School night success at Hayes Primary
More than 40 women joined Jane Knight for a lively evening, packed with inspiration, practical career and business advice, book recommendations and confidence techniques.
Whether returning to work after having children or taking their first steps into business, the mums in the audience all shared a common goal: to work flexibly around their family lives. Jane explored the options in a session that provided opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas and experiences, along with time to think about next steps and action plans.
Helping local mums connect and collaborate is important to Successful Mums, so Jane also invited school parents Michelle Neighbour and Nicola Wilson to share their experiences and advice.
Childminder Michelle talked about setting up her business, Pickles Ad-hoc Childcare, and stressed the importance of market research.
“I created a niche for my childcare business,” said Michelle, who had spotted a gap in the market. “I knew there was something missing locally and, after some market research, I could see that what many parents needed was good-quality childcare that was very flexible. This was not readily available at the time, so I diversified and this has become very popular. If you have an idea that keeps popping up, don’t put it off: do your research, find the opening and go for it!”.
Working mum Nicola, meanwhile, reflected on the realities of juggling work and kids and offered practical tips for avoiding the pitfalls.
She said: “I’ve dropped the mummy guilt about midweek playdates and make up for these at the weekend. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t worry if you feed the kids fish fingers more than once a week!”
Top of the class was Amanda Bustard, a Hayes school parent and Successful Mums “graduate”, who shared her experience of our popular Back to Work course. Amanda, who could never have imagined standing up and talking in front of such a large group before taking the course, explained how it helped her find part-time work, boost her confidence and get her mojo back.
As well as great guest speakers, there was plenty of fizz and fundraising for the PTA (we are still receiving contributions). Who knew that going back to school could be so much fun?
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You can book your free place on our next Back to Work course here.