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It is now one whole year since I launched the Making Mumpreneurs website! What a year it has been. I'm feeling reflective today.

The idea of Making Mumpreneurs was born whilst my family and I were living an expat life in Abu Dhabi. The opportunity had come out of the blue, and not wanting to have any regrets, we decided to take a calculated risk and try it out.

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The excitement and stress in the run up to leaving the UK was overwhelming, not least because we were already in the process of moving from London to Bournemouth, so it was already a time of huge change, without throwing an overseas trip in to the mix!

I shed many tears in the weeks beforehand, felt incredibly anxious and even had a few panic attacks, but overall we were filled with happy anticipation of what we would find in this new life in the Middle East.

On arriving at our hotel at 9pm after a 7 hour flight with two overtired and excited children, my eldest trapped his finger in the wardrobe door and screamed the whole place down. We had to have the first-aider come to the room, but of course there's not much you can do for a squashed finger. And to be honest that laid the foundation for what would be an incredibly stressful first few weeks, living in a hotel, getting used to a new culture, Ollie starting a new pressurised international school, and my husband starting a new job.

Things did get better when we moved in to our own apartment, but to be honest the gut feeling in my stomach that I didn't want to be there just didn't go away...

Once the kids were settled in school and nursery I instantly felt a bit lost. I wasn't used to having nothing to do. Back in London I had actively built a community around me, and I loved walking down the street and seeing familiar faces, and keeping busy with my small businesses.

I decided to throw myself in to learning more about Digital Marketing, and I joined The Six Figure Mentors training programme. It was exactly what I needed to give myself some purpose. It dawned on me that all the businesses I had built so far had been about
local community, and now being 5,000 miles away, that wasn't going to work for me!


I needed to build a business that was purely online, and I also wanted to continue my passion of working with other mums running their own businesses. I started creating Making Mumpreneurs, with the aim of sharing the information I had found about creating online businesses, and connecting like minded entrepreneurial women from across the world.

In the last year Making Mumpreneurs has been my saviour in many ways. It's been my constant. After 7 months we made the hard decision to accept that the expat life was not for us (which in all honestly, felt like we had 'failed'), we moved back to the UK a few months later and had to re-settle the kids in a new school, make new friends and build a new life for ourselves. I have found great comfort in going online and working on the website and engaging in the wonderfully friendly Making Mumpreneurs Facebook community.

Now we are settled very happily in Bournemouth, living in our 'forever home' and growing roots. This month, to celebrate the website's first birthday, I launched The Cocoon, which has always been my vision for Making Mumpreneurs - an online space which offers real value for mumpreneurs, combining fresh content through master classes and interviews, with a safe place to share our challenges and celebrate our successes.

I am hugely proud of what I have achieved with Making Mumpreneurs over the last year, despite adversity, and I hope that my story will help inspire others to keep going with their businesses, even when times are tough. I cannot think of anything more empowering than knowing that you have built your own business, that you are creating your own economy, and that you are being an incredible role model for your children.

Happy Birthday Making Mumpreneurs, and I look forward to celebrating again next year!

Erin x

 

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  • The Cocoon was a vital support to me as I got ready to launch my business. Everyone is so supportive and keen to help, not just the panel members (who are great!) but all the members as well. There’s a real feeling of ‘sisterhood’ on there, with mutual encouragement and bags of useful advice and support. Through the Cocoon I was guided through the decision of whether to set up Amazing Futures as a limited company or as a Sole Trader.

    I also received crucial advice in setting up contracts and financial systems.I love the monthly training calls, have just enjoyed the PR masterclass and feel that it’s a very low cost way to keep up your knowledge and learning. It’s a cosy environment where you feel comfortable posting any sort of questions relating to your business. Highly recommended!

    Felicity Sandford, Amazing Futures Ltd

  • I joined The Cocoon because one of the things I've really struggled with since setting up my own business and working from home are the feelings of isolation. I am a really social creature and although I am loving being an entrepreneur there are just times that I'd like to chat to people and ask advice, especially from women in the same situation as me. Since joining I've loved the fact the environment is so supportive, Erin incredibly knowledgeable as are the resident experts. I now feel that I get the best of both worlds, I am able to enjoy all the things that are amazing about working for myself from home safe in the knowledge if I come up against a stumbling block I can ask the ladies in The Cocoon for help. I can't recommend it highly enough - join up as soon as you can!

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