The Business Mums Blog Carnival has arrived!

I am thrilled and very excited to be hosting this month’s Business Mums Blog Carnival. Thank you to everyone who has entered and sent in their posts; I’ve had a fabulous time reading them all. Welcome to those of you who have not been to the Carnival before. Here’s what’s I recommend you do now, grab yourself a large mug of tea, relax and get ready to read some inspiring, informative and incredibly thought provoking posts.

It’s all about Motivation –

To kick us off Elinor at The Working Mums Coach has us take a long hard look at ourselves and asks if we’re giving our children the right impression of how to be happy at work. Whilst Becky over at Baby Budgeting helps us evaluate if we’re on the right path to happiness with work and family and if we are truly motivated. I was so inspired by both of these articles.

Helen at Business Plus Baby, creator of the Carnival and all round fabulous Business lady, gives us some great tips on what to do when our motivation dips (love the 80:20 rule) and Helen from KiddyCharts says chocolate is a working mum’s best friend (and I won’t disagree with her there).

How to build and grow your business –

Grace Marshall has some fantastic tips on how to prevent procrastination and achieve your goals and Ace Inpsire shares their Top 10 Social Media posts – lots of great reading here. Quality is better than Quantity on Facebook as discussed on VA Coaching and Training and on PR Basics, Erica from Ace Inspire shares techniques for creating a personal development or business plan.

The fabulous Antonia Chitty from Become a Mumpreneur gives us some great tips on how to start earning and How I Make Money Online discusses the 10 key factors for assessing your niche. Become a Mum Blogger explains how to go about choosing the look of your blog (I’ve taken notes!) and Family Friendly Working discusses how we need to really know our audience for effective marketing.

How to keep your customers coming back time and time again –

Great customer service and Going the Extra Mile is Julia’s advice at KidsTravel2 and Karen at Bizzymums is a firm believer in testimonials and feedback to give your customers that warm fuzzy feeling about your business. Ellen at In A Bundance tells us how to write effectively about our business and Elaine at Little Sheep Learning shares her thoughts on the merits of blogging for business which I, for one wholeheartedly agree with.

Lisa at the Little School Bird of Stitching obviously hit the nail on the head with her incredibly popular post on Finger Knitting as it has so far gained a whopping 33,000 views!

Do we take enough time for ourselves?

Gemma at My Family Club encourages us to ask for help when we’re Running on Empty and Rachel at Beautiful Swans (what a great name) asks us to really focus on the aspects that make us beautiful women. Biodynamic Massage explains quite vividly how listening to the flow of our peristalsis aids massage and relaxation (I hope I’ve got that right!)

Some very good points, very well made –

Dispelling myths Smart Talkers put us right on exactly what a Speech and Language Therapist does and Little Lily Pad evaluates the impact that the rising price of stamps will have on businesses and the handwritten note (shame on you Royal Mail). The importance of family meal times and the impact on children’s communication and language skills is discussed by Fink and I couldn’t agree more.

Welcome to the Blog Carnival –

Please show lots of love to Love Chic Living’s fab featured business mums and their first time with the carnival – KTWO Products shares the wonder of a child’s secret drawer and Dorothy and Theodore share a fabulous birthday party extravaganza (check out that cake!)

And finally I’d like to share one of my own posts. I’m attending Cybher UK, the all female blogging event in a few weeks and here’s my Meet and Greet.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired by the amazing articles shared on the Blog Carnival this month. Don’t forget to leave your comments, I’m sure we all love reading them.

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  1. Julia, KidsTravel2
    April 26, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Thanks for hosting! Going to have a good read through them all later when all is quiet (is it ever?!)

    • Jen
      April 27, 2012 / 9:22 am

      Enjoy reading through them Julia, there are some fab articles there, yours included! x

  2. April 26, 2012 / 8:49 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting the carnival (and double thanks for calling me an all round fabulous business lady, LOL!)

  3. April 26, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    ooh great carnival jen been to visit nearly all the posts and they really are fab. Well done you…great line up

  4. Elaine (Littlesheep)
    April 30, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    Thank you for a fantastic carnival and including my post – hope to see you all at my carnival in May!

    • Jen
      May 10, 2012 / 5:42 pm

      They are very inspiring aren’t they Diana? Thanks for popping over and taking a look.

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