Being a busy mumpreneur there is little time for you to take time off.
Here are a few tips on how your can enjoy yourself while taking your marketing offline.
1.Make time for social appointments
While being outside the house you get to mingle with other people.By spending time with your friends you are also allowing them to get a better understanding of what you do as a mumpreneur and how you operate your home business. At the gathering with friends you can get introduce to other people who may in turn become your potential client or business partner. It doesn’t hurt to build up a broader network which you can tap on if ever the need arises.
2. Take the time to build up relationships
Giving the gift of time is the best way to build up relationships with other. I’m sure that you are able to get a better understanding of the other person through a face to face meeting rather then chatting with them virtually. Getting out once in a while for coffee not only gives you a chance to meet with other people, you also get a chance to be updated about the latest happenings in your friend’s life and exchange stories and tips among each other. It can be a very mentally stimulating afternoon sipping coffee with close friends at a neighboring cafe.
3. Learn to take things slow and enjoy the finer moments in life
The pleasures of sinking my teeth into a rich cheesecake and sipping on an iced drink is definitely more pleasing and inviting then sitting at the computer and busy typing away while completing a client’s project. Just being able to sit back and list to the soft music in the cafe can have a therapeutic effect on ones soul. It is definitely uplifting.
You never know when a new business idea may strike you while you are relaxing with good company.
4. Breathing in new inspiration and creativity
Sometimes being cooped up at home all the time can be draining on your inspiration and your level of creativity. Being in a new environment can help one become rejuvenated and get your creative juices flowing.As they say having something different may set off sparks in your mind.
Oh the horror!
We try so hard to create this balance. It’s like a mythical creature. Is it really there? Does it really exist?
Take me for example. My office is in the middle of my living room. Ok, to the edge of my living room, but still it’s smack-dab in the midst of my living space.
You can look at it two ways I suppose: 1. There is no balance whatsoever because the “office” is right there, so you’re always working. 2. Exactly the opposite. There’s great balance because the office is right there so you always have the opportunity to get more work done.
Me? I’ll go with #2. I think I have a great work life balance! That’s the reason I started this company. Wow, I can get this and that done by noon, have some lunch, do some gardening, back to work for a few hours, run some errands, fix supper, watch the news, back to work for a few more hours. Working in chunks of time really works for me. It’s a great balance. I have more energy than when I used to work in the corporate world. More interest in my home life too. More appreciation for, well, everything.
And I get a lot more done.
When I started my business I said, “Ok, I’ll work 9-5 then shut off the computer.” I was still in the “employee” mindset. Starting your own business and then working your own business, well, we all know it’s not a 9-5 job. It’s a whatever-it-takes-to-get-it-done job. And that’s the joy of it. That’s probably why we’re small business owners. That entrepreneurial spirit. We didn’t start on this path because we wanted the safety and security of a 9-5′er, that’s for sure. We started on this path because there simply was no other choice. It’s in our blood! It’s who we are! We’re entrepreneurs! We can’t help it!
And so, as much as we may try to keep work work and personal personal, our work goals align with our personal goals. As an entrepreneur, they should. Take a close look at how they can compliment each other. “I’m going to work on X so Y can thrive.” That’s pretty much goal writing right there, and so it is in this instance too. The only difference is that you’re not writing this goal to enhance the bottom line for “the man”, but to enhance the bottom line for YOU! For something in your personal life. How rewarding!
It can be summed up in one sentence: I started my own business to enhance my personal life.
You can try to deny it all you want, but really there’s a very, very fine – almost invisible – line between work life and home life in this biz. Yes, you can shut down the business brain when your spouse or kids get home, or friends come over but let’s face it, in the middle of the night when an exciting idea hits, you’ll get out of bed and run to your computer to jot everything down and perhaps even start researching right then and there! Or at least you’ll wake up your spouse turning on bedside lamps and frantically writing everything down in that notebook you keep by the bed for just these moments!
I actually had to give myself permission to allow work life to bleed into personal life (working through the evenings when my husband wanted to rent a flick or friends wanted to pop in) and vice versa (the gardening at lunch for example). “It’s ok,” I said to myself, “this is exactly why you started your own business!”
So to you I say, enjoy those moments, embrace the lack of balance, and remember just why you started your own business!
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A thing that separates WAHM (work at home mom’s) from other internet marketers is the fact that they already have a full time job and usually are unable to set fixed times each day to be at their computer. Therefore when looking for a home business they need to find something that enables them to move from one task to another at times of their choosing. This is why so many moms choose MLM (Multi Level Marketing) and excel at it.
So why are they so good at it? The answer is simple: They are better networkers than most men. In general networking comes naturally to women watch two women taking their kids for a walk in the park – I guarantee that they’ll soon start talking, comparing notes, gleaning advice and in general attempting to be helpful to each other. At the same time the kid’s take a lead from Mom and are soon playing and forming their network of friends. This is the way our children are educated about their role in society.
Is it any wonder that the average WAHM is seeking to supplement family income in a manner that fit’s her difficult schedule? She certainly can’t work while the children demand attention and problems also occur when a tired husband returns after a day at work. This is why so many turn to network marketing (another term for multi level marketing) and are able to pick it up and drop it down as other events demand their attention. The other big thing is that the business is as close to being automated as anything on this planet.
Here are some MLM tips to help you understand how the system works:
Never believe that a multi level business is one big matrix with one person, or corporation, at the top who signs up two people who in turn sign up two people each until thousands are involved. In truth each business is a series of matrixes that grow at different speeds. Usually there is more money made at level 8 in a “power” matrix that at level 3 in a “steady” matrix and this is a fact that will never change. To succeed you must be part of a power matrix; this is why you hear people complaining that they’ve tried this type of business and it doesn’t work. – This is a crazy statement when you look at some of these businesses that have been running for years. – What the detractors should say is: “I tried it and it never worked for me.” The emphasis being on the “me”.
All MLM businesses attempt to bring in high flyers that have a proven record and a massive mailing list into the business before it launches. These high flyers have a select group of joint venture partners who also own massive mailing lists whom they enrol to fill levels 2 and 3 of their matrix. When launch time comes hundred’s of thousands of emails hit inboxes enrolling people to join their matrix. This is the start of a power matrix.
Many people will join this power matrix because they have followed the person they received the invitation from before and have made money by doing so. The money is made because the people on the top three levels attract thousands of others to join. Imagine an 8 level matrix with one person at level 1 and 128 at level 8. This equates to a total of 255 in that matrix.
Now imagine that each of these high flyers bring in just 1,000 participants from their mailing lists – That is 7,000 from levels one thru three. They can only have 255 in their matrix so each one passes 745 people in overflow to the people in the matrix below them. 7 x 745 is 5,215. Now add these overflow clients to people that are capable of signing up between 20 and 100 participants and you have a power matrix operating.
Assuming there are half a dozen power matrixes in a top MLM network and another 20 to 30 steady matrixes operating it is simple to understand why some people are saying: “This didn’t work for me.”
The secret is to be part of a power matrix and slowly work your way up the matrix as you build your list of satisfied contacts. Then you will find that you are being invited to join pre-launch ensuring a good position in a matrix that you know is headed by high flyers.
Understanding the system is the key to success at everything you do.
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You’ve spent hours researching, writing and self-publishing your book. Now, you want to reap the benefits of selling it yourself, but where do you begin?
Here are five simple tips to help you get started.
1. Figure out your market.
“Bookstores are lousy places to sell books,” says self-publishing guru Dan Poynter in USA Weekend . “Find the places where your audience gathers and sell directly to them. If your book is about cats, go to pet stores.”
To start selling your book, take the time to research your target audience. Who will be interested in purchasing your book and sharing it with their friends?
Once you know your target market, look at the places they shop and spend their leisure time. What media venues do they watch, read and listen to on a regular basis?
Create a list of all potential organizations, business and groups. This will give you a good understanding of the online sites and brick-and-mortar locations where you need to focus your marketing efforts.
2. Spread the word.
When you are ready to start selling, don’t be shy. Talk about your book, carry a copy around with you and look for every opportunity to mention it. Also be ready to give copies away to influential people who will build buzz about your business.
If you are a good speaker, try to give presentations to groups catering to your target audience. You can partner with various organizations to promote your appearance and build word-of-mouth. This may include issuing a press release, giving books away during radio or television interviews or getting involved with charitable activities.
“Speaking to local, target audiences is a great way to start building buzz about your products and services,” says Melanie Rembrandt, small business PR expert and owner of Rembrandt Communications, www.rembrandtwrites.com. “But in order to build credibility, you need to offer valuable information pertinent to your book’s subject without being sales-oriented. You can always have a book-signing after your presentation to sell your books and meet potential customers.”
Another trick is to leave a copy of your book at your local bookstore or library. If visitors pick up the book and read it, they will ask for a copy of it. Then, the person at the counter may contact you to purchase additional copies.
3. Venture outside your target market.
After you’ve pursued all venues focusing on your specific audience, start marketing your book to other groups outside your target market.
Look for secondary sources that may be interested in purchasing your book as a gift for a friend, co-worker or family member. Perhaps you can partner with a business, charitable organization or hobby-group related to your book-topic?
Think “outside of the box” and try to let as many people know about your book as possible. You can issue a press release, offer special discounts and create newsworthy events to draw attention to your book. And these activities don’t need to cost a lot of money. You just need to think of some ways to stress the unique benefits of your book and take the extra time and effort to plan, coordinate and follow-through with your ideas.
4. Take advantage of business relationships.
If you used an online publisher in developing your book, advertise on their site. If you used a local printer, ask if you can leave a couple copies at their front desk.
Visit all of your local establishments and leave some kind of information about your book. If you are a regular customer, most of these businesses will be happy to help you and the local economy.
And when preparing these “leave-behinds,” think about the benefits for the business and customers. Perhaps you can print up small calendars, checklists, quick tips, bookmarks and other items that advertise your book while offering something of value to potential readers.
You may even be able to partner with various businesses to offer special joint coupons and discounts. Use your imagination, but always keep the benefits for the customer in mind.
5. List your book online.
This may be obvious, but you really need to list your book online to reach the broadest possible market and increase “buzz.” Review your target audience and try to get information about your book posted on all of the pertinent sites they visit.
Also create a simple website. And don’t worry. Today, there are many services that offer cost-effective or free websites to self-published authors. You don’t need to be a technical genius or have a lot of money to take advantage of these services and create an online presence.
However, in your online copy, be sure to stress the unique benefits of your book and provide customer testimonials (for credibility). Also include some information about your background to help you stand apart from others in your genre.
Once your site is up and running, research free, press-release posting sites. Also look for online organizations that may be willing to post reciprocal links to your site to help build search-engine optimization.
These are just a few, simple tips. There are many ways to sell your self-published books. But you can start by focusing on your target audience, work the business relationships you already have and be creative. And soon, you’ll be well on your way to being a top-selling author!
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The youngest father on record, was Sean Steward, who lived in England. He was 12 years old. The question though, is not how old can one father a child, but what is the youngest age one should father a child.
Being a father is more than getting a women pregnant and then having her give birth. A father is more than a title. It is a position of responsibility. A father is a mentor, a teacher, a role model, and a provider. A father is so many things. The value of a father cannot be taken lightly. But I am sorry to say, some do not own up to their obligations. It concerns me that for some, the role of fatherhood is changing.
No man, regardless of his age, should allow himself to become a father until he is ready to fulfill the obligations that accompany it. Obviously, a young man should finish school and find a career, before he takes on the biggest responsibility of his life. This cannot be accomplished at 12, nor at 14 or many times even at 18. A man must be mature, and be prepared for the challenge of raising a child. He cannot do this when he is still a child himself.
It is too easy to conceive a child. It is much more difficult to raise one. As before mentioned, a child should not have to raise a child. It is hard enough in today’s world for an adult to do so. The sexual generation has produced too many unwed mothers and children with no fathers in their home. The absence of a father in the home cannot be underestimated. Especially, if he is a father who can pass on wisdom, guidance and discipline, to a child that is truly in need of it.
It does not appear to be a positive trend, unfortunately, for our children. With teenagers engaging in *** at much younger ages, there will continue to be children without that male adult supervision. When did this trend start? It would appear that it began with the first wave of children who did not have fathers in the home. The children became accustomed to single parent homes and therefore had no reason present not to create a fatherless family as well. In years past when a young male considered entering into a sexual relationship with a women, he had to take many things into consideration. He knew there would be responsibilities.
Today, it seems that this is simply blown off. Sure, there is child support, which when fairly applied, will collect financial support for some of the children, but this does not, in any way replace the presence of a father in a child’s life.
Once can only hope, that through proper education, that children will stop having children. That, some where along the way, we will clutch once again to our good values and common sense, and plan parenthood, and rebuild the forgotten family foundation.
This book is part of the National Geographic Windows on Literacy series. I introduced this book to my son when he was two and he absolutely loved it. This graded reader series are easy to read and have visually stunning photographs inside.
On the inner cover of the book there are teaching notes for parents. I find these tips very handy as it helped me in showing how the book can be more interactive with my child.
There are two focuses in the book.
Under this focus there are
Print and Book Conventions – Parents are shown the benefit of print and book conventions. In a printed book, the pictures and words work together to give meaning. -Children are taught to read from left to right. They also learn that space between words marks the beginning and end of words. -The child also learns that the order of words convey different meanings and how sentences are punctuated. Oral Language Development -Naming of plants found in the park – Discussing how the plants in the book are alike or different. Phonetic Awareness – Rhyming words – Counting the sounds in words.
For the Science Focus
Content and Thinking Skills – You child will get to understand that plants are living things and there are many different types of plants – Understand that living plants can be grouped according to their attributes. Developing The Theme – There are suggestions on encouraging children to think about their experiences at the park and to review what they have seen there. -It is also suggested that a trip to the park be conducted so your child’s experience with plants can be further enhanced.
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For those of you not aware…moms are now building businesses at an amazing rate. Some are small ventures, others are large, but one thing is for sure…moms are becoming more creative and more determined to work for themselves.
Though it’s next to impossible to find statistics to measure the economic impact, we know that more people than ever are working from home. (US Census). And we know that 75% of moms work. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). And we know that Mommy Bloggers are one of the largest growing social networks on the net And truthfully, moms have some secrets that will give them an edge in the entrepreneurial world.
Being a parent creates a bond that is unparalleled. What previously might have been just a desire to have a more flexible schedule, is now magnified x 10 when spending time with your child is involved. If you are a stay at home mom, you have already made the decision to take yourself out of the traditional workforce. Many would-be entrepreneurs are stuck at this space, afraid of the change and the uncertainty. Moms have to be creative problem-solvers all day, every day. They have to respond quickly, make assessments and decisions in a timely and effective way. Moms are willing to try many things, new things, seemingly silly things, in order to afford their family income and be with their kiddos. Check out these moms who came up withBoogie Wipes..I mean, who but a mom would develop a product and name it that? And they are laughing all the way to the bank with an expected $9 million in sales this year. ONE PRODUCT, that is all their company makes. Moms have always known that collaboration and community is the key to power and success. That is why this group is one of the most powerful purchasing niches out there today. Finally, moms are determined to succeed. Obviously, there is a lot at stake when you are caring for a child. Failure is not an option. And moms are not afraid to research, ask questions, seek support when they need it.
If you are a mom looking to become a mompreneur or even a WAHM (work at home mom), you are in an awesome position to earn income and create a schedule that allows you to spend time with your family. You (and me) just happen to be in the right place at the right time to build a movement that will likely change the face of the American workforce.
We have always known that moms could have it all…we just haven’t had all of the tools we needed for that to work for all moms with the advent of the Internet, and more specifically social media there is no real need to “go” to work or to leave the house to find support. All kinds of resources are there for you with a click of the mouse. Go forth, mompreneurs, and start your businesses!
When you begin your affiliate marketing career you have a choice to make. You have to decide whether you want to go “deep or wide” with your promotions.
Most people are led to “go wide”. Which means you jump into many different niches or topics, and promote a bunch of different, generally unrelated products.
On the other hand, you have the choice to go deep. So what does it mean to go deep with your niche?
It means choosing 1 niche. It means learning everything you can about that niche, sharing it with others, finding every related keyword you can find, and getting traffic to them all.
I have tried just jumping in to a million different niches that should have made me money, everything from chainsaw sharpeners to baby footprint kits. Here’s what I’ve learned ~ it’s much harder to keep track of, do everything for and keep up with a thousand sites on different topics.
It is much easier to find one large topic ~ whether it’s outdoor sports, or parenting and then dive in deeply into that one topic. It was only once I decided to get focused on one niche that I really started building a full time income.
How do you go deep?
I highly recommend you decide on a big niche and then just learn everything you possibly can about that niche, and write blog posts about it all, build squidoo lenses on lots of it, write articles on ALL of it ~ point it all back to your blog where your affiliate links are.
You will be seen as credible, and the more information you provide the more people will trust you. They will get to know you and when they do, it will be so much easier to buy from you. Not just one time, but over and over and over again. They will think of you as the “go to” person when it comes to knowing about that topic. They will actually look forward to your emails and will quickly buy what you recommend.
It is sooo much easier to get a current customer to buy from you again than to go out and find a brand new customer. Trust me. I’ve been there.
How do I find a niche?
So how do you find a niche? Think about the things you love. Think about something you are really passionate about. Think about something in your life you could talk about for the next 10 years. Think about something you have done in the “real” world for more than 5 years. (If you’ve done something that long you FOR SURE have enough knowledge to teach others about it)
This is a long term effort ~ doesn’t have to take a long time to make money, but you have to be willing to commit to this for a long time. Internet marketing is an ongoing business, it takes time, and it takes work ~ you can use other people’s systems to decrease your learning curve, and the time each week you need to spend on your business, but it does take a commitment. You have to be committed, so choose your niche wisely.
But ~ and this is a biggie ~ don’t get freaked out and obsess about your niche. Because if you start obsessing it means you aren’t going to start working, and until you start working you can’t start making money.
Do you love a good party? Are you always looking for reasons to throw one yourself? Do your friends call you for advice when planning their parties? When asked, do you jump in to help, without thinking twice?
If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions, starting up a party planning business may make perfect sense for you. Working from home while doing what you love to do? What could be better than that?
But although others may gush over the wonderfully creative parties you throw for your kids, how can you be confident that you’re qualified to actually get paid for planning their events and celebrations? Here are a few sure ways to tell whether you’re cut out for the party planning business:
? You’re a good listener. Whether planning your own child’s birthday party, an acquaintance’s bridal shower, or a stranger’s retirement party, one thing’s for certain: it’s all about tuning in to what your client is looking for. If you’re good at focusing on others’ needs and clearly visualizing the big picture of exactly what they want, you’re bound to be successful. Although various options and your solid suggestions will be appreciated, people want to know you’re listening carefully to what they want and not trying to force your own opinions down their throats.
? You’re a people-person. If you love to volunteer, prefer crowds over solitude, and are constantly looking for opportunities where you can interact and socialize, party planning would definitely allow plenty of chances for you to do just that.
? You’re detail oriented. Do you pay attention to the little details other people often overlook? Color coordination, theme tie-ins, exquisite extras, etc. Even though the subtle details aren’t always exclusively recognized, when added, they are precisely the things that turn a mediocre party into a memorable one.
? You’re a great multi-tasker. Can you deal with the florist, the caterer, and the mother-of-the-bride at the same time? But, more importantly, can you do it without getting flustered? If you thrive on activity and don’t bat an eye when ten things are thrown in your direction at one time, then you’re already a pro! Party planning is the perfect choice for you!
? You don’t take things personally. If someone screams at you because the flowers haven’t arrived yet or angrily pulls you aside because a typo was found in the invitations, could you keep your cool or would you break into tears? When it comes to planning an event and making it as special as possible, people can get a little testy. But if you can maintain your composure and smooth out the wrinkles with your tone of voice and reassurances, chances are you may receive an apology or two when the day is done. And, hopefully, because you expertly handled the stress, you’ll receive a couple of client referrals, as well.
Party planning is not for the timid, shy, or introverted. For the outgoing and extroverted, however, it can be the ideal work at home career choice. After all, there isn’t much that can compare with actually getting paid to party.
Does the economy have you down, depressed, and dejected? Is money tight? Are your credit card bills soaring out of control? Maybe you’ve had some unexpected medical bills, or an accident, fire, or other catastrophe that is costing you far more money than you can get your hands on.
Or maybe you want something a bit more frivolous, such as that dream Caribbean vacation, ****** implants, a nose job, or that Hummer you’ve had your eye on (and of course, then you will need extra finances to cover the gas!). No worries… just go online and ask for the money!
Otherwise known as “cyber-begging,” asking for money online is the modern version of traditional panhandling. It involves asking strangers for money to meet a perceived or stated need. In a quote from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, “Internet begging has the clear advantage to street panhandling in that it can be practiced with relative anonymity, thereby eliminating or reducing the shame and disgrace apparent of begging in public.”
Surrounded as we are by job loss, home foreclosures, and bank failures, it’s no wonder that cyber-begging has become popular. All over the Internet, sites are popping up to allow people to receive money online. So if you are interested in hopping on the Internet begging bandwagon, how do you get started?
There are several ways you can set up your own website to encourage people to contribute to your cause. Probably the easiest is to simply sign on with one of the cyber-begging sites that, for a small monthly fee, allow you to create your own page detailing your request. This page will include a button for donors to click if they wish to make a contribution, usually through PayPal, a secure online site that facilitates money transfers between people or organizations. This is likely the safest and most convenient way for you to receive donations, however solicitors have also been known to accept funds through the mail. If you are interested in doing this, it is recommended that you obtain a P.O. box in order to safeguard your home mailing address.
Your donation site will allow the donor to contribute any amount, from one cent to thousands of dollars. You may sacrifice a bit of dignity by cyber-begging, but if history is to be trusted, you will be collecting too much cash to have time to give it a lot of thought. A quick review of search engine results will turn up dozens of successful cyber-beggars, and that doesn’t include all those who have achieved their goals and discontinued their web sites!
So, do you have a heart-wrenching tale of job loss, home foreclosure, medical expenses, or business failure? Perhaps you simply want a vacation or liposuction. It really doesn’t matter… as long as your story strikes a chord with your Internet audience, you will assuredly start raking in the dough.
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