Many mums face a real dilemma as the end of their maternity leave approches: do I return to work, or can I find something else that fits in better with my family life?
Returning to work after having a baby is hard. Along with finding suitable, affordable child care, mums are often battling the guilt of being apart from their little one for long periods every day, several days a week. Many employers lack understanding – they are running a business, after all. But working parents need a certain amount of flexibility; children are unpredictable and expensive, but finding a job that allows you to work how you want, when you want is virtually impossible – unless you work for yourself. BUT, where to start with setting up your own business? Well, there is help at hand!
What is it?
The ‘Business for Mums’ course is a comprehensive guide to doing the groundwork before setting up your new business. It talks you through how to decide on a business idea, where you will be based, who else might be involved and more. The course is broken down into bite-sized chunks of video delivered by the instructor, interspersed with infographics. There are plenty of downloadable worksheets to use to help you decide where your interests and skills lie and how to use those to create a business idea. The course also talks you through creating a ‘personal CV’ and a person specification to see if you really fit the business you decide on. There is a great section of varied business ideas for mums to consider, such as franchise opportunities, working as a virtual assistant or online sales.
How does it work?
The course is delivered via Udemy, a treasure trove of online course content covering a multitude of subjects, from business to photography to coding and much, much more. The course developer, Josie Cornhill, delivers the course in bite-sized chunks of video, talking you through each section of the course. There are downloadable worksheets for many sections which will help you to plan out your potential business idea.
What did I like?
I love that, as it’s an e-course, I can dip in and out as and when I want. The sections aren’t too lengthy that you lose interest or forget what’s been said and the added resources are great; there are worksheets and other printables to really help you think about where your interests lie and what kind of business suits you. The course is aimed at mums who want to branch out on their own, and there are plenty of suggestions of businesses that offer the chance to do this. There are also suggestions of other things that will need considering, such as whether you might need some child care, what your business personality might be and whether you will need a business partner or extra qualifications.
No! I felt that this course covers all the bases when it comes to thinking about working for yourself from home. There were certainly lots of things I wouldn’t have considered before taking the course and it’s given me some ideas of routes to look into should I decide this is something I want to do in the future.
Overall, this course is a solid foundation for beginning to think about a business idea that suits you and gives you the flexibility you need as a working parent.
- The course retails at £95 which gives you lifetime access and a certificate of completion, however, keep an eye out for Udemy offers and discounts!
Disclosure: I was offered the opportunity to try this course for free in return for a review, however, all opinions are my own.