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!

Get started by joining for free today and dive right into our Christian Mompreneur Toolkit.

Make Your Bed (And Other Productivity Tips from Mom)

A young woman making the bed and organizing the roomMoms love to make rules. We love to spout advice and impart little words of wisdom on our precious ones. But is anyone even listening? I know I didn’t feel like listening when I was a child. All of my mom’s rules and advice seemed so restrictive and controlling. But now…now that I’m a mom and can see how foolish I was…I know that mom’s advice was spot-on. Even if she didn’t realize it at the time, my mom’s rules helped me develop a good work ethic and create a lifetime of productive habits.

Five Habits Your Mother Was Right About:

Make Your Bed. I used to think making my bed was a waste of time. I figured I would mess it up again each night, and nobody would even see it during the day to know if it was made or not. But I discovered that the act of making the bed actually helps me set the tone for the rest of my day. If I wake up and make my bed then I’ve already accomplished something before the day has even started. I know it sounds strange but when I get dressed and leave my bedroom for the day, a tidy bed translates into an organized state of mind. So now matter how chaotic the day becomes, at least I’ve started with some semblance of order. And – here’s the bonus – when I collapse into bed at night, I’m not reminded of the messy pieces of my life.

Go Outside and Play. If you grew up the same way I did, you spent most of your weekends and summers outdoors. As soon as my chores were finished I left the house to ride bikes, play with friends or explore the woods behind my house. The exercise, fresh air and nature discoveries were abundant. I think that’s a huge part of what made me happy, healthy and creative. It’s not as easy now as it used to be, but I start most of my days outdoors – running or riding a bike. And I try to get outside every evening, even if it’s just to eat dinner on the back porch. Nature has a way of recharging me and giving me a fresh perspective to tackle whatever task I have at hand. [Read more…]

Win a Ticket to Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta

Type A ConI’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the amazing speaker team for the Type-A Parent Conference for bloggers in Atlanta, GA, October 8-10, 2015! I was introduced to this group a few years ago and have been blown away by the depth and scope of their practical knowledge about all things internet. And, even more importantly, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover how warm and welcoming they are to newbies.

That’s why I want to take a “newbie” along with me this year! Someone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure to learn from this wonderful group of bloggers. If you’re new to blogging or even just thinking about it – this would be a great opportunity to dive right in and immerse yourself in the blogosphere. And if you’ve been blogging for a while and you’re ready to take your work to the next level, you are guaranteed to learn something new at this event.

You can find out details about the event and speakers here: Type-A Parent Conference.

Want to learn more about Type-A Parent? I wrote about my first experience at the annual conference here. And I shared lessons from the podium when I spoke at the Type-A Bootcamp in Walt Disney World (fun!) on how to turn your blog into a business here.

Enter to win a ticket to Type-A Parent Conference here!

Welcome to the Business Counterculture

You know you really should be blogging. Forget that! Blogging is out….you should be podcasting. And if you don’t have a Facebook Page for your business, you are going to fail. But if you really want to attract customers, you need to be on Instagram. And Pinterest. And Periscope. Oh, and did you know you need to host a live event? And create a passive revenue stream? And monetize your blog? And raise your rates? And hire an assistant? And publish a book? And get a high-paying speaking gig?

WHAT?! If you really listened to all the well-intentioned business advice out there on the Interwebs, you would drive yourself crazy! And drive your customers away. More importantly, you would be an emotional disaster – wondering why “everyone else” is able to keep up with the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship and you can’t seem to figure out how to sync your calendar on your iPhone.

I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning – and whenever I want to make a change I always look to others who have gone before me. But – and I say this with gobs of respect and appreciation for my many mentors – sometimes you have to do your own thing. There comes a point when all the advice, predictions, guidance and instruction become counterproductive. Like we tell our children, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right – at least not for everyone.

You’ve probably been there before. You get so immersed in what OTHER people think you should do, that you lose sight of your own goals and plans and dreams. You spend all your time trying to “figure stuff out” and you don’t actually make any meaningful progress.

What if you followed your own instincts? What if you talked with one trusted mentor and soaked up the advice and then made decisions based on what YOU feel is right for YOUR business? What if you stood up for what you believe is right and said NO to what everyone else is doing? It would be liberating! And probably more successful than the constant struggle to keep up with the confusing and evolving “expert” recommendations. [Read more…]