Didja hear about that time our founder, Jill Salzman, fluffed her hair with Lane Kennedy? Lane recently interviewed Jill about all of you on her video series, Lane Kennedy Talks Life. Watch her great video interviews with fellow entrepreneurs over here. Highlight, hear the story about how The Founding Moms went international. Also hear how Lane found out about The Founding Moms and then share your story about how you discovered us in the comments.
Guest Post :: Are you looking for different ways in which you can market what your business does to the masses? While you probably already have a strong presence on all the various forms of social media, as well as a strong advertising campaign, one thing you may not have tried is attending a trade show.
A trade show is an event where a collection of businesses who have shared interests in the same industry meet up in a place like a town hall to showcase their respective goods and services to potential clients, and to network with other businesses.
To help you get ahead, here are four points which will help you make the most of your trade show experience. Read more
This week Jill and Brad discuss the top lessons they’ve learned from their mentors. From needing only one thing to be in business — customers (thanks Lars DuPont!), to hiring great people and getting out of their way (thanks Bob Baker!) to why it’s imperative to look at all sides of the business problem at hand (thanks Marylin Dyer Blair!), there are many gems from many mentors who have helped build better businesses. They’re also joined by Nicole Knepper, creator of Moms Who Drink & Swear - a site that hosts a collection of profanity laced brain droppings about everything and nothing and Ethan Austin, co-founder of Give Forward - a site that provides personalized fundraising web pages so friends and family can send financial and emotional support to a loved one facing medical expenses. Listen below!
Alaina Frederick’s life has been full of entrepreneurial ventures, from e-commerce to blogging to much more. Read on to learn how this mom of four active boys can help you with your marketing needs while also finding time for an afternoon nap with her toddler.
What business did you start up?
I’m most known for my former e-commerce site, Dinker & Giggles. I loved finding unique and often unheard of parenting products that made life a little easier. I then created a blog to help promote said store and I found that blogging was a lot more fun then staying up all hours of the night painstakingly packing orders. So the blog took off and now we’ll enter the “and the rest is history”. I have since started a company helping others with their marketing, 4B Services & Publishing and help people accept and grow from the dark times through a ministry site, Amazingly Broken.
What motivated you to do it?
Having just moved from farm country to the city I needed something to bring in extra income so I could continue to stay home with my children. At the time I had one son with another on the way. It was for the kids – yet there was still a part of me in the motivation as well. Fast forward and what motivates me to continue on is the joy I get from using my brain cells and being able to tell my husband “Honey, I’ve got the electric bill this month.”
What brings people to The Founding Moms? For some it’s a mid-life career change, for others its for support at the start of their working lives. For one woman – it took three cities to bring her to us. Check out Eraina Davis’ story in ChicagoNow and read why she loves The Founding Moms. A quick excerpt:
“By 2010, three academic degrees and three cities later, she graduated from her favorite Ivy League School and opened a pop-up business, giving people advice on how to start their next project. A month after her grand opening, a handsome dude from highschool wowed her from afar. This time she moved all the way back to Chicago, got married and she settled in the Northshore suburb of Evanston. It was there where she heard of Founding Moms and attended her first meet-up.”
Thanks for the kind words Eraina! Read the full piece here and share in the comments what you love about The Founding Moms!
Guest Post by Millie Rainer :: Entrepreneurship is time consuming and taxing, and it obviously requires you to be on your toes 24/7. A new and fledgling business is a sticky-fingered toddler who needs constant supervision and attention.
So what do you do when you suddenly turn from an entrepreneur to an entrepreneur-mom? How do you plan to cope, especially when motherhood is not as familiar a territory as the ubiquitous boardroom?
The fact that there is a new entity in your life completely and totally dependent on you can often prove to be quite over-whelming for the young mother.
If you are pregnant or planning to be in the near future, it is imperative you get your priorities sorted out. It is advisable that you have a plan in place beforehand, and devise ways to fit in breastfeeding, meetings, client presentations, home emergencies, brainstorming sessions and some sleep into your daily routine.
It may sound daunting but there are women who have managed to brave the tide. Read more
In this episode Jill and Brad discuss their teams and how they conduct their meetings. Jill is a big fan of Google Hangout and utilizes it to conduct her monthly meet-up with her fabulous international team. She loves that she can see their wonderful, smiling faces and that they can encourage and inspire one another. Brad, on the other hand, loves to meet with clients and have focused, on-point meetings (no tangents for Brad!). Listen up to check out their tips for leading the best meeting possible regardless of your platform. They are also joined by Tamara Monosoff, the founder & CEO of Mom Invented an online community which provides information, inspiration & interaction for like-minded entrepreneurs and Tyler Mose, CEO at Indirap Productions, a full service video production and video marketing agency.
After her son’s passing, Tiona Hall set out to make sure every parent would have a special way to remember those they hold dear. Read on to learn about how this mom is using her grief and entrepreneurial spirit to help others.
What business did you start up?
After losing my son in February 2013 I have given up a 15+ year corporate career to start a memorial boutique. I handcraft beautifully designed, unique, personalized keepsakes. Although I specialize in pregnancy & infant loss I also create keepsakes for any special occasion (engagement, christening, graduation, birthday, Christmas, wedding, new baby, sweet sixteen, anniversary, etc.)
What motivated you to do it?
I spent hours searching the internet for personalized keepsakes for my angel baby and the majority I found were overseas. With 1 in 4 Australian women suffering from pregnancy or infant loss there is a huge demand for keepsakes in Australia. I have become an advocate for pregnancy & infant loss awareness. I want to make sure that no Angel gets forgotten. I want to break the silence and bring pregnancy & infant loss out into the open. I want to ensure that all bereaved parents can speak their child’s name without judgement. I want society to accept that babies die and we don’t need to sweep the issue under the carpet. I also promote awareness and educate wherever I can. I fundraise through the business for several babyloss charities, including Bears Of Hope and Pregnancy Loss Australia.
Didja see?? We were just featured in CNNMoney! In “From Meetup Group To Full-Blown Business,” reporter Sara O’Brien writes, “When Meetup launched in 2002, its founders wanted to unite like-minded people. They never expected the site to help people launch their own businesses, but these five entrepreneurs turned their Meetup groups into profitable companies.” Guess who’s listed first? We are! Read it here.
Guest Post by Shayna Smith :: It sounds pretty cool on paper. You are in business with the same person you share your home and life with. There’s mutual respect between you as a couple and you trust each other to make the best decisions for your business. Unlike other couples you get to spend a lot of time together, which is a great positive in this day and age where people struggle to find ‘together’ time. You are both actively involved in growing not just your family but also a shared source of income. And you know that if something goes wrong the other person has your back.
Romantic and win-win though it may sound, mixing business and pleasure, i.e. going into business with your life partner, is not for everybody — even if you are truly, madly, and deeply in love with your spouse. In fact, it has not much to do with your spouse or the love you have for them, and everything to do with the nature of the beast (your business).
Let’s look at what going into business with your life partner entails and how to deal with the challenges that will invariably arise along the way. Read more