Meet Featured Sister Jessica Brown

Jessica BRown

One of the most challenging (and rewarding!) things about running your own business is that you have to learn so many new skills. When you hang out that shingle (virtual or brick-and-mortar) you embark on a journey that offers an education in marketing, finance, sales, technology, customer service and much more! Fortunately, there are people like Jessica Brown who make this entrepreneurial education a little smoother. They hold your hand and take some of the more technical aspects of the job off your plate. So you can concentrate on what YOU do best!

Meet Featured Sister Jessica Brown

Business Name: Automation Jungle

Business Description: I run Automation Jungle where I help business owners build strategies and automate their processes through Infusionsoft applications.

Jessica’s Story:

I was struggling to find a job that would fulfill my desire to do something that mattered. As a more reserved individual, it was always hard for me to understand why people didn’t show up for work to work. Why play the game only to realize none of it really mattered in the end? I guess you could say I was an accidental entrepreneur. I didn’t start out thinking this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to change the world one client at a time and run my own business. Nope. Far from it. If I’m completely honest with you, I’m about as far from an adventurous, risk taking person than anyone I know (perhaps that is because I grew up a daughter of an engineer).

Most of the readers of this blog are moms. That has been my deepest desire, so when I couldn’t find a job and started my entrepreneur journey this thought kept running through my head “When I have a family, this job will be perfect for that.” While I can’t finish this sentence saying that my desire has come true, I’m holding on to the promise that God gave in Jeremiah 29:11, when He says that He has given me hope and a plan for the future. He has already laid out the perfect plan for me and has given me the best tools (gifts) to accomplish His desire.

One day I was listening to a podcast and the speaker was talking about something called a virtual assistant. I was intrigued and wanted to know more. Once I returned home, I began to research this topic and thought yep, this is what I want to do. To make a long story short, I tried it and decided to go in a different direction. While I’m not calling it a complete failure, I am grateful for all the lessons I learned through this experience. The things I learned through this business venture, I now use in my current business, Automation Jungle. [Read more…]

Three Free Tools for Saving Time on Social Media

One morning I opened up my Facebook Page, determined to share something encouraging or funny or at least somewhat valuable and I stared at the blank “status update” window for about five minutes. I started typing a few times only to quickly delete the text and resume my writer’s block. Then, I did what any productive professional would do – I spent the next 20 minutes browsing through my feed hoping to be inspired or, at the very least, distracted. Eventually, I closed my browser without having left a comment. And I got to work.

Has that ever happened to you? I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we’re told that social media is a wonderful tool for business and that we need to make sure we’re active online. But sometimes, we’re just not in the mood to be social. Other times, we’re perfectly happy being social, spending hours mindlessly watching pet videos and liking someecards when we should be working…or spending time with our families. But we get swept up in all the smiling faces and we can’t seem to click away. (It happened to me twice while writing this blog post!)

That’s why I use a few tools to help me organize my time on social media. I’m not trying to be sneaky by pre-scheduling updates. Instead, I’m trying to be productive so that I’ll be able to spend my time online having real, live conversations with people – not stressing over what to write. And I’m getting help sifting through all the distracting (but entertaining!) messages so I can concentrate on the ones I want to read and comment on.

I rely on these three free social media management tools to help me better prioritize my time online: [Read more…]

Meet Other Christian Mompreneurs Here!

FBgroupOne of the reasons I created the International Christian Mompreneur Network was because I was feeling lonely. I didn’t quite fit in with all my working mom friends. And I didn’t have time to chat over coffee with my stay-at-home-mom friends. I craved the connection with other women who were doing what I was doing — running a business while raising a family. But I had zero time for networking luncheons and zero budget for week-long conferences in exotic destinations. Plus, I wanted a group that felt more comfortable than the ambitious professional organizations I’d been a part of. I wanted a place where it was OK to talk about business and profits…but it was also OK to talk about potty training and spiritual warfare. I searched far and wide…and couldn’t find the right fit.

So I carved out a little space for us on the internet. It’s our very own virtual community for connecting with other women, encouraging moms in their work, asking for prayer support, sharing your latest news and getting answers to business questions you’re too embarrassed to ask elsewhere. [Read more…]