For those Mumpreneurs out there – Keep going, even when you want to give up!

Article by Becky Lane

http://fitnesswithbeckylane.com

Hi, my name is Becky Lane I am a fitness entrepreneur and have an 18 month year old daughter.  Do you ever feel that you are juggling too many balls at once, feel like you have no one to bounce ideas off, feel like all you want to do is give up?

Then keep reading because you are not alone!

We mumpreneurs don’t give ourselves enough credit!  We run a house, family, work and everything else in between.  We have decided to stay at home with our youngsters whilst trying to work at the same time – hello Wonder Women!  I’m sure it’s very rare that you tell yourself you are amazing or even pat yourself on the back.  We need to start noticing what we do and give ourselves praise.

I’m sure there have been times where you have started a business idea or project and all you want to do is throw it away, I have many a time!  Sometimes it’s easy to think that going back to a full-time 9-5 job will be so much easier.  You can switch off when you get home, have a regular income, not work long hours and well into the night.  But do you know what?  I personally would be miserable as I wouldn’t be fulfilling my dream.  I have three businesses, (I like to keep myself on my toes!)  and all of them are my passion, something I enjoy doing, my hobby.  If it wasn’t then I think I would find it difficult to keep motivated and inspired.

My first business I started when I was 17 and is still operating today, this is my little baby.  Move and Groove which offers dance classes for children in my local area.

I then decided to start a second business ‘Fitness With Becky Lane’ which, since having my little one, has grown quickly.  I used to work full-time and after deciding to not return to my ‘normal’ job I decided to expand my fitness business.

 

My newest addition to the family is Movin Monkeez (dance and fitness programme for pre-school children).  I have decided to leave this one until last as this is the one which has so much emotional attachment but is causing me the most frustration.  My very own monkey inspired me to create Movin Monkeez.  With my background expertise in dance and fitness I was able to create a dance and fitness syllabus for children from the age of 6 months – 4 years of age.

Through all my businesses I wanted to help change those horrific statistics I had been reading.  According to NHS figures, nearly a quarter of children aged four and five are overweight or obese. Experts predict that by 2050 this could apply to 63% of children.

I find it very concerning how sedentary children’s lifestyles are today and it worries me how the next generation are going to end up.  If we can educate the children on exercise and healthy living from an early age this will surely benefit the children (and the adults) later on?

My aim is to get leaders running Movin Monkeez classes across the UK to help reduce these statistics.  There are many mum and baby classes on the market but it’s trying to educate mums on the difference between music and movement and what Movin Monkeez provides.  This is very difficult when you are the only one sitting behind a laptop in the spare room of your house.  How are you supposed to take over the world, share your passion?  Is this you?

In conclusion what I am trying to say is that if you really have passion for something and feel that it’s going to be a success, keep going!  Movin Monkeez was launched in September 2011 and although hasn’t had a quick uptake I know it will be a success, I just need to be patient and have faith.  We owe it to ourselves to live our dreams.

 

Fitness With Becky Lane’ offers fitness classes for adults in my local area but also an online fitness membership site where people can receive nutritional advice, meal plans and workouts to do in the comfort of their own home.  This site is due to launch next week so if you would like to be kept in the loop you can find me on Facebook under Fitness With Becky Lane.  I also run a successful detox programme called Eat Great Lose Weight which has achieved fabulous weight loss results and again you can find me on Facebook under Eat Great Lose Weight.

 

I hope this has inspired some of you out there to keep going.  Would love to hear some of your stories and perhaps network directly with others that share the same interests so please get in contact with me by emailing me on info@movinmonkeez.co.uk / fitnesswithbeckylane@hotmail.co.uk or by following me on twitter @beckyfitness or on Facebook – Becky Lane, Movin Monkeez, Eat Great Lose Weight, Fitness with Becky Lane.

 

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Comments

  1. Great article Becky and I could not agree more. I started my own business as an independent business consultant a few years back and I have never looked back. Though the journey can be rough at times, I think it is well worth it. I think a lot of people underestimate the effort required to start and run a business. Realistic expectations has really helped keep me focused. Kudos to you for your relentless efforts to grow your business and I wish you good success.

  2. Great article. I too have several businesses on the go whilst being a mummy. Everything thing above rings true from the frustration of sitting behind the computer wanting to get your message out there to the not being able to swirl h off! Wouldn’t change it though. Keep going all you mumpreneurs!

  3. Fantastic article! I also have a couple of businesses on the go, and instead of feeling proud of managing to juggle these around the kids so can do the school run, clubs, parks etc, I still feel guilty about the times they are just lounging about watching telly while I meet a deadline. You’re so right, us Mumpreneurs should step back and admire what we manage to do! Wishing you lots of success with your businesses xx

  4. Great story, I too have my own wedding & portrait photography business, my daughter is 4 years old, and like many of you its a juggling game to run my business and keep on top of everything else. Its much easier now my daughter is at school as I try to fit everything inbetwen school hours. Its great to see Mumpreneurs out there and making a sucessful living for their family. Good luck to all of you :-)

  5. Lovely article, and congratulations for building on the first, and the second business. Wishing you the best of luck with the businesses and the endless juggling.