Today we welcome Alli Price, founder and director of Motivating Mum to share some tips for Mums in business…
Mum (to her web designer): Have you optimized my site as I’m being told it hasn’t been.
Designer: What’s that?
Mum: You know, where you put in keywords and stuff so people can find you on Google.
Designer: It’s not needed.
Mum: Yes, it is, I just found out recently, it’s very needed.
Designer: Oh, well, you give me some keywords and stuff and I’ll put them in.
Shocked? You may well be, but I wasn’t. Know why? Because I hear this story in some way, shape or form every week.
It’s usually the same scenario; mum starts out in biz, never having been in biz before, needs a supplier and, because she’s green, ends up getting ripped off or taken advantage of.
And that’s what this blog is about – 5 ways you can ensure this doesn’t happen to you. So, what can you do? Well, you can:
- Not rush in! A new business/blog is exciting but rushing in to things equals bad decision-making. Don’t fear, no one is going to invent your product or launch your blog niche in the time it takes you to slow down and properly take stock.
- Ask around. Recommendations are the best way to source suppliers, these can be personal or from an online business forum. Even a shout on FB or Twitter will usually get you at least five recommendations.
- Get it in writing. Get a contract in place including dates for each stage of the project delivery. The more detail the better. And make sure, when a supplier presents you with their contract it’s not all about them – if they haven’t looked after you, get it written in. Key points to ensure are included are dates, what happens if the project runs over, when you are able to cut and run without paying and how the timing they will commit to when returning calls etc.
- Don’t dive in with number one. Don’t go with the first supplier you find, shop around and get competitive quotes. Not only will this enable you to get the price down as you can play them off against each other but the more you talk to people, the more you will understand what is required to get the project up and the more you’ll know what you’re talking about!
- Google them. Thorough investigation pays off, Google the business name of potential suppliers and investigate previous trading names and Google these too. If there are bad reviews to be found you will find them on the internet. You can also call the testimonials they have listed on their site and do a shout on Twitter/FB for feedback.
So good luck with it all and remember, if all else fails, go with your gut. It’s as good a tool as any for steering you clear.
Cheers, Alli x
Alli Price runs Motivating Mum, a website and events service offering support and advice to mums in biz or those wanting to be, in Oz and the UK.
She has recently launched ‘How to Find A…’ an eBook written to help those starting out find all the best suppliers and support crew for their business. Covering 35 fields with questions on ‘what is a..?’, ‘where do I find a..?’, ‘what questions do I ask..?’, ‘what should I spend my money on?’ and more – it’s a great place to start to find the best supplier for you.