Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Chat - Mums in Business

This Tuesday I wanted to share something a little different with you, I often have mums commenting how they would like to start their own business and work from home, so hen I read this article from www.mumsinbusiness.net I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy!


Are You Looking at Starting Your Own Small Business or Just Started a Home Based Small Business?

There are many reasons why mum's want to start a home based small business – flexibility of working around the children, working from home, potential to earn more money and being able to create a better lifestyle. A home based small business gives you options that you wouldn’t normal get if you were employed. It can be a great win-win situation!
In this day and age there are plenty of good business ideas available. Coming up with ideas for a business is usually easy. But how do you turn an idea into a profitable business?
Well you just need to follow the right business steps. It is a well known fact that a high proportion of businesses fail within the first few years and for business mums it can be a little more challenging; trying to juggle the children, the business and the finances but with the right research, planning and help (Mums in Business has been established especially to assist you) it can be a lot of FUN and very REWARDING. You can have a very successful business.
Five key points for mums starting up a new business
So before starting your own small business you should consider your situation and your business idea. Mums in Business has put together five key points for you to consider before starting your small home business:
  1. Is this for you? Running a business can be challenging and demanding and is not for everyone so before taking the next steps to set up a business it is important to see if it is for you. You need to consider your personality, skills and circumstances. Ask yourself why you want to start a home based business and if you are really suited to running a business or are you just looking for some extra cash.
  2. Are you ready? Consider the following:
    • Are you able to work at home? At least you will need a computer and an Internet connection. It is also advisable to have a designated place where you can work from that is away from distractions around the house.
    • Are you disciplined? When working from home it is easy to get distracted by housework, errands, Facebook or personal emails. So do you have the discipline without procrastinating to assign time (a few hours each day or a few days a week) to focus on your business.
    • Are you committed and motivated? You will need to learn new skills and try things you have never done before. You will need to motivate yourself on an ongoing basis by setting goals. Are you are up for the challenge? 
    • What changes will you make? How much time are you prepared to spend on your business and what are you going to give up to achieve that, less time watching TV, less time with the family etc. If you have children at home, who will look after them whilst you are working on your business and how will you pay for that - one less takeaway maybe!
  3. Need ideas for a business?There are lots of ways to make money online - here are some good business ideas for you to consider.
    • Affiliate marketing. This is where you become an affiliate of someone else's product and sell it for a percentage of the sale. This is an easy method as they deal with everything else – stock, payments, shipping etc. There are sites like Clickbank.com and PayDotDom.com that have thousands of affiliate products at up to 70% commission for you to promote. 
    • Digital/Online products. Creating your own digital products, eBooks, Audio, Videos, e-courses, subscriptions and memberships etc to sell is a great business. The key is to find a niche market (people with mutual interests) and bring them together into one place. You will need to create information that people cannot get anywhere else. The beauty is you can sell them over and over again once to your niche market it is set up because people download the products straight from your site automatically. 
    • Sell a service (your skills). You can sell just about anything if there is a need for it. Think about what you are good at – event planning, teaching people to use Facebook etc and then create a package of your services to sell on a simple website. Now a day’s location isn’t a restriction with most service businesses as you can use Teleseminars, conferences, Skype, Videos, Audio etc. 
    • Physical products/Ecommerce sites. This method will require you to invest a little more time and money to set it up that the other methods as you have to source products and get those products online. You will also require capital to purchase these products (some companies will allow products on consignment).
    For more details on what kind of resources are available to assist you start a business, just click here
    If you are still looking for more specific ideas for a business, visit the Ideas for a Business section on this website www.mumsinbusiness.net/ideas-for-a-business.html
  4. Is there a DEMAND for your product?Far too often business mums start a business, but fail to consider if there is a DEMAND for their business before spending time and money on developing it. It’s as simple as Supply and Demand. You need to supply products to meet the demand. If there is no demand no amount of marketing or money will help you sell your products. You can find out if there is a demand by doing some keyword research. If the research shows that there are buyers searching for your product, then you know there is a demand.
  5. How are you going to finance your business? The good news is that a lot of work at home businesses can be started on a small amount of money but you will need some start up money to fund your business; the amount will depend on the type of business you start. You need to consider what you will spend it on, like on a website, office equipment, stationery, marketing etc. Also you should have funds available to cover costs whilst you are trying to make sales.
    A word of caution - Don’t spend any money until you have investigated all avenues. Many times I talk to business women who have spent $3,000 on a magazine ad, or are just about to pay up to $5,000 for a website - there is no way a website needs to cost anything like this.

    So before you spend anything substantial, research the market and suppliers. I can tell you now; there are always other options I am teach you to get you started, like using a free blog instead of a website or using free traffic methods to promote your business. You can always upgrade your website or pay for advertising once you start making money.
For more useful information visit www.mumsinbusiness.net

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Chat - Brie's Boo Teek









It's that time again, welcome to Tuesday Chat.

Today we are meeting Karina who is the founder of 




Tell us a bit about you and what you sell/make?
I'm a mother of two, son 5 and daughter 2. I do alterations and ironing from home, accounts for a company and sew for my online, facebook and now in-store baby items. I make bibs, teethers, burp cloths, dummy clips, pram clips, nappy wallets, custom outfits and so much more. 



Why did you start to make and sell your own products?
I started sewing in 2013 when my daughter was born, she was my inspiration. People loved what I was making and asked to buy, it started from there.


What does a normal day look like for you?
Most creative in the morning, I'm a morning person.



Where are you most creative/what time of the day are you most creative?
Most creative in the morning, I'm a morning person.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from what my kids need, Pinterest, Google searches and from other crafty people.


Do you buy things for your house because they look pretty or because they are functional and serve a purpose?
A bit of both.


What is your dream job?
I’m doing it

Do you have a major goal this year and what is it?
I would love to get my business onto a website, etsy and just re-brand.

Are you a homebody or a traveller?
I’m a homebody



How do you relax?
I relax by having a glass of wine, watching my fave shows or reading a good book.

 Thank you Karina for your time and letting us get to know you a bit better. 

Join us again next week for Tuesday Chat as we meet another talented entrepreneur.





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Chat with Lullaby Lane

Welcome to Tuesday Chat, this is going to be a regular spot were I'll introduce you to our designers and suppliers as well as catch up with creative people who inspire others.



Our first guest is Kerry Rodwell who is the talented lady behind Lullaby Lane, grab a cuppa, sit down and enjoy getting to know Kerry.



1. Tell us a bit about you and what you sell/make?

I am a wife and a mum of 3 boys, I am also a banker.
I make and sell a variety of things including kids and ladies clothing, blankets, pillows, library bags, baby gifts (bibs, burp cloths, nappy wallets & Taggy's, pram liners and covers.



2. Why did you start to make and sell your own products?

I started making these things after a morning tea catch-up with a girlfriend who had a play mat/pram cover that she had just purchased but she still had to peg or tie it onto the pram and the comment was made "I am sure you could make that" so I did with a modification that allowed you to clip the cover onto the pram so it didn't blow off in the wind and it just morphed from there with my friends giving me ideas of what would be handy for them.


3. What does a normal day look like for you?

A normal day for me is getting the kids up and ready for school as well as getting myself ready for work as a banker 4 days a week, finishing work and trying to fit in a workout at the gym followed by dinner, homework and the bedtime routine, after which I will then either plan the next sewing project or do some sewing.


4. Where are you most creative/what time of the day are you most creative?

I am most creative at home in the evenings depending on how frantic it has been for the day but mainly on the weekends in the afternoon after the kids have finished sport and are having some quiet time.
   
  
 5. Where do you get your inspiration from?


I get my inspiration from my family and friends and their thoughts on what products they would like that are not out there in the market and what patterns and colours they want in fabric. As well as this I love just looking through all the fabrics in store and online.  When you see a fabric you can most of the time think "yes that would look awesome in a particular pattern"  but the majority is from customer input.


6. Do you buy things for your house because they look pretty or because they are functional and serve a purpose?

It is a bit of both for me, practical use is always at the forefront of my mind though as I like to be organised but I do like pretty things too that can dress the place up.


7. What is your dream job?

My dream job would be owning a fabric/craft store and sewing all the time.

8. Do you have a major goal this year and what is it?

My major goal this year would be a purchasing a new wiz bang sewing machine and taking the family on a much needed family fun holiday.


9. Are you a homebody or a traveller?

I am more of a homebody than a traveller but I am also a dreamer.


10. How do you relax?


Funny enough I relax by sewing and love a puzzle book, although when I buy a new puzzle book I say that I will only do a couple of them at a time and end up finishing the book in a couple of days which many would say is not relaxing as the mind is still working.  I do also like a bit of brain dead mindless TV.


You can find a gorgeous range of items from Lullaby Lane in store at McCarthy Designs and Occasions, we are located at 15 William St, Orange NSW 2800
or browse through our FB page, we are happy to post anything you see. Just contact us for more details.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Market Day - Saturday 9th May 2015

This Saturday will be our first Market Day!!!
(we’ll be opening every 2nd Saturday of the month, visit the Orange Farmers Markets as well as us)
Please make sure if you are local or visiting Orange pop in between 9am and 1pm and have a look at the great range of handcrafted goodies we are stocking. We have so many local suppliers on board now and we have so many unique products that will make fabulous gifts (and don't forget Sunday is Mother's Day).



Our current suppliers are:

Stitched up with Buttons
Kylie S Designs


Coming soon are:

Pop over to our facebook page to find out more.

xx

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Has it really been that long?????

Oh my! I can't believe that I have neglected this space for so long!

There is so much catching up to do and so much that is in the process of happening!

Last time I wrote on here Jack was 9 months old, well my gorgeous Jack is now 27 months old and is my busy busy toddler running everywhere and talking constantly.


My baby, Oscar, is almost 9 months old, wow! He is adorable, either happy or cranky. At this stage Oscar doesn't really have an in between :-)



My big boy Nicholas is now 15, working at Pizza Hut, playing basketball and becoming a really lovely young man (most of the time ;-)  )



My shop has grown up and left home! We have opened up a store in town and we are making some exciting new friendships that I will be updating you on regularly (well that is my plan).




Fun times ahead, stay tuned!!!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jack is 9 months old

Where has the time flown?

Jack you are becoming a real little boy and everyday you continue to delight us with your gorgeous grins and your studious nature.


You are now 76cm long and weigh 10.24kg

You started saying dad at 6 months and 3 days :-)
You still mainly say Dad, sometimes it sounds like you say 'I did', 'hello' and when you're upset 'mum' otherwise you babble and enjoy the occasional high pitched squeal/scream. You also enjoy growling, a lot. You talk in your growly voice and find it very amusing.


You are starting to experience some separation anxiety over the last few weeks and have become more cautious of other people. When I am carrying you I can tell when you get nervous or anxious as you squeeze my left arm (tricep) with your hand, this sometimes is quite painful.

You are moving more but have not quite made it up on your knees. You get around slowly by commando crawling and generally under protest. It is hard not to pick you up as you usually whinge every inch of the way :-)
You much prefer being on your feet and pull yourself up whenever you can (bath time included) and have started making your way walking around the furniture. We bought you a walker/trike but you have only taken a few steps at a time unless someone is holding you. 


You finally have some teeth. All four front teeth appeared within 3 1/2 weeks with the last one finally cutting through just a few days ago. First it was your bottom left, then bottom right, top left, then top right.

Your sleeping has been erratic over the last month, with you waking anywhere up to three times in a 12 hour period but I am pleased to say you have improved again and back to sleeping through however we have resorted to giving you some formula in a bottle for your last feed at 7pm and this seems to have helped.


You can wave hello and good bye, mostly in a regal kind of way. You started off greeting people by offering your hand, it looked like you wanted them to kiss it, this progressed to a royal wave and is now more of a proper wave. 
All very cute of course :-)

You understand simple instructions like where is your toy car and know your name. You understand 'No'but won't always obey. 

You still love your food and are getting better at eating fruit. You have no problems chewing and can self feed but much prefer us to feed you. I don't think you can wait long enough to manage it on your own and can be quite demanding at the dinner table if we don't feed you fast enough.

You are one very adored boy and I love just being with you and watching you learn and discover.
Mum
xx 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Busyness - in a good way

I have been quite slack at blogging lately and even my Instagramming has fallen by the wayside :-( 

I have been a little busier than usual and for all good reasons. I was ready to put some time into my business and it has paid off with lots of sales and lovely people wanting to come and shop. I had so many requests to look at my products that I have set up a temporary 'Shop' at home. 


I am 'Open' on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 6pm for any one wanting to come and shop, sticky beak or collect and order. It is a great way for me to meet so many new people and the upside is I don't need to leave the house and I can look after Jack and work :-)


It has taken a few weeks for me to work out a nice balance between work and home but I am getting there. 

I have some markets coming up as well as another promotional photo shoot to prepare for. Lots of stuff to look forward to and to keep me busy. I'm also looking forward to attending the next gift fair n Sydney. It's a great excuse for a weekend away with hubby and it will be interesting to see how we cope with a baby especially since we can't take the pram into the Convention Centre and Jack is a hefty 9.8kg of dead weight. Looks like Dad will get a good work out that day ;-) 

Don't forget Father's Day is just around the corner and I offer a $12.95 flat rate of postage Australia Wide. I can gift wrap and enclose a card all at no extra cost just remember to request it.