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AusMumpreneur Co-founders share their tips for balancing business with family

  • Written by Candice Meisels

The AusMumpreneur Award Nominations are now open until June 30th 2017.

The co-founders behind AusMumpreneur,  Australia’s number one online community for mums in business, Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner share their tips for mothers trying to run their own business with kids in tow.
The ladies have been awarded for our work in the community and in business, with Peace receiving the Australia Day Citizen of the Year award and Katy being awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Katy Garner states:

"We have 7 kids between us. We understand the challenges women face as mothers starting and running businesses and are passionate about ensuring women feel supported to find success through our online community, business school, events and awards."


When you have babies and young children it’s not viable to be working long hours so it’s important to be realistic about how much you can do and be mindful of not taking on too much work. Be ok with saying no to some opportunities, ideas or projects. When setting timelines for client’s work to be completed give yourself some extra time in case things go pear shaped during the week. Technology is here to help you so make the most of it by automating as many aspects of your business as you can. Automated website systems can help to ensure that things can happen without you having to be there all the time.


Do what you love. Choose a business idea that you’re passionate about. When you’re doing something meaningful or enjoyable it doesn’t feel like work.


Which things are you doing in your business that are a waste of time? Writing a list of everything you do and crossing out everything that doesn’t have a good return on investment for your time or money can help you find more free time. Think about things you can simplify in your business to create less work but still achieve the result you need.  Regularly re-assessing and re-evaluating what’s important and what isn’t is essential will help you create the life you want.


When you need help, ask for it! No-one expects you to be wonder woman so call on friends, family, fellow business owners and your partner to help you whenever you can. I’ve found that asking for help really makes a difference in how much I can achieve and my happiness levels too.


The most important thing is to remember to breathe! Your babies are only little for such a short time so don’t lose sight of what matters, spend time with your children when you want to, take breaks whenever you need to. The work will always be there when you’re ready to go back. Downtime is important. Don't feel guilty for taking time out and changing your plans when you need to. It's your business and it should work for you. It’s essential to look after yourself so that you can be the best you can be for your business and your family.

Peace Mitchell exclaims:

“I believe women are the key to changing the world. By empowering women to embrace their full potential we can create change for women which then helps their families and communities and in turn flows on to the whole country with social, emotional and economic benefits for everyone. I believe we can change the lives of women everywhere through education, empowerment and entrepreneurialism.”

The 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards are accepting nominations until the 30th of June 2017

About Katy Garner:

Award winning entrepreneur and author Katy Garner is the co-founder of AusMumpreneur, an online community for mums in business, which supports, elevates and inspires thousands of women to create businesses that work around their family life.


With a background in events and community engagement, she’s passionate about being a voice for women and has been active in advocating for more recognition of the work of Australia’s mums in business with State and Federal politicians, to encourage more funding and support for women in business and is on the board of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council.


For the past 7 years Katy has organised the AusMumpreneur Awards, a national awards program that celebrates mothers in business and recognises the amazing achievements and economic contributions that mumpreneurs make to the Australian economy.


As a mother of 3 children who runs a successful business she knows how tough it can be and why it's so important to find the support of others facing the same challenges and also to take time to stop and celebrate the wins along the way.

About Peace Mitchell:

Peace Mitchell is passionate about supporting women to create a life that works for them and their family. Peace studied in education and worked as a teacher in Australia and internationally for many years before becoming a digital entrepreneur and co-founding the online community AusMumpreneur, Australia’s #1 community for mums in business with over 70,000 subscribers. .She brings her extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs and her education expertise together to provide practical business education for women in business.