Add A Personal Gift To Your Mompreneur Business

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Hey mamas,

Welcome to the next post in my ongoing mompreneur series! Today I will be showing you how adding a little personal gift into your mom biz could make a huge difference! Read on hot mama!

Add A Personal Gift To Your Mompreneur Business

As an entrepreneur, you naturally want to establish a close bond with your clients, partners and leads. In the business world, building up a personal connection to the people you rely on in your everyday work, whether to purchase an item, help you to establish a strategy or supply with the necessary gear, is key to a positive impression. More often than not, entrepreneurs forget to add a personal touch to their business interactions. It might seem easy to get lost in the work routine and forget about the people around you. So that’s why bringing back the concept of the personal gift is crucial to your business survival. 

 

What’s the right personal gift?

 

Skills are not enough; you need to secure a personal connection

Admittedly, let’s get things clear from the start. You need a gift, but you also need to have the relevant skills for your business. Whether these relate to programming or bookkeeping, you need to remember that no personal gift can compensate a lack of skills. But similarly, being skillful and experienced is not enough to build a personal connection with your target audience. You need to add a sweet little gesture to bring back a sense of humanity into business transactions.

 

For loyal customers and partners

When there is a sense of loyalty that is established between you and your audience, whether from customers or partners, you will need to look for present ideas that can leverage the brand advocacy of your contacts. A simple touch such as a brand mug is a good idea to get them talking about your company naturally. You can also offer to sponsor your customers or partners activities, such as offering custom t-shirts for the in-house sports team, for example. Ultimately, you should reward their loyalty with regular discounts and offers too.

 

For new leads at an event

If you’re planning an event, there’s nothing better than looking for original and personal giveaways to attract and impress the audience. For all-day events, people tend to prefer elements that can help them to go through the day, aka a sweet snack or maybe some pens and paper. If you’re looking to attract people to your stand, you will need to consider offering refreshments as well as fresh foods, such as ordering a breakfast pastry buffet with hot drinks in the morning, for instance, and offering a small sandwich in a branded bag at lunchtime. 

 

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For new clients

Last, but not least, there’s the new client who has just passed an order and whom you want to retain. You’ve got a lot of options to make things feel more personal here. You can add a thank you card to the parcel, for instance, if there is a delivery planned. For businesses that are likely to get several orders from the same client throughout the year, such as takeaway or beauty products, you can pack a discount card to encourage future orders. Another good idea is to add samples of your other products so that you can help your clients to discover your full range.

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In short, don’t believe the idea that the digital revolution has removed the need for a personal and human touch. Now, more than never, you need to remain your audience that they are more than a buyer to you.  Are you ready to take over the mom biz world? Go and rock it mama!

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A collaboration 🙂

Love, Jessxo

 

The Top Skills A Mompreneur Needs

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Howdy mamas!

Next up in my mompreneur series I will be writing about the top skills you will need as a rock star mompreneur. Read on to find out what skills you will need in your arsenal of awesomeness.

The Top Skills A Mompreneur Needs

Being an entrepreneur and a single mom is no easy feat. Both raising children and running a business are full-time commitments, and they have a lot of similarities. You have to nurture them to help them grow so you can be proud of them and yourself. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur in the modern world, you need to get yourself some tech skills. You might run a business selling knitted soft toys or all-natural bath products, but you need the technical knowledge to hold up the backbone of your business. These tech skills are excellent choices to learn if you want to be a better entrepreneur.

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Coding Skills

If you’ve paid any attention to the latest advice on skills for the future, you’ll have heard about coding. There are plenty of projects trying to get kids interested in coding, as well as some specifically aimed at girls and women. Learning a coding language can give you a useful skill, and learning two or more will get you on your way to a business. You might want to start off with some HTML training and begin building web pages. CSS is a good choice too, helping you with the design side of things. Coding isn’t too hard to pick up – it’s so easy that a child can do it. I took an HTML course in college and it was really cool!!! 

Accounting and Bookkeeping

These might not seem like particularly technical skills. After all, everyone can do a few sums if they need to. However, today’s accounting and bookkeeping involve not just understanding the concept of how to manage your accounts but also a lot of software and tech tools. As you grow your business, you might get someone else to run your accounts for you. But until you can afford to do that, you’re likely to have to do it yourself. Getting a firm grip on your chosen software, which might be cloud-based, will help you keep everything straight.

Graphic Design

Graphic design skills are by no means essential, but they can be very useful. When you’re just starting your business, it can get expensive to ask a professional every time you need even a small graphic made for you. But you don’t want to underpay somewhere, and attempting graphic design without the right skills can end in disaster. It doesn’t take long to learn how to make a basic image and develop some design skills. You can even find applications that make it much easier to put an image together. I highly recommend using Canva. 

Communication

Entrepreneurs need to be great communicators using a variety of methods. You might have to talk to someone in person or over the phone sorted, but the technical stuff is important too. From email and instant messaging to using various apps and making video conference calls, getting to grip with communication technology can do a lot for you as an entrepreneur.

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Single moms who want to be entrepreneurs should look into tech skills if they want to set themselves up for the future. You could go a long way with the right skills, whether you focus on one of them or use them as complementary skills. Another skill that is necessary but basically a no-brainer is social media.  You will want to be an expert in that department, no matter what your business is.

I hope this has helped you in continuing your mompreneur journey! Please share this post and make sure you’re subscribed to my sweet as sugar mailing list!

A collaboration 🙂

Love, Jessxo

How To Manage Your Earnings As A Blogging Mompreneur

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Hey there mamas,

I’m glad to see you are joining me as I continue my mompreneur series. My first two posts in the series were how to avoid mistakes when becoming a mompreneur and the costs of starting your own home business . Today, I will be showing you how to manage your earnings as a blogging mompreneur.

How To Manage Your Earnings As A Blogging Mompreneur

Blogging is a great way for busy moms to earn money. Whether you write your own blog that you monetize or you make money from writing blogs for others, it’s a flexible venture that can help make the most of your writing skills. While it can be a good money-maker, it can also be an unpredictable business – particularly from the financial side.

 

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Working for yourself means that you’re going to need to get a handle on your finances. The following tips are a good place to start from managing your blogger earnings so that you can make a living from out of your blogging work.

Get some savings behind you

If you’re leaving another job to start blogging full-time, you’re going to need some savings behind you. Having some savings is important for those months when work is quieter than usual, or you’re struggling to get those invoices paid. As you continue to earn from your blogging, make sure you save a portion of it to put in your ‘rainy day’ fund. Try to save enough to cover your outgoings for three months, which should give you time to seek alternative work if blogging dries up. 

Keep your blogging earnings and other finances separate

When you’re making a business out of blogging, you need to treat it like a professional business, and that means having a separate account. Make sure that all of your earnings are paid into one bank account that you can then pay yourself out of. This will help you to manage any business expenses you might have and make it easier for you to keep control of your money.

Save for your taxes

As well as having an emergency fund, you’re going to need to save for your tax bill too. Nobody wants to deal with that shock at the end of the year, so make sure that you put aside what you need as you earn it. Read up on what you need to know about tax and make sure you know all of the deadlines of when key payments are due.

Get savvy with invoicing

Working for yourself requires an element of trust in your clients. You expect them to pay their invoices on time and in full, but there are never any guarantees that someone will stick to their word. If you find yourself struggling with late payments, agree on payment terms firmly in advance and set clear deadlines for when you expect to be paid. You can ask for a retainer before you begin work so that you’ve had at least a partial payment upfront. I highly recommend using PayPal for all of this. 

 

If late payments start affecting your finances, you might want to read up on how fast cash loans work. A cash loan could tide you over until your invoices are paid, but you should be cautious about how much you borrow. Other solutions include hiring a collection service to help you resolve any disputes or seriously overdue payments.

 

There’s some good money to be earned from blogging, and it can be a great career to fit around being a mom. If you’re thinking of going for it, learn to avoid the common mompreneur mistakes that many moms face at the beginning. With the right attitude and some organization, you can turn your dreams of being a full-time blogger into reality.

I thoroughly enjoy my career as a blogger and I know you will too! Horray for blogging mamas!

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A collaboration

Love, Jessxo

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

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Hey mamas,

Many of us single moms wish we could start our own business so we can have more time home with our children instead of leaving them to work outside of the home, we should not have to abandon our children to earn a living. Our place if with our kids and starting up our own business is just the way to do it. But how much does it actually cost to do this? Keep reading to learn to find out.

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

The main thing that puts people off starting a business is the amount of startup capital that you need. The general opinion is that you need a huge amount of money that most people couldn’t save, even if they stuck to a strict budget for the rest of their life, but that’s not actually true. In fact, most businesses startup with under $10,000 and a lot of them do with less than $5000. Heck, most mompreneurs start their business for nothing! I did! That’s a much more realistic goal but the amount of money you need is dependant on the type of business that you want to start. If you’re considering starting up your own company, here is a guide to help you work out how much startup capital you’ll need.

 

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Borrowing

 

If you’re starting a business that is fairly cheap to get going then you might be able to save up all the money yourself, but most people tend to borrow at least part of it. Working out how much you can afford to borrow will help you decide how much you need to save yourself. A revolving line of credit is probably the most sensible way for a small business to borrow money. The bank will set a top limit and you can withdraw money as and when you need it as long as you don’t exceed the limit. This is much better than taking out the loan as a lump sum because you’re only taking what you actually need. You can use a line of credit to cover a lot of your general running costs so you don’t need to save up as much money for that. A lot of banks and other credit unions actually have programs specifically for single moms!!! So definitely do your research and find the best way to go about this. 

 

Office Space

 

Hiring office space is one of the biggest costs for any business, so running the business from home is the answer. This is the best way to make yourself available for your kids 24/7. The rise of remote working and cloud technology means that your employees can often do their jobs from home as well, so you don’t need to factor in the costs of hiring an expensive office space. Boom baby!

 

Room For Growth

 

Room for growth is one of the things that is often overlooked when people are calculating how much money they need to save before starting a business. Most people save enough money to fulfil small amounts of orders for the first few months until they become profitable enough to cover all of their running costs. That’s fine in most cases but what do you do if you exceed expectations and suddenly get a huge windfall of orders? You need to capitalize on that opportunity but if you don’t have enough money to produce all of those products, you’ll miss out. You’ll probably end up borrowing more which isn’t a sensible move this early on in the business. Work out your production costs and then save some extra that you can keep aside just in case.

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These are the main things that you’ve got to consider when saving money for a startup, but one thing that people often forget about is paying themselves. You’ve still got to cover all of your normal living costs now you aren’t working so remember to factor in a wage for yourself. I hope this has helped you on your journey to becoming a mom boss! Share this post to help other potential mom bosses!

A Collaboration 🙂

Love, Jessxo

 

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

Hey there mamas, hope you’re having a fine day!

We as busy moms can sometimes lose sight of the small things, and forget how much the little touches we provide actually matter to our kids. So today let’s talk all about these important little touches. Read on!

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

For a lot of mothers who juggle with the difficulties of managing a business and the challenges of looking after a child, there is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your child complain about the lack of time you’ve got for them. Unfortunately, for a lot of mompreneurs, time is exactly what they struggle with on a daily basis. While every mother will tell you their child is their first priority and that they would always drop everything to look after a sick child, there are many situations where children may wrongly believe that your career is the priority. So it’s important to make sure that you’ve organized your life in such a way that your child knows he or she is what matters the most to you and that they are always in your heart. As a busy single mom, you need to be smart about how you show your affection, especially because your time is an essential part of your ability to generate the only income. With also being the only parent, your time is so much more important. 

 

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Their bedroom, their style

If you’ve been looking for an idea to treat your child, you can already forget about buying more toys or clothes. Indeed, you need to help them to create a space that is theirs at home, namely with a bedroom makeover. The bedroom can be a reflection of their personalities and tastes, and more importantly, it’s a way to show that you respect their choices. While you can surprise them with a fully planned project, it’s best to involve them from the early stages of the decor research until the selection of the furniture. As their mother, this will show them that you value their opinions. Read my post all about how to gift your kids with the best bedroom makeover ever! Click here!

 

Don’t let business trips come between you

Your career can sometimes take you out of town for a couple of days. If this is the case, and even though you know you can rely on a relative or a friend to look after your child, it’s important to plan something for each day. For instance, you could record your voice on a CD with professional sound mastering from a company such as Nationwide Disc for them to listen before going to bed. Or you could make a small DIY doll each time you have to spend a night away. Being apart from you is a big deal with a child, so you need to show that you still think of them. 

Record yourself reading their favorite story

 

Quality time every day

Finally, at the end of the day, you may just want to relax in peace. But you need to block in your busy schedule time to cultivate your bond with your child. Creating quality time doesn’t mean that you can’t work during the day. This is why working from home is always the best choice for moms, but it’s still important to remember that you just need to put aside your business and household duties every evening for one hour to dedicate this time entirely to your child. Your time together can become a routine. It doesn’t have to be long if you’re busy. But you need to maintain a bond through games, reading or simply a chat about your respective days.

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Bonding while busy with home business management is never easy. But you’ll find that showing your child that you value their opinions, maintain a connection even when you’re away and make a point of spending time together when you’re at home can go a long way. Finding the work/mom balance isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort, always. Give this post a like, or share and remember that on this crazy single mom journey, you are never alone! 🙂 

A collaboration

Love, Jessxo

 

Paperless Post Review

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My Personal Review Of Paperless Post

Hey hey mamas! I’ve got something for you today that I know will come in handy.  For us busy moms, sometimes it’s hard to make the time to send out cards or invites when they need to be sent out. Going out to find just the right card, writing what needs to be said inside and then remembering to actually mail it? UGG. Well, that’s where Paperless Post comes in!

If you are not already familiar with Paperless Post it’s an awesome website where you can send beautifully designed cards, invitations or stationery through email! You can also have them sent through traditional mail as well straight from the site! Using either bought credits or regular USD, both of which are quite affordable, you can create and send out one of a kind cards.

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So, I couldn’t wait to try it out and see what kind of cards I could send.  There were a few birthday’s this month so I was ready to try out Paperless Post to send them. My first impression of the site was how clean, simple and easy to navigate it is. I jumped right in and immediately found the perfect birthday cards to send to our group of kids at church who all had birthdays this month. My only issue was it took me a while to figure out how to put in the text for the inside of the cards. It doesn’t tell you how to do this so you kind of have to click around and figure things out for yourself, but once I got the hang of it I didn’t have any further problems. Go ahead and check out their lovely birthday cards.

I also found a really sweet thank you card to send to my aunt who sent us a special gift for Easter, and one of the really cool things about using their e-card service is the person receiving your card and send you a thank you note right back free of charge! My aunt sent her reply right back and I was like “wow!” I love that.

I also took the time to browse around at all the designs for all their available cards and invitations. They have some really neat ones! This will definitely come in handy for my son’s next birthday! Overall I found the site to be fairly easy to use after a few minutes of exploration, all of their products including their customizable stationary is beautifully designed, it’s all affordable to use and so convenient! I enjoyed using their e-card service and give the site an A+! I will definitely be using them again.

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So if you are needing to send out some birthday cards, get well cards, or party invites, this is the place! Go have a look at their amazing invitations for yourself!

Don’t forget to tell them Jess sent ya 😉

Catch you lovely mamas next time!

Jess XO

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The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit

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Hey girls!

I am very excited to offer you another amazing toolkit! This one if for bloggers so if you are a fellow blogger then this is gonna rock your world! So can I ask you a question? Ever feel overwhelmed by blogging?

I am very excited to offer you another amazing toolkit! This one is for bloggers so if you are a fellow blogger then this is gonna rock your world! So can I ask you a question? Ever feel overwhelmed by blogging?

You’re not alone.

There have been so many times in my own blogging journey when I’ve felt daunted by what I was learning and doing and struggled to overcome challenges like increasing my traffic and income in ways that matched my lifestyle and values.

Overall, blogging has been one of those incredible “pinch me” parts of my life. I can hardly believe I get to do something I love so much and be part of such a special community.

But it isn’t always easy, and the fast-changing nature of the blogosphere means I can’t ever stop learning how to be a better blogger.

I’ve found my blog really thrives when I’m growing in my skills, connecting with others who get the work I’m doing and pushing myself to try new things and improve my weak areas.

I make a point of prioritizing my growth as a blogger, and one of the best ways I’ve found is by learning from other experienced bloggers who’ve mastered a particular aspect of blogging.

Problem is, it can get pretty pricey to buy all the new books or courses that cover the topics I’m looking for.

Which is why I am over the moon about the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit.

It’s a digital package crammed full of brilliant tools to help you grow your blog, work smarter & make more money.

(But for way less than you’d normally spend!)

The team at Ultimate Bundles has put together the best resources on ALL the topics that matter to bloggers, like mastering social media, monetization, creating and selling products, time management. and productivity, nurturing an email list, and so much more.

Here’s what you get:
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In total, the toolkit includes over $3,600 of blogging tips, strategies, tutorials and amazingly practical information and ideas. Plus you get free bonus offers worth $1250+, with 15 tools and services to help you run your blog.

But the truly amazing part? They’re selling it for a crazy 97% off of regular price!

I know, it sounds too good to be true, but I promise it’s not. Ultimate Bundles has been around a long time and creating these packages is really their thing (they’ve sold over 180,000 of them on all sorts of topics), so you can trust this is the real deal.

Even better, they’re all about making sure you LOVE this toolkit. There’s a full 30-day happiness guarantee, so there’s really no risk in trying it out.

The most important detail, though, is that this toolkit is available for just two days. After Tuesday night, April 4th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click here to learn more or buy the bundle.

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I hope you are excited about growing your blog and snag up this toolkit while it’s on sale! Yay for blogging!

Love you, girls, catch ya in my next post!

-Jess XO

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