#MomBizMondays Are You Raising Entrepreneurial Kids with @Playborhood

Are you raising entrepreneurial kids?

As mompreneurs, we clearly buy in on some level to the philosophy of self-reliance, independence and following your dreams. Yet, we live in a society where more than ever, our children only play with each other in highly structured, always supervised environments. Is this a good thing, or not? How can we teach our children independence, self-reliance and to instill an entrepreneurial spirit if we are controlling and orchestrating how they spend all their free time?

Sponsored by @playborhood

In tonight’s #mombizmondays chat, sponsored by Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play , we will ask some tough questions about how our parenting philosophy affects how our kids learn to take care of themselves, and how it can inhibit instilling an entrepreneurial spirit.

Grab a cuppa and a girlfriend – join us tonight at 10pm EST. This is a conversation not to be missed. The future of your children is the future of our world.

Tweets to Share:

RT @biztrainher Raising entrepreneurial kids Join #mombizmondays tonight at 10pm EST  with @playborhood for this powerful discussion

RT @mombizcoach Tips and tricks for raising entrepreneurial children with @playborhood Tonight 10pm EST #mombizmondays

RT @timeoutmom Mompreneurs: Join the discussion on raising entrepreneurial kids with @playborhood Tonight 10pm EST #mombizmondays

Panelists:

Questions:

AT WHAT AGE ARE YOUR CHILDREN ALLOWED TO RIDE BIKES BY THEMSELVES AND HOW FAR?

HOW MUCH FREE, UNSCHEDULED, UNPLANNED TIME DO YOUR KIDS HAVE AFTER SCHOOL EACH DAY?

WHAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FREE PLAY FOR KIDS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING AS ADULTS?

DO YOUR KIDS GO TO A NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUT? IF SO, WHERE? WHAT KIND OF HANGOUT IS IT?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR KIDS HAVING CELL PHONES? WHAT AGE, STAGE, RULES? WHY?

DO YOU HAVE ANY LIMITS OR RULES FOR YOUR KIDS AND SCREEN TIME EACH DAY? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?

HOW CAN WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO BE INDEPENDENT AND SELF-RELIANT?

AT HOME, WHAT IS YOUR CHILD RESPONSIBLE FOR (NOT JUST CHORES)?

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#MomBizMondays: Tax Saving Tips for Mom Entrepreneurs

Hallelujah, it’s Spring!

That means it’s time for sunny skies, warmer weather, longer days and . . . taxes. While it’s understandable that doing your taxes might not be on your list of reasons why you love Spring, the need to get them done occurs every year about this time. So let’s put on our big girl britches, buckle down, and learn how we can save time and money when it comes to filing our taxes. Even better? Let’s learn all we can about tax filings for mom entrepreneurs so we can keep more money in our pockets next year and take a vacation next March, ‘k?

Tax Saving Tips for Mom Entrepreneurs #mombizmondays twitter partySponsored by UFile

This week’s #MomBizMondays Twitter Party is sponsored by UFile, maker of tax prep software that helps Canadian small business owners file their taxes themselves–with ease! Canadian and American mompreneurs will benefit from this chat in which we’ll discuss what mom biz owners need to know about filing their taxes, what they need to do to save more of their hard-earned income, and how to be in control of their money. Got questions? Our sponsor has answers. They’ve been in the tax  business for over 25 years and totally get mompreneurs.

Let’s see if we can make talking taxes even more compelling for you…Just by participating in the party and answering some of the questions we’ll be asking, you’ll have a chance to win some prizes! Our gracious sponsor will be handing out tax advice AND free tax filing software to help you get things done!

Below are a few helpful resources for you. Many thanks to UFile for providing these great tax tips for us!

Top 10 ways to reduce your tax bill

UFile TaxTips for Bloggers

10 reasons why UFile is right for you

Back in the States, here are a few more links to help you file your taxes pain-free:

Last Minute Ways to Save on Your Taxes – Entrepreneur.com

7 Tax-Saving Tips for Home-Based Businesses – Inc.com

If you’re running a family, running a business, and also the person in charge of filing your taxes (or even want to be sure your accountant is getting you the best tax refund you can get), make sure you grab a girlfriend and join us for #MomBizMondays Monday night at 10 pm ET!

TWEETS TO SHARE

RT @MomBizCoach It’s Tax Time, but no need to panic. Join #mombizmondays tonight 10pm ET for tips.

RT @BizTrainHer Tips & tricks to fill your tax toolbox w/ @UFile on tonight’s #mombizmondays 10p ET

RT @TimeOutMom Mompreneurs: Join the convo: How to maximize your tax return #mombizmondays 10p ET

PANELISTS

Sara Bingham @weehands

Lara Wellman @larawellman

Tara Dawn Robertson @tarasview

QUESTIONS
{coming soon}

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#MomBizMondays – Systems and Support to Simplify Your Entrepreneurial Life with @TheUPSstore and @MomBizRetreat

TOPIC: Systems and Support to Simplify Your Entrepreneurial Life

Running small business can be tricky. When most of us start out, we focus on making whatever it is we offer and then finding someone to buy it from us. But the exchange of money for product or service is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making your small business successful.

What happens behind the scenes is critical, especially for mom entrepreneurs, whose number one challenge is finding enough time to do it all. That’s why successful mompreneurs create systems that help save their precious time.

On tonight’s #MomBizMondays, we’re going to discuss those critical business systems that make our lives run more smoothly. From branding to bookkeeping, from managing your time to managing your privacy,  let’s figure out what works best during #MomBizMondays.

Tonight’s #MomBizMondays Twitter Party is all about the systems and support that make being the “Chief Everything Officer” of your household and your business a whole lot easier.The UPS Store, is a proud sponsor of January 16th’s #MomBizMondays Live Twitter Party at 10pm (est). Thank you to @TheUPSstore for sponsoring tonight’s twitter chat and providing everyone who participates the chance to win one of three $25 gift cards and one $50 gift card to The UPS Store!

WHEN:

Monday, January 16, 2012

TIME:

EST 10:00pm to 11:00pm

CST 09:00pm to 10:00pm

MST 08:00pm to 09:00pm

PST 07:00pm to 08:00pm

SPONSORED BY:

The UPS Store – We Love Logistics

Let The UPS Store handle the logistics of your business and home office. From printing your business cards and brochures to managing your mail delivery, look to The UPS Store for help. Run by small business owners who understand the needs of mompreneurs, your local The UPS Store is probably right down the street!

Be sure to connect with Becca and Brandon who tweet from the @TheUPSStore twitter handle. They’re friendly and always ready to answer your questions!

All of us at Mom Biz Coach and Mom Biz Retreat are grateful to have the support of The UPS Store since they have partnered with us to make the Mom Biz Retreats 2012 happen! Watch for a separate post detailing all the great support our premier partner is providing us.

 
HOSTS:
 
Lara @MomBizCoach Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach

Shelagh @BizTrainHer Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: BizTrainHer
 
TWITTER PARTY MODERATOR:
 
Melissa @TimeOutMom Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

 

PRE- PARTY PROMO TWEETS:

We look forward to you joining us Monday night. We would love your help in promoting this chat your communities. Feel free to copy and paste the following tweets to help promote the Twitter Party.

 

RT @MomBizRetreat – @TheUPSStore shares successful biz systems and chance to win giftcards! – Join #MomBizMondays tonight 10pm ET http://ow.ly/8tX0d

 

RT @MomBizRetreat – #Mompreneurs: What systems make ur biz successful? Join #MomBizMondays & @TheUPSStore 10pm ET http://ow.ly/8tX0d

 

RT @MomBizRetreat – @MomBizCoach @BizTrainHer @TimeOutMom will share the importance of  biz systems at 10pm ET #mombizmondays http://ow.ly/8tX0d

 

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:

#MomBizMondays

 

LINKS:

MomBizRetreat – http://mombizretreat.com/register/

TheUPSStore – http://www.theupsstore.com/Pages/index.aspx

 

AGENDA: SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT TO SIMPLIFY YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL LIFE

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #1: Do you work at home, or an office, or your local coffeehouse? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #2: If you could simplify a system in your business, what would it be? Marketing? Bookkeeping? Paperwork? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #3: Do you use a graphics designer to help you with your branding and marketing online and offline? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #4: How often do you create new marketing materials? Same or different materials for each event? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #5: Where do you get your marketing materials and business cards printed? Local? Online? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #6: If you work from home, do you give out your home address as your business and contact information? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #7: Running errands for biz and home takes a ton of time. Do u do this as needed, everyday, or scheduled wkly? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #8: Do you actively seek out local entrepreneurs and businesses to work with in your community? #MomBizMondays

PANELISTS:

Lara Wellman twitter: @larawellman website: Lara Wellman Consulting

Prerna Malik twitter: @themomwrites website: The Mom Writes

Melissa Stewart twitter: @MelissaOnline website: She Owns It Blog

PANELISTS + ATTENDEES:

Please be sure to you Twitter Party hashtag #MomBizMondays at the end of every tweet so everyone may follow along in the conversation even if you are not following that person specifically. Please retweet all questions. It would be great if you were able to share your answers to each question. Connect with others at the party and say hello, chat with others, & remember to HAVE FUN! Also be sure to share links to your websites, blogs, and FaceBook pages too! We love sharing! *If you meet some great like-minded people at tonight’s twitter party, be sure to follow them so you can connect afterwards!

 

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#MomBizMondays – Why Girlfriend Time and Talk Matters for Mompreneurs

TOPIC: Why Girl Talk Matters

I have an amazing friend named Mary who is one of those girlfriends I always turn to when I need advice about certain things. She’s my go-to gal for things like: “What should I wear to my husband’s company Christmas Party?” or “I need a simple appetizer that’s cheap and easy to make, but looks like I spent hours doing it,” or “What can I do to nix the struggle I’m having with my son to do his math homework every night?” Mary is the mother of five kids and the bread-winner for her family. She’s an amazing cook, phenomenal gardener, and as best I can tell, doesn’t need sleep. In short, I admire her a ton and have benefited from her support on many occasions.

Mary is not an entrepreneur. She works full time for a company, which requires her to travel on occasion. But her abilities to run a family, run a household, and get dinner on the table every night (even on the nights she’s out of town) fill me with awe. One day around 10 years ago, Mary gave me one of the most poignant bits of wisdom I’ve ever received. I was sharing with her how frustrated I was as a new stay-at-home-mom that my husband didn’t get me, didn’t understand my life, had no idea what I was going through . .  that general sense of disconnectedness many of us feel when we become mothers.

She listened patiently as I whined on and on. Then she grabbed hold of my hands, looked me in the eye and said: “But honey, your husband is NOT your girlfriend.”

I was a bit confused at this response. What could she possibly mean? Of course, my husband isn’t my girlfriend! Those are totally separate things! I shot her a dumbfounded look and waited to hear what she would say next.

Mary explained to me that I was making a mistake expecting my husband to relate to me on certain things that my girlfriends would easily understand. She pointed out that this had nothing to do with how great my husband is, but that I was mis-matching certain topics of conversation with the people most likely to get out of them what I was putting into them.

As soon as she said it, I realized how right she was. Mary totally gets me.

I have spent a lot of time over the years trying to talk to my husband about things that my girlfriends are much more interested in. When I first had kids, I wasted my breath trying to tell my IBM friends all about the joys of motherhood and how amazing it was to watch this little human do absolutely nothing but sleep for hours on end. And when I started my business, I chattered endlessly about it to my parents, brothers, sisters and extended family, who would listen for a bit before gently changing the topic. In each scenario, I remember feeling that I was intruding somehow, taking up their time with something that was of great importance to me, but not to them.

The point of this long ramble is that we all want to be understood. We want others to be able to acknowledge what’s important to us, and if we don’t get that support and acknowledgment, we feel bad. We may start to doubt ourselves. We may start letting go of our dreams or goals, and we might let our fears take over.

As a mom entrepreneur, it’s hard to find people who have been where we are and who know what we’re going to go through next. Heck–it’s hard to find people who understand why we even WANT to run a business when running a family is such an all-encompassing (and all-important) role.

So think about who in your world understands all that you’re up to.

Who can you talk to about babies that won’t sleep, or how frustrated you feel about having no time or energy to exercise?

Who understands why you’re doing this business, and why it’s so important for you to do it, even if it’s hard?

Who in your world can you invite over for a playdate, who can enjoy watching the kids play while you pick each others’ brains for business development or marketing strategies?

The job(s) we do as mom biz owners are tough ones, Ladies. We need support. We need champions.

Let’s get online and talk tonight during #MomBizMondays about the things that make sense to us.


Tonight’s #MomBizMondays twitter party is all about Girl Talk–why and how to connect with the right people to support you as a mom biz owner.


Come prepared to chat about the stuff that matters to you, but that your friends and family might not understand. Ask for some help on a big idea or question related to your home, family or business, and get ready to receive some incredibly helpful advice (and virtual hugs) from women who GET YOU! And of course, be prepared to share your wisdom with all your friends.

The MomBizRetreat is a proud sponsor of January 9th’s #MomBizMondays Live Twitter Chat

WHEN:
Monday, January 9, 2012

TIME:
EST 10:00pm to 11:00pm
CST 09:00pm to 10:00pm
MST 08:00pm to 09:00pm
PST 07:00pm to 08:00pm

SPONSORED BY:
Mom Biz Retreat Weekend Getaways for Mompreneurs

***Seats are still available! We’re 18 days away, and the excitement is building! Hurry and grab your ticket now and save $100 off the ticket price with this coupon code: CHICAGO100. Register and details here: http://mombizretreat.com/register/ ***

This party is sponsored by Lara Galloway, @MomBizCoach6363636363 and Shelagh Cummins @BizTrainHer3030303030, co-hosts of the Mom Biz Retreat. The Mom Biz Retreats are mompreneur getaways that offer women the chance to unplug from their daily routines and responsibilities. They get business coaching and expert consulting to plan, develop, market and grow their business during 2.5 days of intensive workshops. And as a reward for all their hard work, the mom entrepreneur participants treat themselves to private Wake Up Yoga Classes, spa treatments, exquisite meals, delicious wines, and the chance to connect with other women who think talking business and family makes a really good time.

HOSTS:
Lara @MomBizCoach6363636363 Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach
Shelagh @BizTrainHer3030303030 Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: BizTrainHer
Melissa @TimeOutMom4545454545 Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

TWEETS:
We look forward to you joining us Monday night. We would love your help in promoting this chat your communities. Feel free to copy and paste the following tweets to help promote the Twitter Party.

RT @MomBizRetreat – Time for some “girl talk” for mompreneurs! Join #MomBizMondays tonight 10pm ET http://ow.ly/8ngl3

RT @MomBizRetreat – #mompreneurs: Does your family get ur business? Join #MomBizMondays 10pm ET http://ow.ly/8ngl3

RT @MomBizRetreat – @MomBizCoach @BizTrainHer @TimeOutMom will share the importance of “girl talk” at 10pm ET #mombizmondays http://ow.ly/8ngl3

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:
#MomBizMondays

LINKS:
MomBizRetreat – http://mombizretreat.com/register/

AGENDA: THEME = WHY GIRLFRIEND TIME AND TALK MATTERS FOR MOMPRENEURS

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #1: When is the last time you went out with your girlfriends and what did you do? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #2: What stops you from having more time with your girlfriends? Money, Time, Guilt? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #3: How are girlfriends different when sharing than your spouses/partners? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #4: How are other mompreneur friends different than just your regular girlfriends that are not business owners? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #5: What kind of goals do you have in 2012 for more girlfriend time? How are you going to make sure this happens? #MomBizMondays

PANELISTS + ATTENDEES:
Please be sure to you Twitter Party hashtag #MomBizMondays at the end of every tweet so everyone may follow along in the conversation even if you are not following that person specifically. Please retweet all questions. It would be great if you were able to share your answers to each question. Connect with others at the party and say hello, chat with others, & remember to HAVE FUN! Also be sure to share links to your websites, blogs, and FaceBook pages too! We love sharing! *If you meet some great like-minded people at tonight’s twitter party, be sure to follow them so you can connect afterwards!

MomBizRetreat Tweets

No laundry? No kids? No cooking? No cleaning? Weekend away with like-minded women? #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://ow.ly/8ngtk

Kids driving you crazy? Family not understanding you? Struggling in Business? We help. #MomBizRetreat #MomBizMondays http://ow.ly/8ngtk

The best gift this holiday season? A weekend away to work on and build your business. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://ow.ly/8ngtk

#Mompreneurs – don’t hide behind your computer feeling lost and lonely. We can help. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://ow.ly/8ngtk

I bet your moneymaker doesn’t involve carpooling and dusting. Come and learn how to manage it all. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://ow.ly/8ngtk

Stop struggling with your business. We help you create a clear and definitive path for your business. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://ow.ly/8ngtk

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SOURCES:
www.MomBizRetreat.com
www.MomBizCoach.com
www.BizTrainHer.com
www.TimeOutMom.com

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