip to the South Devon Hub last week – it was a wonderful day. Not least, because it’s journey I’ve been making for 30 years, since leaving home at 18 and going to Dartington College of Arts. It still makes me smile, that 30 years on and we now have a Freelance Mum hub, right in the heart of where I spent my student years, studying theatre. Isn’t it funny how life goes 360?

It was a bitterly cold January morning, when I caught the train from Bristol Temple Meads – predictably (and understandably) the trains ran late. Note to self, it might make more sense to visit FM hubs, outside of the winter months, when there’s less disruption. Not that I minded, in fact the chaos even added to it. There was a moment where I found myself talking to two under graduates, who didn’t know each other and were both trying to travel to Exeter. There we all were, making connections, asking each other what we all do and why were travelling. I couldn’t but help thinking, even being delayed at the train station, turned into a networking opportunity!

 

 

And when the train did arrive, even that felt like a leap of faith. In came a train, which was about to be split into two. One half was going to Edinburgh and the other half was going to Devon – only they hadn’t changed the ‘labels’ on the train, so both halves said ‘Edinburgh’! I asked the man carrying all the sandwiches onto the buffet cart, which way he was heading – he said Devon and half smiled to myself. I decided to get on the same half of the train as him. If in doubt, get on the train with the sandwiches!

 

I think the Devon- Totnes train journey, is always my most favourite one. There’s something quite amazing, about that stretch through Dawlish and Dawlish Warren – going through the cliffside tunnels and looking out at the sea. It feels like ‘Famous Five’ territory and brings back so many happy memories. In fact, I make no attempt now to take my laptop with me, when I do this journey – it’s my time to look out the window and daydream. Take my head to that ‘happy place’ and let the nice thoughts drift in. Well, at least attempt to!

 

It was Ingrid, one of the Freelance Mum Fairies, who picked me up from Totnes station – complete with FM Coffee Cup in her car! With more time, I’d have happily walked along the cycle path and up Dartington Drive to meet in for the netwalk – it’s a well-trodden route I often did as a student. The winding drive, looking down at the River Dart and the beautiful shaped trees, takes some beating. We parked up in the carpark and head to Montreal Style Bagel Café, our meeting point, before heading off to the netwalk.

We’ve always said that at the netwalks ‘we walk at the pace of the slowest toddler’ and we were true to our words, as Jess (the second FM Fairy) lead the way with her youngest, Juno. Juno looked fantastic, all bundled up in her ski-suit, snug and warm, in the chilly, crisp air. And with the cold temperatures, came beautiful blue skies – the type that make you pleased to be alive! It was such a joy to be outside, connecting both with nature and with each other – catching up and sharing ideas.

I’ve always said, one of things I love about walking and talking, it’s almost a way of ‘throwing ideas in the air and seeing what comes down again’. When you just sit and have coffee, it feels more stagnant. Walking and talking, quite literally keeps everything moving. In fact, within minutes of arriving at the netwalk, I had already learnt from one FM member, that really the year should begin in the spring. The calendar we use is a patriarchal calendar, if instead we based it on a 28 day month, we would have 13 months in a year and start the year spring. No wonder so many of us are still in hibernation!

 

In true Freelance Mum style, we talked about freelancing and what makes us a freelancer? If you take on a part time job, does that make you less a freelancer? It was a great conversation to have and definitely one which will be discussed later (maybe in next weeks podcast). The netwalk took us to the Deer Park – such a lovely route. It was Jess & Ingrid who plotted the route, when they launched the hub. They sensibly decided it would be fun to head to the covered wooded area, where you can see if you can leap as far as a deer. Turns out I can’t, but had great fun trying.

The rainbow umbrella was put to good use, capturing photos of Jess & Ingrid which looked just fab. It all tied in with the ‘rainbow rule’ – if there’s a rainbow when you’re on an FM netwalk, then we’ll buy the coffees. I wonder how that will go in with April showers?

As ever, the focus questions, were great conversation starters – sometimes they were used, sometimes listened to and ignored, but always great thinking points. In fact, it was one focus question (and I forget which now) which led to a great chat that we must read more fiction! Business books/learning all has a place in this world, but we need to escape too. It’s always good to lose yourself in a book. I couldn’t agree more, it feels like the ‘book equivalent’ to my train journey and enjoying just daydreaming, whilst looking out the window.

 

The netwalk was rounded off with a coffee at the Montreal Style Bagel Café – where they really do sell a bagel with everything! I took the opportunity to put a new FM flyer onto their beautiful kept notice board and have a look at what else was going on in the area. We all grabbed hot drinks, before gathering and going through this months activity. The thing I love about FM (well, one of the many things I love about FM) is that every hub has the same activities– yet we all come at them in different ways. In fact, it much like all the different hubs and netwalks. They all have the same ‘footprint’ or template, but they all have their own signature and look and feel. Whether it’s the rural paths of South Devon, to the urban landscape in inner Bristol, they all have their beauty.

 

This months activity has been a really useful one – looking at international growth. It’s provided some really good conversations and a different way looking at running our businesses. It’s even prompted some members to look at working in different time zones, to fit in with their available working hours. It’s amazing what happens when FM minds come together – as FM member Rachel Mason always says, between us, we really can do anything. I think she’s right there, we really are amazing forces when we all come together.

 

The great thing about visiting the hubs, is it’s ‘a day out of life’ but you pick up so much on grass roots level. Nothing beats actually ‘walking the (net)walk’ and catching up with the FMs in the hub. Hearing what’s going on/finding out the challenges and talking points. In fact, it was only after visiting, I decided to form a plan and do a South Devon Summer Social – you can’t beat a lovely long summers evening and there’s no better setting.

I travelled home, weary, but fulfilled, after a long day – my cup over flowing with ideas and love for the FM community. Can’t wait to visit again next time.

 

Faye

 

PS My takeaway points from the day were:

  • Networking can happen anywhere, even on a cold platform. Just striking up conversation is widening your network.
  • Day dreaming is good for the soul, it feeds ideas and takes you to a happy place….
  • …..As is reading fiction. We all need to down tools.
  • We can start the new year in spring.
  • Being outdoors makes us all feel better.
  • Reading local notice boards, is a great way of getting a feel for a local area.
  • International growth can start on your doorstep. You never know who is connected to who in your community.
  • And finally, if in doubt when getting on a train– follow the man with the sandwiches!

Building Confidence: Strategies for Mums Facing Business Challenges

In this week’s Freelance Mum podcast, we’re talking about confidence – because, let’s face it, you need it in abundance when it comes to running your own business.

But we’re all human and it’s normal it’s normal to waver.

So, in this week’s episode, we’re looking at confidence building strategies, that can help grow your business. We include our top ten techniques and would love to hear yours.

“Continuous learning. I think it’s really important to always be open to learning, and it doesn’t matter what that looks like. You can embark on picking up a book or a free online learning course, but learning is really important because it helps you develop different skills in your particular field, as well as inquiring new knowledge that you in turn, of course, can pass on to fellow self employed people.

And it will make you stand out, and it will help you build confidence”.

 

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Balancing Act: Navigating Freelancing and Motherhood

In this week’s Freelance Mum podcast, we’re talking about the essence of ‘Freelance Mum life’.

It’s one of the hot topics as a Freelance Mom, as it’s one of the biggest challenges. So we’re going to be touching on the following points, time management.

Self care, building a support system, flexible work arrangements, and overcoming challenges. These are the main points for today’s podcast, so keep listening as we start chatting.

 

“As the old saying goes, work smart and not work hard. It’s really important that you carve out the right amount of time and allocate it to the right amount of tasks. Come up with a strategy and a way to manage your workload. For a start, look at how many available working days there are actually in each term”. 

 

 

 

 

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Networking Gems: Connecting with like-minded mums in business

In June this year, I’ll be celebrating a decade of running Freelance Mum. That’s 10 years of supporting fellow mums in business. 10 years of building a business community. And what a privilege it has been for the last 10 years, to share the journey with so many amazing women in business (who just happen to be mums).

So why is it so important to connect with like-minded mums in business. And what does motherhood have to do with it anyway?

Here’s some networking gems I’ve learnt along the way and why they can help you and your business.

1. The Power of Community

Never underestimate the power of a community. As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, well that can be applied tenfold, when it comes to running your business.

Who else ‘gets it’ when your child gets sick AND you have a deadline (that only you can deliver). Both are important. Both need you. Or what about when you win a new client and you’re bursting to share the news? Or quite simply, you can’t fathom how to add a new ‘thingie’ to a reel?

 

 

Being part of a supportive community, with people who ‘get it’ – fellow mums in business, is important. Sharing those experiences, understanding those challenges creates a unique bond. These are the people who are there when you need them. You can be unapologetically you. And it’s by building those relationships, fostering a sense of understanding and encouraging each other, that you build each other up.

 

2. Strategies for Effective Networking

Networking is far more than turning up to an event and passing business cards. It’s moved on a lot in the last 10 years (and I’d like to think Freelance Mum has been a part of that). It’s about finding the events that work for you.

 

I like to think of the word ‘network’, rather than ‘networking’ – I can visualise a web which is interconnected and supporting a system. It’s there when you need it, with the members being the structure providing the support. The web being the bit between them – the relationships.

It’s only by turning up at the events and building those relationships, that you start gain the real value of your network. So it’s important you invest your time and money wisely and find the right one for you.

There’s a brilliant saying, ‘It’s not who is in the room, but through the room’ – in other words, who people are connected to and can introduce you to. Having a good solid relationship with people, makes them far more likely to recommend you to others.

 

Think of networking as part of your overarching marketing strategy, rather than expecting a direct sale.

At Freelance Mum, we focus on community and really building those relationships, to keep supporting you and your business. We want to see all aspects thrive – after all, you’re a ‘whole person’, not just the face of your business.

3. Follow Up Meetings

Really this is just a natural follow on from attending the networking event itself, at more formal networking, it might be called ‘booking your 1:1’. Call it what you like, in essence, it all boils down to the same thing – get to know and support other attendees, regardless of what networking event you have attended. Grabbed their business card? Great – drop them a line and say how good it was to connect. Strike while the iron is hot, as chances are, you’ll be looking at a business card a few weeks down the line and wondering who it belonged to!

 

 

Some networking events will be one offs, others are memberships. The joy of going to membership events, such as Freelance Mum, you know you know already have shared values. These are your people. Get to know them. Have a coffee, or just ping them a quick message. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to you, it’s about making it work.

 

4. Attending child-friendly networking events

If you’ve not been to a child-friendly networking event, you’re probably wondering what it actually looks like. And does it matter if your child is older or at school? If you’re coming with your child, you don’t want to be distracted by their needs, while trying to have a conversation. Likewise, if you don’t have little people with you, you don’t want to feel like you’re ‘in the wrong place’ if you’re surrounded by babies.

 

At Freelance Mum we get that. Children are 100% welcome, but you don’t have to ‘borrow a baby’ to legitimise attending! Children are just part of the mix. Simple. Mums without children, often help out and netwalks go at the speed of the slowest toddler. Sometimes there are no children at all. Sometimes there are just one or two. Either way, it’s no major biggie.

 

All netwalks are designed with babies in mind, terrain and safety is always taken into consideration and there’s always a ‘pitstop’ for a cuppa.

 

Why am I telling you this? Because experience tells me, it’s important to create events in space that has family-friendly venues, flexible schedules, and activities that accommodate both networking and childcare. And to do it in such a ‘seemingly effortless way’ that it feels relaxed, effective and natural.

 

And if you’re not sure – ask. Email ahead of a meeting, so you know what to expect. To be fair, that goes for any networking event, not just child-friendly ones. Having an idea of the format and what to expect, is always helpful when preparing.

5. Digital Networking for Busy Mums

Nothing beats in person events and seeing people in actual real life. We knew it already, then Covid served us a belter and reminded us. But what Covid also did, was reinforce digital networking. It was there already, but it wasn’t enforced yet.

Connecting on line is great way to keep building relationships – especially if you’re juggling business around motherhood. Every minute is vital! It’s a great way to network in a smart and effective way. No need to worry about travel/parking/directions. It’s smart and effective.

Geography has no boundaries, when it comes to going online – it’s a great way to expand your network (and build your empire!).

So if you’re looking to find a network, that works well for you and your business, having a balance between online and in person, provides a really nice mix and solution.

 

Finally, if you’re running your own business, it’s far more than ‘just paying the bills’ – but about connecting with your passion and purpose. So make sure you find the network that works for you. You know the ones, the ones you find yourself thinking about, long after you leave the room.

A look back at Freelance Mum Mega Meet Up 2023

Such a great day with lots of networking, chats and knowledge shared all around (and such an amazing venue with yummy food!) My cup is so full I think I’m going to be on a high all week cannot wait to return next year, my ticket has already been purchased.

Alicia, Cornflower Accountants

Last week Freelance Mum hosted their annual Mega Meet Up, at Tractors & Cream in Somerset. The event was sponsored by YTKO and the Financially Fearless Team from Hargreaves Lansdown. It attracted Freelance Mum members from hubs across the country, to meet in person, netwalk, listen to guest speakers and connect.

Freelance Mums arriving in events dome

Freelance Mum was first launched in 2012, by voiceover artist Faye Dicker, as a result of her own need juggling motherhood around business. Without a network of support to meet her needs a ‘freelance mum’, Faye launched child-friendly networking for mums in business. Initially the group ran in Bristol, but as result of the pandemic, Faye was able to pivot the model and launch hubs across the country.

Today there are eight hubs that all meet once a month for a netwalk, run by local mums in business known as ‘Freelance Mum Fairies’. The FM members are also able to connect once week, from across all the hubs, in a weekly online coffee morning. The model allows members to connect with their wider network, as well and build on relationships within their own hubs. The in-person and online events, culminate once a year at the Freelance Mum Mega Meet Up, their annual event which is ‘like Christmas Day for Freelance Mums’!

Location and format

Brilliant day networking with like minded fabulous women, listening to inspiring speakers in a gorgeous location. Abi Eva, Live Intuitively

Like all FM events, the day was child-friendly, information packed and relaxed, in the beautiful setting of Tractors & Cream glamping site. Guests were greeted with tea & coffee on arrival and set a simple ice-breaker, to show the connections between all the FMs in the hubs.

The day followed the ‘typical FM format’ with a netwalk around the site, punctuated with focus questions, to maximise conversations. For the added fun, there were also hand made soaps, donated by Bespoke + Local, hidden throughout the route, which acted as ‘raffle tickets’, for the prize draw at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Events Dome


The main speakers spoke in the events dome, which was decorated with Freelance Mum bunting, designed by FM members & sponsors. It proved to be both decorative and a great way to showcase the range of businesses across the hubs. All attendees received goody bags on arrival, plus there was a ‘gubbins table’ to display business cards and leaflets. Face painting by JoJo, took place at the back of the dome, while speakers gave their talks and added to the festival vibe.

 

 

Guest Speakers
Financially Fearless Ambassador, Sarah Coles, from Hargreaves Lansdown, opened the day with a commanding talk about the importance of taking control of your finances. She shared own story of freelancing around motherhood, and explained the ‘confidence threshold’ when it came to men and women making decisions about finances. She rounded off taking questions from members about pensions, which could have gone on for much longer! It was empowering session, which made a strong impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea & coffee was served next, by Vicki from Tractors & Cream, in the Horse Box bar and allowed FMs time to mingle and connect with other FMs from across the hubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second guest speaker was Sally Marks from YTKO, who set a mini marketing workshop for everyone, so people could leave with a practical ‘take away’ from the day. It was designed for business owners at all stages in their journey, to take a few minutes to reconnect with their audience in a simple and effective marketing and task. Jen Macfarlane from the YTKO team, also explained about the YTKO upcoming Skills Boot Camps, for freelancers and small business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a short lunch break back in the studio, which allowed FMs to keep networking and enjoy eating together, before returning to the dome for the prize draw and final speaker. Two prize draws were made, the first was an artisan gift box from Bespoke + Local, worth £500.

 

Competition and prizes
The second was an overnight stay to Tractors & Cream – entries were made, by anyone who bought a ticket to the Freelance Mum Mega Meet Up 2024. Rachel Ballantyne from the South Devon Hub won the Bespoke + Local prize, while Freelance Mum Fairy, from the Bath Hub, Jody Sparey won the overnight stay to Tractors & Cream.

 

Carly Cannings from the Happy Business School, concluded the day with her talk on the importance of prioritizing your own happiness. She shared tips and techniques that can be used in busy lives, to lead to personal and professional success. The talk ended with Carly invited Freelance Mums to share one thing they’d like to say ‘thank you’ for and resulted in members from across the hubs giving thanks to each other (and to Freelance Mum founder, Faye Dicker) for such a good day.

Members gently made their way home at the end of the packed day, buzzing with ideas, armed with practical tips and new connections. It was the ultimate day for Freelance Mums, who left feeling good, for having taken a day out of their busy freelance lives.

 

 

The mega meet up is a unique and fabulous opportunity to connect with an amazing group of like-minded mums from a huge range of industries. The key note speakers are expertly tailored to the needs of freelance mums. The food and setting is wonderful and there’s a buzz across the day that’s hard to beat. Roll on next year!
Jess: Broadcast Journalist, Musician & Voiceover Artist

Tickets are on sale now, for the Freelance Mum Mega Meet Up 2024, takes place in June 11th at Tractors & Cream and will be celebrating the Freelance Mum 10th business birthday. Click here to get in touch about sponsorship and speaking opportunities.

With huge thanks to Super Funky Penguin for photography.