Mumpreneur is doing it for herself

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Macedon Ranges’ very own multi-talented mum Susan Dean has been named as a finalist for the AusMumpreneur Awards.

These awards celebrate women across the country that juggle the responsibilities of their professional and family life, with the aim of creating a community of support for hard working mothers everywhere.

Ms Dean was nominated in three award categories: AusMumpreneur of the Year, Business Excellence and People’s Choice.

Ms Dean is a life and business coach, a training facilitator, a publisher and an entrepreneur.

Her publishing company, Susan Dean Book Publishing, employs 12 staff including two of her adult children, and is located in the Macedon Ranges.

Ms Dean said although it can be challenging running a business while raising children, she enjoys the challenge. “I loved that I could work around my kids’ school and sports when they were growing up,” she said. “Now, having built a publishing house in the Macedon Ranges, both my adult daughters work with me.

“Also, I just recently became a nanna, I even have a cot setup at the office so my granddaughter can come to work with us.”

Ms Dean said it was important that anybody considering going into business should have a clear plan.

“You need to know why you got into business and work out what investment you are going to put into building your business,” she said. “Also invest in self-development.

You need to have a strong mindset and grow as a person and leader as your business develops.”

The AusMumpreneur Award ceremony will be held on the Sunshine Coast in November. Details: Oliver Lees

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