Behind the Scenes with Alicia Cowan

08 21 2013

Hello Alicia. Please introduce yourself to the Glitterati Girls:

I’m Alicia Cowan, social media + online marketing mentor at AliciaCowan.com, and creator of the online training community Twitter Brilliance.

Tell me a bit about your business:

I demystify social media and online marketing for solo workers and entrepreneurs. I teach them how to create buzz for their business and be brilliant online using time efficient, results oriented systems so that they can enjoy the business and life of their dreams!

Describe your typical day/week schedule.

The beauty of running my own business means that I get to choose my schedule, and I like to keep things varied! I listen to my body and energy levels – sometimes that means starting at 8am, other times it’s 11am.  The time I start will determine when I finish but if I start early I like to take an extra long break for lunch and begin my ‘second shift’ working into the evening.

I’ve got the worst habit of reaching for my phone the moment I wake up no matter what time it is. Checking the time ALWAYS leads to browsing my emails, social media and the weather (what can I say? I’m a weather obsessed Brit!). It actually works for me because it means I’m not distracted by emails as a first task when I start work – I’ve already done it.

After I’ve fed Humphrey, my cat, I rustle up a nutrient-packed green smoothie and mentally prepare for the day. Three times a week that involves a 4 mile run in the park where I have my best ideas. Sometimes I’ll be blessed with a shopping list of beauties. So desperate am I to remember them that I have to race back home to note them down. Then, I get on with my day…

How do you plan and organise your time?  What are your biggest challenges with this?  What tips can you offer?

Over the years I’ve learnt to plan my time according to my needs and energy zones. For instance, I’m not great in the morning – I hit my best time after lunch so I don’t schedule important meetings or calls too early.

This works well for me as many of my contacts, team and clients are based in the US who are up to 9 hours behind where I’m based in London and Ibiza so I do most of my own business planning and marketing in the morning. It’s not unusual for me to be working into the evening.

I plan my next week out before finishing up on a Friday but I love to lock everything down on Mondays getting a head start on big tasks and I use Fridays as a ‘mop up’ day to clear the decks before the weekend. That means I usually keep meetings to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Email is my biggest distraction so I keep it closed for big chunks of the day. Another distraction which is harder to control is social media! As it’s part of my business I often have to go check things on Facebook or Twitter and invariably the moment I’m in I lose myself and momentarily forget why I’m there! A good tip I practice is remembering my intention before jumping in so that I can do what I need and jump out again without too much interruption.

My biggest challenge when planning my time is that my days can easily span 12-15 hours. This used to be a regular occurrence but having burnt myself out working long hours and 7 day weeks in the past I have more discipline now. These days I’m mindful of why I choose to work for myself – the freedom and lifestyle that creates for me – so I make a point of making the most of that.

[Tweet “”I’m mindful of why I choose to work for myself, the freedom and lifestyle that creates for me, so I make a point of making the most of that” @AbsoluteAlicia via @EmmaGwillim”]

What are your essential office tools?

I can’t work without…

Seize the Year planner – a lovely designed wall planner for the year. It’s not only functional but also looks great! Mapping out my year and seeing it laid out in front of me keeps me focussed, motivated and inspired. 

My desktop PC is a big hulk of a thing with lots of memory and I have a Mac Air for when I’m working away from my office. Plus my iPhone – it’s my back pocket computer.

Notepads – my guilty work pleasure. I’m forever scribbling in notebooks and doing that in a nice book is much more fun and productive than on the back of an envelope!

Are there any websites or apps that you’d recommend to other entrepreneurial women?

I have soooo many but here are my top picks…

Hootsuite and Buffer for managing my social media marketing. I believe without tools like these you can’t successfully manage your online marketing and expect results from your efforts.

Google Apps for everything from email, my calendar and documents so I can easily share them with my team, and access them from anywhere.

Trello is a new addition for me. I’m using it to manage the 4th launch of Twitter Brilliance happening in October. It’s a free and really intuitive project management system to share out tasks with my team. I LOVE it.

Contactually is a really fabulous contact manager that helps me manage my relationships with private clients and prospects. Follow-ups are key for running a successful coaching business and Contactually helps me do that easily saving me time and brain space.

Dropbox. This has been an invaluable tool since I started my business over four years ago. It’s ideal for file sharing, especially big files, and it means I can access my files wherever I am – whether I’m on my desktop or working from my laptop in Ibiza or my iPhone on the go.

Skype for keeping in touch with mostly everyone. Many of my 1:1 client sessions and consultancy calls happen over Skype, although Google Hangout is becoming a firm favourite for mastermind sessions and  group meetings.

As for websites, I’m a regular contributor to Women Unlimited and I also love the digital monthly magazine This Girl Means Business – both have fabulous articles and tools to inspire and educate female entrepreneurs.

Describe your workspace and how it integrates with your working style.  How does it motivate/focus your work?

It was always my intention to be location independent so that I could work from anywhere I choose. It means that working from cafes, my garden or Ibiza, where I’ve recently bought an apartment with my husband, is easy. I love the feeling of space and freedom that presents.

Saying that, I get more done working in my home office and prefer the familiarity of a base. That’s why having a place in Ibiza is a perfect solution for me.

I strongly believe that working should be a pleasurable experience so wherever I am I make my workspace as inviting and comfortable as possible. I want it to be a space that’s practical and also soothes, motivates and inspires me creatively. My essential office items are all within easy reach and I add finishing touches; fun notepads, fresh flowers, candles, mood lighting and my favourite music making my work more of an entertaining past time than hard graft.

[Tweet “”I strongly believe that working should be a pleasurable experience” @AbsoluteAlicia via @emmagwillim”]

What book has most inspired you?

Wow, so many! The books I’ve read most recently that had a profound affect on my outlook are Start With Why by Simon Sinek and Anything You Want by Derek Sivers. Next on my reading list is Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.

What’s your typical working lunch?

I always start the day with a powerful green smoothie to rev me up for the day. I make enough for an extra hit mid afternoon. Lunch is usually something light – fresh fruit, some rice cakes with almond butter and banana. Yum!

And how do you switch off once the working day is done?

Even though I often work into the evening I don’t work too late – for me that spells doom for a good night’s sleep. My working day ends when my husband comes home or Humphrey nags me to pay him attention.

My wind down process starts with me checking my schedule for the next day, giving my desk a tidy and switching everything off in my office (so I can’t sneak back in to do ‘just one more thing’).

I’ll catch up with Matt, maybe watch some TV, read a book. I’m learning Spanish and spend 15-30 minutes a day on that. In the evening I make a point of trying not to check my phone for emails, Twitter or Facebook updates. Working in social media, that’s a hard ask!

What makes your life sparkle?

Having the freedom to create a business I love and knowing that I’m helping many other business owners do the same by helping them get their message out into the world. Meeting countless business owners online – learning and being inspired by them everyday thanks to social media and the internet – that gives me goosebumps! Hanging out with my husband,Matt, Humphrey the cat and friends in the sunshine.


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Alicia Cowan is a social media and online marketing mentor for solo workers, and creator of the online Twitter training community, Twitter Brilliance.  Having been featured on ProBlogger and Social Media Examiner, in 2013 TopRank named her one of the UK’s top 50 online marketing influencers and bloggers.

Alicia combines her love of systems and marketing geekery with straight talking clarity. Finding simple ways for her clients to attract more business buzz in an authentic and practical way is what she gets excited about.

You can sign up for her bitesize marketing tips here

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The Wealth Files: 5 daily affirmations for a wealth mindset

08 20 2013

We’re sweet-talking this week. Now you have your wealth vision statement, it’s time to woo it with daily affirmation.

What you focus on grows.  With a daily affirmation, you can shift your focus to a wealth mindset.  It’s not a magic wand, it’s not going to immediately change your reality BUT with focus on a new way of thinking about your wealth, you can’t help but shift into a new way of behaving.

Here is a round-up of my favourite wealth affirmations:

I have everything I need. I am safe.

I deserve great success.

I am worthy of receiving wealth now.

I am a magnet for abundance.

And one of my own:

I am a channel to receiving wealth with ease.

How to: 

Make a new habit.  Instead of worrying and thinking about what you don’t want, spend five minutes in the morning focusing on what you do want.  Quiet your mind and, as you say each affirmation, feel it.  Notice where you feel the feeling in your body.  And then move onto the next…

I’d love to hear how you get on with these affirmations, or would love to hear affirmations of your own.  Share the love in the comments below.

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#GlitteratiSocial: Self-care for women entrepreneurs

08 16 2013

The #GlitteratiSocial topic this week: Self-care for women entrepreneurs.

I hear it again and again: you’re so busy squeezing out every little fragment of time to work on your business plan, catch up on emails, be seen on social media, play the domestic goddess… and the sum total of time you spend on looking after you is nil.  Or at best, last on the list.

Today our get-together will be about sharing tips to make sure you’re nurturing yourself as well as everyone and everything around you.  What has worked for you? How can you encourage other creative ladies to give themselves a little tlc?

The Twitter chat starts at 5pm…

See you there, Emma x

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Glitterati Social is a weekly get-together for creative female entrepreneurs.  Each Friday between 5-5.30pm (GMT), Emma Gwillim hosts a live Twitter chat focused on a nominated topic so that the Glitterati community can share their experiences, offer advice, build new relationships and encourage one another to design a life and business that sparkles. #GlitteratiSocial

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Secrets of my Success: The fierce, fabulous and free Nisha Moodley

08 15 2013

Nisha Moodley describes herself as a student of freedom.  While, she says, its easier to stay in your comfort zone and do nothing, Nisha’s own path has seen her shake off the shackles… and has created a business that encourages women, “change makers”, to do the same.  In this week’s interview Nisha shares her definition of success and her personal formula for turning her big, bold dreams into reality…

What is your title/position:

Nisha Moodley.  I’m the founder of Fierce Fabulous Free

What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today?  How did you get to where you are now?

After overcoming years of struggling with emotional eating, I feel a deep desire to help other women do the same. I decided to study nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and created a thriving practice helping women find freedom with food.

One day, a few years into my practice, I was really struggling in my marriage and in the midst of an argument with my then-husband (we’re now divorced), I threw up my hand and said “I don’t have time for this, I have work to do”.  As I sat down behind my laptop I had a painful realisation that I was using work the same way I had used food, to avoid uncomfortable emotions that I didn’t think i could handle.

I knew something had to change. Unless I was going to make my message about the virtues of being a burnt-out workaholic, I was going to have to change my life to align with my message of freedom.

What I discovered is, as my joy, satisfaction, pleasure and sense of purpose has expanded, I have been able to give and love and serve in a bigger way.[Tweet “”What I discovered is, as my joy, satisfaction, pleasure and sense of purpose has expanded, I have been able to give and love and serve in a bigger way” @AskNisha (via @emmagwillim)”]

I now support women entrepreneurs in stepping into the space of supportive sisterhood, so we can explore an expansion of our own freedom, aligning us to make a bigger difference in the world.

The world will be set free by women who are free.  Sisterhood is key.

Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.

My vision for the future is to live in a world where women take incredible care of one another and themselves, enabling us to make a bigger difference in the world.  My goal is to do my part to ensure that it becomes normal for women to experience their own self-worth and have supportive sisterhood in their lives.

I’ve got a few books in the works, and will continue to run my business in a way that feels really aligned with where I am in my life and the impact I want to make.

[Tweet “”My vision for the future is to live in a world where women take incredible care of one another and themselves, enabling us to make a bigger difference in the world” @AskNisha (via @emmagwillim)”]

What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality?  Where do you start?

The most effective tool that I’ve used is my Freedom Formula: Appreciation + Intention + Aligned Action

Here’s what it looks like:

Appreciation:

            – Write a gratitude list of everything you appreciate about your life now.

Intention:

            – Craft a detailed description of your vision.

            – Visualize what it will look, feel, smell, sound and taste like to “succeed” (I call this a Future Memory)

Aligned action:

            – Create momentum by taking an immediate action that takes fewer than three minutes.

            – Find support to create a plan of action.

            – Savor every step; if the process is pleasurable, you’ve already won!

How do you stay motivated and inspired?

I wake up every day and mediate on my “why” – the bigger vision I have for the world.  This grounds me in my mission, making all my daily actions worthwhile, even when they’re challenging.

I also give myself plenty of downtime to enjoy all that life has to offer, indulging in my hobbies and interests and taking plenty of time with my friends and family.

What has been your biggest lesson learned?

Oh, so many lessons.  I suppose the biggest lesson has been that when we focus 100% on our businesses, we sacrifice our relationships, health and feeling of being truly alive in the world.  When we nurture our lives, including our business, we have the stamina, energy and focus necessary to move mountains.  Life is happening now.

What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?

My biggest fears have all had to do with ‘haters’.  It’s still a challenge for me to stomach negative feedback, but I focus on the difference I’m here to make, and that makes it all worth it.  I remind myself that the more impact we’re making, the more public we are, the more attention we receive, both positive and negative.

What do you believe is the secret of your success?

While there’s plenty I’m still striving for, I love my life and feel thrilled with the work I’m doing.  To me, that’s what “successful” looks like.

The secret of my success is that I define how success feels, and choose to live that way now.  In this way, success is always available to me, and I am relaxed, calm and focused as I take my daily actions.

What 3 tips would you offer ambitious women reading this? 

1. Don’t be so ambitious that you forget to live.  Go for a walk everyday; smell flowers; throw dinner parties; travel with your girlfriends; read fiction.  It will only make you more able to rock your mission. 

2. Wake up every day and connect with your vision for a future where the thing you work so hard for, your “Why”, is solved.  See the world as you wish to see it when you take your last breath.  It will make all your daily actions worthwhile, and will keep you doing what it takes to see your dream come true.

3. Take care of the woman behind the business: you.  If you let your health and relationships fall apart, will it really be worth it?  Furthermore, will you be leading by example, walking your talk?  It’s time we step up and “be the change”.

[Tweet “”Don’t be so ambitious that you forget to live” @AskNisha (via @emmagwillim)”]

What book has most inspired you?

Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions came right on time for me, and completely changed the way I do business…for the better!

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The Wealth Files: How to write a vision statement

08 14 2013

Think and Grow Richwritten by Napoleon Hill in the 1930s, is seen as one of the classic wealth books.  A fundamental lesson in the book is to have a wealth statement, a vision for your financial future.  As Napoleon Hill puts it: “Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognise failure, will bring riches.

Get started today by writing the vision for your financial future.  You can download the template here:

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Secrets of my Success: Jessica Rose of London Jewellery School

08 08 2013

Jessica Rose already has an EveryWoman business award notched up, winning the Under 25’s category in the 2012 awards, and now has a nomination for the British Young Business Awards.  Not bad for a business that started in a community hall in South London in 2009.  Jessica’s love for jewellery and her passion for teaching and inspiring others is the stellar combination that saw her create the London Jewellery School, now Europe’s largest jewellery training centre which teaches over 50 classes a month.  Jessica shares an inspiring account of her success…

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What is your title/position:

Jessica Rose, Founder and Director of the London Jewellery School

What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today?  How did you get to where you are now?

There have been a few…

  • Deciding I didn’t want to work for anyone else. This happened about ten minutes into the first job I ever had working for someone else.
  • Falling in love with making jewellery. This happened about ten minutes into my first ever jewellery-making class!
  • Moving the London Jewellery School to Hatton Garden. We moved the school there about a year into the business and our customer-base doubled overnight due to the kudos of the area and the central location.
  • Making the decision to grow the business.  

Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.

World domination via the medium of jewellery-making has always been on the cards. The vision for the school, which is unashamedly bold, is ‘to bring jewellery-making to the world’ and we are working towards that one-day at a time.

When I first set up the school it was out of a need for high-quality and accessible jewellery classes in London that were simultaneously fun, creative, friendly and professional, and we were the first to provide this on a large scale.

As we move forward with the school and develop new classes and elements to the business, that vision and our ethos that ‘everyone can make jewellery’ are the cornerstones of who we are and they guide everything we do.

What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality?  Where do you start?

I think this would have to be employing the right people. I have an amazing team of staff and professional jewellery tutors behind me.  They, along with the students of course, are what make the school. As much as my inner control freak would love to do everything myself , as a business owner with a growing business this isn’t possible. Finding the right people to build and develop your business is crucial to its sustainability and success.

LJS2How do you stay motivated and inspired?

For me motivation and inspiration come from different avenues. I am motivated out of the necessity to support myself, physically and financially.  Having been estranged from my parents since being a teenager, I have no safety net of financial or other support which makes me extremely driven to make something of myself and build a life where I can be secure and happy. I also employ quite a lot of people, around 5 staff and 30 freelancers, and always feel a strong responsibility and commitment to make things work for the people that have helped me get to where I am today.

My inspiration comes from the students at the school. It may sound cheesy but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone start the day with little or no knowledge in jewellery-making and leave at the end with a handful of professional pieces they made themselves. It always takes me back to my first class and the sense of achievement and excitement I felt coming away.

It is also amazing to watch and support people in setting up their own jewellery businesses; this is my real passion I suppose. Seeing all hard work put in is paying off slowly but surely is a great feeling.

Other than that, I am also hugely inspired by other entrepreneurs, particularly of the female variety. From Anita Roddick to Beyoncé – anyone doing what they love and working to change their corner of the world for the better, is an inspiration to me.

[Tweet “”Anyone doing what they love and working to change their corner of the world for the better, is an inspiration to me” – @Jessica_RoseLJS (via @emmagwillim)”]

What has been your biggest lesson learned?

Don’t forget about VAT! I did, and the outcome was very stressful and almost bankrupted my business. It was a silly mistake, made out of naivety, but taught me that keeping a firm hold on your finances as a business owner is absolutely crucial.

Other than that I think the key to running a successful business that lasts is to keep your goals, ethos and vision in mind at every stage of the process. It is so easy to go off on a tangent, to get excited about new possibilities and not consider the consequences or outcomes – I am still working on taming my inner ‘child in a sweetshop’ style approach to new projects.

What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?

I think my biggest fear is losing what makes us special as we grow. When you have a very small business that you are in complete control of, you make every decision and can direct everything the way you want it. As you grow it is more difficult to maintain this approach. Having a great staff and tutor team is what makes the growth of the London Jewellery School possible.

I am also pretty terrified that one day we will have eaten all the world’s biscuits – we have a giant luxury biscuit tin in the studio and get through enough biscuits to feed a city!

What do you believe is the secret of your success?

Well its no secret, but I think the overall reason why we are still going strong, despite major setbacks in the past, is my passion and dedication to what we are doing.

Its not just about jewellery for me: it is about showing everyone, from all walks of life, that it doesn’t matter if you were rubbish at art at school or have never been classed as creative, or if you ended up in a job that you hate or if you are unhappy with how your life has turned out, you can change it. You can get creative and we will help you. You can learn to be a professional jeweller, if you so wish, you can follow your passion and do what you love, you can set up your own business and you can make your life what you want it to be.

If I, someone with no family support, or money, or fancy training or skills, can build London Jewellery School I hope that shows others that there are no limits to what can be achieved, as long as you are willing to put in the time, elbow grease and take a leap of faith to make it happen.

[Tweet “”There are no limits to what can be achieved, as long as you are willing to put in time, elbow grease + take a leap of faith to make it happen” – @Jessica_RoseLJS (via @emmagwillim)”]

What 3 tips would you offer ambitious women reading this?

  1. When setting up a business or choosing a path in life make sure it is something you are dedicated to and truly care about.
  2. Be bold with your vision – don’t be afraid to be ambitious. High aims never hurt anyone.
  3. Get on and do it. If you wait for the timing to be perfect you will be waiting forever. At the end of the day action is what counts and makes things happen so get writing your to-do list and begin making your goals a reality.

[Tweet “”If you wait for the timing to be perfect you will be waiting forever” – @Jessica_RoseLJS (via @emmagwillim)”]

 

What book has most inspired you?

I am not very good a reading books to the end. I dip in and out but enjoyed the following

They are all very classic, entrepreneurial books and have my mind buzzing with ideas before the end.

If you want to connect with Jessica, discuss business ideas or anything jewellery-related, say hello via Twitter or through the website

 

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The Wealth Files: How to calculate your net worth (with cheat sheet)

08 07 2013

What’s your net worth?  If you don’t know the exact figure, do you know if it’s positive or negative?

It’s not the most thrilling topic, sorry, but I’m being a bore for your own good…  If you want to become wealthy you MUST take control of your finances.  

Step one: know your net worth.

Know the value of everything you own less the value of everything you owe.  Slowly growing your net worth is the key to creating a wealthy lifestyle.

net worthI’ve created a little cheat sheet for you to take a snapshot of your net worth, right here, right now.  But I’d also suggest checking in on your ‘money date night‘ regularly. Remember, what you put your focus on grows.  You can download it here

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Behind the Scenes: Emily Surash of Piccolo Bambino

08 06 2013

Multi-tasking mummy of two and founder of Piccolo Bambino, a contemporary children’s toys, gifts and clothing online shop, shares a peek behind the scenes of her business and her tips for managing entrepreneurship alongside her most-important role raising her own little bambinos.

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What’s your title/position:

I’m Emily Surash, founder and owner of Piccolo Bambino.

Tell me a bit about your business:

I worked as a nurse until having my second child. I found shift work just didn’t fit in with raising my two children.  This is when I decided to set up Piccolo Bambino.

I’d spent many years looking at the different products on the market for babies and toddlers and always thought it would be a great idea to bring all the different things I’d seen and love together into one web shop. I love things that are a little different, things that have a retro twist or a vintage feel.  I want the products on Piccolo Bambino to be different from those the leading retailers are selling.  I also knew that I wanted to support UK designers and other small companies, such a designer-makers on Handmade in Britain.  I did a lot of internet research which helped me get an idea of the different products available and contacted small UK designers to see if they would be interested in stocking some products on Piccolo Bambino.

I feel Piccolo Bambino offers gorgeous modern gifts and toys that are unique, contemporary and yet have a vintage feel.  We stock a wide range of mealtime dining sets, bibs and wooden spoons, cuddly toys and comfort blankets to keep your little ones happy at bedtime. When they want to play, we have an adorable range of soft and wooden toys. We also now stock handmade children’s clothes, which are just adorable.

Describe your typical day/week schedule.

Schedule, what’s a schedule? I work around my two children who are four and two. This means I grab whenever I can during the day and do most of my work after 7pm once they are in bed. You can usually find me still up at midnight, this seems to be when I have most of my ideas!!! I do however now have the luxury of two hours to myself on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Although two hours isn’t a long time it gives me chance to check my emails and respond without being interrupted. Everyday is different as during the day my mummy jobs come first.

How do you plan and organise your time?  What are your biggest challenges with this?  What tips can you offer?

I organise each day as it comes. I usually know at the beginning of the week what things I need to do so I write a list and tick each thing off as I’ve done it. I wouldn’t know where I was without my never-ending list! Working in the daytime is played by ear depending on what the children are doing.  I bought a laptop when I first set-up my business which has been a lifesaver. I’m able to always have it open so I can have quick looks throughout the day at my emails, Twitter and Facebook.  Social networks have been a fantastic tool for promoting Piccolo Bambino.

[Tweet “”One thing to really remember when you are working from home and looking after children is having you time” – @piccolobambin0 (via @emmagwillim)”]One thing to really remember when you are working from home and looking after children is having you time. I sometimes forget and it can get to the end of the week and I’ve not really seen my husband or sat away from my laptop in an evening. My husband is very supportive but time as a couple is very important.

PBWhat are your essential office tools?

I wouldn’t be able to run Piccolo Bambino without my laptop. I am able to move it anywhere in or out of the house and still be in control. When I first set the business up I thought I would be able to manage with a desktop computer – I was so wrong. My laptop really enables me to fit my business around my home life. I also couldn’t be without my bubble wrap, brown paper and parcel tape!

Are there any websites or apps that you’d recommend to other entrepreneurial women?

I would recommend Mumpreneur UK, a support network for mums in business that offers advice, resources, articles and events to parents who run their own business.  I know people who use this and say they do get a lot out of it.

Describe your workspace and how it integrates with your working style.  How does it motivate/focus your work?

I have a desk and a red chair. I love my chair but I don’t really sit at it that much! The only time I do sit at it is when I’m doing my bookkeeping. Mostly, I work at the dining room table or on the floor. I’ve never been any different – all the way through my education I worked like that!

What book has most inspired you?

When I read it’s to relax and unwind from a busy day so I try to pick light-hearted fiction. If I can change the word ‘book’ in the question to magazine then I can easily answer it! The magazines that have most inspired me whilst setting up Piccolo Bambino are all the ones baby related! I do love Juno and Junior. They keep me on trend and are very interesting to see what’s the ‘in’ baby thing of the moment.

What’s your typical working lunch?

I eat lunch with my bambinos, so once I have collected them from playgroup/nursery we go home for lunch together. I try to make different things every day of the week.  Today we have had BBQ leftovers which was yummy!

And how do you switch off once the working day is done?

To be honest, I struggle.  I have to say it’s something I’m not very good at. If I’ve been working in the evening I always try to switch off by 10pm and watch the news, but more often once its finished I pick my laptop up again!! It’s something I really need to work on.

What makes your life sparkle?

My family – need I say more

 

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