How to run a successful business and still be a good parent

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Create a successful business and never feel like the worst parent in the world ever again.

Most parents don’t want to build a global empire or make a gazillion dollars a year. They just want to earn a decent income and have time to read their kids a bedtime story without having a meltdown in the process.

Yes, we know running a business can be rewarding. However, it can also seep into every life crack, eat up your energy and leave you exhausted, stressed and snapping at your small humans.

In Six Figures in School Hours, award-winning digital marketing coach and business mentor Kate Toon shares practical and doable tips for parents to run a successful business, make serious money and not burn themselves to a frazzle in the process.

First, you will examine your business goals and measure your ‘why’ against your desires for family life; then, discover passive income ideas and ways to involve the family in your business life in an enjoyable way; finally, find out how to turn that six-figure profit dial up or down depending on the compromises you’re willing to make.

Throughout the book are tools and tactics to manage your money, be more productive and focus on what matters, along with inspiring stories from other successful business parents who know exactly how it feels.

Six Figures in School Hours is a smart, honest business self-help book that gives you the skills, the tools and the confidence to never again need to choose between a successful business and a happy family life.


An honest, enjoyable, practical look at what it takes to make money in your business and be the parent you want to be without losing yourself.

Jodie Thornton | Parenting Coach

Any parent and entrepreneur will tell you they were never handed a roadmap for what unfolded after the birth of their babies (yes our businesses feel like our babies too) …

Kate has done a pretty stellar job in this book of highlighting the terrain, the bumps and turns, stop signs, red lights and green lights when it comes to embarking on the journey of running a business and being a parent. I highly recommend putting this on the must read list for any parent juggling a business and kiddos

Sam Jockle Founder and CEO ParentTV

“It’s about bloody time someone wrote this book. For far too long people with a business and kids, have been suffering in silence without a map to navigate this merciless minefield. Kudos to Kate for finally putting it all out there in such an intelligent, insightful and humorous way. If you want to make significant money, in and around kids, this book is for you.” 

Dale Beaumont- Founder & CEO of Business Blueprint®

“This book is a delightfully honest blueprint (with touches of perfectly timed humour) to banish parent guilt and work on your own terms. 

Affirmation from the business-parent trenches that you don’t have to work like you don’t have kids, or parent like you don’t work. 

I wish I had this when I started my business while pregnant with toddler in tow, surrounded by five piles of laundry waiting to be folded, just out of vid conferencing view.”

Carrie Kwan – Mums & Co Co-founder 

“I had to keep checking behind me while reading Kate’s book. Surely she was somewhere in the house looking over my shoulder? I felt seen. She has perfectly captured what it’s like to manage the competing pressures, priorities and pleasures of being a parent and a business owner. This is a book I’ll return to again and again, so practical, so readable, and so wise. It’s truly a gift.”

Erin Huckle | Chuckle Communications

As a parent and business owner, this is the book I didn’t know I needed.

Filled with Kate’s humour, easy-to-implement tips, and stories of her own struggles, this book is real, kind and genuinely helpful. Six Figures in School Hours will gently sit you down, hand you a pen, notepad and a cup of coffee, then guide you towards less stress, less guilt and more success. For you, your family, and your business.

Lauren Minns mum of daughter 9, step-sons 9 and 10.

I just wish I had read the book 50 years ago. Really looking forward to seeing the published version.

Love, Dad.

My current favourite business book would have to be Six Figures in School Hours, written by Kate Toon. She’s insightful, relatable and writes with honesty about things, decisions, paths we have to take to juggle parenthood, life and business. She understands the guilt of attempting to balance the two and strips that off to help you be an effective and successful business owner (without loosing your identity). It’s practical advice delivered with sensitivity, sensibly and with humour. I wish this book was around when I first started my business 4+ years ago. Must read for parents running a business (mums and dads)

Anu Sawnhey | Bidiliia
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Kate Toon is an award-winning entrepreneur author, speaker, educator, podcaster, and parent to one human and one fur baby. From her humble backyard shed she masterminds an ambitious business universe, helping thousands of other humans to build their own version of success through digital marketing business know-how.


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