Keep It Moving, Mompreneur!

Now that we’re a few months into the new year, I often like to think back on my goals and see if I’ve made progress.  Some years, looking back felt painful as I discovered I hadn’t traveled far in my entrepreneurial journey.  Other years and months, I rejoiced at having journeyed a foot or a mile down the road toward the end result: my final goals. 

How are you feeling about your progress so far? 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when contemplating your progress.

Keep moving forward.

Whether you look back and see much of your goals accomplished, or you find you haven’t gone as far as you would like, remember to keep moving forward. 

Luke 9:62 tells us: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  A forward-thinking mindset is the only way to succeed in business and in life. 

Whether you’ve achieved your goals these past few months or not, you have so much more ground to cover, so keep it moving!  You can do this.

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Why It’s Important to be Passionate About Your Business

Over the years I’ve had women ask me why I do what I do.  What makes me get up every morning to fix a cup of tea and head into my office, start my computer, and get to work for yet another client?  Why would I want to work from home?  Why would I maneuver my life events, my kids’ activities, and my own leisure around fulfilling the needs of other business women?

It’s true that being my own boss takes sacrifice and commitment.  But the other side of the picture shows that it’s because I enjoy what I do that it’s all worth it.  I love helping moms in business to realize their business dreams with a newly designed blog, or inspire them to keep blogging, keep motivated, keep putting out products and keep doing what they do.

If there’s anything I’ve learned for certain over the past ten years, it’s that if you want to have a successful business, you must first and foremost find that love spark that got you started in business to begin with, and rekindle your passion!

PASSION fuels you.

Without business passion, it’s quite difficult to keep your business going.  You’ll find yourself dragging your feet on assignments, and not pushing yourself to get things done.  As your fire dwindles so does your business.

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Verse of the Year 2017: 2 Corinthians 5:7

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.

I oftentimes find myself reaching out, grasping for concrete answers to various problems throughout any given day. As a homeschool mom and blogger I run into conflicts daily, fires that must be put out instantaneously. Because I’m a bit of a planning addict, I find that one of my biggest challenges has been to learn to walk by faith, trusting God to take care of all of my needs and help me put out fires. In fact, if I pray before I start a project I may very well have less fires to put out.

As we begin 2017, I am looking forward to all the many blessings God has in store for His people  – myself included. I can’t see what’s ahead of me, but God can. As long as I allow Him to lead me, I know that I will be fine. I am learning to flex my faith muscles!

When there are a billion fires to put out each day, if I’m walking by faith, I will rest more in the Lord’s promises to guide me through tough decisions. I will trust Him to give me practical answers to practical everyday problems. Whether relationships or business, God is on our side, giving us wisdom for handling issues that need to be dealt with.

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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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Four Reasons Mompreneurs Don’t Chase Their Business Dreams

mompreneur business coachWhy don’t we chase our business dreams?

I talk to mompreneurs all the time who tell me the only reason they’re able to accomplish what they do is because they persevered. But for a large majority of us, giving up all too soon is the easy way out of not fulfilling our dreams.  We don’t mean to, but life just happens. I’ve been observing this phenomenon in women in business (including myself!) and I wonder why we oftentimes find ourselves taking two steps forward, only to take three backward.  

Here are four common reasons mompreneurs don’t chase their business dreams.

1. Fear of failure.

This is probably the most common of all the reasons we tend to back down when it comes to starting up that new blog and getting our online business set up. Fear of failure is quite common because we just don’t know what’s around the corner.

Sometimes we’re afraid that we’ll sink too much money or time or energy into a project only to come out on the other end with nothing left to speak for ourselves.

But you have to remind yourself that this kind of thinking will hold you back from making that first move. You can’t free yourself to take a first step if you’re intimidated by the prospect of what might be. And to be perfectly honest, our fears generally end up never coming to past. Once you get past that initial hump you’ll find the faith and freedom to finally get going with your blog and selling your first product!

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