The last episode of the current series of the Mums. Dads.Work podcast focuses on practical advice on setting up a business.
Feeling entrepreneurial or at least that starting a business could be a way to have greater flexibility and autonomy? If that’s likely to be your new year’s resolution then having a good support network is essential.
The final episode of the Mums.Dads.Work podcast includes expert advice on all things related to starting up a business and keeping it going. Guest interviewee is Jules Hawkins, founder of the Single Mums Business Network [SMBN].
Despite the name, Jules covered the business basics for both mums and dads, talked about how she started her own business and the main challenges, particularly as a single parent to running a business on the side of other work and how having a network helps keep entrepreneurs going.
Jules launched SMBN in 2019. It holds monthly peer-support sessions on topics such as finding responsible lenders, marketing skills, and navigating the benefits system. The network also promotes members’ businesses via its quarterly magazine, social media channels, and national media appearances. The focus is on sharing challenges and practical help to overcome them.
The podcast episode – the final one of six in this second series, all focused on practical advice – also includes a discussion between hosts Ben Falk, editor of workingdads.co.uk, and Mandy Garner, editor of workingmums.co.uk, about the challenges Christmas can present for working parents, from dealing with work pressure and work parties to preparing for xmas, school celebrations, plays and events, not to mention the financial challenges of the festive season. Mandy and Ben also pick out their highlights from the series, which has covered everything from cv and interview advice to the latest on employment laws.