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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[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Jill Savage

Co-author of No More Perfect Marriages


One of the things we embrace here in the International Christian Mompreneur Network is imperfection. That’s because we know we can so easily get discouraged when we strive for perfection or compare ourselves to others. And we know that taking imperfect action is better than taking no action at all. Jill Savage, of Hearts at Home ministry, uses this concept of imperfection to reveal the truth about REAL marriage. And I don’t know about you, but I can attest to the fact that my marriage is not perfect. But…it is most definitely REAL. 

I’m honored to host a discussion with Jill here on the blog today as she shares her thoughts about the newly released book No More Perfect Marriages. She co-authored this book with her husband Mark. Together they share the painful and challenging journey of their marriage — and the strategies and tools they’ve learned to help you in your imperfect marriage. 

Q. Why did you choose the title “No More Perfect Marriages” and why do you think that message really resonates with couples today?  

A. We believe that right away the title helps couples –or individuals—know they’re not alone in dealing with the hard side of marriage. We wanted readers to know that perfect doesn’t exist, inviting them to explore along with us how to deal with the imperfect parts of our relationship. 

Q. Who is the book written for – is it for marriages that are having difficulty, new marriages or all marriages?  

A. All marriages and even dating and engaged couples are benefiting from it already. We certainly share our story of healing from Mark’s infidelity throughout the book, but it’s not really a book about that. It’s a book about the slow fades every relationship goes through and the tools we need to use to turn those fades around. Marriages naturally drift apart if we’re not intentional about pulling together. No More Perfect Marriages helps good marriages become great and hurting marriages find healing. 

Q. I love that this book shares the perspective of both the husband and the wife. What was that like to share your very personal story and to work together on a project of this magnitude?   

A. Painful at times. We had to somewhat relive our story to write about it. As we wrote, it prompted conversations that were hard at times, but thankfully we’ve learned how to communicate better over time. We’re also very different thinkers and writers so we had to learn how to blend our differences in a positive way to make a stronger book!  

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How to Become a Morning Person

become a morning personNot a morning person? You’re not alone. Many moms are most productive after they put the kids to bed. That’s when they can finally focus on their work, and they stay up late to take advantage of the quiet. They are the night owls. I’m not one of them. I’m pretty much useless after 9 pm. In fact, now that I have teens in the house, they are usually the ones tucking me in at night.

That’s because I’m typically awake before 6 am. But I wouldn’t call myself a morning person. I’m not exactly pleasant at that hour. It’s just become a habit. And I’m grateful for the habit because it works for me – and for my family. I enjoy my quiet time in the morning. I get to see the sunrise. And I start my day off with a workout so I am free to focus on whatever comes my way the rest of the day.

It’s not easy to shift your natural body clock and become a morning person. But for most of us, motherhood forces us into a new sleep cycle, whether we like it or not. So, how do you stop fighting the urge to stay up past your bedtime? How do you stop hitting the snooze button and waking up feeling rushed and stressed? How do you create habits that will help your body adjust to a different schedule? Here’s how I do it!

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[Prayer Cafe]: February 1, 2017 – John 4:7-21

No Fear

Do you ever hesitate to start something new because you are afraid you won’t succeed?

 We have all tried and failed at something, and sometimes that lingering fear gets in the way of our future. There is no guarantee that we will be successful. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us not to put our hopes and trust in human efforts, but instead to put our trust in God, knowing that He has a perfect plan.

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here.

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Is it Time to Take on a Business Partner?

5 Considerations Before Starting a Joint Venture

Business PartnerMy business partner Candy, and I have been writing together for almost 4 years. We co-own PatAndCandy.com, offering support and encouragement to homeschool moms and parents of teens.

A while back, a blogging friend of ours told us she is considering a partnership with a few other associates, and asked us to share some thoughts about a joint venture.

So, we put our heads together! While we are by no means offering legal advice here, today I’m sharing an overview of the top five areas to consider before jumping into a joint venture of any sort.

As you prepare to move forward, let me encourage you to overthink it.  No matter how well you know your potential partners, it is SO important to have everyone’s cards on the table and look at them sans rose-colored glasses at the get-go.

It’s also important to determine that everyone’s expectations are reasonable in terms of workload and responsibilities and pay-off.  Everyone needs to understand why each person is interested in being a part of the project. Ideally, all should be on the same page, or at least know what page everyone else is on (and be ok with it!) as you move ahead.

5 Considerations Before Taking on a Business Partner or Starting a Joint Venture

1. Legal – Personally, I don’t think you should rush into an LLC or any other form of business registration until you are fairly certain that things are going to work out. Hastily or flippantly doing so creates an unnecessary administrative mess, not to mention a bite out of your pocketbook. You might want to consider having the venture as an extension of one of the partner’s current business, with the other partners perhaps getting a set amount or percentage of proceeds as independent contractors. If you do decide to go ahead and make it legal, you definitely want some “sine qua nons” in place. Meaning, cover the following points (at minimum):

  • What responsibility does each partner have? Is there a back-up?
  • Will you be determining any type of professional standards?
  • How are differences in opinion handled – who has the final say?
  • What happens when one of the partners wants/needs to leave the group? Or isn’t holding up their responsibilities?

2. Financial – This could get tricky if your partners are not located geographically near each other. Fortunately, there are so many online banking options these days; you could use one that’s cloud-based so that all partners have access and accountability. Other considerations include:

  • Under whose name will a bank account be set up, and who will manage finances?
  • How will reporting be communicated to all parties?
  • How is the budget set up and whose responsibility is it?
  • Who will handle the tax preparation and record keeping?
  • What if the partner in charge wants/needs to leave the group? Who is willing/able to take over finances?
  • How will affiliate income be divvied up?

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[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Tammie T. Polk

Author of The Virtuous Business Woman

I used to think Proverbs 31 was written to encourage the homemaker, wife and mother. But one day when I was reading it, I realized the Proverbs 31 Woman was more than a Wife of Noble Character; she was also the ideal mompreneur. That’s exactly what the theme of Tammie T. Polk’s book is — The Virtuous Business Woman. And we are blessed to have Tammie as part of our circle of Christian mompreneurs, to share her wisdom and encouragement with us. I’m honored to share this conversation with her on the blog today.

Q. What does it mean to you to be a virtuous woman?

A. To me, being a virtuous woman means remembering that virtue and faith still have a place in our lives, even in this busy, digital world. Many times, we feel like we have to put our convictions aside in order to be what is perceived to be successful. It also means that I see that I am a lot closer to being this woman than I think I am. So many think that her lifestyle is unattainable and don’t see the progress they’ve already made. It is a matter of making a conscious effort to do what is right and to be guided by the principles of God’s Word, which isn’t always easy.

Q. You write about putting family first. What is your best advice for a mompeneur who is having trouble balancing business and family responsibilities?

A. Yes, that’s one thing so many struggle with. My best advice is to use your family! Find out what their gifts and talents are and allow them to use them to help you in your business! Even use the things that annoy you about them. Another thing I would say is to pay attention to what you may perceive as a family distraction. Many times, those things that they do to distract you just might be their way of showing you that they want to help if you’d only take a moment to show them what you need.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 18, 2016 –

Putting on the Armor of God

Have you ever had a disagreement with your husband, child, parent, sibling, friend or co-worker? Of course! It’s our human nature to disagree from time to time. But when it goes beyond a disagreement and feels like more of an attack, maybe it goes deeper. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us we do have an enemy, but if we put on the armor of God, we will be able to see the true threat and defeat it.

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 11, 2016 – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Will our work survive?

We mompreneurs know the meaning of “work”. We work on our businesses, we work raising our children, we work around the house. I don’t know about you but I feel like my day is just bouncing from one task to the next. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that we can please God even while doing the mundane tasks that no one else even seems to notice.

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here.

Prayer Cafe is open (almost!) every Wednesday at noon Eastern. 

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Verse of the Year 2017: John 5:8

Guest Post by Amy Walton

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

I have read the story of the invalid man by the pool so many times in my life, but it has been in the past year that this story has really spoken to my heart… I guess because of where I am in my life right now.

The man in this story had been an invalid for 38 years. When Jesus encounters him on his mat, he asked the man if he wanted to be healed. Interestingly, this invalid did not answer “yes” or “no.” He simply gave an excuse, saying that every time he tried to enter the healing waters, people went before him, and no one helped him. 38 years… imagine!

I wonder: Did this person ASK anyone to help him? Did he focus more on his disability than his abilities?

I think about some of the “mats” on which I have lain in my life: The mat of insecurity regarding my own gifts and talents. The mat of an eating disorder in college. The mat of trying to attain perfectionism ( it took me years to get off this mat, but I finally learned… finally… that no human can ever be perfect). There have been many mats in my nearly six decades of life. A few have been really comfortable… a little too comfortable. Some have been downright ugly.

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Verse of the Year 2017: Isaiah 61:7

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

My daughter had the privilege of playing a role in our local community theater’s presentation of “The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this Christmas season. It’s a fairly recent production that’s quickly become a classic, revolving around the story of the Herdman kids and their involvement in a church Christmas show. We see the true power of the Christmas story; how Jesus can influence even the “worst” of us when we come to an understanding of the story’s significance and embrace Him in our hearts.

At one point in the script, the Sunday School teacher/director reads portions of Luke 2 to the children, most of whom are familiar with the story. None of the Herdmans, however, are. And this year, I, too, heard it anew with a seeking heart.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.'” – Luke 2:10

A story I had heard a thousand times. But when those lines were spoken aloud during that first rehearsal, I quietly tucked them away in my heart. Something quickened in me, though, because of course, God knew that I was already “on the hunt” for my Word for the year.

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Verse of the Year 2017: Hebrews 10:35

Guest Post by QuaWanna Bannarbie

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

My word for the new year came about as a result of a recent visit to the salon. Yes, you read me right.

For the past two years, I have been against hair salons because I just couldn’t tolerate the atmosphere. You don’t have to be a black woman to appreciate the dissatisfaction with waiting your turn in a hair salon. So I stopped going. Well, I needed a new look and my hair was badly in need of deep conditioning so I started the undesirable search for a new stylist. I come from a long heritage of hair professionals in my family. Both my mother and father are the offspring of beauticians who learned hair styling in the 1950s. Several aunts and cousins carry on the tradition. I grew up spoiled by free hairdos and beautifully, well -maintained hair. So my standards for stylists are legitimately grounded. Grandma taught me to be particular about whoever has their hands in your glory (1 Corinthians 11:15).

I talked with the stylist several times before my appointment. In fact, while I was in the wash bowl, she said to me, “You have been lying about your hair. You have nice hair.” I did not intend to make her think I have a “bad head.” But I talked so badly about my hair that she believed negative things before she even met me. The last thing she said to me before I left the salon that day changed my outlook on life. “Stop talking bad about your hair. It’s not good. You won’t receive a good result.”

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