Each structured session introduces music and percussion to children in a relaxed group atmosphere. It concentrates on rhythm, song, sound and movement to encourage early musical expression and creates a world of music for children. Sherr started Musical Minis because she wanted to provide fun and stimulating sessions based on what she knew her own son, Matthew, would love. She says: “I think one of the major things I have learned is to set out a strategy and to follow it. Working with a strategy gives a sense of being in control and even if things do not develop as one may wish, it makes the identification of where things are not going right far easier. “The other major lesson is to continually revisit every aspect of the business. It is too easy to be complacent and resistant to change. Having somebody else challenge your beliefs and rationale is really useful and can quickly help you refocus when you have lost your way." Here are her top tips for mum entrepreneurs: 1. Research the market and competition. 2. Start small, let the business grow as and when you can cope with expansion. 3. Have a clear idea what you want out of the business 4. Try to separate work from home. If your business is based at home (as all the Musical Minis administration is) have a second phone line fitted. 5. Have backup. If your child is ill what will happen to your business? 6. Know your limitations. For example if you have problems with accounts, get someone to help you. 7. If there are not enough hours in the day to do everything, do the bits you like (with both work and home life) and get help with the bits you don’t. 8. Work out the balance between work and home that you want. 9. Keep time to be a mum 10. Set time aside to deal with administration, household tasks etc. If you keep putting it off the task will become huge (hours of paperwork for example – or loads of ironing) – regular manageable chunks of mundane but important tasks will help things flow smoothly. Related articlesMore women entrepreneurs likelyWomen will bulldoze through the recessionWill women save the economy? Picture source
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