The Business Surgery – How to set up an eccommerce business

“I think you have to grow slowly and organically, the most important to think about, when you’re selling your product on line, is to think, who your customer is. How would they find you? If you were them, where would you go?”

Julie Cox, Founder, Luke Drew This

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, takes questions from The Mothership and puts them to this month guest, Julie Cox. As the woman behind the successful online business, Luke Drew This, Julie gives her insights when it comes to setting up an ecommerce business.

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The January Business Surgery

“It’s important to recognise your limitations and to recognise what motivates you. So I will always encourage people to have short term goals, that you can achieve along the way – and then when you get them, celebrate them”.

Linda Davies – Carr, aka The Master Fixer

The January Business Surgery with Linda Davies – Carr, aka The Master Fixer. January is typically the time of year when we set ourselves new goals – both professional and personally. But how can we keep ourselves in check and make sure actions and goals stay aligned?

Linda Davies-Carr, delivers some straight talking advice, to help you stay on track. Plus, we put her through her paces, as she takes questions from The Mothership.

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Freelance and flexbile working – making it work around family life

Freelance & flexible work, fitting in around family

Guest blog by Holly Tucker, the woman behind notonthehighstreet and UK Ambassador to Creative Small Businesses

I’m hugely passionate about flexible and freelance working. I started notonthehighstreet.com when Harry was just three months old, so my workload had to exist around my life and family. Luckily for me, I was able to follow my dream of creating my own business whilst being a new mum – and I’m not saying it was easy! But it was hugely rewarding.

For many new mums, working in this way is not an option. There are hundreds of thousands of incredibly skilled, talented women (and men!) out there, who will go above and beyond for work and projects that can fit around their families. It seems incredulous to me that businesses aren’t waking up to this yet.

To try and help turn the tables, I recently became an ambassador for Digital Mums, as part of their #WorkThatWorks and #CleanUpTheFWord campaigns. ‘Flexible working’ seems to sometimes feel as if you are giving less than perhaps a permanent member of staff, or maybe it’s just the negative stigmas attached to it. #WorkThatWorks is strong and positive, and just by saying those words, you’re reminded of something we all forget from time to time; work should ‘work’ within your life. I just love the whole concept and hope it helps to really change the landscape for mums.

I read an interesting study by People Per Hour recently, which said that 40% of the US workforce will be freelance by 2020, which is just incredible. We’re seeing the biggest change in the working world in over 100 years, when we shifted from an agricultural to an industrial economy. So many people are tired of the traditional 9-5, and want to take life into their own hands. Technology has advanced so much that it allows us to do this, ‘the office’ is wherever you are! Many of the jobs we do today didn’t even exist 10 years ago, because we’re evolving with these changes

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Freelance mums, dads and kids Netwalking in Bristol

Included in these new jobs are the thousands of makers, creators and small business owners that I’ve championed, mentored and worked with over the last 15 years. I created Holly & Co to be a destination for this remarkable group, to find colourful advice, inspiration and support. Because I know that this path can sometimes be a bit difficult and lonely, it’s my mission to unite these amazing individuals, because I believe that we’re stronger together.

I feel so ecstatic about the prospect of a more freelance world, and all of the talent, colour and uniqueness it will bring. I can’t wait to see more people take a deep breath, be brave, and live their own ‘Good Life’! Bring on 2020!

12 ideas to manage your business and your time without losing your mind

12 ideas to manage your business and your time without losing your mind

A guest blog from our fab sponsor, Linda Davies-Carr, aka The Master Fixer

As a busy mum of 5 ( 2 girls of my own and 3 bonus boys) who always worked as a full time freelancer I have learned the hard way how to find more time in my day.  Whilst there is no easy answers, or quick fixes (sorry there really aren’t)

I am proud to sponsor Freelance Mum and whilst I don’t always manage to get to the meetings I think what Faye does is fab and the Evening Sessions last week was lovely.

So to help and support all you FM members I’d love to share with you my time busting ideas to help you manage your time and your business without losing your mind!This is what have I learned in 2017 –  here’s my top 12 business takeaways for all you business owners 🤔

1. Be crystal clear on your goals and make sure they are written down.

2. Everyone needs a business coach – whether it’s paid, unpaid or a straight talking mate – everyone needs accountability and some straight talking!

3. You need to know your numbers – if you don’t know your numbers you won’t be managing your business. What gets measured get managed!

4. Manage your pipeline – you need to know who next week’s, next month’s customers are. You need to create new customers flowing into your business.

5. Be flexible and supportive – but don’t be a pushover.

6. Time management – it’s YOUR time, but it’s your mind that manages it. So learn how to develop MIND MANAGEMENT and you’ll find the time. You know we all have the same 24 hours in the day, so be conscious what you spend it on. If you’re not sure then complete a work day audit. If you don’t know how drop me a line and I’ll send you a checklist.

7. Work harder ON your business than you work IN your business. No one has the time – so you have to make a conscious decision to carve out the time. Refrain how you think about it. It’s not admin – its business development.

8. Ask and ask again for testimonials. Never stop asking 🙂

9. Give it away over and over again – it will serve you and your business.

10. Do what you do best and outsource the rest – my favourite and my “go to” classic advice. If you think you can’t afford it, my guidance would be you can’t afford not to.

11. Mindset – your confidence will come from your mindset, so mind your mind. Download a free app, seek help, but take action.

12. Surround yourself with an epic team of people and friends. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most amount of time with – so choose carefully.

 

If you’re serious about adopting a rock-solid mindset that will help you generate more sales, and lead you to new levels of monthly income, look out for a brilliant affordable coaching membership community (for less than the cost of 2 coffees a week):  The Straight Talking Collective launching in January 2018 with brilliant offers for Freelance Mum Members. Faye will have a link to share with you all soon.

In the meantime please check out my website for lots of free resources and useful information www.themasterfixer.com and pop over and say hello on social media.

Hugs

Linda x

Becky Barnes Style Experience

‘Whilst I’ve always loved clothes and I’ve always loved colour, I haven’t always had the confidence to wear the looks that I wear now…. And by becoming professionally trained, it allows me to pick clothes that make me a happy person…. I like helping other women become all that they can be, seeing them evolve and just blossom and really reach their potential.’

Becky Barnes

Becky Barnes worked in a corporate world, for almost 20 years – before emerging with her own business. Years in HR brought out her love for bringing out the best in people. So she decided to do it in a more fun environment – through styling women and clothes.

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, discovered the Becky Barnes Styling Experience in a full immersive journey. From shopping, to styling and a complete wardrobe overhaul – Faye met women Becky has worked with along the way, and discovered for herself, the impact of happy clothes.

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Redmaids’ High Junior School

“‘Every body is an individual, we all have different strengths, we encourage the girls here to recognize their own strengths, but also to identify their own weaknesses as well, we all need to know those. We all need to counteract that to make the most of ourselves…. We help the girls to find those talents, within the classroom and outside of the classroom”

Mrs Lisa Brown, Headteacher, Redmaids’ High Junior School.

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, experiences a day in the life at Redmaids’ High Junior School. From maths, to music, science to sport, the opportunities are endless.

Faye found out what sets Redmaids’ High apart; interviewed teachers, parents and girls at different stages of their learning journey. Plus experienced just how much fun, a maths lesson can be!

With an in depth interview with headteacher Mrs. Lisa Brown, discover for yourself, the complete education they provide.

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Wild Country Woman

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, joins Wild Country Woman, Lesley Waldron on a wet and wild fitness class!

She discovers the benefits of exercising outdoors, the importance of physical health in your 40s and exciting plans for Wild Country Woman.

“My aim with Wild Country Woman, is to inspire women, to really enjoy doing exercise and to do that outside. I think we need to connect a little bit more with nature, with what we do.

Lesley Waldron, Wild Country Woman

 

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Freelance Mum, The Business Surgery

“You can seek to understand why you procrastinate. Every body does it, I think the thing is to not feel guilty about it, because it’s quite normal…. Often it’s the fear of what you need to do, is worse than actually doing it.”

Linda Davies – Carr, The Master Fixer, Business Coach

The first of a new series of podcast, The Business Surgery is a monthly show, hosted by Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, with business coach  – Linda Davies-Carr. Every month, we invite three small business owners, to put their business problems to Linda and get some smart results.

In this months podcast we are joined by, Sally Marks – owner of Tots Up Reward Bus. Michelle Abbasipour, from Pretty Horizontal Web Design and Claire Stone, from Claire Stone Nutrition. Three very different businesses, facing different challenges. Linda is put in the hot seat and delivers some straight answers.

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IPSE National Freelancers Day

“Take a chance, take a risk, failure is ok, failure is an option, if you haven’t failed, then you haven’t tried hard enough”.

Carl Camden; Newly retired CEO from Kelly Services.

Freelance Mum founder, Faye Dicker, put her microphone to good use when she attended National Freelancers Day, hosted by IPSE. A day to celebrate the achievements of freelancers across their fields, to provide support to the self employed and champion those who are flying the flag for freelancers across the country. Faye caught up with last years Freelancer

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Rin Hamburgh

“My father was an entrepreneur, he set up his own business…. I’ve always had that in the background, thinking I could do that. I left South Africa when I was 14, I’ve learnt to adapt to people – which is especially important when you come from another culture. I do the same thing in my writing – all I have to do is spend some time with them, say a solicitor and then I can mimic that quite well.”

Rin Hamburgh, Rin Hamburgh & CO

Rin Hamburgh – the voice behind the copywriting agency Rin Hamburgh & CO shares her story with Freelance Mum. With an entrepreneur as a father Rin grew up with a natural interest in business and inspired to start her own.

Moving from South Africa to the UK at 14, she quickly learnt to adapt to other cultures – a skill which she uses every day as a copywriter when it comes to finding the right voice and tone for a business.

With a background in journalism and regular writer for The Guardian, Rin now runs her own small agency Rin Hamburgh & CO – sitting quite nicely between the big agencies and freelancers. Rin has high standards and the capacity handle a wide breadth of clients. As Rin says, you don’t need many words, just the right ones.

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