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}: June 15 – Lessons from Psalms 23

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Psalm 23 is one of the most known Bible verses. But since we have heard it so many times, do we really think about the meaning?

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste explains why this verse reminds us that we can be confident in our Shepard!

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Join the Summer Circle for Christian Mompreneurs!

Join the Summer Circle for Christian Mompreneurs!What are you doing this summer? I know a lot of mompreneurs try to scale back on work over the summer when the kids are home more. But some of us take advantage of the less structured time of year to get clear on a few things and really map out a plan for our business to grow. Personally, I like to have fewer meetings and more time for planning and processing.

If you’re feeling like this summer is a good time for you to gain some clarity and direction in your business, and to create some habits that will help you reach your goals, then I’d like to invite you to join me in a very special Summer Circle! We will have a small group of women working together in the Mompreneur Mastery Program, where we will walk through the six steps to running a business that supports faith and family.

In about an hour a week, you’ll be able to make significant progress in your business, blog or ministry. And – the best part! – you’ll have a group of like-minded women to help you every step of the way. 

Here’s what we’ll be working on together: 

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Make it Easy for People to Pay You

Make it Easy for People to Pay YouI was invited to one of those home parties the other day. The kind where you make a bunch of meals for your family and freeze them. I thought it would be a great way to plan ahead and get some new menu ideas. If your life is anything like mine, you understand when I tell you that I barely have time to get to the grocery store – let alone prepare a healthy meal for my family each night. But I try my best – and I appreciate any opportunity to make healthy meal prep easier for me!

So I was excited about this party. Until I tried to register. There seemed to be a problem with the online registration on the website. And, I don’t know how it happened – slowly, over time, I suppose – but I’ve developed a complete lack of patience for technology that doesn’t work as it should. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I get instantly frustrated when I have to search and refresh and submit more than once on a website. Especially when I’m trying to give someone my money!

I ended up having to deliver a check to the hostess’s house – which is not a big deal because it’s not far from me. But honestly, it took me five days to get over there with the check. Normally, that inconvenience alone would be enough for me to forgo the party. But I wanted to go. And it wasn’t the hostess’s fault. It really wasn’t the consultant’s fault either – she had no control over the website. But it got me thinking…how many people make it difficult for customers to purchase from them?

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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.

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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.

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