Some of us have been working on our businesses for a few months now; some of us for a few years. In some cases it’s been lack of focus or direction, or a lack of confidence or support. Some of us legitimately just need a little more time, while some of us suffer from another lack…
Lack of credentials.
Depending on the discipline, the time it takes to gather up an impressive list of credentials feels like a lifetime within itself. That “lifetime” is the perfect place for self doubt, frustration, and “real life” to fester.
Which leads us to the very valid but seldom asked question “Do I really need them?”
If your answer is yes, let me share two examples that may give you something to consider. Read more
One of the cool things about working closely with Jill so closely is that I’m privy to things most people will never know. The other cool thing, is that I get to tell people all her little secrets (Muahahaha… that’s my evil Scooby Doo bad guy laugh :/).
Here are just three little tid-bits to start out with. Shhhh, don’t tell her I told you: Read more
I have yet to meet an entrepreneur that hasn’t dealt with it. It’s almost built in like a right of passage. It can and does happen at any stage of business so you can’t avoid it just because you’ve been “doing this for a while”.
Every other thing we read and hear about business is about how to avoid it, how to bypass it, how easy it is to sidestep it, or how to “lifehack” it… but we seldom ever see or hear about how to just LIVE with it. Which leads to the obvious question…
“Why would I want to?” Well, lemme tell ya… Read more
Everyday won’t be perfect… but you know that, you’re a mom. And if that wasn’t enough, you’re an entrepreneur. This post is not about avoiding bad days, that’s not always possible; but it is about what to do when you do have them… because you will have them! Read more
I can practically see you rolling your eyes. “Not another woo woo post about self care!” That, this is not! The 4th reason may even offend you if you’re the sensitive type.
The purpose of this post is that far too many women, moms especially, take themselves for granted in the whole scheme of life. Now add being an entrepreneur to the mix and you have a league of extraordinary women with a one way ticket to living ordinary lives. That’s what Jill and I are trying to prevent!
Let’s begin shall we… Read more
On the heels of co-sponsoring our 1st International Founding Moms Conference in Chicago earlier this month, Shopify, the e-commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between is hosting their annual Build-A-Business competition.
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You’ve been working on your blog, product, or service for weeks now, getting ready for the launch. So far, you’ve done all the “right” things.
- You’ve taken a course or two and have read up on a subject that you’re really passionate about.
- You’ve positioned yourself as an “expert” in your niche.
- You’ve even reached out to your business idols and some of their followers on social media promoting yourself as a fellow thought leader in your industry.
But still, something just doesn’t feel right.
When you look at what other people in your niche are doing you think, “How can I compete with that? My stuff isn’t nearly as good.”
Deep down you feel like a fraud. You’re scared, confused, frustrated, and mentally exhausted. Before long, you’re as sure your business idea won’t work as you were it would work just weeks, days, or even hours ago. So, back to the drawing board. But, what do you change?
You need help, but, who do you turn to?
Certainly not your non-entrepreneurial friends and family expecting you to fail or salivating at the mouth for a chance to wrap you up in the warm embrace of “I told you so”. And you’ve kind of painted yourself in a corner by calling yourself “an expert” to now be looking for help to figure out your next move.
So what do you do?
The answer is simple… be vulnerable!
The world would have you believe that at “your age” you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. Your friends and family may question “why now?” Even your own inner voice may betray you from time to time and tell you that by now you should have figured out what you wanted to do in life and have been well on your way to achieving it.
How dare you “give up that 9-5, that sure thing that pays your bills and keeps a roof over your head…”
How dare you actually try to live up to your potential…
How dare you desire to be more than a housewife or a mom…
If you’ve been beat down by people who just don’t understand or if you’ve beating yourself up thinking that maybe you’re just too old to be an entrepreneur, take a moment to consider this… Read more
A funny thing happens when you set out to do something different and take control of your life. Not funny, ha ha, but funny as in, odd. I mean, you’d think that people would be overjoyed at the prospect of this new and exciting life that you’re building. And if not the public at large, at the very least, your friends and family would… right? Well sadly, that’s not always the case.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience it yourself, but there’s a pretty good chance that you’re gonna be disappointed by how the people you love react to the entrepreneur inside of you trying to get out. For some of us, it’s downright brutal. They question what we’re doing; why we’re doing it; and of all the times, why now? “Why can’t you just be happy with what you have” or “the way things are?” Read more
In the beginning, we’re convinced we’re going to save the world. We’re focused, driven, ambitious, and unstoppable. Our minds are flooded with ideas constantly, keeping us up at night and taking over our thoughts during the day.
We know our idea is pretty good, but play coy and humble and say “If I only help one person, it’ll all be worth it.”
We’re not exactly sure how to make it happen so we seek out info from every reputable source there is. Then comes the avalanche. We’re bombarded with perspectives, techniques, principles, rules, how-don’ts, and how-tos. There are courses, videos, podcasts, blog posts, books, lectures, and seminars all telling you how to do it.
Let’s not forget the actual work of building a biz. While we’re at it, let’s not forget family… or friends… or self.
At some point, it all becomes too much. Read more