If you have an idea, think big. If you are passionate about something, it’s likely that others will be too. Set aside an amount of money and time you are willing to loose and go for it! Even if it doesn’t work out you’ll learn so much, especially about yourself and meet lots of great people in the process.

Before I started EnviroTrend, I had already been working from home for a few years. It has taken a lot of discipline and learning the hard way, but eventually you’ll find a balance that works for you.

Some days or weeks just won’t go as planned. It has taken me a while to accept, but there is no such thing as “normal week”. Just when I think this week is going to be normal – something happens – some positive like some publicity which brings enquiries from all directions, some not to so positive – sick kids to be worked around, broken appliances to be dealt with etc. More than likely, you are not selling lifesaving medical equipment, so you need to remind yourself no-one is going to die if you don’t get to something as planned.

Top 10 tips for Mumpreneurs in the making….

  1. Invest in the best technology you can afford – smart phone, tablet and laptop.  Use email and skype wherever possible to keep your costs down. Get a good hands free mobile phone kit for the car and make calls while you are driving.
  2. Have systems in place (if you’ve got to do something more than once create a system and streamline processes).
  3. Outsource as many home and work tasks as you can afford such as IT, Accounting, Ironing, Cleaning. Arrange an account with Australia Post and for a small fee you can have your internet orders collected.
  4. Aim to work ‘on the business’ rather than ‘in the business’ as soon as possible, so employ good staff as soon as you can afford to, even just an hour here or there. Employ other mums who might be professionals unable to go back to full time work.
  5. Get dressed like you’re going to work. You never know who might arrive at your door and you’ll feel more confident even when talking to clients on the phone.
  6. Get Away!  Get away on weekends or just go out and have fun. The house will still be dirty when you get back, but I am yet to hear of someone lying on their death bed wishing they’d had a cleaner house!
  7. Plan your Days. Work your hours around the kids.  Start early and finish early so you get that time in the afternoon with the kids so they can tell you about their day, help with homework etc.  Check emails and prepare for the next day in the evening after dinner. Don’t over commit yourself with kid’s activities – you are not depriving your children by not signing them up to a different sport or activity every day of the week.
  8. Get to Bed.  Don’t work past 9pm at night and keep a notepad next to your bed so you can write great ideas down when you think of them.
  9. Buy a slow cooker – plan meals in advance so you’re not stressed come witching hour/homework time.
  10. Reflect on what you have achieved rather than what’s still on the “To do List”.

About The Author

QLD Entrepreneur and Mum, Janina Byrne, has combined her environmental conscience and a love of practical products to form EnviroTrend, the company that produces the PAKItToMe™ and SAKitToMe™ collections. Janina is a busy mum who has juggled her day job and family to bring you a space saving hero on a key ring and the only bag for people on the go. Visit http://www.envirotrend.com.au/for more information.

  1. kaz23

    18th August 2014 at 9:31 am,

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    Lots of great tips for mums like me – thank you! :)

  2. neddie

    9th August 2014 at 11:04 pm,

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    Great tips I agree you need to try and work proper work hours in the home and just focus on your tasks for the day. So often we do get distracted by other house things.

  3. nida saeed

    30th June 2014 at 10:42 pm,

    MoM Rewards: nida saeed has a diamond MoM rewards level nida saeed said:

    great tips for me and fellow mums. thanks a lot

  4. 3timesamum

    16th June 2014 at 2:07 pm,

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    Brilliant ideas for the budding business woman.

  5. Pielow

    29th May 2014 at 4:17 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Gracelow has a diamond MoM rewards level Gracelow said:

    Good article! Thanks for sharing, very helpful ideas there.

  6. catgrrl3

    27th May 2014 at 3:59 pm,

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    fantastic tips here, will look further into a home business

  7. mom56842

    23rd May 2014 at 9:36 am,

    MoM Rewards: Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) has a diamond MoM rewards level Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) said:

    If I was planning on going into my own business, I’d take your advice on board – some really good points and I agree re the slow cooker, saved me a lot of time when I was working, still does.

  8. 19th May 2014 at 9:51 pm,

    MoM Rewards: christial has a diamond MoM rewards level christial said:

    Excellent tips on how to handle a business as well as a family/children!

  9. 28th April 2014 at 12:11 pm,

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    I never though the slow cooker would be on this list! lol

  10. alioop

    25th March 2014 at 10:59 pm,

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    So motivational and great to see mums doing such amazing things

  11. jenny9761

    12th March 2014 at 2:10 pm,

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    Thanks for this interesting read

  12. meedee

    10th March 2014 at 1:52 pm,

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    I really wish that I had done something to earn my own money when my kids were little.
    I think its very important.

  13. 10th March 2014 at 1:48 pm,

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    great advice

  14. brianyg

    8th March 2014 at 4:06 pm,

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    Great read! Realistic, positive advice that can be easily implemented for most! Oh, and I had a great chuckle over number 6!!! :)

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    3rd January 2014 at 8:42 pm,

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    Good tips – thanks for sharing.

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