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Could You Live Without Modern Mum Technology

July 17, 2016 Read more

I’m in my 30s so I guess I’m probably within the first generation of ‘modern mums’ who have technology close to hand in pretty much every aspect of every day life. There are so many gadgets and apps that help get through our busy lives, especially to help us parent – a lot of technology that our own parents and grandparents didn’t have.

Most of this technology can be a god send. We have gadgets and apps to save us time, help us multi-task, and allow us to spend more time with our families. We’re so used to having our smartphones full of apps on us at all times that we take most of it for granted, and probably don’t even consider about how much more difficult our every day lives would be without it.

Modern Mum Technology

In a recent McCann report called the ‘Truth About Moms’ it was reported that 84% of mums agree that technology simplifies their life.

When I was little and we were sick my mum didn’t have a computer to access instant information, she had to look up our symptoms in the giant medical journal on the book shelf. If I think my daughter might be ill I can Google it, ask my Facebook friends for advice, or look on a million different websites and have my mind put at rest (or a doctor’s appointment booked) within minutes.

I can remember my poor mum having to do the weekly food shop with my brother and I tagging along, begging her to buy us things, moaning that we were bored, and generally making it all a bit more stressful. I on the other hand can’t think of anything worse than dragging a child around the supermarket and have never tortured myself by doing it. I sit on the comfort of my sofa to order my groceries, and then have a nice man from the supermarket deliver it straight to my door at a time convenient for me.

Then there’s all of the apps that we have at our fingertips to amuse our kids for 5 minutes when we are trying to drive, cook dinner, or put some make-up on.

There’s apps that help us manage our time, to remind us where we need to be and help us get there, and those that let us keep in touch with friends and family with hardly any effort on our part. Not to mention how much easier it is to have a camera permanently in your pocket to document those special moments.

is it really necessary?

Whilst I love all of this technology and can’t imagine living (and parenting) without it, I’m not sure that having all of it is such a good thing.

Some of the technology and gadgets that most parents have now are probably not even that necessary, and I’m sure people are losing the ability to think for themselves a bit. There weren’t any gadgets to test the temperature of the bath water or a baby’s bottle when our parents were new mums and dads, it was all down to common sense and instinct, and we all survived ok.

Our mums didn’t have smartphones to distract them when we were trying to get their attention, or wanting them to watch us swing by ourselves in the park.

They didn’t have social media stressing them out by showing them photos of amazing craft projects or birthday cakes that other mums were making with their kids.

And they didn’t have to worry what their children were watching online, who they were talking to, or what photos of themselves they were sharing with the whole world.

All of that said, I don’t think many of us ‘modern mums’ would be able to do without our phones, apps, and gadgets. I know that I would certainly find it very hard!

How to tell if you’re a modern mum…

If you can relate to some of the below points and couldn’t live without your phone or tablet, then you are definitely a ‘modern mum’ and need your 21st century technology. I bet that everyone reading this can relate to at least one or two…

  1. If your child is sick your first port of call isn’t the family doctor, it’s Dr Google.
  2. When you need a few minutes to yourself to get dressed, or tidy up you keep the kids quiet with an iPad or smartphone.
  3. You only manage to keep up with what your friends are doing by checking on social media.
  4. If it wasn’t for the Facebook reminders you’d completely forget most people’s birthdays.
  5. Being able to do your food shopping online and not have to drag the kids around the supermarket is a life saver.
  6. If you lost your phone you’d also lose your diary, address book, photos, and pretty much your whole life.
  7. You feel naked and totally lost if you forget to take your phone out with you.
  8. You’ve perfected the art of a mummy/child selfie.
  9. You have several apps on your phone that help to get your child to sleep or stop crying.
  10. If you have a child related question you consult online forums or Facebook groups before your own mother.
  11. You have online mummy friends who you speak to more than your real-life friends.
  12. You go a bit crazy pinning ideas in the run up to your children’s birthday parties or school projects.
  13. You check the amount of sugar or fat in your child’s food by scanning the barcodes on the labels.
  14. Before buying any baby products you do research and read reviews on Google and Amazon.
  15. Your kids regularly use the phrase “Google it Mummy” if you don’t know the answer to one of their questions.

So how many of those did you relate to? Are you a technology addicted Modern Mum?!

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10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

July 17, 2016 Read more

As parents we raise our children to be honest and tell the truth. We also raise them to understand that mummy & daddy know best – we wouldn’t dream of lying to our children and being dishonest ourselves, would we?

Well, sometimes it’s necessary to tell a teeny little white lie to save your sanity, get a moment’s peace or just stop them asking the same flippin’ questions for 5 minutes!

Here’s 10 lies parents tell their kids – how many have you used?

There’s no biscuits left

We’ve all done it when they’ve had enough biscuits or chocolate, or you just don’t want to share.

I’ll take your birthday/christmas presents back

Even though we’d never do it, I’m sure a few of us have used this scare tactic one when our child is being a pain in the bum.

“Soon”

“When is it my birthday?” – “Soon”

“When will we be there?” – “Soon”

“When is Daddy going to be home from work?” – “Soon”

I don’t feel bad at all about this lie, kids have no concept of time anyway.

Peppa Pig isn’t on today

There’s only so many episodes of the same tv show that a parent can handle. When I get to the point that I’ll scream if I have to listen to another minute of that pig I have been known to fib and say it’s not on any more.

It’s bed time

I’ll admit that after a long day I’ve said it’s bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier than it actually is. Unfortunately at 5 year sold, my daughter now knows exactly what 7 o’clock looks like so I can’t use this lie anymore!

I’ll think about it

When you’ve had enough of constant questions and requests, “I’ll think about it if you stop asking” is sometimes all you can muster in the hope that they’ll just be quiet and forget about it.

Eat your carrots and you’ll be able to see in the dark

Parents have been using this gem for years to get their kids to eat their vegetables, it’s just part of parenting.

We’ve run out of batteries

This one is usually used by Christmas Day afternoon when you sick of hearing the same song over and over and over.

You won’t like it, it’s spicy

I use this one when I don’t want to share whatever it is I’m eating. I also use “it’s fizzy” if I don’t want her stealing my drink!

I’m going without you!

Whether it’s in the morning when your trying to get out of the door, or at the supermarket when they won’t leave the toy aisle, this little lie always gets them moving. How old are they when this isn’t a threat anymore?

 

What other little lies do you tell your children?

 

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The Benefits Of Mobile Massage Therapy

July 14, 2016 Read more

Whilst going to a Spa for a massage is a nice treat, it's not always possible to do so.  You may struggle to find time to fit in with your daily routine (if you are a parent for example), are unable to travel a long distance which could include limitations of public transport if you do not drive.  

Also, if you need to face travelling home after a relaxing treatment the full benefits of the treatment won't last as long and you deserve to feel relaxed! So, why not let the massage come to you instead?

 

The benefits of having a massage in your own home are:

  • You don't need to do any travelling before and after the treatment; 
  • Appointment times can be more flexible to fit in with your 
  • routine;
  • All equipment is provided;
  • If you have young children they can be at home if you wish so you won't need to find childcare;

And...

most of all...

you get more time to relax!

 

Let Tranquillity Massage Therapy bring you some well-deserved time to yourself! 

Whilst going to a Spa for a massage is a nice treat, it's not always possible to do so.  You may struggle to find time to fit in with your daily routine (if you are a parent for example), are unable to travel a long distance which could include limitations of public transport if you do not drive.  

Also, if you need to face travelling home after a relaxing treatment the full benefits of the treatment won't last as long and you deserve to feel relaxed! So, why not let the massage come to you instead?

 

The benefits of having a massage in your own home are:

  • You don't need to do any travelling before and after the treatment; 
  • Appointment times can be more flexible to fit in with your 
  • routine;
  • All equipment is provided;
  • If you have young children they can be at home if you wish so you won't need to find childcare;

And...

most of all...

you get more time to relax!

 

Let Tranquillity Massage Therapy bring you some well-deserved time to yourself! 

 

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Meet Emma, Founder Of Tranquillity Massage Therapies

July 14, 2016 Read more

13 years ago I had my first taste of Holistic Therapy.  I had sadly lost a very close relative of mine at the end of 2002 and struggled with bereavement which caused me to get Depression.  I was also suffering from Endometriosis, Migraines and mild Depression.  

 

I took regular visits to my GP at the time to find ways in which I could manage my emotional/mental and physical health. I was prescribed various medications and underwent counselling but I never really felt that these had made any difference to me. 

 

At the time I thought that conventional medicine was the only option available.  I never knew about Complementary Therapies until my father’s work colleague suggested that I try out Reflexology.  Initially, I was quite sceptical about trying Reflexology as it was something I knew nothing about and I was of the opinion that it was a bit ''Hippy and New Age''.  How wrong I was! My whole opinion changed after meeting Vimla.

 

Vimla was a Complementary Therapist qualified in providing Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Homeopathy among other therapies.  She had a treatment room in her own home and the cosiness of the room, the gentle music and aromatherapy fragrances was instantly relaxing.  

 

My first session involved a thorough Consultation before a 45 minute treatment.  I was amazed at how thorough the consultation was and really felt listened to and understood when we talked through my issues.  

 

I instantly felt a connection with Vimla and that this would be the start of making changes for the better. I was fascinated that Vimla could pinpoint areas of weakness in the body just by applying pressure to the different areas of my feet.  

 

After each treatment I would always leave feeling very calm and relaxed as though I was walking on clouds! I also tried Body Massage a few times along with Indian Head Massage too.  Vimla also provided very good advice about how I could make changes in my diet, have more regular exercise and ideas on how to cope with stress.   

 

I knew after the first few sessions with Vimla that I wanted to pursue a career in Complementary Therapies.  I wanted to help people relax and help to improve any health issues. Since my very first job working as a Saturday Sales Assistant for Boots when I was 16 I knew what my aim was - to help people.  

 

Whilst I gained good experiences in working for Boots then at Abbott Diabetes Care when my treatments with Vimla began, I just felt that I wasn't achieving enough to make me feel that I'd made a positive difference.  That feeling stayed me with for the next 13 years...

 

When I first started looking into training as a Reflexologist the number of courses available were limited.  I was unable to study full-time because I was renting a flat and needed money to pay for rent, bills, food, etc.  Part-Time courses were also limited and would require me to take time off work due to the study timetables on offer.  I began an Online Study Course in Reflexology but due to the lack of practical training available I didn't continue with my studies.  

 

The years passed by and I still kept my career change in mind, waiting until I was in a better position financially to study and to find a schedule which would fit in with work and home.  I regularly looked into courses to find out if any would be possible for me to do and, finally in October 2015, I found a course which was affordable and could fit into my work routine. It was the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy which would qualify me to provide Swedish Body Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stone Therapy.

 

It was recommended that I learn Body Massage first before learning other treatments such as Reflexology.  I trained at The Wiltshire School of Beauty and Holistic Therapy from November 2015 to March 2016.  

 

Getting used to learning something completely new which would be a new career path for me was challenging but I remained determined to achieve my goal. With the invaluable advice and support from my tutor, fellow students and all the love and support from my partner, family and friends I successfully qualified as a Massage Therapist in April 2016.  

 

In May, Tranquillity Massage Therapy and, ultimately, my dream began!

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Time For Some Tranquillity

July 10, 2016 Read more


I have to admit that as a busy mum with two little ones i don't get much 'me' time as im sure you can relate to. Any 'me' time i get i normally head straight to the gym or go for a run so when i was offered a massage i wasn't going to say no. Our member Emma has recently started her own business; Tranquility Massage Therapy. She offers a range a treatments including Full Body Massage, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stone Massage.

I'm no massage virgin but this experience was completely different as Emma comes to your home and brings everything with her which for me is great as it saves the time and hassle of going out somewhere. I had a 30 min back, neck and shoulder massage which was wonderfully relaxing with just the right amount of pressure to get rid of all my knots!  Emma is very knowledgeable and has a real passion for massage and the benefits. She is also very professional as she gave me a pre treatment consultation to check my previous and current medical conditions and concerns.

So if you are in need of some me time i would highly recommend Emma. Emma is currently offering 10% off her treatments, find out more and book online here

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Upside Down Rhubarb and Strawberry Bakes

July 10, 2016 Read more

I am not sure about you but my rhubarb has really gone bonkers this year. I have stewed about 3 batches, given some to my mum, and made endless rhubarb and custard cake, but decided new inventions were needed, our taste buds in the #mrsbunthebaker household need a change. So I am going to give you 2 recipes! Yes 2!!!

imageBoth using Rhubarb and Strawberries and both Upside Down! Maybe I am a little upside down myself, but I love these 2, saves a lot of  serving problems!

You will need a good punnett of strawberries and aeound 8-10 sticks of rhubarb. Once you ahve them….here we go.

UPSIDE DOWN CAKE…

INGREDIENTS…

  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 150g Butter or Margarine
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 75ml Greek Yoghurt
  • Zest of a Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

HOW TO…

  • Chop around 6-8 stems of rhubarb and a bakers dozen of strawberries into small pieces, and place in a non stick 8inch round loose bottom tin. 
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  • Cream the fat and sugar together.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl, whisk lightly and add slowly to the mix.
  • Add the flour and baking powder.
  • Mix in the lemon zest and yoghurt.
  • Place the cake mixture on top of the fruit and bake Gas 5, 190,375 dor around an hour, it should spring back.
  • Leave to cool a little then turn out onto a plate, serve warm is lovely with some ice cream, but cold it just as good in our house, with cream or some more greek yoghurt.

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If you fancy another one. Try this

UPSIDE DOWN CRUMBLE

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-5 stems rhubarb (1tbsp sugar)
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Handful of Oats
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 60g Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • Ready made custard

HOW TO…

  • Chop  the rhubarb into chunks, sprinkle with a little sugar, roast in the oven on around Gas 6, 200, 400 for 15 minutes, then add in the strawberries, cook for 10 minutes more.image
  • Place the butter and fat into a bowl and rub in the butter, to make breadcrumbs, ass the sugar and oats.
  • Place some ready made custard at the bottlm of a dish..how thick you want it is a personal preference.
  • Add some fruit on top.

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  • Then place the crumble over the top, cook Gas 4, 160,375 for around 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your dish.

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The Photo That Broke My Heart

July 10, 2016 Read more

I’m not sure about you, but I take wayyyy too many photos of the kids on my phone. I blame modern technology. It makes a camera far too accessible and I have ended up with multiple photos of the same bloody thing “oh look, the baby sleeping!” (Next photo) “Here’s a photo of the baby sleeping.” (Next photo) “Awww, look. The Baby is sleeping in this picture!” It’s taken a while but I have started ruthlessly deleting the multiples because lets face it, how many photos do I need of The Baby sleeping?!

Another anomaly is you spend all day counting down to bedtime and the second they are in bed asleep you find yourself scrolling through the photos of them on your phone!

I was doing this the other night in bed when I came across photo of the toddler...

 

 PTBMH

 

She is standing framed in a doorway wearing her “cool jacket” (a Denim Barbie number though doesn’t Barbie negate the “cool”?), her sunglasses (Frozen, of course) and her pink sun hat. She is grinning her cocky “I can take on the world” grin and her whole attitude seems to be displayed in her stance. It is a photo of a child; a little girl and in a great sob I realised the Toddler was gone! I glanced at my husband who was asleep next to me before quietly heading to the bathroom where I closed the door, sat against it and cried into a towel. I cried in great gasping sobs because without me even noticing the Toddler has gone. I am left with an amazing, wonderful, cheeky little girl who owns my heart but the Toddler she once was has vanished into the past and I will never get her back. I love my girl but I miss the Toddler with all her funny ways. I feel like screaming “no, rewind! Go back, I wasn’t paying enough attention!” When I tried to explain this to my husband he didn’t understand. “What do you mean, we were there! Of course we paid attention!”

What I mean is how much of that time did I spend watching TV or doing the laundry or putting out the bins? How often did I say “just a minute” when the Toddler asked for me to play with her or answered a question irritably as I was busy doing something else? How many days did I spend wishing for the “terrible twos” to be over? Yet here I was sobbing on the floor to think that time had passed and it wasn’t delicate movie star tears either. I was a snotty snorting mess (and I kept making it worse by looking at that damn picture again!)

The thing is life gets in the way. Living in the moment is not something many of us do, myself included. We are all consumed with things that need doing, stuff we have planned, tiny details of living that need to be sorted out. This is the way life is. However, after I dried my eyes and washed my face, I went into the Toddler’s bedroom and I sat next to her bed and I watched her sleeping for hours. I listened to her gentle breathing, I watched her nose wrinkle as she dreamt, I hungrily drank in every single thing about her from the slight curl of her hair to the red spot she has just under her nose and for that moment I was there and I appreciated everything The Toddler was in the exact moment.

And I felt better for it.

Then I started feeling a bit of a creepy stalker parent and I tiptoed back to bed.

I remember people telling me in the early days that “it goes by so fast” and I remember thinking “how can it pass fast? It’s an entire lifetime!” I get it now. I understand in a way I simply couldn’t comprehend back then. Now I say it to new parents and I can see them rolling their eyes and thinking the same thing and I KNOW in a few years time they will be where I am now. They too will “get it”.

So, here it is. The end of a chapter in the book of her life. She is The Toddler no more and while I will always be mourning for what she was, I am so excited and privileged to be going forward with her on her journey to see who she is going to become.

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Pramophobia!

July 10, 2016 Read more

I have pramphobia. That's not its official name but I fear there may not be one as I'm probably the only mother who has this condition. I'm basically afraid of prams. They come in too many different shapes and forms. There's too many options! With Oliver I hardly used a one. I was terrified when his head jiggled as we went over a rough pathway and thought I was giving him brain damage, because I'm an absolute jerk. I was much happier with him strapped to me and I've hoped this will be the case for baby number 2. 

One thing is different now however. I have another child and we have a dreaded school run. 
I've recently found myself browsing at prams and wondering if life might actually be easier if I were to give one a chance. 
My stepsister suggested a Facebook group in which people swapped and sold prams and parts for cheap. 
How helpful, I naively thought! Other mothers like me who can give me some constructive advice.
But no. This group was NOT helpful. And these were NOT mothers like me. 
Out of interest, have you ever met one of these pram fanatics? It appears my step sister is one, however this has always gone unrecognised by me and therefore this must mean they disguise themselves well. The only clue she ever gave me was when we went on holiday and I couldn't put my pushchair down to enter the plane. She took it off me and smoothly slid it down without an issue. I did briefly wonder how she knew how to do that, but then thought it was just that I'm an idiot and she isn't.  But anyway, these pram fanatics. They just walk around, pushing their prams, looking like normal civilians. But little do you know that beneath the surface they are freaks of nature!! Tapping away on private Facebook groups about the latest model, or some wacky accessory that they've attached to their multifunctional, futuristic baby pusher.  
Five minutes of being on that Facebook page reaffirmed exactly why I am petrified of prams. I have not a single clue what I am doing. I don't know the "cool" makes. What if I get one that's blatantly shit and people laugh at me!! It's like being at high school all over again and having to decide on shoes and coats! In short, it's awful. 
The women on this page are like Pram Pros, discussing Urbo's, Solas, Armadillo Flips etc! What the hell!! I JUST WANT A PRAM!! You may as well be speaking another language. 
Don't talk to me about a Luna, a bug or an XT because I simply do not know what you're talking about you absolute lunatics!  All I want is a regular pram, with one of those carry cot things, in a grey or black, with the possibility of a snazzy blanket being thrown in? Oooh and one of them board things that my kid can stand on. 
I am so not cut out for this shit. I wasn't last time and I'm definitely not this time! 
If you're a pram fanatic I'm sure you're a wonderful person. But you must understand that you are also scary as fuck. And there is one terrified woman sat here typing this!! 
Normal women like me should not be able to join closed groups like that with such ease. There should be some prior warning given beforehand of what to expect and to determine whether you're made of strong enough stuff to be part of the group. 
I do of course realise that it's not just the scary pram people who are at fault. I am merely a pathetic loser who just isn't in the know. After realising I just wasn't getting it on Facebook I took to the online catalogues and miserably typed in "prams".
It was a good 15 minutes of thinking "Gosh! I've actually heard of silver cross prams, and these are quite reasonably priced" Before I realised I was actually looking at dolls prams. For children aged 3 and above. 
 
I'm just not sure what to do. Or where to go from here? 
I feel that walking to school holding my four year olds hand, whilst simultaneously having a baby strapped to me, and somehow carrying a coat, handbag and book bag, is going to be a far easier choice than putting myself through this pram hell. 
The idea was to make life easier, but instead I'm a raspberry footmuff away from armadillo flipping out. 
So that's where I currently stand with the pram situation. 
Stuck in pram limbo. 
I'm so befuddled by prams that the word pram doesn't even make sense anymore. 
 
 
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10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids via MeetOtherMums

July 01, 2016 Read more

As parents we raise our children to be honest and tell the truth. We also raise them to understand that mummy and daddy know best - we wouldn't dream of lying to our children and being dishonest ourselves, would we?

Well, sometimes it's necessary to tell a teeny little white lie to save your sanity, get a moment's peace or just stop them asking the same flippin' questions for 5 minutes!

Here's 10 lies parents tell their kids - how many have you used?

THERE'S NO BISCUITS LEFT

We've all done it when they've had enough biscuits or chocolate, or you just don't want to share.

I'LL TAKE YOUR BIRTHDAY/CHRISTMAS PRESENTS BACK

Even though we'd never do it, I'm sure a few of us have used this scare tactic one when our child is being a pain in the bum.

"SOON"

"When is it my birthday?" - "Soon"

"When will we be there?" - "Soon"

"When is Daddy going to be home from work?" - "Soon"

I don't feel bad at all about this lie, kids have no concept of time anyway.

PEPPA PIG ISN'T ON TODAY

There's only so many episodes of the same tv show that a parent can handle. When I get to the point that I'll scream if I have to listen to another minute of that pig I have been known to fib and say it's not on any more.

IT'S BED TIME

I'll admit that after a long day I've said it's bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier than it actually is. Unfortunately at 5 year sold, my daughter now knows exactly what 7 o'clock looks like so I can't use this lie anymore!

I'LL THINK ABOUT IT

When you've had enough of constant questions and requests, "I'll think about it if you stop asking" is sometimes all you can muster in the hope that they'll just be quiet and forget about it.

EAT YOUR CARROTS AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK

Parents have been using this gem for years to get their kids to eat their vegetables, it's just part of parenting.

WE'VE RUN OUT OF BATTERIES

This one is usually used by Christmas Day afternoon when you sick of hearing the same song over and over and over.

YOU WON'T LIKE IT, IT'S SPICY

I use this one when I don't want to share whatever it is I'm eating. I also use "it's fizzy" if I don't want her stealing my drink!

I'M GOING WITHOUT YOU!

Whether it's in the morning when your trying to get out of the door, or at the supermarket when they won't leave the toy aisle, this little lie always gets them moving. How old are they when this isn't a threat anymore?

What other little lies do you tell your children?

 

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5 Tips On Networking Via My OutSpace

July 01, 2016 Read more

My OutSpace Business Centre specialises in supporting women in business by offering flexible workspace, access to networks, mentoring, training and peer to peer support services but most importantly we have business advisers on site.

We support over 100 women-led businesses each year and are aware of the issues women who are interested in starting a business may face. That is why every first Thursday of the month we run one to one business advice sessions, which are open to everyone are free of charge.

We also believe in power of networking and sharing information. So, we thought we will share some tips with you

1. Sharing ideas

Networking is a unique way to share knowledge and ideas about your business. By talking to people with various interests, you would be able to see the world from a different perspective and expand your knowledge and expertise. You can also use networking as a tool to bounce ideas off others - and to help them shape theirs.

2. Opportunities

Contrary to popular belief, very few people walk away from a few hours spent at a business networking event with a fistful of contracts. However, by networking you can find out about various opportunities that you can benefit from. Whether it’s a referral, a strategic partnership, a joint venture or a request for your service or product, it is important to keep networking and seize any opportunities that come your way. This include online and off-line networking. But what you do after the event is what is even more important. Follow-up is key to deepening the relationships that will increase your bottom line.

3.Connections

Remember you are not just gaining exposure to the people in the room, you are also building connections with their network too. This is one of the most important gains from networking. If someone they know has a need that matches your business, if you have made an impression, you are likely to get a referral. And remember it’s not just a one-way street. If someone in your network matches a business you encounter at an event, don’t hesitate to share their details. It will only strengthen your relationship. Building a two-way relationship is key to a longer-term success.

4. Confidence 

By regularly networking, and pushing yourself to talk to people you don’t know, you will naturally improve your self-confidence. Having confidence is an important attribute as a business owner, because your business growth is dependent on talking to people and making connections. Since most of the people you network with have an understanding of your motivations, frustrations and triumphs, the atmosphere would generally be of mutual support - and what more suitable environment to develop your interpersonal skills than this?

5.Raising your profile

Being visible and getting noticed is a big benefit of networking. By regularly attending business and social events, people will begin to recognise you. This can you help to build your brand and reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable and supportive entrepreneur offering useful information or tips to people who need it. You are also more likely to get more leads and referrals as you will be the one that pops into their head when they need what you offer!

Come and talk to our experts, we will be very happy to help.

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E: working@myoutspace.co.uk 

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