Top tips for success; why every small business should pay attention to goals


why every small business should pay attention to goals

One of the biggest factors in any business succeeding is planning. This is especially true if you are self-employed, running a small business, as well as keeping your family in check.

Goal planning is particularly important, in fact, you may not realise it but simply by having some end goals for your business, you could see a real impact on your success levels.

So, with this in mind, we have put together the reasons why goals are such a useful small business tool.

Goals keep you motivated

Sometimes running your own business alongside looking after your family can get you down. If you start to feel that your get up and go, is getting up and going, then maybe you need to think about your end goals. There is no greater way to refill the tank, then to think about how great it will feel to reach exactly where you want to be!

Goals mean that you can keep an eye on your progress

If you don’t know where you are supposed to end up, then how can you be sure that you are getting there? By having a goal in mind, you can keep an eye on your progress. That light at the end of the tunnel can be something that you aim for and with every step that you take to get closer to it, you will know that you are heading in the right direction.

Goals ensure you know where you want to be

When you run a business, it is important that you have an idea of where you want it to go. This is especially true for small businesses that are just starting out. By taking the time to sit down and write out some long-term goals, you will get some clarity on just what you want to achieve in your business.

Goals help you to plan your time

Know where you want to go and how long you think it should take to get there? Having this vital information means that you can plan out your time. This is vital if you are running a business and raising a family, as it can often feel that you simply don’t have enough time to do it all!

Goals help you to succeed

Above everything else, having some goals in mind are a great way to ensure that you create and run a successful business. It is the drive, the passion, the determination to reach the end goals that will push you forward, even when the going gets tough.

Goal setting is a key business tool, no matter whether you are on your own, or have some employees coming along for the ride. Make sure you set your business goals and you should soon see the success that you are aiming for.

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Get your groove back; 5 ways to find your business mojo after a setback


5 ways to find your business mojo after a setback

Running your own business isn’t always easy, however, for parentpreneurs, the smallest setbacks can sometimes feel like a massive hurdle. With so much riding on making your business a success, including providing for your family, you can sometimes feel like packing it all in when faced with a setback.

This is a normal way to feel and the good news is that there are things that you can do to get your mojo back.

Here are the 5 best ways to get your groove back after being faced with a business setback.

Don’t make any excuses

Bad things can happen in business, but the worst thing you can do is try to make excuses for why. Sometimes your setback may be due to a mistake that you made, or something it can simply be just one of those things. If you try to make excuses for it, then you will never be able to accept it and move on.

Don’t act like it never happened

Ignoring a setback, or brushing it under the carpet is not a productive way of dealing with it. Instead, you should always recognise what has happened, and why it may have happened. That way you can find a way to stop it happening again.  Never ignore an issue in business, for the most part, this could lead to the problem getting bigger and bigger. Face things head on and not only will you learn from it, but you could find it isn’t as bad as you first thought.

Remember that everyone fails from time to time

It can seem like you are completely alone, but every business has had setbacks during its lifetime. This is an important thing to remember. Not only does it make you feel better about your current situation, but also may prompt you into asking fellow parentpreneurs for advice on how they got their mojo back.

Don’t punish yourself

The worst thing you can possibly do after a setback is punish yourself for your failings. This is a truly negative act and could have longer-term repercussions for your business. Rather than punishing, why not sit down and look at the ways that you can turn this into a positive? What things can you do differently, what things can you change? By looking at this, rather than telling yourself how bad you did, you will soon be back on the path to success.

So, now you know. With some positive thought and determination, you can rise from the ashes as a phoenix. See every setback as a challenge, something that needs solving and can allow your business to grow and grow. With this outlook, you are sure to be back in the groove in no time, and driving your business towards to success that you deserve!

The Parents in Biz community is particularly helpful if you:

  • Feel like no one understands your position and don’t have anyone to turn to.
  • Lack the tools and resources to drive your business forward.
  • Aren’t making any or very little revenue.
  • Are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Are struggling to juggle your business and family life.

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#PIB09 Raising money for your start-up


#PIB09 Raising money for your start up

“Do what you love and the money will follow.” Marsha Sinetar

This is an episode with a twist need to raise money for a start-up ? Covered in this episode are 4 key question to ask yourself as you start the process of raising money for your startup. Download the worksheet that I have created that supplements this episode.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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Dragons Den
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Family Meal Planning


Family Meal Planning

Planning family meals in advance increase your productivity as it means you can structure your future working days better. You know that healthy habits, such as eating well and exercising make sense.

Some of the benefits of meal planning are:

• Healthier choices
• Save money
• Save time
• Decreases stress
• Variety of food

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How Parentpreneurs Can Find Work-Life Balance


How Parentpreneurs Can Find Work-Life Balance

“Everything in moderation, and there’s a perfect balance in this life if we can find it.” Ryan Robbins

As parentpreneurs, do you often hear that voice in your head that says:

“How am I going to find time to work on my business and look after my family?”
“How am I going to find time to go to that business event and fit everything else in?”
“How am I going to get any work done when the children are on holiday from school?”
“How do I bring all the business and family-life pieces altogether?”

To quote the actor Ryan Robbins “Everything in moderation, and there’s a perfect balance in this life if we can find it.” Work-life balance is something that most parents yearn for and I am a firm believer that you can find a work-life balance. It’s all about finding the right formula that works for you, your business and your family, keeping everything in perspective and your eye on the long-term goal you have set for yourself.

We have put together 5 key ingredients to creating the winning formula.

1. Family time Spending quality time with your children and partner, without distractions, strengthens family bonds and banishes any guilt you may have been feeling about working hard on your business. Create time for purposeful family moments, like watching a movie, a trip to a theme park, a holiday, the list can go on. Life is about creating memories, yes we want our children to see that we work hard but we also want them to see and experience the benefits of the labour. For many parents, the thing that motivates them most is their children and leaving a legacy.

2. Boundaries Create time boundaries with your family and friends, for example during my core working hours during the day, I put my mobile phone on airplane mode to cut out all distractions. If there is an emergency, my family and the school can call the landline to get hold of me. I very rarely work on weekday evenings between the hours of 4pm -7:30pm – that’s my core family time.

3. Systems and Processes In order to work towards achieving balance, you have to have systems and processes in place. It can be a pain to set up but in the long run, it’s worth it when your business is running like a well-oiled clock. Having a system in place makes it easier if you decide to outsource parts of the work you do.

4. Ask for help I did a blog post on this topic alone – you can find it here. At times it can get overwhelming when running a business and raising a family, whether it helps with childcare, financial help or just a listening ear – never be afraid to ask for help.

5. Self-Care Amongst the cooking, cleaning, sickness, business tasks and being there for your family, it is vital that you find time for you. I run a regular self-care challenge – you can find it here. I also did a blog post on the topic of why self-care is important for busy parent entrepreneurs which can be found here.

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#PIB08 How to recover from a business mistake


#PIB08 How to recover from a business mistake

“To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.” Dave Pelzer

It’s never easy to admit you’ve made a mistake, but it’s a crucial step in learning, growing, and improving yourself listen in on how to recover from a business mistake.

5 Ways to get your children involved in your business


5 Ways to get your children involved in your business

“Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.” Bruno Bettelheim

When you are a parent working from home and building a business, it can be a real struggle keeping your children occupied while you try and get some work done. For parents who choose to work from home, there are many pros and cons. I know for me, I love the flexibility working from home gives me; not missing school plays, coffee mornings and the conversation bonding experience I have with my daughter when I drop her off at school and pick her up.

I am going to give you 5 ways you can get your children involved in your business – there is something for all ages.

1. Get your children involved with decision-making – for younger children this could be asking their opinions on what colour design they prefer, such as for a logo or social media images. Children often see things from a different perspective and by them suggesting you add something or tweak a design, it could make it all the better.

2. Get older children involved by proofreading your website content, emails, blogs posts etc. This is something I do with my older children – written English has never been my strong point and I have a form of dyslexia. I often ask my older children to have a look and give me their honest opinion on things.

3. When sorting out your filing, bring out the shredder under supervision and shred private documents you no longer need together. Whilst you are doing this you can also teach your child the importance of filing, keeping things organised and shredding confidential documents.

4. For younger babies and toddlers there are not many ways to get them involved, it’s more a task to keep them occupied for a short period of time while you carry out quick business tasks. Get the play mat out, place their favourite toys on the mat, and play nursery rhymes in the background. Or allow some strategic screen time.

5. For those parents with a physical business, there will be times when you have to take your child to work with you. Make it an adventure and think outside the box when coming up with ideas for how to get them involved. I will give you an example from when I was running my women’s fashion online business. I had to go to the office on a weekend to prep for a photo-shoot we were holding. I took my youngest daughter with me, who was 3 years old at the time. She loved it – it was one big dress-up session for her (see pic below).

5 Ways to get your children involved in your business

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Tips for parent entrepreneurs to create opportunity mindset


Tips for parent entrepreneurs to create opportunity mindset

It is challenging for parents to fulfil their family as well as business responsibilities at the same time. Being a parent entrepreneur, you are required to create a good balance between your personal and professional life. It is a fact that you get loaded with a range of tasks as soon as you become a parent. Let it be your children’s nursery fees, their health, and safety and more, you need to pay proper attention to make sure all their needs are being met. With all the unavoidable responsibilities, it gets difficult to focus on the core processes of your business.

Many parent entrepreneurs, instead of working hard, are unable to drive favourable results for their business. The reason behind the slow progress is a weak opportunity mindset. Parent entrepreneurs have thousands of things running through their minds. They usually lose their focus and miss out on opportunities that might take their business to the next level.

To make your business more productive and progressive, it is essential to have a good and clear mindset that emphasizes on opportunities. It is wise to opt for the ways that hit the sweet spot. Having an impactful opportunity mindset would help you look for the best possible opportunities that might turn your business around. You can create long-lasting relationships with your customers if you provide them with the things they want the most. All you need is an “Opportunity Mindset” to look for the opportunities and make the most of them.

Here are some of the tips to create an Opportunity Mindset:

Know yourself

It is of utmost importance to have a good understanding of yourself. To create an effective opportunity mindset, it is essential to keep your likes, dislikes, and goals in your mind. The more you know yourself, the more you are likely to achieve your targets. You will be able to create a positive mindset which, in turn, will help you implement new ideas every day.

Focus on your capabilities

Focus on your qualities and strive to enhance them. You can turn yourself into a professional and successful business owner if you realise your potential. Look for your passions and try to incorporate them into your business procedures. Be determined and focused on the smooth running of your business.

Understand business strategies

Being a business owner, you should have a clear idea of what you want.  You are required to have a good understanding of the business strategies. Implementing strategies without keeping their outcomes in mind is a waste of time and energy. Therefore, it is paramount to understand the tactics before applying so that you can meet your business requirements professionally.

Know your potential customers

Know your potential customers and be aware of their preferences. Customise your products as per their specifications. You are likely to gain their trust if you offer things that satisfy their expectations.

Be vigilant                                                                                             

You should keep track of your competitors as well. Be observant and look for the businesses that leave the market. You can leverage the opportunity and bring your business in front of the target audience by offering better services or products.

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#PIB07 5 Signs you are ready to start a business


#PIB07 5 Signs you are ready to start a business

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker

Do you have an idea you want to pursue? Have been thinking about taking the leap and becoming an entrepreneur? Listening in and take notes on five signs you are ready to start a business.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Will it fly by Pat Flynn

How to ask for help checklist

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The best of both worlds; how to balance building your business with family life


The best of both worlds; how to balance building your business with family life

Starting your own business can be tricky. However, if you add kids into the mix then you may find yourself faced with a seemingly impossible task. We are here to show you that just because you are dedicated to your family, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dreams of your own business.

In fact, if you are careful with what you do and the approaches that you take, you can have a successful business. All without sacrificing time with your precious family.

Know your hours

Just like normal employment, if you are thinking about setting up your business you need to have set hours that you can work in mind. Thankfully, one of the biggest bonuses to working for yourself is that your hours can suit your life. Not the other way around. However, you will still need to devise a schedule that works for both.

It is a good idea to know when childcare is a possibility, after all, there are going to be days when not having the kids around will help you to focus your efforts.

Don’t forget some me time

One of the biggest mistakes that parents can make when setting up their own business is splitting their time equally between their work and their kids. What time do you have left for yourself? Try to take off at least one day a week, use that time to step away from your work and spend time with your family. Even better, plan in the odd bit of time for a nice long bath, reading a good book or perhaps just watching a movie. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Get some help with the housework

It isn’t viable for everyone, but if you can afford to, spend out on hiring a cleaner. This means that your time can be focused away from the daily household chores. Not only is it nice to work in a cleaner environment, but if you have time with the children planned in, you won’t be tempted to spend your precious time cleaning up the home.

Keep to your plans

When running your own business, and looking after your family it can sometimes be easy to allow the lines between the two to blur. It is important to try and keep these lines as clear as possible. If you plan to work, then make sure you are focused on working. If this means that the kids are not around, then this is something that you will need to arrange.

If you plan to spend some family time focused on the kids, then put the laptop or mobile phone away and concentrate on them. They will know if you start to wander towards work, even if you think you are covertly looking at your phone.

Never feel guilty

One of the biggest problems with being a working parent is the guilt that comes with it. This can be even worse if you are setting up your own business. Try to ignore these feelings of guilt, whilst you may not be spending as much time with your kids that you can, you are making sure that you can provide with them. Not only this but you are showing them that anyone can be a success if they put their mind to it, and that is a very important life lesson to learn.

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