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Monday
Mar022015

Mommy Monday:: Valery Klassen

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Valery Klassen.

What is your business?
Sun 7 Designs

When did you start your business?
After designing and sewing blankets as gifts for years; one day a friend of mine suggest that I sell them, so I did. I started my part-time business in 2008 and in October of 2012 I retired from the corporate world to focus on Sun 7 Designs.   A baby blanket is such an important part of a little baby's world. Few babies become toddlers without choosing a favorite blanket to cuddle with. They love to take their blankets with them everywhere, as it becomes a special friend long past baby years.  My signature baby blankets are just the right size to snuggle up with or carry around, and being handmade, no two blankets are exactly alike. 

What services/products do you offer?
I custom design one-of-a-kind personalized Minkee baby blankets and have just recently added other personalized items to my product line.  All the items can be coordinated to match.

I offer a one-stop shop for the busy customer who doesn’t have the time to shop for the perfect baby gift.  The customer chooses the blanket colours, design and adds the option of personalization; I create the blanket, wrap it, include a personal gift card and mail it to the recipient on behalf of my customer.

How do you balance family and business?
I’m fortunate that my family is grown now and I can devote most of my time to my business.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not still “Mom’ to them and sometimes have to take time away to attend to family needs.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Dream Big and whatever you decide to do, do it with all your heart. Contact as many people that would relate to your product as you can.  Offer samples, giveaways, discounts and networking opportunities.

How do your market your business?
By far, customer referrals are my biggest piece of the pie in terms of selling my blankets.  Almost all of my customers come back for more; either because of their child’s response to the blanket, or the special compliments the blanket gets at the baby shower.

Social media has helped me grow my business at a much faster rate than I ever would have thought possible.  I have worked hard to grow my Facebook page, become a member of various networking websites, as well as set up profiles on Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Google Plus, 411, Yellow Pages etc.

Where can we find you?

facebook: www.facebook.com/sun7designs

twitter: www.twitter.com/sun7designs

pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sun7designs/

instagram: www.instagram.com/sun7designs

Monday
Mar022015

Mommy Monday:: Kim Fuller

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Kim Fuller.

What is your business?
Fuller Life Concepts

When did you start your business?
I had my first official coaching client in 2007.  I left my full time job to pursue coaching full time in 2011.

What services/products do you offer?
I am a life coach to Solo parenting Moms who struggle with overwhelm and need more Me time.  I am a Marriage and Family therapist and solo parenting Mom and understand the struggle and tug of war happening.  I have created the Fuller Lifestyle System, a step by step system on how to get more freedom, make more money, and have more fun.  I also offer strategies on how to go from overwhelmed to empowered on my weekly radio show Change is Personal airs on Amazing Women of Power Radio Network. 

How do you balance family and business?
In order to find balance, I had to get clear on my priorities and schedule them into my life first. I schedule me time in the early mornings and my daughters activities in late afternoon, then arrange business around those.  If some business related activity conflicts with either of these times, I enlist help of loving family and friends to help me manage.  I realize that balance doesn't mean I do it all and juggle everything, it means that I am not too rigid where I will break, and not too flexible and inconsistent where I will miss important moments. The most important factors for me is to get Me time and I often choose exercise.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Many of us Moms have most of the responsibility for raising our children while growing our businesses.  I have learned to ask for assistance.  I am the only reason I feel overwhelmed or frustrated.  I realize that independence is a double-edged sword.  It is necessary as a solo mom and entrepreneur, but it also can be crippling when fiercely protected.  Reaching out and asking for help is a lifesaver and being willing to accept the help that is offered is the rescue!

How do your market your business?
I market my business through social media (Instgram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook).  I attend networking meetings regularly.  I have found that maintaining communication with my contacts is very effective so I have a weekly ezine and I send out a monthly update letter by mail.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuller-Life-Concepts/186931154687947

twitter: https://twitter.com/KimFullerlife

Monday
Feb232015

Mommy Monday:: Bola Oyeyipo, MD

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Bola Oyeyipo, MD.

What is your business?
Healthgist.com

When did you start your business?
Official start was March 2014 but my co-founder and I had been planning and plotting for a year before the official launch.

What services/products do you offer?
-Healthgist.com is all about better health for the busy women and we achieve that mission by publishing helpful health tips and information for the on-the-go woman twice a week that goes out (for free) to our email subscribers.

-Our premium offerings are digital downloads/home-study products answering the health questions women have. More information about our products are available at https://healthgist.com/healthgist-premium/

How do you balance family and business?
Family comes first. Being a virtual business helps with flexibility. Most of my work is done while my kids are tucked in for the night. I have learned to temper my ambitions with the reality of my present committments.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
-do something everyday, however small to propel your business forward. The commulative effect over time is what grows your business.

-start setting up your systems even if you are the only employee of the business. It will make the transitions easier when you start to expand and need more hands on the deck.

How do your market your business?
-We do a lot of collaboration with other complimentary businesses like hosting joint giveaways.
-Guest blogging and features on complimentary websites.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://facebook.com/healthgist

 

Monday
Feb232015

Mommy Monday:: Margaret Salmond

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Margaret Salmond.

What is your business?
DVA Virtual Assistance

What services/products do you offer?
I'm a virtual assistant who works with solo entrepreneurs providing them with administrative, social media and project management assistance.

How do you balance family and business?
Well Im a empty nester now so its easier then when my daughter was still at home.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
One, find a business that you would work even if you didnt get paid.  Second, find a plan that works for your family and stick with it.  On your calendar, mark off work time, family time, work out time, etc.  Once you come up with a plan, it will be easy to stick with.

How do your market your business?
Some online networking but I have found most of my business comes from getting out and going to networking events within my community.  And with that, referrals have started coming my way.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  www.facebook.com/dvavirtualassist 

twitter: www.twitter.com/dvavirtualasst

Thursday
Feb122015

The When, What and How of Making Your First Hire

By Theresa Ceniccola

I love the thrill of starting something new! Hanging out a shingle and embracing the adventure of opening a new business. It’s just like bungee jumping – exciting and overwhelmingly terrifying at the same time! I was only 25 years old when I made that decision, so it helped that I was naïve and fearless. But I was also filled with determination and optimism. And in no time at all, I was booming with business.

So I did what most small business owners do – I learned to do everything that needed to be done. I was in charge of customer service, sales and marketing, finances and operations. Then, I had three babies in five years and was trying to stay on top of everything at home as well. Eventually the one-woman show ran its course and I realized I needed help. 

If you’re overwhelmed with tasks in your business or at home, I know you can feel my pain. And you probably know you need help. But where do you start? Well, I’m not a human resources professional but I can tell you what has worked for me over the past 20 years in making decisions to hire help.

When to Hire Help: Well, if you’re wondering if you need help then you probably should have already hired someone. I say that because most of us moms wait until we’re completely overloaded before we even recognize that we need help. But sometimes it’s difficult to determine if we really need help – or if we just have a problem setting boundaries.

When you own your own business you have to realize that there will always be more work to do. You will never be completely finished. (Kinda like laundry!) So, I think the best litmus test for deciding if you need help is to ask yourself, “What would happen if I took a week’s vacation and didn’t do ANYTHING in the business at all?” If the business or ministry would shut down, then you probably need some help.

What to Outsource: So what do you let go of when you are ready to hire? The answer is different for everyone. But I’d start by making a list of all your tasks and responsibilities in the office and at home (because this little exercise might help you decide if it’s time to hire a babysitter or a cleaning service!). Highlight the things you enjoy doing and that you are good at. Those are things you want to keep doing. Put a star next to the things you don’t enjoy doing and you’re not very good at. For me, that’s bookkeeping and anything involving html coding! Those are the things you want to outsource.

I don’t remember where I learned this but I’ve been told to “Do the things that ONLY you can do.”  For me, that means writing and strategy in the business. And it means a lot of different things at home. It has helped me to think about where I’m needed most -- and to realize that it’s ok to hire someone to do the things God isn’t calling me specifically to do. Things like sit and watch every soccer practice or run errands or organize my kids’ closets. It helps me make decisions on what I can delegate to a babysitter or ask a friend to help with.

How to Find Qualified Help: I’m going to sound old fashioned but I believe the best way to find good help is through word of mouth. Everyone who works with me in the business and at home came to me through a mutual friend. With all the tools and technology that’s available today, it may be antiquated to rely on personal referrals, but in my experience they tend to work out better. (As long as you do your due diligence and hire people based on their qualifications not a sense of obligation to your mutual friend!)

For example, every time I’ve used an online service to find a babysitter I’m disappointed. I get decent candidates and I’ve hired a few, but they don’t compare to the three or four girls who were referred by friends over the years and are now a part of the family even though they’re grown with children of their own.

I have also had success with hiring strangers for projects using an online service like Odesk or eLance, but the core team at the International Christian Mompreneur Network came to me through a friend or colleague.

So, I’m curious – have you hired anyone to help you in your business or ministry? I’d love to hear how you make hiring decisions.

Theresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a Mentor to Moms Who are Running a Business that Supports Faith and Family. As the president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, she empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace. Theresa has successfully run a home-based business as a freelance writer and marketing consultant for the past 18 years. She considers herself blessed to make a living doing what she loves and empowering other moms to create businesses that support their values of faith and family. Join the International Christian Mompreneur Network (it's free!) today and you'll receive Theresa's Mompreneur Toolkit featuring the Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur.