If you are a work-at-home mom, chances are you would like to connect with other like-minded WAHMs as well. You may desire to do so out of social reasons, or for networking purposes. But, have you ever considered connecting with other work-at-home moms through a mastermind group?
What is a mastermind group?
A mastermind is basically a coming together of two or more people who want to share knowledge and insights with one another, for a clear and common goal. Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, perhaps has the best definition. He describes masterminding as “the coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
In other words: Iron sharpening iron.
For instance, there are masterminds between businesswomen, who want to coordinate their knowledge and business growth. There can be masterminds between foodies on how to come up with the next best thing in concept restaurants.
What about work-at-home women — moms, in particular? Wouldn’t it be great to have the support of like-minded mothers who work-from-home, all of whom want to reach a particular goal, that this: to have a profitable, home-based business that lets you do what you love while making a home.
How a mastermind group can benefit a work-at-home mom:
This type of collaboration really has an “iron sharpening iron” effect, which means that those in the mastermind support one another towards the achievement of the one goal in the mastermind.
Here’s how this dynamic can benefit a home-based mom-entrepreneur or work-at-home mom.
1. A mastermind group supplies its members with motivation.
We’ve all come across the adage, “Bad company corrupts good morals,” haven’t we? If we, as work-at-home moms, spend our time with negative, bitter people who grumble about non-growth or the state of their job, chances are we’ll absorb the same negative attitudes towards our own work.
On the other hand, if you mastermind with other women who are driven towards success, who are passionate about their vision, then there is a high likelihood that you will influence each other positively towards your goal of a purposeful, intentional business that supports your work-at-home lifestyle. A mastermind can help you foster that positive energy towards achieving your goals while providing you with support when times become trying.
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2. Masterminds engage one another to thrive, to persevere.
We all know working from home is tough, especially as women. A mastermind, however, can help you form meaningful relationships with other women just like you, especially when your home business journey seems to tap you out completely. These women can be a sounding board for your business ideas and inspiration, even your doubts and fears. The connections formed in a mastermind can help you through the rough patches of your journey towards a home-based business that you love.
3. Everyone in the mastermind benefits of everyone’s ideas, inspiration, and connections.
Each member of a mastermind has her own unique experience and knowledge base. When two or more fuse their experience and knowledge, there is an immediate exponential growth in the business know-how and entrepreneurial experiences. This is a perfect environment for growth since you in the mastermind get to tap into each other's resources and perspectives. You can give each other feedback, even go to each other for accountability on your business goals. It is a naturally nurturing and uplifting environment, where the focus is always on empowerment and growth.
Being a work-at-home mom doesn’t mean you have to go through your WAHM journey alone. Connect with women who are, like you, eager to reach a level of work-at-home success that is fulfilling and freeing. If you form a mastermind group or join one, you can connect with the same kind of women who share your belief system as a WAHM, who can empower you to have the lifestyle you really want, one that lets you create a home-based business that supports your vocation as a mom.
If you're struggling to find or create the perfect mastermind group, check out The Success Alliance for a list of possible groups to join.
Have you ever been part of a mastermind, whether as a business owner or otherwise? Or, is there a way you can set up a mastermind in your network, with other business owners?
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Martine de Luna is the director of The WAHMderful Life, an inspirational business suite comprising a blog and live training events for work-at-homemakers. The WAHMderful Life blog and workshops are designed to inspire and equip mothers and married women to work from home, profitably and with intention. Martine began working from home as a freelance copywriter, and eventually ventured into blogging; her lifestyle blog, DaintyMom.com, has received accolades internationally, including an award for Best Home and Parenting Blog at the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards. Today, Martine runs a boutique consulting service, which offers mentoring for mom bloggers and work-at-home women. She also conducts writing workshops for women, writes marketing and communications copy for small-to-medium businesses, and offers web design services for SMEs. Connect with her at Martine de Luna Creative Services and the WAHMderful Life website.
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