Hey, I'm Mia Freedman. And I'm a Lady Startup.
Once upon a time though, I had a job.
It was a terrible job. I hated it. I worked with people I didn't respect and who didn't respect me right back. I spent every day trying to navigate a swamp of toxic office politics and worst of all, my work had no purpose. No meaning.
I wasn't being creative. I didn't feel fulfilled. I had no control over my work hours and no flexibility to work around my young family.
So I took a leap, backed myself and started my own business. I bought the URL mamamia.com.au with a view to creating a blog about all the different kinds of things women were interested in from pop culture to politics, pelvic floors, parenting and 100 other things.
With two kids at home and soon another on the way, I set up my laptop at our kitchen bench and then later, moved my "office" (LOL) to my lounge room where I had wedged a cheap IKEA desk behind the couch so I could work while the kids watched The Wiggles and after they were in bed.
And from there, I built Australia's biggest women's media company and the largest women's podcast company in the world.
I worked crazy hours but they were my crazy hours and I faced a million challenges but I was exhilarated.
Working for myself is the best thing I have ever done. Without question. It's the best thing I've done for my career and my family and my mental health and my sense of purpose.
And it's not just me. There are 1.2 million women in Australia who are running their own businesses of all shapes, sizes and scales.
For some women, it's a side-hustle. For others, it's an international operation which they manage from their home base.
What we all have in common is that we started with a dream and desire to work for ourselves.
Does that sound like something you'd be into?
I want to invite you to join me for the Lady Startup Activation Plan — a six-week online program to walk you through every step from where you are right now, to READY TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN LADY STARTUP.
My purpose in founding Lady Startup is to help 20,000 Australian women start their own businesses by 2020.
And I reckon you should be one of them.
Since I began Lady Startup, I've spoken to thousands of women who want to start their own businesses.
And I've learned that most women would LOVE to do something for themselves....and yet they all tell me they have the same problems when it comes to starting.
- You can't find the time (I totally get it, I have three kids, two dogs and a heavy addiction to podcasts and Netflix)
- You're afraid of the financial risk of leaving a secure job.
- You lack confidence or self-belief.
- You're completely overwhelmed with information (and advice) overload.
- You're too much of a perfectionist.
- You're scared - scared to fail, or scared what other people think (I have anxiety so this one I REALLY get).
But most of all....you have no idea how or where to start.
What do you actually do to get things rolling - to get customers and to just get your name out there? Should you set up a website? How on earth do you set up a website? Should you hand out fliers? Where and to who? How do you decide what to charge?
Oh somebody hold me, there's just so much to know.
Really, what most women need is a guide. I WISH I HAD HAD A GUIDE WHEN I STARTED MAMAMIA! Someone who's been there and done it before - and who can show you exactly what you need to do at each step along the way, with encouragement and advice.
Well, I want to be your guide.
And that's why I've been working for months on a brand-new course.
One that will walk you through ALL your fears....and show you how to start your very own Lady Startup.
Would it be getting to work with the people you want to work with, and building a small team who can support you (and who you love)?
Would it be spending the time to properly take care of yourself in the way YOU want....like being the one to decide when you take lunch, start and finish work, sleeping and eating better and even exercising at a time that suits you?
Would it be the chance to do something MEANINGFUL - like you're building something for YOURSELF (not your boss) and contributing to something YOU believe in, not just going through the motions because you have to?
Or would it be the FLEXIBILITY? Yes, the chance to do activities with your kids (if you have them) or hang out with your dog while you work. To be free for school-pickups or take a day off if your kids (or dog) is sick. To choose when, where and how you work....like, in your trackies or hey, in bed with a cup of tea and your laptop if that's what you're feeling.
Well, whatever it is....I can tell you for sure that having your own Lady Startup and working for yourself can mean ALL of those things (especially the dog time and the flexibility).
And today I want to give you the opportunity to do it for yourself.
Just like these women are doing right now.
This is a comprehensive, six-week course based on years of my experience running Australia's #1 women's media company and the largest women's podcast network in the world.
Along the way, I've spoken to hundreds of successful Lady Startups who are running businesses of all types and sizes and I've absorbed sooooo much intel.
And this course draws on all my experience....to cover EVERYTHING you need to start your own business.
We'll cover refining your idea...building a unique and powerful brand you'll love...setting up your business 'scaffolding' to ensure you're well supported in all the ways you need...attracting eager customers...and preparing your official launch.
I'm going to personally show you, step-by-step, how to get started, and how to avoid all the common traps and pitfalls that people fall into.
I'll show you how to set up your Lady Startup as a side-hustle so you don't have to quit your job (yet). And I'll show you how to build a business that lets you run on YOUR schedule.
By the time we're done, you're going to know EXACTLY what you need to do to get your Lady Startup off the ground and rocketing into the world.
Lady Startups who have a business idea but haven't yet launched and are ready to get started!
Existing Lady Startups who are in the early years of their business and seek more support and guidance