Why You Must Have a “Why”!

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Hello again, everyone! I want to start out by posing a few questions to you all: How many of you have ever gotten worn out or disillusioned in the process of building or running your home business? How many of you have worked and worked and put everything you are into a business and have felt like none of it was helping?

It is really hard when life just keeps running you over, and at times it can feel hopeless. I have been there a hundred different times…and I’m sure some people think that I’m crazy for continuing on in my entrepreneurial mindset. But today, I want to share something with you that can help you keep going through each pitfall you encounter: You need to have a RIDICULOUSLY strong WHY!

What does it mean to have a WHY?

Your WHY is the thing that’s so strong it gets you out of bed in the morning excited for a new day so you can start or continue growing your business. It’s your reason that catapults you through the good, easy times and drives you through the hard, murky ones.

You WHY HAS GOT TO BE STRONG FOR YOU, though! This is extremely important!!! It can’t be a little wimpy why. Wimpy whys don’t stick around to spur you on when things get really tough, and things will get really tough. So you have to figure out what you are working for…your WHY.

My WHY started out as wanting to be able to be home with our daughter once she was born while still contributing to our household income. That is what started me out on my journey of working to find a business that worked well for me and my family.

Gradually our family WHY started to evolve to include other things; and it’s been so strong for me in growing my businesses that in four short months we doubled our household income to work toward our goals and WHYs even faster! This is what makes having a WHY SO VERY IMPORTANT!!!

So how do you find your WHY? I want you to grab a piece of paper, sit down in a quiet space, and I want you to write down all of the things that are most important to you. I want you to write down the names of your loved ones, your dreams, your financial goals. I want you to write it all, even down to the little important things, like, “being able to afford the amazing nutritional supplements that I want to get for my family each month” (yes, that is one of the things on my list :)).

When you are done with that, I want you to find the most important thing on that list to you. What are you willing to work and fight for, no matter how hard it gets? THOSE are the things that become your WHY. THOSE are the things that will keep you going through the good times and the bad.

Once you have your WHY, you need to keep it in your mind and in sight always! Having a WHY brings joy into the craziness of running your own business because you know exactly what you are working for. You have your WHY, and you are running towards it full speed!

I would love to hear your WHYs! What are the things that drive you everyday to keep going? What are the things that are inspiring you to want to start your own home business? Drop them down in the comments below–you never know who you will encourage with your own WHY.

xoxo,

Taylor

 

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Beautifully Balancing Your Life, Family and Business

We are all busy. We have calendars full of activities and events, people to see and places to go, not to mention everything we are trying to get done and accomplished in our own personal lives. And more often than not, the idea of peace or balance in our lives seem like unattainable fantasies.

So how do you balance everything that you have to do and the relationships you have without losing your mind?

The good news is that life can be full and busy, and yet peaceful at the same time! It just comes down to how you manage the things that you do. This blog post is a bit of an extension of my post Routine: The Key to Peacefully Building Your Business. There are a few things that I’ve found helpful in living a peaceful and happy life while being crazy busy at the same time.

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  • Prioritize the things that are most important to you. Write them down! Keep them in the front of your mind, because that will help you weed out things that creep into your life that aren’t important. Things that go on the priority list are things like your spouse, your children, your job/business, etc.

The things that are the most important to you go on the top of your priority list, and you work your way down. Those are the most important things for me in my life. If something isn’t on or doesn’t fit into that list for some reason, it doesn’t go into my life. No matter how much I would love it, it just isn’t a priority right now.

If you have time for things that aren’t on your priority list, then that’s great! Go for them! But just keep in mind, if your time is limited, those extra things will bring you more stress than joy when they start pushing aside the things that are the most important to you.
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  • Organize your time. Once you know what your priorities are, it is a lot easier to make sure you have time set aside for each thing on your list. Each thing should have a special block of time just for itself; that way you can be 100% present for whatever you happen to be doing.

I don’t overlap quality time with my husband and building my business. I just couldn’t do that–I wouldn’t be able to really connect with him like I could if we were having one-on-one time, and I wouldn’t be able to focus on working on my business when I’m also trying to carry on conversation with him. So they each get their own blocks of time.

You have to work to protect those blocks of time as well, because the unnecessary things of life will try to sneak in and suck up your time. I make sure that I keep nap time free and clear for me to work on building my business. That is the perfect time of day for me to work, in a very quiet house with no interruptions. Make sure you have time set aside for each important thing and protect it!

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  • Don’t overdo it!  It is very easy to overfill our lives and calendars. There are 100 different things out there calling out to us, begging us to take part in whatever they have to offer.

You have to know that it is TOTALLY OK to say “No” to things that don’t fit well in your life. I was the Queen of piling too many things on my plate at once…and instead of adding joy to my life, it only made life more difficult and me more exhausted. So narrow down the things that you spend your time on to the people you love the most and the things that are the most important!

Balancing your family, life and business doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming. It can be wonderful and fulfilling! We just need to make sure that we are doing it the right way!

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to better balance your lives! We can always learn from each other and help each other grow in this! Leave your tips or any questions you have in the comments below!

xoxo,

Taylor

 

 

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Routine: The Key to Peacefully Building Your Business

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Now I bet I know exactly what some of you were thinking before you even started reading this article on having a routine and a schedule…those sound like ugly words to you. They sound rigid and inflexible. They sound like all of that spontaneity that you love in your life has to go out the window to make room for the dreaded day planner.

In short, you HATE those two little words. I’m here to tell you something, though…those two things will bring immense peace and joy into your life and business if you use them the right way!!! And they don’t mean that you can’t be spontaneous–having a routine that you stick to can actually free up your time MORE to do those things that you love and want to do!

Having a routine or schedule of sorts is really just a matter of organizing your life. It allows time to make sure everything gets done that needs to be done while allowing time for rest and play. It is also vital in building your business. If you don’t organize and manage your time well, then you’ll have a rough go of it trying to find the time to not only build your business, but also keep up with the rest of your life and not let stress get the better of you.

I am NOT a natural when it comes to time management. I had to learn along the way. Managing your time well isn’t always a natural skill that people have. It takes developing and perfecting. The difference that will set you apart and make other people wonder if you’re secretly Wonder Woman is all in your time management. Just keep working at it and tweaking it and everything will start to fall into place.

There are huge benefits to having a routine or schedule when you have 101 things that you are trying to get done everyday:

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  • It keeps you from getting overwhelmed. We’ve all been that woman in the picture, and we all HATE being that woman in the picture! Life is no fun when it’s stressful! When you feel like you are getting buried on every side by your responsibilities, all of the family activities, and everything else that makes up your life…and then you try to add building a business in there…that can be overwhelming. BUT, when you write out the things that have to get done and figure out when you’re going to do them all instead of not having a plan, that takes away those feelings of being overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter if there is some chore that is sitting there; because I know that at some point, it’s already been set that it will get done, and I don’t have to stress about it anymore.

 

  • It keeps you and your family SANE. When your life is chaos, it isn’t peaceful for anyone. So establishing a good routine is really important, especially for young children. Little ones thrive in a routine. This also makes it much easier to set time aside to work on your business each day if you have a quiet time or nap time in place for your kids, or if there is a certain time of day that they will always be out of the house. Routines bring peace to everyone in the family, including you! And that makes your job that much easier!

 

Having a routine ENSURES that you will have time each day to work on your business.  Each night before you go to bed, you should write down the things that you want to accomplish the next day, and have a definitive time set aside to work on your business. And you need to guard that time, because it’s precious for you.  The same way that you make sure that you have at least 45 minutes set aside each night before bed to watch your guilty pleasure show, THAT is how you need to view your business building time. I have little ones, so my business building time is when they are napping for each day. That chunk of time is sacred and set aside for quiet work time that won’t be interrupted by stolen toys, unnecessary defiance and shrill screams. Because when it’s time to take care of those things, you want to be able to be 100% present for those little ones, as well. So guard the times that you have set aside for each specific and important thing in your life and keep them separate, so you can be fully present no matter what you are doing.                                                                                                                                  

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The idea of starting a routine or schedule may still seem overwhelming. That’s ok! Just start small and stay consistent. Maybe your new routine starts with getting up at the same time each day. Maybe it starts by implementing one new thing a week.

My routine has developed and transformed itself over the last few years; and, side note: routines have a tendency to let you know when something doesn’t fit in your life very well. If something you are trying to implement as part of your routine causes you stress, toss it out and try something different. The whole point of a routine is to help bring peace to your life and manage it better so you don’t have to have stress from that.

Find what works well for you and your family and run with it! I promise your life will be a lot more peaceful and happy when you can eliminate the stress of not knowing how to get everything done and stay sane!

If you have any comments, questions or tips on how you found a routine that works well for your family, leave them in the comments below! I’d love to answer any questions you have or hear how you manage your time!

xoxo,

Taylor

 

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You would love to have your own home business…but where do you start???

The idea of even approaching starting your own home business can be daunting–I know it was for me. But I also knew that the pay off would be amazingly rewarding, so I started stumbling my way through the process.

I hit a lot of bumps in the road, but eventually I started to see the bumps before I hit them, and that helped me get along so much better than I did when I was starting out on my Mompreneurial journey.

If you read my last blog post How I Became a Mompreneur!, I gave a list of things that were important to me in looking for prospective business ideas: the ideas needed to be low-cost, simple, something that I loved and something that I was naturally talented in already. This beginning process is where that list of qualifications comes in really handy!

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1) The beginning process starts with you KNOWING YOUR WHY. Why do you want to have a home-based business? The purpose of this needs to be crystal clear in your mind, otherwise you’ll get bogged down when things get tough, and there are times when they’ll get tough. But KNOWING YOUR WHY is an extremely powerful tool that you can start out with as a way to keep your eyes on the prize and end goals that you are looking to achieve. I go into this more in-depth in the blog post Why You Must Have a WHY! Whatever your WHY is, make sure you have at least an idea of what it is going into this whole process, because that is what will drive you to keep on keeping on! And make sure your WHY is truly YOUR WHY and not someone else’s. Don’t take on someone else’s why just because it sounds good. You need to have your own heart-felt reason to start up what you are doing.

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2) Start BRAINSTORMING! Write down all of the things that you enjoy or are          passionate about; write down all of your talents and abilities. These are all tools that can help you find the right home business for you!

After you do this, go through each idea and see what business ideas you can think of that line up with the things you wrote down; for instance, if you wrote down baking or cooking, you may give an equivalent business idea of being a baker or a caterer. Simple examples, but you get the idea.

3) Once you are done with your brainstorming list, this is where you’ll pull out that list of “home business qualifications” to help NARROW THINGS DOWN. Go through your list of business ideas and see which ones on the list meet those qualifications.

Now, those qualifications can be specific to each individual person; there may be someone out there right now reading this and thinking, “I have X amount of dollars set aside already for starting a business,” so perhaps the low-cost start-up qualification isn’t as important to them. That’s ok–that list came from my own experience and what were important necessities for my family and our situation. Use the list as fits your situation–this is YOUR business after all! It is going to be, and should be, unique to you!

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4) And last but not least, once your narrow down that list of yours, KEEP CALM AND DO YOUR RESEARCH. Now…when you read those bold-lettered words…you might have just mentally registered this as a cutesy way of saying, “Do your research.” However, this last step is a two-part step made up of that entire phrase.

First, KEEP CALM! Your newly narrowed, unique-to-you list of potential business ideas might have you really excited and wanting to jump on one of the ideas immediately–DON’T DO THAT! Trust me! I speak again from experience. You are going to want to patiently and thoroughly research each topic to make sure that whichever one you pick really and truly is the right business idea for you.

I once got so excited about a business idea that I only did a tiny bit of research, the whole time thinking, ‘This will be perfect for me!” Can you guess what happened? I jumped on it…and later learned, after already having put money into this idea, that there was a lot more to that type of business than I had prepared myself for or realized. So first off, KEEP CALM.

Secondly, channel the excitement and energy you have into DOING GOOD, THOROUGH RESEARCH. Read articles, check out other businesses similar to what you are thinking of doing, and talk to someone in the particular business that you are looking to get into. If you do this, however, I recommend you call somebody who is far enough out of your area where they won’t feel threatened by potential competition and will be more open to answering your questions.

This is a VERY FUN part of the journey! I am excited for you all to work on your lists and see what ideas you come up with! Email me or comment below with the results of your list or any questions you might have!

xoxo,

Taylor

 

How I Became a Mompreneur!

My story starts a couple of years ago when my sweet baby Evangeline Layne was born. I loved her before I ever saw her or held her, but I had no idea how fiercely you could love such a tiny person once they arrived!

I had always known that I wanted to stay home once I started having babies, but I was left with a dilemma…I had no idea how I was going to continue to contribute financially to our family once I stopped working. And we needed it. But for me, staying home with my child was a non-negotiable factor. So I HAD to figure something out that I could do that fit around the most important factor for me: my daughter.

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I had grown up in an entrepreneurial family and had seen the benefits of having a family business; but I also knew that it could be hard work. I knew that I wanted to do something that I would love and that I could do around having a family, but I wasn’t sure what that would, or should, be.

So I started brainstorming during my pregnancy in an effort to be ready for the transition once my little one arrived. And I wanted to share with you the four main things that I looked for in starting my own business then and in the many brainstorming sessions I had after that.

1) I was looking for a business idea that would be a LOW-COST start-up as well as be manageable in the day-to-day business expenses. My husband and I, like most newly married couples (we celebrated our first anniversary nine days after our daughter was born), didn’t have a whole lot of money. So if I was going to start my own business, it had to be low-cost since we didn’t have much money to invest in a new venture.

Start-up and running costs can be one of the most daunting things about having your own business–many people assume that you must have a huge amount of money set aside to even consider it. But the truth is, in this day and age with the Internet, starting your own business is easier than ever, and many businesses can be started with little to no cost to you as well as having low costs for the everyday expenses.

Every business I have ventured into has been at very low cost to me; so even with most of the business ideas that didn’t pan out for me, I had put very little money into them and oftentimes could at least recoup the cost that I initially invested.

2) I wanted a business that was SIMPLE!!!! I am not a complicated lady–I didn’t want to have to worry about 1000 different things that were needed to hold up my business. I wanted something that would be manageable to me and not overwhelming.

3) I wanted to DO SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LOVE!!! I’m not going to lie to you, starting and running a business is hard work that requires determination, persistency, consistency and drive. If you try to pick a business idea that you don’t have any passion or excitement for, you are going to quickly tire of it and lose your desire to keep going. If you are invested in something that you love, though, then even the hard days can be gotten over with a good night’s sleep, some prayer and a little chocolate!

4) This is something that ties into point 3, but is important enough to need a point all of its own. Pick something that you not only love, but try to PICK SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE ALREADY GOOD AT! You are a uniquely created human being with your own collection of talents that you have to work from! Draw from those talents! It will make having your own business that much more fun and add an element of ease that wouldn’t be there if you got into a business that required a significant learning curve for you.

I speak from experience. Network marketing is a great way for folks to have their own home-based business, and I tried it out a couple of times with a couple of different companies. The first time I didn’t have any passion for my company, but the second company I worked with was based in one of my passions: Natural Health. There was just one problem: my personality and strengths are not designed very well for a network marketing-style business.

I worked my buns off for 6 months and made only about a fifth of what I had spent on business expenses during that time. It was not a lot of money when it comes down to other business start-up/running expenses; but it was taking me that long to try to grow into something that wasn’t my strong suit. I felt like I wasn’t making much headway and my husband and I were not in a financial situation to be able to sustain that for much longer. So I stopped that business and was very quickly able to start another business that WAS something that I not only love, but am naturally good at, was low-cost and simple, and started making the amount of money that we needed right away. So TAP INTO YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS!!!

Those are the four factors that I have compared each of my business ideas to, and I hope they will help you in your search for the perfect business for you! In my next few blogs posts, I will go over some key lessons that I have learned in my Mompreneurial journey that have kept me motivated, organized, well-balanced and sane!

Please comment below with any questions you have or any ideas that you’ve come across that have helped you in your journey to owning your own business!!!

xoxo,

Taylor