The April 2010 edition of trendwatching.com is well worth reading, as always…because
It has never been more important to turn your brand into a service. Jaded, time-poor, pragmatic consumers yearn for service and care, while the mobile online revolution (it’s finally, truly here!) makes it possible to offer uber-relevant services to consumers anywhere, anytime. Basically, if you’re going to embrace one big consumer trend this year, please let it be BRAND BUTLERS!
and of course this applies to internal and external customers, plus all elements of your brand whether it be corporate, employer and even Brand You!
Interesting article in TheAge.com on Sunday… seems that the only option open to mothers is working in a part time job, together with all the associated costs and time constraints etc based around that choice… but as all entrepreneurial mothers know, a part time job is not the only choice, and nor will it pave your way in gold; there is another choice where such considerations do not warrant a second thought…
One of the questions at its heart is the affordability of work.
It’s a funny one – the government needs as many people as possible to work for as long as possible to raise money to run the country; most people need to work to raise money to run their household.
Despite these apparently complementary aims the government makes it difficult for many parents to work by paying them with one hand and taking back the money via taxes with another. It’s called churn and the Henry review will examine the problem.
The complicated relationship between taxes and family benefit payments becomes a problem when mothers go back to work. Most mums do, about the time their child turns one, and they go back part-time.
The other choice…Don’t work, build a business; your own business.
It’s the only way you can work your designated hours, and leverage the dollars per hour you can make.
Once established, hire the mothers who do want part time work, to work for you!
Now there’s a plan.
even if she didn’t realise it at the time…
as JK tells it…
An easy life? Between 1993 and 1997 I did the job of two parents, qualified and then worked as a secondary school teacher, wrote one and a half novels and did the planning for a further five. For a while, I was clinically depressed. To be told, over and over again, that I was feckless, lazy — even immoral — did not help.
Is this resonating with you?
It did me, hence why I’ve blogged about it.
The fact remains that the first time I ever met my recently retired accountant, he put it to me point-blank: would I organise my money around my life, or my life around my money?
What a great question.
Seriously think about that one, and if you can truly answer it to your satisfaction, then good on you. This in some respects in the essence of being an entrepreneurial mother…
JK, if I ever get to meet you, I’ll certainly thank you for sharing on this gem of wisdom.
Whilst the bulk of the original “A Single Mothers Manifesto“ article in The Times is politically driven, it’s worth a read it you want to understand some of the finer detail around the UK system of “benefits”. My hope is that you don’t know it, or any variation, to intimately. Or if you do, now might just be the time to start your own entrepreneurial mother journey…
Want to know more? here’s where to go
I bring to you attention this great little entry on the CurrentMom blog titled “The Three Myths about Entrepreneurs”. “From a Mother who knows” is my reference to the author, Katherine Lewis, an entrepreneurial mother we can all learn from…
Essentially, the 3 myths are:
* Entrepreneurs Are Swashbuckling Risk Takers
* Entrepreneurs Need Lots of Funding
* Entrepreneurs Succeed Overnight
I strongly encourage you to read the entire article…
I certainly concur with these being myths also.
From my point of view, I believe everyday living is risky. Having a job is risky. Having more control over my own day is far less risky than waiting for the pay check, in the hope that it does come on a regular basis. Any “project” that’s considered is done so through a ROI and risk management filter. Nothing is done blindly, unless of course I have to go with the flow, and when I just wing it!
Certainly when I started the entrepreneurial mother™ (and aCE talentNET for that matter), I had no start up capital either. What I did have was the support of those around me, and a dogged determination to DO stuff. The rest falls into place, one way or other.
Overnight success? HA!
That is so true. Many overnight successes, once the surface is scratched, have been in the game a long time. The overnight success part is more about the rest of the world catching on (especially if media driven) when the offering hits their collective radar, and not a whole lot more than that really…
That’s my experience at least…that has been your experience?
by Tom Peters for ChangeThis.com
Enterprise* (*at its best):
An emotional, vital, innovative, joyful, creative, entrepreneurial endeavor that maximizes individuals’ growth and elicits maximum concerted human potential in the wholehearted service of others.
On the one hand, this definition is pretty high-stepping. Idealistic beyond the realm of common sense. But examine it … one word at a time.