It’s just a little over 40 years since International Women’s Day was first held on March 8. While much has been achieved for women’s rights and gender equity in that time, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.

This International Women’s Day, organisers are asking participants to #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better more gender-inclusive working world.

At Moore Stephens NSW, we encourage our clients to be bold for change every day of every month of every year.

Over the years that we have been in business—from  a small accounting firm in Burwood in 1955 to the multinational player of today—we’ve seen the rise and rise of women business owners. In a recent report to the Office for Women, the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicated women represented just over one-third of business operators.
With International Women’s Day 2017 just days away, we spoke with client and mumpreneur Monika Moutos.

Monika and friends turned business partners Brooke Porter and Lee Becker opened The Corner Store at Concord in June 2016, providing busy households with nutritious seasonal tasty meal kits including easy-to-follow recipe cards that make home-cooked dinners easily achievable.

“We would often run into other parents at the supermarket staring at the shelves facing the same problem: ‘what’s for dinner?’” says Monika.

Giving up jobs to run their own business has been a leap of faith—although not without planning. Moore Stephens have partnered with them to provide support in getting their business off the ground.

And they’re going gang-busters (as evidenced recently when morning TV Sunrise popped in).

Monika says they’ve found work-life balance doesn’t mean working less (the ABS statistics also show about 1 in 10 women are underemployed, wanting to work more, compared with 5% of men): rather they love working and appreciate the freedom to choose how to balance their work and family needs day by day.

What 3 key learnings can these mumpreneurs offer other women in the call to #BeBoldForChange?

1. Back your ideas and remove yourself from any environment where innovation and creativity are not valued. 
2. Prepare yourself for being in the face of adversity and other people’s fears, block them and don’t make them your own. 
3. Intuition and emotional intelligence are more powerful than you think! Speak about the unspeakable and get stuff out on the table quickly.   
And we’ll add a 4th. Make sure your business foundations are solid from the start with professional advice on regulations, financing, taxation, leasing and so much more. At Moore Stephens, we want you to be bold, successful, balanced: to thrive.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Breedon
+61 2 8745 3433