Connection Over Perfection

Every mum at night:

“Tomorrow, I’m going to get up early before all of the kids, pack their lunches, go for a run, cook a healthy breakfast, and enjoy 20 minutes of silent ‘me time.'”

Morning mum:

“Hahahahahaha. Nice try.”

Everyone understands running a business is hard. But, running a business while raising a family is even harder. It can be lonely, overwhelming, stressful and make you want to lock yourself in bathroom and hide, and that is before school drop off.

But it doesn’t have to be to be that way.

It can be fun, exciting and a joyful experience (most of the time at least) when you have the right team on your side.

SA Mums in Business is passionate about educating and empowering mums to grow their business, without the stress, overwhelm and loneliness that often comes with business grown. 

Don’t get us wrong, this is not a pity-party. This is not about feminism, man-bashing, complaining about kids and partners (although what happens in group chats, stays in groups chat). Rather, there needed a safe space to connect with like-minded women who understood the challenges of raising a business, and a family, and finding some-kind of life in between.

In 2018, SA Mums in Business (SAMIB) kicked off with an event at the beautiful Partridge House in Glenelg, organised by Sally Harding. It was a chance for mums to come together, let their hair down and connect in a relaxed, casual environment. These events grew to a community of over 400 mums, including Sandra Senn and Jess Engleson

In 2021, Sandra and Jess took ownership of SAMIB with the desire to continue these events and empower women to grow personally and professionally. They realised a safe space was needed for mums to connect and learn from experts, who could help them grow their business. This purpose opened up SAMIB to include new membership options, and the belief that “it takes a village to raise a business”

Whether you are a new mum, a soon to be mum, a dog-mamma, a grandma or even hoping to be a mum one-day (as we know that not everyone who wants to be a mum, can be) we want you to be part of our village.

Meet Jess

Meet Jess Engleson. Mum to 2.5 kids, and co-owner of SA Mums in Business. With a background in administration, marketing, styling and business development, Jess runs the family business “Concrete Busters” with her husband. When she is not rocking the high-vis and steel caps, you will find her kicking back at home in the Barossa, hair in a mum-bun and looking after her growing number of indoor plants and kids (did we mention she is pregnant with number 3!!)

Facts about Jess:

  • #1 Business Tip: Set up your business correctly from the start. Think of the best-case scenario, and plan for that outcome from the beginning. It will save hours of headaches, accounting issues and legal fees and put you in the mindset of success.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Champagne
  • Cause close to her heart: Raising awareness around the signs of domestic abuse and what help is available for those in need.
Sandra of SA Mums in Business

Meet Sandra

Meet Sandra Senn. An Irish powerhouse and the co-owner of SAMIB. This bubbly ball of energy has worked around the world, running large teams, overseeing sales and marketing, and working in events. However, many of you will also know Sandra as the owner of Hashtag Insta Prints, a Business she grew after having 2 gorgeous kids (3 if you count her techy-savvy gamer husband) to give her the freedom and lifestyle she wanted.

Facts about Sandra:

  • #1 Business Tip: Learn when to say no. As hard as it seems at the time, saying yes to the wrong things is even harder. 
  • Guilty Pleasure:  Chips and Gravy. I honestly love it!
  • Cause close to her heart: Helping to raise awareness about Post Natal Depression and encouraging women to seek help early when it comes to mental health issues and normalize the stigma around this.

If this sounds like you and you want to grow your business in a supported environment and learn from a team of experts, then SAMIB membership is for you. It takes a village to raise a business, and we want you in it.