The women balancing babies with new businesses

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JO HARTLEY Motherhood teaches us that we can be more tolerant, patient, and loving than we ever thought possible - and can also show us that we're innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, too.

The two mums balancing babies and a brewery

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Tracey Porter It's not everyday you see a woman with her newborn baby and preschooler pounding the pavements with a 50-litre beer keg.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

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Peta Doherty Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O’Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Mum in Business: Jac Bowie

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Rashida Tayabali Jac Bowie is the founder of Business in Heels, one of the fastest growing women’s networking events in Australia. She shares her story, including how she juggles work with a young family, and ways to work smarter.

Bop Along Buddies bouncing into business success

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Louis White An Australian entrepreneur and mum of two is taking the children's toy market by storm with this fun bouncer.

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

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Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

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Stay At Home Mum blogger in cybersquatting social media storm

Self-confessed daggy housewife Jody Allen, founder of Stay At Home Mum.

LIA TIMSON Blogger Jody Allen has been forced to apologise for domain squatting after being accused of unethically attracting visitors and advertisers to her site.

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Starting your own business after baby

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Kate Geenty Setting up a work-from-home business while on maternity leave sounds like a dream way to bring in a bit of money, but do you have what it takes to make a business succeed?

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Zara demands name change for mum's home business

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Neda Luketic of now Z and Co. previously known as Zarabumba was threatened to have legal action taken against her by fashion company Zara for the possible infringement on the company name she was originally trading under.  
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HENRY BELOT A Canberra mum who sells a baby clothing line has had to change her business name after receiving legal threats by retail giant Zara.

Mum in business: Jellaine Ross

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Jellaine Ross is the entrepreneur behind beauty and fashion brand Cherry Blooms. She founded the business in 2008 and is now expecting a $3 million turnover in 2014.

More women starting own businesses post-baby

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JOHN COLLETT More women with successful careers are starting their own business or working for themselves from home after having children.

Mum in business: Kate Mills

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Kate Mills started ProfessionalMums.net, an employment community for women, after the birth of her first child. She's a mum to Coco, 5, and Bebe, 3.

Is 'mumpreneur' a dirty word?

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Gayle Bryant The term is embraced by some and loathed by others - why so?

Mum in business: Tiffany Faglin

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Tiffany Faglin is the founder of TheChicElement, an online business that sells a range of beautiful, functional pieces for home offices. She's also the mum of three boys under the age of four.

The basics of starting your own business

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Gayle Bryant What's the difference between a 'mumpreneur' who sees her business as a hobby, compared to one who uses it to earn her income? Two business owners explain how they started out.

Mum in business: Ilde Naismith Beeley

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Ilde Naismith Beeley is the inventor of Starlettos, a unique and stylish yet practical footwear solution. She runs the Starlettos company while raising her two young children.

Mum in business: Ere Perez

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Ere Perez runs her own make-up and skincare company, Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics, and is also a mum of two girls.

Mum in business: Cris Bucknall

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Cris Bucknall is the co-founder of Eco Chic, a stylish, sustainable furniture and homewares emporium. She's also the mum of Kira, 7, and Emery, 5.

Mum in business: Noelle Sadinsky

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Noelle Sandinsky is the woman behind Fridge-to-go, a unique range of eight-hour cooler bags. She's also the mum of two boys: Jasper, six, and Cruz, three.

Mum in business: Jacquie McLean

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Belinda Williams After being a stay-at-home mum for six years, Jacquie McLean decided to make one of her business dreams a reality, creating the Project Ten beach bag range.

Mum in business: Sarah Hardie

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Sarah Hardie is the founder and 'chief dreamer' of Fabrik, an online company that sells beautiful children's clothes, homewares, dolls and more. She's also a mum to Jemima, 4, and Jonas, 18 months, with her third child due in March.

Mum in business: Rhian Allen

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Passionate about health and wellness, Rhian Allan, a mother of one with one on the way, created an online business designed to help mums lose weight safely post pregnancy.

Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer gives birth

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Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer gave birth to a baby boy earlier this week - and plans to return to the office within days.

How one mum built a cloth nappy empire

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Miriam Steffens When Michelle Fowler's first son was born seven years ago, the new mother had made up her mind she wanted to use modern cloth nappies rather than adding to landfill by throwing away soiled disposable nappies well into toddlerhood.

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Mum in business: Claudine Gasnier

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Launched late last year, and quickly becoming the favourite with Australian celebrities, Claudine & Ash Babybags are fashionable bags that are also super friendly to mums. We spoke to mum of one, Claudine Gasnier, about her business.

Mum in business: Allison Holland

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Allison Holland is one of the two women who own The Little Sparrow, an ethical children's range made by women in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. She's also the mum of Asher, four, who has a rare medical condition. Here's her story of being a mum in business.

Mum in business: Sharon Chim

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Sharon Chim is a single mum to two boys - Mitchell, seven, and Koby, four - and the owner of online maternity wear store Queen Bee. She told EB her story and shared her tips about being a mum in business.

Mum in business: Tracey Montford

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Tracey Montford is the woman behind Cake Lingerie, a maternity/nursing lingerie brand that's sold around the world. She's mum to six-year-old Ethan and one-year-old Carter.

Mum in business: Lucie Trinco

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Lucie Trinco is mum to two girls aged two and eight weeks, and is also the owner of Il Tutto, a luxury nappy bag company.

Oobi Baby wins business award

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Belinda Williams When a wholesaler has more fans than the stores it supplies, it begs the question: why bother with the middle man?

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EB Member named as a finalist in National AusMumpreneur Awards

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An EB Member has been selected as a people's choice finalist in the 2011 Bio-Oil AusMumpreneur Awards.

A guilt-free working mum. Is it really possible?

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EB Staff writers Jackie Frank, editor of Marie Claire magazine broke down on this week’s episode of her TV documentary ‘Under the Cover’ over a topic that every mother struggles with – motherhood guilt.

Mum in business: Eileen Stapleton

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Mother of three and partner in the business of KIDsize Living.com.au talks to EB about motherhood and business and juggling everything else!

Mum in business: Jill Jones-Evans

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After moving to Sydney from Melbourne in 2001, Jill Jones-Evans and her husband Ashley wanted to create a slice of their our home town!

Mum in business: Hana Krawchuk

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Fashion designer, Hana Krawchuk creates the essential item for new parents whilst juggling motherhood.

Little Pinwheel - Hayley Blease

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Hayley Blease, mother of two started her own business, Little Pinwheel. Little Pinwheel is a children's online boutique offering fun, hip and modern clothes for girls, boys and babies.

SwapItBaby

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Emma Jamvold talks to EB about starting up SwapItBaby an online swap site for all things baby & kid., being a mum and running an exciting business that is good for your pocket and for the planet.

The Editing Studio - Susannah Thompson

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Susannah Thompson, mother of two started her own business, The Editing Studio, to maintain a better work-life balance.

Babes in Arms - Anita Lincolne-Lomax

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I had an absolute ‘a-ha-moment’ when I tried the ERGObaby carrier with my first daughter almost six years ago.

Plus Maternity - Nadine Newell

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EB member Nadine Newell started PlusMaternity - a complete range of maternity wear for plus size mums to be, with all pieces available in a size 18 to 28.

La Bella Creations - Kylie Watson

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Kylie, mum of two has successfully taken the plunge and risked giving up her career to start her own business in a completely separate profession to what she is skilled in – Leaving a Director’s position and aspiring to achieve success in a 100% online business.

Milk Baby - Lindy Klim

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When Lindy had difficulty finding the right skincare products for her baby's delicate skin, she came up with a solution - she would make her own range, Milk Baby.

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Rock-A-Bye-Baby - Danni Guerreiro

Rock A Bye Baby Nursery & Equipment Hire

EB member Danni saw a gap in the market for a company who could provide exceptional baby hire products, so started her own company.

FLATOUTbear

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Sarah Novati talks to EB about starting up FLATOUTbear, being a mum and running an exciting business.

Meals by Mel

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As a mother of two young children, Mel knows how hard it can be to organise dinners. That’s why she has decided to do all the work for you by planning your weekday meals.

Aden + Anais - Raegan Jones

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Raegan Jones, founder of aden + anais, tells us about her muslin wrap and swaddling business, which is now represented in over 3,000 stores worldwide.

Zaky Infant Hand Pillows - Chez Johnson

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Retailers for Zakeez, Inc. and the exclusive Australian distributor, Chez Johnson gives Australians access to the unique Zaky Infant Hand Pillow without the exorbitant currency conversion and shipping costs.

Hurphy Durphy belt buckle for car seats

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Imogen Mirmikidis There is nothing greater than having a baby come into your life. They turn your life upside down, permanently, and we wouldn't have it any other way. So it's natural that parents will do anything to ensure the safety of these precious little people.

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Carli Ratcliff Four women find new culinary ventures to make a crust after motherhood.

Sewing up the baby business

Oobi Baby founder, Alexandra Riggs

Helena Keers It wasn't that long ago that women had to resign from their jobs when they became pregnant to stay at home and look after the children. How times have changed.

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The middle name game

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Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

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