Why the HP Folio 13 Ultrabook is Perfect for Mompreneurs {and a giveaway}

About three weeks ago as I was planning for the Mom Biz Retreat Denver, and I was struggling to choose which of my four computers to take with me to the Retreat. The choice was really between my 17 inch laptop, my netbook, and my iPad. I needed portability, great battery life, and a powerful processor that would allow me to do my usual multitasking, since we integrate using Social Media, browsing the web for brand and competitor research, and fun things like running videos and streaming music into the Retreat workshops.

The 17 inch laptop has a great processor and is pretty good at all the multitasking I do on a daily basis. But the thing weighs like, 100 pounds, and there was no way I wanted to drag it through airports, on shuttles and in and out of hotel rooms.

My iPad is fun, lightweight, great for streaming videos and music, but even with an added bluetooth keyboard, I find that I don’t go to my iPad when I need hardcore business functionality. It’s more of a fun tool for consuming entertainment and information than it is for producing content.

The netbook is certainly portable–same size as my iPad–but the processor is too weak to even do a decent job of running a Skype session with a client, much less Skyping while also tweeting or browsing the web at the same time. I’ll be passing that little computer onto one of my lucky children.

You guys hear me say all the time how much I rely on technology to give me the freedom and flexibility being a mom entrepreneur demands. I don’t dig technology just to be the coolest mom on the block. But when HP sent me the Folio 13 Ultrabook I’m typing on right now, I completely geeked out. mom biz coach mom entrepreneur laptop for mobility

Even in the box, the laptop only weighed about 5 pounds. I opened it up and found a very sleek, silver machine inside. It took me about 10 minutes to get it unwrapped, set up, and connected to my wireless router at home. Easy-peasy. And within about 20 minutes, I fell in love.

(Keep reading below so you fall in love, too, and learn how you could get one of these fantastic laptops in your deserving hands via my giveaway!)


Here’s why I love and highly recommend the Folio 13 for busy mompreneurs:

I sat it next to my iPad and a pair of kid’s scissors so you could get a feel for the size of it…pretty close to an iPad, but better.

  • It boots up faster than I can say to my kids: “No, you can’t play on Mom’s new computer. Go use one of the other laptops.” Seriously. With all my other computers, I have to fire them up and then go make myself a cup of coffee before they’re ready to do anything for me. Time isn’t something I have a lot of, so this is a big deal to me.
  • Call me schizophrenic. I don’t mind. I like to run Pandora in the background so I can listen to my favorite music while I’m blogging, and I’m always posting my Twitter and Facebook updates while I blog. My husband chides me for having “too many tabs in my browser open at once” since it slows down the processing speed so much that I may as well go make myself a snack to go along with that coffee I had earlier. Not so with this little laptop. I do it all, all at the same time, and my Folio 13 keeps on going. It’s been three weeks and it hasn’t crashed a single time. Ask me how many tabs I have open right now (and all the time): eleven. Normal, right?
  • It’s a full-size keyboard, unlike my iPad. I can type 70 wpm on a full-sized keyboard, but I only type about 25 wpm on my iPad. I can’t believe that something this size indeed feels full-sized.
  • Do you blog and tweet in the dark? Yeah, me too. I finally own a laptop that has a backlit keyboard! Cowabunga! I appreciate not having to hunt for the special keys in the dark when I need them.
  • I can stay unplugged for an entire day. At the Mom Biz Retreat in Denver last weekend, I left the power cord for the Folio 13 up in my suite and used my laptop to power my presentations during our all-day work sessions. I had plenty of battery life even when I plugged it back in late at night. Talk about flexibility.

In the interest of full disclosure, HP gave me this laptop to keep (thank you, HP!!!), since I meet the exact profile of the kind of person who could benefit from using it. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have agreed to keep it and tell you about it. But they have me pegged, and I’m so fond of this little gem that I’m doing a giveaway to help one of you love it, too!

Here’s the deal:

You may have heard that Shelagh Cummins and I are returning to Caledon, Ontario in September to host the Mom Biz Retreat there. We are looking forward to returning to the city in which we first launched the Mom Biz Retreats one year ago! We know lots of you are talking about joining us there. So we’re going to give you an incentive: We will giveaway one HP Folio 13 Ultrabook just like this one to one of you who registers for the Retreat! We’re just that committed to helping you get what you need to be a successful mom and entrepreneur. Yeah!

Here’s how to grab one of only 50 seats offered at Mom Biz Retreat Ontario.


This giveaway is open to the mompreneurs who register for and attend the Mom Biz Retreat in Caledon, Ontario September 27-30. To qualify for the giveaway, register to attend the Retreat and then leave a comment below telling us you’ve registered and what your top business challenge is. We will cross-reference all comments with our registration list.

  • One entry per person.
  • Giveaway ends at 11pm ET on August 31st.
  • One winning registrant of the Mom Biz Retreat Ontario 2012 will be selected via Random.org.
  • The winner will have seven days to respond to my email (sent to the address you include when you leave your comment on the blog), after which an alternate winner will be chosen.

I’m grateful to HP for providing me the Folio 13! Now, how fast can you register so you can get a chance to win yours? GO!



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  1. I registered and I am SOOO excited to go!! One of my biggest challenges is the marketing aspect – I need to find new (and entice old) clients to create amazing projects for. I have heard such great things about the retreat and am counting down the days! 🙂

  2. Yahoo, Ariane! You’re officially in the running to get all the marketing help you need at the Mom Biz Retreat, along with a handy dandy new HP laptop to make your life a lot easier as a mompreneur. See you in September!

  3. i’ve registered and my top business challenge is myself – keeping myself accountable and managing me…haha

  4. Ola! Registered this week as well, and attending with Ariane. My biggest challenge is making the most of the 6 short hours I have each day to work. I also lug my 15″ Dell laptop to and from my office each and every day and would absolutely LOVE a lighter, faster machine to lighten the load as I juggle it, lunches, laundry, office supplies etc. (seriously, I look like a bag lady coming into the office!). 

  5. Woo hoo! Thrilled you’re joining us (and even better that you and Ariane are buddying up–great for accountability)!

    We don’t want to encourage the bag lady syndrome. And you’re absolutely in the right place if you want to figure out how to make six hours a day work for you on your terms. See you in September, Carly!

  6. Not going to Ontario, but wanted to say thanks for the laptop tip.  After having my laptop (and our family laptop – the same computer) delayed in my luggage I’ve realized I HAVE to invest in another computer, just for my business.  I’ll put this one on my buy list!

  7. So glad this is helpful to you. I know how hard it can be to choose a new computer, and this one is making me so happy. My kids aren’t allowed to touch it :). We’ll be back in Chicago in mid-February. Hope we can see you there again!

  8. Woo hoo, Jacqueline! Shelagh and I are thrilled you’ll be joining us! We are still searching for the perfect cloning system for mompreneurs, but in the meantime, we can definitely can help you figure out your branding! See you there 🙂

  9. ahhhhh my hubby wants to go to LA during this same time…. geez louise… can I clone myself?? and send the clone with him 🙂

  10. You’re in luck: We’re announcing our new (and sure to be most famous) coaching module at the Mom Biz Retreat: “How to Clone Your Mompreneur Self.”

    Nah, just kidding. I wish we were! We would be totally willing to brainstorm with you ways to make your attendance possible, Shannon. Please let us know if we can support you!

  11. Oh man, unfortunately I don’t live anywhere near Ontario, I live in Georgia, so I can’t benefit from the retreat or enter to the win the laptop. But, that being said I have been looking into getting a new laptop and have been having trouble figuring out exactly which one I need. THIS ONE fits them all. Thanks so much for sharing!! Also, could you post or comment on the specifics, memory, processor etc?

  12. Thanks for your comment, Tracy. I’m glad to help you narrow down your search for a laptop. I love my Folio 13 and am happy every time I fire it up. We’d love to have you come to one of our Retreats–if not Ontario this year, we’ll be in Chicago in February and Boston in May. And by the way, I’m from Augusta and Atlanta :). Here’s a link to the Folio 13’s description of features on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/HP-Folio-13-1020US-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B006OEL86Q

  13. Just registered! I’m so excited to meet you Lara. My biggest challenge is time management when it comes to balancing my business and my family. I also happen to be in the market for a new computer so I definitely appreciate the tip.

  14. Yay, Amy! We are thrilled that you’ll be joining us next month…and your odds for winning the computer are excellent :). As for your issues with time management, welcome to the club! You’re an official mompreneur. And we put a great deal of focus on teaching you how to own your time at the Retreat. Our participants often say that the time management tools are some of the most valuable information they take away from the weekend!

  15. All registered and ready to fight my personal challenges with you amazing women! 
    My biggest challenge is keeping my priorities in check. Not getting swept away with the growth of Rawkette. It’s a love hate challenge. Can’t wait to meet you all! xo Jess

  16. Registered and ready to go! My top business challenge is finding “creative” time – my business requires hard thinking when I’m writing, and with the kids with me during the day, I am able to sneak in all of the other stuff (or delegate it to a VA) but I have a hard time meshing the time for creation with the time that inspiration strikes. Can’t wait to get together with and meet all you ladies!

    Leigh Clements
    Shot In The Dark Mysteries.com

  17. Glad to have you with us, Leigh! And I love this specific challenge. Shelagh and I will arm you with some great solutions and help you own your choices to make sure this creative time happens.

  18. Yay, Jessica! Everyone congratulates you when your business is growing, but that growth can be incredibly hard to manage when you’re a mompreneur. You’re coming to the perfect place to handle this challenge. See you soon!

  19. So excited to finally meet you and Shelagh in person, Lara!! My biggest challenge in my biz is making the most of my *very* limited time – finding ways to hunker down and get sh*tuff done without wasting precious minutes. Oh, and getting past the ‘what if’ fear – “what if I get 3 more clients – GREAT! – but how will I handle that extra work?” Oh, and setting business goals & crunching numbers. I’m pretty clear on what I need to do for marketing, who my TM is, etc, but back to time, how to fit it all in/outsource it profitably… Phew, I think that’s it, for now! haha! 🙂 

    31 more sleeps!

  20. Likewise, Corrina! Thanks to twitter, it’s been so great getting to know you over the last year, but meeting in person will be a treat! Shelagh and I can help you work out a plan to scale your business if it’s time to grow, or how to be most productive in the time you have. You’re gonna love the Retreat! And now you have the chance to win a laptop. Yay!

  21. Hi folks. I have registered for the Mom Biz Retreat and am bringing a fabulous healthy personal care line of products for everyone to try. I also have an MBA and am a designer (architect) with extensive business development experience. So I am now helping people grow their businesses through marketing, sales and communications strategies! Yay.. can’t wait to meet you all!