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Jun 28, 2018

The best way to shake off the feeling of being overwhelmed is to set realistic and measurable goals. By doing so, you just have to look at your to-do list and ask yourself, “Which of the tasks here help me achieve my goals?” This will help you prioritize and declutter your work hours. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to do the rest of your tasks, but because they aren’t as important, you can afford the luxury of delaying them without feeling guilty.

 

You want to spend the least amount of time not knowing what to do.- Dana Malstaff

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

 

  • When we feel we don’t have enough time, we struggle with organizing, prioritizing, and taking action.
  • The solution is not making your to-do list smaller, but rather knowing what’s urgent and important right now.
  • All of us may have a number of goals, but we don’t have the time or the resources to do everything, so we have to pick the one thing that keeps our business afloat.
  • When setting a goal, make sure it’s both realistic and measurable, and don’t put yourself down if it takes longer than expected.



You have to understand that doing one thing right now doesn’t make everything else go away. But if you keep thinking about everything else, then you won’t make any progress.

Everything on your to-do list may seem important, but if you set a goal, you have a direction. Anything on your list that brings you closer to your goal becomes a priority. Make sure you set performance goals as well. What are some daily tasks you can do to reach your goals?

Jun 26, 2018

Moms everywhere leave their jobs to spend more time with their family, but many end up having a hard time making an income from home. How can you start your journey towards building a business? How much time do you spend reading and listening to business audiobooks? What are the best ways you can save money? How should you test your business ideas? In this episode, Lauralyn Johnson, mother of four, shares how she built two businesses.

I needed a product, because at a certain point I needed cash flow to keep the business running. -Lauralyn Johnson

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  1. Educate yourself ( 08:40-11-44)

 

Use any chance you get to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and educate yourself on how to make the changes you desire. There are so many ways you can start a business that you probably don’t even know about until you spend some time researching your options.

 

  1. Be frugal ( 23:45-26-20)

 

One of the best ways to reduce risks is to be frugal. If possible, relocate to an inexpensive area and downsize. Also, make sure you have enough money to pay in cash for your investments, especially if you’re already in debt.


  1. Test your ideas ( 15:30 -16:30)

 

There are many business ideas that sound good on paper but don’t bring any income. Find a way to test whether there’s an audience for your products and services. Pitch your ideas to people who might be your ideal clients and see how they react.

 

Imperfect action is still action. All of us have that inner critic inside of us that makes us think twice before we make a move. But after you’ve done it long enough, the inner critic starts to quiet down. The best way to get rid of your insecurities and fears is to just do it, even if it’s not going to be perfect, and even if you’re genuinely afraid of the end result.

 

Guest Bio

Lauralyn Johnson is an entrepreneur, author, and mother of four. She left her well-paid corporate job in order to free up time for her children, and she ended up starting a business from home. Today, she helps busy moms plan their trips to Disney and make the most out of it while being on a budget. You can find her tips & tricks at https://www.smartmomsplandisney.com/

Jun 21, 2018

Many of us struggle with the idea that maybe we aren’t suited to be entrepreneurs. We encounter so many challenges and often end up doubting our abilities. Is your business constantly evolving and shifting? Do you need occasional breaks to achieve clarity? What should you actually focus on trying to control? In this episode, I share what normal growing pains look like for a business and why your worries are more common than you might think!

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

 

  • You need to sort yourself out in order achieve clarity for your business. In some cases, this involves taking breaks, especially when you go through hardships.
  • As a business owner, you are going to have big highs and big lows, and at some points you will doubt your current model.
  • Market shifts happen. Your business will often pivot, and your ideal customer will change as well.
  • The one thing you can control, despite everything else that happens in your business, is your performance. You can set realistic performance goals every week.

 

Businesses, much like people, aren’t perfect. Maintaining clarity and focus, or constantly thinking about new ways to improve your current model are common pains. Just because you have to take a break due to hardships or other challenges, this doesn’t mean your business is broken. You’ll evolve, as will your business, and this happens to each one of us.

Jun 19, 2018

A lot of the messages we get about love are unrealistic and don’t encourage women to get in touch with who they are. Why is it so important for us to change how we approach men and dating? Why does it seem so difficult at times? What is “mantourage” dating and how does it help us take our power back? On this episode, Jenn Burton shares her dating coaching tips and insights for ambitious and successful women.  

I don’t want you to look for someone who makes you happy. I want you to look for someone who contributes to your happiness. -Jenn Burton

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

 

The approach to dating is different from how we approach our business (21:11 - 23:23)

We can’t approach love and dating the way we approach building our empires. It’s a different dynamic. We can’t approach it as the aggressor. We need to show up as who we are and allow men to get know us.

 

Find your romantic worth  (26:02 - 27:23)

Women are not being taught what our romantic worth is. We either have high walls or no boundaries at all, and this is what getting in the way. We have to discover what we value and use that to find what we want.

 

Find someone who contributes to your happiness  (33:18 - 34:40)

Men alone can’t make us happy, even though they want to. They can, however, contribute to our happiness as we discover ourselves. Learn to take a step back, let yourself evolve, and discover who you are so you know what makes you happy.

 

The stories we’re being told about love are a load of crap. It’s doing both men and women a huge disservice. Ambitious and successful women can find love and have happy relationships, but we do need to shift our thinking and avoid being the aggressor. Ultimately, you can take the power back by giving yourself a chance to explore your options, take your time, and slow down the pace. Look for someone who contributes to your happiness. We can be ourselves and still allow men to get to know us.

 

Guest Bio

Jenn is a relationship coach who decided, after years of dysfunctional relationships & crappy dating experiences, to take matters into her own hands and developed a dating method for creating the most magical experiences that lead to love. Go to https://jennburton.com/ for more information.

 

Jun 15, 2018

It's hard not to get caught up in who is engaging in your community and of those that opt into your list and buy your programs who is really engaging and getting value.  We spend a lot of time focusing on the wrong people and on the wrong content because we don't understand the pie of engagement.

On this episode, I will walk you through how the pie of engagement works and why it’s so important to keep it mind in your business.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Just because you want people to get a certain result doesn't mean that getting a different result won't still satisfy your customers. 
  • There will always be a percentage of people that don't really dive in and do the work. Stop trying to make those people engage and spend your time with the 12.5% that's going to continually buy your programs (listen to find out more).
  • The people who get really good results from you are your rockstars. Don't try to keep making content for these people. Use their stories and testimonials to bring in your ideal client. 

 

The pie of engagement is relevant for people who engage in your community and those who buy your programs. If you draw a circle and draw a line through the middle. This is the start of getting a good idea of how engagement works. 50% of the people might engage but they won’t do the work. Divide one of the halves into 4 parts. These are people who will engage with your stuff to varying degrees. Some of them won’t get results and others will. The ones who get good results will refer you and bring you more business. Don’t fight the pie, just do what you can to get more people into your stratosphere.

Jun 12, 2018

Building a business online from scratch is hard, but Paige managed to build a huge following on Facebook in just 6 months. How can you apply her content strategy to your business? Should you build a website or rely 100% on social media? Should moms wait until their babies get older before starting their businesses? In this episode, Paige LoPinto shares her amazing journey on how she became a boss mom on the day she gave birth, and grew a huge following on Facebook in only 6 months.

My “why” is showing women different birth options. I don’t think there’s one right way to birth. -Paige LoPinto

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

 

  1. Create content that educates, not persuades (11:30-13:00)

Give women the right to choose without making recommendations. In this case, the Birth Tube is a place where women are educated on different birthing options. By seeing women giving birth live on video, future mothers can make an informed decision-- as opposed to blindly following the advice of relatives and friends. They are now able to get an inside look at the process.

  1. Don’t rely entirely on social media  (21:40-23-38)

Social media platforms can help you grow organically, especially if you are active and constantly posting interesting content. The problem with these platforms is that you play by their rules. This means some of your content may get deleted, and you have no control over it. Switching to your website after you grow a community on social media is a better alternative for your business.

 

  1. Don’t delay building a business (26:17-27:20 )

Starting a business, as with raising a newborn, is challenging. But there will be always things in our lives that will make our work a little bit harder. Don’t wait to start a business just because you have a baby. It might be scary at first, but you will be more empowered once you get going.

 

High-quality, controversial content never fails to make noise on social media. Paige’s Facebook group exploded in just 6 months to over 28,000 members because she brought something new to the platform. Moms were waiting for a place where they can see what different types of birth look like. In a world where epidurals are recommended by everyone, women need to do some research on both the pros and cons, and BirthTUBE offers this kind of information in a unique way. If you can educate people, you will empower your community-- and they will empower you, too.

 

Guest Bio-

Paige LoPinto is a social media influencer and the creator of BirthTUBE, a Facebook group where she helps women gain confidence and make an informed decision about giving birth.

Her business journey started on the day she became a mom while giving birth live on Facebook. Her brave act attracted many other women to the group to share and discuss their birth experiences. You can find out more about Paige at https://thesavvymamacom.wordpress.com/about/

Jun 7, 2018

When you get into business, you’re often told that you need to know your ideal client avatar. However, when you focus on one specific group, there’s so much you miss. Why is it so important to have a scale of your ideal clients? How do you flow through knowing this scale? On this episode, I talk about the 5 stages of understanding your ideal client and the journey you want to take them on.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • You don’t necessarily have to market to the ideal client because those people are going to find you.
  • A person can show characteristics of needing you, but might lack the mindset, financial resources, and time resources to hire you.
  • The majority of your marketing effort should go towards the people who are one step from saying yes to you.
  • Having clients that outgrow you will be part of the process, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let them outgrow you and become referral partners.

Your ideal client scale is massively important. It is the cornerstone of understanding who you’re going after, where to get them, and whether they’re even the right fit for you. You’re going to have people who look like a good fit but don’t actually have the resources to work with you. Then there are those who are only one step away from working with you, and they are the perfect target. Have clients who are working with you but are becoming independent. Remember that it’s okay for some clients to outgrow you, as they can become excellent referral partners.  

Jun 5, 2018

Climbing the ladder as a woman with children isn’t easy, especially when we want to be present as our children grow up. How can women advance in their careers and become leaders without sacrificing their family life? What are the unique skills that women can bring to the table? Are women in charge supposed to be less “feminine?” In this episode, Linda Smith, a speaker, and senior litigation partner shares 3 ways she used her feminine power to succeed in a man’s world and how she got her trademarked name of The Meanest Woman Alive.

As a woman, you can use your unique feminine advantages to lead. -Linda Smith

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Women have higher emotional IQ (03:15-07:00)

As long as a woman goes by a man’s playbook, she is going to lose. However, women have their own unique set of soft and hard skills that can make them even stronger leaders without losing their femininity. A higher emotional IQ in women helps them identify the personality type of their peers and adjust themselves to communicate in a way their peers can relate to.

 

We play better with others (07:17-07:40)

The alpha males in leading positions often lead the team in a military-style manner, which involves intimidation and puts a lot of pressure on the workers. Women are better at encouraging others to work cooperatively, which lowers the stress levels in the office and brings the best out of a team.

 

Emotions influence decisions (07:40-08-58)

Males like to think they make decisions exclusively based on logic, free of emotion. However, we all make decisions influenced by emotions and impulses. Women are better at understanding the fact that emotions play a big role in the decision-making process, and they take advantage of it.

 

Guest Bio

Linda Smith is an author, speaker and a powerhouse litigator. She represented Fortune 500 companies while raising her children and trying to keep her work-family life balanced. Now she encourages women around the world through her books, podcast, and speaking events to discover their inner strength and use their unique feminine qualities to succeed.

Linda's new book Smashing Glass and Kicking Ass: Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive™ just came out. Go grab the kindle version today.

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