Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, on lockdown and BLM

“So I set out the next day, to write a message to the people of the city and I set out that some people think Colston is a saint, some people think he’s the devil incarnate. Because Bristol is interesting, we have me – the Queen’s representative as a black woman, you have an elected mayor as a black man, we have the most diverse group of magistrates in the UK, here in Bristol. We have black professional networks, we have all sorts of very interesting groups of people, but we also have poverty among black communities, which is greater than the white population. It’s not to say the white population doesn’t have problems, but it’s the layer, upon layer, of disadvantage that we have an opportunity to address”.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in the City and County.

Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, speak to Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, on the impact of Edward Colston’s statue coming down and how small businesses can make a difference to when it comes to BLM.

Mindset matters, lockdown business success

“It came about organically really, like many – right at the beginning, I thought ‘what can I do to help?’. So I set up a weekly on line relaxation for people, just so they could enjoy those relaxations once a week. And then I had this brainwave, of lets try and set a 5 Day Challenge and that allowed me to put together lots of content to help people”.

Abi Rogers, Mindset Solutions

In the latest Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings are joined by Abi Rogers, who shares her lockdown business success story. From wanting to ‘just help’ people, to discovering a new business offering, Abi shares the organic growth of her relaxation group.

 

Surviving and thriving in lockdown

“Five years ago, I converted an ice cream van, took all the fridges and freezers out and put in a stainless steel kitchen. So I now do Mexican street food, so the name ‘I Scream Tacos’, is just a play on words. I’ve got the ‘Mexican hat dance’ playing from the van when I arrive”.

Mark, I Scream Tacos

 

On the Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, talk tacos, tortillas and trading with Mark @iscreamtacos. He’s the man inside the converted icecream van bringing Mexic food to a driveway near you.

Small Business Booming despite lockdown

“I was a bit concerned at first, that children might get bored and wander off mid Zoom lesson! But I haven’t experienced anything like that, I keep it very relaxed, happy and jokey – they are generally very good. I think they are very happy to chat and have the session”.

Vicky, Additions Tutoring

 

Coronavirus is the toughest problem many businesses have faced – but some are successfully forging ahead. Vicky from Additions Tutoring joins Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings to share her story of adapting and thriving, when it comes to home tutoring.

Let them eat (lockdown) cake!

“I am now doing, what I have called ‘the lockdown cake’ , it’s basically the same story from each customer who has contacted me. They were meant to have been going to a birthday and that birthday party is no longer happening and they’ll be in say, New Zealand. So they’ll say to me, ‘could you take a cake over to my boyfriend, who I was supposed to be seeing tomorrow’. So they’ll pay me to make a cake, I’ll drive over to the boyfriends, knock on the door, stand 2 meters apart, they’ll open the door and it’s rather nice really, seeing people break into a massive smile”.

Ali Walsh, The Local Bakehouse

 

 

Good news!

A positive business story for you in these crazy times…. and even better that it involves cake. Ali Walsh from The Local Bakehouse joins FayeDicker & Laura Rawlings to share the story of the lockdown cake.

No more up the nose shots!

“The most important things are camera angle – have your camera at at least eyeball height and light. Photograhy is painting with light – video is equally as essential”

Kirsty Northover, Kirsty Northover Photography

Being in small business has never been more challenging! And with social media becoming more busy, it can be hard to cut through the noise.

In this podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings talk to Photographer and Personal Branding Expert, Kirsty Northover on how to make your business brand look good online. With expert advice on video backgrounds & taking DIY photos for your marketing.

Home haircuts – lockdown locks!

With a cut, I don’t ever think it’s that desperate really, you can wear it up, with a fringe that’s grown out, you can change your parting slightly, pin it back, sweep it to the side, use accessories – you need to be a little bit creative.

Ella Hawkey, Atelier Clifton

Home haircuts – lockdown locks! Who’s had the chop? Whose true colour’s are coming through? Or who’s simply sticking a hat on it? Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings pick up hair tips in the latest podcast, from top Bristol hairdresser and salon owner Ella Hawkey. Get to it. Chop chop.

How would you like to ‘feel’ in 2020?

This beautiful guest blog post, comes from Lesley Waldron, Wild Country Woman – focusing on how you want to feel in 2020.

 

New year’s resolutions are often about what we want to do or what we want to change.

 

Sometimes they come from a negative place….or because we just feel that we ‘should’.

 

But how about thinking about 2020 in a different way? About how you want to feel?

 

So, think about next year.

 

On December 31st 2020. How would you like to feel? 

 

Take a deep breath. Take a moment to bring yourself forward in time. Close your eyes if that helps.

 

Really and truly. What do you feel?

 

This could be how you feel emotionally.

 

How you feel in your body.

 

How you feel in your family.

 

How you feel in your community.

 

How you feel in your workplace or your business.

 

How you feel in your life at that moment.

 

It could be words and feelings that apply to all of those elements of your life.

 

Not what you are doing. Not what you have accomplished, but what you feel.

 

Got it?

 

Write it down if you can….I love a big piece of recycled paper and colourful felt tips. Don’t take too long, give yourself a little peace and quiet and just write from your gut, don’t let your busy mind take over too much with the realities of life.

 

Now. 

 

What could take you closer to that feeling today?

 

What could take you closer to that feeling next week?

 

What could take you closer to that feeling over the course of this year?

 

In order to feel that way, how are you acting in your everyday life?

 

In order to feel that way, what do you need to add into your life?

 

And what (or who) do you need to take out?

 

This could be behaviours, people, actions, habits, communities, obligations, values.

 

Keep writing. Keep colouring. Keep jotting. Don’t think too hard. Put on some tunes…and let it flow.

 

There is no right or wrong answer.

 

And from all of this.

 

Take one thing. 

 

Look at the words.

 

What jumps out? What makes your tummy flutter in a good way?

 

Can you take action on that. Today.

 

Not next year. Not waiting for the right time.

 

Today

 

If you’d like to explore this further, with a warm and welcoming group of women, come and join the next Wildly Well Woman retreat on 26th January 2020, for some New Year intention-setting as well as some relaxation and nourishment to get the year off to a great start.

 

 

 

The importance of working on the business rather than in it

It’s an exciting time at FM HQ, as we’ve finally announced Freelance Mum Micro Business Retreat 2020!

We know just how hard the juggling act can be and why it’s important to take a step back out of life and gain perspective again. We firmly believe there is no better place for it, than at Tractors & Cream and with The Freelance Mum Micro Business Retreat, there is something for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We take a look back over this brilliant blog from Rin Hamburgh as she looks at some of the best approaches, when it comes to working ON your business and how it can be of benefit all round.

The importance of working on the business rather than in it

If you had to break down your working week into hourly chunks, what proportion of them would be spent on working in the business versus working on the business. By that I mean, how much time do you spend doing the do – making your products, working with clients, sorting the admin – versus planning, strategising, clarifying your vision, setting goals.

Working on the business is vital but too often it gets pushed down the to do list as we frantically try to meet client deadlines and get orders shipped. All the while juggling the million and one other things we Freelance Mums have to do – the cooking, the washing, the cleaning, the ferrying of children to music and drama and football.

No wonder taking a break to plan where your business will be in five years feels like a luxury! But of course, it isn’t. In fact, without taking a step back and looking at the big picture, you’re likely to drift and either not achieve those goals you had back when you launched, or at the very least get there via a much longer and more complicated route than you need to.

 

How I learn to be more on and less in

Next month will be three years since I launched Rin Hamburgh & Co. Back when the first website went live in August 2016, I didn’t have a clue where it would all end up. I didn’t even call the business an agency, that’s how unsure I was of what I was doing!

The best thing that ever happened to me was chatting to the lovely Claire Stone, who I met at Freelance Mum, over a coffee one day and hearing all about the Entrepreneurial Spark programme. A business incubator with a focus on growing and developing the business leader not just the business itself. I applied that day.

It was the smartest business move I ever made. Previously I’d spent the majority of my time writing copy for my clients and editing the work of my small freelance team. Now suddenly I was being asked to explain my business model to my mentor. I was being challenged on whether I knew my numbers, not just now but for the future. I was pitching to a room full of strangers.

Why stepping back propels you forward

It was a huge challenge because it felt like a distraction when there was website copy to be written and blog posts to be proofread. But if I hadn’t stopped and looked at my numbers, for example, I wouldn’t have realised I could afford to bring on a part time assistant. If I hadn’t given some serious thought to my profit margins, I would still be underselling myself.

Today Rin Hamburgh & Co is a team of five with a six figure annual turn over. We’ve won a number of awards and been featured in Bristol 24-7 and the Bristol Post. We’ve worked with multinational clients and on five figure projects.

None of this would have happened if I hadn’t taken time on a regular basis to stop, reflect on what we’ve been doing, look forward to where we’re going, adjust the vision, set goals, make plans and learn new skills to keep propelling us towards my dream business.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have to challenge myself pretty much daily to make space and time for working on rather than in the business. Thankfully we’re back on what is now called the NatWest Accelerator programme, so I’ve got a new mentor to be accountable to!

How to be more on and less in

As I’ve already mentioned, having a mentor or an accountability partner can be hugely beneficial. That might be a coach like our very own Karen Cook, it could be a fellow Freelance Mum who you meet up with regularly or someone else in your industry. There are also accountability or mastermind groups, where small groups of business owners come together to help and encourage each other on a regular basis.

Carving out ‘on the business’ time in your diary and guarding it ferociously is important too. I have two hours on a Friday that I call my reflection time, and I really notice the difference if I don’t do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also set aside a special day every now and then – perhaps once a quarter – where you can really focus on all of that big picture stuff. Because sometimes it takes a while before you can relax and get into the right headspace where you’re not worrying about what to cook the kids for dinner.

But don’t forget the value of working on your business with others, which can be incredibly encouraging and inspiring. And if you’re looking for an opportunity, check out the Freelance Mum Micro Retreat. What a perfect chance to reflect, learn, chat and have fun with a bunch of other mums in a similar position to you. Not to mention being surrounded by beautiful countryside like you will be at Tractors & Cream!

Whatever time you can squeeze out of your schedule to work on rather than in the business, you won’t regret it. Yes, you might not be earning money directly by working on your vision, your financial forecasts or your customer journeys. But you’ll be laying the foundation on which you can build a business that serves you and brings you exactly the kind of success you’re looking for.

How working with a professional facilitator can help your event

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, goes behind the scenes with professional facilitator, Helene Jewell and finds out how working with a professional facilitator can help your event. With live footage from Tech For Good event and  interview with Helene Jewell on her route and training into faciliation.