If you would like to meet Susan and hear her speak about the book Mum Ultrapreneur then she will be in Dublin all next week.

On Thursday 28th October in association with Darina Loakman of http://www.iamawahm.com


Susan will be delivering an evening of chat and inspiration at The Big Smoke Writing Factory, 7 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2. Just 5 euros on the door ( includes a sneek preview of our latest workbook…. “Starting up an enterprise that SPARKLES”)

And then on the 30th October Susan will be one of the guest speakers at “Blogging your way to the bank – the secret art of shameless self promotion” Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown


only Euro 47 for a full day workshop from 10am 4pm!

Or if you just fancy a coffee at Bewleys – drop us a line :-) x

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had …”

a damn fine time at both to be honest!

The first, arranged and hosted by the “glowing” Amanda Farren and the always lovely Laura Rigbywas a dynamic , fun-filled day in the Heart of England. There was an audible gasp of pleasure at the goodie bags and beautiful red leather notebooks supplied by sponsors Rymans. The speakers were dynamic and inspiring and the workshops I attended were fun and informative. http://www.mumpreneuruk.com/mumpreneur-conference/2010-mumpreneur-conference

I attended last year and ran my first Mum Ultrapreneur workshop to a packed house. It was a great pleasure to return as a delegate this year and see how far the event had come.

There were two launches. The first of http://www.mumpreneuruk.com/

a great new resource for mums in business and the Mums’ Mission Calender http://www.mumsmission.co.uk/

with some very naked but beautiful mumpreneurs raising money for SANDS http://www.uk-sands.org/

For me personally this was a uplifting event where I got to reunite with so many business mums I had met the previous years and meet in real time many others I had grown to count as friends through Twitter. Whilst many of these new friends were nominated or an award only Sam and Helen of Mums the Boss won the category of Best Business Support. Well done ladies .

I was honoured to wear their charity tattoo with pride! As I am also honoured to be their “inspiration guru” http://www.mumstheblog.co.uk/category/inspiration/

. Scroll down and read my last post “When life gives you lemons…”

It was a great weekend. And may I take a minute to also thank my very good friends: Victoria Dixon http://www.enhance-me.com/

, Vickie Humber http://www.humbershomemade.co.uk/

and Margaret Hitchman http://www.bagelheavenbournemouth.webs.com/

for making the day such fun.

And then came Brighton…

The Business Mum Conference http://www.businessmumsconference.co.uk/

was a very slick, very professional event ably hosted by the brilliant Antonia Chitty http://www.themumpreneurguide.co.uk/

and wonderful Nicky Chisholm http://mumsinbiz.co.uk/ .

Again the speakers were very inspiring and the workshops were informative. This event was a very well oiled machine demonstrating the amazing potential of businesses created by mums on a part time basis addressing a need or a better work-life balance. This was sub-titled the “Mumpreneur Conference for the South” and as I live in Kent this is my backyard… yet I hardly knew anyone there in comparison with the Midlands event when I struggled to get to speak to everyone I knew. But it did demonstrate to me that there is a thriving business mum community in the South and I left pumped up and inspired to “just do it”.

The Awards ceremony was short and sweet. I was delighted that Lynda Harding of easidream http://www.easidream.co.uk/

was a finalist for “Best Start Up”. Now a TV star http://www.itv.com/daybreak/lifestyle/familiesandparenting/

I was delighted to finally meet Lynda, whom I have spoken to so often for the radio show and be able to congratulate her on her award at the same time. Check out Lynda’s most recent interview where she is joined by one of the amazing speakers of the Midlands event Emma Wimhurst in the archived section of the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mumultrapreneur/2010/10/06/mum-ultrapreneur-with-susan-odev

I was also personally delighted to see again my good friend Martine Brennan, http://kerrycoaching.weebly.com/

whom I had worked with in Parknasilla, Kerry back in May and share a lunch table with local Kent business mum Shelley Whittaker http://www.thepublicityhouse.co.uk/Welcome.html

and Midlands workshop leader and ace lawyer Suzanne Dibble http://www.lawyers4mumpreneurs.com/

The highlight of the day , for me , was the panel at the end. A fantastic selection of mumpreneurs who brought to life the realities of being working mums.

Both days had a very different vibe to them but both shared the same message… being a mum in business is not an easy option but it can be extremely fulfilling one and like all the women I heard and met on these two incredible days

” You can do it”!

This post is also copied onto my main site http://www.mum-ultrapreneur.co.uk

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Hello Mum Ultrapreneurs everywhere!

I cannot believe how long since I last posted on here.

So much has happened.

I have spoken and run mini workshops based on the book and our SPARKLES acronym across the UK and Ireland and more are planned. In fact we are piecing together a special evening to be held in Dublin’s fair city on the 28th October 2010. (Details to follow). If you are around please pop along.

Speaking events have introduced me to many amazing mums in business so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank
Helen & Sam http://www.mumstheboss.co.uk/about.htm#SamHelen

 for a wonderful session on SMART Objectives in sunny Bedford (well it was damp and drizzly actually but.. loved the cakes)
Joanne Dewberry http://www.networkingmummies.com/

 for a fab “Fire up your mojo” workshop in Bournemouth.
Martine Brennan http://twitter.com/Kerrycoaching

 for inviting me to run the opening sesion at her fantastic event for women in business at the beautiful Parknasilla hotel in Co. Kerry, Ireland making me an international speaker.
and then there’s the weekly radio show…. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mumultrapreneur

Here I have had the pleasure over the past 16 weeks to meet and chat with some amazing mums in business. Special guests like Martine and Joanne above and other leaders in their fields such as Antonia Chitty http://www.themumpreneurguide.co.uk/

 (whom I am looking forward to seeing again tomorrow (5th October) at the Business Mums Conference in Brighton http://www.businessmumsconference.co.uk/

The next few blog updates will share details of my new book and all the bizmums featured on the radio show but I have to urge you to listen in to Wednesay’s show where Emma Wimhurst http://www.emmawimhurst.co.uk

 who joined me for my recent telephone interview with Lynda Harding of http://www.easidream.co.uk

 and Berith Lochery of http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/

. During the call Emma virtually gave Berith a 1-2-1 coaching session – It is amazing. You really need to listen in – this Wednesday 8pm http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mumultrapreneur

 or to the podcast at a time to suit you.

If you would like to meet Emma and experience her amazing business insights first hand then join me and many others at her BOOM! event on Saturday 6th November in Central London.

The link to BOOK tickets is: www.makeyourbusinessboom.eventbrite.co.uk

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I bought a loaf...

(Book Review of “How to afford time off with your baby” by Becky Goddard-Hill)

at Tescos yesterday.

Nothing new there really. In fact my shopping habits are fairly predictable. The only way to manage a tight budget and a family of six is to be routine. No impulse buys. Planned mealtime menus. If I do buy special offers they are only on things I would normally buy anyway and then freeze.

That is why I found Becky Godard-Hill’s “How to afford time off with your baby – 101 ways to ease the financial strain” (Published by Vermillion – http://wwwbabybudgeting.co.uk) a fascinating read.

My eldest is 18 ( I know I don’t look old enough – I wish!) and being the first child we went crazy buying everything new, innovative and en vogue. By the time the youngest came along eleven years later I had realised that most of the gadgets I’d bought for baby one were a complete waste of time.

Babies need very little. They are actually quite robust and strive amazingly well on very few material items as long as there are plenty of hugs, clean nappies standing by and a healthy supply of food on tap.

My book Mum Ultrapreneur looks at the growing phenonmenom of WAHMs or Work At Home Mums (Mumpreneurs, Kitchen Table Tycoons etc). But do not be fooled few are multi-millionaires – quite the opposite in fact.

Whilst Becky’s book is primarily aimed as SAHMs (Stay At Home Mums – come on keep up!) the great ideas contained inside can equally be applied to WAHMs. And it is written in an honest, warm style that makes the concept of budgeting seem less daunting and even, possibly, some what fun.

Again though the book is aimed at new mums – I, as an experienced mother of four and expert financial juggler, found it full of fantastic money-saving ideas that I hadn’t thought of.

And to all budding Mum Ultrapreneurs there is also a great section on Making Money that will give you lots of fab ideas to get the cash flowing.

Then again instead of popping down to Tesco’s to buy a loaf – you could always bake your own? Try it!

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Check out the latest review of the book by Bizmum Helen Lindop on Mum’s The Boss, a great site dedicated to Business Mums.


And also check out my monthly guest blog on this site as well.


Apart from me there are lots of great links and information for business start ups.

Take your time and enjoy x

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Susan is delighted to be invited by Mum Ultrapreneur Martine Brennan of Kerry Coaching , and author of  Happiness Its just a Habit to be a speaker at her Breakthroughin Business event in Sneem, Co. Kerry on the 22nd May 2010.

Details of the event can be found on this link:

http://www.parknasillahotel.ie/news/?c=60 or read below:

Breakthrough in Business Event May 2010

Mar 29, 2010
*   Imagine a day that will inspire you to grow your business.
*   Imagine a day that will give you tons of useful information that will put you ahead of the posse.
*   Imagine a day in which you will make excellent contacts with women in business in Kerry.
*   If you are a woman who has set up her own business, and you want to breakthrough and really grow your business in 2010 then this event is for you! If you know you need a boost in your business then this event is for you!

 If you have a secret dream of running your own business but don’t know where or how to start then this event is for you!

 Look no further!

 Breakthrough in Business in 2010 is a one day event which will take place at Parknasilla Hotel on Saturday, May 22nd.

 The event will be hosted by Martine Brennan, who recently served as the expert Life-Coach on Kerry Radio’s Talkabout Show. Martine is a Business Coach, a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and author of Happiness it’s just a habit.

 Susan Odev, co-author of MumUltrapreneur will be joining us from England to open this event.

 What will you come away with after this day in Parknasilla?

 *   Renewed confidence in yourself and your business.
*   Methods that will assist you in taking the fear out of your business.
*   Clarity in terms of your strengths and challenges as a businesswoman.
*   An opportunity to ask questions in a respectful and supportive environment.
*   A game plan for 2010
*   Information on social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.
*   An insight into sales and marketing.
*   Methods to handle book-keeping and accounts.
*   An information pack you can refer back to again and again.

Register now for this value packed event by going to
You will also have the opportunity to win

*   a 50% reduction on a six month Breakthrough in Business Coaching Programme 

Clients of the Breakthrough in Business Coaching Programme have already experienced the following results;

*   negotiated a 30% salary increase in spite of the downturn in the economy
*   quadrupled her client list in 3 months
*   earned more in the first quarter of this year than in the whole of 2009
*   well on the way to increasing turnover by 50k in 2010
*   set up a Facebook fan page which started to bring in sales after less than a month

If you want these results for yourself and your business go to

May 22nd 10am-4pm Morning coffee and lunch included.


Hi everyone,

Would be delighted if you join me on, or spread the word about, my exciting new 10 week teleseminar programme based on the Amazon Best Seller Mum Ultrapreneur.

Aimed at mothers new to self-employment or thinking about setting up on their own this programme is designed to provide advice, support and a virtual hug as you tread carefully through those first few months of starting out as an entrepreneur.

There is expert advice from both a specialist mumpreneur lawyer and accountant, built in coaching and mentoring, online support and, as places are very limited, personal interaction and group sharing.

The pilot starts on the 28th April and teleseminar groups run twice a week on Wednesday evenings/ and or Friday mornings to enable participants to join us at a time that suits them.

Further details and sign up can be found here: http://mum-ultrapreneur.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtntw

Or visit my website http://www.mum-ultrapreneur.com

There are also two “FREE” teleseminars planned for the 31st March and the 14th April – sign up and pop along! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/623724577/ref=elinktw

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How exciting!

Our teleseminar programme begins on the 28th April!

The programme contains amazing online lessons, facilitated by Susan and  based on the book, with  additional expert input from specialist lawyer Suzanne Dibble http://www.lawyers4mumpreneurs.com and financial advice from Biz Mum accountant Amy Taylor http://tayloraccountancy.net . You will have a session with Alli Price http://www.motivatingmum.co.uk on the value of coaching and mentoring and also included in the fee for the 10 week programme is a 1-2-1 coaching or mentoring call either with Alli herself of one of her hand-picked mentoring experts –  all leading BizMums in their fields!

BTW, this is what the wonderful Birgitte Lydum of http://www.babybeamers.com , who (along with Alli Price and 29 other BizMums) features in the book  has said about Mum Ultrapreneur on Amazon:

“I really enjoyed this book. The format is unique and very easy to relate to, and I am sure it will encourage and inspire lots of women to take that first shaky step into starting their own business, without shaking quite so much. It doesn’t take itself as seriously as many other ’start-your-own-business’ books, which is very refreshing, and leaves you inspired rather than daunted.

It’s written with a very feminine mind set, focusing on the emotional journey it is to start your own business. All the practical stuff you need to do to start a business can be read in hundreds of other books and on the internet. Knowing how to register a business or how to find a manufacturer doesn’t make it any easier to do if you are not emotionally ready for it. This book will help you take ACTION which in my opinion is the most important part of getting anywhere.

If you are a woman who knows that feminine values in business is the way forward there’s no doubt you will like and benefit from this book.”

Thanks Birgitte x

The teleseminar series is an amazing, fully supported programme which builds weekly on the great insights  and advice contained within Mum Ultrapreneur  and sign up details will appear here shortly. Remember within every Mum is an Ultrapreneur. Are you ready to just “DO” it?

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I had a wonderful time at a Mums in Business networking event at the David Lloyd Centre, Narborough last Thursday.

Run by Zoe Newcombe (@zoenewcombe) of Connection Events http://www.connectionevents.co.uk

and http://www.socialmediamum.co.uk , ably assisted by her Mum , sister and beautiful daughter Lexie – this was truly a family affair.

With facilities for the children to amuse themselves @ 20 local business mums gathered to share news, ideas and general chit-chat.

I was made to feel incredibly welcome and the positive response to my little 30 minutes on inspiration and just “doing it” was incredibly motivating.

I am always amazed at the vast range of ideas and the depth of passion I find at these events.

Many of the attendees were brave enough to buy a copy of the book on the day and already I have received some tremendous feedback. I now mutually follow many of them on Twitter and Facebook.

That’s what I find so awesome is the friendships that are formed. It was great to meet up once again with Rebekah Harriman http://www.rrva.co.uk/ , whom I first met at the Mumpreneur Conference last year.

Rebekah (@RebekahHarriman)  had just turned full-time as a virtual PA or VA and was clearly loving the challenge of working for herself. And I just have t o share with you all Rebekah’s amazing shoes:

My little talk was followed by a delicious buffet lunch and two workshops run by Heather Smith, another lady with passion.

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for all the workshops as I had a train to catch but my head was buzzing with ideas all the way home.

Thank you Zoe for inviting me and I look forward to delivering some workshops for you later in the year.

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Following the launch this article on Mum Ultrapreneur Karen Simmonds of Travel Matters appeared in a local online bulletin Inside Balham:


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