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The Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast

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Through the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, we help you to build the startup business of your dreams, whilst having time with the family you love. To do this, we share tips and experiences from successful (and earlier stage) parentpreneurs who know exactly what it's like to have a conference call while changing a nappy, or to write down a customer's email with a crayon while feeding a baby. :-) This podcast is hosted by serial entrepreneur and proud dad, Alexis Kingsbury. After 17+ years and 8+ startups, Alexis knows that building startups is not easy (just like parenting!). So this podcast aims to give you the advice you need to make it easier to create a successful startup business, without having to neglect quality time with your family. For show notes, and to join the Parentpreneur Accelerator community, visit Parentpreneur.com/podcast

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Through the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, we help you to build the startup business of your dreams, whilst having time with the family you love. To do this, we share tips and experiences from successful (and earlier stage) parentpreneurs who know exactly what it's like to have a conference call while changing a nappy, or to write down a customer's email with a crayon while feeding a baby. :-) This podcast is hosted by serial entrepreneur and proud dad, Alexis Kingsbury. After 17+ years and 8+ startups, Alexis knows that building startups is not easy (just like parenting!). So this podcast aims to give you the advice you need to make it easier to create a successful startup business, without having to neglect quality time with your family. For show notes, and to join the Parentpreneur Accelerator community, visit Parentpreneur.com/podcast

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The Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast

Latest release on Feb 12, 2020

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Through the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, we help you to build the startup business of your dreams, whilst having time with the family you love. To do this, we share tips and experiences from successful (and earlier stage) parentpreneurs who know exactly what it's like to have a conference call while changing a nappy, or to write down a customer's email with a crayon while feeding a baby. :-) This podcast is hosted by serial entrepreneur and proud dad, Alexis Kingsbury. After 17+ years and 8+ startups, Alexis knows that building startups is not easy (just like parenting!). So this podcast aims to give you the advice you need to make it easier to create a successful startup business, without having to neglect quality time with your family. For show notes, and to join the Parentpreneur Accelerator community, visit Parentpreneur.com/podcast

087 : Laura Cross - Inventors & Makers

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Laura Cross who runs a children’s education business ""Inventors & Makers"". Laura originally trained as a lawyer, before leaving the corporate life to retrain as a primary school teacher. After teaching in London for a few years, Laura relocated to San Francisco for her husband’s work. Laura spent three years in California working for an education technology start-up – which she says is the best job of her life! After returning to the UK with her first child in 2017, she briefly went back to teaching in a school before launching her own children’s education business, Inventors & Makers, last year. In this episode, we’ll discuss: Talk about the importance of creating a great team culture for the modern workplace. Discuss what I learnt from my time in San Francisco which influenced me in starting Inventors & Makers. My advice to parentpreneurs about developing 21st century skills in their teams and in their children.

Feb 12 2020

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086: Tory Wagg - The mental health demands on business owners

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Tory Wagg. Tory is a Chartered Management Accountant who qualified with CIMA in 2006. She grew up in Hampshire and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford. She trained whilst working in industry for Nestle Waters and for the University of Oxford, and went on to start Panthera Accounting a few months after her first daughter, Melissa, was born, back in 2006. Panthera has grown from a one-woman band to a team of 8 across two offices. Panthera is on a mission to help small business owners thrive and achieve their goals through the magic combination of great financial processes and a very caring support team. Tory lives in South Oxfordshire with her husband Jake, daughters Melissa and Jasmine, 3 labradors and one very harassed cat. In this episode, we’ll discuss: Why building a support team around you is essential - employees, networks and friendships, Balancing parenting with the demands of running a small business, Mental health demands on business owners.

Jan 15 2020

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085: Amanda Frolich - Teaching preschool children how to be healthy and active...

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Amanda Frolich, an award-winning celebrity children’s entertainer and CEO of Amanda’s Action Club, the world’s most fun, physical development concept teaching preschool children how to be healthy and active from an early age. Having spent 28 years working within the early years sector, Amanda was invited by the children’s activity association to become the Children’s First Champion in parliament, encouraging policy-makers to put children first at the heart of all decision-making. Her global animation TV series featuring Action Amanda on different missions to create a world of endless possibilities and adventure, is going to take the world by storm in 2020 and this Wonder Woman is certainly one to watch. In this episode, we’ll be discussing, Amanda’s background in sport and leisure, how to tackle childhood obesity and how to overcome business challenges.

Dec 18 2019

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084: Rachael Coyle - How running an online business is lonely

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Rachael Coyle, who runs a luxury online baby and childrenswear boutique called Rosie and Lula, which sells clothes and gifts from newborn babies up to 8 years old.Originally an account manager at a digital marketing agency, Rachael fulfilled her dream of becoming a makeup artist, however after having her daughter she decided to have a career break.Having always dreamed of having her own business, particularly an online business, Rachael took the plunge a year after having her second child Lula after the urge became strong.Now Rachael juggles her business and mum life with her 3 children. In this episode, we’ll be discussing; What led Rachael to create Rosie and Lula, How running an online business can be lonely. Why it’s important to connect with other likeminded people.

Nov 27 2019

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083: Claire Russell – Passion for family play…

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Claire; the founder of PlayHOORAY. Claire is an early year’s specialist with a passion for encouraging families with young children to play! Claire runs playHOORAY! an online community of parents, carers and educators where she supports, advises and inspires them to play with their babies and young children. Not only for the purpose of supporting child development but also for the benefits of the parent too. Alongside this Claire also has a line of activity cards called playPROMPTS which are sold on her website and a free playPROMPTS app. In this episode, we’ll cover: What is the importance of play? The importance of community on social media and The PlayHOORAY business.

Oct 23 2019

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082: Shirag Shemmassian - How to write a memorable personal statement...

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Dr. Shirag Shemmassian; an admissions expert from San Diego, California. Growing up with Tourette Syndrome in a middle-class family, Dr. Shemmassian was often mocked by peers and teachers and discouraged from applying to elite colleges. However, he went on to graduate debt-free with a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. He has since set up his own business helping thousands of students get into top colleges, medical schools, and other graduate programmes. Dr. Shemmassian has been featured on The Washington Post, US News and NBC, as well as being invited to speak at some of the world’s top universities such as Stanford. He presents on topics including standing out on applications, writing memorable personal statements, and navigating through higher education with a disability. In this episode, we’ll cover: Why Shirag decided to become an entrepreneur. How parenthood changed the way in which he works. How to manage running a business with a growing family.

Sep 25 2019

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081: John Lamerton - The King of Routine

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On this week's episode I am re interviewing Plymouth based dad of two, John Lamerton where we catch up to see how things have moved on for John since our last episode. Labelled as the “King of Routine”, serial entrepreneur John and his business partner Jason set up the Big Idea which is now helping hundreds of business owners improve their businesses or lives using a simple approach. John became a #1 bestseller after launching his first book “Big Ideas for Small Businesses” in 2017. The book outsold authors such as Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Duncan Bannatyne combined. Since then, it’s sold thousands of copies worldwide, and attracted more than 100 five-star reviews. But more importantly, it’s changed the lives of small business owners all over the world. In this episode, we’ll cover: Routines & how you can tweak them to achieve your goals, one routine that everyone can do to market their business, customising a routine for you, home-schooling — why, and how

Aug 28 2019

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080: Jessica Ashley - An estate agent with a difference

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In this week's episode I am interviewing Oxford based mum, Jessica Ashley.Jessica worked for a corporate estate agent for 10 years before setting up her own estate agent business Amelie’s Estate Agents when her maternity leave came to an end.In this episode, we’ll cover:What it’s been like to go from estate agent to owner of an estate agent business. The ethos behind Jessica's business, and how she provides an estate agent with a difference. How Jessica manages her time in a demanding industry. Click here to listen in: https://www.parentpreneur.com/podcast-080-jessica-ashley-an-estate-agent-with-a-difference"

Jul 31 2019

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079: Rebecca Cross - Stepping into your greatness...

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Rebecca Cross. Rebecca Cross is a Business Success & Motivational Strategist who works alongside aspiring female entrepreneurs looking to build their dream business and achieve the lifestyle that they deserve, not in the future but now. Rebecca's goal is to help 2 million women ‘Step into their Greatness’ and achieve their dreams, taking it one step at a time. Rebecca has an emotional story that has made her the great woman she is today and although she suffered mental abuse, learning difficulties and more…Rebecca found strength in her dark times and managed to rise from the shadows to shine a light on the women she now mentors every single day. Rebecca has built her own successful business empire within coaching and property, studied motivation, business strategy and mindset so that she can motivate and support other women and enable them to realise that anything is possible. Alongside her busy career she also manages family life with her husband and 3 kids. In this episode, we’ll discuss: How to build a business empire around being a mum / Finding your passion and how you can make this your living / Feeling fear and pushing through it.

Jul 03 2019

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078: Joshua & Judy Lisec - How to couplepreneur...

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On this week's episode I am for the very first time interviewing couplepreneurs Joshua Lisec and Judy Shaw, whom together are The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith LLC.During the first half I interview Joshua and in the second Judy, whilst the other cares for their young son, a real-life example of parentpreneurs. Joshua founded The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith LLC, as the first Certified Ghostwriter in Ohio, a Forbes Contributor ghostwriter, a TEDx speaker, a leading authority on Author Voice Authenticity, and a two-time published novelist. Since 2011, he has ghostwritten forty books.Judy is the Vice President and Editorial Services Manager of The Entrepreneur's Wordsmith. Alongside husband Joshua, Judy helps business owners, chief executives, coaches, consultants, and entrepreneurs write, publish, and market their books.In just the past couple of years, some of Joshua and Judy’s author clients have had phenomenal results which we will discuss on the call.In this episode, we will discuss: What a Certified Professional Ghostwriter is....Ghostpublishing, Being life partners, business partners, and parents

Jun 05 2019

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077: Nicole Clewer - Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Nicole Clewer.Nicole is the founder of luxury activewear brand Dot Dash Activewear. Prior to this, she was a celebrity trainer with 10 years experience in the fitness industry ranging from Barre, Crossfit, Powerlifitng and Personal Training. After being an ambassador for a renowned fitness brand for five years, she decided to become an ambassador of her own brand and Dot Dash Activewear was born. She started the brand when she was three months pregnant and her son Jago is now one year old. In the first year she was featured in Women’s Health twice alongside other magazines such as ‘Runners World’. As well as running Dot Dash Activewear, she is a qualified personal Trainer and Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes university within the business department. She exercises regularly and in 2014 she broke the squat British record in her weight class.In this episode, we’ll:Juggling parenting and business.Looking after your mental health and wellbeing.Entrepreneurship and taking the plunge.

May 08 2019

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076: Jo Bevilacqua - supporting mothers in starting their own business

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Jo Bevilacqua. Jo is the Owner of ""Serenity Loves"" & Founder of ""The Unique Mumpreneur"".Serenity Loves is a hair and beauty salon with onsite creche and the Unique Mumpreneur an online and in person community for women (Mothers or Not) who want to take the first steps to starting their own business or grow an existing one. It is designed to support mothers who juggle entrepreneurship with the challenges of raising a family and establishing a work/life balance. Before she launched the Unique Mumpreneur she had many jobs involving customer service and sales and after years of earning amazing money but with no sight of a long term ‘career’ she felt like something was missing. So, she made the decision to retrain and formed a career within childcare, which was another passion. She then founded Hallmark Carpets & Flooring in 2009, in partnership with her husband, whilst on maternity leave. Despite knowing nothing about the industry she still made it a success then whilst pregnant with her second daughter had the idea of a one stop hair and beauty salon with a supervised crèche, which led her to open the doors to Serenity Loves.In this episode, we will discuss: Starting a business whilst on maternity leave, Doing what you love every day. Delegation. Listen in here: https://www.parentpreneur.com/076-jo-bevilacqua-the-benefits-of-working-with-a-sales-coach

Apr 03 2019

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075 - Alison Edgar - the benefits of working with a sales coach

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In this month's episode I am interviewing Alison Edgar. Alison is the Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions, also known as The Entrepreneur’s Godmother. She is one of the UK's Top 10 Business Advisers and #1 in Sales and Marketing.Alison is regularly featured on BBC 1 Breakfast, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian as well as BBC Radio 4 Moneybox and has recently appeared on LBC radio.She has trained thousands of people nationally and internationally. Her client list ranges from start-ups all the way through to multinational conglomerates and includes Dragon's Den and Apprentice winners.A newly published author, book Secrets of Successful Sales, which explains her Four Pillars of Sales has reached #1 on the Amazon best-sellers chart.In this episode, we’ll: Secrets of Successful Sales Book / Sales, intrapreneurship & communications and Benefits of working with a sales coach.

Mar 06 2019

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074: James Golden - learning from our mistakes

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On this week's episode I re-interview James Golden.James was one of our first ever interviewees and featured in one of our first episodes - number 14!After starting his business in 2010, he’s had an incredible journey that included getting a bank grant and later hitting rock bottom, overcoming a cancer diagnosis when he was 26, and building his company into a profitable business that employs 10 staff and has recently raised funds for growth through a crowdfunding campaign.James is fellow Parentpreneur, living with his wife, two daughters (aged 6 and 2) and his son who is 7 months old.14 months on from his original interview a lot has happened in that time. James has now parted ways with his business, is back to being a one man band and now involved in a retreat company called YOLO Retreats.We catch up to find out what's new and next for James.

Feb 06 2019

48mins

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073: Siobhan Murray - the impact of burnout on our lives

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Siobhan Murray.Siobhan is a Positive Psychology Success Coach & Psychotherapist and a Family Mediator.Siobhan holds a First-Class Honours B.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Mindfulness and Wellbeing, is a Master NLP Practitioner, a certified Life Coach and a Mediator and is about to embark on a Masters in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Siobhan’s early career began working in the Entertainment industry where she worked with artists such as Sir Elton John, Goldie and B*Witched...to name a few. In her early 30’s Siobhan established the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity in Ireland and was instrumental in the building of the Ronald House at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.Following the expansion of her family and then subsequently becoming a single mother Siobhan began to view her world differently. It was her passion for understanding how our minds work and how the hectic pace we live our lives is creating an epidemic of burnout that inspired her to change careers and her lifestyle.She established her clinic in 2010 and has been working 1:1 with clients and delivering bespoke workshops on Behavioural Change, how to combat Burnout and Breaking the Glass Ceiling, to companies, conferences and events around the country.Siobhan is regularly interviewed on her view point as a Behavioural Change and Burnout Specialist for newspaper and radio and most recently was commissioned as an expert to work on the TV documentary, Stressed, which aired on RTE1 May 2018. She regularly contributes to podcasts on various different topics and has her first book, The Burnout Solution due for release January 2019.In this episode, we will discuss:The impact of burnout on our lives, How to be self-compassionate and how to become resilient.

Jan 09 2019

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072: Amanda Overend - enjoying books with your children

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In this week's episode I am interviewing Amanda Overend. WARNING: Don’t listen with small children as Amanda talks about delivery of presents at Christmas.Amanda is mum to 3 young boys and the Owner of Books & Pieces, which makes buying books easy for families who want to enjoy books with their children.Amanda's background is in sports PR & Media, and more recently education PR. Whilst pregnant in 2012, she set up Books & Pieces which she ran alongside her day job (and having a third child!). At Christmas 2016 she left her day job to go ‘full time’ with the business.She has been steadily growing Books & Pieces, and this September was a turning point for her because her youngest started school, so she decided to launch her second business, Stocking Fairy (providing wrapped Christmas stocking gifts)!In this episode, we will discuss: Running a business around the family.Standing out in a crowded marketplace.How Amanda found and tested her new business idea before starting it.

Dec 12 2018

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071: Lucy Parsons - how to reach your full academic potential

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This week I am interviewing Lucy Parsons.Lucy is the CEO of Life More Extraordinary and is an academic coach who supports teenagers and their parents through GCSE and A Level exams, teaching them the study skills they need to reach their full academic potential. At the age of nine Lucy decided she would like to study at Cambridge University. She went to comprehensive schools where there wasn’t much help or expertise in helping students achieve things like this, so she worked it out on her own. After her three years at Cambridge she was headhunted for her first job with Tesco.com, but corporate life wasn’t for her. She trained as a teacher and worked in schools for four years. Her business was born out of the desire to continue to work in education but to be at home for her young family and she hasn’t looked back since. She is the author of The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take and the founder of The Extraordinaries Club, an online membership site for families to support them through the exam years. She has been featured in The Telegraph and The Independent and on BBC Radio 5 Live.In this episode, we will discuss: How she supports teens and parents through the exam years.How Lucy originally wrote and launched her book and how this led to getting a publishing contract and the expansion of her business.How her business enables her to work in a flexible way around her health needs and the element of my well-being journey.

Nov 14 2018

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070: Vicky Warr - the importance of consumer research

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In this week's episode I am re-interviewing Vicky Warr.I originally interviewed Vicky 3 months ago and we want so deep into talking about her fitness business that we didn't get chance to cover childcare and how her business is growing.As a reminder, Vicky is the Founder and CEO of Bump and Beyond providing Online Exercise Fitness Video and Healthy Eats for Mums/Moms and Mums to be (online, global).She is a pregnancy and postnatal fitness specialist and nutrition coach, with over 17 years’ experience in the fitness industry.As a mum of two herself, Vicky helps Mums to be and New mums be fit, healthy and happy during pregnancy and beyond with her online exercise videos and healthy, quick family friendly recipes.She also helps businesses retain their female talent with her health and wellness interactive healthy eating and fun exercise workshops. She is fitness expert for Gurgle Magazine, the UK’s baby magazine and contributor to BBC radio and consultant to Mothercare.In this episode we discuss:The importance of consumer research, how to hire for values, get referrals and compare people to work out who is the right fit

Oct 31 2018

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069: Graham Harris - bringing ideas to life and creating a business to sell them

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Graham Harris. Graham is the Managing Director of Tech-ni-Fold, which he founded in 1999 whilst balancing a young family at home. As a print finisher at the time he saw the need to eliminate the problem of fibre cracking, which had been a problem that had plagued the printing industry. Since then over 70,000 Tri-Creasers have been sold worldwide, which is renowned for its speed, running costs and quality.Through Graham's knowledge and expertise, Tech-ni-Fold is fast emerging as the world's leading authority in the field of creasing.Graham's children are now grown up but I am looking forward to hearing more about Grahams business / family journey and how he found things in the beginning against how things are now.In this episode, we discuss: His expertise is in bringing ideas to life and creating a business to sell them, how the world / media and inventors have all contributed to how inventors are perceived and how he came a Best-Selling author by using marketing strategies he relied on when inventing.

Oct 03 2018

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068: Igor Bekker - disruption of the baby product industry

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On this week's episode I am interviewing Igor Bekker. Igor is a former retail executive who is now a co-founder of a direct-to-consumer ecommerce business ""MADE OF"". ""MADE OF"" provides new parents with simple, organic-first and safe everyday baby products, whilst creating consistent shopping experience without exploiting their pockets and time. Historically, he has worked with high profile brands such as Swatch, ALEX AND ANI, Bauer Hockey and Serta Simmons. He is currently trying to disrupt the baby product industry by being the only brand that is truly non-GMO and certified by the government. He has found that there is no regulation over the term ""natural"" and ""organic"" in this space and he is trying to raise awareness in terms of the actual location of where the ingredients come from and its manufacturing. The product line is already winning national awards and is set to do some amazing things. In this episode, we will discuss: The current personal care/beauty industry and its regulation or lack of. Emerging startups in the personal care/beauty industry. The new generation of consumer demand.

Sep 26 2018

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