2009 is coming to a close and soon 2010 will be upon us. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support over the past 6 months. Without our loyal subscribers, followers, readers, customers and advertisers Market Mommy would not be growing the way we have been. So, thank you!

Since our inception in June, Market Mommy has already grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve added this blog, hosted some VERY fun blog parties, gained hundreds of newsletter subscribers, surpassed 260 fans on our Facebook page and now have nearly 2,000 followers on Twitter. Wow!

In 2010, we’re dedicated to continued growth! Market Mommy is planning to expand services as well as opportunities to promote your mom-owned business! It is going to be an exciting year at Market Mommy! So, be sure to stick around and invite all of your mom entrepreneur friends!

If you have an extra moment, please click here. This very short survey will help give us some insight to what you’d like to see on Market Mommy. Thanks!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! We’ll ‘see’ you in 2010!

Just in case you still have shopping to do {I’m not accusing you of anything ;)} ….. today is Free Shipping Day!! Simply click here to check out all of the deals! After today you will be paying extra shipping costs for guaranteed Christmas delivery at most retailers! So, hurry!

I just came across this and think it’s a pretty great idea! I actually wish I would have came across it a few days sooner. Have fun! These links are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Are you a mom business owner? Would you like to be featured, here on Market Mommy:: The Blog? A favorite feature here on the blog is our Mommy Mondays where we interview a fellow mom entrepreneur, share her story and learn from her advice.

I know everyone is extremely busy {me included}, but I just wanted to remind you all that this opportunity existed. If you are interested, e-mail me with “Mommy Monday” in the subject line and we’ll get you on the schedule!

Have a great week!

Well, we are officially well into the holiday season. Bring on the stress!

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! Take a deep breath! Here are some easy, straight-forward ways to eliminate some of that stress this holiday season!
  1. Don’t take on more than you can handle! It’s ok to tell someone no if you need to! Don’t feel guilty! If you add something to your list this year, take something else off!
  2. Prioritize! Make your list and stick to it! Manage your time and do the most pressing things first. That way, if something gets left out its most likely to be something less important!
  3. Focus on your kids! Nothing will bring you more joy than spending time with and enjoying your children! After all, they are why you do everything you do!
  4. Be honest! Not only with others but with yourself! If you really don’t want to attend your great-aunt Nancy’s grandaughters Christmas gathering, don’t!
  5. Take time off! Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to work on holidays! Enjoy taking a few days off, you’ll be more rested and ready to tackle 2010!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Like me, I’m sure most of you are always looking for new resources when it comes to running your business. And, like me, I think you’ll be impressed by Jill Hart and Diana Ennen’s new book, So You Want to be a Work-at-Home Mom: A Christian’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business.

I was genuinely impressed when I picked up the book. It did a great job of going through the basics, from the very beginning and was very comprehensive! It included chapters on topics such as where to start, choosing the right business for you, setting up your business, client relations and much more.

I thought one of the nicest things, being a Christian woman myself, was that it included scripture passages and how they relate to being a work-at-home-mom. It was very insightful! I also enjoyed the many resources that the book provided. Depending on the chapter’s topic, it listed various websites and other valuable resources.

Of course, I was very interested in the chapter covering marketing. Hart and Ennen did a great job of outlining the basics when it comes to marketing strategy. They also gave some great, cost effective tips for marketing your business.

The book also got technical, which was appreciated. It covered business insurance, billing, taxes, trademarks and more. All of the elements covered are critical to first-time business owners.

I highly recommned this book for any mom entrepreneur! It can be purchased on Amazon, for a mere $10.87, what a great bargain! The book would also make a great gift for any of your mom entrepreneur friends, or any aspiring business owners you many know!

Some of the best ways to market yourself and your company online are increasing links to your website, serving as an expert source for articles and having lots of rich, original content on your site or blog. There is now a new service available that can help you with all of these, and more!

It’s called Support a Blogger. The concept is simple, sign up for the newsletter and receive up to two e-mails a day with requests looking for guest bloggers. You then can respond to the requests that fit you the best. Before you know it, you could be submitting posts for publication in several blogs!

Support a Blogger is easy to navigate and understand. There is a short basic form to fill out if you’d like to be a guest blogger and a separate one if you’d like to request a guest blogger. And, if you’d like to have bloggers review your products, you can request that too! What a great tool!

Head on over and sign up, and be sure to have a fabulous weekend!