VIDEO: Mompreneurs Stay Consistent!

Before we get this show rolling, let’s first narrow down the consistency meaning.  Let’s define consistency before we get started.

According to BusinessDictionary.com, here is what we have for “consistency” regarding business:

1.Logically ordered and/or following the same pattern. For example, a salesperson’s growth is usually consistent with his or her company’s earnings.
2.Unchanging; steady. For example, a person that arrives exactly 5 minutes early to work every day is consistently punctual or on-time.

As you can see right away, the consistency meaning shows us that there is logic, order, patterns, steadiness, and stability present in one who is consistent.

How does that apply to mompreneurs?  
When you’re inconsistent, your business could come to a grinding halt.  

It’s so important to reach out to your clients, reach out to your prospects, write a blog post, do something- to keep your moment going.  It’s so, so easy to lose momentum and to get lost in attempting to catch up.  Don’t let that be you.  As long as you have the strength and the motivation, keep things rolling.
Batch scheduling
Life happens, but you can get through the tough times after taking the break that you need. That’s why it’s so cool to batch schedule as part of your regular routine.  If you can get a bit ahead of the game by creating two blog posts instead of one each time you sit down to blog, you can be ahead of the game.

Keep as close as possible to a routine

My life can be adventurous, and sometimes I don’t know if I’ll be in town from month to month as I travel spontaneously with my husband, thanks to the U.S. Navy.  Which means- my routines stem from what I can take with me in a bag. What is versatile? What’s easy for me transport?  So, I have my laptop, a notebook, pens and pencils, my podcasting mixer and mic, my DSLR camera, and phone.  I can literally set up from a hotel or anywhere and get some work done.  If my routine can’t be the same because I’m out of town, I learn to adapt and create a new routine, but the deal is: I must have a routine for business.

Be creative and do what you can.

If your kids are very young, it’s still possible to work your biz.  You’ll have to get extremely creative: ask for help, hire a mother’s helper, grab a relative or friend, start a babysitting coop, but get something going on a weekly basis that will help you to move forward in your business endeavors.

You see how important this consistency meaning is?  We’ve talked about being orderly, following patterns, being unchanging and steady.  Sure, our lives change.  Our situations and circumstances change.  But in moving forward with being an entrepreneur, our business goals must remain steadfast and steady.  And in order to get where we’re going, our momentum cannot continue to fluctuate.  We must be steadfast.  That’s why mompreneurs have to be consistent.

I touch on this topic also at the Mompreneurs In Heels Podcast, so be sure to check that out.

So…do you feel that you are consistent in business? If not, what’s keeping you from consistency?  Is it family, health, life in general?  What gets in your way?  Leave me a note…and don’t forget to check out my book to help give you that kickstart toward a steady mompreneur lifestyle.

Mompreneur Advice on Prioritizing Your Business

In my last mompreneur video, I talked about compartmentalizing your business. It’s all about setting aside time for work and work only, rather than “bringing work home.”  If you’re still not quite sure what compartmentalizing means, watch the video then come back and read the rest of this post.

You’re a busy mom- so your next time in making time for both business and family is to prioritize.

In a nutshell, place your life in order so that your business falls into the proper place:

  1. Spiritual. Spend quality time working on the inner you.
  2. Family. Make sure your family is well taken care of before you embark on business tasks for the day.
  3. Work.  When working, make good use of your time and really focus.
  4. Housekeeping/errands.  Make room in your routine for daily upkeep of your home and running errands.
  5. More family time.  At the end of the day, it should be about family. If for whatever reason you have to pull an overnighter, let it be an infrequent occasion. Try to factor in as much regular family time as possible that doesn’t include blogging or working on your business.
  6. Lastly, never overload your plate with more than you can handle. It’s better to do a  little very day than to do more than you can possibly achieve.  So pace yourself.

How are your business/family priorities coming along? Let me know in the comments below!

What to do when you lack self confidence in your business

Today I read an article about self confidence, and I was inspired to create this post as part of a conversation starter about this topic that I think is so crucial.

In fact, in my video for women entrepreneurs, I mention this very concept: the fact that lack of courage will keep us from beginning an endeavor that we know we were born for.

Here are a few reasons why so many of us lack self confidence:

  • We’re afraid of failure
  • We’re afraid of success (believe it or not!)
  • We feel we don’t have the time
  • We’re not secure about what others might think

In fact, I think these four reasons are the main reasons we procrastinate and may be afraid to move forward with our business ventures.

So what do we do when feel the fear?

Start planning.

The sooner you begin to make plans for your business, the more likely you are to take ownership of it and begin to feed it properly- treating it with care and respect.  So start your plans!
Read about, watch, listen to, and study others who have succeeded at what it is you would like to do. Get some role models and observe them carefully.  You’ll be able to kick your fears to the curb and press forward when you have that extra boost of motivation.

Set aside time weekly (or daily) to work on your business.  

Whether it’s the beginning stages of planning, finding out information for set up, or you’re right there in the mix with producing products- get busy, and don’t worry about whether you have the time.  Make the time.

Push negative thoughts away.

Who cares what others think?  Does this business venture excite you? Does it have money-earning potential?  Is it a good fit for you in this season of your life?  Do you have at least one trusted friend, family member, or mentor who is on board with you?  Then go for it!

Embrace your successes.

When you’ve accomplished something you’ve been working on for a while, do you celebrate yourself?  If you don’t, then you totally should!  Every success deserves celebration- even in the small accomplishments.  Whether it’s a finished blog post or a complete website overhaul, you should give yourself the room to celebrate.  This, in turn, will open up opportunities for more successes in your life as you begin to embrace the ones you’re already experiencing.

I hope you feel encouraged by reading these tips to help you overcome a lack of self confidence.  We all feel our confidence plummet from time to time, but if we follow these few tips we’ll be able to find ourselves lifted out of the pit and back into the swing of things.

What do you when you lack self confidence in your business?  Leave me a message!

Keep Your Business Dream Alive!

Your business needs a dream.

After years of waking up to a heart full of dreams and ambitions and wondering if I’ll get it all done, I’ve come to the conclusion that I probably won’t do it all!  And that’s okay.  But what I’ve discovered along the way is that it’s okay to dream.

It’s the beginnings of a dream that eventually become your vision and fuel for your passion.  Without a dream, you most likely won’t embark on that new business venture.

Over the years, I’ve spoken with a lot of women in business who all tell me the same thing: their business success today is all due to a bit of dreaming.  They followed their dreams and coupled with some hard work, they were able to get where they are today. And with a bit more dreaming, they’ll continue along the path until they reach their destination.

Don’t let anyone take away your dream.

It’s your vision, your passion, your dream.  There will always be the naysayers- and there will always be those who are not so fond of your dream because of their own fears or pessimistic views.  It’s not your job or mine to coddle another person’s fears.

Find a good mentor-yes.  Listen to sound advice- of course.  But you can’t back away from your calling simply because a few people “weren’t sure” if you should even try.

Chase your dreams with a vengeance and don’t let anyone hold you back!

What is your business dream?  How do you plan to turn your dream into a reality? I’d love to chat with you. If there is anything I can do to help you achieve your online business goals and fulfill your dream, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Overcoming Your Business Fears-Coaching Video for Mompreneurs

business fears

Let’s face it…mompreneurs, women business owners & entrepreneurs: the juggle of wearing different hats is enough to tempt us to call it quits when we feel like screaming: “I just can’t do it all!” And business fears are real.

It’s true that we can’t do it all, but it’s not true that we can’t have the best of both worlds during those right seasons of our lives.  When things seem to be falling together in place for us, that’s when it’s time to make a move, drop our insecurities, and see how we can make that business happen.

I created a video just for you, fabulous woman entrepreneur.

This is my gift to you: a mini coaching session to motivate and encourage you to get going with your online business.

Web success tips for overcoming your business fears

  1. First, you’ve got to drop the fears (if any) that are holding you back by accepting yourself for who you are.  Remember, your business starts with you.
  2. Get out of your “you zone” and get into your “others zone”.  Others need what you have far more than you think, but you must have confidence in your offerings to the world in order to give back.  The quicker you realize that it’s not about you but about helping others with the gifts and talents you were entrusted with, the sooner you’ll begin to reach deep down within to give yourself permission to help others.
  3. Be willing to take a chance on the uncomfortable.  It’s inevitable that business will stretch you and you will feel uncomfortable at times.  Be willing to take that chance, as it only helps you to grow and become a better you.
  4. Quit comparing yourself to others!  While comparison for business research purposes might be a good thing, comparing your success to another business owner’s successes is lethal.  You’ll shoot yourself right in the foot if you think that by attempting to keep up with your “competition” you’ll have any footing in the race.  First off, it’s not a race and the sooner you quit thinking about competition, the better.  Secondly, if you simply focus on the positives and what value you bring to the market and how to make your products and services better, you’ll be better off.
  5. Take action.  Successful people know what to do with the inspirations they have.  Sitting around thinking about and wishing for an increase in your income won’t do you much good, but taking action will guarantee you’re going in the right direction.

Your turn: what are some things you’re doing to overcome business fears?

 

MIH 002:How to Find Your Business Passion That Makes You Excited!

Time for episode #2 of this podcast for mompreneurs, and I’m excited to share with you how to find a blogging niche that makes you excited!

Also, grab a copy of my Discover Your Passions worksheets here. You’ll walk through your skills and talents and perhaps discover a great business idea!

I believe everybody has a place and purpose and a gift to give back to the universe. What’s yours?

I want to help you think through this question and begin discovering what you truly want to share with the world in this podcast. I also invite you to check out my book (there’s a whole chapter devoted to finding your business passion.)

In this podcast I share the process of how to discover your business passions in order to turn your passion into a profitable business.

Let’s start with a few questions to guide you through discovering your passions.

  1. What do you love to read? Which books and magazines do you read? Lately I’ve been enjoying an older book: “ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income” by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett.
  2. What are you listening to and watching? Check your smartphone or mobile device.  What you listen to and watch the most is most likely you areas interest, so pay close attention to that.
  3. What subjects did you enjoy (or not enjoy) most in school?  Sometimes your favorite school subjects in the past will help point the way toward undiscovered passions you might have lying dormant.
  4. What do you admire or wish you had more time to do?  If you find yourself dreaming about something you wish you were doing- then it’s probably a passion.  Big hint.
  5. How do you choose to spend your time when you’re not working? What you choose to do outside of work is a good indicator of what you would rather be doing. (Unless, of course, you’re a workaholic and have a hard time winding down- and yes, that’s another story for another day.)  If you want to discover your passions, then you should do a quick checkup on how you spend your free time.
  6. What do you talk about the most?  Just ask your friends.  They’ll be glad to let you know.

What to do once you discover your business passions…

  1. Create a game plan by making a few goals. (Listen in on my first podcast on goal-setting.)  Put it on your calendar and plan to get started right away. Don’t procrastinate!  If you do, it will be harder to get started on your game plan so don’t wait around.  Hop to it!
  2. Get out of your comfort zone.  Stretch yourself into doing things you don’t necessarily feel comfortable doing.  It’s okay to get out of your comfort zone.  We all have to do it.
  3. Keep doing it!  Successful people are relentless– they keep trying even if they don’t feel successful.  You might not feel successful at first, but it’s okay. Keep on working towards meeting your goals, and before long you will find yourself successfully accomplishing what you’d set out to do.

Don’t forget to pick up your “Discover Your Passions” worksheets- my gift to you!

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