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Monday
Jun112018

Mommy Monday:: Moms Earning More

Your name and business name:

Moms Earning More     

 

When did you start your business?

I started as a customer over 18 years ago, due to allergies and my son having Asthma and was on two puffers the products just made complete sense to get the chemicals out of my home. I was already someones customer shopping for laundry detergent, cleaners, soaps, toothpaste, vitamins etc. so all I was doing was switching stores to better safer products and getting the chemicals out of my home.  I knew after using these products and my son was able to stop using his puffers. that I had to share with other Moms that I know and people that I cared about. So I started to share the shopping club with a few friends, I did this very part time, but replaced my income in my first 3 months.  In the last 10 years I have decided to look for people that are really wanting to be at home with there children and earn a great corporate income.

What services/products do you offer?  

We are a Green wholesale mfg company, the largest online.  kind of like a Costco but we have no store. we have over 400 Unique consumable products with 8 brand catagories. All related to health and wellness. We also have over 600 stores on line that we are connected to where you earn free loyalty shopping dollars back, as well when your customers shop you earn an income as well. We also have a Visa and MasterCard where  you get a percentage back when you use your card. A medical savings plan. Home Security, and so many other things. Everyone needs to be a customer just to have all the savings for their family.

How do you balance family and business? 

A very long time ago we sat down with our kids and explained that although we work from home sometimes we could not be there for their soccer practise. they understood  but for the most part we were the only parents there at their 3;00 Basketball games at the school. I love this business as I don’t have to do parties , sell products, make deliveries. even when I am at that soccer game I am always networking and chatting to other parents to find out their why. Income, Health, Weight Loss, Nutritionals, More time freedom, Be at home with their kids. Everyone needs our products and our business opportunity for some reason.   We make our own hours, so when kids are in school, after they are in bed.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?

I think that you need to ask a lot of questions, ask is it MLM, We are not. Do I have to leave my kids at night to do parties, what is the point to have a business if you are out 5 nights a week or at a trade show on the weekends just to sell the products.  (I love that I don’t have to do that) I have set up shopping accounts over 10 years ago and those customers shop every month, they don’t call me they call the company. I get paid as they are attached to my I D #..  I also get paid on my customers referrals, although they make the bulk of the commission. 

I also love that I pay the same price for my products as my customers do. So you are not making $5.00 off our friends.   Get them to show you the income stats, to see what you could be making, we are very open and print them, and show our cheques to a potential business builder.  We have a plan in place for your success, We will even show you what a 90 day plan looks like.

How do your market your business?

Our company does not allow us to advertise our company name. We do this because we do not want to be labelled like the party plans or the MLM companies.  We do business more like Costco or Sams club and mfg products like Whole Foods.or Procter & Gamble. Except we mfg everything right here in North America.  So we are consumer Direct marketing. Word of mouth is our best form of advertisement. but we do teach on social media, and also we have over 10 websites that you can use for advertising, But in the beginning we all have friends and family that can benefit by the products in their life. and just switch stores. It is as simple as that. But we have websites for A Smart Business Moms site, A weight loss site, An essential oil page, A healthy home tour, Moms Earning More, Finally a business that makes complete sense. Our supplement page. We have an amazing team that will mentor, and teach you, this is your own business but you never do it by yourself.  You need to be coachable and you will be successful. Our team is one of the largest businesses in North America. Pretty much you find the need and just help people. We are a business of enhancing lives.

Monday
Dec122016

Mommy Monday:: Jennifer at The Eczema Company

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 Jennifer Roberge.

What is your business?
The Eczema Company and It’s an Itchy Little World.

When did you start your business?
2011

What services/products do you offer?

At The Eczema Company, we offer natural eczema treatments for children and adults. Our mission is to provide the best products for eczema to soothe your itchy little world. Our blog shares my family’s personal experiences with battling eczema and we also offer advice from natural health care practitioners as well as success stories from other families. 

How do you balance family and business?
Well, I’m not sure it’s that balanced, but I try my best to work only when the kids are at school. But that can be tricky at times because I work from home and I find myself often jumping back to my office to return just one email or search for an idea that just popped to mind. The kids are really good at reminding me that they need attention and my work can wait J But no matter how balanced or unbalanced my work-life balance is, I do try not to judge myself for it and that’s what really makes a difference.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be times when you’ll work too much and that’s ok. Forgive yourself and move on. Just make time for your family and appreciate those amazing moments when you have them. Put your phone down, walk away from the computer and give yourself fully to your family.

How do your market your business?
We do a lot of work over social media and we love to work with bloggers. Email marketing does really well for us too, so we sent out two newsletters each month with information on our products and with posts from our blog.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeczemacompany/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eczemacompany/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EczemaCompany

Facebook: facebook.com/theeczemacompany/

Monday
Oct102016

Mommy Monday:: Shannon Tennyson and CALZICO

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 Shannon Tennyson.

What is your business?
CALZICO, a globally inspired, versatile clothing brand for tweens.

When did you start your business?
I started development of CALZICO in December 2015, inspired by my own tween daughter and my travels. I have two part time team members as well, who are invaluable. CALZICO presale will launch in December and we are preparing for a kickstarter in mid-November. Outside of CALZICO, I have a part time consulting business, providing Organizational Change Management consulting services to global clients since 2003.

What services/products do you offer?
CALZICO is versatile clothing for expressive tween girls in sizes 6-12. With convertible, reversible, and layering styles, we offer tweens age appropriate options to express their style, confidently. With every flip, zip, and layer, CALZICO items simply do more; for example, our signature "zipskirt" has a removable layer. We know the transition from child to teen is an important time and we’ve designed clothing to embrace it, not obscure it. For traveling families, we love the super soft, travel-friendly features that enable girls to pack less on their next family adventure. So many ways, she’ll have outfits for days! CALZICO is cut and sewn in NC using textiles from the US, West and South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia that celebrate world diversity while aligning with others who empower locally.

How do you balance family and business?
Not easily! For my consulting work, I have flexibility and control over my work week and travel schedule. That helps tremendously. I work 80% from home, so I try to maximize the hours my kids are at school. Then when they return home, I try to be available to connect with them and ensure they start on ‘must do’s and homework before diving back into my evening work. Right now, I try to dedicate 2 days per week plus time on weekends and evenings to CALZICO, and focus on my other client work the rest of the week.

At home, each person in our family also helps with CALZICO; our 13 year old with video and photo editing, our 10 year old with design input and fittings, and my spouse with additional responsibilities that I previously handled. I reserve a periodic ‘night out with mom/dad’, as a way to reconnect with each child; it fosters some of the best memories and discussions I have with my kids.

But it’s not all roses. There is a lot to juggle. Organized chaos tends to be my norm, as it is for many mom entrepreneurs I know. While preparing to launch CALZICO, I have to forego things; downtime, time with friends, travels etc. Happy to say that conquering laundry is now partly delegated to my tween and teen!

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Find grace! And give it freely to yourself and others. Mistakes and ‘misses’ are part of the gig. Three things I work to incorporate that help me are:
     

  • Creating small rituals to re-center and reduce stress (e.g. my morning tea or a walk when the house is quite). I try to remember that while there are things I may need to forego in order to achieve my entrepreneurial goals, adequate sleep, nutrition and laughter should really NOT be one of them.
  • I start my work day by identifying my three highest priority tasks and jotting them down. I'm a bit old school so I use a mini notebook for this (mine is literally 3x3" so I can't fit much more on a page). This keeps my daily 'to-dos' manageable. If I finish those three, additional tasks are a bonus. If I get off track, I go back to my list of three! I also keep an overall project plan posted on my bulletin board so I don't lose sight of the overall path I'm on.
  • Try to connect with new people. Find communities. We're all busy and I'm an introvert so this is a huge challenge for me, but when I meet new people, I am often surprised to learn of the path their life has taken - things they ventured into because they were listening to the 'nudges' in life, as I am. Give and get support. Paths cross if we make room for it.

And if none of these ideas work for you, scream into a pillow and try again. 

How do your market your business?
CALZICO will be predominately a direct-to-consumer online e-commerce store, so I have been and will continue to engage with local community feedback groups of moms and tweens, our brand blog, individuals and communities on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), bloggers, and other media and influencers that align to our market. I expect to add Pinterest and Snapchat soon, too.

Where can we find you?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/calzico

Instagram: www.instagram.com/calzico

Twitter: www.twitter.com/calzico

Blog: www.calzico.wordpress.com


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Monday
Oct032016

Mommy Monday:: Erica Blashill at EricaLyn Designs

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 Erica Blashill.

What is your business?
EricaLyn Designs

When did you start your business?
It's been an ongoing process! I have had my online shop (ericalyn.net) for several years but the school plaid hat addition is only about a year old, although the idea was in place for a long time. I spent a lot of time perfecting the hat design to make it truly reversible and exactly how it looked in my head.

What services/products do you offer?
I create reversible hats with up-cycled fabric brims. I use mainly up-cycled school uniform plaid fabrics. Many schools don't allow students to wear uniforms if they have any holes, snags or look worn out - so I put those uniforms to good use. And with each plaid hat sale from my website I donate $5 to a fund that purchases new uniforms for students in need.

How do you balance family and business?
It can be tough sometimes. Now that my kids are a little older, I find myself using my time at their sports practices to answer emails, research marketing ideas and sometimes even whipping up a hat or two. I also try to ask for their help & opinion on things so that they feel like they are a part of it. They have some great ideas!

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
I find it helpful to make a list each morning of the top tasks that will immediately benefit my business. When I find myself distracted by something not on the list, I try to weigh whether it adds more value than those listed items. If not, I add it to the bottom of the list and get back to my listed tasks.

How do your market your business?
I am trying to do more with social media. I am active on twitter and I am working on Instagram and Pinterest to grow on those platforms. I am also reaching out to blogs and online groups that are relevant to see how I can work with them.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: instagram.com/ericalyndesigns

Pinterest: pinterest.com/ericalyndesigns

Twitter: twitter.com/ericalyndesigns

Monday
Sep192016

Mommy Monday:: Renee Hribar

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 Renee Hribar

What is your business?
Renee’s website is reneehribar.com

When did you start your business?
I incorporated my first biz in 1996 and am just transitioning my offline skills to the online space Spring of 2016.

What services/products do you offer?
I help service based mompreneurs have “the sales talk” with potential clients. They go from “oh no…not the sales part to…I know how to explain what I offer in a way no one in their right mind could refuse"

How do you balance family and business?

My number one tool is a pomodoro timer. As a mom we don’t usually get hours on end to focus on one task…but I can always steal 15-25 minutes throughout the day to add up to 8 pomodoros a day. Focused, laser execution of tasks leaves lots of time for creative money making thoughts.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Take it one day at a time. Give yourself the patience you give your own toddler.

How do your market your business?
Primarily through Facebook and now through a collaboratively promoted e-magazine. 

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/renee.hribar/