MWH 138 : Surviving The Startup Phase with Meg Burrage of BubDesk

Surviving The Startup Phase

Starting your own business is tough. If it wasn't, everyone would do it! Here at MWH, we want to help make sure you survive the startup phase.


I am really excited for today's conversation because we are getting raw, real, and vulnerable. This episode is really going to resonate with you if you have ever felt a strain on your relationships with your spouse, friends, and family simply because you took the leap to become a bizmum!

Today's guest is Meg Burrage, a self-confessed startup addict who is married to a moody Dutchman and a mum to one 4-year-old boy named, Oliver. Meg is the Founder and Creator of BubDesk, the childcare-coworking combination, and she also works as a Management Consultant in the Resources sector.

So let's give a huge welcome to Meg, and let's get into it!


During this episode, Meg is going to talk about her major social struggles and hurdles when starting her business, how difficult it was to grow a business with a constant strain on her relationships, and ways to reduce stress when trying to take your biz off of the ground floor.

1. Introducing Meg!

Meg is such a cool chick who understands how it takes so much grit and determination to run a successful startup. You're really going to love hearing all of her tips and tricks to survive the startup phase during this episode!

Key Points We Discussed:

Who is Meg Burrage?
What is Meg's biz journey?
How did Meg found her biz?

2. The Strain Startups Have On Relationships

Starting a business can provide many social struggles for mums in business. Meg is no stranger to these struggles, so I had to ask her how she managed to work through them or move past them with such resilience!

Key Points We Discussed:

How do you overcome losing friends when starting your business?
In what ways should you stay resilient during the startup phase?
Why does running a startup put a strain on relationships?
What are some ways bizmums can open the door for conversation with their partners?

  • Ask their opinion on things and value their input.
  • Take responsibility for any failed business models and grow through them.
  • Acknowledge the stress that startups and single income may put on your family.
  • Make a conscious effort to not be joined to your phone.

3. Reducing Stress While Running A Startup

We all want to reduce stress as often as we can. Running a startup is no different – it can get super stressful! Meg's sharing her best and most actionable tips to help you reduce stress during the startup phase.

Key Points We Discussed:

How does Meg recommend reducing stress while running a startup?
How should you recognize that less is more?

  • Time is money
  • Be more productive in the time you do have

Why you should schedule non-work related activities into your calendar?
Why you should consider outsourcing?

  • Consider outsourcing to a VA, Bookkeeper, and Social Media Manager.
  • Outsourcing things that don't take up too much time frees up your time.


Anyone keen to try BubDesk is welcome to take Meg up on a $10 for 10 Days offer, which they don’t advertise on their website. Just send Meg an email to and she will take care of the rest (childcare fees additional)!

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I would love to know if anything in this episode struck a chord with you. Feel free to DM me and let me know what you have connected with. If you're feeling brave, I want you to take a picture of yourself or your surroundings and tag me @mumswithhustle in your Instagram Stories telling me what you resonated with the most!


BubDesk just launched into Sydney this month, within 5 childcare centres, and is working its way down the East Coast. You should see BubDesk available around the country by the end of the year. You can find out more about Meg and BubDesk by visiting their website, Facebook or Instagram pages.

Meg often hears people say, “If only you were in my area…” and if that’s the case please drop Meg an email with where you are, as it only takes Meg and her team a couple of weeks to locate a suitable centre when a parent makes a request.

Facebook: @bubdesk
Instagram: @bubdesk


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About Tracy

As the founder and CEO of Mums With Hustle, I have the best day job in the world: teaching entrepreneurs how to grow their beautiful businesses online. When I started the business, that was everything I wanted, but since then, it has grown into something much bigger. Now, I get my joy from helping women find their zones of genius within a community that truly celebrates their success. I truly believe that when women choose to band together, we can do anything - and if you feel the same, there’s a place in the MWH community for you.

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