One would think that after being in business for very close to 2 years (even longer if you count my previous businesses) that I would have this under control. The truth is, I haven’t. And if anything, against all of my own previous advice, I made the same mistakes this last holidays - and I vow to not do the same again.Read More
When we first started our small business, our babies were still babies. We were only prepared to work in the business part-time, and therefore our expectations about how much we would earn (like nothing in the early days) and what we could achieve were always linked back to how many working hours we had to physically commit to the business. We did a time audit.
Time is probably one of the most important factors. When you’re juggling a family and a small business, it’s very easy to burn out.Read More
When did we all become obsessed with the ‘all or nothing’ approach to life, work and motherhood? For me, I think I’ve always been this way. A self-confessed perfectionist, whom has such high expectations on myself, that when I inevitably can’t meet them, end up feeling like I’ve failed, or often, procrastinate until I get another goal to focus on, and so, the cycle continues….Read More
So, I'm loving this podcast thing. I can listen to them when I'm on the school run, driving between work appointments, when I'm hanging out the washing, and even when I'm doing some mindless scrolling. Some days I feel like listening to something a little light (Hamish & Andy always give me a giggle) and sometimes I go a little dark (The Teachers Pet will do the trick) but most of the time, it's when I consume all the cool, witty, business banter and inspiration that us Small Business folk need.
So, in the interest of 'sharing' with our tribe, I thought I'd pop down a few of my faves...just in case you are looking for inspiration, so here are 5 podcasts you need to listen to right now.Read More
As the financial year closes out, business owners are in a great position to review performance over the past 12 months.
On top of reviewing financial data we also suggest looking at other aspects of your business, for example your analytics can reveal which lead generation pipe worked best for you. Its a great time to make some strategic decisions to help your business grow and expand your net profit.
The end of financial year also marks a year in business for Two Girls and a Laptop. Jacqui takes some time to reflect on some of the lessons we’ve learnt over the past year.Read More
Have you ever spent 10 hours trying to work something out for yourself, to then turnaround and pay someone to do it anyway? We have. Multiple times in fact. We would love to say that with 'hindsight' we would have gone straight to outsourcing it - however, we get it, for small business this is ALWAYS a learning.
We like to think we coined the phrase 'multi-disciplined VA' - when in actual fact, we are sure we didn't - but for those that weren't aware, not all virtual assistants were created equal. You may have noticed a significant rise in the amount of virtual assistants popping up on your social feed spruiking their wares, and like us this might have sparked a very keen interest into how you can offload some stuff, so you've got more time to work on other stuff!
After meeting Karen Vivarelli (aka. Karen the VA) online, we were keen to interview her to provide some tips and also insights for our community on how a VA can support small business.
One of the most rewarding things that we've found as Mums in the 'small business mumpreneur sphere' has been the connections that we've made with other likeminded women. Jodi and Kate, from Circle In are no exception. It's uncanny, how their journey is aligned (almost in synchronicity) with our own. From those very early days when we each had about 50 followers on our Instagram, right up to recent weeks when we hit the 1K milestone we've been watching closely and encouraging each other along the way.
We love a good small business story and wanted to share the experiences and lessons learned from another start up business with you all.Read More