Here are just some of our Frequently Asked Questions. Please e-mail me if your question is not answered here.
Can I join if I am dating?
Yes! I am not a nun and this is not a convent! This is about women who have or understand what it is to have a single household income. If your relationship develops and you don’t feel like you fit the Single Mum bill you can move to a ‘friend of the SMBN’ I will continue to run the SMBN regardless of my relationship status!
What does it cost to join the SMBN?
Membership is £2.50 per week or £10 per month.
Where are you located?
Head office is in Herefordshire but meetings are all over the UK. Please see our events page and consider joining as a County Coordinator if your County is not yet covered.
How does it work? What is the SMBN about?
The SMBN is about affordable exposure. Members collaborate by paying the nominal fee and then benefit from exposure via exhibitions, magazines, professional media and PR association and SEO optimisation via the SMBN website. It’s also about monthly business meetings although you have to be a member to benefit from the exposure, discounts and inside info on holidays and awards etc.
Is it a Not for Profit or Charity?
No, the SMBN is a Trading Name of KIH Products Ltd, but most of the income is spent on exposure for members. The SMBN is a business for small business owners and self-employed women to achieve affordable exposure, as a direct result of Director Julie’s extreme difficulty she wants to make it easier for women in her shoes. Julie knows that if she set-up as a CIC or Charity she could obtain funds and tax relief, but this is about wanting to be financially independent and pay as much tax as any other UK company.
‘You need to win the lottery or find a rich man’
‘Isn’t a single mum in business just trying to earn a little pocket money and evade tax?’
The answer to both is NO. If we meet somebody it will be as authentic as it ever was and not a financial transaction, and we are serious about growing our business to enable us financial stability and independence and we take as much care as any other business with accounting and legislation. We do not want ‘taking on’ or ‘saving’ and we are not ‘lucky if a man shows interest’.
Married and looking for some fun?
You’re in the wrong place, go and look after your wife.
I feel like a single mum my husband is always at work..
You’re not a single mum, as much as we appreciate it can be lonely in a relationship you are a single mum if two parents have two households to manage and pay for, therefore reducing disposable income for business PR. You are a single mum if your husband never takes a break with you, never takes the rubbish out, never contributes to your rent or mortgage, is never there Christmas morning, you never get a lay in because it’s his turn, you can never pop to the shop at night because you are home alone with dependents, and so on and so forth. But if your complaint is that your husband is working so hard to put food on the table and do his best to cuddle you at night and enable you to be a full-time mum without worrying about how to pay for it, you are not a single mum.
We are hard working women, and all we need is exposure for our business until society gets that salary v outgoings & childcare must work for all one income families, and all families full stop.