Could Your Small Lifestyle Business Become Something More?

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Hidey ho mamas! (is it just me, or are my greetings getting weirder?) 😛

To continue in my awesomesauce mompreneur series,  this post is for the mompreneur who has an already established but small lifestyle biz, whether you’re a blogger,  coach or consultant, it might be time to take this passion of yours and start to think big!

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Could Your Small Lifestyle Business Become Something More?

The definition of a lifestyle business, as per, is a business that predominantly only serves one person. It is a business that can operate enough to generate an income for the business owner but is unlikely to expand, take on staff, or develop beyond its basic operation. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with lifestyle businesses– they offer millions of people the chance to be their own boss, make the money they need to care for their family and experience a degree of flexibility. Many mompreneurs find themselves drawn to lifestyle businesses in an effort to spend more time with their children as well as pursuing their own career goals.


If you are the owner of a lifestyle business, then you may well feel that that’s all you need from your company. You’re quite happy as you are, and rightfully so– not everyone wants to take over the world and push their business to greater and greater heights.


However, some mompreneurs find themselves wondering if their business could expand beyond the remit of a lifestyle business. They wonder if they have hit on an idea so good, it could be expanded, developed, and grow to a point where it could no longer justifiably be called a lifestyle business? If you have ever found yourself wondering this about your lifestyle business, then this article is for you.


The scale of the challenge

It is important to be realistic in life, so let’s get the bad news out of the way first: expanding a business into a small/medium enterprise is not going to be easy. A lifestyle business does not need to do too much to generate an income for one person. Many mompreneurs run lifestyle businesses as an extension of themselves; some don’t even see the need to separate their finances or incorporate the business as an entity. As a sole trader, it’s well within your rights to do that– but if you want to expand and develop into a small/medium enterprise, then you will have to separate yourself from your business.


This means immersing yourself in a huge amount of paperwork as your business becomes a separate legal entity. It will also change your taxation requirements, which may require the assistance of an accountant to unpick.

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There is also the change to your business experience, which some lifestyle business owners find challenging. You have to be sure you’ll be able to handle the input of others into a business that once only needed your opinion. Could you handle employees disagreeing with your ideas, or having to follow directions from an agency you have outsourced to? You probably can, if it’s for the good of your business, but it’s worth asking the question of yourself regardless.


Considering the prospects

It is important to be realistic when assessing your lifestyle business for its potential to grow and expand. While all lifestyle businesses can theoretically expand, that doesn’t mean it is feasible or genuinely workable. Here are a few examples to explain.

Let’s say you sell handmade jewelry online. It is your sole income and does well. You want to expand to selling to retailers and increase your product line. However, the charm for her customers is that her products are all handmade by you; if you bring in employees, your business will lose that authentic touch.

Furthermore, if you were to produce items in large quantities, you would also need to involve herself in a huge supply and distribution network: sourcing more materials, working with factories, handling distributors, and a host of other time-consuming tasks. You could do this, but given these circumstances, it’s liable to be more hassle than it’s worth.


On the flip side…


Let’s say you are a web designer. It is also your sole income and you have plenty of clients. You want to expand your business so that you can offer her service to more customers, as well as expanding the products you are able to offer. You know you will need some outside help for this; you will need to outsource custom software solutions to the likes of so as to expand your product range, and you will likely need to hire more web designers as employees.

This is feasible because your personal touch on each design is not vital, provided the coding and overall production is good. You do not need to construct an entirely new production line to expand your business, nor do you have to pursue numerous outsource measures. This is a business that is viable for expansion.


Essentially, lifestyle businesses that can be expanded fulfill the following criteria:


  • You only need to outsource to one or two companies in order to expand.
  • The business is not dependent on you and your work personally.
  • You do not need to bring in an entirely new production line to expand.


If your business does not meet the criteria above, then it’s worth investigating starting an entirely new business– you can use your successful lifestyle business as a testimony to your business skills when seeking investment.


The potential benefits

While it is important to think about the potential negatives of changing your business’ nature, it’s also worth thinking about the potential benefits– because there are many of them. If your business expands into a small/medium enterprise, then you have the potential to make more money; to increase your security in the industry; even potentially to grow large enough to be of interest to potential buyers. You may even reach a point where the business can operate without much input from you, giving you endless access to a positive work-life balance, and even more time with your kids.

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In conclusion

If you have ever wondered whether your lifestyle business could be expanded into something more, you will now hopefully have an idea as to whether or not this is feasible. While the change can be challenging and time-consuming, there is also the potential for wonderful benefits that enrich the lives of you and your family.

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Love, Jessxo

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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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. 


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!

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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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So, You Want To Be A Mompreneur? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

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Hey Mamas, How’s it going?

Are you currently or are you looking into becoming an awesome mompreneur? Then this post is so for you!

So, You Want To Be A Mompreneur? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

There’s no greater or nobler calling in life than being a parent. But if there’s one thing that parenthood does to a woman, other than giving her a profound sense of love and purpose that she had never previously thought possible, it’s giving her renewed sense of perspective. Motherhood represents a complete and irrevocable change to a woman’s psychology and the myriad of things that used to keep her awake at night simply pale in comparison to the sense of duty, responsibility, and accomplishment that comes with being a Mom. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many women are reluctant to return to the workplace, especially against a backdrop of prejudice, discrimination, and mistrust toward new mothers.  It’s even more difficult as a single mom, our place is home with our children, otherwise, there will be no parent to actually raise them. So, insert amazing new mompreneur title here!

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In lieu of returning to work, many new or single mothers opt instead to develop their own businesses, thus becoming… mompreneurs. The women who choose to do this are trailblazers and should be commended for taking their futures (and those of their families) into their own hands. That said, the path of the momtrepreneur is perilous and full of pitfalls. In order to be a successful mompreneur, it’s vitally important to steer clear of these common mistakes…

Failing to find the balance

Like any self-employed person, a mompreneur walks a fine line in giving both her child and her business the attention they deserve, finding new routines to suit their dual role. Nearly all new mompreneurs dedicate too much time to their nascent businesses. While the first year of any business is a period of unparalleled hard work, but most new entrepreneurs don’t have to balance their commitments to their businesses with safeguarding another little life.

As a result, many new mompreneurs find themselves losing sleep, taking too little time to themselves and inevitably burning out.

Taking too much on themselves

Any business, especially a new business, wages a constant war against escalating overheads. Employees are one of the biggest overheads for a new business, and it can be tempting for new mompreneurs to try to do everything themselves. This is, however, the epitome of false economy. Taking on too much yourself will impede your business’ growth and make the who enterprise lonelier and more stressful than it needs to be.

A strong team will make your business a more enjoyable endeavor while facilitating real and lasting growth. If you’re hard pressed for cash, consider recruiting within the pool of Moms with whom you mix socially. They may appreciate the opportunity, even if you can’t pay them too much at the start. You can collaborate with them using free collaboration software like Slack and Asana and give them pay stubs using a check stub maker. When you’re business grows to new heights, you’ll be glad to have your team behind you.

Failing to outsource

Once again, the understandable desire to drive down overheads can lead to some wrongheaded decisions. While entrepreneurs are dynamic and multi-talented people, it’s important to realize that you can’t do everything yourself and some things are best left to the professionals. Digital marketing, for instance, may seem easy for the social media savvy but while nearly everyone knows how to create a presence and cultivate a following on social media, an outsourced digital marketing consultant will be able to help convert your online following into profitable business interest.

Avoiding these 3 missteps will be huge when creating your own home business. Always remember that you are doing something amazing, brave, and ultimately, what is best for your family. I hope these insights will help you soar high on your mompreneur adventures.

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Love, Jess XO