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By Deborah Sweeney
Owning a business means you get a bit more freedom. As a mom and an entrepreneur, I’ll be the first to admit that I really love the fact I can usually take off a little early to catch my kids soccer games, or pick them up from school. But the decorum of mompreneurs is surprisingly controversial. For example, I never realized how touchy the subject of bringing your kids to work could be.
Now I’ve been bringing my sons into the office for years, and thankfully my team is great with them – there have never been any serious complaints. But I’ve talked to other mompreneurs who run their own small businesses, and usually their pretty apprehensive about bringing in their own children. The mompreneur is, after all, a relatively recent phenomenon, so this part of company culture hasn’t really been explored. I can, however, draw from my own experience, and advise other parents/entrepreneurs to think of the following before bringing in their kids.
Keep it age appropriate
Nearly everyone loves babies. Bring in your newborn and the entire office will dote over them – trust me. But bring your baby in every day, and they may not be as patient with the crying baby as you are. Your children should probably have some level of self-control before you start bringing them in with any regularity. Babies cry and toddlers throw tantrums, so the earlier years should probably be spent out of the office. But, as they get older, you can begin trying to bring them in. Read the rest of this entry »
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What did you do prior to becoming an entrepreneur?
I worked for a Fortune 100 technology company as a project manager in my last role. I held several different positions over the years starting from an engineer to a technical writer to a process improvement specialist to project management of various size projects. I was quite sure that I would be an employee for life, and I was quite good at what I was doing but after five years at my job, I started to get unhappy and unfulfilled, and even though I learned how to double my salary and earn big promotions and work on exciting stuff, I was not sure of the career path I was taking. I started questioning the purpose of my entire professional path and my life, and that’s when I stopped being interested in life as an employee.
What drove you to pursue a writing business?
I love the way you put it. I think of my business in many different ways since it doesn’t fit into a box. It’s a coaching business, an online business, a published author business, a teaching courses business, a juicing and smoothie niche business, but I never thought of it as just a writing business. But I am a big believer that writing is the essence of all wealth and writing is at the heart of my business, and I stumbled into it by complete accident. What drove me to do this was the hunger for creating something of my own, and I am in love with writing so it fit who I was and what I wanted to do. At first, I started a personal blog. I loved the process so much that I decided to pursue it. I wanted to do something I love for a change. Hence the birth of my official business. Read the rest of this entry »
By Holly Reisem Hanna
When I got the idea for my blog back in 2007, I knew that I wanted to monetize it. To be able to do this, I had a graphic designer create an advertising tab and page, as well as install a WordPress plugin to accommodate the actual banner ads. I did lots of research to figure out how much to charge, and after 15 months of hard work I was finally able to launch The Work at Home Woman.
To make my site appear more popular than it actually was, I filled up all of my ad spaces with affiliate marketing ads. This made it look like I already had advertisers in place, and it gave me the opportunity to make money with the small amount of traffic that I was getting.
While I was eager to make money with my blog, my main focus was on producing great content. Part of my content strategy was to interview other successful work at home women. One of those interviews was with well established humor blogger, Kelcey Kintner of the Mama Bird Dairies. After the interview was published, Kelcey was kind enough to post a link to interview on her site, which lead one of her readers here.
This reader liked what she saw and purchased a banner ad on my site. All in all it took me a little over 2 months to get my first blog advertiser. While it may seem like my first advertiser landed in my lap, I will tell you that I was out in the blogosphere commenting, reading, marketing my blog, and soaking up every piece of blogging information that I could get my hands on. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Diana Schneidman
I recently saw an interesting LinkedIn discussion on this very topic. One side asserted that you can motivate yourself to achieve your best by loving yourself more deeply.
The other side claimed you need stern, relentless self-criticism to stay on top of your work, get more done, and surge ahead.
Pretty sad, in my opinion.
I believe it’s easier to accomplish your goals when you are your own best friend.
It may be possible to succeed when you beat yourself up. But this success is in spite of you, not because of you.
Certainly there are many advantages to working at home. Convenience, no time wasted in travel, access to your own refrigerator, and financial savings. Add flexibility in scheduling, peace and quiet, freedom to work on the patio or play the music of your choice, depending on your situation.
However, there is a possible downside: isolation and even loneliness.
If you have a tendency towards feeling blue, the worst thing in the world is to feed it with negative thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »
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