10 Reasons To Hire A Life Coach: Part 2

Reasons to Hire a Life CoachWhy should you hire a life coach? If you missed my previous blog post, you can find it HERE. We talked about how a coach can help you establish boundaries, expectations, critical time-management strategies, communication techniques, and business and marketing plans—all toward your goal of being a successful mompreneur. If you’re still not convinced… stick around—the day is young—and these next five points really dig into some of the biggest issues we face as moms in the marketplace.

Let’s dive right into our next five reasons to hire a life coach:

6. Focus. Now I know that may sound simple, but mompreneurs are notorious for virtually bursting at the seams with creativity, great ideas, ambition, and passion. So often we are running as hard as we can, working as many hours as possible. Many times we do not get adequate rest or we’re not really spending quality time with our family. So while we’re working so hard at our business, without some external focus to keep us rooted and grounded in our goals, becoming frazzled, overwhelmed, or even stuck are very real dangers. Having that outsider’s perspective is key, and sometimes it can be just the thing you need to help you stop spinning your wheels and get you moving forward again.

7. Get out of your own way. I mentioned being stuck, right? So many of us have hang-ups when it comes to being able to really “sell” ourselves or our businesses. We may pay money to advertise in a magazine or directory, but when it comes to face-to-face contact, we often allow that to become a wedge that can stall our progress in a major way. A life coach can help you get out of your own way and back on the path toward business development, growth and success.

8. Commitment. I know some of you are probably groaning right now. Please hear me out. We all struggle with this to some degree or another. It’s the allure of the “next new thing,” isn’t it? We get interested, we get started… and then some other bright, shiny object comes along and all of a sudden we’re not as committed as we thought we were. Well, if you’re going to be a real, true, honest-to-goodness business owner, you are going to need some stickiness. So what a coach can do is help you practice making commitments and sticking to them by providing accountability, something that is often lacking in our adult lives, but also something that can take us to that next level when it comes to being a successful business owner and mompreneur.

9. Celebrate. Who doesn’t love to celebrate, right? As a coach, I am here to sing your praises, to shout, “Woohoo!” and to cheer you on when you do a good job. Often we just do not get enough acknowledgement from those who are closest to us. We, as mompreneurs, need to hear that we are being successful along the way. A life coach will celebrate those successes with you, and train you to recognize them yourself. I promise that will be the thing that helps lift you up when times get tough.

10. Accept the path you are on. One of the things I believe strongly in is that wherever you are is where you need to be. You know exactly what you need to know. You are having exactly the experience you need right now—tough as it may be—in order to get you to that next place down the road. A coach—and this is one of my favorite things I do as a coach—can help you see that whatever you are going through is actually the perfect next step for where you are headed. Knowing that is such a support and really a firm foundation on which to build your business.

I hope this has been helpful to you. If you have been thinking about whether a life coach might be right for you, these are some really great points to ponder.

I love hearing from you! What about you—have you worked with a life coach? What has been your experience? Have you evaluated these points in your own life?

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10 Reasons To Hire A Life Coach: Part 1

10 Reasons to Hire a Life CoachA lot of the mompreneurs I’ve worked with in my coaching career have told me that they spent quite a bit of time thinking about hiring me before actually taking the leap and doing it. Some weren’t exactly sure what life coaching was about or what a coaching relationship would look like. Some even admitted to feeling embarrassed about hiring a coach to support them, almost as if it meant they were a failure at doing what they wanted to do or being who they wanted to be in life. Well, over the next couple of blog posts, we’re going to talk about this. So if you want to be successful on your own terms, create a business that works even when you don’t, get the buy-in and support you need from your spouse and family, and spend quality time with your kids… read on!

Here are the first five reasons you should hire a life coach:

1. Boundaries. It goes without saying that time management is always going to be our #1 problem as mompreneurs because we’ve signed up for two completely full-time-with-overtime-no-time-off jobs. It’s just hard for one person to do all of that! So one of the first things I do when I work with someone is help create some boundaries. We do this by creating an “ideal schedule,” which identifies your top moneymaking talent—where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck—and then incorporates systems and routines so that you are not just aimlessly trying to work whenever you get the chance (like when the family is eating dinner or the kids are asleep or they’re at a soccer game and you’re multitasking like crazy), but learning to really focus and be intentional with your time.

2. Expectations. Once you set some boundaries, you can begin to set expectations with your family, clients, colleagues, vendors, and friends. Now everybody in your life knows that you work on certain days at certain hours, and conversely, they also know that you have downtime with your family on certain days at certain hours. Being clear with these expectations enables you to meet the expectations of others in your life without having to constantly negotiate schedules and priorities.

3. Critical time-management strategies. We talked a little bit about creating an ideal schedule, but beyond that, we need to figure out what your high pay-off actions are, how to set those high pay-off actions as one of the first things you do each day, and then how to handle errands and to-do lists of things that are not time-critical—things like housework or grocery shopping—all those “extra” things you do as a mother. We need to figure out how to incorporate all of that rather than ignoring it and hoping it will go away. If I can teach you some critical time-management strategies, I am absolutely certain I can give you more of your time to do what you want to do with your life instead of always trying to figure out where to grab a few more minutes.

4. Communication techniques. This is so, so, so important because you need the support of your spouse and your kids; you need your clients to respond well to you; you need your vendors to be on the same page as you. Communication is key to all of that. There are so many of us that have, for one reason or another, developed some unhealthy, unproductive, or just plain ineffective communication strategies. These are the sorts of things a coach can help you work on to make sure you are communicating clearly, in such a way that you get what you want, be it support from your spouse, understanding and love from your kids, or a new project from a client.

5. Business and marketing plans. I could go on and on and on about this point, but it’s one that many mompreneurs don’t want to hear a lot about. People are fundamentally scared of creating business and marketing plans, perhaps because there is something almost terrifying about writing your goals down on paper, especially if you have a fear of failure, and let’s be honest—who doesn’t? But this is so critical to the long-term success of your business. You cannot do it without a plan. I hope this has piqued your interest and perhaps even answered a few of the questions you have about just what all this life-coaching business is about anyway. If so, stay tuned—for five more reasons you should hire a life coach.

Talk to me! Which of these five points resonates with you? What could you use some help with?

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Ready to Grow Your Business? Mom Biz Retreat All Access Pass Giveaway

It’s time to stop thinking about branding, business planning, time management, work/family balance strategies, social media marketing plans, how to create systems and structures to support you, what to delegate, how to manage your business, and where to find more clients…and time to get it DONE!

We’re offering a huge, mega-great, super fantastic, just-what-you-always-wanted gift just in time for the holidays. The gift of learning, planning, strategizing, building, re-inventing and a whole weekend of yum, ahhhh, and “me time” rolled into one package: The Mom Biz Retreat in Chicago!  This ticket is valued at $595 and will give you access to all the sessions, parties, yoga, networking and business building that you can handle in 2.5 days.

The Mom Biz Retreat is a weekend getaway for mom entrepreneurs who want to make their business successful while enjoying some much needed “me time”. Spend the weekend working on your business and walk away with tools to help you grow your business. Work in a supportive environment with other mom entrepreneurs who understand you and receive the help of a business coach and trainer.

Head on over to the Mom Biz Retreat blog for contest entry details!

>> http://mombizretreat.com/free-pass/ >>

 

Determined to grow your business? Forget a giveaway – do you really want to and need to attend? Buy your ticket now to the Mom Biz Retreat Chicago – only 30 spots available.

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Want to See Your Successful Mom Biz in a Magazine?

>>>>Winners announced here!<<<<

Mompreneurs define success in a lot of different ways, and part of my job as a coach is helping each of my clients to determine how she will measure her own success.

how to be a successful mom entrepreneurWhat does success look like for you? Do you include factors that measure your business as well as personal finances? What about how much time you spend with your family? Or how important is repeat business for you? Perhaps you’ve just launched your mom biz and are focused on just becoming credible and visible to your target audience this year.

Whatever your definition of success is, I’d love for you to share it with other mom entrepreneurs out there who are trying to figure this out for themselves.

Starting today, I’m launching a contest to feature mompreneurs and the success they’ve fought so hard for.

Want to see your mom-owned business featured in the glossy pages of a magazine?

Share a 500 word essay on your definition of success and how you’ve achieved success on your own terms for a chance to be featured in an exclusive publication produced by Mom Biz Coach  and HP MagCloud.

Ten essays will be chosen to be included in a high-quality printed magazine sold on MagCloud  in both digital and print editions, for a low cost. Additionally all entrants will receive a 10% discount off of production costs on MagCloud.

To enter:

  • Write a 500 word essay that best describes your success as a mompreneur, and post it on your blog. Then come back and leave a comment on this post, with a link to your post by September 2nd.
  • If you don’t have your own blog, that’s okay!  Email your article along with a title, subtitle and a headshot by September 2nd and we’ll post it for you. ( Send the article to manager at mombizacademy dot com)

We will announce the 10 winners on Tuesday, September 6th. Don’t miss this chance to have your business featured — digitally and in print!

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The Importance of Social Media Marketing – My Latest Speaking Event

Yesterday I was honored to Keynote presenter to the Mesa County’s Women’s Network at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Colorado.

The luncheon presentation was on
Your Business in a Social Media World – What You Need to Know and Prosper.

My passion is in teaching women entrepreneurs to be more successful in their businesses, so having the opportunity to speak to this group of motivated women business owners about the importance of social media marketing and how to use Twitter as an advertising tool was fantastic!

Here’s a look at the interview I did for NewsChannel5!

 


Do you need a speaker at your next event?
Check out my Speakers Page for more information.

 

 

 

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Earn Passive Income PLUS Win a 1 Hour Coaching Session!

Mom Biz AcademyI’m very excited to announce an opportunity for you to make passive income AND help out fellow mompreneurs through my new affiliate program for my flagship group coaching program, the Mom Biz Academy.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Mom Biz Academy is a group-based coaching program that I launched earlier this year with the intent to provide low-cost, effective coaching specifically designed for mompreneurs who need ongoing coaching and guidance in their work at home businesses.

To launch the affiliate program, I’m offering you a massive 30% of every single monthly subscription fee paid by any new membership to the Mom Biz Academy.

That’s for every month that the person you refer remains a member of the Mom Biz Academy. Not a bad passive income stream!

Also, to celebrate this announcement, I’m launching a contest for all affiliates of the Mom Biz Academy.  The affiliate with the highest number of sales (less returns) from July 15-August 30 will receive a free one-hour coaching session with me.  That’s a value of $300.00!

The affiliate program is free to join and simple to use. We’ll give you the links you need in order to start promoting and including some tweets you can send out with your affiliate links.

The process is extremely quick and simple and you’ll receive your affiliate login details by email straight away, so you can get promoting!

You can learn more about the Mom Biz Academy here, and sign up for the Affiliate program here.  You do not need to be a member of the Academy to participate in the Affiliate program.

Questions?  Please let me know here, or email manager@mombizacademy.com.

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What’s Your Purpose for Being a Mompreneur?

What’s your purpose in being a mompreneur? It’s important to take a step back and remember what’s driving you to do what you do, what gives meaning to how you spend your time. With a clear sense of purpose, you’re much more likely to enjoy your work and build a business that thrives.

But do you remember what drove you to start your business?

Since you’re a mompreneur, I know it involved more than just a desire to make money. Let’s face it: running a start-up company is usually not a big money-making endeavor for the first few years. It’s easy to think that if your goal is to make money, you could more easily do that (on a consistent basis, no less) working for someone else.

Most of the mom entrepreneurs I talk with tell me it’s not about the money (although we have nothing against making lots of money). Instead, we decide to start a business based on our passion, our talents, our expertise and our purpose.

Part of my purpose as the Mom Biz Coach is to help other women solve a problem I struggled with myself: how to do work I love without compromising my commitment to my family.

Tune in to the podcast below to hear more about purpose and how it fits with and ultimately shapes successful mompreneur businesses.

 

What’s your purpose in being a mompreneur? It’s important to take a step back and remember what’s driving you to do what you do, what gives meaning to how you spend your time. With a clear sense of purpose, you’re much more likely to enjoy your work and build a business that thrives. What’s your purpose in being a mompreneur? It’s important to take a step back and remember what’s driving you to do what you do, what gives meaning to how you spend your time. With a clear sense of purpose, you’re much more likely to enjoy your work and build a business that thrives.What’s your purpose in being a mompreneur? It’s important to take a step back and remember what’s driving you to do what you do, what gives meaning to how you spend your time. With a clear sense of purpose, you’re much more likely to enjoy your work and build a business that thrives.

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Mompreneur Mobility HP ProBook Giveaway!

Are you a mobile mompreneur?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a “work anywhere” policy as a mompreneur. With my three computers, cell phone, land line phone, Flip camcorder and webcam, I can be coaching clients in Calgary while sitting at my kitchen table. Or I can load up my next email campaign that blasts to England, Jamaica and all across the US when I’m using the free WiFi at the local coffee shop. And sometimes I shoot a quick video for a vlog while I’m on vacation, wherever that may be.

One of the biggest reasons I decided to quit working for IBM (and then later decided to start my own business) was because I wanted the freedom and flexibility that being a mom entrepreneur affords me. I love being able to work from home, wearing my yoga pants one day and dressing to the nines for a speaking gig the next.

I rely heavily on technology to make my business possible. Most days, I’m singing the praises of my laptop, my Skype account, and Twitter, since they truly make my “working on the fly” lifestyle a reality. And then there are those dreaded days (I’m told it’s when Mercury is in retrograde, which I don’t understand but I have learned that I suffer just the same) when my technology all fails me, leaving me nearly unable to work at all.

I recently blogged about my desire to help as many fellow mompreneurs as possible be more successful in their businesses. I think I found a slam dunk for one of you :).

I’m thrilled to partner with HP to give away a new HP ProBook 4425s, powered by AMD!

If you could use a sleek, new notebook computer to help you handle email, surf the web and keep up with your Social Media contacts wherever you are, make sure you register to win (below)!

Click here to enter the Mompreneur Mobility HP ProBook Giveaway!

Read all about the HP ProBook here.

What about you? What technology do you rely on to make your business possible? What are you using for “mobile computing”–such as an iPhone, Blackberry, iTouch, netbook, laptop, cell phone, etc.? How do you use it? What value does this mobility bring to your business? What compromises do you make in order to be mobile? Where’s your favorite place to work?

To register to win the HP ProBook 4425s, powered by AMD, here’s all you need to do:

  • Leave a comment on the blog below answering some of the questions I asked above.
  • Fill in the sign up form below (which will also allow you to receive some tips and advice from me about how to get it all done as a mom entrepreneur).
  • Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, November 12th. We’ll enter all the qualified entries into Random.org to help us pick a winner.
  • That’s it!

Click here to enter the Mompreneur Mobility HP ProBook Giveaway!

I am grateful to HP for being willing to share some powerful resources with mom entrepreneurs. A big hearty thanks to HP for making this giveaway possible!

* photo courtesy jeneyepher of flickr creative commons
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Top Mompreneur Challenges–and two winners!

Last week, I sent out a survey asking mompreneurs what their top challenges were, how they were handling them, and what’s in the way of them solving their challenges.

The findings were not terribly surprising, but they are clear: Mom entrepreneurs need lots of help!

Every entrepreneur needs advice, resources, and help of one sort or another. Running a family while running a business presents a unique set of circumstances for mompreneurs. And it can be difficult to get the help they need due to a mindset that puts the needs of the family above all else.

I’ll share the highlights from the survey here with you, and I’ll announce the two mompreneurs who won a private business coaching session with me to help them achieve the success they deserve!

Most of the moms surveyed (44%) have been in business for 1-3 years. This is the critical start-up phase for a company when help is most needed, yet finances are limited. Many reported that the upside of running their own company is the freedom and flexibility it gives them to be there for drop-off and pick-up, as well as after school with their kids. They also love the fulfillment they get from the work they do and the clients they serve.

With regards to the tough parts of the job, their answers were fairly consistent. I asked: “What areas of your business are challenging for you?”

Here are the top three responses:

  • managing my time
  • finding more clients
  • marketing my business

These moms also say they are struggling to make enough money to justify help with their business or for childcare, and that they don’t know how to balance doing both well. And it’s not for lack of trying to solve these problems that they persist. Most moms report having tried to solve them by researching, reading and signing up for programs to address them. Many wish they could hire a mentor or a coach to help them work through their particular set of circumstances and to teach them how to do the parts of their business (and their life)  they don’t know how to successfully manage.

The biggest hindrance to getting the right support?

  • 75% I can’t afford to spend the money to get the help they need.
  • 64% say they just don’t have enough time to get help.
  • 39% report not knowing where to find the help they need.
  • and 32% say they’re just too burned out to deal with it.

I know how hard it is to focus on your needs as a mompreneur when you’re also the full-time problem-solver for your family. I was in the same boat when I started my business over five years ago, and it has been my mission to help women like myself get what they need to run successful families and businesses.

To that extent, I am thrilled to announce that, as promised, two of the 50 women who answered the survey have been chosen to receive a private, 60-minute business coaching session with me to get them the help they need.

And the winners are…

Charmin Calamaris, of www.TheMomiverse.com and

Helen Coronato, of www.TheWeekendPublicist.com

I am grateful to all the moms who took the time to answer the survey! Please know that I am working hard to find ways to help as many of you as I can, at a price you can afford. I’ll be using the findings from this survey to create the coaching offerings that you’ve said are most important to you, including one-on-one coaching, coaching groups, and short teleclasses that provide a solution to a specific issue.

I welcome your comments and requests in the comments section below.

* Photo courtesy of silentsymphony.net
How long have you run your current mompreneur business?

44% 1-3 years
23% more than 3 years
21% just launched
13% I don’t have a formal business established yet, but I hope to soon!

In what areas of your business do you feel successful?

-just starting this new direction….so need to learn new habits
-All of you what its mentioned above, especially need tweak and improvement on
website. Cashflow is a quiet struggle. But the rest is a lot of support and kids goes to
school plus household support..
-The work itself. What I actually create.
-confident about my ability to provide value

What areas of your business are challenging for you?

– getting new clients
– time delegating
– Finding clients, developing products to purchase, and not just “coaching”
– marketing, branding, social media
– Marketing, creating biz plans.

What’s your biggest question about running a business while running…

– how to balance it all
– I feel like I can’t justify childcare expenses, and sometimes feel i can only
work “part-time”
– How can I make more $
– Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that it would be helpful to have someone look at
my schedule and help me outline a system or process for fitting everything in!
– How can I feel like I do them both well?

How have you tried to solve these questions?

-coach, reading, scheduling
-calendar/schedule
-Coach, running my own programs that address this, and reading

What is keeping you from getting your problems solve?

75% I can’t afford to spend the money to get the help

64% Don’t have enough time
39% I don’t know where to find the answers
32% I’m just burned out
If you are considering getting training, coaching and/or mentoring support to help
you succeed in your business, what type of offering appeals to you? (Please check all
that apply.)

73% One-on-one coaching/consulting or mentoring
56% Short teleclasses or teleseminars on a specific topic (marketing, list-building,
work/family balance, Social Media, product creation, branding, etc.)
40% Mompreneur retreat/bootcamp
38% Group coaching programs
36% Online community/forum where you can interact with your peers and/or a
coach

How do you prefer to learn?

79% Hands-on
69% Read
63% Watch
60% Listen

How important is it to you to have a community of your peers?

48% Extremely important
27% Very important
19% Important
6% Not very important

If you could wave your magic wand and get EXACTLY what you need and want
regarding training and coaching for mompreneurs, what would that look like?

-a group of women that really support and share their knowledge with you to avoid
the same mistakes
-help with marketing and overall business direction
-I’d like someone to help me develop products that people can purchase from me
without needing me
-I’d have someone who could show me the ropes in establishing my business and
help me create goals and be accountable for them.
-really great ideas in one place, one website to go to for all of my answers

What would you be willing to pay to get that training and support in your life?

-For the above, I would want to pay about $1000/yr for four retreats that included
room, board, meals, supplies, etc
-Not sure, I’m really bad at budgeting!
-it is hard to justify spending a lot of $$ on coaching without knowing exactly
how it would benefit me.
-Several hundred, less than $1000
-I don’t have any idea :(How long have you run your current mompreneur business?

44% 1-3 years

23% more than 3 years

21% just launched

13% I don’t have a formal business established yet, but I hope to soon!

In what areas of your business do you feel successful?

-just starting this new direction….so need to learn new habits

-All of you what its mentioned above, especially need tweak and improvement on

website. Cashflow is a quiet struggle. But the rest is a lot of support and kids goes to

school plus household support..

-The work itself. What I actually create.

-confident about my ability to provide value

What areas of your business are challenging for you?

– getting new clients

– time delegating

– Finding clients, developing products to purchase, and not just “coaching”

– marketing, branding, social media

– Marketing, creating biz plans.

What’s your biggest question about running a business while running…

– how to balance it all

– I feel like I can’t justify childcare expenses, and sometimes feel i can only

work “part-time”

– How can I make more $

– Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that it would be helpful to have someone look at

my schedule and help me outline a system or process for fitting everything in!

– How can I feel like I do them both well?

How have you tried to solve these questions?

-coach, reading, scheduling

-calendar/schedule

-Coach, running my own programs that address this, and reading

What is keeping you from getting your problems solve?

75% I can’t afford to spend the money to get the help

64% Don’t have enough time

39% I don’t know where to find the answers

32% I’m just burned out

If you are considering getting training, coaching and/or mentoring support to help

you succeed in your business, what type of offering appeals to you? (Please check all

that apply.)

73% One-on-one coaching/consulting or mentoring

56% Short teleclasses or teleseminars on a specific topic (marketing, list-building,

work/family balance, Social Media, product creation, branding, etc.)

40% Mompreneur retreat/bootcamp

38% Group coaching programs

36% Online community/forum where you can interact with your peers and/or a

coach

How do you prefer to learn?

79% Hands-on

69% Read

63% Watch

60% Listen

How important is it to you to have a community of your peers?

48% Extremely important

27% Very important

19% Important

6% Not very important

If you could wave your magic wand and get EXACTLY what you need and want

regarding training and coaching for mompreneurs, what would that look like?

-a group of women that really support and share their knowledge with you to avoid

the same mistakes

-help with marketing and overall business direction

-I’d like someone to help me develop products that people can purchase from me

without needing me

-I’d have someone who could show me the ropes in establishing my business and

help me create goals and be accountable for them.

-really great ideas in one place, one website to go to for all of my answers

What would you be willing to pay to get that training and support in your life?

-For the above, I would want to pay about $1000/yr for four retreats that included

room, board, meals, supplies, etc

-Not sure, I’m really bad at budgeting!

-it is hard to justify spending a lot of $$ on coaching without knowing exactly

how it would benefit me.

-Several hundred, less than $1000

-I don’t have any idea 🙁

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