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! Then dive right into our business training videos and the Christian Mompreneur Toolkit — to inspire and guide you on your journey. 

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Meet Featured Sister Semonna McNeil

Semonna McNeilIf you’ve ever wanted to escape the structure and pace of a corporate job, Semonna McNeil’s story will inspire you. Her journey from hobby to business wasn’t easy, but it was worth it!

Meet Featured Sister Semonna McNeil

Business Name: Run Leap Launch

Business Description: Runleaplaunch.com is a strategic launch consulting service specializing in list building, virtual events, and launches for both stuck and upleveling business owners.

Semonna’s Story: 

I am a reformed Corporate American robot. I started growing my VA business while employed, utilizing evenings and weekends to network and work on client projects. I believe I started off as a VA versus positioning myself as an internet marketing strategist initially because I suffered from severe impostor syndrome, but I desperately wanted more freedom in my life. My final straw: I remember asking my manager if I could leave work to go to urgent care because I was sick (this was so out of character for me), and she refused to let me take the day off. I went to urgent care after work to learn that I had been working with a sinus infection and walking pneumonia with a fever of 102. I began working on my escape plan that day. I prayed to God and shared my challenges and heart’s desire. Within a month, I was gifted a scholarship into an ‘escape your 9-5 job’ coaching course. This was my sign and I began to ramp up my marketing efforts to turn my freelancing hobby into a full-time business. After taking on several clients, I learned quickly that I was passionate about strategy and implementation, and I wanted to support more partners that really struggle with putting the two pieces together.

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Five Things That Surprised Me About the Platform Conference

Platform CollageLast week I had the honor of attending the Platform Conference in Colorado Springs, Co, hosted by Michael Hyatt. I’ve been a member of Michael’s Platform University for the past year and was so excited to be able to attend the conference and hear from him and the fantastic speakers. I hoped to learn even more about growing my platform and I knew I would meet some pretty amazing people.

But there were a few things I didn’t expect…a few remarkable surprises that left me feeling like I had just been a part of something special. The team at the Platform Conference delivered – in more ways than one! In fact, here are five things that surprised me (in a wonderful way) about the event:

1. Spirit of Generosity: Have you ever been in a group where you’re embarrassed to raise your hand and ask a question? Or you’re too nervous to share your thoughts or goals? Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but it takes a while for me to warm up and trust people around me. I typically feel like everyone has his or her own agenda and nobody really wants to hear about my business. But this event was overflowing with a spirit of generosity. Everyone I met truly wanted to help me in some way. They were genuinely interested in sharing their knowledge, experience and insights with me. And they were generous with their wallets as well – together we raised more than $63,000 in one hour to benefit World Teacher Aid and help fund the building of a school in Africa.

2. Warm and Welcoming Culture: Some conferences (especially industry specific events) can be a little cliquey. It’s uncomfortable to break into a group if the same folks have been attending the event for several years. But Platform was filled with people who were open and excited about meeting one another and really getting to know each other. If there were people who already knew each other prior to the conference, I would not have known it by the way they interacted with others. Everyone truly was there to work together.

3. Approachable Speakers: I’ve always been somewhat of a groupie, so I am usually on a mission to have my photo taken with every speaker at an event. But it’s not always possible. In fact, I remember attending my first “real” conference as an entrepreneur. I drove 9 hours to get there and I didn’t know a soul. It was a “one speaker” event and I was so excited to meet this woman whom I had admired from the other end of the internet for several years. But after her presentation, she disappeared. She was nowhere to be found. No handshake. No hug. No photo opp.

But Platform was the complete opposite! The speakers all made themselves available to not only take a photo with me, but also talk to me about my business and my goals. And these were “BIG NAME” speakers like Michele Cushatt (from Women of Faith), Amy Porterfield, Stu McLaren, Crystal Paine (aka MoneySavingMom), Ken Davis, Casey Graham, Ray Edwards, Pat Flynn and Cliff Ravenscraft. I’m sure they had other places to be…more important things to do. But each one of them took the time to talk with me personally. [Read more…]

Five Free Tools I Love So Much I Would Pay For (But I’m Glad I Don’t Have To!)

Five Free Tools I Love So Much I Would-2I have yet to discover the secret to success, but I do know that being organized helps. And when you’re a full time mom running a full time (or part time) business, you have to be productive during your limited window of opportunity to work. That’s easier said than done when you have a thousand ideas running through your head, a million things on your to-do list and a love-hate relationship with technology.

I’m not exactly an early adopter when it comes to tools and technology. It takes me a while to try something new. And even then, I spend too much time testing and playing with tools I end up abandoning. But there are several tools that have stood the test of time for me and I’d like to share them with you.

Here are five of my favorite tools that I use every single day. I love them so much that I would pay for them. But I don‘t have too, because they’re free (yeah!). Your business is probably very different from mine, but I suspect you’ll fall in love with at least one of these tools!

1. Dropbox: This is the best tool I’ve found for sharing files with clients, team members and colleagues. When I send files back and forth via email, I can never find the most recent version. And I can’t seem to keep them organized. But Dropbox allows you to created shared folders so you can collaborate virtually with anyone you choose. The “drop and drag” functionality makes it easy to use and the folders help you organize files that you share with others – just as you would on your own computer.

2. Evernote: This tool is my go-to resource for capturing all my tasks, lists, random thoughts and fabulous ideas (and the crazy ones, too). Evernote allows you to create lists and notes and put them in folders to organize all the brilliance that comes out of your mind so you don’t lose it. Unlike sticky notes and “to-do” lists, Evernote is a searchable database of all your thoughts – and it syncs between your computer and phone. So you can easily find a note months or years after you create it simply by searching a keyword. Once you get started with Evernote, you’ll quickly discover you can do so much more than capture notes – you’ll learn to forward emails, attach screenshots, scan documents, share notes, import your Kindle highlights and bookmark websites…but start with the basics and see how it works for you. [Read more…]