Tiny Chipmunk – the story

Building a business, day by day

Be kind to yourself

People always say that one of the great things about working for yourself is that you’re your own boss. And yes, that probably is good – if you’re a nice boss. Back in my Corporate life, I was a pretty good manager.  I made sure I was clear on expectations, I was always available for support, I set realistic, achievable goals, I worked with my team on their personal development.. Read More

Getting stuff done – without childcare

This week marks the beginning of a new school term and a new phase in my business. I finally get some child-free time during the week, as my youngest starts nursery and my eldest starts school.     The Summer holidays have been tough, work-wise, as this is the first Summer I’ve had both children at home the entire time.  Last year my business was in the very early stages,.. Read More

Transferable skills – we can all be CEOs!

I was reflecting on my recent award win (and still feeling pretty chuffed if I’m honest).  I can’t quite believe I’ve managed this, as a Mum of two, working from home, when some of the competition were big businesses with offices and teams and a ‘proper’ set-up.  Then again, on further reflection, being a Mum does prepare you well for running a business… Firstly, you probably manage everything anyway, perhaps.. Read More

What defines a ‘real’ job?

I felt a little hurt earlier this week. I met a friend and she asked me what I’d been up to.  I figured she didn’t just want to hear about my toddler’s ear infection, or my eldest’s Swashbuckle addiction, so I told her it had been a good, but busy week and I was pleased that my next swaddle order will arrive soon and I’m really making headway with my.. Read More

The purpose of this blog

Some of you may have noticed that these posts are less frequent than they used to be.  This is for two (very honest) reasons: The more I work, the less time I have to blog. Sometimes, there just isn’t as much to say. I’ve been reviewing the original purpose of the blog, which was to share my journey setting up and growing the business in a way that people will.. Read More

More on networking

For the past week I’ve been staying way out of my comfort zone, which is where you need to be to succeed, according to most business ‘gurus’ and I did a bit more networking.  (I’m not sure if this is a space you need to constantly be in, but see no harm in challenging myself from time to time.)  This time it was an evening event, for local women in.. Read More

Book review: The Miracle Morning

I’m flying through these personal development books at the moment.  I’m not sure if it’s a time of year thing (new years resolutions and all that), or if it actually says something about my state of mind right now. Regardless, this book (The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM, by Hal Elrod) had been on my wishlist a while after being recommended by Pat.. Read More

Getting out there

Today I did something a little out of my comfort zone, that I’ve been meaning to do for some time.  I went to a networking event.  I always used to enjoy networking and feel that I was actually pretty good at it, but two kids later and feeling a little out of touch with my corporate self (which isn’t a bad thing!), I was a bit nervous.  Especially as I.. Read More

Book review: The 4-hour work week

It’s been a bit of a quiet start to the year. Still lots to do, but a lot of it relies on other people and, to me, it’s still a little early for following up on things. (That’ll be next week.) So I thought today I’d review a book that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. As part of my journey to improve my business, my life and.. Read More