Small Business Diva

September 11, 2007

Business Mums Conference

Filed under: Juggling Work and Family,Recommendations,Small Business,Work from Home — smallbusinessdiva @ 3:35 pm

Last weekend I attended the inaugural Business Mums Conference in Melbourne, Australia. It took Herculean efforts for me to travel insterstate for almost 4 days, especially when I am so busy with work at the moment and have lots of family commitments (including a son in the middle of exams and assessments), and earlier this month I found myself wondering why I was going. As good as it sounded, it was just such an effort!

However, having made the effort I can honestly say that it was well worth it. The presentations, the other attendees, the business expo, the door prizes (I won a fabulous door prize from RealMums.com – yay!) Oh, and there was no shortage of food!

Time passed so quickly with a series of presentations and workshops on varying topics. Keynote Speaker Sandi Givens was just fantastic and is a true inspiration while Publicity Queen Sally Romano shared many specific examples and ideas to help get publicity for our businesses. Tash Hughes from Word Constructions spoke about the benefits of outsourcing, Lucie Battaini from multimediArt made website statistics fun and PJ from Acclique showed us how to manage our accounts simply! 

One of the greatest parts of the conference was meeting so many other women (and a few men) who are juggling family and a business, being able to share the challenges and joys along with our goals and visions.

I’ve been to four weekend conferences this year (the other three were in Brisbane and so were much easier to get to) and I have come away from each one feeling enthusiastic, energised and full of ideas. Plus I’ve met new people at each one and have developed both business relationships and friendships from each one. I’ve been gradually putting the new information into action and by keeping in touch with others I met, we are able to support and encourage each other. 

Next time you have the opportunity to attend a conference related to your business, please make the effort to get there. It is often challenging, especially if it’s on at the weekend, but the rewards can be so worthwhile.

If you are a parent in business or you know a parent in business, I strongly recommend you make the effort to attend next year’s Business Mums’ Conference.

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