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Dec 28, 2015

One of the funnest things that has come out of the Boss Mom brand since it's launch is the Boss Mom Podcast. I've really enjoyed getting to interview some of my favorite Boss Moms and I love podcasting with my co-host, NJ. NJ and I have a hoot together each time we talk. And when we're together on air, you really see the heart of the Boss Mom brand. We're passionate about motherhood and business, and in love with being intentional with our time so we have more of it to do what matters most to us. We also like to laugh a lot and sometimes get side tracked, but one of us always reels the other back in. And that's Boss Mom 101.... accountability.

This episode today with NJ and I is a shorter one. In this episode, you'll hear us wrap up the year and chat a little about what 2016 is going to look for us. Because this episode is a little shorter, we thought we'd use the notes section of this space to tell you two things that worked really well for us in 2015, and one thing we're changing in 2016.

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Two things that worked well for us in 2015: 

Dana: Get yourself a team. You are not an island. It took me way too long to realize how true this is, especially in business. Even if you don't have a budget you can get an intern or find a good free mastermind, or join a community. The second I started to let people help me more, and then actually started to hire team members (just part time) it made a huge difference. All of a sudden I was able to focus on what I'm good at, and that it how you start making more money. I think the second thing that really worked well for me this year is Periscope. At first I thought, 'yikes I can't handle another social media platform,' but it turns out it fit my personality and came really easy to me. So deciding to give it a try worked out really well for me.

NJ: I fully believe that if you want to have growth in your business, you need to evaluate the things that are working and the things that aren't working. Two things that really worked well for me in 2015 was getting childcare for Lola one day a week and narrowing my niche. Knowing that one day a week I have the full day to work on projects has been amazing. She'll be three in August and we'll have to decide if she'll be going to preschool full time or not. For my blog, A Cookie Before Dinner, I narrowed my niche. About 20% of my content is specifically useful to people who live in my area. Next year, I hope to grow that number even higher (to around 50%).

One thing we're changing for 2016: 

Dana: I plan to do few things in 2016 so I can have time to really make sure each thing I do is executed really well. I tend to go at the speed of light and this coming year I am going to slow down a bit, enjoy the journey, and get really intentional about growing the Boss Mom community, speaking at more events, and a few other fun things I have planned as well.

NJ: As a blogger, one thing that is really important to me is revenue streams. Recently, a really large stream came to a close because the program ended unexpectedly. I'm not freaking out about the missing income, however I want to develop some more passive income so that I have more time to spend offline. I think this will look like a combination of affiliate marketing, an eBook or two and a web based course. I really have a heart for Instagram and small business, so I am going to pursue that passion and see where it goes.

We are so grateful for you. 2015 has been a banner year for Boss Mom and we're looking forward to diving deeper with you in 2016. Boss Mom will be back in 2016 with an awesome line up of podcast guests, hyper useful blog content and even more Boss Moms of the Week. In the mean time, you can catch us on social media where we'll be sharing glimpses of our time away and in the Boss Moms Facebook Group where you can connect with others who are in the middle of motherhood and business.

Connect with Dana & NJ

Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place)

NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place)

 

Dec 10, 2015

Angelique has enviable determination. While deciding to make her own favors for her bridal shower, she stumbled into a lucrative soap favor business that has been featured on countless party blogs, in news articles, and on party theme inspiration sites. Angelique’s robust Etsy shop delivers thousands of soap favors a month bringing happiness to kids and adults while making every event that much more special with favors that guest can actually use.

While raising their daughter and managing a thriving business, Angelique also works full time for a law office to support their family while her husband finishes his degree in engineering. Despite only having 24 hours in a day, Angelique juggles three full time jobs (job, store, mom) and is confident that if you dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people; anything is possible.

In this episode, Dana chats with Angelique about how her business got started, the unique niche she's found for herself, and why Angelique thinks bowling is awesome. Let's dive right in! Oh, and before we get started it is important for us to note that Angelique's soaps are all natural and great for kids who might want something fun in the bathtub but can't use traditional bath products due to their sensitive skin. Now, on with the show!

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In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Angelique’s love for hot chocolate instead of coffee.
  • Angelique’s Boss Mom story and how her brand got started almost by accident.
  • How the recession impacted her business and brand.
  • The role Angelique’s husband plays in her business.
  • How Angelique balances a full time job, her business and her family.
  • The importance of having a tribe to help you run your business.
  • How Angeleque streamlines some of the tasks of running a home so she can focus on her business.
  • Babies and big kids and their lack of sleep + husbands and their parenting shortcuts.
  • The tools and books Angelique uses to run her business.
  • Tips and advice from Angelique regarding having a product based business.
  • The big fears Angelique is currently working on overcoming.
  • Angelique’s big goal for 2016.
  • Angelique’s guilty pleasure and why she tries to make  time for it.

Recommended reading, products, and information:

Can I quote you on that?

  • My business started almost completely by accident. - Angelique
  • Word of mouth spread and passion took over. That’s how I got started. - Angelique
  • A good entrepreneur sees the spark and fans the flame. -Dana
  • My business has replaced my husband’s full time income. He can go to school full time for his degree now. - Angelique
  • It all boils down to passion. - Angelique
  • Every strong Boss Mom needs to have a tribe. - Angelique
  • I don’t think I could run my business without my amazing tribe supporting me. - Angelique
  • You can’t really grow a business by yourself. - Dana
  • When you have the right support with the right people, it’s amazing. - Dana
  • If you want to start a product based business, I think the first step is to research everything you can about it. - Angelique
  • Word of mouth is what sells amazing businesses that are product based. Angelique
  • When people see a product they absolutely love, they’ll contact you. Angelique

Connect with Angelia: 

Website / Etsy Shop / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram

Connect with Dana: 

Did you know that I’ve created an awesome community online just for you? Whether you haven’t started either yet or you are a veteran, the Boss-Moms group is a place of support, collaboration, and motivation. We know that raising a business and a family is tough…and even tougher to do both at the same time. The Boss-Moms Facebook Group is place to talk about challenges without being judged, get true support and great ideas from women who have gone through it.

You can also find me on these social media channels.

Instagram / Periscope

Dec 3, 2015

In this episode you'll hear: 

  • The birth of Jen's blog.
  • Jen's viral blog post story, how she capitalized the traffic and converted over 700,000 fans.
  • The large role Jen's husband played in the process of developing her blog and sustaining her writing.
  • How and why Jen protects her children's identity online.
  • Jen's biggest challenges in motherhood and running her business.
  • The lens that Jen filters her business through - especially as technology and trends change.
  • The constants in Jen's business and where her brand is going moving forward.
  • How Jen's husband helps in their business and where she goes to when she needs to find inspiration for essays.
  • Why Jen keeps a treadmill in her office.
  • The healing power of a good cry.
  • The big book vs movie debate, what Jen thinks of every movie that was a book first and why books that are made into movies make her cry.
  • Jen's book writing process and her journey from self publishing to traditional publishing.
  • The ups and downs of working with a traditional publishing house.
  • How self published authors can get their books in libraries.

Recommended resources and links: 

  • Jen's blog post that started it all: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies
  • Dane Cook talks about crying
    • Movies to induce crying: The Notebook and PS I Love You
    • Books Jen is reading: Furiously Happy, She's Not There
    • Books Dana recommends: Bitter With Baggage Seeks Same: The Life and Times of Some Chickens

    Can I quote you on that? 

    • I would write and vent on my blog, and then feel better about my day. -Jen
    • I am a good mom, my kids are happy and healthy and I do some magic, but I don't do crazy magic. - Jen
    • It's not enough that I run a business full time and am a mom. I ran the PTO too, because I'm crazy. -Jen
    • It was just one mom sharing it to another mom. That's how I went viral. - Jen
    • This is looking like it could actually be a thing. - Jen
    • It's a matter of seizing the opportunity. Strike while the iron is hot. -Jen
    • My kids are 9 and 11. I sleep and everyone wipes their own butts. It's great. - Jen
    • I think it is always going to be a challenge to find time to do my work and be with my kids and husband. -Jen
    • You can't get complacent. You're always looking for a new way to grow your business. -Jen
    • Find out what your stress reliever is and make time for that thing. - Jen
    • Whatever book you're looking for, a librarian has a book list. - Jen
    • I love it when my readers tell me where they've seen my books. - Jen

    Connect with Jen Mann: 

    Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch In The Throat

    3 Things Making Her Happy

    1. Mouse Traps- I'm in the middle of a mouse infestation and it is freaking me out. Follow the saga on my Facebook page.
    2. Her book is doing really well.
    3. Her family. If my family doesn't make me happy, I don't know what would.

    Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes

    Jen's Anthologies

    • I Just Want Want to Pee Alone
    • I Just Want to Be Alone
    • I Still Just Want to Pee Alone

    Connect with Dana: 

    3 Things Making Her Happy

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