Spring Budget aside, there’s never been a better time for parents to be starting their own businesses, or making the leap to self-employment, particularly in London. Whether you work freelance, have started or are thinking of starting a business, or you just want some space to think about your life goals while networking with likeminded people, there is definitely something on offer for you.
Currently accepting applications for its 10-week course starting in May, Google Campus has been designed for parents who have a business idea or are in the early stages of launching a start-up. Describing itself as an ‘immersive entrepreneurship program for founders who happen to be parents”, the course provides an overview of everything you need to know to launch and grow a successful business.
Mums in Tech offers both mums and dads the opportunity to learn how to design and build a product, work with a tech team, and even dabble in code, in a 6-week course for potential start-up founders, or anyone wanting to hone their tech talk (e.g. before returning to work after maternity leave).
One of London’s original coworking spaces with on-site childcare, Bloomsbury Beginnings near King’s Cross offers weekly 3-hour sessions for parents to get on with some work in one room while their babies or toddlers are entertained by qualified childcare workers in the Ofsted-registered crèche next door. They also offer networking and training events.
If this one is too far for you, there are plenty more popping up all over London. Click here for a handy map!
If you want to dip your toe into the parent-preneur world, head to one of these free monthly meetups where you can chat to other parents who have started (or are thinking of starting) a business, find out what they’re up to, and get inspiration for your own projects. Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming meetups and to keep an eye on what’s new in the parent tech space.
If you have a blog, a business idea, or simply a baby and a burning desire to leave the house and meet inspiring people, then make your way to a Mothers Meeting in East London. This cooler-than-cool group offers talks on everything from business and blogging to mindfulness and self-confidence, with the odd film night and why-the-hell-not party thrown in for good measure.
Finally, as we all know, the biggest challenge facing self-employed parents is the need for flexible childcare to accommodate unusual working hours, unexpected projects and last-minute meetings. That’s where bubble comes in. With just a few taps of the app, you can find and book a reliable, trustworthy babysitter whenever you need one. So you can focus on meeting your deadlines, building your business or just catching up on some much-needed sleep.
Download here, and get £10 off your first booking with code CBBGK.