I once attended a conference where a woman told a story about how her son had recently drawn a family picture. What was remarkable about the story was that her son, rather than drawing his motherâ€™s face, drew her as a laptop. This, the woman said, was her wake-up moment. Technology had taken over her life and her divided attention was having a substantial impact on her loved ones.
Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™s not the only parent who has experienced a moment like this. As a working mom, I understand how easy it is to be drawn away from everything when you have several screens competing for your attention alongside your kids, partners, friends and co-workers.
The Digital Era has ushered in a steady dependence on technology to help us run our personal lives and careers day to day. Weâ€™ve become so attached to our devices that one study found â€ś67 percent of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or callsâ€”even when they donâ€™t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
At this point, technology isnâ€™t going anywhere, and the sooner we come to terms with that fact, the sooner we can learn how to live with the complexity of it, rather than run from it. Technology can be part of the solution we need, but only if we are intentional about learning how to control it.
As outlined in my upcoming book, The Future of Happiness (April 2017, BenBella Books), here are four simple, practical strategies to help you maintain a healthy, well-balanced technology diet:
Download Apps That Work for You
As a society, we have bought into the idea that smart tech can do smart things; but using smart tech smartly is a whole other issue. There are millions of apps out there intended to inform, educate and entertain us. The trick is to find and download those apps that work for us as busy mompreneurs. HINT: Here’s a list of great mompreneur apps to help you get started!
You also want to make sure to hold your apps accountable for their usefulness in your life. After a few months of usage of benchmarking and tracking your progress, ask yourself: what changes have you seen over the last week? Month? Year? Shift your priorities and get rid of any apps that have not made a significant impact on your life and happiness.
Protect Your Brainâ€™s Consolidation Time
Just like our technology (ironically), our brains need time to download and consolidate all the information it gathers throughout the day. If our downtime is being filled with digital distractions (surfing Facebook, playing phone games, etc.), the brain has no time left to process the world and form long-term memories.
Establish tech-free brain breaks throughout your day to help your brain recharge, whether itâ€™s right before bed, taking a phoneless walk on your lunch break, or playing with your kids.
Donâ€™t use your phone at least one hour before you go to bed. According to a study, 44 percent of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didnâ€™t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night. Donâ€™t do this. Those updates will still be there when you wake up in the morning.
Post Your Goals Somewhere Visible
Posting your goals helps to eliminate distractions and focus on being grounded in the present.
Set up visual reminders of your priorities, whether they be pictures of your family, new yearâ€™s resolutions, or tasks you want to complete by the end of the week, month, etc.
Make sure they are in a place where you can see them every day. My goals, for example, are written on a large chalkboard wall in my kitchen. Visitors who came to our house were also inspired to make their own lists, too!
Model Digital Citizenship
Establish hard-and-fast rules for your use of technology when interacting with others. Close your laptop when having a conversation, and take your ear buds out to say hello when someone walks into the room. Establish boundaries for the kinds of apps you choose to download. If you model digital citizenship, the people who surround you, especially your kids, will pick up on these healthy habits, too.
Beyond using these tips, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you have the ability to change your mindset. You are welcome to let technology run your life, but just as simply, you are allowed to take control of your technology. Our devices can have a positive effect in our lives, but only if we allow it.
As Shakespeare once said, â€śthere is nothing either good or bad,Â but thinking makes it so.â€ť
I started my dance studio back in 2003 when I was 21 years old, but it didn’t feel like an actual business until around 2007. I still vividly remember when my husband sat me down at the dining room tableâ€¦ we were newly married and had a baby on the way, and he told me, “Honey, if it’s not making any money, it’s a hobby. Not a job.” Ouch.
The turning point.
Should I shut my business down and get a regular 9-5, or should I pull up my bootstraps and figure out how to make it work? I wish I could say that I hopped right to it, that I was fierce and courageous and turned my business right around. But what I really did was cry it out for a bit. Haha. Then I got to work.
I took lots of practical action like setting a regular work schedule, automating my monthly tuition collections, getting on social media and creating a decent website. All of those things definitely helped, but in the end, they didn’t do enough to solve the underlying problems.
Business was improving, but…
I was stressed and overwhelmed. I was working too hard and still not making enough money! The anxiety I felt was bleeding out into the rest of my life. My family was walking on eggshells, waiting to see how uptight I’d be when I got home at the end of the day. And all the while I was dreaming of getting a “real” job, the kind where you know how much your paycheck is going to be, and you get to leave your work at the office.
I was getting desperate.
It was time to give up my dream of self-employment or get some help. I opted for help – one, last-ditch effort.
Back then I had no real idea what coaching was, but I was ready to try anything, especially if it would ease my ever increasing stress and anxiety, so I decided to give it a try. One of the first, most profound things my life coach taught me was the power of my words:
Seriously unhappy and lacking any real purpose, there was a lot of “I should really” and “I have to” and “if she would only” running through my head and then coming right out of my mouth, too.
“I should really get Outright (we now use Quickbooks for Small Business) done today.”
“I have to go to work this afternoon.”
“If she would only do her job better, then I could relax a little bit.”
It was all so unconscious that I didn’t realize how the subtle pressure of all of those words was adding up and weighing me down. They imply that I’m not good enough or that life is a burden or that it’s someone else’s fault that I’m unhappy.
What a revelation.
Notice the difference in energy of these statements:
“I have to go pick my kids up from school now.” or
“I get to go pick my kids up from school now.”
“I need to start eating healthier.” or
“I want to start eating healthier.”
“I wish my business was really kicking ass.” or
“I can’t wait until my business is really kicking ass.”
These are seemingly small shifts from one statement to the next, but the energy they put out into the world is so different! “I have to” implies obligation while “I get to” implies opportunity. And it’s our choice which experience we have in any given moment.
I say all of this to encourage you to simply become aware of the words you use – both the words that come out of your mouth and the silent thoughts that cross your mind. What is your language like? How does it make you feel? Does it support the experience you want to have in your life and in your business? If not, start making some simple changes like the ones I demonstrated above.
I’ll be honest. I felt a little cheesy at first changing the way I spoke about picking my kids up from school, but I’ll be damned if the switch from “have to” to “get to” isn’t one of the most powerful things I’ve ever done. This is especially helpful for those of us balancing family while growing a business. We have so much going on that it’s really easy to get stuck in “have to” mode.
“Need to” is also huge.
Forget about the not good enough that “need to” implies. Start operating from a “want to” perspective, and then figure out why you want to. Now that is powerful. Then you also have some motivation behind the change you want to make. Cha-ching! You’ll be well on your way to breaking free from business overwhelm.
Changing my perspective by changing my language is what helped me break free from my business overwhelm. It also helped me relate to my kids and my husband differently (they are so happy that I found a coach and learned this lesson!). It was the missing piece that helped me turn my business around and build it to the point of financial success. Hallelujah!
I would love the same for you. Just remember, “I have to” implies obligation while “I get to” implies opportunity.
What languages choices are you making?
Throughout my career, Iâ€™ve met many entrepreneurs – both male and female. And, while I noticed some behavioral differences between the genders based on personal experience, it is striking to see those differences on paper.
After conducting a survey this past fall of over 1,700 entrepreneurs from around the globe, we found men tend to start entrepreneurial ventures at a younger age, value patience over networking, and are more likely than their female counterparts to read books rather than take a class to improve their skills.
The research polled entrepreneurs from the US, Europe, Australia, and other countries who had recently launched a logo contest on 99designs. Additional findings include significant differences in male and female respondents on the reported number of hours spent per day on their venture, amount of funds raised, and perceived challenges of starting a business.
What is the source of these differences, and what are the takeaways if youâ€™re a woman venturing into the startup world?
As one with experience working with founders of both genders and founding an ecommerce startup myself, I thought itâ€™d be worth weighing in on the meaning behind a few of the gender-based findings.
Finding: Men tend to start their entrepreneurial ventures at a younger age (under 35). Women more likely to start when older (35+)
This may change as more and more women, especially in the US, now go to business school. However, overall, I think more women are starting their own business once their children have gone to school. This is when women have a little more time outside of corporate America or full-time motherhood to dedicate to a passion or a money-making pursuit. The desire to start a business is also a function of the lingering stigma that is unfortunately associated with â€śleaning outâ€ť when taking an extensive maternity leave. Itâ€™s difficult for employers to value the stay-at-home experience against someone who has not taken significant time out of the workforce (more likely, the male partner) which means the stay-at-home mom may not get hired for the role she seeks. Some women would just as soon go out on their own than try to climb the corporate ladder a few rungs down than where they perceive they should be starting again.
Findings: Men tend to work more hours a day on their venture. Women (still) spending more time with family than on their entrepreneurial venture as compared to men.
Men spend more time on â€śpaidâ€ť work than women. Women spend more time on childcare and household chores. While this imbalance may be due to deliberate family choices, I think it is more difficult for a woman to shift from childcare and household chores to a new venture than it is for a man to move from paid work to a new venture. The former requires the man (or partner) to take on more unpaid work and requires the woman (or other partner) to make a difficult emotional decision to spend less time with her children. I know from personal experience that convincing a 3-year-old who doesnâ€™t want Mom to go out to get a cup of coffee, let alone go to work, is much more difficult than convincing yourself to work on the passion that is calling you in favor of your day job.
Finding: Men say they are more likely to read books to improve their skills, while women were more likely to take a class.Â
According to the OECD (via The Economist), girls have been outpacing boys in academic performance in recent years. This is one of the likely reasons women are turning back to traditional academic settings to learn about entrepreneurship. Also, speaking from experience, starting a business can also be very lonely. Itâ€™s just you, moving things along every day until you have enough to support or success to get others to join you on the journey. I think women may also be seeking camaraderie and support in the classroom rather than simply looking to acquire new skills. Finally, men are more likely to have a network which they can informally learn from than women (see below point).
Finding: Men think patience is the most important trait of an entrepreneur, whereas women said they think networking is most important.Â
I think the the reason for this disparity is that the genders are seeking to improve one of their perceived areas of weakness. For example, research says that women are more patient than men.Â Research also shows that women tend to have smaller professional networks than men (according to a study by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co via the Huffington Post). This is because women tend to seek deeper, meaningful relationships than broader, more shallow relationships like men do. I think both sexes are attuned to their â€śweaknessesâ€ť and cite â€śmost important traitsâ€ť they strive to improve upon.
Finding: Women more likely to say â€śgetting out of their comfort zoneâ€ť is their biggest challenge to starting a business.
According to Harvard Business Review, women are less likely to apply for jobs if they have been rejected before. Any seasoned entrepreneur will tell you, you will take a lot of rejection from prospective customers, investors, partners, etc. to get a venture off the ground. Getting out of your comfort zone means opening yourself up to rejection and failure. This can be a challenge for anyone, but, it seems to affect women more according to research.
Anecdotally, I recall speaking with a female entrepreneur a few years ago who was hesitant to reach out to an influential Silicon Valley investor whom we both knew, hiding behind the rationale that she â€śhadnâ€™t spoken to him in a long time.â€ť Yet, two male entrepreneurs I barely knew asked me to introduce them to this same individual. Iâ€™m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this may be related to societal norms of men pursuing women in the dating dance. Boys are generally the pursuers as early as their schooling years and grow – shall I say, practiced – at preparing for the prospect of rejection and getting out of their comfort zone to pursue something they seek. Women are less practiced with this.
Finding: Men 2x more likely to have raised $100K+ in funding.
Itâ€™s no secret that venture capital and finance are male-dominated fields. According to TechCrunch, only seven percent of investment partners are female and this was in 2016. $100K is a decent amount of money. Itâ€™s likely not coming from friends and family, but professional lending institutions that have large amounts of money available to invest. There are likely inherent gender biases in these institutions that are difficult to pinpoint.
I also think women are more risk-calculating and are not keen on asking for financing unless they are confident they can generate the expected returns which would cause them to shy away from raising large sums of money.
The good news in all of these findings is the knowledge with which we are now armed – both men and women. We can use this data to help us identify and understand the gender biases that might affect females starting businesses, and the men and women who support them.
The online environment is the most liberal form of business market in the world. If you possess certain knowledge, you’ll easily find a job. Similarly, people who seek various services or products can quickly spot what they need. Due to increased supply and demand in the online business context, many companies invest a significant amount of time and assets in marketing. However, the largest part of these efforts is directed towards consumers. What many ventures neglect are other businesses, which can be a great source of networking and new professional connections.
Feel the pulse of the niche
The times when you had to buy dozens of magazines and financial newspapers monthly to follow the current affairs in your niche are long gone. While you can still read various publications, the most practical way to feel the pulse of other businesses is to become an active user of social media. Everything you want to know is visible and deductible from online networks. You can start off with some mainstream platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
The former is a showcase of various enterprises coming from different parts of the world. Many closed groups exist on Facebook, and they can be extremely useful for sharing entrepreneurial ideas and improving your online business presence. LinkedIn, on the other hand, is more concise and people mostly use it to connect with individual professionals from their niche. Its importance shouldn’t be underestimated since it can yield new contacts with various businesses.
Engage in various online channels
Following the activities of both your business rivals and potential allies on the Web is important. However, online channels should be used for your own promotion, as well. The major benefit of this marketing strategy is sparking interest in your brand and boosting connectedness with other ventures. Stressing out your advantages and emphasizing your business success will attract other businesses to contact you. For example, use Twitter for frequent posts about your recent business activities. Hashtags are essential for improving the impact of your Twitter posts because they’ll build hype around your business and improve its status.
Apart from that, launch a special YouTube channel and create your own business videos. You should also call every new lead you generate on different online platforms to subscribe to it. Moreover, post these videos to your social media pages and invite your followers to watch them.
Produce fresh content
Mere presence in social media means nothing if you don’t have anything special that will engage your audience. While posts and comments can generate some leads, you need fresh and invigorating content. Although a veteran of content marketing, blogging remains a powerful business tool.
New solutions, such as WordPress plugins, can turn writing into an amusing activity that creates new business opportunities. Since the role of influencers is growing, it’s vital to host them as your guest bloggers. Additionally, you can contact experts from niches similar to yours and ask them to make contributions to your blog. For instance, a financial blog could benefit from posts written by business lawyers.
Determine communication goals
Researching your competitors and potential business associates should be followed up by direct communication. What you should do is bring a set of goals you want to achieve by establishing stronger cooperation with other businesses. For instance, let’s say you own an IT-startup that needs a copywriting agency to market them to different target audiences. The principal objective of such a collaboration would be gaining a larger number of clients for your IT-services. In a nutshell, first, decide what direction you want to take and then seek partners for that course.
Send business proposals
After you’ve determined your goals, narrow down the number of candidates and send them direct e-mails. Also, it’s imperative to use email in an innovative way and improve your chances for building a new business relationship.
However, if you contact them out of the blue, your message will either end up in the spam folder, or the recipient will ignore it. So, what you should do first is make contact in social media, forums or at offline business events. When an email is a part of an already established communication, it won’t look like a spam raid. It can either be an invitation to discuss business matters or a practical business idea. In line with that, writing a business proposal will come in handy in that case, so take some time to create your own template for this matter.
Keep your promises
When you acquire new business associates or partners, it’s only the beginning of your unique collaboration style. In this day and age, it’s not easy to build trust between business collaborators. Once you make your business partners start believing you, don’t think about putting that special bond at risk. What you must do is keep your promises, as well as the agreed terms. For instance, if you agree that you provide a partner with some products, don’t miss the deadline.
What’s more, make sure to send them all the official forms they might need on time. Since all the financial data have to be accurate, having a quick invoice maker in your business software toolbox is a practical option, so as not leave anything to chance.
Conversely, if you see that a due date is soon and you don’t have enough assets to pay a debt, inform your fellow business owner in advance. These features will help you keep friendly manners in your collaboration with other businesses.
Be there for your partners
Large companies often suffer from diffusion of responsibility, meaning that there’s no clear distribution of tasks. Contrary to that, small businesses frequently don’t have enough manpower to meet some basic B2B cooperation standards. Either way, it’s crucial to make some changes that will introduce more committed work with business allies. Nowadays, you have to find a way to be available to their requests and questions 24/7. Features like a chat plugin on your website or a Skype button in the Contact section should make that much easier. Additionally, outsourcing customer support can improve this service while saving some assets, as well as outsourcing other B2B features.
Also, if they need a special service or a favor as soon as possible, don’t turn them down. Being there for your business buddies in the case of emergency will contribute to building trust between you and them. Finally, let’s not forget about the financial benefits. For if you go the extra mile and give your business associate and extra hand, it will pay off. On the one side, you’ll get financial satisfaction via sold products and higher revenues. On the other, it will ensure more future tasks.
Nurturing a successful and honest relationship between two or more businesses is a complex issue. It takes a lot of successful projects to create a sense of loyalty. Therefore, when you find a business or a couple of them which you can work with, treasure those relationships and follow the strategies described in this piece to establish a strong and productive collaboration with other businesses.
Living in Texas, my husband and I are huge football fans so naturally we love all things Dallas Cowboys and that includes watching “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making The Team.” Now before you go rolling your eyes at our reality TV guilty pleasure, I want to share some serious personal branding lessons from this show that we can all learn from.
But first a quick question: Do you know what your current personal brand even says about you? If you can’t answer this question quickly and confidently, you are not currently in control of your brand, and that could be hurting your future opportunities whether you work in the corporate world or have a business of your own.
You may be saying to yourself right now, “But, I’m not a brand?!”, and I am here to tell you friend that nothing could not be further from the truth. If you have not been deliberate with building your personal brand, then what you have been doing is building a brand unaware of the impact you are not only making on other people, but your own reputation.
What exactly is a personal brand? It’s your energy, your vibe. It’s that first impression you give when someone lands on your Facebook account. It’s everything from your appearance to the way you conduct yourself in a meeting, to how you treat the people around you.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, defines a personal brand as “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”
What has intrigued me about watching young women pursue their dreams of becoming a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader is how many of these young women while talented and have worked very hard to make a team of elite few are so unaware of how much their personal lives plays a role in whether or not they will land a job for an NFL team.
Many of these young women are entering their final stages of making the cut; their dreams are just within reach when they are called into the Director’s office to explain their online activities. A simple search of their name has revealed explicit sexual photos, binge drinking on a college campus and public tweets that are distasteful and crude.
One by one they are each informed that they will not continue on as a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader despite passing all other requirements because as a national brand and franchise, the Dallas Cowboys have a reputation to uphold and they can’t risk a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader’s past tarnishing their own brand.
One by one they are dismissed and asked to clean out their lockers. One mistake. One moment of lapsed judgment stopped their dreams dead in their tracks. What a shame, right?
What does a simple Google search reveal about you and your personal brand? What do potential clients or employers find when they search for your name? Have you been passed over for opportunities and didn’t even realize it?
Here are three ways your personal brand could be sabotaging your future opportunities:
1. Online Persona
Are you constantly complaining online about politics and voicing your opinion in a negative way about world events? Are you getting smashed at parties and taking selfies to post online?
Someone landing on your social media will form an opinion of who you are just by looking at your first few social media posts. Are you condescending? Disrespectful? Have a harsh tone? Appear to lack good judgment in the company you keep?
While you should always be authentic and true to yourself, there is always a way to voice your views with respect and kindness without isolating everyone in your space, and there are lots of ways to have fun without it getting out of control and becoming a permanent part of your online brand.
Think about it: would a potential client or employer hire someone who is always ranting on their social media pages and seems to have a hard time controlling themselves in public? Hardly the type of person that looks or sounds attractive to hire or work with.
2. Personal Appearance
Do you show up for work or networking events neatly put together? You don’t need to wear the latest Prada fashion or look like a super model but being clean and tidy speaks volumes especially if you want to be paid what you are worth. When you value yourself, others will too. Do you follow and respect the dress code at work? Do you show up for meetings with clients on time, well rested and on your A-Game ready to contribute?
Think about it: is an employer more likely to promote an employee and a client more likely to re-hire or refer someone who is well put together, takes pride in their appearance and meets expectations?
3. Personal Interactions
How you treat others online and in private conversations is a critical piece to your personal brand. Are you respectful and helpful? Are you argumentative and defensive? Are you commenting on social media posts trying to drive your point home?
A simple screenshot of your comment or private message and it can be shared and posted thousands of times. Our words matter and they can leave a lasting online footprint and impression on people’s minds. They can strengthen our personal brands, or they can tear it down. When communicating online, through private message or text, it’s important to use discretion and discernment in how you react. The online world becomes a very small one very quickly.
Think about it: While I don’t condone these types of actions, there are people who will put others on public blast. Once something is online its hard or nearly impossible to remove it. The next time you want to react defensively to another person, take a step back and ask yourself if you would be okay with what you have to say going public for all the world to see. You may think twice and spare your brand from any negative backlash.
Guard the brand of you, for it’s the greatest asset you have. Your personal brand can work in your favor and bring incredible opportunities your way, or it can sabotage your dreams and hard work. Like so many young women who have been so close to fulfilling their dreams of becoming a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, you could find yourself being turned down for a dream job or working with that dream client because a Google search led them to a moment of bad judgment.
WeÂ had the good fortune of interviewing Marie Forleo about moms who are thinking about enrolling inÂ B-SchoolÂ while trying to run a business, raise a family and rock both. Iâ€™m thrilled to share her advice (that last one gave me chills!) with you below.
TMM:Â Marie, trying to build a business while raising a family is a completely different ballgame than trying to build a business as a solo entrepreneur.
There are over 20,000 mom entrepreneurs in The Mogul Mom community and my mission is to help them run a business, raise a family and rock BOTH. I believe with all my heart thatÂ B-SchoolÂ can help them accomplish that. As a proud B-School graduate, Iâ€™ve seen firsthand the BIG impact your training can have on bottom lines.
After going through the programÂ twice now and implementing the things Iâ€™ve learned, I see how clearly B-School helped me narrow my niche, build my email list, and get super clarity surroundingÂ my profit plan. In fact, Iâ€™ve experienced 30% increases in my income EACH year for the past two years and my sights are set on six figures. Iâ€™m incredibly blessed to run my business the way *I* want to, earn an amazing income from HOME and never miss any of my childrenâ€™s big events.
Iâ€™m extremely grateful to you for helping me achieve such success and Iâ€™d love to help more mom entrepreneurs do the same.
On to the questionsâ€¦
TMM:Â I often hear from readers,Â â€ťIâ€™m not there yet â€¦.Iâ€™m not ready to invest, to hire, to really learn how to do this business thing.â€ť What would you say to those mom entrepreneurs who simply think â€śIâ€™ll do it next yearâ€¦.Iâ€™m not ready yetâ€ť?
Marie:Â Thereâ€™sÂ a secret that every successful mom mogul knows that wannabes donâ€™t. That secret is this: youâ€™ll never â€śfeel readyâ€ť to do the work you were born to do.
The worldâ€™s happiest and most successful moms never â€śfeel readyâ€ť to make a bold move â€” they just GO. They understand that waiting to â€śfeel readyâ€ť before taking action is like waiting for Queen Elizabeth to willfully step down from the throne. Ainâ€™t gonna happen.
Waiting until you â€śfeel readyâ€ť is a cop out. Itâ€™s a time-sucking, dream-killing excuse rooted in fear, designed to keep us stuck in the mediocrity of the masses.
Talk to anyone at the top of their game and youâ€™ll hear something like this. â€śWhen I got started, I was a mess. I had no idea what I was doing, I just kept putting stuff out there. After a while, everything came together.â€ť
TMM:Â We moms haveÂ nooooÂ problem buying our kiddos everything under the sun, but when it comes to spending money on our businesses, we suddenly get ‘shallow pockets’.
Why is is so important for moms to invest in their business? How can moms â€śjustifyâ€ť spending money on their business and on programs like B-School?
Marie:Â One of the most powerful things Iâ€™ve ever heard is if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Because in business and life, YOU are your most valuable asset. The only way you can grow your income and impact is if you grow as a person. Whether itâ€™s through B-School or some other educational opportunity, donâ€™t ever underestimate the ROI of you.
TMM:Â As I mentioned, we mogul moms are burping babies and taming hormonal teens while trying to run and grow our businesses â€“ how much time will moms need to spend on B-School? And, we all know poop happens â€“ is B-School a â€śbe there or be squareâ€ť type of program, or can we go at our own pace?
Marie:Â In B-School, you can go at your own pace, plus you have lifetime access to the program. Hereâ€™s what B-Schooler mom named Laura said who is raising 3 small kids while sheâ€™s running her wildly profitable online business:
â€śAs a busy mother of three, I loved the flexibility of B-School. I was able to watch, listen or read the transcripts of each module from my iPad or in the car while waiting for the kids at car line or between naps.â€ť
In terms of time, we recommend carving out between 2-5 hours a week to go through the program.
TMM:Â Building a business can be lonely! Community and finding others who are going through the same things as you is so important. B-School seems to come with an amazing community. Can you share a little bit about that aspect of the program?
Marie:Â Our global community of thousands (and growing!) is one of the most powerful aspects of B-School. No matter who you are, what questions you have, or what you want to achieve, there are like-minded women there to support you at every turn. You can find community in our member directory (search by business or location), you can pop-in to our incredible private member only FB group. Iâ€™m proud to say that we have one of the smartest, most generous and loving communities anywhere.
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TMM:Â Would you say B-School is better for a just-starting-out mompreneur, a more seasoned mogul mom or both? Why?
Marie:Â Weâ€™ve seen great results with both. We have aspiring entrepreneurs launch into six figure businesses their first year, and have seen women who run multimillion dollar businesses add multiple six figures to their bottom line. The reason why it works for both is because the core of what we teach is how to make YOU, your message and your business more powerful. So if youâ€™re just starting out, you hop on the fast track to success and if youâ€™re already successful itâ€™s about creating exponential growth.
TMM:Â Is there anything else that youâ€™d like to share about B-School thatâ€™s specific to mom entrepreneurs?
Marie:Â As a mom, youâ€™re playing such a vital role in our collective future. Whether itâ€™s through B-School or any other program, do everything you can to invest in yourself and make your dream business and life a reality!
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Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the videos we’ve shared in the last week or so from Marie Forleo on how to build a highly profitable business. In today’s third and final video of the series, Marie pulls back the curtain on her own business as the she shows you the intimate, inner workings of her multi-million dollar online empire.
She also answers some of the most common, yet pressing, questions about starting a new business. Questions like:
Hasn’t everything already been done? How can I find time to balance family, life, and build a business online? I’m more of an introvert. Do I need to be outgoing to be a success? I don’t have money for a team- can I do this solo?
You’ll also get to hear some impressive and inspiring success stories from B-School grads and how their lives have changed dramatically after taking the class. People just like you who used these techniques to create incredible results in their own business. Including:
- a mom who made over $85,000 in revenue in 12 days by selling an inexpensive product
- a jewelry designer who went from making $2,000 a month to having her first $30,000 month
- a grad who created a 1000% increase her ad revenue AND has brought her pageviews to over 2 million per month
- a woman who turned a $5 ebook into a six-figure product (with no joint venture or affiliate partners)
In the comments, now that you’re inspired, tell us all about your dream business and where you’d like to be a year from now.
In case you missed any of the previous videos, you can find them here and here. I highly recommend going back and watching them so you can absorb all the amazing information she shares. Each bit of advice builds upon the next, so you won’t want to miss a thing.
B-school teaches you absolutely everything and anything you’d ever want to know about starting a business and marketing your way to huge success! Learn more and take a tour, right here..
And if you sign up using THIS LINK you’ll get over $1,500 in free bonuses, including a one-on-one consultation with me AND membership to our private study group RIGHT HERE.
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Marketing. A singular little word that has the capability to make online business owners cringe. But, marketing doesn’t have to be scary. Or sleazy. Or even hard. It just has to be done right to be effective.
How, you ask?
Inside today’s video training, Marie walks us through as she teaches the concepts of modern marketing, including how to be an effective communicator, how to be more influential, more persuasive, and more strategic.
She also shares the strategies she uses that help her generate millions of dollars and impact thousands of people every day AND the number one thing you must master if you want to change the world (and get paid to do it).
You’ll also learn:
- How to inspire an immediate action from your prospect
- Understanding how to give people what they really want (not what you think they want!)
- How to systematically attract people to your website and turn them into paying customers
- How to thrive in any economy (even throughout your business’ inevitable evolutions)
- How to market and sell anything you believe in
- Marie’s trojan horse and how she made her first millions with a very simple concept
- The 13 Keys To Killing It Online
Watch the video here. While you’re there, make sure to download your PDF Fun Sheet to help guide you through the video series.
You’ll want to get over there as soon as you can. This video workshop is up and free for a limited time only. While you’re there, make sure to download your PDF Fun Sheet to help guide you through the video series.
In the comments, tell us the single biggest takeaway you got from this video, and what action you’re going to take to implement it, today.
Next up: Tune in for the third and final video in the series. In it she’ll go behind the scenes of her own business and hear from other people like you who are out there implementing these strategies and killing it (including a mom who made over $85,000 in revenue in 12 days by selling an inexpensive product!) You won’t want to miss it! See you back here on February 16th!
Need a reminder? Sign up and we’ll shoot you a quick email to let you know when it goes live. Until then…