Travel Essentials for a Self Employed Mum

Travel Essentials for a Self Employed Mum

Let’s face it – You know as a self-employed mum there is absolutely no way that you are going on holiday for any length of time without work niggling away in the back of your mind.

Even if you’ve turned on airplane mode and you are completely uncontactable from the world of your clients, you are still going to be pondering over uncompleted tasks, in house admin and brainstorming lots of new ideas!

As I write this I am currently sat in Ibiza airport with my laptop, I’m on my way home from a week-long holiday with the family. It’s been a lovely break and just what I needed after a hectic few months but none the less work has never been too far away. I’ve mainly had to keep on top of weekly payroll for a few clients and I also had a CIS return deadline to deal with but all is OK, I don’t hold any grudges as helping my clients is what I love to do. I’ve also had so many bright ideas (this blog being one of them) and now I can’t wait to get back home and get started on things.

I have emptied out my entire bag ready to give you a run through of travel essentials you will need to survive the self-employed mum holiday struggles.

Notepad & Pen

To jot down all those bright ideas that I have already mentioned. This week I have had a huge refresh and I have finally thought of a freebie that I can entice new subscribers to my mailing list with. I’ve been able to brainstorm the idea and plan it out in full ready to start working on these next few weeks. I’ve also been keeping a ‘to do’ list for every time I’ve had a work niggle on the side of the pool.

Ideally, I’d have my Create 365 happy planner to hand but it’s a too big to pop in my handbag but this black and gold queen bee spiral bound and matching gold pen does the trick just fine. As you may already know I joined Denise Duffield Thomas Money Bootcamp earlier on in this year and we call each other bees so this notepad was a must have. I’m also a huge fan of anything black and gold – as you may have already guessed.

Holiday Read

This year’s holiday read is ‘The Power of Purpose’ by John O’Brien and Andrew Cave which I picked up at the airport on my way over. I’ve been working on my own business purpose these last few months after working through a Marie Forleo B School module. The whole concept has really caught my attention as did this book.

Your business purpose is ultimately your why. Why are you in business? Why do you do what it is that you do? Our monthly masterclass for September in the Mums Tax Break members group is ‘Success Strategy’ and business purpose is one of the key topics we have been talking about. If you’d like to read more about business purpose I highly recommend this book as a starting point.

Holiday Basics

If you are travelling abroad the most important items you will need in your handbag for obvious reasons are your purse, passport and sunglasses. (Although I must admit I have been known not to have a passport. A few years ago, me and all my girlfriends came to Spain for a hen weekend and luckily my OCD friend insisted she took our passports before we left, which was a good job as it turned out I picked up the wrong passport. Oops! I had to make a mad dash back home to swap them).

And of course, everything is matching black and gold by River Island, my favourite.

Forever Living Hand Sanitizer

I’ve nearly always got this in my hand bag, after all I am a mum with a toddler and we very often find ourselves in sticky situations.

I’m actually really annoyed with myself that I forgot I had this tucked away in the wardrobe all week as we had some nasty encounters I’m sure this could have helped with. Declan had some nasty blisters from sun burn and I had a jelly fish sting. Ouch. Granted it wouldn’t have worked as well as the Forever gel but this would have eased the pain at least.

Clinique

Another handbag must. I don’t wear make-up very often but despite that I always having the following items in the bottom of my bag

– Moisture surge extended thirst relief
– Line soothing concealer
– Chubby stick baby tint moisturising lip balm, 03 Budding blossom
– Sweet pot sugar scrub & lip balm, 04 Sweet rose

They are all very neutral and are perfect for that quick fix when it comes down to dry skin/lips or an unfortunate spot.

iPhone 7 Plus

Finally, I mustn’t forget my iPhone. Upgrading to the plus at the end of last year as one of the best business decisions I have ever made as I may as well be keeping a mini laptop in my pocket – It is the perfect size to do business.

This year I have many upgrades to my software meaning I’ve been able to do pretty much most work-related tasks from my iPhone. The only reason I brought my laptop was so I could access my payroll software but hopefully by the time my next holiday comes around that will be up on that clever cloud too. (Although thinking about it, on my next holiday I’d like to have a staff member sat at home taking charge so I can fully relax)!!

Watch out for my next blog where I’ll be talking you through my essential iPhone apps for business!

Summer Holiday Balance IS Possible for Mumpreneurs

Summer Holiday Balance IS Possible for Mumpreneurs

Let me show you how

This post has been written from the heart, I want to help mums in business because I am one too and I know how hard it can be juggling your business and your children in the summer holidays. This year though I am on a mission to find the balance that my family and I deserve and I invite you to join me.

Together, ladies, we can do this!

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The Four Month Recovery

Last year I started the summer holidays with a bang. I was determined to do everything, I was ready to have my cake and eat it. The problem was I hadn’t done any organising or planning and simply jumped into the summer, both feet first.

Looking back, the first three weeks were a total blur. I tried to be the perfect mother, taking the children here, there and everywhere, doing crafts with them, and playing whatever crazy games they concocted. I spent the evenings working till the early hours, determined not to fall behind with my work. After all, as a self-employed mother, I rely on my income and couldn’t afford to let my business slip.

Suddenly, I hit the Mumpreneur wall.

I had literally burnt myself out. The last three weeks were a complete contrast to the first. I felt physically ill with exhaustion and stress so much so that I hardly did any work and even found playing with the kids difficult. I was afraid to go anywhere because I was panicking about money and the heavy feeling of guilt was dragging me down.

I had tried to do everything, but without preparation, I ended up achieving nothing.

What made this experience so much harder was it didn’t end it September. I started the new school year on such a back foot that I spent 4 whole months catching up! In my line of work January is always busy because it’s the month my clients compete have to complete their tax returns, this year I had to work incredibly long hours to get the job done and this was all because of my summer holiday fail!

I cannot and will not let this happen again but I know now that good will alone will not make this summer any easier. I have to take control and organise myself before the final home time bell rings so I have spent the last month researching and preparing and I want to share with you what I have learnt. With this new knowledge and the right tools, I feel empowered as a mum and a business woman and you can feel this way too.

To help both myself and other women like me, I have created The Mumpreneurs Guide to a Business Savvy 6-week Summer Holiday with 6 golden rules to follow that will enable you to have a fun, balanced and productive holiday so when September comes you are ready to get back on track and hit the ground running.

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Plan Ahead

My number one golden rule is planning. Being organised doesn’t just mean planning your day, it means planning it realistically and efficiently. One of my biggest mistakes last year was over stretching myself; I didn’t plan for any balance. This is what led to burn out and my intention to not lose any business actually became counter-productive as all work was lost in the last 3 weeks!

This year I PLAN to work only between the hours of 9am – 1pm. This will give the kids the chance to have lazy mornings and then give us all a stress and guilt free afternoon. I may not be working my full hours throughout the holidays but organising myself this way will give me the opportunity to be consistent and long term I will get more done.

I have also created a holiday planner that I have already started filling it, I have blocked out my holiday days and marked off the time my youngest is in childcare plus my partner’s shifts so I know when he is available to ‘babysit!’

Keep Your Clients Happy

My 3rd golden rule in the guide is to keep your clients happy. Obviously, as a self-employed mum, customer care is essential. Retaining customers can make a difference between a successful and failed business. This pressure can cause stress and anxiety and is what leads us to work until we burn ourselves out.

The truth is though; we deserve a holiday just like anyone else. Giving ourselves a break and a chance to refresh makes us better at our job. Most clients will understand this and those that don’t are not worth worrying about.

Even though they will understand you still need to manage your reduced hours and holiday time and make your clients aware well in advance so they can adapt their expectations of you. I created a template letter that I personalised to my clients to inform them of my plans over the holidays. This has worked a treat and the response I have had back has been really positive.

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We can do this

I had been feeling anxious about the holidays but as the summer holiday fast approaches, taking action has made me feel empowered. I have everything in place and have carved out time for everyone including me!

For just £4.99 you can be empowered too. My Mumpreneurs Guide to a Business Savvy 6-week Summer Holiday which is the result of hours of research and organisation.

What will you receive?

– A 22-page downloadable guide and workbook

– 6 golden rules to creating a stress-free and efficient summer holiday

– Summer holiday calendars

– Our best-picked childcare choices

– Email templates

– Checklists and summaries

– Weekly schedules and to-do lists

– Lots of fun ideas

My 6 golden rules are bitesize chunks full of advice, hints and tips and are all accompanied by a worksheet to complete so you put some structure into your summer.

For a limited time only as a launch special all of this can be yours for a small price of £4.99.

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