A 121 business mentor provides individualised support, as you prepare to register your business and begin trading. This support will continue for up to a year to ensure you receive all the guidance you need to set up a successful business.

Coaching can be completed independently, or alongside our Enterprise Skills course if you want to develop your business start-up knowledge.

Our experienced Business Coaches provide excellent guidance to help you get your business registered and trading whilst supporting you every step of the way – and for up to a year as you embark on your business journey.


The first six weeks of Business Coaching includes weekly webinars covering important start up topics, such as:

  • Business strategy
  • Creating your business plan
  • Attracting your target market
  • Pitching your business
  • Help to set up as self-employed and start trading.

Our Business Coaching webinars also provide networking opportunities in which you can discuss your progress with likeminded mums starting on the same journey as you.


To get the absolute most out of your coaching experience, ideally you will be completing our Enterprise Skills course, or be close to starting your business and just need a little help to get registered.

If you have already started a business but it has unfortunately not been as successful as you had hoped, we may also be able to provide you with support to get up and running again.


For even more added value, combine this Business Coaching alongside our Enterprise Skills course. (Doing so only adds 5 hours a week to your commitment).


We’ve supported over 6,000 women back to work or to start a business. You can see their successes and you can be a successful mum too – even if you don’t feel like you are one right now. We give you the tools you need to regain your mojo.

Our Business Start-up programme also offers:

  • Support for up to a year after your course
  • Great guest speakers
  • A dedicated business coach
  • A support network of like-minded mums
  • Specialist themed webinars on topics such as personal styling
  • An online video library containing media of wider social learning.

To access the free places for our coaching you must:

  • Have a child or children aged 6 months – 11 years old (including if you have parental responsibility for children in this age bracket)
  • Be unemployed
  • Not in receipt of any other income (apart from benefits)
  • Live in Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton or Wandsworth.
  • Able to provide evidence of your eligibility.
  • Meet all of these criteria.

We welcome dads who match these criteria too.

This course is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.


  • 6 weeks (plus on-going coaching for up to 12 months after the course).


  • 1 weekly webinar: usually Tuesday 10am to 11am for 1 hour (exact days and times will be confirmed on application).
  • 121 at a time agreed with you and your coach.
  • Fits around your family commitments, the school run and your busy mum life.

Overall you’ll be committing around 15 hours per week for the six-week duration of the module itself. 15 hours is roughly 2 working days per week, or 3 hours on each school day. You can decide how to fit these hours in at home, around your family commitments.

After six weeks, on-going coaching for up to 12 months is delivered once a month, at a time and duration to suit you and your needs.

NOTE: Should you choose to complete Business Coaching and Enterprise Skills together, you will have a 121, one weekly webinar as detailed above, and commit to around 20 hours a week, instead of 15 hours, for the six weeks to allow for self-learning. Thereafter, once a month, coaching is delivered at a time and duration to suit you.


We’re currently enrolling for an October start. You’ll be able to start on the next one with availability. Exact dates and times will be confirmed with you on application. There’s always an opportunity ready for you to start your business journey with us.


Webinars are delivered online using Zoom. This is not a classroom environment and bears no resemblance to the classroom of your past! With online respect and decorum, it’s a group of like-minded mums coming together to share knowledge and skills – focussing your time on starting your business.

And rest assured, our trainers are mums too. For the best and most interactive experience we recommend being able to attend the webinars at their specified time. There may be times when there are children in the background. We’re realistic about that. Some of our coaches and trainers have children at home too. In a worst case scenario, sessions can be recorded and sent to you afterwards, but the mute button works wonders so you can still be there!

All learning and assessment will take place through our online learning platform, EQUAL, meaning you can choose a time that is convenient to complete your course assessment activities. Full guidance will be given, so don’t let the online nature of the course stop you at the first hurdle.


Please ensure you have either a laptop, tablet or a pc/mac with an internet connection that you can use for the duration of the course. This is so that you are able to access the webinars, complete your assessments, research and practice the digital skills you are learning as part of this course.

Continue your business start-up journey today. Complete your online application form and we’ll be in touch to enrol you on your course.

What next?

Come and join Successful Mums Career Academy. It takes one first step to complete your application for this course and start regaining your mojo.

“My confidence was at zero when a friend of mine told me about the Back to Work course. I signed up and soon realised I wasn’t the only mum who’d stayed at home for a long time and who was struggling to find a job. Jane Knight, our tutor, has so much experience as a careers coach and you get the feeling she can really “see” you. The course helped me get my current role. Now I feel like I’m a complete person, not just mummy, cleaner, cook… I feel like “me” again.”


“The knowledge and support are amazing – it’s changed my life because for the first time in a very, very long time, I believe in the value of ALL of my experiences and I have a real drive to get back to work.”