BizMums is a supportive community of self-employed mums just like you who inspire and motivate each other.
You can access help and support in our online community and network with other women in business all across the UK. You can learn new skills and access resources in the BizMums Academy and meet other women in business local to you at one of our monthly networking events.
“Hi, I’m Michelle Childs, founder of BizMums.
Back in 2012 I had a full-time job, my own business, a 3 year old and a baby on the way. I was so worried about how I was going to manage it all. I wanted to leave my office job, grow my own business and be with my young family – but how?
I enjoyed the support and motivation I got from networking groups and I looked for one that I could take my children along to, as childcare for 2 was going to be difficult. But there weren’t any groups like that!
…and started BizMums, a networking group for mums in business that you can bring your children to. I set up one meeting in my home town, used social media to spread the word and waited…
In that first meeting we had x number of mums and such positive comments. I knew I was on to something.
Just 3 years on, we now have 80 groups all over the UK, many Members and a team of Hosts and Co-ordinators to support them and help to run it all.
We have online support for our Members, with facebook groups for each area for networking outside of Meetups. Plus Members can access an archive of business tips and information online to keep them informed and motivated.
I now have 3 children and am managing a business I love, helping other mums to do the same!
Setting up your own business is hard, especially alongside being a mum. There were sleepless nights with the children and rows about money and so much to do and learn – sometimes I felt like giving up.
But I kept on following my dream! And now BizMums meetups and membership helps to inspire and support mums with their own businesses and have the work life balance they want.
Come and join us at a meetup and find out more!”
I can’t live without Bizmums! I came to the launch of the Stone meet up, last year, after being told about it by a friend, I really didn’t knowing what to expect. I think since then I’ve only missed one meeting and I am now the host of that group! Without doubt Bizmums is the most supportive and inspiring group of women I have ever had the privilege to be part of. The variety of business types and levels of experience is so varied that everyone has something to bring to the table and our businesses regularly work together and collaborate on projects and use and recommend each others products and services.
I discovered Bizmums shortly after I had moved from being a sole-trader to a limited company. Bizmums was essential for me as I found that all my time without the children was taken up with actively running the business, and the rest of the time – when I would like to be focusing on training and improving my business skills – I had two children under three with me! Bizmums allowed me to learn about all aspects of running a business – and how to do it with children in the background. It has made my life much easier and had a great effect on the businesses.
I joined Bizmums around January time. So far I’ve learnt how to use twitter/pinterest and facebook for business. I’ve learnt about accounting. But most of all I’ve Made Friends with other like minded Mums in business. Its great having a support network of understanding people who are going threw the same business problems I’ve have. I would and i do recommend Bizmums to every mum in business. Having somewhere i can network and take my children with me too has made being a Mumpreneur working from home a lot less isolating and lonely
I’m not a mum and hadn’t heard of Bizmums when an associate who was a guest speaker in Ellesmere Port suggested I accompany him to a meeting last year. I haven’t looked back since. My business is only just over a year old and as I’d been a teacher for 18 years, networking was still new and alien to me. Bizmums was like a breath of fresh air. No suits, no corporate, no scary referrals to make. Instead a supportive group of people who are passionate about their businesses, and (crucially) who share ideas, advice, tips and help in a nurturing and encouraging way. I love the different themes each month and the fact that each speaker brings something new to each group. I also love the fact that you can ask questions through the facebook page and someone will ALWAYS have a solution or idea. Bizmums has brought me contacts and business but perhaps most importantly it has brought friendships and a feeling of being part of a work community with none of the politics of the staff room!
I found Bizmums through a Google Search for networking groups for Mums in the North West. I have found it invaluable for starting my business AND have made new business friends too who all understand the struggles of juggling family and business life. The support of the Facebook groups are brilliant and I love the online networking evenings. The Bizmums events are so relaxed and friendly – there is never a need for anyone to be nervous to attend them. Plus you always come away with some top tips to follow up and lots of new contacts. The mix of businesses is quite unique and I have met some very interesting people!
Social enterprises are a growing, worldwide movement of businesses that exist to change the world for the better. A social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. This might sound like charity work, but social enterprises are businesses. They make and do things that earn money and make profits like any business.
It is how they work and what they do with their profits that is different:
They do this in lots of different ways:
It’s this combination of doing business and doing good that makes social enterprise one of the most exciting and fast-growing movements in this country and across the world.
There are some very large social enterprises and ones that have been in existence for years – for example The Co-operative Group. Many people think that social enterprise is how business will be done in the future: working for people and the planet, not just profit.
A social enterprise will also have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’, which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it’s going to go about it.