Chris Barling

Mumpreneurs: Top Ecommerce Tips on Getting Started

Mumpreneurs: Top Ecommerce Tips on Getting Started

Building any business on a shoestring is hard even when you don’t have a family in tow. But if you are a mumpreneur then you have to do all of this whilst keeping the kids happy. But don’t let this stop you. I’ve been involved as a business founder and investor in small companies since the mid-1990s, specialising on ecommerce, and I believe there are some basic principles you can follow that will help you to achieve online success despite the pressures. Ecommerce has three huge advantages for mumpreneurs: the business can be run from home; you can fit the work around your family’s needs; and it doesn’t take as much capital to start as conventional businesses. Find a focus Successful website owners tend to be good at one particular thing. For instance, they find a line of products that conn... »

Building a Business Without Breaking your Family

Building a Business Without Breaking your Family

One of the nice things about working with small businesses is you hear a lot of encouraging stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things. I started my company 17 years ago, and my wife and I have stumbled our way through the process of raising a family, so I am aware of some of the hardships, which is why Helen Beer’s tale struck a chord. In 2003, Helen came to the conclusion that balancing the demands of the school run, with her London-based accountancy job, wasn’t working. However, instead of throwing in the towel, she bought a copy of our e-commerce software, and set up an online store called QualitySilver selling silver, titanium, tungsten and zirconia jewellery. She had some help from her husband, who has worked in the trade all his career and has lots of supplier contact... »