Elle Likopoulos of Absolute Business Brokers has been named as a finalist for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards in the AusMumpreneur of the Year, Business Excellence, B2B Service, Multicultural and the People’s Choice Leadership Category.

A mother of four kids under 10, including two 18-month old twins, she’s managed to successfully juggle motherhood while also remaining integral to the brokerage.

“Despite the challenges of being a young mother of four, I successfully lead and dominate in a male-orientated industry that is known to be competitive and cutthroat. I command respect but lead with gentle and fair qualities that allow for long-standing loyalty. I want my daughter to grow up in a world where her gender does not mean she has to work harder to earn respect as I did,” Ms Likopoulos said.

Nonetheless, being a successful businesswoman and nurturing mum can be challenging at times. Ms Likopoulos has advice for those starting their own enterprise.

“Don’t take on too many things at once,” she said. “So six things 1000 times, not 1000 things six times. Consistency and determination are the keys to success. Running a business is a slow burn and immediate satisfaction or results are not something you should be chasing.”

Her words of wisdom are shared in a podcast she hosts, known as The Mumpreneurs Club, which is designed for career women with children. More recently, she launched a non-for-profit support group for mumpreneurs navigating the COVID-19 market and lockdown.

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Her role in Absolute Business Brokers is to motivate a male-orientated group of agents to sell, manage the administration staff, any and all legal matters as well as steer the direction of the brand.

Driven to succeed, she wants to prove to women (and herself) that it is possible to have both a career and children.

She got much of her work ethic from her migrant family. Her father came to Australia without any support or ability to speak English. Like many migrants, he worked in factories and small business. He saw a gap in the market for reliable business brokers who could provide support and decided to focus his passion into filling that gap. Absolute Business Brokers is a legacy of her father’s passion.

Ms Likopoulos inherited her dad’s love of the business and has been able to see it flourish on an international platform.

In the process she has offered quality support to mum’s who run a small business via her podcast and non-profit support group, designed to provide a safe space for these women to grow in their business.

She is delighted to be named finalist and is proud of her achievement, particularly in the last 12 months especially after the challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions.

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“Despite the continuing trials and tribulations of the COVID market, our business has grown and strengthened during this period,” she said.

You can vote for Ms Likopoulos in the People’s Choice Award. But hurry, as voting ends on 30 August.

Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AUSMUMVIC