3 Ways to Stay #GermFreewithStaples This Spring

isolated-woman-cleaning-mopThe good folks at Staples were kind enough to send us an impressive cleaning kit to aid The Founding Moms’ office with spring cleaning this year. They even included a gift for you – comment below with your spring cleaning tips by 4/21 for a chance to win a $50 Staples gift card! 

If you’re anything like us, finding time to shake off the dirt of winter can be challenge. So we’ve outlined the top three tools we use to speed through our cleaning so we can get outside and enjoy the amazing weather or simply get to work on our next project.

1. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes: This things are your go to for do-it-all, from cleaning countertops to doorknobs (the last time our doorknobs were cleaned was probably sometime in the Bush administration, the first Bush administration.) We also love not needing to switch between products as these bad boys are safe to use on all surfaces from the countertops in the kitchen to our wooden desks and even the bathroom mirror!  Read more

Take Time This Week to Reward Yourself

woman-relaxingAs moms and entrepreneurs we’re always thinking of others. If it’s not the kids or our significant others, its our employees or business partners. And while an ability to think of others and elevate their potential is one sign of great leadership we’re taking a moment today to remind you to reward yourself for all your hard work.

It could be as simple as a walk in the park during lunch or a day at the spa. Maybe hiring a babysitter to go see that movie you’re excited about. Or it could be rewarding yourself with a gift card to your favorite restaurant or store for some guilt free shopping. In most cases mom entrepreneurs are their own bosses, so be a good boss and recognize your job well done in the same way you’d recognize any other employee’s hard work. Read more

Crib Sheet #121: Cents of Self’s Kristin Allender

Screen shot 2014-04-08 at 8.33.13 PMAfter getting her start crafting jewelry as a frugal christmas gift for family members, Kristin Allender is now bringing her designs to the rest of the world. Read on to learn why this talented mom’s inspiration is simple black tank tops!

What business did you start up?

Homemade Custom Jewelry through my Etsy shop, Cents of Self.

What motivated you to do it?

Attempting to be both creative and frugal last Christmas, I wanted to top my homemade coasters last year for family members. I began dabbling in jewelry making for all the women in my family. What started as a vision for my immediate family soon turned into an obsession, a freedom, and a new sense of creative self. Read more

The Founding Moms Featured on The Balance Project

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 10.11.55 PMLast week, author Susie Orman Schnall’s new project THE BALANCE PROJECT, a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance, featured our Founder Jill Salzman. In Suzie’s words:

“I’ve always been curious—and maybe a little obsessed—about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing it all” craze. So I asked them. As I suspected, no one really does “it all.” Everyone’s making sacrifices somewhere. And that should make us feel a little better.” 

Check it out to learn more about Jill’s take on having it all and the best advice she’s ever heard about balance.

 

Crib Sheet #120: Jonesin’ Stuff’s Shanna Jones

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Although she’s never been a hair stylist, Shanna Jones is known for creating a fantastic updo. Now she’s moved from styling her friends’ hair to launching a line of military style hats for women and girls who want to get creative with their hair. Read on to check them out!

What business did you start up?

Jonesin’ Stuff – I designed some Military Style Pigtail Hats for girls and ladies with long hair who love to get creative with their hair.  

What motivated you to do it?

I have always loved doing hair. I have done my friends hair for prom, weddings, special events, etc. I also love wearing hats but have found that the only option for my long hair has been putting it out the back of a ball cap when I was looking for something fun and informal. I decided that pigtail hats were much more fun and versatile so I made them! There are some options patented but nothing like what I’ve come up with. They’re very easy to use, fun, and useful! Read more

The Founding Moms Share Social Media Savvy with The Likeability Company

Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 11.57.15 AMThe Founding Moms’ founder, Jill Salzman, and The Founding Mums’ Director in Australia, Denna Szwajkowski, co-star in The Likeability Company’s (TLC) social media panel podcast this week.

The Social Media Panel takes an irreverent look at the hottest social media news and features guest speakers who will share their stories and insights on small business social media marketing. Work-life balance, coworking spaces and juggling events, commitments and family are all themes covered in the podcast. Listen over here!

How Modern Technology is Changing the Face of Business

unnamedGuest Post by Debbie Fletcher :: Since the inception of business, the industry has always been shaped by technology. Today, with technological advancements moving forward so rapidly, this has never been truer. Here are some of the key ways in which modern technology is changing the face of business.

Increasing flexibility
Business used to be conducted face to face, which was perhaps a reliable process, but a very limited one too. The fixed phone line went some way to increasing the flexibility of a business, however today, organisations have many more options open to them. Technologies such as wireless internet, cloud computing, mobile phones and email have helped to vastly increase the flexibility of a company. Read more

Crib Sheet #119: Roojoom’s Yael Kochman

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Yael Kochman was pregnant and finishing her MBA when she launched her first startup. Several years later she has moved on to join an up-and-coming content curation platform and is excited to share it with you!

What business did you start up?

Roojoom is a content curation and creation platform, enabling anyone to bundle up content and guide readers through. It is a great platform for any individual to show their knowledge and expertise and for businesses to easily promote their brand via content marketing.

What motivated you to do it?

I joined Roojoom in August 2014 as the Head of Marketing, after leading my own startup. I was looking for a marketing position in a startup with an amazing product and a great team, and when a colleague introduced me to Roojoom’s founders it was love in first sight. The product is revolutionary as it really changes the way people read content online, and the small team of motivated and modest entrepreneurs, all around my age, with kids and a lot of experience, made my decision to close my own startup and move forward much easier. Although I was not part of the founding team of Roojoom, I was the 5th member to join the team and I honestly feel as if I founded it myself. Read more

The Founding Moms Are Now in Berlin, Germany!

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Next stop: The Grey City. We’re excited to share that The Founding Moms has just launched in Berlin, Germany!

With live, in-person Founding Moms’ Exchanges in over 20 states and now 8 countries, we’re thrilled to be building a wildly diverse and far-reaching network of accomplished mom entrepreneurs. Join us in welcoming our new German members in a comment below!

 

 

3 Things Productive People Do To Get Down To Business

Profiel-foto-klein1Guest Post By Charlotte Duzong :: Do you spend a lot of time in your business struggling just to keep up with your daily tasks? Do you know there is so much more you should be doing like planning, marketing and implementing business strategies but somehow you never find the time to do them?

These are questions I’m frequently asked by moms who own a home-based business. It is easy to get caught up by the day-to-day tasks in your business. As a mom entrepreneur you’re running not one but two or more businesses at the same time. That is why it is hugely important to be know how to run your home and business without losing your sanity.

3 things productive people do on a daily basis that will help you curb your busy-ness and help you get down to business:

1. Intentionally Plan Your Week

Schedule time to do weekly and daily planning. One of my favorite sayings is: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you start your day without  knowing what you intent to accomplish, you set yourself up for daily disappointments. I call my week planner my “assistant manager” because it really helps me stay on track. I just have to glance at it in the morning and I am on point again.

2. Work in 30-60 minutes blocks

When planning your day block your high priority tasks first. Use these quiet, small windows of time for activities that require your focused attention, energy and creativity. These are activities such as sales calls, asking for referrals, speaking, writing an e-book or following up with clients. Schedule max three of these important activities in your day. When you have accomplished these you can celebrate and move on to the next task on your to-do list.

3. Make good use of your mornings

Successful people have priorities they want to tackle, or things they like to do with their lives, and early mornings are the time when they have the most control of their schedules. I love my early mornings. This is the time I have to myself. This it the time I meditate, journal, plan, visualize and prepare myself for a great day. Just like a pilot who double checks every button and stick in the cockpit of his plane, to be 100 % sure he can guarantee a safe flight, you have to make sure you are prepared for an awesome day.

As president and founder of Smart Creative Mompreneur, Charlotte Duzong helps busy mom entrepreneurs run their home and business efficiently so they can work more productively, make more money in their business, and best of all spend quality time with their family. These moms live their purpose, become successful and make a difference in their world.

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