Posts by Debbie Gilbert

Is starting a business right for you?

The term ‘Mumpreneur’ refers to mums who start a business to work around raising children. With escalating childcare costs and the stress of commuting, there’s been a huge increase in women quitting 9 to 5 employment to set-up a business from home whilst looking after their children. No one ever plans to be a mumpreneur. You don’t sit at school with a careers officer and tell them that one day you will start a business to work around your children. When you have children life changes dramatically. You find yourself dealing with the stresses and expense of working full-time and
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Make managing your money a pleasure not a chore

  Make managing your money a pleasure not a chore Financial expert Claire Sweet shares her thoughts on money management - You know that trend that Marie Kondo has set about clearing out your clutter? How are you getting on with that? Has it inspired you to rummage in your cupboards and have a bit of a clear out – or do you look at an overflowing wardrobe and not know what to do first? As women we seem to collect a mass of clothing, accessories and shoes over the years. Things that we love and things that are practical,
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Holiday Packing!

Holiday packing; something lots of us have been thinking about this time of year and it can be a nightmare. So, if you want to avoid those extra airline fees for your luggage, I thought it might be useful to remind you of my top tips for packing light this summer. Obviously the starting point is the type of holiday you are going on. Whether it’s a city break, beach, or touring around the advice is the same. First, think about your footwear, especially if you are on a city break and your shoes will need to be more bulky.
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Event Planning Tips You Wish You’d Known Earlier

Event Planning Tips You Wish You'd Known Earlier Making preparations for an exhibition or trade fair is exciting. It is a lucrative opportunity for you to showcase what your business can offer clients and customers. But it's vital that your stand conveys a strong impression through a memorable, professional display. Taking part in a trade fair can become stressful if you haven't planned thoroughly in advance. However, from holding a rehearsal to using convenient roller banners there are several tips you can implement to make your next event one of the best.   A suitable Location for your Budget  
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Coping with a business and school holidays!

  If you have school age children, you must learn to juggle 13 weeks school holidays a year. Depending on the age gaps of your children this can go on for more than 20 years! Most people do not have a business they can close completely during school holidays. How can you cope with school holidays? In particular the long 6 weeks summer holidays can seem never ending. Here is some advice and tips to help. Your children will grow up faster than you think! What I would like to remind anyone reading this is the fact that your children
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How to Bake a Business

How to Bake a Business! Vicky Feldman is the owner of the Canterbury Baking School.  She is a regular attendee of Mums UnLtd Whitstable. Vicky has grown her business from a combination of her passion for cooking healthy food along with her existing skills and experience as a teacher.  Canterbury Baking School, started in 2015 and teaches baking courses.  Vicky is very passionate about cooking real bread from scratch. It’s nothing like the processed, sliced bread we buy in the supermarket – there’s just no comparison, in terms of both taste and nutrition. Vicky teaches people the lifelong skills of
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How Kate created ‘Kreate Beauty’

How Kate created 'Kreate Beauty' At 40 Kate was disillusioned with her career. Working in an accounts department paid the bills but wasn’t giving her job satisfaction and she was bored. Her passion was make-up and beauty. She decided to enrol at West Herts College and do a part time course and completed a VTCT level 2 in cosmetic make up. The course covered make up, brow tint & shape, lash lift & tint. She loved doing the course and yearned to do something with it but had no idea where to start. A chance meeting with Debbie Gilbert changed
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Could you start a business?

Could you start a business? There is no age barrier to starting a business. Often a business can be more successful because the older an entrepreneur is the more life experience they have to inject into their new venture. If you have spent a long time in your current career or spent time raising your family or both, now might be the time for a real change. Becoming your own boss might be solution you have been looking for. A chance for you do something you really want to do as opposed to something you feel have to do! Women
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Making the Most of Mums UnLtd

Making the Most of Mums UnLtd   Just coming along to a meeting won’t be enough to make a significant difference to your business. Here is a list of things you can do to make the most of the Mums UnLtd community. After your meetings – link up with other attendees via social media. Arrange 121’s. A 1-hour time slot should be enough time. The purpose of these meetings is to find out more about each other’s businesses and who you know who might need their services, if not now but maybe in the future. Bring someone to a meeting!
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Time management for the busy Mumpreneur

TIME MANAGEMENT FOR THE BUSY MUMPRENEUR While being your own boss means having flexibility around your family, it doesn’t mean having less work than if you have a job - quite the opposite! There’s a lot to do and somehow you have to find a way to fit it all in. Anyone who thinks being an entrepreneur means swanning around having glamorous meetings and occasionally tapping something out on their laptop needs a reality check! Many Mumpreneurs struggle with time management, simply because they have so much life and work to cram into each day. To keep your business running
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