Ask These Questions

Every year when Spring rolls around, I get a burst of energy. It often brings with it new ideas and a different perspective, giving me the chance to see things that I might not be able to see about myself and my business at other times of the year.

I always ask the mom entrepreneurs I coach to do a check-in on their business each year. After all, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing you always do, even though it might not be working for you anymore.

And every year that you’re in business, you’re likely learning new skills, gaining more information about what your target market needs from you, and seeing interesting ways your competition is providing similar solutions. Are you making time each year to re-evaluate your business and make the changes that need to be made?

It can be hard to know where to start. On today’s Mom Biz Solutions Show (click here for the 15-minute podcast), I teach you the four questions you must ask yourself every year to make sure you keep your business current and relevant. And the good news is, these are the same questions you probably asked yourself when you started this business. The kicker is that the answers do change.

Tune into the podcast to learn what four questions you need to ask to make sure you’re still delivering the best value you can to your clients!

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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: Success and Reinvention – How to maximize your potential in 2012

TOPIC: Success and Reinvention – Maximize your potential for 2012!

The holidays are approaching at a rapid rate… before you know it, the clock will strike midnight, you’ll be wearing a funny hat and kissing someone while listening to Auld Lang Syne. It will be the New Year. Welcome 2012! We want to arm you with some great tips and tools to help prepare you for a new year of business.

Perhaps you need a fresh start? Perhaps you need some redirection? Maybe you just need a little kick in the pants to do something you have been avoiding? Join us as we share tips and tricks to help set yourself up for business success and to maximize your business potential in 2012.

We want you to be armed with as many systems and supports that we can share to bring you some sanity and success for your Mom Business in 2012. We get the struggles, we get the frustrations, we get the “pull your hair out” days. We have been there and done that – and still do some days! But there are steps you can take to set yourself up for a successful new year. We want to share some ideas and talk about your ideas for your business in 2012. Moms: Stop being martyrs and get help, ask for help, and share your advice!

The MomBizRetreat is a proud sponsor of December 12th’s #MomBizMondays Live Twitter Chat

WHEN:
Monday, December 12th, 2011

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
This party is sponsored by Lara Galloway, @MomBizCoach and Shelagh Cummins @BizTrainHer, 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 @MomBizCoach Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach
Shelagh @BizTrainHer Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: Practical Mum Fans
Melissa @TimeOutMom Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

PANELISTS:
Michelle Mangen @mmangen
Lisa Moeller @Genevieve_Lucy
Melissa Stewart @melissaonline
Heather Travitz @Heather31Mom

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 – Success and Reinvention – How to Maximize Your Potential 2012 Join #MomBizMondays 12/12 10pm ET http://bit.ly/u3QpNr

RT @MomBizRetreat – Are you ready to take your business to the next level in 2012? Join #MomBizMondays 12/12 10pm ET http://bit.ly/u3QpNr

RT @MomBizRetreat – @MomBizCoach @BizTrainHer @TimeOutMom will be sharing great tips/advice for mom entrepreneurs Mon 12/12 10pm ET #mombizmondays http://bit.ly/u3QpNr

TWITTER PARTY TWEETGRID LINK:
[to be provided shortly before the start of the party]

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:
#MomBizMondays

LINKS:
MomBizRetreat – http://bit.ly/uzBN17
MomBizGiveaway – http://bit.ly/sBcgyv

AGENDA: THEME =  MOM BIZ SUCCESS IN 2012

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #1: WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN 2011? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #2: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN ABOUT BUSINESS IN 2012? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #3: WHAT GOALS WILL YOU SET FOR NEXT YEAR? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #4: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU BELIEVE IS CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS IN 2012? #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #5: WHAT WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS? #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://bit.ly/uzBN17

Kids driving you crazy? Family not understanding you? Struggling in Business? We help. #MomBizRetreat #MomBizMondays http://bit.ly/uzBN17

The best gift this holiday season? A weekend away to work on and build your business. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://bit.ly/uzBN17

#Mompreneurs – don’t hide behind your computer feeling lost and lonely.  We can help. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://bit.ly/uzBN17

I bet your moneymaker doesn’t involve carpooling and dusting. Come and learn how to manage it all. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://bit.ly/uzBN17

Stop struggling with your business.  We help you create a clear and definitive path for your business. #MomBizMondays #MomBizRetreat http://bit.ly/uzBN17

RELEVANT ARTICLES

Teleseminar: Success and Reinvention – How to maximize your business potential in 2012 #MomBizMondays http://bit.ly/rwgjqF

The Power and Possibility Of Questions To Build Your Business #MomBizMondays http://bit.ly/tX6qIB

Do connections really matter in your business? Are they important? #MomBizMondays http://bit.ly/w14cQO

 

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

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#MomBizMondays Twitter Chat: Dec 5th Mom Biz Struggles and How to Overcome Them

#MomBizMondays Mom Biz Struggles chat

Mom Biz Struggles and How to Overcome Them

We all bring a certain level of knowledge and a specific skill set to our businesses. We grow our businesses by relying on our strengths and trying to sidestep our challenges.  Inevitably, you reach that tipping point where you begin to struggle.  Things no longer are working smoothly, your business is no longer growing, and your frustration level increases.  Thing is, this is a universal phenomenon… But why is it that we struggle with our Mom Businesses?

#MomBizMondays Twitter Party

Monday, December 5th, 2011

TOPIC: MOM BIZ STRUGGLES AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM
Join us tonight to chat about what struggles you are experiencing and how we can overcome them. Lean on your #mombizmondays network to help you overcome a hurdle or a challenge that is currently holding you in a standstill. Come and learn about ideas, systems and resources that can support you and your business, and know that you are not alone! Moms: Stop being martyrs and get help, ask for help, and share your advice!

WHEN:
Monday, December 5th, 2011

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
This party is sponsored by Lara Galloway, @MomBizCoach and Shelagh Cummins @BizTrainHer, 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 @MomBizCoach Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach
Shelagh @BizTrainHer Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: Practical Mum Fans
Melissa @TimeOutMom Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

PANELISTS:

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 – Every mom biz owner struggles, but there’s no reason to do it alone. Join #MomBizMondays 12/5 10pm ET twitter party and get/give support! http://bit.ly/sp7Qta

RT @MomBizRetreat – Need somewhere to turn for answers to your mompreneur questions? Join #MomBizMondays 12/5 10pm ET http://bit.ly/sp7Qta

RT @MomBizRetreat – @mombizcoach @ biztrainher @timeoutmom will be sharing great tips/advice for mom entrepreneurs Mon 12/5 10pm ET #mombizmondays http://bit.ly/sp7Qta

TWITTER PARTY TWEETGRID LINK:
[to be provided shortly before the start of the party]

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:
#MomBizMondays

AGENDA: THEME = MOM BIZ STRUGGLES

 

SKILLS AND STRENGTHS

QUESTION #1: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH THAT YOU BRING TO YOUR BUSINESS?

QUESTION #2: WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WHICH WOULD HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

QUESTION #3: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST STRUGGLE IN YOUR BUSINESS??

TIME

QUESTION #4: HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK TIME? IS IT WORKING?

PLANNING

QUESTION #5: HOW OFTEN DO YOU REVIEW YOUR BUSINESS PLAN?

QUESTION #6: WHERE CAN YOU TURN TO FOR HELP WHEN YOU ARE STRUGGLING?

COMMITMENT

QUESTION #7: HOW DO YOU PRIORITIZE ALL YOUR COMMITMENTS (FAMILY< BUSINESS< PARTNER)?

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!

SOURCES:

www.MomBizRetreat.com
www.MomBizCoach.com
www.BizTrainHer.com
www.TimeOutMom.com

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Twitter Chat Monday Nov 14th: Work & Home Collaboration Tools and Tips to Make Your Life Easier as a Mompreneur

How to Coordinate and Collaborate at Work and Home

This month at MomBizCoach.com, we’re focusing on the theme of Collaboration. It’s one thing to hear again and again that “You can’t do it all by yourself,” but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to allow others to help you be successful as a mom and a business owner.

For our next #MomBizMondays Twitter Party, we’re going to tell our mompreneur friends some of our favorite collaboration tricks. There’s never been a better time to run a successful mombiz than today, when we have so many powerful, easy and inexpensive ways to connect with people who can help us, no matter where they are located on the globe.
 

#MomBizMondays Twitter Party
Monday November 14th 2011


 
TOPIC:
Work and Home Collaboration Tools and Tips to Make Your Life Easier as a Mompreneur
Our conversation will feature some of our favorite business collaboration tools that make it possible for us to connect and share everything from spreadsheets to videos with our employees, team members, vendors and clients. And since we’ll also offer some tips about how you can enlist your family to collaborate with you, we’ll be sharing one of the best tools on the market to help everyone in your family get on the same page.

WHEN:
Monday, November 14th, 2011

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
This party is sponsored by Lara Galloway, @MomBizCoach and Shelagh Cummins @BizTrainHer, 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 @MomBizCoach Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach
Shelagh @BizTrainHer Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: Practical Mum Fans
Melissa @TimeOutMom Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

PANELISTS:

Leigh Mitchell @womenbiznetwork Website: Women In Biz Network Facebook: Women In Biz Network
Christy Hovland @christyhovland Website: Chocolate Inspires Facebook: Chocolate Inspires
Jennifer Thomas @piggiesandpaws Website: Piggies and Paws Facebook: PiggiesandPaws

AGENDA:

10:00pm Online Document Collaboration with Google Docs
Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one with real-time collaboration. Access anywhere: Edit and view your docs from any computer or smart phone. Share your work: Real-time collaboration means work gets done more quickly.
LEARN MORE: Website Google Docs YouTube Google Docs Blog Google Docs Twitter @GoogleAtWork

10:15pm Photo, Document, and Video Sharing with Drop Box
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Today, more than 45 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.
LEARN MORE: Website DropBox.com Blog DropBox FaceBook DropBox Twitter @DropBox
VIDEO: Video by Carley Knobloch of Digitwirl

10:30pm Instant Free Screen-Sharing with Join.Me
Get everybody on the same page, when they’re not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly.
LEARN MORE: Website Join.Me Blog Join.Me FaceBook JoinMe Twitter @JoinMe
 
 
10:45pm Organize your family’s schedule & lives Cozi
Cozi is a free online organizer that helps families manage crazy schedules, track shopping lists and to do lists, organize household chores, stay in communication and share memories—all in one place. We know every family is different, but we all have one thing in common: we’re crazy-busy. Cozi is designed to make it easier to manage everything we have to do.
LEARN MORE: Website Cozi.com FaceBook Cozi Family Twitter @CoziFamily

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 – Work & Home Collaboration Tools and Tips to Make Your Life Easier as a Mompreneur http://bit.ly/t6uS6Z #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – Work & Home Collaboration Tools for Mompreneurs with @MomBizCoach & @TimeOutMom http://bit.ly/t6uS6Z #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – Mon Nov 14th Tweet Chat – Work & Home Collaboration Tools + Tips for Mompreneurs http://bit.ly/t6uS6Z #MomBizMondays

TWITTER PARTY TWEETGRID LINK:
[to be provided day of twitter party]

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:
#MomBizMondays
 

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
~H.E. Luccock


 
TWITTER PARTY QUESTIONS:
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #1: COLLABORATION IS CRITICAL FOR EVERYONE, BUT ESPECIALLY MOMPRENEURS. HOW DO YOU COLLABORATE? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #2: DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVE WORK COLLABORATION TOOLS?#MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #3: HOW DO YOU SHARE DOCUMENTS WITH CLIENTS IN REAL-TIME THAT YOU CAN BOTH UPDATED & EDIT? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – Q4: DO YOU BACK UP YOUR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FILES? DO YOU DO THIS AT HOME W/A DRIVE OR IN THE CLOUD? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – Q5: HOW SHOULD YOU BACK-UP YOUR COMPUTER? HOW OFTEN DO YOU BACK-UP YOUR COMPUTER? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #6: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES/VENDORS FOCUSED, MOTIVATED AND ON TRACK? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #7: DO YOU MEET WITH YOUR VENDORS, TEAM AND/OR CLIENTS REGULARLY? ONLINE OR IN PERSON? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION 8: COLLABORATION W/FAMILY IS KEY. HOW DO YOU KEEP EVERYONE IN UR BUSY FAMILY ON THE SAME PAGE? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #9: MOM’S SCHEDULE. DAD’S SCHEDULE. KID’S SCHEDULES. HOW TO YOU KEEP TRACK OF IT ALL? #MomBizMondays
 
RT @MomBizRetreat – QUESTION #10: DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TIPS TO SHARE FOR OTHER MOMPRENEURS REGARDING COLLABORATION? #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!
 
SOURCES:
Mom Biz Coach November Blog Talk Radio Show about Collaboration as a Mompreneur
www.MomBizRetreat.com
www.MomBizCoach.com
www.BizTrainHer.com
www.TimeOutMom.com

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Twitter Therapy: Tapping Into the ‘Me, Too’ Community

I had the pleasure of joining 30 diverse, inspiring and talented “characters” who spoke at the Canadian debut of the #140 Characters Conference in Kitchener, Ontario on September 15th. What an amazing experience.

This conference, unlike most others, invites the speakers to share their stories–something honest and significant that helps everyone who hears the story to relate and connect. In doing so, the conference (which has certainly also become an entire movement, started by Jeff Pulver, its founder) makes possible in real life some of the magic that happens via Social Media.

If you’re looking for inspiration, information, and connection, you can watch all of the videos from the conference (each is about 10 minutes long) on the #140ConfOnt’s YouTube Channel. It will certainly beat out anything else you could find to watch on TV tonight.

My talk was all about how Twitter would have been a better alternative therapy to the anti-depressants I was prescribed during my bout with Post Partum Depression. I explain how surprised I was to find such a helpful, caring community on Twitter when I shared some of the tough stuff I was going through. I call it the “Me, too” community because I found that every time I tweeted something honest, whether it was good or bad, there were others out there who could relate and were happy to tell me they understood and supported me.

Are you participating in the “Me, too” community? Do you share your challenges, triumphs and mistakes on Social Media? Do you connect and relate with others who do? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Highlights From the MomBizRetreat

Last week, Shelagh Cummins and I hosted the first-ever MomBizRetreat. The purpose of the Retreat was to give mom entrepreneurs a space and dedicated time to work on themselves and on their businesses, without all the distractions we usually have at home. It was amazing on so many levels.

Mompreneur Getaway Mom Entrepreneurs RetreatI went there as a teacher/trainer/coach, but I came away having learned so much. When you put 18 powerful, smart, and ambitious women in a room, big things happen. (One of the MomBizRetreat participants shared her story here.) I have so much to share with you about this amazing experience.

It’s been six days since I drove to the Village of Alton, outside of Toronto, and spent nearly every waking minute for an entire weekend with other mompreneurs who are just as passionate about their families and businesses as I am.MomBizRetreat Mompreneur Getaway Mom Entrepreneur Retreat Millcroft Inn Canada

The thing is, writing it down in an organized blog post really stifles me. I’m really not a blogger. I’m a micro-blogger. I speak and think in tweets. I can readily share my ideas in conversation, pictures, podcasts, and all over social media. But it’s been six days since the Retreat, and I’m still struggling to tell you about it on my blog.

So instead of continuing to struggle with organized thoughts that flow logically from one to the next, I’m going to share snippets of what I’m taking away from the MomBizRetreat.

  • Set your intentions, share them with others who understand your motivation and passion, and you’re gonna get them done!
  • Mompreneurs support each other. The women in the room worked together and found ways to help each other. Collaborate rather than compete.
  • Getting away from it all allows us the freedom to think, create and do at a lightning-fast pace.
  • It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out as a mom entrepreneur or whether you’ve run your company for 10 years already. Everyone has valuable knowledge, wisdom and expertise to share.
  • You have to love your work. If you don’t anymore, then it’s time to reflect, refine and re-invent.
  • If everyone else thinks you’re successful, but you don’t feel happy about what you’ve accomplished, it’s definitely time to rethink how you define success for yourself.
  • Every mompreneur needs a Time Map. Period.
  • Getting out of the “should” business is thoroughly liberating. The mom business owners at the Retreat had a ton of skills and strengths. Their businesses are going to thrive now that they are giving their strengths their focus!
  • Having a buddy you can share your thoughts, fears, wins, doubts, plans, challenges and successes with is critical. I’m so grateful for my partner!
  • When you have an “a-ha moment,” you have to do something about it. Updating your website or profile to reflect something you believe in, making a huge business decision when you realize something, asking for help when you see that you need it must all be done the minute you realize you need to do them!
  • Sometimes random strangers can tell us things about our businesses that we can’t see for ourselves.
  • Sometimes random strangers can see straight into our hearts, even when we’re trying hard to hide something.
  • A women’s retreat is a great, safe space to practice being open to change.

I would love to say more here, but it’s easier for me to share it on Twitter (check out the #MomBizRetreat hashtag to follow the conversation there), on our MomBizRetreat Facebook Page, and of course, on my BlogTalkRadio Show.

Lara Galloway mombizcoach.com Shelagh Cummins biztrainher.com leaders of the mombizretreat.comIf you attended the MomBizRetreat and have created a video, blogpost or podcast about your experience there, please share a link here in the comments section.

What would you be looking for in a women’s business retreat or mompreneur getaway? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

*photos courtesy Jennifer Gilbert, Naturally Beautiful Photography

 

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WSJ article: How twitter is used for business

Continuing my theme on Social Media and why mom entrepreneurs should take advantage of its offerings, I just read a great article in the Wall Street Journal about twitter. Here’s the link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122461906719455335.html.

Are you using twitter? If so, how do you use it? How much time do you spend daily using twitter or your other favorite social networking platforms? What are the pros and cons of using such a service for promoting your business?

And of course, please feel free to follow me. I’m @mombizcoach or www.twitter.com/mombizcoach.

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