Introducing Ruth from Kandu Marketing

Juggling parenting and being their own boss, meet Ruth from Kandu Marketing

 

My name is Ruth, I am a Freelance Marketing Consultant operating as Kandu Marketing. I work part-time around my children who are aged 4 & 10 and are both at school and am lucky enough to live in Buckinghamshire at the edge of the Chilterns.

Tell us about your business baby

I started Kandu Marketing in 2016 to offer jargon free support for small business owners. I have an established career in marketing backed up with professional qualifications and I wanted to use these skills to support my clients to achieve their goals.

What’s your why?

I love talking to different clients and learning about their products or services and why they are of value to their customers. I am an avid reader and have found this helpful in developing my skills in content marketing as the research part is one of my favourite elements.

 

What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?

I find the school holidays the hardest part of doing the juggle – not only the practicalities and childcare but also philosophically. One of the reasons I chose to freelance was to be flexible around the kids but this is not a practical approach to running a business. I also find it mentally challenging that its a constant 7 week processs so sometimes it takes a while to get back into the right mindset or book clients in when you know that you will soon need to be away from the business again.

 

Who’s in your support network?

My husband is always supportive, even if he teases me for my “online” friends or if I share some mindset things I have learnt. I have also been fortunate to join the Girl Tribe Gang and found some lovely local business-women who cheer each other on. My friend Emma is always a brilliant sounding board when I wonder if I’m doing the right thing and keeps me sane, she is such a good cheerleader and mentor.

 

If only you knew then what you know now…

I recently wrote advice I would give my teenage self and I think the main thing was to travel in your own lane and not try to fit in with what is the norm – its easy to fall into comparisonitis but to really thrive you need to do the things that light you up mentally and spiritually.

 

What’s your favourite inspiration quote?

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Series 2 – Episode 3 The Juggle is Real Podcast: Ways to keep yourself sane in business

Thrilled to be speaking to photography Lisa from Little Beanies Photography in this episode because I swear we are kindred spirits. Lisa loves a bit of planning, loves treating herself with kindness and in this episode she is sharing what she does to stay sane in her business. How she uses planning and goal setting to keep focused while bringing joy to all the families she photographs and being a mummy to her two boys.

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Series 2 – Episode 2 The Juggle is Real Podcast: Starting a Business on Maternity Leave

How many of us want to start a business while on maternity leave? Believe it or not when I was on mat leave with Ava I actually had an idea for a whole other business. In episode 2 I’m talking to the lovely Emily from the blog Mama needs a Mimosa about her journey and how she got inspiration for starting her blog which has now turned into a successful business. Emily shares her story of how searching for a solution one day lead her to creating a blog about her big passion, food, and how that has now turned into events and meet ups for other mums too.

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Introducing Bridget from Parents in Biz

Juggling parenting and being their own boss, meet Bridget from Parents in Biz

 

I’m Bridget Daley, I’m a mother of 5 children aged 26, 23, 21, 15 and 8 years old. I live in London with my partner and children. I’m the founder of Parents in Biz and the editor of the Parents in Business Magazine. I’m passionate about supporting parents in managing the business family tightrope. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading and binge-watching Netflix.

 

Tell us about your business baby

I created the Parents in Biz platform to support and equip parents with everything they need to manage the family and business tightrope. The type of parents we serve are parents who are running a business, self-employed and freelancing.

 

What’s your why?

My why are my family and my innate ability to use my skills and experience to support and help parents who are running a business. When I started to study and train to become a qualified counsellor, it opened my eyes to a whole new world and a new way of thinking and looking at life. When I set up my first business over 10 years ago, I was faced with challenges I had never encountered before, and there was not the support out there for parent business owners like there is now. This fuelled my desire to set up something to support parents; this was in 2015 and Parents in Biz went live in 2017. I love what I do and that it’s helping others.

 

What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?

Throughout my business journey, my children have gone through all the stages of child development baby, toddler, pre-schooler, school age, teenagers, and young adulthood. And I can honestly say that each age stage has been hard and a juggle. My current juggle with my older children is supporting them through the journey of young adulthood, so it’s supporting them with career choices, relationships etc. These are a big issue for them so being a sounding being a reliable sounding board for them is important to me. My 15 year old is in year 10 so he is doing his GCSEs so it’s making sure I am available to support him he is a gamer so there are many battles about time management. My 8 year needs her parents and recently went through the experience of being bullied. So as you can see my juggle is a wide variety so allocate time for my self-care is vital as well as time with my partner.

 

Who’s in your support network?

My friends and family are great. My partner Anthony went self-employed 7 months ago it’s great because we work together and bounce ideas off each other, it’s really nice that we can both do the school run together.

 

If only you knew then what you know now…

Carrying out due diligence on any person and company that you plan to work with failing to do this can be costly, and I’m speaking from experience.

 

What’s your favourite inspiration quote?

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Introducing Becky from The Art of Healthy Living

Juggling parenting and being their own boss. Meet Becky from The Art of Health Living

 

Hi, I’m Becky. I’m a full time blogger and copywriter as well as being a mum of two. Life is hectic but I feel so lucky to be doing work I love as well as having the flexibility to fit it around my family. I love running, baking, moaning, drinking prosecco and eating – ALWAYS eating!

 

Tell us about your business baby

The Art of Healthy Living is a healthy lifestyle website that started off as a bit of a hobby and has grown into something much, much more. It takes on the format of a magazine style site with articles posted both from myself and contributors covering all things fitness, health, food and wellness. I like to approach health and fitness from a balanced and realistic viewpoint – it’s all about everything in moderation.

 

What’s your why?

I love writing and wanted to get my voice out there. The response I’ve had from people has been amazing and knowing that I have helped someone feel better about themselves and made them feel as though they are not alone is amazing.

 

What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?

Switching off at the end of the day. I’m currently living in a rental house as we’re doing a big house renovation and I don’t have a separate office. It means I have to be quite strict with myself when it’s time to down tools. However it only takes a child being off ill and it throws my work schedule completely off.

 

Who’s in your support network?

I have built up a fab network of local and not so local female business owners who inspire and support me every step of the way. We work alongside each other, refer each other and I know that if I ever need them they’ll be there.

 

If only you knew then what you know now…

It is OK to say no!

 

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

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Series 2 – Episode 1 The Juggle is Real Podcast: My word of the year

And we’re back! I am so excited about bringing the podcast back. What a fun first series we had! I was so lucky to speak to so many amazing guests and I am thrilled to be doing the same with Series 2.

First up it’s me talking about my word of the year. Now this is a new concept for me, not something I’ve really done before and I felt like I’d give it ago. I completed my first year of being self-employed last year and learnt so much, it’s a continuous learning journey and I’m open to sharing that all with you. I hope you enjoy the first episode back.

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