Where to Start if You Want to Grow Your Business

Today’s topic is for all my ladies who have dealt with desiring intelligent, purposeful business growth but aren’t able to see the path forward that will lead them there.

Right now, I am currently working with a lot of fitness studio owners who I am trying to help with this crossroads. Fitness studio owners, as well as many of the other mompreneurs that I work with, are “bootstrap” business owners.

“Bootstrap” business owners are those that start their businesses often times by taking small loans from themselves, family or sometimes banks and then really get in there and get their hands dirty. These entrepreneurs are very strong, self-reliant and driven people who are ready to really do all that it takes to move their business in the direction of their vision of success.

These individuals have often invested their personal assets (from college or retirement accounts) or that of close friends and family who really believe in them, their ideas and their future success. And though it is a wonderful thing to have those around you willing to genuinely invest in your dreams, it also has a tendency to put a lot of extra pressure on them to perform well enough to be capable of paying those loans back.

Once they get their business open, these are the business owners who are working ALL of the time and relying on their perseverance and grit to get them through and past the first year of business. They handle all of the marketing and networking while also being the one teaching the classes so they don’t have to pay someone else to do it and lose valuable profits. This business model is passionate and inspiring but it also very quickly leads to burnout. And especially in the case of a fitness studio owner, it leads to not only emotional burnout but also physical. Handling everything on your own takes a real toll on both your body and your mind.

Now, I’m not against doing the hard work for your business and occasionally making a crazy sacrifice for your dreams. I think that is something that is within every true entrepreneur, but if it is to be done, it’s important to have healthy boundaries around it. There needs to a plan and a defined beginning, middle, and end to the push you are making. It cannot be forever because not only is it simply not sustainable or healthy, but it can also very quickly form bad habits.

Beyond Bootstrapping

It can be hard to know what steps to take once you finally decide that your bootstrap time is coming to an end and you need to grow your business. What do you do now? What does true “growth” even mean? This is important, so read it twice if you need to, but growing your business needs to be an intentional choice. This is not something to come to by accident or just to let it grow in all directions without any guidance because it can (and will) take over. If you let your business run you instead of the other way around, it will eventually start to feel like the “job” you left years ago because it was controlling your priorities and running your life.

After you have decided you are ready for growth, you need to sit down and really make some S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

The traits of a S.M.A.R.T. goal are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results, and Time.

Here are some things to think about as you get started:

  • Decide what portion of your business you want to grow and how you intend to watch or measure that growth as it happens.
  • Do you want to grow sales or profits?
  • Are you looking to up the numbers of products, programs or services you delivered versus last year?
  • What about the possibility of expanding your business resources or space?
  • Now, consider the option of hiring some addition heads and minds to help you in your business.
  • Could you use a business partner or office manager?
  • If you decide you aren’t ready to commit to a full-time employee, have you considered the option of a freelancer or online contractor to free up some time and help you accomplish some goals?

Asking and answering some of these questions for yourself can help you to really understand what your own definition of a successful business looks like and ensure you are able to see the path to growth and to enable yourself to really act on that path. So, what is your next step? Not sure? Still don’t know where to start? I’d love to help you make some plans and goals to get your business to where you want it. Contact me today for a free discovery session and let’s get started!

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How to Streamline Your Business Finances & Stress Less

Today’s post was inspired by a conversation I had recently with a fairly new member of my Metro Detroit Mompreneurs group. She had just joined, was still very much in start up phase of her business, and had a lot of great questions about recommendations for bookkeeping, invoicing, and financial organization as a business owner.

I decided that would be a great topic to cover with you! I want to help you set some systems in place for your business financials so you can feel streamlined, supported, and organized for the rest of the year. Established systems will benefit you both now and in the long run with growth or scaling in your business. There is absolutely every reason to invest your time, money, and effort into the organization of your financial wellness as an entrepreneur. This venture could save you incredible messes and headaches in the future.

One of the first and biggest things I always talk to my clients about with their finances seems so basic, and yet is commonly never really planned. You need to know how to properly charge your clients and customers. You need to define how to set value to your services or products and how to best invoice and collect money. For any business, it pays off in spades to nail your pricing early on. This can be hard for service-based businesses or businesses that provide custom, specific products, but is absolutely one of the first steps to streamlining your processes. You should develop a rate card. It’s exactly like what it sounds like it is, just a simple card with your prices for your standard items or services that you have to offer printed on it. This will save you the difficulty and mental energy of having to figure out what to charge every single time. Take the time to really organize your thoughts around what it is that you sell and what you feel is a fair value for that. Do you sell your time, advice, or expertise? Consider arranging packages for a set recurring payment once per month for a retainer for certain number of hours.

Once you have developed your rate card, it is important to decide what types or avenues of payment you would like to accept. I, personally, work entirely from digital transactions. Allowing my clients and customers to use credit cards has saved me time, energy, and quite a bit of stress without having to worry about cash, checks or bank runs.

One of my line items is monthly retainers for coaching and I have a rate card printed that I can show any prospective clients. They can simply look it over, pick level of service and see very clearly the price. My workshop rate card is organized with a rate for each type of workshop (1 hour, 3 hour, all day). I even have a rate card established for my in person speaking engagements depending on whether they are all day requiring travel, a local non profit, or simply a keynote. Save yourself some headache and at least write down some standard pricing or price ranges.

Next, you need to get paid right? I thought so! You’ve got to make payments as easy as possible for yourself and your customers alike. As I said, I personally don’t accept any form of cash or checks, only cards. Even when or if I am somewhere in person and selling my books at that event, I use a card swiper such as Square or Paypal! Low fees for myself and it’s just an easy one click, one swipe, and done process!

Even for live events, I suggest considering a service such as Eventbrite. I used this before when I did Mom Biz Coach Retreats and it was so easy and saved me so much stress. The registration system collects their pertinent contact information for you, allows you to provide information to them about the event, travel recommendations, etc. and then you can simply connect your Paypal and they can pay through a beautiful, integrated gateway.

Invoicing and bookkeeping is the last step and is the main reason I don’t use a pen and paper for anything anymore. That awful, piling, necessary paper trail in business was just too much for me. It was hard for me to keep up with receipts, avoid losing things or making accidental mistakes. So for me and my business, the beauty of accepting all payments online is there is a full online account of each transaction, date, amount, etc. This helps me so very much during tax time!

These are some of my favorite tips and tricks for keeping everything as simple, streamlined, and easy as possible. Did I miss something? What are you using that makes running the finance side of your business easy for you?

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Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Hire A Coach

Hire a CoachYou’ve got some big goals. You’ve been in business for a while now and you’re ready for things to make a turn for the better. You’re involved in the MomBiz community and consuming as much information as you can. But at some point you say, “That’s it. I’m ready. I’m going to do it.” Is it time for you to hire a coach? If you’re trying to figure out if you’re at that point, this blog post is for you. Is it time for you to stop doing everything you know to do and reach out for help? That’s what I do for a living, girls. You know that. Maybe today isn’t the day for you, but when it is I’d be honored to help you.

 

Here are the top ten signs that you might need to hire a coach:

 

  1. You are overwhelmed. When you’re doing it all as fast as you can, and you don’t even have time to stop and think and plan and have a vision and check in with yourself and make sure that you’re actually doing what you said you were going to do… this is an awesome time to hire a coach.

 

  1. You can’t even remember why you started this business in the first place. Have you “lost that lovin’ feelin’” when it comes to your biz? Chances are your priorities have gotten lost somewhere along the way. You started this business with a set of ideals in place. Let’s get you back to that.

 

  1. You are stuck in learning, learning, learning mode. You absolutely have to keep learning. However, you also have to be the one who leads your team so that your business stays on top, becomes more profitable, and offers more and more value. If you’re off learning, learning, learning, who is minding the shop? This might be the time to hire a coach.

 

  1. Your sales are falling off and you don’t know why. It could be a lot of different things. The market, your clients, your product funnel, types of offers, target audience… How do you know? That’s my job. I can help you figure that out.

 

  1. You’re following the book on marketing to the letter, but you can’t get new clients. The most common reason for this, if you are indeed doing best practices for engagement and content marketing, is that you are just not visible and credible enough to your audience yet. A coach can help you build the credibility and visibility necessary to bring those clients to you.

 

  1. You’re at a crossroads and you need to make a big decision. “Is it time for me to really ramp it up, get a nanny, hire employees, go big or go home?” These are the kinds of decisions you should make with a trusted partner, guide, coach. I would love to help you with that. I can help you make a powerful decision, not one that you felt you had to make under pressure, backed into a corner.

 

  1. Your husband, your family, and your friends have no idea why you’re working so hard. Listen, there is nothing worse than busting your butt, having a passion, and being all fired up about it, and having the people closest to you in your world just not get it. It hurts. I know. I’ve been there. I can help you figure out how to communicate what’s so important to you and why it’s so important to you so that you can get the buy-in you need from the people you love the most.

 

  1. Your partner is putting pressure on you to either make more money or call it quits. Let’s make you some money! A coach can help you choose the most viable path for that goal.

 

  1. You’re doing every single thing you know how to do, you’re doing it as fast as you can, you are working as hard as you can, and you just can’t do anymore. My friend, let’s talk about delegating. Let’s talk about managing your business through processes, systems, and automation, key factors in any successful business.

 

  1. You are ready for a change and you want a guide or mentor who has been there, done that, and can help you. Well, hey, that’s my job. Contact me and let’s talk about how I can help you reach the goals you’re so passionate about.

 

I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment!

 

Have you ever worked with a coach?

 

Evaluate these signs today. Is it time to make that leap?

 

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You’re Speaking My Language!

You're Speaking My Language“Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.” ~Stephen Covey

 

Being understood is a universal need for all of us, isn’t it? If we can speak and articulate our needs, our thoughts, our desires, then we have a chance of getting those needs, thoughts, and desires met. If we don’t communicate effectively, chances are things are probably showing up as a struggle for us in our lives. So if we need to be understood and our clients need to be understood, what are some ways that our communication strategies can boost our marketing effectiveness?

 

Like, know, and trust.

 

When we communicate effectively, people begin to like, know, and trust us. We’ve talked about this “like, know, and trust” factor many times before. If we’re going to compete in the business world on more than just a price standpoint, this is where it’s at. When your clients like, know, and trust you, the value of your products and services is going to go up. And following that increase in value is a willingness to open the wallet and spend money with you.

 

How do we cultivate this “like, know, and trust” factor?

 

Be yourself. What is your unique voice? Well, when you visit a website, do you prefer a bland earful of product and service offerings, or do you enjoy that feeling of knowing the mind behind the madness before making that purchase? My target market is a market I can relate to because I am one of them! When I create a message, I want my target market to go, “Yep. She must have written that for me.” That feeling of being related to and understood when somebody out there says it exactly the way you were thinking it is priceless.

 

Market yourself. Website, e-zine, newsletter, blog, social media—all these platforms are vehicles for effective and authentic communication with your target market and can be used to create relationships that give you a leg up on the competition.

 

Be interesting. Who is your target market? Answer some important questions about their interests and pain points in order to craft your language to speak to those exact things and cause them to feel understood. What are the top challenges of my target market? What are their favorite things to do? What motivates this group? When you can communicate on a level that matches their priorities and concerns, they know that you “get” them and are more likely to buy from you.

 

Does your target market feel understood?

 

I hope this has been helpful today. I believe this is one of those topics we need to revisit from time to time in order to check in on our language and focus. Are we communicating the way we want to? Are we communicating in the language that our clients speak? Are we communicating in a way that makes them feel understood?

 

I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment!

 

Have you struggled with speaking your target market’s language?

 

Can you think of a time when you, as a customer, had that feeling of not being understood?

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5 MORE Ways Twitter Changed My Business

5 More Ways Twitter Changed My BusinessTwo posts in a row on the wonders of Twitter! That tells you how highly I think of it. Last time I shared with you “5 Ways Twitter Changed My Business” and today I’m going to follow that up by letting you in on five more things I just love about it—things I hope may push you over the edge toward giving it a try. I bet you’ll never go back! I know I won’t. So let’s dive right in!

1. It’s targeted! If you’ve been around the MomBiz community for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed we talk a lot about your “target market” and whether or not you’ve been asking them what they want. Well, pre-Twitter, I didn’t do that at all. I just came up with an idea that I thought was good and I tried to sell it to people I thought needed it. Now sometimes that worked, but many times it didn’t, and it led to a lot of wasted time and energy. Twitter surrounds me with opportunities to interact with my target market. A quick keyword search gives me untold insight into the pain points I want to create solutions for. When I have an idea, I can float it out to my “tweople” and either regroup and try again, or march confidently forward with what I know they need.

2. It’s easy! As a mompreneur and Chief Everything Officer of your business, you wear a lot of hats. Opportunities to speak or collaborate or teach or write or coach are worthwhile endeavors… but who has time to search for them? Twitter and the marketing strategy I’ve built around it have made me no longer a hunter, but a receiver of such opportunities, creating a richness and diversity to my offerings that I wouldn’t accomplish otherwise.

3. It’s visible! Twitter is the most powerful tool I know of to create visibility for my brand. It’s my virtual “business card.” Enough said. Well… almost. Let’s say you have 2,000 followers on Twitter. Well, that means that not only do those 2,000 people see your tweets, but THEIR followers do too. You can go to a networking event and hand out 20 or 30 or 50 business cards, or you can use Twitter, and every time you tap out 140 characters, you’re sending it to 2,000+. You do the math.

4. It’s central! Twitter has become a single platform in which I can leverage everything else I do in my business. It is the central processing area. I can tweet about my blog posts, my videos, my articles, my products, my radio show… with just a few clicks of the mouse. Twitter is the center of my online presence, offering easy access to all I do.

5. It’s friendly! Running a home-based small business can be lonely. When I’m excited about something and just dying to share it with others, I send it out on Twitter and I get dozens of congratulatory tweets back from my followers. In the same way, when the fighting kids and challenges of motherhood have stressed me to the hilt, some encouraging or hysterical tweets make it all better. This is the stuff that keeps me going.

So there’s my Twitter campaign. They really should send me money for doing such persuasive advertising for them! But when one simple, free tool can make such a positive difference, how can I keep from spreading the word?

I love to hear from you, so let me know what you think!
What is YOUR favorite thing about Twitter?
Has anything I’ve blogged about convinced you to give Twitter a try?

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5 Strategies For A Successful Small Business

5 Strategies For a Successful Small BusinessToday we are going to jump right into five of what I think are the most important strategies for a successful small business.  More than just five steps, these strategies will help shape your mindset with a philosophy geared toward helping mompreneurs like you really grab onto and focus on a foundation for success.

 

So here we go.

 

1.  Choose a narrow target audience.  And I know, I know—I know the resistance.  You’ve heard me talk about this before.  So here’s what I’m saying.  Again, if you are a big national brand, that’s fine.  You can work on appealing to everybody.  Go for it.  But if you’re a small business owner, one of the best ways for you to make a splash is by being a big fish in a little pond.  What I mean by that is if you really want to start out with some traction, choose a small group to begin with.  Once you dominate that market, then you can start expanding.  So you don’t have to stay small.  We’re just going to start small.

 

2.  Engage with your target audience.  You guys know I am all about engagement marketing.  Engagement marketing is really building relationships that are completely authentic—getting to know people, building that connection and that relationship with them as a person—and then the business follows after that.  It’s all about being where your customers are.  This can mean posting to the blogs they read, being an active participant in forums that interest them, tweeting about topics relevant to them.  Over time your participation will increase that “like, know and trust” factor that is so key to establishing the credibility you’re striving for.

 

3.  Create things people need.  Now I’ve talked about this before.  We’re talking about making offerings to your audience that are painkillers—not vitamins.  Create a solution for one small problem that your target audience has, and I promise you they will be grateful and buy it.  So pay attention to what their top challenges, biggest struggles, ongoing issues—their pain points—are.  This is how you will learn to create your products and services as solutions to those pains.

 

4.  Distinguish yourself from your competition.  When faced with fierce competition, the advantage is found not in discounting your prices—which can actually have the psychological effect of decreasing your value—but in providing more value to your clients than your competitors do.  The key here is to find ways to make whatever you’re offering even more valuable to your clients in a way that serves you both.  What valuable yet cost-effective thing can you add to what you are already offering?  This is a great way to stand out from the crowd and develop customer loyalty in the process.

 

5.  Be an expert.  The key is focus.  So many business owners try to be everything to everybody and we wind up piecing together a business that’s really just a hodgepodge of things we know how to do to make money.  Being a business owner requires vision, strategy, and planning.  Be the best one in your industry at solving a specific problem that your specific audience has. Build a platform that gives you that expertise.

 

I love connecting with small business owners like you, so share your experiences!

Which of these tips hangs you up most often? 

Which are you succeeding at?    

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When to say YES

We-have-to-be-able-toWhen you start becoming more and more successful, when you start getting that visibility, when your online marketing begins working for you, when your business development has grown to the point where you’re getting lots of great client satisfaction and some great testimonials, the more opportunity comes your way and therefore, the more opportunities to say yes or no to things that may or may not work for you.  We talked about when to say no in a post I did on MomBiz.com last week but I promised we would also focus on when you can say yes and say yes powerfully.

 

As an entrepreneur, you have two buckets you need to be filling all the time.  The first bucket is your moneymaking bucket—that’s a given, right?  And the other one is your marketing bucket.  So whenever you are considering saying yes to an opportunity, the first step to making that decision is to determine which bucket—if any—the opportunity falls into.  Let’s take a look at these two buckets:

 

The moneymaking bucket is fairly simple, so we won’t spend much time on it.  If this opportunity is going to make you money, assuming you have more time than you have money and that you’ve checked it against your priorities, say yes!  This is a great opportunity you can say yes to with confidence.

 

Now the marketing bucket can be a slippery slope, so we have to be careful here.  There are going to be a lot more opportunities that don’t make you money than do.  It’s the potential for moneymaking that we have to evaluate.  Some investments are worthwhile and some are not.   Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide whether an opportunity belongs in your marketing bucket:

 

  1. Does this opportunity put me smack dab in front of my target market?
  2. Is this opportunity going to keep me on-topic and consistent with my platform and my message?
  3. Is this opportunity going to position me as an expert?
  4. Is this opportunity fun, easy or convenient?

 

We have to be able to stand back and evaluate the multitude of opportunities, good and bad, that are so often dropped in our laps as mompreneurs. I want you to be equipped to make that decision based on what works best for you, what’s fun, what’s easy, what’s convenient, what makes you shine as an expert and what helps forward your topic, your platform and your message so that everybody knows what you’re about.  The opportunities that do that for you, placing you in front of your target market, speaking to the warm leads most likely to buy your service or your product—that’s when you want to say yes.  And that’s when you can say yes powerfully.

 

 

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How To Build Customer Loyalty Without Losing Yourself

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The value of customer loyalty is indeed priceless.  And it’s not so much that customer satisfaction in and of itself is worthless but that the difference between the two is HUGE.  For mompreneurs, shifting our focus from one to the other can be the deciding factor in whether we are perceived as a kind of Girl Friday, “everything to everybody” type of person or smart, skilled, professionals offering valuable products and services.  There is a delicate balance in satisfying our customers and meeting the needs of our business.  How do we serve our clients and stay aligned with our strengths, our skills and our style?  How do we build customer loyalty without losing ourselves in the process?

 

Today I want to help you find some ways to build customer satisfaction and customer loyalty by going that extra mile, by delighting your clients but without compromising yourself because I don’t want you to be everything to everybody and I bet you don’t want to be that either.  Let’s take a look at how we can do that.

 

  1. Are you a people pleaser?  You know what I mean by that.  I think as moms, this is something we’re pretty used to.  We’re used to taking care of everybody in our lives and it can cross over very easily to our business and become kind of a detrimental habit.  That’s not your job.  You don’t need to do that.  There is a difference between providing great customer satisfaction and going the extra mile and actually kind of sacrificing your own wants and needs when it comes to pleasing someone else.

 

  1. Just say “no.”  I have had countless MomBiz owners admit to me that their first time saying “no” to a client who asked them to do something they didn’t want to do was awkward and scary.  Remember when you were first learning how to ride a bicycle?  Remember how wobbly and crazy and sometimes painful it was at first?  But remember that amazing feeling of freedom that came with the hard work of practice?  You will have that feeling of freedom in saying “no” too!  I promise!  You don’t have to please everyone. You don’t have to do everything your clients ask.  Stay true to you.

 

  1. Stick to your guns.  Your job as a business owner is to plan a business that is successful on your terms and sustainable by your decisions.  Your choices drive this business—not your clients.  You know those business plans and product funnels we talk about so often?  It’s really important for you to create these invaluable tools and then keep them posted in front of you to remind yourself when a client asks you if you can do something else, whether or not an opportunity fits into your plan.

 

All things considered, your customers know you care about them by how well you stay connected, you listen to them, and you offer amazing products and services.  You are building that loyalty that is so critical and you don’t have to lose yourself to please them.

 

 

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3 Tips for Finding More Time, Focus and Money

Time, Focus and Money – 3 things we never seem to have enough of.  So what is the solution?

Here are some tips to get you started on finding more time, focus and money in your life and business today.

Time

Infinity-Time1One of the questions that I’m asked most often as a business coach comes from those wondering about the challenges of owning a business. Many people want to know what the top challenge is for a mompreneur. The answer, as far as I’m concerned, will always be the same. The biggest challenge to mom business owners comes in finding enough time in a day. No matter how hard we work or how disciplined we are in our strategies, there will never be enough time to do it all. More so than other entrepreneurs, when you put the word “mom” in front of your title, it makes it tricky to manage and priorities your life accordingly.

That’s where a Time Map can come in handy. This is one of the most important things that we teach at the Mom Biz Retreat, and it’s one of the most basic, but it certainly delivers and resonates with most of our attendees. If you feel, like so many of us do, that you’re constantly running out of time, use a Time Map to own your time and how you spend it.

A Time Map is literally going to create boundaries for you in order to help get your daily requirements done. You’ll lay things out and see where you need to make adjustments. Then you can plan according to your prioritized list in order to make sure you’re spending the time you have in the most effective ways. When you use a Time Map, you’re almost guaranteed to find the time you need to do the things you need to do.

Focus

focus1Focus on finding new clients. It’s not simple! Finding clientele takes work and effort, but you’re up for the challenge. First, think about who you most want to serve. If you take the time to really think about the people who need the service or product you can provide, you will identify your ideal client. Then, think about what it is that they want. This will help you find the perfect way to reach those people right where they are.

You’re creative! You’re innovative! You can definitely come up with something these people need. Identify a problem and offer them the solution.

Money

moneyAs business owners, we need to constantly be reaching out to our clientele to find a way to create more sales and revenue. One of the best ways to make more money is to go through your current client base and ask yourself what each person last bought from you. By brainstorming on your client’s needs in the past, you’ll be able to get a good idea about what they may need in the future.

Remember that your current clients are your best source of revenue! They know you and trust you. Find something to sell to those who are already buying from you. Keep in touch so that you’re first on their list when it’s time to make a new purchase.

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What Mom Biz Retreat is REALLY All About

I just returned from hosting Mom Biz Retreat in Denver last weekend, and as usual when I experience something wonderful, I always want to share it with everyone I know.

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But I’ve been stuck for days trying to figure out how to summarize all that happened in that powerful weekend. I initially thought I’d write a sort of journal entry that touched on everything we did over the three nights and three days together. But telling you all about the amazing food we ate, the fantastic spa treatments we received, the powerful work sessions we had and the deep conversations that kept us up too late each night won’t capture the essence of the Retreat experience.

So let me pull back the curtain and tell you what really happens at the Mom Biz Retreat.

We are small.

There are so many live events out there that aim to be the most popular. They need 300, 500, or 1,000 attendees to consider themselves successful. Our mission is to provide an intimate, close-knit group of women who really get to know each other and reach out to support each other. We listen to each woman share her goals, her plans, her fears. We ask probing questions. We offer honest feedback. With a tiny group of women, no one can get lost or left out. We are able to hold each and every participant in the Retreats responsible for the goals she sets for herself for the weekend. We get things done.

We make a few confessions.

When girls gather, work together all day, then play together all evening, we tend to open up and share more than we would in a big group. Trusting bonds are formed. We see ourselves in each other. We understand how each other feels. We realize how some of our limiting beliefs are keeping us from being successful, from playing a bigger game, or from getting what we really want.

It’s amazing how freeing it can be to admit the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves, beliefs like:

  • “I really should just be happy with my corporate job since I make plenty of money.”
  • “I’m embarrassed about how much money I make because it means I’m working too much and neglecting my kids.”
  • “In my heart I want to help everybody, not just rich people, so I have to keep my fees low.”
  • “How can I call myself an expert when I don’t have a fraction of the clients, followers, or fans that x——— does?”
  • “Money is tight, so I have to keep doing work I hate in order to make ends meet.”
  • “I’m drowning in work right now, but I can’t outsource anything because it’s too hard to explain what I do.”

We make big plans.

Once we admit those scary beliefs that are keeping us down, we have the golden opportunity to let go of them and replace them with awesome, huge, inspiring beliefs. We encourage each other to try something we didn’t think we could. We ask each other to ask for more. We practice declaring who we are, what we do, who we serve and why it matters. We raise our rates and charge what we’re really worth. We ask for help in creating the support structures and systems that allow us to accomplish our dreams.

We leave empowered and confident.

We girls like to lift each other up. We like to help each other. How can you not feel more confident when you’ve shared your big, hairy, scary fears with a group of women business owners who have also shared theirs, and who still think you’re amazing anyway?

Shelagh and I have created the kind of event we want to attend ourselves. It’s an honor to get to spend a weekend amidst women committed to running a business and a family according to their own definition of success.

Is it time for you to let go of those limiting beliefs that are keeping you from achieving your goals? What could you do with a strong, honest, powerful network of women entrepreneurs who you know have your back? Grab your seat now before they’re all gone: www.mombizretreat.com and click on Ontario for the next Retreat coming up in September.

 

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