I’m running a giveaway and I thought you should know 🙂
For Thanksgiving week 2018, I’ve put out a survey for moms who are interested in blogging for an income. I want to know more about you and how I can serve you better, so this survey is meant to do just that…help me figure out how to help you. You’ll have a chance to win an autographed copy of the book!
Watch this video to find out more…
Then I’d love to have you fill out this survey for me…(it’s really quick, I promise!)
SUPER important. As bloggers and online business owners we have to show our trustworthiness very uniquely. It’s not always easy to show “Trust me” online, but there are ways we can do it.
Research shows we only have a few minutes to gain the trust of our customers and clients. Once they land on our website it’s up to us to help them believe in our products and services. It’s easier said than done, so I thought I’d offer a few ways we can start implementing these strategies for our business right away.
Be super honest
This is my first-and-foremost go-to strategy of all time. Seriously. If all else fails, honesty will not. You may have set yourself up as an expert in your industry, but folks can smell dishonesty from a mile away, which is why it is so important to remain true to yourself.
I know, I know- it’s difficult to see this play out in the business marketing world where it seems everyone’s credentials are over-the-top and egos are over-inflated, but there really are a segment of online marketers who believe in integrity and honesty. Make sure this is part of yourbusiness model and you’ll see great results.
Your client trust factor will go through the roof because you aren’t afraid to show your failures, your hangups, your hiccups, your uncertainties. Be approachable and relatable all the while offering great value. Which leads me to my next point…
Bring loads of value
Why do your clients love you? If the shoe were on the other foot and you were the client, why would you be interested in your own services? Do you see how you are bringing value to your clients? You can bring value in many different ways: through free information, helpful emails and follow-ups, phone calls and coaching sessions, webinars, a YouTube channel or a podcast, and of course, your blog.
Bringing value to your client will make a tremendous difference in your trust factor. They trust you because they love what you offer to them, and they trust your expertise. So don’t be afraid to bring it on!
Clients also love to know that you are stable. You’ll be there even if they don’t hear from you in a few weeks. You are around. You haven’t closed shop. You will contact them again and offer them more value. Stability means everything to your business and momentum will keep things alive and well for you.
When your clients know they can count on you to follow through on your offers or that you’ll do exactly what you said you would, they trust you even more. What’s great is you are likely to receive referrals as a result! What a great way to expand your business- by word of mouth. Stability will take you a long way.
Now, I’ll admit (in an effort to be more relatable and transparent) I haven’t always been as stable with this blog as I would have liked. I got busy and I just haven’t truly worked my blog like a business this past year. Sure, I was working on business activities and making money, but I could have done so much more with my blog…so I’m working to change that this year, and I am excited for what’s ahead!
We know how important it is to set goals for our business. Mompreneurs, we know what to do. We just oftentimes have trouble following through on the “do” part of the equation (myself included!)
There are 3 things I’ve noticed that successful people in their businesses overall.
Successful people set goals.
Successful people are consistent
Successful people are relentless
So, in the spirit of hopping right into things, the let’s talk about what each of these three things mean:
Successful people set goals.
It’s not enough to have a dream or a desire. We have to go after it and actually chase it. We have to set a goal, then figure out a path to get us where we want to be. Success is a process and it takes planning.
In order to be successful at our goals, however, we can’t just stop shy of planning. Now comes the hard part: getting to work!
Grinding is hard work, my friend. And the hardest part of all is remaining consistent. If I start a new project, then quit, I’m not consistent. This will, of course, show up in the lack of fruit of my labors. No labor, no fruit. No labor, no pay. (Preaching to myself here!)
When we show up for the task, we’ve eliminated half the hard work already. Simply showing up again and again with consistency proves that we are on the way to succeeding at our goals.
I know this is hard for mompreneurs because we just are so busy. We can’t help it- we wear all the hats (and shoes!) and it’s so easy to drop the ball on what’s not right in front of us. But if we can develop systems to remain consistent we’ll be helped tremendously.
Successful people are relentless
Don’t give up, ladies! Be relentless by not caving in to the fears of not succeeding. Being relentless means you sink your teeth into your project and you don’t give up until you see results.
Be fearless! You can do this. Are you on your way to success? Do you feel like you’re moving in the right direction with your business goals, consistency, and relentlessness? Leave a note and let me know how you feel. Resources mentioned in this podcast:
Hi, Mompreneurs! I was feeling pretty adventurous this week and realized I wanted to pop in to my Facebook page and do a live video. My topic was 3 steps to becoming an online entrepreneur- and I hope to do more of these.
Here’s an overview of some of my tips that morning:
3 steps to becoming an online entrepreneur
Discover your passion, then work it!
It’s all about finding what you love, then building a business around that. Once you know your area of expertise, build on it. You don’t need an awful lot to get started…sometimes you can just hop on Facebook Live (like I’m doing right now!) and start working your platform right where you are!
Find out what you love, then build on your expertise.
Overcoming business fears.
I get it- there can be a lot of fears associated with business, especially when you’re just starting off. When I was in the beginning stages of building my first online business in web design it was pretty scary.
I had to overcome fears of marketing (what would people think? would I appear to sales-y?)
I needed to overcome anxiety about whether or not I would actually make any real money. Would I do well? Would I waste time building something that wasn’t successful? In a nutshell, that was probably my biggest fear.
I also had to overcome fear of placing myself in front of thousands of unknown audiences. When I decided to start a YouTube channel and begin podcasting I knew that I would have to step out of my comfort zone, but it was something I needed to do as part of my marketing system. Through social media and digital media platforms that allow me to share my content in a number of ways, I’ve been able to connect with so many awesome people who became my clients.
So, it was definitely worth it! I had to overcome my fears. If I can do it, you can.
Probably the hardest part of anything you do in business is to put your plans and goals into action. Yes, you should be organized and have goals, then use reverse engineering to get yourself where you want to be.
But if you don’t place those goals into action, nothing will happen.
Sometimes you just have to act in faith- not really knowing what’s around the corner. Building your business means that there will be some variables you won’t be able to control sometimes. There will definitely be some business challenges. You don’t know what’s around the corner exactly and you sometimes don’t feel like you’re on the safe zone, but you know you’re doing the right thing (especially if you surround yourself with positive-thinking people and coaches.)
So, you’re only option is to move forward, and keep moving forward. As your business momentum builds, you’ll feel so free! Get into action.
So, I want to know how you’re feeling.
Have you taken the necessary steps to get started in online business? Are you ready to truly become an online entrepreneur?
I can’t wait to share these productivity tips for you this week!
Being uber productive is, let’s face it: a challenge for mompreneurs. I get it. We’re busy. We’re tired. Life is hectic. But we also have goals, a vision, a dream. I don’t know any of us who want to see that dream die. So the key is to keep moving, keep looking forward and moving forward, and find those things in life that help us with our forward focus. That’s why on today’s podcast I’m bringing to you 10 super productivity tips for mompreneurs like yourself and myself- tips that I believe will help us specifically in our season as moms AND business owners and bloggers. I am following these productivity tips as well, so my hope is that you’ll find just as much motivation from these as I am currently.
Productivity Tips for Mompreneurs
1.Get to bed and get some sleep!
Okay, I must absolutely start with the night before, because if we’re honest, that’s when our full day really begins. The kind of sleep you get the night before determines the quality of your following day. Get to bed early if you can, but if you have night obligations that keep you from saying goodnight when most folks are already sleeping you’ll need to figure out a routine that works best for you so that you are getting the proper amount of sleep for your body.
Determine what that is (9 hours, 8 hours, 7 hours?) and stick with it. I know people who survive off 4 hours of sleep nightly, but I don’t recommend it. We moms need all the rest we can possibly get.
If your body is well rested so is your mind. You can think better and make better decisions in family and in business.
2.Start your morning off right.
Now that we’ve taken care of night routine let’s focus on the morning routine. When you wake up, what’s the first thing you do currently? This also determines the trajectory of your day. Do you normally get a reasonable breakfast? A light snack? You don’t have to have a full course meal in the mornings if that’s not your thing, but getting a little healthy fuel for the day first thing is not such a bad idea. Your brain and body cells need a nice wake-up call. For some entrepreneurs, it’s coffee or tea. I always recommend a nice full glass of water to clear the brain first, then move on to whatever makes your mornings happy. For me, it’s a bit of protein like scrambled eggs with a side of gluten free toast buttered with coconut oil. That’s just my morning thing. Other mornings it’s gluten free chocolate chip pancakes on the weekends.
I also have to start off my morning with prayer and meditation. Talking to God, clearing my thoughts, reading and meditating on scripture are what keeps my days in tact for me. It’s the glue that keeps my life from falling apart. I need it. One week a morning I join a group of women for our weekly prayer group and study session. This has been spiritually refreshing and also helps me get motivated for the week ahead when I have the emotional support to do life with other women who are such motivators and encouragers.
3.Set non-negotiable work hours.
The thing about our lives as mompreneurs is that it can get hectic and fast. We have to set work hours aside so that they take priority in its proper time. Those hours are going to typically be non-negotiable so that we can be productive. This means setting aside a block of time where we do nothing else except the work set before us. Use whatever you need: Google calendar, your personal planner, list apps…whatever works to help you plan for setting aside time to work. Then when it’s time to work, pour up a cup of coffee or tea or grab your glass of water, shut the door (put a sign on it if you need to), and work!
Remember, it’s non-negotiable. You’re not going to argue with yourself about it, or with others about it. This is your time to work.
It’s amazing how much a check list will get you through a work day more effectively. Just a few minutes of your time to create that list and put your tasks on your calendar can really change the way your work flows.
It’s all about finding ways to increase your productivity. Having a to-do list keeps you orderly and organized. Your list keeps you functioning within the framework of your task list.
I have found that it is difficult for me to work without a to-do list just because I need an effective way to keep my days functioning smoothly and my work life in order. With a to-do list, I know what’s first, then next, then last on my agenda.
I always have the freedom to shift things around on my schedule, but the main goal is to have a task list so that I know what my day looks like first thing when I wake up. I can then make it a point to tackle my tasks as soon as possible during the day – specifically during my work hours.
5.Dismiss distractions (phone, social media).
If you can get rid of distractions, you can solve 98% of your business productivy issues. The problem with getting rid of distractions is that it’s virtually impossible to do so. People will always ring your doorbell, give you a phone call, text you, or shout your name from downstairs right when you’ve hatched out the most awesome post title ever and you have the best idea for your first paragraph.
The best thing to do with distractions? Dismiss them. (Not the people, just the distractions!) Forget they exist and keep moving. Sound harsh? It really isn’t. That’s why you have voicemail, email and a doorstep waiting for the next (scheduled) visit.
As for social media, turn it off while you’re working on writing and producing content. When you’re ready to share your content on social media then it’s time to get social!
My next few set of productivity tips have to do with how you treat yourself and interact with people around you. I think this is a good chunk of what determines just how productive you are in your daily routines.
6.Factor in a good workout.
A few mornings a week I start with stretching exercises and pilates class. A few days a week I make an early trip over to the YMCA for group exercise classes that really get me moving!
If you haven’t tried factoring in a good workout into your daily routine, give it a shot. Not only will you feel so much better (give it a couple of weeks, though!), you will be proud of yourself for making time to take good care of your body.
Also, working out helps me think better! There’s just something about a good workout in my body followed by a good brain session. I feel more invigorated and ready to hit the day when I get exercise daily- whether that’s taking a walk a few blocks around my house or going to a group exercise class or popping in a pilates DVD.
7.Set aside fun time with your kids.
Our kids are always in need of something from us. After all, we’re mom, and we are always in high demand.
When you’ve made a solid decision to set aside time in your day only to work, if your kids are home with you, this can be a struggle. If you don’t have help, this can be even more of a struggle. I’ve been there, and I get it. My kids are now old enough to entertain themselves and finish up school work without my constant prodding, but when they were younger I needed an extra pair of hands involved in my life each week to keep my business life running smoothly- if I can even call it running smoothly.
The only way for me to balance out the time I spend working on business is to make sure I’m also spending some quality time with my kids: daily. And I’m not perfect, so there are days I’m not operating at my best mode. But I really, really try to be proactive about putting aside time to put work out of my mind and only focus on enjoying the kids.
This, for me, means taking each child aside and asking her what she wants to do with me that evening. We could play a board game, card game, do nails, or watch a favorite show together on Netflix. Whatever they want to do. But taking time out for my kids (beyond helping them with school work) is what keeps us connected in our relationships.
Kids need this a lot more than we think. Just spending simple time with them can make a huge difference in your relationship (and can also help you accomplish your business goals better as you receive their cooperation in exchange!)
8.Don’t forget your partner.
I admit, it’s easy to believe that your spouse doesn’t need you quite as much as your kids do. So, we tend to leave the husbands to fend for themselves as far as time together goes. But I encourage you to not forget him and give him just as much attention as you would want in return.
If you have an awesome husband who is extremely supportive of your life work like mine is, you’d definitely not want to leave him in the dust as you work to achieve your goals. Don’t forget about your relationship and keep the spice flowing there too.
9.Learn to say no.
As mentioned before with the idea of turning off your phone and social media, sometimes you just have to say no. No to impromptu visits with your friends during your office hours. No to random one-hour phone conversations with your bestie when you’d planned to finish up your digital product.
It really is okay to say no to things that keep you distracted so that you can focus on being productive. Say yes to setting aside time for your friends later on, and yes to working on your projects during your office hours now.
Another reason to say no is when you are asked to do things that you just cannot fit into your schedule. It’s okay to say no to requests that don’t align to your values at this time in your life. No to people that serve as distractions or that place too much demand on your time. These are the productivity tips that will help you set boundaries for people in your life.
10.Schedule in fun time for yourself.
Don’t forget about you. Besides taking care of yourself (like working out) you’ve got to remember to put the right foods in your body. So…basically, no surviving on coffee and donuts right? Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drink a ton of water.
Your body will thank you for the TLC and so will your brain and your business.
Also, don’t forget to love on yourself with your favorite music, movies or t.v. shows. Sit down and treat yourself to a mani/pedi – either at home or out with friends at a salon. Take a load off and curl up to read a good book in a bubble bath one evening. Make plans to visit a jacuzzi and just chill.
The smaller things- like watching your favorite movies and listening to good music are things you can incorporate into your life daily. If you play an instrument or paint, make sure you have time to add these valuable activities into your life. Start weekly and then work up to daily.
For bigger things like salon or jacuzzi visits with friends- you may want to make this a monthly or quarterly ritual, something you can work up to as a big reward for all the hard work during the month.
Most of all, have fun with your life- both in work and play- and you will be a much happier person.
Did you enjoy these productivity tips? Please let me know if they help you in your lifestyle as a mompreneur.
Gratefulness in business is what keeps a mompreneur’s life in balance.
Let’s face it- we moms in business have a lot of tasks to accomplish over the course of a day, week, month, quarter, or year. We are busy. We’re busy with business goals, with family life, with personal issues, and financial pressures. In the midst of all of our busy-ness, can we still find the strength to stay grateful?
I’ll tell you who and what I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for the life I’ve been given, grateful for my husband and children who support me in my endeavors.
I’m grateful for opportunity. Here in America we are so blessed to have the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and to make a flexible business opportunity work for us. I know many of you can say the same for Canada or the U.K and other countries around the world. When we realize that although we are the minority (those working for a company vs. those starting our own companies), that we are fortunate to be in this position, we can count our many blessings. The freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss is priceless. Yes, hard work and labor ensue once you sign up for this lifestyle, but at this point in my life I don’t think I could trade it in for the 9-5. Been there, done that.
I’m grateful for my clients: people who pay me to help them make their business lives function better online. I love tapping into their dreams and helping them birth their vision into reality.
I’m grateful for health. Without it, what can I do? Nothing. Every day I’m grateful to God for vitamins and supplements, whole foods, and health care when I need it. I appreciate all the many fitness facilities and programs available. (It makes me realize I don’t have an excuse in the world not to work out every week). Without exercise and proper nutrition, we get weak and sick and we don’t have the strength to make wise decisions in business.
So, do you feel that sense of gratefulness in business? How are you grateful?
Hi, I’m Demetria– podcaster, blogger, and homeschool mompreneur of two beautiful daughters and wife to an awesome Navy officer. This blog is my outlet to share my love for helping women and moms start an online business with a blog. To learn how to start a blog you can read my book, take my course, or get coaching. I’m here to help you!