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I Quit My Job Series

On my Blog Talk Radio Show, I am The Boss of Me, I’ve started an inspiring series! I’m talking to everyday people who have quit their jobs to start their own businesses. What great stories from men and women from around the country who are living their lives the way that they see it.

These are not rich, internet gurus who are trying to sell you something, these are people who had (and still have) the same fears that you have and yet they have pushed past them.

Today I spoke with Karen Donaldson. She quit her job a little over a year ago to start her speaking and training company. Click over and listen to how she did it and her challenges!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/imtheboss/2012/02/29/i-quit-my-job

 

 

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Networking on LinkedIn-5 Simple Strategies

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As a mompreneur my time is limited. Homeschooling during the day and chauffeuring the kids in the evenings  slows down my ability to do face-to-face, real time networking. I must use my time wisely. One day it occurred to me that I’ve gotten several clients from LinkedIn but very few from Facebook. So I’ve had to ask myself, “why am I hanging out on FB?”  Well, my family and (real) friends are there, but they are not hiring me to speak for them or coach them. I decided to learn more about LinkedIn and how to leverage it’s power so that my social media networking time is effective.

Here are 5 simple networking strategies to use on LinkedIn.

1. Complete your profile AND USE A PICTURE!– If you were to go to a networking event you wouldn’t walk in without cards and place a bag over you face would you. You’re there to be seen and to tell others who you are. The same concept applies to LinkedIn.

2. Join relevant groups and post comments-just setting up a profile is akin to going to a networking event and standing on the wall. You have to get off the wall and mingle right? The groups allows you to mingle with people of common interests, experiences, affiliations, and goals. Make sure your comments are relevant and add value. In real life you wouldn’t walk up to a group of people and shout out, “buy my stuff now!” would you?  No, you would contribute meaningfully; but on LinkedIn you can do something that you can’t do in real life; you can finish your conversation with a signature tag that has your website’s address. Oh Yeah! Once you stimulate their minds with your wise comment, suggestion, hyperlinked recommendation then they are left wondering, “wow, who is this?” Your signature makes it easily convenient for them to find out!

BTW, I would love it if you joined my group, I’m The Boss of Me .

3. Add applications to your profile-LinkedIn has 18 different apps that you can upload to your page. This will allow you to collaborate and share with your network and it helps your page to be a little more interesting.  With these apps you can display your portfolio, upcoming events, reading lists, blog posts, powerpoint presentations and much more.  To locate it look at the navigation bar across the top, there’s the tab “more” , it will dropdown and there you’ll see the choice of “get more applications”. 

4. Give and ask for recommendations-This helps to establish trust for your services. The great thing about LinkedIn is that you can be recommended for work that you did 10years ago (if you can find a person who remembers). Make sure when you send out a recommendation that it sounds sincere.

5. Follow strategically -For sure you want to connect with friends and past colleagues but think about who you want to work with and follow them as well. You’ll meet them in groups or do a search (within LinkedIn) of your target market. You can even follow companies and receive their updates!

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool, especially for us momprenuers who can’t get out much! Here are some LinkedIn facts:

  • LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002; the site launched May 2003
  • As of June 30, 2011 (the end of the second quarter), professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second.
  • As of August 2011, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • More than half of LinkedIn members are currently located outside of the United States.
  • As of June 30, 2011 (the end of the second quarter), LinkedIn counts executives from all 2011 Fortune 500 companies as members; its corporate hiring solutions are used by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies.
  • More than 2 million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages.

So if you’re looking for a career change or clients this is the place to network! Now go and get LinkedIn! Make sure you join my network!

 

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Do You Have It

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur but do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?  Here’s an interesting video from a training done by SCORE.

Enjoy!

Women Entrepreneurs Are Optimistic

Twice a year the Center for Women’s Business Research and KeyBank collaborates to measure the confidence index of women business owners around the country.  Their research just released for June 2011 says that women business owners are starting from a more secure position in April 2011 as compared to 2010. “One of the most significant and hopeful signs is that 41.5% of the respondents plan to hire within the next twelve months.”

I hope you can feel the change in the air mompreneur, even if you’re not planning to hire anyone anytime soon. I certainly have and have added an assistant to my team this year! Yea! So this Key4Women Confidence Index survey has validated my decision.

The survey also uncovered that most women entrepreneurs have made major investments in their businesses during “this economic crisis” (I hate that phrase!) by:

  • Increasing marketing or advertising (57.3%)
  • Creating new products and services (54.9%)
  • Investing in technology (37.2%)

COOL! I’ve done all three this year already!

Mompreneur if you’ve been to afraid to move forward-trapped in fear of investing in your business because of the “hard times” just feel the air. Breathe in the positive expectations of others and move beyond your fears.

HOW LADY T?

How do I raise my expectations when I’ve lost so much already?

When I’ve put into my business and people and haven’t received much back?

I’m glad you’ve asked, because I been speaking to alot of  people lately about fear and moving beyond it and I can give you three simple steps to help you move past it.

1. Surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to do. As mompreneurs we tend to hang around other moms-women who are happy as a SAHM or a miserable employees. Hang out with positive successful, entrepreneurs! Find them. Buy them lunch. Friend them.

2. Get feedback on your False Expectations that Appear Real. We allow our fears to circulate in our heads far to long without calling them out or articulating them. They have a chance to thrive and grow when stuck in the dark recesses of your mind. Talking over the thought of, “what if I lease an office and don’t get anymore clients” your friend will be able to show you that you’ve had a steady growing base of clients for the last 3years.  That reminder/that interruption of your thoughts will help shed light on false expectations and help you to move forward.

3. Change your diet. Did you know that what you eat can have a significant impact on how you feel.  It may sound trite but we are biochemical beings and if you’re overloaded with toxicity from fast foods, sugars, preservatives, low iron, minus calcium and other minerals and you haven’t exercised in days, well your thoughts are NOT going to do right. St. John’s Worts always help to balance my crazy, rat maze thinking.

The economy is changing and things are getting better. Thousands of other women business owners can feel it. Get in that flow, feel it, follow it and walk in your success!

 

 

Mom Entrepreneur Get Promotion!

Today’s guest blogger is Lori Lite Founder of Stress Free Kids. She’s offering GREAT advice for mom entrepreneurs! Take note! Thank you Lori!


Lori Lite founder of Stress Free Kids After years of running my business from my kitchen table…I decided to give myself a promotion. A vague memory of a promotion in corporate America meant a corner office with a view. In a work from home mom’s world (WAHM) it meant moving my papers, computer, files and self to my dinning room. I would never again have to pack up my mobile office each night to serve dinner! I had arrived!

Last year I had the good fortunate of being selected to appear on ABC’s Shark Tank. National exposure got me out of the kitchen and forced me to look at my business like a shark.

 

 

Tips:

1. Get Out of the Kitchen!

Meet other entrepreneurs for lunch. Tell your neighbors about your business. Network with other enthusiastic entrepreneurs. You might find out that your business is more impressive than even you thought. I personally had no idea that selling 30,000 books from my kitchen without the backing of a nationwide publisher was an amazing feat. I was prepared to defend my sales to the investors (sharks), but they stopped me in my tracks…no need to defend…it was time to be proud.

2. Surround Yourself with Dream Keepers!

Spend your time and share your ideas with friends and relatives that believe in you. It is hard enough to be an entrepreneur. A positive attitude supported by positive people will bring positive results.

3. Outsource!

Most of us try to do everything: bookkeeping, marketing, writing, social media, oh and did I mention… run a family. It is impossible to be effective in all areas at the same time. Hire help on an as needed basis. Even 1 hour a week of help can be rejuvenating and allow you to focus your talents where they are most needed.

4. Have a Business Plan!

We all dread the business plan. I practically cried (OK, I cried) while writing mine, but it opened my eyes and helped me to see where my focus was needed in order to grow my business and live my dream.

5. Over-Prepare!

If you are speaking, going to a bank or investor, or pitching in any way… be prepared. I learned that when you think you are over-prepared you are barely prepared. Many of us think our passion is enough. Passion will get you in the door but you better be ready to back it up with hard-core numbers. Sharks get hooked by numbers.

And that’s how it is when you get out of the kitchen!

 

Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit  Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and Facebook.