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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Don’t Forget: You’re Making a Difference

By Dr. Betsy Lavin

Don't Forget_ You're Making a DifferenceHas this happened to you lately? 

You’re sitting around the table with friends or family when someone asks, “Say, what is the name of the family that lives just north of the lake? You know who I’m talking about right?”

No one can come up with the actual last name, but you alll immediately start to share the mystery families biography like where they work or what car they drive, where their kids went to school. Just no name. 

This conversation actually happened around our Easter dinner table. It took a group of 4 adults 10 minutes to come up with the name of our life long neighbor that lives just two miles from our house. 

Needless to say our memories are not what they used to be and we have now resorted to collectively coming up with the answer that used to be fluent in one single mind. Finally someone claims the ‘Eureka!’ moment and the answer breaks through the fog. You all feel so relieved that someone finally got it. Thank goodness, your memories aren’t completely gone after all. (By the way, the answer was Gunderson).
 

We can laugh about it most of the time but what about the stuff you really do need to remember? 

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{Prayer Cafe} May 18- Psalm 105:1-6

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten to a point where if I don’t write it down, I don’t remember it. My brain is on information overload and it just seems there is no room left in there.

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste tells us why we need to remember what God has done for us.

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here. 

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Promises, Prayers and Practical Steps: How to Build a Business While Raising a Family

Promises, Prayers and Practical Steps_ How to Build a Business While Raising a FamilyWhat are you doing June 2? I would love to chat with you about something that I’ve been thinking about and learning about for a long time – it has to do with running a business while raising a family – and doing it according to God’s plan and for His glory.

I know that sounds a little “church-ish” for some people, but I have a feeling there are a lot of Christian moms who know exactly what I’m talking about. We feel the pull of business and family and the never-ending “to do” list…just like everyone else. And we feel the pressure of our business world motivating us to be more, do more, sell more…But we also feel the whisper of the Holy Spirit…guiding us…nudging us…challenging us… So when it comes to building a business, we’ve got a lot of influences and inputs.

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Parenting the Emerging Entrepreneur

By Pat Fenner

Parenting the Emerging EntrepreneurWe may be familiar with the type as an adult, but for most of us, the stereotypical entrepreneur as a child sits behind a lemonade stand.

And I don’t know about you, but that child is rarely, if ever, seen in my neck of the woods these days. Increasing food-safety regulations and child labor laws, combined with ever-growing screen time and diminishing outdoor play time has pretty much relegated that cute little kid to being a cultural cliché.

So does that mean that our children will no longer grow up to be self-employed leaders in the business world? Au contraire, my friend! As parents, we should still be on the lookout for those entrepreneurial qualities in our kids, and then follow through by helping them grow and strengthen them.

What qualities do future entrepreneurs possess?

While I don’t want to put them in a box, and of course, individuals and personalities vary, these are some obvious signs that you may have a budding business owner in your brood! They display:

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My Secrets to Success

By Alecia Baptiste

My Secrets to SuccessCan I let you in on a little secret?
 
Often people wonder how I homeschool three children, care for our family, write,  speak, run a business and have time to go on trips around the world. Often I hear, “You’re super talented and amazing and I could NEVER do what you do.” Nope, that’s not it. Or, “You are a saint, a super christian and extremely patient.” Again. No. And No. And No.
 
Here’s my secret. Actually, my secrets.
 
1. I’m surrounded by SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE. My number one supporter is: Edward Baptiste, my husband. He doesn’t just put up with my “projects.” He wholeheartedly supports them. He gives me the freedom to fly. He listens for hours upon hours as I work through obstacles, brainstorm and share my disappointments. But more importantly, this man really LOVES me and PRAYS with me and for me.
 
As a side note, I don’t listen to negative people. Their voices are on mute. (Still love them, though!)

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Five Apps that Make Mom’s Life Easier

Five Apps That Make Mom's Life EasierMy husband is always getting on my case because my face is in my phone when I should be doing something else. He’s right – I spend way too much time on my beloved device. But what he doesn’t see – what he can’t possibly see – is how much time I SAVE because of some of the tools I use on my phone. I’m not talking about Facebook or Instagram…or even iTunes or Overdrive (although those are some of my favorite places to visit when I escape the present and immerse myself in the digital word).

I’m talking about apps that help me do my job – my mom job as well as my business owner job. These are tools that actually save me time. If I didn’t check in with these while I’m in line at the grocery store or waiting for soccer practice to end, I’d have to spend time at home (a.k.a., “Family Time”) doing this work.

So, in the interest of saving you some precious family time, and helping you do your job more efficiently, here are five of my favorite apps for moms (just don’t tell your husband I’m the reason you have your face in your phone!):

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[Prayer Cafe]: Receiving Wisdom James 1:5-8

Eat PB&J for Easter Dinner if it helps you focus on the RIGHT target!We live in a society where we can get answers right away.  Ask Siri or Google and you’ll instantly have an answer to nearly any question. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had an app like that that went straight to God? We ask a question and he answers instantly? In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste talks about why patience is crucial when waiting for divine answers.

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here. 

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Five Steps to Reach Inbox Zero

Five Steps to Reach Inbox ZeroYou know that little red circle on the Mail app on your phone? Mine indicates three new messages right now. And there are 12 emails I’ve already read, still sitting in my inbox. I’m not sure what it says about me, but I kinda like it when those numbers are low. I know plenty of people who have hundreds of unread emails and thousands of read emails in their inbox. And it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. But I guess I’m a little bit of a control freak, so I like my digital world neat and tidy.

I think it’s because I view my inbox as a “To Do” List. If there are too many emails in my inbox demanding my attention, it stresses me out. So I’m diligent about dealing with email on a regular basis, and not letting it clutter my mind.

I don’t know how many emails you receive each day, but a study by The Radicati Group found that business professionals receive an average of 122 emails per day. That sounds about right to me. And I typically send between 30-50 emails on a workday. That’s a lot of email!

So how do I keep my inbox clean? Well, I don’t have a proprietary method or anything, but I have a few habits that I think help me stay on top of the email clutter.

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[Prayer Cafe] The Source of Real Wisdom Proverbs 3:5-8

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God tells us to “lean not in our own understanding.” But it’s not always easy to trust someone else with our future. In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste encourages us to turn to Him for real wisdom – and more importantly, to listen. 

Listen to the Prayer Cafe recording here. 

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

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Business and Balance for the Mompreneur [An Interview with Christy Wright]

Business and Balance for the MompreneurIf you’re a fan of Dave Ramsey, then you’ve probably heard of Christy Wright. She’s the “mompreneur” on Dave’s team and she’s made it her mission to help other moms make money doing what they love.

Christy is hosting a series of events for women around the country called Business Boutique. And she stopped by the International Christian Mompreneur Network recently to chat with me about her events and her passion for helping women succeed.

You can watch my discussion with Christy about balancing business and motherhood here. She will share:

  • Her story about growing up as the daughter of a mompreneur.
  • Her secret for dealing with mom guilt.
  • Tips for charging what you’re worth.
  • Why it’s so important to work in your strengths.
  • What to do when you can’t afford to hire help.
  • The best advice I’ve ever heard on saying ‘no.’
  • The scripture verse she leans on as a mom and entrepreneur.
  • Details on how to join her at an upcoming Business Boutique event.

And – pay close attention – because she will give you a little homework assignment that I think you’re going to have fun with!

There’s no cost to watch the interview – and I promise it’s not a sales pitch disguised as an interview. Christy will share information about her upcoming events and how you can purchase a ticket – but she’s also going to share some really valuable tips you can implement today in your business.

So please click here and join us in our discussion about Business and Balance for the Mompreneur!