Husband and wife team Noam and Louise Lederman from North London had an idea for a children’s book series seven years ago when their first child was born. They dreamt of writing a children’s book series combining their passion for music and education. Both Louise and Noam believe that music can have a huge impact on early development for children and found this was an area that was not fully available to them for their children. So they took the plunge and decided to do it themselves!
It has been scientifically proven that young children are more than capable of learning music and that it can help them in many other areas of physical and emotional development, giving them confidence and creating a positive influence for their future.
Jungle Jam has been a labour of love for both Noam and Louise and they have spent a great deal of time creating and developing their book ideas whilst building their family. Jungle Jam is dedicated to their children, Rafa and Mimi.
Noam Lederman is a musician, educator, and author and has built a successful music career combining performance and writing. He has written more than 100 music publications that have sold over a million copies worldwide. In 2014 Noam founded the company Jungle Jam Publishing. In April 2015 Noam was appointed as the Principal of The Academy of Rock – an award-winning franchise of music schools in Asia. To find out more about Noam please visit his website.
Louise Lederman spent many years working in Marketing, PR, and Events predominantly for charities and education companies. She worked for numerous disability charities including the National Autistic Society, Sense and Langdon, and feels she has a deep understanding of disability and SEN (Special Educational Needs). Louise always had a passion for writing and becoming a mother inspired her to fulfill her dream.
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Victoria Kearns is the co-owner of Kearns & Meiring Medical Herbalist that she founded with her husband Pieter Meiring they have 3 children aged 15,8 and 6.
Victoria is a Western Medical Herbalist and Arvigo® Therapy practitioner. This makes her one of a handful of therapist in the UK able to bring together herbal medicine with specialist abdominal massage techniques to support optimal reproductive and digestive health. Victoria works with men and women, boys and girls at all stages of their development. Victoria holds two BSc (honours) degrees in Herbal Medicine (1:1) and Psychology (2:1), and an advanced professional qualification in the Arvigo® techniques of Maya abdominal therapy. Victoria is a fully insured healthcare professional with Balens Ltd.
Victoria spent her 20s & 30s running busy marketing & PR teams in London theatres. After having her first child (aged 30) her health took a turn for the worse and conventional medicine couldn’t help. On the advice of a friend, she visited a Medical Herbalist, wondering what they could possibly offer that her GP and consultant couldn’t. The experience transformed her health, happiness and her understanding of medicine, inspiring her to help other people reclaim their health and well-being, the natural way.
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Are you looking for smart ways to make money from home? There are some qualities you need to have for a home business to be a success; you’ll need motivation, a willingness to work hard and a desire to be financially successful in providing for your family and covering your household expenses.
You will also need to take into account how much time you have available, how much money you are willing to invest in the business, and how much risk you are willing to take. After all, with higher risk comes higher reward. With a vast variety of home business types to choose from, we’re sure that you will find a business idea here that can take off.
Start a blog
Do you enjoy writing? Start a blog to make money from your blog you need to have a strategy in place and bear in mind that it will take hard work. There are plenty of bloggers who do it as a full-time job and make good money from it.
If you have a talent for writing and a plan in place on how to grow your audience, the rewards are great. It’s perfect for you if you want to work from home and love writing.
Once you have a blog set up, you could add affiliate links, not sure what affiliate marketing is? Check out Pat Flynn he has excellent resources for affiliate marketing. Add this strategy to your blog has the potential to make you a lot of money.
Within the blogging world, there are many bloggers who are also freelance writers. Similar of course to freelance writing you could be a ghostwriter, your name will not be published, you will be writing under the guise of another website or person whether it be for content on their website, or even for books. If you love writing, this could be a dream job for you.
If you have website development and design experience, look for local businesses with dated websites or poorly managed social profiles. Many small businesses are struggling when it comes to website design, management, branding and so on. Reach out to these companies and offer them a free consultation.
Do you have a distinctive voice? Are you good at changing your voice? Start working as a freelance voice-over artist and you could sell recordings. There are a few companies out there who will pay you to record voice-overs from the comfort of your own home. There are sites such Voiceovers Voice123 You could even set up a gig on Fiverr and record podcast intros and more.
Are you organised, punctual and can remain calm under pressure? Well maybe becoming a party planner is for you, anyone who has ever hosted a large event knows, it can be an incredibly stressful time. Which is why people party planners to help them out. Like wedding planners, party planners need to be on point when it comes to organisation and timing. For most clients, particularly business clients putting on a large event, they’re looking for someone experienced that can take the hassle out of the planning process and deliver a successful event.
Are you a stay at home mum? Perhaps becoming a childminder could be the perfect home business for you. If you stay at home all day, looking after children childminding can be a great way to make smart money. Childcare is one of those services which are always going to be in demand as there is no shortage of working parents in the UK. Child safety is obviously paramount in this line of work, an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS, formerly CRB check) is an absolute must-have. You will need other certificates or licenses to be able to operate, such as food hygiene and first aid. You can find out more here on how to register as a childminder.
That being said it’s not an easy job either, so make sure that you are fit and healthy enough to take on responsibility for other people’s children in many cases must satisfy Ofsted criteria.
Do you have technical and verbal skills? Are you one of those people who are incredibly organised? Perhaps you could become a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant helps other business owners stay organized, answer emails, manage their schedule, book travel, proofread documents, and perform any different number of tasks that can be done from home.
Our list may is not exhaustive, and it may not put you on the path to riches, but it will get you thinking about the possibilities.
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Starting a business is hard work and comes with a lot of risks. You need to create a product or services that prospective customers want, you need to find the right team that will complement your management style, and you need to stay on top of your finances. With all the possible pitfalls. No-one is an instant expert in business. Chances are, no matter how much you think you know, you could make some costly financial mistakes along the way.
Of course, everyone makes mistakes, that is how we learn and grow, but if you can minimise the mistakes that you make, then you can try and make sure that your start-up business has the success that it deserves.
We have put together three financial mistakes start-ups should avoid.
Not understanding the market
Market research should be a substantial part of the foundation of any startup. Not completely understanding your marketplace can prove detrimental to your business. If you don’t correctly understand your market, you may miss-pricing your products and services. Who is your customer, what need do your products and services fulfil, what do you have to offer, who is your competition, what differentiates your offering, what is your unique selling point why should customers buy from you? Without a good grasp of the market you plan to break into, you will likely make poor business projections.
Doing your own accounts
Knowing the difference between what you do best and what you do each day because the task “needs to get done.” Wasting time with a task that is not on your highest skill set is a misuse of your time and, your money. If you don’t have strong skills in financials, then recruit an accountant or retain one on contract to do your accounts and account to provide them to you in an easy-to-understand format.
Every business should keep detailed records of expenses and transactions, start-ups often overlook the importance of bookkeeping, but they are invariably reminded of its significance when the taxman comes to collect his dues. Also not keeping track of expenses also results in tax reliefs going unclaimed.
Ensure you maintain separate bank accounts for business and personal finances. You can get a 30-day free trial with FreshBooks small business accounting software here
Recruiting employees is exciting, to keep your costs as low as possible, you need to consider ways to save money on staffing. You might have some busy months, followed by a slow quarter. When starting up recruiting too many employees can have financial and psychological cost to your business.
As you start to build your team, look for people who have work experience of working in a start-up business. A good startup employee needs to have a specific mindset that isn’t often found in traditional companies. They need to be prepared to possibly work quickly and for long hours. And they need to be willing to take on responsibilities outside of their defined job description.
It good practice to set financial goals as it’s a way to measure how well you expect your business to be doing giving yourself a framework in which to operate and make important business growth decisions.
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Jen O’Deay is a writer and owner of Feel These Words writing services. She helps business owners through growth stages by delivering the written elements of the sales funnel needed for growth: content and copywriting (opt-in copy, sales pages, content strategy, and content, etc). She specializes in helping clients see themselves and their businesses more clearly while better defining their messaging.
Jen is also a wife and Parentpreneur who is blessed to be busy raising her 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old twins, daughter, and son, as well as assisting her stepchildren who are now nearly 24 and 22 (but were only 4 and 2 when she became their stepparent, many moons ago). Jen has long-written about Parenting in her blog, JEN’S ZEN, and will soon help Parentpreneurs and business owners through entrepreneurial growth stages and writing in: The FTW Blog. #ftwmeansfeelthesewords
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Feel These Words Website: Writing that connects.
Feel These Words Facebook: and by signing up to receive The FTW Blog at Feel These Words for Parentpreneurs seeking growth.
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Black Coffee Studio: Branding. Shannon Larkins is experienced and brilliant and offers various all-in-one affordable packages for new startups alongside her lux options.
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Emery-Creative: Creative Wayfinders, worth a look-see
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Designmancy: Heather is “Your WordPress Wizard” and is an expert in all-things-Wordpress. She teaches how-tos, and she’s especially keen on back-end development, coding, repair, and maintenance.
RKA INK: Branding, marketing and business strategy, and custom websites that prompt action are Rachael’s wheelhouse. She hosts a show on Facebook called “Awkward Marketing” that is full of helpful information presented in a fun manner.
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One of the hardest things to consider when you are a parent who has to head out to work is how to get the right work-life balance. Spending enough time with your family and enough time focused on earning money is hard. Now if you run your own business, you will need to spend plenty of time focused on making that a success. Now that being said it does not mean you should stress about work-life balance.
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We all hope that our businesses stay successful and that we never see tough times. However, there is always a chance that it will come across tough times. The worst thing that you can do when it comes to tough business times is to lose motivation.
But that is easier said than done? How can you stay on track when it seems that there are 1000 obstacles in your path? Let’s take a look at the best ways to stay motivated when your business gets tough.
Try and focus on the positive
When things are not going right it can seem all too easy to focus on all the bad things that are happening. But this can make you feel that there is really no point in trying to bring things back. Instead, it makes sense to try and focus yourself on all the positive things that are around you. That way things will never seem quite so bad.
Only set small goals
Having big dreams is great, particularly when it comes to business, but sometimes, when you are lacking in motivation, those big dreams are going to seem so far away. Instead, it makes sense to set yourself some smaller, easier to reach goals. Doing this is going to give your motivation a boost and make sure that you tackle business issues one day at a time.
Remember to reward yourself
How can you ever stay motivated if you don’t reward yourself for getting to your goals? When business is hard, the last thing you will want to do is to spend out lots of money on treating yourself, but this doesn’t mean that you have to go without. Why not reward yourself with something small such as the afternoon off or perhaps a takeaway dinner? It might not be something big, but it is something to look forward to.
Remind yourself why you do it
It is all too easy to lose sight of why you are making all this effort to run your business. Particularly when things are failing. The important thing to think about is all the reasons why you are working so hard. Take a look at your family around you, remember that they are a big part of why you do what you do and this should give you the push to carry on trying hard.
Running your own business isn’t always a smooth ride, whilst there are going to be smooth roads, there are also going to be those with plenty of bumps. Trying to keep your motivation going and keep working towards your goal is never going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Just remember the important things to focus on and try to leave behind those negative thoughts. In no time at all you will be feeling much like yourself and you never know, things might get back on track.
There are many known benefits of gratitude and you should not underestimate the power of gratitude when it comes to business. This episode covers why gratitude is good for business.
“Go for gratitude first, and loyalty will follow” – Unknown
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Running your own business takes a lot of your time. This is something that plenty of parentpreneurs discover once they set out to make a successful business for themselves. One of the hardest things is to get the balance of your time right. Particularly between your work and your family. But why is time so important? What impact can splitting down your time have on your life as a whole, rather than just your business?
Spending time with your family to create special moments
One of the best things that you can do is to spend time with your family. It might be at a weekend, during the evening, or after school. No matter when works for you, try to make sure that it is a regular thing, not only for you but for your kids too. They will really value the time that you have together, and being able to escape from work is always going to make you feel better when you have to head back.
Never be too busy for your children or missing out on special milestones
How many times have you told your children that you are too busy? Sometimes this can be for normal things such as playing a game or perhaps going out to the park. From time to time, it is okay to be too busy, but what happens when this has an impact on whether or not you can see those special milestones? How would you feel if you missed their first school play? The first time they did a dance show? Not being a part of these special moments should never be a part of running a business.
Remember you can’t buy, save or stop time!
As parents, it can seem that sometimes we blink and a whole lifetime has whizzed by. This means that every second that you can spend with your family. You should. We should all learn to value the time that we have right now, after all, we don’t have a pause button on our lives. The last thing that you will want is to find a few years down the line, that yes, you have a successful business. But that you haven’t been able to spend a good amount of time with the people who are most important to you.
As a business owner, you can make all the money in the world. But the things that will prove most valuable to you will be the time that you spend with your family and the special memories that you create together. These are things that money definitely cannot buy.
Achieving a work-life balance is one of the most vital things that you can learn as a business owner. Not only will it have a positive impact on your business, but also will be great for your family too.