057: Natasha Freidus – connecting people! - In this episode, I speak with Natasha Freidus who is the Founder and CEO of Needslist, which connects the needs of refugee aid communities quickly and efficiently with those who want to help. Natasha has fifteen years of experience applying human centred design for social good and a long-standing commitment to refugee and migration related issues.…

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056: Sarah Haran – from IT to Handbags! - This week I am interviewing Sarah Haran, who is the Founder of Sarah Haran Luxury Accessories. After 19 years within the Technology Industry, Sarah decided to follow her passion – handbags and accessories. She was inspired to start her own business because she had struggled to find a stylish, high quality functional handbag, so decided…

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055: Richy K. Chandler – when are you going to get a proper job? - Welcome to our latest episode with Richy K. Chandler. Richy is the creative force behind Tempo Lush, which produces comics and illustrations. Starting out in 2007, Richy’s comic publisher business has gone on to produce several highly rated comics. After earning a diploma at the Wimbledon School of Art, Richy graduated from Camberwell College of Arts…

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054: Mariessa Devlin – see your business through the eyes of a parent - Today I am joined by Mariessa Devlin, who is the Managing Director of Enchanted Forest Nurseries and One Cove Road Coffee House. Because of her passion for educating young children, Mariessa qualified as a primary school teacher in 1998. Since that time, she has gained vast experience through a number of education management positions and…

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053: Katie Massie-Taylor – Tinder for mums - Today I am joined by Katie Massie-Taylor, one of the two founders of Mush, the Number 1 app designed for mums to connect with one another and become part of their local mum community. Katie previously worked as a derivatives broker in the City of London. Whilst on maternity leave with her second baby, she…

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052: Pragya Agarwal – building a socially responsible business - In this episode I’m talking to Pragya Agarwal, a mother of three and owner of two businesses. Before starting her businesses, Pragya worked in academia, completing a PhD and training as an architect while raising her first child as a single parent. She later went on to found her businesses, and now has baby twins…

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051: Steve Folland – the freelancer journey - In this episode I’m talking to Steve Folland, a father, and owner of Creative Video and Content company Foll & Co. Alongside his business, Steve produces and presents Being Freelance, a weekly podcast helping freelancers learn from one another’s skills and experience. He also creates weekly vlogs documenting his freelance business and lifestyle on YouTube.…

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050: Alexis Kingsbury – The silver bullet for handling all your people issues even when you are busy - In our 50th episode, I’m going to share something a little different… I recently ran a live workshop at a Mastermind event run for business owners with revenues between £500k and £5m, run by my friends and mentors Dan Bradbury and Kevin Hall. In the workshop I shared an approach that has helped my software…

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049: John Lamerton – coaching to think bigger - In this episode I’m interviewing John Lamerton, a father of two, bestselling author, entrepreneur and mentor to small businesses. John describes himself as just an average bloke who has gone from being an unhealthy civil servant to living the dream. He says he has transitioned from life as a clock watcher in a stressful work…

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048: Liz Cameron OBE – the importance of mentoring - In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast I talk to Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive & Director at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Liz is an amazing business leader with expertise encompassing all aspects of entrepreneurship. Hailing from bonny Scotland, Liz’s career spans three decades during which she has founded and run a series…

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047: Jeannette Washington – Bearly Articulating - In this episode I talk to Jeannette Washington, founder of Bearly Articulating, empowering parents to bear their entrepreneurial voices, based in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Jeannette began her career as a speech therapist living in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2015, she founded Bearly Articulating as an educational consultancy firm and speech therapy education hub to meet the…

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046: Julie Creffield – the fat girls guide to running - In today’s episode we are meeting Julie Creffield, mother (of a 5 year-old daughter) and founder of The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running. The world’s only resource specifically designed for plus size runners. Julie ran her first marathon back in 2005 weighing 20 stone and unable to run to the top of her road. Since…

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045: Rachel Carrell – Airbnb for nannies - Childcare is a massive issue for parentpreneurs. In this latest episode I interview London-based Rachel Carrell, founder of Koru Kids a childcare service that provides nanny shares and after school childcare. Before entrepreneurship, Rachel worked at McKinsey – one of the world’s most esteemed management consultancies. She became a mother, and soon noticed the many…

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044: Liane Katz – teaching kids to code - In this episode I am proud to present Liane Katz, the CEO and founder of mama codes. Liane is on a mega mission to get children into coding from a young age. She does this by making coding simple, fun and appealing to youngsters. Liane’s background in digital products and becoming a mother inspired her…

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043: Cai Graham – tools to navigate adolescence - Raising teenagers can be a HUGE test for parents! Equally surviving being a teenager can be difficult for kids. But fear not, in the latest episode of the podcast I interview family coach and parentpreneur Cai Graham. After a varied career, Cai started her business The Mind Model. She focused on coaching Mums wanting to…

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042: Leona Baker – a winning subscription startup - From jewellery and thrifting to tea shops, and now a monthly subscription of fun! My guest this week has enjoyed a colourful career in the entrepreneurial world. Let me introduce you to Leona Baker, founder of the Lucky Dip Club who deliver a monthly confetti cannon of colour and entertainment to letterboxes around the world.…

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041: Lucy Bartlett – how to run a hugely successful kickstarter campaign - My guest this week is Lucy Bartlett, the co-founder of Bundlebeds. Have you ever thought you’d enjoy camping so much more, if only the sleeping conditions were comfier? Bundlebeds produce a brand-new type of roll-out camping bed, boasting high levels of home-from-home comfort, but can be rolled out in seconds. Parentpreneur Lucy, co-found Bundlebeds with…

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040: How to make delegation easy - In this episode, I’m talking all about delegation! I used to find delegation a real pain. I knew it was vital that I share my workload in order for me to concentrate on pressing matters. However, I found the process of handing over tasks slow and time consuming due to the amount of training and…

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039: Colleen Wong – selling tech safety devices for children - In this episode, I talk to Colleen Wong the brains behind Gator Watch, a watch, phone and tracker for kids. The high-tech yet easy to use safety device allows parents to track their children via GPS and Wifi, and enables phone calls between parent and child. The watch is produced by Colleen’s company Techsixtyfour. In…

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038: Somesh Selvachandran – feminism, equality and the silicon roundabout - In this episode, we are joined by London-based father of two, Somesh Selvachandran. After working for ten years as an Executive Director in the technology department of a global investment bank Somesh took the leap to co-found a startup. As part of the entrepreneurial journey, he has experienced triumphs and challenges that we can learn a…

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037: Poonam Gupta OBE – building one of Scotland’s biggest exporters whilst raising two children - In this episode, I am honoured to be joined by fellow Parentpreneur, Poonam Gupta OBE, founder of PG Paper. After emigrating from India to Scotland, Poonam opened her startup in 2003. The paper company has since grown into a multi-million-pound enterprise, exporting paper globally and proudly standing as one of Scotland’s biggest exporters. Poonam has…

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036: Dr Caroline Purkhardt – running a business abroad - I am delighted to share this episode with you in which I talk to my friend and fellow parentpreneur Dr Caroline Purkhardt. Caroline is a published author and entrepreneur who runs Lauvitel Lodge, a beautiful holiday retreat situated in the French Alps. In this interview, you’ll hear Caroline’s captivating story of how she relocated abroad with…

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035: How to make this your best year yet - Want to stop stress and overwhelm when it comes to starting a business? Need a plan to make real progress with your startup idea? Would you love to start a business and enjoy lots of time with your family? In this podcast episode, I will give you a roadmap to help stop overwhelm and get clear…

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034: Juliette Toop – taking the leap to becoming an entrepreneur - In this episode I am very proud to be interviewing Juliette Toop, a Parentpreneur who I’ve been working with through my accelerator program. Through the program she has been exploring and developing her product market fit, but already has had a lot of experiences that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. This interview will…

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033: Bryony Thomas – how to understand what your customers want and need - In this episode, I speak to Bryony Thomas, entrepreneur and author of award-winning book Watertight Marketing, a fantastic book that helps small business owners get calm control of their business growth. Before founding Watertight Marketing, Bryony held a series of Marketing roles including 3 years as Director of Marketing Operations at Experian. She’s been running…

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032: Dan Bradbury – how to find the right business model for your business - In this episode, I am delighted to be interviewing one of my mentors, Dan Bradbury. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor and fellow Parentpreneur. With Dan and his team’s coaching I have been able to drastically increase profits for my software business. So, I was really keen to get him on the podcast to share…

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031: Erin Thomas Wong – franchisee to serial entrepreneur - In this episode, I talk to fellow parentpreneur, Erin Thomas Wong. After the birth of her first son in 2008, Erin left her career in television production and became a jewellery franchisee. After a couple of years enjoying the freedom that self-employment gave her through the franchise, Erin started a series of her own companies.…

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030 - How to find the right idea for your new business 030: How to find the right idea for your new business - In this episode I’m going deep into a topic that I know is a big one for many of you… how to find the right idea for your new business. I know some of you have been hesitating to get started with a new business, perhaps because you feel you’ve not found the right idea……

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029: Catherine Watkin – selling from the heart - In this episode, I speak with Catherine Watkin, an entrepreneur and sales expert with over 19 years of experience getting clients to say Yes, without being overly salesy. Catherine and I discuss how be authentic to your own values and get amazing results. Catherine now passionately teaches entrepreneurs how to ‘sell from the heart’ –…

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028: How to get the support you need from your partner (even after a business failure) - Starting a business can be frustrating, exhausting and downright difficult! But what can make it even harder is a lack of support from those closest to you. Taking on a new endeavour like a startup puts emotional and financial strain on families and relationships are tested. From my own experience and knowledge from working with…

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027: Jo Dodds – harnessing the power to live more - In this episode we meet Jo Dodds, founder of Power To Live More, and host of the Power to Live More podcast. Jo is a coach, trainer, speaker and consultant with immense expertise in productivity, organisation, wellbeing, energy and resilience. She is passionate about developing these elements in other entrepreneurs. She has a background of…

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026: Gabriella Lynn – how to help customers make a decision to buy your product - In the latest edition of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast we meet entrepreneur and sales guru Gabriella Lynn. Gabriella is passionate about supporting women to learn powerful yet ‘non-saleys’ selling techniques. Prior to becoming known as ‘the Sales Stylist’, Gabriella developed a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, including through supporting and promoting celebrity dancers from BBC’s…

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025: 5 steps to get better work-life balance - In episode 25 of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast I take you through a series of 5 quick steps that will help you achieve a better equilibrium between your work or business, and your home life. There are very few Parentpreneurs who haven’t encountered feelings of stress, overwhelm and guilt whilst trying to run or start…

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"Quitting your job and starting a business is like jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down" - Arfa Iqbal 024: Arfa Iqbal – coping with divorce and switching from freelancer to entrepreneur - In this episode, I interview Arfa Iqbal – a digital marketing expert with more than 7 years of experience in direct response copywriting and digital marketing, as well as being a published author and single mother of two boys aged 13 and 8. Arfa is currently the Global Project Manager for Pure Matrimony – a…

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023: Elliott King – growing a business up to 26 staff whilst getting quality time with his 3 children - In the 23rd episode of the podcast we meet Elliott King, Founder of London based digital agency MintTwist. MintTwist help businesses create more value from their online channels, by improving their digital assets and activities. Elliott has grown from nothing to a 26-strong team, working for impressive clients like City University, The Discovery Channel, Hyatt, and Superdrug. Elliott is a…

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022: Uta De Veer – Using technology to keep women safe - In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast I am excited to introduce Uta de Veer, co-founder of One Scream – a new hands-free voice activated safety app for women and teenage girls. A panicked scream activates the app and triggers an automated call to 999, helping women in danger with no viable option to call for help.…

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021: Lu Li – Creating the right environment for female entrepreneurs to bloom - In the 21st episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast I speak with Lu Li founder of Blooming Founders, a brand new co-working space and member’s club called ‘Blooms’. Blooms is targeted primarily at female entrepreneurs and even provides childcare. Lu has plenty of experience in supporting 1,000s of female entrepreneurs via her online community, in-person…

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020: Lucy Whittington – Find the Thing you do best and enjoy then build a successful business around it - In this 20th episode of the podcast I chat with parentpreneur Lucy Whittington author of ‘Find your Thing’, and founder of ‘Brilliant Business Things’. Lucy is passionate about helping business owners to find the Thing they do that’s brilliant, and create a business upon it. In her book “Find your Thing”, Lucy explains why business…

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019: James Lavers – Why you should sell first, create later - In this episode, I chatted with James Lavers – fellow parentpreneur, online marketing guru, selling-through-video expert and founder of Lazy Coach. I first worked with James as a client of his training and coaching programs, where I found that James brings a powerful new approach to world of online training that makes it better than…

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018: Steph Douglas – coping with hate mail from florists and growing an amazing gift business - In this interview I talk with Parentpreneur Steph Douglas, a mum of two and founder of the inventive gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers. The lightbulb moment of inspiration for Steph’s thoughtful gift company was sat on the sofa, looking at multiple bunches of flowers after giving birth and feeling leaky, weepy and overwhelmed. Considering…

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017: Hermione Way – from Head of European Comms at Tinder and high-tech vibrators to brand consulting for start ups - In this 17th episode of the podcast I chat with fellow Parentpreneur Hermione Way. Hermione has enjoyed a vibrant career founding and running startups, writing blogs and creating TV shows as well as always being at the pulse of new technologies. She recently left her role as Head of European Comms at the leading matchmaking…

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016: Lucy Chaplin – learning from mistakes and building a successful Mums Enterprise Roadshow - In this episode I’m joined by fellow Parentpreneur, Lucy Chaplin. Lucy is a co-founder of the Mums Enterprise Roadshow which hosts events in the UK to help Mums explore alternatives to returning to their 9-5 jobs, including building startup businesses, becoming franchisees, freelancing, and working remotely. With her background in graphic design, Lucy initially started…

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Podcast Artwork - 015 - Annie Ridout 015: Annie Ridout – launching The Early Hour and keeping going when things get tough - In this episode, I talk to fellow Parentpreneur, Annie Ridout, founder and editor of The Early Hour. The Early Hour is a fantastic online parenting and lifestyle magazine, with articles and interviews published daily at 5am. Her articles are honest, touching, and include interviews with many great parentpreneurs including Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) and Paul…

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Podcast Artwork - 014 - James Golden 014: James Golden – building a successful fitness business whilst overcoming incredible obstacles - In this interview, I talk to James Golden, founder of Target Training Club, a fitness boutique club in Amersham, Bucks and a creator of a series of fitness retreats which recently featured in the Sunday Times top 12 fitness experiences in the UK. After starting his business in 2010, he’s had an incredible journey that…

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Podcast Artwork - 013 - Cara Sayer 013: Cara Sayer – from nervous breakdown to a booming business - In this amazing interview with Cara Sayer, the inventor and founder of Snoozeshade, we explore her journey as a Parentpreneur. This includes how she survived post-natal depression and a nervous breakdown, made her first sales to Jojo Maman Bebe, divorced her husband, and built an impressive business selling her products all over the world. Her invention, Snoozeshade, is a…

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Podcast Artwork - 012 - Neil Sheth 012: Neil Sheth – using SEO to get your brand found online - In this episode, I speak to Neil Sheth, fellow parentpreneur, and SEO wizard. Neil is the founder of Your Brand Found, which provides training, coaching and support in establishing an online presence, identifying opportunities to drive new leads and customers, and using best practices when it comes to SEO, content marketing and social media. Neil built…

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Podcast Artwork - 011 - Sophie Edington 011: Sophie Edginton – the power of getting specific on your target customer and what you help them to do - In this episode I’m joined by fellow Parentpreneur, Sophie Edginton, founder of the Dinner Set. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sophie through my startup accelerator program to help her find product-market fit, and am now helping her to prepare to scale her business. She’s had a lot of useful experiences that I’m looking forward…

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Podcast - 010 - Josh Pigford - Baremetrics 010: Josh Pigford – how to retain customers to build a profitable business - In episode 010, I interview fellow Parentpreneur Josh Pigford, the founder of baremetrics – a software business that helps other subscription businesses to analyse their growth and churn data. He has grown his business from nothing in 2013 to over $80,000 revenue per month. This is an impressive achievement as unlike many fast-growth software businesses,…

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Podcast - 009 - Wendy Shand - Tots to Travel 009: Wendy Shand – Building a £Multi-million holiday business after a parent’s worst nightmare - In this episode I interview Wendy Shand, founder of Tots To Travel, a multi-award winning holiday provider, who specialise in providing parents with young children and babies a stress free holiday experience. Wendy set up Tots to Travel in 2006 after a horrible holiday experience in which her two-year-old fell into an unenclosed pool. Since…

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Podcast Artwork - 008 - Francesca Tortora 008: Francesca Tortora – Doing it for the kids - In this episode, I talk to fellow Parentpreneur Francesca Tortora, a Freelance Graphic designer who works with individuals, small businesses and established brands across the arts, media and charitable sectors. Alongside her graphic design work, in 2016 Francesca set up ‘Doing It For the Kids.net’ – a site that compiles stories from other Freelancing Parents.…

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007 - David Walker 007: David Walker – Finding the right business idea to help him spend time with his wife and daughter - This interview is with David Walker, an awesome Parentpreneur who I’ve been working with through my accelerator program. David is in the early stages of growing a new business that helps entrepreneurs to protect their brand using an online toolkit that takes you through the steps to ensure you have a significant amount of legal…

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Quote from Olga Shoraka on the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast 006: Olga Shoraka – Helping women to succeed - In this episode, I interview Olga Shoraka, Google Campus London Ambassador for Women@Campus community. Previously, Olga spent 8 years in financial services in New York focusing on equities in the technology sector. She is currently a full time MBA student at London Business School. Olga has been a long-time advocate for closing a gender achievement…

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“The trap that most entrepreneurs fall into when starting their business is to create a product that no one wants” - Alexis Kingsbury 005: How to avoid the most common cause of failure for a startup - If you are a Parentpreneur with an early stage startup (that hasn’t got sales yet), or are planning to start a new business, then you’ve just struck gold. 🙂 In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, I talk about the most common cause of startup failure, and explain why focusing on getting your first sale is…

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"Its OK to have bad days. Look at what they're telling you and use them to gear your life in a better way for you" - Aleksandra King 004: Aleksandra King – Protecting a work-life balance and making decisions consistent with her values - In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, I talk to Aleksandra King, a fellow Parentpreneur with a business specialising in a communication – helping her clients to communicate their message to their target audience. Aleksandra has a wealth of experience in this field, having worked on high profile projects with companies such as Hugo…

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Steve Bolton - Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast Interviewee 003: Steve Bolton – Building a successful property franchise while getting time with his 4 kids - In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, I talk to fellow parentpreneur, Steve Bolton. He’s a dad of four and founder of Platinum Property Partners. Steve is a highly successful entrepreneur, who has had rollercoaster ride, after making his first million through an outdoor adventure and management training business before he was 30, Steve then…

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"I decided not to consider myself as being held back by other commitments, but instead that I was a Parentpreneur" - Alexis Kingsbury 002: What is a Parentpreneur? - In this episode of the Parentpreneur Accelerator Podcast, I share what I think a ‘Parentpreneur’ is, why I think we need this term, why being a Parentpreneur can make you a better entrepreneur, why you should consider be proud of being a parentpreneur, and why parentpreneurs matter to the world! (OK, so I got a bit ‘rant-y’ and ‘on my…

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"Being an entrepreneur can be all-consuming. Its easy to lose perspective and work frantically to the detriment of everything else" - Alexis Kingsbury 001: Why I created the Parentpreneur Accelerator podcast - In this first ever episode, I’d like to tell you a bit about who the Parentpreneur Accelerator podcast is for, what we’ve got coming up in the next few episodes, why I created this podcast, what we’ve got coming up in the next few episodes, and the key lessons I’ve learned from 17+ years as an…

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