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You’ll have heard of the saying, ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’

Is it a coincidence that it’s the mother becoming creative?

Even though maternity rights and flexible working opportunities make the modern-day workplace more accommodating than ever before, for new mums it is still really difficult to achieve a satisfying work/life balance.

It’s clear to see from the media and social networking sites that even now it is most often mums that are struggling to fit their job around their children’s needs.   Or is it their children’s needs around their job?…

And that’s the issue.  Along comes the mum-guilt.  (Yes, we’re sure there’s dad-guilt too but you dads are either doing a good job at hiding it or you just don’t talk about it much).

There are lots of things that can come as a shock to a new parent, and mum-guilt is one of them.  Constantly feeling torn between not being there for your children and not feeling fully committed to your employer.  This push/pull has resulted in the new business phenomenon of women entrepreneurs – the mumpreneur.

Help for Mumpreneurs

Even though mumpreneur is a new word, at BES we have been helping mums in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton for over 30 years now.  But now more and more mums are discovering the advantages of taking control and becoming successful mumpreneurs.  Could this be the answer for you too?

The necessity of needing to work but needing it to work for you requires a bit of creative thinking.  You don’t actually have to become an inventor and start manufacturing a brand new product to become a mumpreneur. If you think that being a mumpreneur could be the solution for you, but you don’t know what to do, there are many startup business opportunities out there.

Do you have a talent for doing something that you could offer as a service to others?  Are you able to make items in which to sell to start a business?  You don’t have to be the first one to come up with the idea – with a bit of research you’ll find there are lots of franchise opportunities available that would suit a mumpreneur.

Whichever route is taken, the goal for most mumpreneurs is the same; to be able to balance work and home life whilst at the same time achieving a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Do not think that becoming a mumpreneur is an easy option.  To make any startup business succeed it takes drive, determination and hard work.  But as a mum you already know all about hard work and are no doubt an incredible multi-tasker.  So, it makes sense to take advantage of the flexibility being a mumpreneur offers; with little to no overheads and reduced childcare costs.

Give Your Business the Best Start

In order for financial and childcare dilemmas to be solved, it is vital that the new startup business is a success.  The more support a startup business has the better its chances of success.

That’s where we can help.  We share our business knowledge and experience with you.  We will give you the advice and support you need to turn your business idea into a business plan and then guide you in the best way to launch your new business.

Often, the biggest worry at the outset of any startup business is the cost involved.  Speak to one of the team about what financial help is available to you.  As a delivery partner for Virgin StartUp Loans (a government backed scheme) we can steer you through their application process.  Virgin StartUp Loans from between £500 – £25,000 are available for startup businesses that have been trading for less than two years.  It is an unsecured loan repayable over one to five years and could be the perfect financial solution to give your business a solid foundation.

Along with the funds from a Virgin StartUp loan comes coaching and business masterclasses.  All of the team at BES have experience of running their own businesses and can share their knowledge with you, giving you the confidence you need to take the brave first step to becoming a mumpreneur.  If you would like to find out if you are eligible for a Virgin StartUp Loan, our friendly team at BES are on hand to help.

Even if you are just at the ideas stage of a business give us a call on 0845 67 87 826.  We can talk you through what to expect with a startup business, help you to develop skills and give you the confidence boost you need to create yourself the perfect job.

We can’t guarantee we’ll take away all of the worries that come with being a mum but we can give you the right advice for you to become a successful mumpreneur.