Single Mom in Business – #TEWmovement
Sep30

Single Mom in Business – #TEWmovement

by: Tiffany Jasper, Tiff’s Editing Cafe

 

Having children and raising them primarily or all on your own, as a Single Mom in Business (SMIB) can be trying. It takes strength, patience, financial budgeting, time management, and much more.

During these times, we tend to forget about ourselves and the talents that we already possess as women. Without even thinking about it, we counsel, advise, lead, write, design, persuade banner45677tiffothers to perform, are tech savvy, cook, bake, operate machinery, and maintain  multiple schedules on a daily basis, just to name a few. Just as we have to PUSH through in our daily routine, we have to push extra harder when we are building our business. PUSH!

Many single moms like me want to earn more money AND be able to spend more time with their children or at least able to be involved in the many aspects of their life: education, extra-curricular activities, etc. I can honestly say that I know there is a need for more income in my household; even with obtaining outside resources, I definitely need to but refuse to work several jobs any more. Been there, don’t even want to return to that nightmare!

So, now we have to brainstorm and seriously think about what our talents are and which ones we really enjoy we can decide which ones can be marketed. Once we decipher that….we are on our way! Here are just 3 suggestions to get your business-minded wheels turning:

Are you able to braid or style little girl’s hair? So many families would kill to save that time and pay a fee for you to turn their daughter or niece’s hair into a masterpiece that will last for two weeks. What a blessing for so many other moms! Style the hair of 3 of 4 young models, take before and after pictures and begin your portfolio; manually and online.

Are you considered Katie the Cleaning Lady by your friends? Let that be your niche. Begin by letting others know (or hell, show them) how well you clean and organize or change the furniture in certain rooms or areas of their house, office or garage. Who wouldn’t be willing to pay you to help spring clean or change out all of the fall/winter items with the spring/summer ones? Just remember to obtain insurance because if we don’t believe it, the “You-break-it-you-bought-it” rule is oh so real!

Is writing or editing two of the many passions you have? Your drive in this area maybe the one you love most. Is it creating the resume, writing the grant, blogging, editing manuscripts or working as a journalist or a news reporter? I say try them all, trust me your skill will reveal itself. Connect with those who just wrote a book, essay or article and edit for them. Request a chance to be a guest blogger for someone to get exposure then begin to applying to write for others. Writing your own book may be a passion also. Earning money from the sales (oh it isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but fulfilling) can be a blessing!

 

So, let’s get out that notebook and begin bullet pointing your talents, skills, and overall what you love doing. If it is a struggle, then that’s not what you should be turning into a business.  Be honest with yourself, face your fear, feed your faith, test your new ideas and PUSH through, it’s your business!

 

 

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Tiff’s written work was featured in The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 1. For more information or to purchase your copy of the book, visit www.tewyou.com.  TEW Volume 1 was published on October 28, 2012. It is our goal with this book tour to expand our reach and share our entrepreneur inspiration across the globe during the months of September & October in honor of our 1-year anniversary!

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Why Your Competition Doesn’t Exist + Collaboration is the X Factor. ~ #TEWmovement
Sep28

Why Your Competition Doesn’t Exist + Collaboration is the X Factor. ~ #TEWmovement

by: Patrice Perkins

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So, as an entrepreneur, one of the most significant lessons that I’ve learned is that…

There is no such thing as competition.

That might sound a little arrogant. It might even sound a bit naive. But, I assure you dear friends, it is neither. I say this time and time again, and it is one belief that helps me to do away with the unnecessary stress of entrepreneurship.

Yes, there are other people that do what you do.

BUT…

There is no one else that can do what you do, how you do it.

I promise.

Instead of worrying about the folks who you wrongly consider competition.

Focus on bringing out what makes you different. Focus on making you shine.

That brings me to my next point…

Collaboration is the X Factor.

If we get rid of this MIS-belief that we actually have competition, then we can embrace the true value of collaboration.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my entrepreneurial journey. I would be a big, bold, liar if I say that I have gotten to this point of Lifestyle Zen on my own.

The fact is that I haven’t.

The truth is that very few of us will.

There was someone who believed in us enough to ask their friends to FAN our Facebook Pages. Someone who believed in us enough to send referrals. There was someone who believed in us enough to retweet something that we said. There was someone who believed in us enough to partner on a project.

Without those people, our businesses would be stagnant.

Dont forget that, collaboration extends to the people who also do what you do…

those non-competitors.

The lesson is that there is enough stress in entrepreneurship.
There is enough stress in honing our crafts.
There is enough stress in providing an impeccable service.

There is enough stress in this world, that we don’t need to manufacture it.

Choose wisely and you will be on your way to a balanced life.

Please share your thoughts on this topic. I want to hear from you.

 

 

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Patrice’s written work was featured in The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 1. For more information or to purchase your copy of the book, visit www.tewyou.com.  TEW Volume 1 was published on October 28, 2012. It is our goal with this book tour to expand our reach and share our entrepreneur inspiration across the globe during the months of September & October in honor of our 1-year anniversary!

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The Power Struggle: Who Has the Power Over You? ~ #TEWmovement
Sep27

The Power Struggle: Who Has the Power Over You? ~ #TEWmovement

by: Nicole Knox

The short answer to the above question to the answer is YOU do! YOU …. YOU …. YOU!!!

Although it is not something that we typically recognize, accept or believe, we have always had the power to choose! You may not like the options that you have to choose between; vectorstock_489162-[Converted]however, you ALWAYS have the power of personal choice!!

During the time period that I was contemplating taking the full on dive into entrepreneurship, there were many years of heavy evaluation.  I had a family … my husband had been laid off of work for some time with no prospects … we had become accustomed to a certain lifestyle … I had many reasons of why I “should” have made a different choice.

In my subconscious mind, I wanted the comfort that I thought I had from my paycheck … but that only came with working my job.  And at the same time, I wanted the fulfillment that would come from pursuing my passion on the inside of me.  Metaphorically speaking, it felt as if I would be pregnant with vision, purpose and destiny for eternity in this trap!

Bottom line: I had to make a choice!

When I wrote my chapter in The Entrepreneur Within You, I it wrote for the person who was or is in that same place. I wrote it for the person who is or was assessing the obstacles that an inconsistent income would present while comparing it to the intangible yet priceless sense of internal relief that would come from being able to spend my days, hours, minutes and seconds in pursuit of my own personal legend!

I want you to know that you have a choice … you don’t have to look at what you don’t or won’t have and allow that to frighten you into staying somewhere that you know you do not fit! You don’t have to listen to all the people who have a vested interest in you staying right where you are because it makes them more comfortable! You don’t have to listen to that voice of doubt or fear that is in your subconscious mind (because you’ve been taking subliminal clues from overall society all your life)! And you should note that these cues are inherently designed for a life of mediocrity at the illusion of comfort that comes from a “steady” paycheck.

I want to tell you that the desire of your heart to live a life of more was not given to you by happenstance! That the desperation that you may feel to pursue this dream is not wrong or weird or out of place! I want to encourage you to listen to you heart and ALL it has to say … and then I want you to empower yourself to choose to follow it!!

Making the dream that is in your heart a reality will absolutely be the most difficult mountain that you will ever climb … but once you get to the top, the fight will be worth every sleepless night, every tear you cry, every push you made, every stretch you felt, every fight you had and everything you gave to get there!!!

And the power to choose to create ALL of that is in YOUR hands!

 

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971520_10151443404646903_341409453_n2Nicole’s written work was featured in The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 1. For more information or to purchase your copy of the book, visit www.tewyou.com.  TEW Volume 1 was published on October 28, 2012. It is our goal with this book tour to expand our reach and share our entrepreneur inspiration across the globe during the months of September & October in honor of our 1-year anniversary!

Connect with Nicole at www.nicolescourage.com today!

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Living Within Your Means, But What Exactly Does That Mean: 3 Steps to Attracting More Money – #TEWmovement
Sep27

Living Within Your Means, But What Exactly Does That Mean: 3 Steps to Attracting More Money – #TEWmovement

How many times have you heard that it is important to live within your means? When the conversation of budgeting comes up, how does this topic make you feel? If you’re like most of us you probably feel uncomfortable because “living within your means” is defined as scaling back on the choices you enjoy the most.

Americans spend millions on dining out, going to the movies and concerts. We love shopping (for many, shopping is therapeutic). We enjoy vacationing, buying new cars, decorating our homes, and treating our children to the things that also give them great pleasure.

So the thought of budgeting makes us cringe. Why, because very few people want to “live within your means”. We want to buy what we want whenever we want it. In other words, what you really want to know is how to attract more money to support the lifestyle that you want to live.

We attract into our lives whatever is in alignment with our most dominant thought(s). Our thoughts decide how we feel, and our feelings act as a magnate to physically bring to us what we think about the most. Therefore, if your main thoughts are on lack and debt… you will attract lack and debt. If your thoughts are focused on prosperity, health, joy, happiness, everlasting love, friendships, a great paying job, and many other things that you imagine for yourself… that’s exactly what you will attract.

You are most likely only familiar with two options to help you live within your means: 1) cut your expenses to fit your budget; or 2) increase your income to fit the lifestyle that you want to live. Let’s briefly discuss these two options and then I will offer you a third option that you will probably find appealing and easily adaptable.

Well, we’ve pretty much discussed that option #1 is not an option. To continue to ignore what you want for your life only causes you to subtract even more from your life. The thought of lack ONLY produces more lack.

Now, for you option #2 probably feels better because the thought of attracting more money is not as difficult as many may think. For most working class Americans we seek more income by taking on a second job, or seeking a promotion/raise on your current job.

The problem with option #2 is that if you work harder to earn extra money, when will you have the time to enjoy spending this extra money. Trading time for money also produces lack… a lack of time for exercising, relaxing, sleeping, enjoying quality time with family and friends, vacationing, dining out, and participating in the other things I mentioned earlier.

So then what is the answer to attracting more money to live within the means of our choice? The answer is the Law of Attraction.

As I stated before, the law of attraction means that you attract to you what you think and feel the most. Instead of thinking that you have to give up something because you can’t afford it or thinking that you have to take on another job to be able to afford it… focus your attention on the cost of what you want being reduced to fit the budget you have allotted for it.

Right now our country is finally bouncing back from one of the greatest fiscal fiascos in our history. This is good news because most of the things we like the most (houses, cars, clothes, etc) are being sold at a fraction of the price it was before the financial meltdown.

I was recently reading an article in the Robb Report magazine about an 11, 400 sq. ft home on Sailfish Point Island, Florida that was once listed for $6.5 million is now being sold for $2 million. OMG… let that sink in for a moment! That is a $4.5 million reduction in price for the SAME house!

Instill this in your psyche: the life you live is based upon the decisions you make. And the decisions you make are based upon the thoughts and ideas you focus on the most. So from now on, decide that you will live the lifestyle of your choice… and you won’t have to spend a lot of money to do so!

Until we meet again: DreamBIG, plan, get excited, and take action NOW… for the world is waiting to cheer your success!

Anthony-L-Smith_1403157P.s Visit http://www.lifeintentional.net/SHOP to order your copy of “L.I.F.E. Intentional, Living In Fullness Everyday” and read the highly acclaimed, entertaining and inspirational stories of how I renewed my mind and learned how to control my thoughts so that I could achieve great success… and how you can too! Like my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/L.I.F.E.IntentionalbyAnthonyLamarSmith. Follow me on Twitter @Lifeintentional

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How to Live Your Brand ~ #TEWmovement
Sep27

How to Live Your Brand ~ #TEWmovement

How to Live Your Brand (originally written for NBC5 Chicago | Inc.Well)

 

As a business owner or marketer, if you’re not living and loving the brand you’re selling, please count me out as a customer. Are you selling your new line of make-up, but giving out Mac “Viva Glam” air kisses? Designing clothes no one ever sees you in? Your actions are sure to hit you square in the profits.

If you don’t believe in your product, why should the marketplace?

During a recent trip to Taiwan, a country that’s working hard and smart to be a top-of-mind destination for avid bikers, it became readily apparent they get the importance of putting actions behind words. What I experienced there was beyond a few slick ads touting the pleasure of riding. It was a holistic effort designed to capture the attention of the consumer and turn them into Taiwanese bike-culture believers by essentially doing two simple things that are easy for every entrepreneur:

1. Keep it real

After being fascinated by the story of Giant Bike chairman King Liu’s nine-day ride around the whole island at age 73, I couldn’t help but be impressed. Hearing about a man in his seventies biking the Taiwanese perimeter wipes out all excuses not to get your own pedal on. Seeing senior leadership bike into the parking lot certainly drove home the idea that they were in-tune with their product. Because they use what they sell, their feedback comes from a place of an end user’s experience, which bodes well for future innovation.

2. Make it fun

People should enjoy and benefit from engaging your brand. Taiwan is selling biking as a lifestyle and using amusement and improved health as the lure. While visiting, I was energized by seeing teams from around the world excited to compete and onlookers arriving on their bikes to show support. The message that “riding is cool” was not lost on me. A beautiful bike ride around Sun Moon Lake delivered exactly what the Taiwanese promised, a great way to stay in shape while taking in gorgeous scenery. They made sure promoted biking areas throughout Taiwan were well-marked and free of bumps and trash … as there is nothing better than a brand delivering on its promise.

Jetta Bates-Vasilatos is founder of Twist Communications and a life stylist with 10+ years of award-winning consumer engagement/strategic planning experience for luxury and global brands like BMW and Coca-Cola. She also serves as an on-air correspondent and writer with a focus on luxury and experiential tourism, lifestyle, sustainability and personal finance (how to be chic yet savvy). Jetta has appeared on stations such as WCIU-TV, KBS-TV(Korea), ABC-7, CLTV and KBC-TV (Kenya), writes for national print publications such as Essence, Recommend, Ebony and HomeStyle Design and is the host of the Jettasetting segment on WVON radio.

Visit her website jettasetting.com, find real-time tips on her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jettaset.

 

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Jetta’s written work will also be featured in The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 2, coming this winter. For more information or to purchase your copy of the book, visit www.tewyou.com.  TEW Volume 1 was published on October 28, 2012. It is our goal with this book tour to expand our reach and share our entrepreneur inspiration across the globe during the months of September & October in honor of our 1-year anniversary!

 

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