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By Cathi Nelson
I have been living the sandwich generation reality this past year. My sweet, 85-year-old Dad began a cycle of declining health that concluded with his passing away this month. All of this started a year ago when every few weeks I would get a call that my Dad was back in the hospital. The hospital would stabilize him, we would get him home, and the cycle would soon begin again.
All of this took a toll on my family and business. As the work from home family member, I have the most flexibility, thus a lot of the responsibility fell to me. I was often distracted and frustrated by how little I was getting done.
Here are 4 coping strategies I learned, 2 for my business and 2 for my family.
1. Document Your Systems – This is Not What You Do, but How You Do it:
How do you get from point A to point Z and can someone follow your steps if you are unavailable. These systems can be as simple as when and how you manage your social media to managing your on-line shopping cart. You will rest easier if you have a system in place that someone can follow if you are unavailable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Holly Reisem Hanna
It’s no secret. I have a small Starbuck’s addiction, especially since it’s my office away from home.
From the pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes in the fall, to the delicious iced coffee and green tea in the summer — I’m a fan of it all. And while their drinks and goodies are delectable, this habit can really put a dent in your weekly budget.
Well, there’s good news!
If you love to work at Starbucks, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for your weekly coffee habit, you can earn free Starbucks gift cards and coffee by using these smartphone apps and online platforms.
Not only do I use these apps and sites, but I tend to get the majority of my Starbucks coffee for free, all year round!
Earn credits by using the Bing search engine on your PC and smartphone. Earn 1 credit for every 2 Bing searches up to 30 credits a day. You can also earn credits by referring friends and viewing offers. Credits can be traded in for Amazon, Groupon, Red Envelope, Sephora, and Starbucks gift cards. Currently it takes 475 credits to earn a $5 Starbucks gift card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dawn Berryman
The holiday season officially kicks off soon, even though in many ways it feels as though it’s already here! Do you get stressed during the holiday season? Is it a bit overwhelming for you?
With family, children, gifts, cookies, parties, holiday orders and much more, it’s easy to understand why you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment! It’s normal and I assure you, you are not alone!
Take a deep breath.
Here are five easy, straight-forward ways to help eliminate some of that stress you might be feeling as the holiday season approaches.
1. Don’t take on more than you can handle!
As mothers, we often have difficulty telling people no. It’s okay to do that, and sometimes you need to in order to maintain your sanity. Try not to feel guilty. Each of us has our limits and we need to know and respect them. The world will not end if you don’t send an extra treat to your child’s holiday party or if you don’t host the neighborhood holiday open house. If you feel the need to add something to your list this year, make sure your take something else off! Read the rest of this entry »
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey
I live in Jackson, Mississippi with my husband, Terrence, and two endlessly comical dogs, Fergi & Gus. A lifelong learner and certified nerd I am curious—about everything. I love to read, write, and engage people in conversation. I’ve discovered I have a talent for building community and a gift for drawing out and understanding others’ experiences, and I have built my business model around those strengths. Until recently, I really never fancied myself an entrepreneur, though I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. I’ve since realized that being an entrepreneur is more about the desire to understand and solve the problems of your experience through creativity and innovation, than about being “business savvy” in the conventional sense. In that way, I’m entrepreneurial in almost everything I do, always pushing the envelope, ever asking questions and looking for the possibility in things.
My first love was writing, but after my 8-year-old heart was jilted by poor reader reception, I followed other pursuits. I’ve since come full circle and am presently working on building my technical skill and writing voice and hoping to unearth some talent in the process. I’ve accumulated a diverse range of work experience over the years, including running my own cleaning business for a time and dabbling in Arbonne (MLM) before becoming owner of The Mogul Mom in October of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kelly Robbins, MA
Most of us got into business because we wanted to do good in the world. We wanted to help people and to make money doing it.
We are good people and do our best to always do the right thing. Most of you reading this are here because you are on a path to living consciously and focusing (with intention) on doing the right thing.
Many of us struggle to make the money we want and build our business. If you are banging your head against the wall and telling me “I am doing everything I know to do and am still not making the money I want to make. The guy down the street is doing less and making three times more than me – effortlessly! What am I doing wrong?”
It may not be WHAT you are doing but WHY you are doing it that is the problem. You are doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
How can you tell if you are doing the wrong thing for the right reason?
One way is to check in with yourself. You might be feeling frustrated. Inauthentic. Not experiencing growth. Having a stagnant or declining income. Lack of passion in your work or in your sales conversations. Like you are going through the motions of what you are “supposed to do” but lacking oomph. Read the rest of this entry »