Award-winning parenting and lifestyle blogger Samantha Rickelton: “It really is possible to have it all”

MUMPRENEUR is a funny word and one that has many connotations attached to it, writes Samantha Rickelton who is a director of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs, a social media manager and North East Family Fun blogger.

ROLE MODEL: Samantha Rickelton and her six-year-old daughter, Heidi.

ROLE MODEL: Samantha Rickelton and her six-year-old daughter, Heidi.

More often than not, women who set up a business at home whilst raising a family at the same time aren’t taken seriously and their business is often looked at by society as a hobby rather than a career choice.

I can tell you now that this really isn’t the case.

Managing household chores, running a business and raising children all at the same time takes serious motivation, resilience and organisation and any mum who can do this is to be admired.

The Northumberland Mumpreneurs were founded in 2014 by Gemma Alexander who was running her bookkeeping business from home whilst trying to entertain a toddler at the same time.

Running your own business in these circumstances can be isolating and Gemma soon realised that one of the keys to success would be networking and support – both not easy when you have a toddler in tow.

“I want to be the mum who takes my children to school, picks them up and never misses a school play but also works hard, has career goals and contributes to our household income. Working from home offers this much-needed flexibility.”

So the Northumberland Mumpreneur group was born and Gemma has never looked back. We now have over 350 members who meet every month in a child friendly setting and provide some much needed support and inspiration to each other every day online.

Child-friendly networking has been of huge benefit to many group members for which ‘normal’ breakfast networking groups are impossible to get to.

We have many active members from a diverse range of businesses including crafters, PR executives, shop owners, accountants, artists, counsellors, reflexologists, designers and IT consultants. Every member brings something to the table.

EMPOWERING: The Northumberland Mumpreneur team (l-r) Rebecca Vose, Samantha Rickelton, Gemma Alexander, Angela Purves, Cherri Bray-Bowden, Rachel McClumpha and Kate Bell at the Be Digital launch at Alnwick Castle with Ultimo lingerie founder, Michelle Mone.

EMPOWERING: The Northumberland Mumpreneur team (l-r) Rebecca Vose, Samantha Rickelton, Gemma Alexander, Angela Purves, Cherri Bray-Bowden, Rachel McClumpha and Kate Bell at the Be Digital launch at Alnwick Castle with Ultimo lingerie founder, Michelle Mone.

 

“I started working from home in January 2015 and have never looked back. There are weeks when I find it hard to switch off from my business and the lines between home and work are blurred but this is balanced by the weeks where I earn more than my husband and enjoy the challenge and thrill of a new project.”

In 2015 the economic contribution of businesses owned by mums increased by 30% and contributed a huge £7.2bn to our economy.

Mumpreneurs are definitely a force to be reckoned with! For me, working from home was an obvious choice. With no grandparents available to help with regular childcare, the huge expense of childcare for three children and a huge lack of jobs that would allow me to work term time only and in school hours was a huge driving force for me to start my own business.

INSPIRATIONAL: Samantha Rickelton, award-winning blogger, social media manager and director of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs, can be found Tweeting @NEFamilyFun.

INSPIRATIONAL: Samantha Rickelton, award-winning blogger, director of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs and social media manager can be found Tweeting @NEFamilyFun.

I want to be the mum who takes my children to school, picks them up and never misses a school play but also works hard, has career goals and contributes to our household income. Working from home offers this much-needed flexibility.

I started working from home in January 2015 and have never looked back.

There are weeks when I find it hard to switch off from my business and the lines between home and work are blurred but this is balanced by the weeks where I earn more than my husband and enjoy the challenge and thrill of a new project.

If you are a mum wondering how you are going to juggle childcare, your career and paying the bills, my advice would be to seriously consider working from home. It really is possible to have it all.

CONTACT:

http://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk
http://www.LifeAsMrsR.co.uk

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