008: How to Thrive as a Parent & an Entrepreneur, at any age

By April 10, 2018April 11th, 2018The Simplifiers Podcast

Today’s guest is Louise Brogan of Social Bee NI, all the way from Northern Ireland…she and I chatted about the very best parenting tips and tricks on…


How to juggle being a parent AND an entrepreneur, all at the same time. And not just SURVIVE…but actually THRIVE.

We both shared our biggest secrets that we have learned over the last 10 years of being a parent that’ll help you SIMPLIFY your life, as a whole.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Tips on how to juggle running a business and being a parent, in every challenging phase from diapers to college.
  • Why some parents NEED to go back to work while others opt to stay at home – and either way is FINE!
  • There’s a culture shift these days that encourages women to become business owners and WHY it’s simpler now, more than ever
  • What technology, software and apps are really helping women to jump off the 9-to-5 train and start their own business
  • Just because you can do something in business, doesn’t mean you should.
  • 3 simple things you can do right now as a parent and entrepreneur to simplify your life and THRIVE
    1. Avoid what Louise calls “The spray and pray technique” by organizing your work in batches and blocking out time chunks.
    2. Create templates or “swipe copy” for emails and invoices using 17 Hats or Gmail “canned responses”   
    3. Batch your cooking! (pro tip: Using frozen bread, make sandwiches for packed lunches the night before! The bread will defrost, keeping it chilled perfectly until lunch the next day when eaten.)

My challenge for you this week:

What’s one thing that you can simplify in your life to help you thrive as a parent and an entrepreneur? Snap a photo and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and books mentioned:

Favorite quotes from this episode:

“When you’re trying to write an email and your kids are tugging on your sleeve, stop what you are doing, because let’s face it… NOBODY is winning.” – Louise

“I RUN THE DAY… or otherwise, the day runs me.” – Mary

“One of the toddlers is inside the shopping, Charlie” – Louise (haha, shopping Charlie… love it!)

About Louise Brogan

Louise Brogan is the founder of Social Bee NI, working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them figure out how to market their business online in a clear straightforward way.  Louise is also a busy mum of three and has a hyperactive spaniel who deserves his own blog.

Louise’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Hannah Martin – Co-founder of the Talented Ladies Club – https://www.talentedladiesclub.com

Where Louise hangs out online:


Facebook: www.facebook.com/SocialbeeNI

Website: https://socialbeeNI.com

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