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I Quit My Job- It’s Your Call

   Today I interview Ceri Ruenheck who quit her job 17 years ago and started It’s Your Call.  She provides business-to-business telemarketing services to small businesses. Basically she is the cold-calling expert that helps you can convert leads into sales!

In this interview she talks about the challenges that she went through in building her business, from blowing through her savings to needing to get a PT job even after having success in her business for years.

But you have to hear it for yourself to receive the inspiration to quit YOUR job and start your business.

 

Click the link to listen ==>http://www.blogtalkradio.com/imtheboss/2012/01/18/i-quit-my-job-its-your-call <==

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Start Planning Your New Year Goals NOW

Many mompreneurs are so busy with year-end holiday plans, completing business projects and taking care of the family that they don’t get around to planning their new year goals until AFTER the New Year festivities!

This is the month. This is the time;  early to mid-Novemeber is when  a mompreneur should re-assess her year and then make plans to do better, different, more or less next year.

 

Why should you start planning your new year goals NOW? Because holidays plan, meals, shopping and family will attack you like you’re a bloody stump dropped into a hungry shark’s tank! Just think back to last year…and the year before! Remember! The last 3 weeks of the year no one really works.

 

If YOU are working there is the constant disruption of your day due to shopping, cooking and eating events because everyone’s trying to reconnect and get into “holiday cheer”. Christmas is a wonderful time of year and you want to participate in these events without feeling guilty or pressured to finish out your year end projects.

So start tying your year up right now and/or start planning for next year!

Here are 3 simple steps to start planning for the new year:

  • 1. Create a space of celebration and acknowledgement with a group of momprenuers where you all feel comfortable bragging about your accomplishments for the year of 2011. We all have accomplishments but tend to gloss over them as we go off to work on the next set of goals. A great way to move forward is to stop and celebrate.
  • 2. Buy a FRESH, pretty journal and use it to keep track of all of your goals, projects, ideas and wishes for the new year.
  • 3. Create a Vision Board to help you stay focused on your dreams for 2012. I’m throwing a Vision Board Party on January 12, 2012 at 12noon. It will cost $12.  If you are near Greenville SC you’re invited to join us! Vision Boards are powerful visual reminders to your subconscious (and conscious) mind and will keep pulling you back to where you want to go.

With these 3 simple steps in place your business is treated with respect as you take time out to implement plans as oppose to flying by the seat of your pants come January and playing catch-up for the 1st few of months of the new year.

Are you prepared to start planning your new year goals? Leave a comment!

 

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Packing List for Business Women

I’m pleased to be a co-author Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. The other mompreneur experts featured in the book are stellar and “have been there done that”…and in some cases (like me) are STILL doing that.

One chapter entitled, “From Business Suit to Bathing Suit” discusses mastering business travel with family & friends.  I’ve been traveling for years but it’s very rare that I travel for business with my children. So having an expert’s advice was pretty enlightening for me. Cindy Sakai gives you a strategy for surviving the airplane ride (like board last), toys to avoid some things to consider when you and your family have reached your destination (like how to manage work and play time) and a suitcase strategy that allows you to keep business travel light.

I have always been able to pack light for myself.  As a matter of fact I traveled Europe for two weeks doing seminars from the U.K. to London with a carry on suitcase and large purse! My family and friends are amazed by my packing skills! Sometimes I amaze myself.

So I’ve included my personal packing list. This has saved me from nail-biting plane rides wondering if I’ve forgotten something.

A couple of business travel tips:

  • Everything in listed in the “Toiletries” section below should remained packed in your business luggage at all times.
  • Locate the closest Wal-Mart as soon as you arrive to purchase necessities. For me it’s bottled water, apples, mini carrots, nuts and raisins.  Wal-Mart is the perfect store because you can also purchase forgotten items; anything from wrinkle-free khaki’s, to baby wipes, to music cd’s.
  • Roll clothes instead of folding them. This saves space.
  • Leave your business suit on the hanger in the drycleaners plastic bag. I’ve tried rolling it and folding it the results are the same; minimum wrinkles.
  • Write  a To Do list and keep it in your suit case. This list should consist of everything that you need to be taken care of before you leave. Also include a To Do list of everything you want your children to do while you are gone. Leave that list posted on the fridge and when you return home you can check it off before placing it back into your suitcase.
  • Enjoy yourself without guilt. While on business I’ve had the opportunity to detour and visit Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, ride the falls of Niagara and a host of other adventures. My mommy mind said, “awwww, I want my children and husband to be here. I’ll wait until we can do it together.” But the truth is: it may be years (and it has been years) before we ALL have the same schedules, the same taste for adventure & knowledge and the children are all at a easy traveling age, For instance, visiting the Smithsonian Library is not something my husband is interested in. The two older kids will enjoy it for a short period of time and my three younger ones would whine just looking at the building. I was able to delight myself for 3 hours!

Copy and paste the packing list below for your sanity and read the book Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire for your success.  You’ll be glad you did.

My Packing List for Business Women

Clothing
1 pair of walking/comfortable shoes
1 pair of heels
1 overcoat
2 pairs of pants (one dressy, one casual; wrinkle-free khaki is recommended)

2 shirts (long/short-sleeved that matches the 2 pants)

1 light cardigan for layering

2 pair  of stockings
undergarments-bra and panties 1 for each day (silk, lace, or micro-fiber dries quickest but cotton is healthier)
workout clothes and socks
1 swimsuit (packed in a plastic bag)
Pajamas-one large Tee

Toiletries
Body soap/puff (washcloth); most European hotels do not supply washcloths
Toothbrush/travel size toothpaste/floss
Shower shoes
Brush/comb
Other BASIC hair necessities
small spray bottle of bleach water and baby wipes (to spray toilet seats, doorknobs, tv remote, bathtub)
Make-up
Feminine hygiene products
travel-size Deodorant
Nail clippers/file/polish (for touch ups)
Travel size hand sanitizer
Vitamins packed in a labeled  container
Baby powder (dry shampoo for hair)

Money and Security
Moneybelt: Passport, plane ticket, debit card, credit cards, traveler’s checks, railpass, driver’s license (this should be carried on your body not in a suitcase)
Security: Bury copies of your passport, plane ticket, and prescriptions in the bottom of your luggage & leave copies at home with family.

Advice for Mompreneurs

Recently I was talking to a group of mompreneurs and they was asked me:group of women

What’s your best piece of advice when it comes to our businesses and our attitudes?

Here was my answer.

Be aware of the Mommy-Guilt Monster. It will sabotage all of your hard work.  We’ve all experienced the monster: you quit your job to work at home so that you could be with your children.  But the MG monster will make you feel bad about working. This will cause you to slow down production and some of us will stop working all together. There are 2 ways to overcome the Mommy-Guilt Monster.

#1. Get a clear mental image of what you want your business to do for your children. So it may be a image of your pre-schooler as an young adult loading your equipment into the truck and driving you to your next conference while your (current infant) daughter sits in the back seat as a mature teen-ager phoning in your orders. Whatever works for you, but it must be crystal clear in your mind.

#2. Get an accountability partner. This would be someone who understands the Mommy-Guilt Monster and can gently inform you that it’s there sabotaging your work. If the person is insensitive, you will defend the MG and it will then consume you. I have fallen prey to the MG monster for many years and can spot it immediately in my clients. I gently coax them out of its grips. But it’s only temporarily, because the MG monster always comes back.

What advice would you give to a mom entrepreneur about her business and her attitude? It could be something simple or something big either way it will help others.  Leave it below.