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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[Prayer Cafe]: November 30, 2016 II Timothy 1: 6-7

 

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My 7 year old recently told me he wanted to right a letter to Santa telling him that “Christmas is about Jesus. But the presents are nice too!” 🙂  

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us about the holy gifts our Father has given us. She tells us that these gifts are not earned, but rather received. Just as we love to watch our kids on Christmas morning, our God happily bestows gifts on us for us to enjoy. 

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here.

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

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Are Mompreneurs Trading One Identity Crisis for Another?

are-mompreneurs-trading-one-identity-crisis-for-anotherA friend of mine explained to me why she felt called to open her catering business. She is the mother of a special needs child and said she didn’t want to be defined in that way. She didn’t want her identity to be wrapped up in her role as a mother to her special needs child. I totally understood her – and I told her that lots of moms open businesses or get jobs to avoid that same identity crisis. They don’t want to be labeled as “just” a mom. Or they feel like they “need something more” in their lives.

I get it. I’m not judging anyone, here. I’m admitting that this need to have an identity outside motherhood is a huge motivator for me – and for a lot of moms I work with in the International Christian Mompreneur Network. I KNOW that being a mother is my most important job. And it’s my calling during this season of life. So, I don’t take that responsibility lightly. And maybe motherhood should be “enough” for me… I envy women who are confident enough to dedicate 100% to motherhood. But for some reason…maybe it’s ego…maybe it’s money…maybe it’s fear of failure…or entrepreneurial genes…or lack of patience…but I have always felt the need for an identity that isn’t tied to the little people I love.

The Mompreneur Identity Crisis

But what happens when we start a business to fill that need? Sometimes we simply replace our identity crisis. We are no longer known as “Luke’s mom” but we become “the photography lady.” And that’s fine… except when it consumes us.

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2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift GuideOne of the things I love most about the International Christian Mompreneur Network is the opportunity to learn about the creative and inspirational things other moms are doing with their businesses or ministries. And I had the chance to do that recently on a video conference with some of the women in our Facebook Group (which you can join here). We held a Zoom meeting to share our products and services and prepare for holiday shopping season.

These ladies are blessing the world with their talents and gifts. And they are about to bless your friends and family with some fabulous Christmas gifts highlighted in our 2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide!

With more than 10,000 Christian mompreneurs in our community, the following is just a small sampling of the amazing work these ladies are doing. Please take a few minutes to support a fellow mompreneur and do a little Christmas shopping!

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide 

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Why Choose Gratitude in Business (Despite Your Circumstances)

Gratitude in businessHow are you feeling about your life work and business this season? Are you feeling discouraged or thankful? How does gratitude relate to your business?

Know it’s guaranteed that at some point in your business you’ll have both ups and downs.

Like anyone else, I’ve had my slow months when business just wasn’t pouring in as quickly as I would have liked. Some months are just better than others. Sometimes sales pick up, and other times I hear crickets. There are times when I have to work out a misunderstanding with a client, and I don’t always land the contract that I’d been hoping for.

Business life is certainly not always a bed of roses.

But the key is: my response. How should I respond, as a woman of faith in business, when things don’t quite work out the way I wish them to?

The best response, I’ve learned, is to wear an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude takes you a long way in life.

I have found that when I make a decision to change my response from being disgruntled to one of gratefulness, I have a better outlook on my situation. I’m in a better mood, I feel more thankful, and I want to help others.

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How to Start an Instagram Gratitude Journal

A New Spin on the Gratitude Journal for Your Business and Homeschool

Instagram Gratitude JournalEvery November you see people writing and talking about gratitude. It’s as if the 11th month of the year somehow got assigned the task of reminding us to be thankful.

Just because it’s the month in which Thanksgiving falls (at least in the U.S.).

But here’s a way to take a new approach to the concept of gratitude and incorporate it year round. The beauty of this technique is that moms (and dads, of course) can apply it to a home business and it’s a more tech-savvy way to get the kids to buy into the action, too! It simply requires adding a small bit of text to a picture.

Starting an Instagram Gratitude Journal

I stumbled upon this concept quite by accident, but I’m running with it, folks! And you can, too.

Instagram is all the rage these days. Actually, I should say, visual content is all the rage. From a small business perspective, any social media promotion that includes an image, graphic or video has a much greater chance of being shared by others and “liked” by Facebook. Pinterest, of course is all about images, and Instagram is the same. Instagram (IG) has the added benefit of being a bit more “real life” and in the moment, which makes it a super tool for this idea.

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[Prayer Cafe]: November 2, 2016

Prayers for our Nation

 

eat-pbj-for-easter-dinner-if-it-helps-you-focus-on-the-right-target-3“Ladies, today in our cafe we prayed. We prayed for our nation, for neighbors, co-workers, friends, the church, and even our enemies. I know many are celebrating because of the election, but others are sad and afraid. So we pray. Our God is on the throne. He has always been actively involved in placing leaders in authority. We can trust that he is bringing about his BEST plans for America and the world. 

Still… some of our neighbors are afraid. My prayer today focused on the body of Christ coming together in Unity to Love this hurting world. Our light shines beautifully and brightly when we embrace diversity while being unified in purpose. I pray that each of us reaches out to someone who is very different from us in order to uplift them and to seek to understand them. They need your love. You need their perspective. We are stronger and better together!

Lastly, we prayed for all of government leaders. They cannot serve the people of our nation, without divine help.

May the peace of God rule Supreme in your hearts today!”- Alecia Baptiste

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15 Blessings from Business Boutique

Christian Mompreneur Lessons from Christy Wright, Dave Ramsey and Team

Business Boutique Christy WrightAfter two days of learning and connecting at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville, my mind is overflowing with ideas and my heart is filled with encouragement. I can honestly say this was the best event I’ve ever attended for Christian mompreneurs who are ready to take action on their dreams of owning a business! With Dave Ramsey’s team behind the scenes, and an incredible lineup of speakers and performers on stage, the conference was everything I had expected and more.

I couldn’t possibly share everything we learned and all that we experienced here on the blog, but I want you to benefit from some of the generous encouragement and most practical tips we received. Whether you are a dreamer, a starter or a builder, you can take your business one step further with these blessings from Business Boutique.

15 Blessings from Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville

  1. There’s room for you, too. Christy wants you to know that even if someone else is doing what you want to do, don’t let that prevent you from moving forward. Stop letting fear hold you back from doing what God has placed in your heart.

“You can have the most extraordinary experience of your life when you step into your fear.” – Christy Wright

 

  1. Your mind is fertile ground, so you need to be very careful about what you put into your brain. Dave Ramsey talked about the power of intentionality and encouraged us to feed our minds with positive thoughts and ideas, and to write down our dreams.

“Be careful what you write down – it will turn your life in a trajectory right toward your dreams.” Dave Ramsey

 

  1. Getting out of debt and staying that way takes sacrifice. But the reward is a legacy you can’t afford to miss out on giving your family. Step 1: Create a budget.

“The road to comparison will always dead end with debt.” – Rachel Cruze

 

  1. It’s time to get real about your money. No matter how great a product is, the mismanagement of money is the thing that brings most businesses down. So treat your business like a business and pay attention to the finances.

“A hobby costs you money. A business makes you money.” – Christy Wright

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Mompreneur’s Guide to Evernote

12 Ways to Use Evernote To Organize Your Life

Mompreneur Guide to EvernoteCall me old fashioned, but I’m a pen and paper girl at heart. I love writing in my journal and sending hand-written notes to friends. I rarely go to a meeting without my college ruled notepad or traditional composition book that I buy at Target for $1 after the back-to-school sales. There’s something that happens in my brain when I’m forming words on paper – and it just doesn’t happen when I type. That’s why I resisted going digital with my notes and lists for quite some time.

But Evernote won me over. I went digital with most – but not all – of my note taking and list making a couple of years ago. Why? Mostly because I live in a digital world and it’s easy to access my notes from wherever I am. But I also love the powerful tagging and searching functionality of Evernote. I don’t have to remember where I put a note or what I called it. And – you’re going to love this! – I can easily share my Evernote files with someone. Let’s say for example, I want my husband to stop at the grocery store on the way home. If he has access to my grocery list, it’s super easy for him!

I use Evernote to capture all of my ideas and document everything from my prayer list to meeting agendas. I use the tagging feature to easily find what I’m looking for. I scan photos, bookmark websites and attach files directly in Evernote. You can even set reminders and use the voice dictation feature.

Want to know more about how I use Evernote?

Here are 12 Ways to Use Evernote To Organize Your Life

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[Prayer Cafe]: November 2, 2016 – John 15:1-17

God as our Gardener

eat-pbj-for-easter-dinner-if-it-helps-you-focus-on-the-right-targetWhen life isn’t going as you planned, do you ever think “God, where are you? Why aren’t you helping me?”

It’s easy to think God has forgotten us when we are suffering or struggling. But the truth is, God never forgets you and always has His hand on you.

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste explains that God is our master Gardener. He prunes us as needed to help us produce fruit that will bless the world around us. 

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here.

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

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How to Tell if It’s Time to Start a Small Business

Start a Small BusinessStarting a business is like having a baby – you are never truly ready. You can learn and plan all you want, but nothing prepares you for life as a mompreneur quite like on-the-job training.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about turning your hobby into a business or creating a ministry that will provide a much-needed service in your community. Or perhaps you are desperately seeking a way to quit your job so you can work from home. Or you may be exploring the option of publishing a book or starting a blog.

It all sounds very exciting. Daunting…but fascinating! So how do you know when it’s the right time to take that leap into the small business world? There’s no magic formula, but if you’re going through a discernment process, here are a few signs that might help!

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