Christian Mom: You Can Create a Business That Supports Your Values of Faith and Family!

 

If you are running a business while raising a family, you are not alone! Women are opening small businesses at a higher rate than men. And many of these businesses are owned by moms who work from home. In fact, a new home-based business is started every 12 seconds in the United States. Why?

We believe it’s because we’re experiencing a shift in priorities and women are searching for a way to create a business that supports their values of faith and family. They want a profitable business and a family-centered lifestyle. And it’s easier than ever before to make that dream a reality. The International Christian Mompreneur Network is a community of moms who are passionate about faith, family and business (in that order!). We know that God calls us to share our gifts and talents and serve others through our businesses. We offer solutions and support to help you build a profitable business with wisdom and grace. If you’re self-employed, starting a business, running a home based business or just thinking about creating a business while raising a family, you’re in the right place!

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Five Skills That Will Help Your Child in Life and Business

Five Skills That Will Help Your Child in Life and BusinessWe all, to some extent, want better for our kids than we’ve had. At least, that’s what I grew up with, and that’s what I’ve always wanted for our own children.

But very few of us give thought to what that exactly means, and how we can constructively help our kids reach that goal. In other words, it’s one thing to say that’s what we want, but quite another to take concrete steps in that direction.

I’ve been blessed to know quite a few entrepreneurs in my day; my husband and I have owned and run a few small businesses ourselves, and I’m currently developing yet another endeavor. Over the years, we’ve had our share of booms and busts, and watched others’ businesses both fly and fail. Having taken the time to analyze what happened in more than a few of those situations, I’ve come to understand that there are particular personal skills that are instrumental to success. Encouraging our kids to develop them now will help them in their current personal lives, and in whatever form their future business involvement takes.

Skill #1 – Being Engaged

I’m not referring to slipping a ring on anyone’s finger, nor am I suggesting that anyone become married to their job! But whatever situation we find ourselves in, an engaged person is aware. Engaged people have their eyes open and “service antennae” up, looking for ways to help, contribute, problem solve and lead. They are aware of what’s going on in their environment, and seek outlets for their own skills and talents that can benefit those around them, whether it’s friends, church family, their own customers, or an employer.

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How to Get Your Children Involved in Your Home Based Business

How to Get Your Children Involved in Your Home Based BusinessMost of the time, work-at-home moms are searching for ways to occupy our children so we can get some work done. We set up play dates, hire babysitters, sign up for summer camps and (yes!) resort to allowing strategic screen time. We teach children to use their inside voices when Mommy is on a business call. And we are amazingly productive during naptime. But what if…every once in a while…instead of banishing our children from the home office, we gave them a way to be a part of the business?

I don’t know about you, but part of the reason I chose a career as a home-based business owner is because I wanted to be near my children. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them and work my schedule around their needs. As they’ve grown up, their needs have changed, but my motivation remains the same. But sometimes I realize I’ve been “near” them but not “with” them for a long period of time. So I’ve found a couple of creative ways to be with them – and still get some work done!

How to Involve Your Children in Your Business at Any Age

Toddlers: Even little ones like to be involved in whatever Mommy is doing. When my oldest was my only, I used to let him sit on the floor in my office and “work” on his computer during my work time. It wasn’t perfect and it was still a distraction, but I scheduled it so that whenever he was in the office I wasn’t doing something that required 100% concentration. While he wasn’t actually involved in the business, he felt like he was part of what takes place in the office. And he also learned – at an early age – that the office is for working (and for quiet time).

Elementary School: At this age, children like to be given responsibilities. And I’m always surprised by how capable they are in handling some of those responsibilities. If you have elementary school aged children, you might ask them to:

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Making Memories the Mary Way

Making Memories the Mary Way copySummer is for making memories, don’t you agree? So many of my childhood memories were created in the summertime. Beach vacations with my family…exploring the woods behind my house…riding bikes with friends…making arts and crafts at the park…swimming in the community pool…and jumping for joy at the sound of the ice cream truck! Such sweet memories.

Sometimes I wonder what my children will remember about their childhood. Will they remember the towels I folded neatly and stacked in the closet? Will they remember the balanced meals I prepared and the number of times I got in my car to drive them all over town? Probably not. But they will remember the time I spend with them – and the happiness they feel when we’re together.

I have to remind myself of this often. Because I’m so tempted to do things FOR my children rather than spend time WITH them. (It’s the whole Mary and Martha thing – I still can’t seem to get it right!).

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5 Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Business

5 Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Business

So you’ve been playing with a little business for a while now…selling your crafts on Etsy or sharing your recipes on a blog…leading a workshop or teaching people how to do something fabulous! But it’s just a hobby that you try to fit in when there’s time. And you think you want to make it more than a hobby. If that sounds remotely familiar, this post is for you! I have the privilege of working with women at all phases of business – from “idea” to “7 figure success story.” The one thing they all have in common is the fact that they treat their business like a business. And here’s how they do it:

Five Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Business

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{Prayer Cafe}: June 15 – Lessons from Psalms 23

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Psalm 23 is one of the most known Bible verses. But since we have heard it so many times, do we really think about the meaning?

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste explains why this verse reminds us that we can be confident in our Shepard!

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Join the Summer Circle for Christian Mompreneurs!

Join the Summer Circle for Christian Mompreneurs!What are you doing this summer? I know a lot of mompreneurs try to scale back on work over the summer when the kids are home more. But some of us take advantage of the less structured time of year to get clear on a few things and really map out a plan for our business to grow. Personally, I like to have fewer meetings and more time for planning and processing.

If you’re feeling like this summer is a good time for you to gain some clarity and direction in your business, and to create some habits that will help you reach your goals, then I’d like to invite you to join me in a very special Summer Circle! We will have a small group of women working together in the Mompreneur Mastery Program, where we will walk through the six steps to running a business that supports faith and family.

In about an hour a week, you’ll be able to make significant progress in your business, blog or ministry. And – the best part! – you’ll have a group of like-minded women to help you every step of the way. 

Here’s what we’ll be working on together: 

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Make it Easy for People to Pay You

Make it Easy for People to Pay YouI was invited to one of those home parties the other day. The kind where you make a bunch of meals for your family and freeze them. I thought it would be a great way to plan ahead and get some new menu ideas. If your life is anything like mine, you understand when I tell you that I barely have time to get to the grocery store – let alone prepare a healthy meal for my family each night. But I try my best – and I appreciate any opportunity to make healthy meal prep easier for me!

So I was excited about this party. Until I tried to register. There seemed to be a problem with the online registration on the website. And, I don’t know how it happened – slowly, over time, I suppose – but I’ve developed a complete lack of patience for technology that doesn’t work as it should. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I get instantly frustrated when I have to search and refresh and submit more than once on a website. Especially when I’m trying to give someone my money!

I ended up having to deliver a check to the hostess’s house – which is not a big deal because it’s not far from me. But honestly, it took me five days to get over there with the check. Normally, that inconvenience alone would be enough for me to forgo the party. But I wanted to go. And it wasn’t the hostess’s fault. It really wasn’t the consultant’s fault either – she had no control over the website. But it got me thinking…how many people make it difficult for customers to purchase from them?

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Don’t Forget: You’re Making a Difference

By Dr. Betsy Lavin

Don't Forget_ You're Making a DifferenceHas this happened to you lately? 

You’re sitting around the table with friends or family when someone asks, “Say, what is the name of the family that lives just north of the lake? You know who I’m talking about right?”

No one can come up with the actual last name, but you alll immediately start to share the mystery families biography like where they work or what car they drive, where their kids went to school. Just no name. 

This conversation actually happened around our Easter dinner table. It took a group of 4 adults 10 minutes to come up with the name of our life long neighbor that lives just two miles from our house. 

Needless to say our memories are not what they used to be and we have now resorted to collectively coming up with the answer that used to be fluent in one single mind. Finally someone claims the ‘Eureka!’ moment and the answer breaks through the fog. You all feel so relieved that someone finally got it. Thank goodness, your memories aren’t completely gone after all. (By the way, the answer was Gunderson).
 

We can laugh about it most of the time but what about the stuff you really do need to remember? 

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{Prayer Cafe} May 18- Psalm 105:1-6

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten to a point where if I don’t write it down, I don’t remember it. My brain is on information overload and it just seems there is no room left in there.

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste tells us why we need to remember what God has done for us.

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Promises, Prayers and Practical Steps: How to Build a Business While Raising a Family

Promises, Prayers and Practical Steps_ How to Build a Business While Raising a FamilyWhat are you doing June 2? I would love to chat with you about something that I’ve been thinking about and learning about for a long time – it has to do with running a business while raising a family – and doing it according to God’s plan and for His glory.

I know that sounds a little “church-ish” for some people, but I have a feeling there are a lot of Christian moms who know exactly what I’m talking about. We feel the pull of business and family and the never-ending “to do” list…just like everyone else. And we feel the pressure of our business world motivating us to be more, do more, sell more…But we also feel the whisper of the Holy Spirit…guiding us…nudging us…challenging us… So when it comes to building a business, we’ve got a lot of influences and inputs.

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