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Motherhood Talk Radio hosts Sandra Beck and Christy Holly will square off against show producer Rick Swanson about fitness and their Weight Loss Challenge

Christy Holly, Rick Swanson and Sandra Beck

Christy Holly, Rick Swanson and Sandra Beck

This week on Motherhood Talk Radio, hosts Sandra Beck and Christy Holly will square off against show producer Rick Swanson about fitness and their Weight Loss Challenge.  All three have agreed to share their fitness and weight loss goals as they discuss their strategies, plans and some seriously crazy diet ideas gleaned from the internet and those used throughout history. The trio will come back on the air in 30 days to discuss their successes and failures as they get Fit to Strip – down to a bathing suit, that is…

 
Motherhood Talk Radio is hosted by Christy Holly and Sandra Beck of Motherhood Incorporated and can be heard at Toginet.com live at 3pm pst and 6 pm est.  Motherhood Talk Radio can also be downloaded and heard at www.motherhoodtalkradio.com and www.itunes.com

Social Networking – Social Networking and Your Small Business by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck/ Motherhood Incorporated

 

 

When was the last time you were on FaceBook?  If you aren’t on FaceBook yet and you have started your own business you need to stop reading this Blog right now and go register yourself on FaceBook. Color caps and gerbera

 

Did you know that is estimated that 25% of the world’s population is already on FaceBook? 25% – that includes children, people who don’t have computers, people who can’t read, and people who don’t even know what the internet is (Let’s face it we all know someone who just “doesn’t get the internet”) So if 25% of the world is on FaceBook it is safe to say=2 0there are plenty of potential customers for your business on FaceBook, enough that you simply can’t afford to miss this opportunity.

 

For those of you who are on FaceBook already you might be thinking, “I just opened a business; I don’t have time to be talking to high school friends on FaceBook!”  It’s time for a little shift in your thinking.  FaceBook is an opportunity to tell people about your business in a passive, non-intrusive way. 

 

There are several different options; first there is the status bar.  This is the bar that allows you to tell your friends what you are thinking, feeling or doing.  Why not fill that with something positive about your business. “Jackie is…Thrilled about her new website for her miniature cupcake business.”  Or “Rebecca just finished writing a 13 page business plan for h er client” It sounds ridiculous but people will ask questions, “Really, I didn’t know you knew how to write a business plan?”  Now their question has gone out not only to your friends but also all of their friends.  In all likelihood you have just told 300-500 people that you write business proposals or make cupcakes or whatever it is you do.  For every person who comments on your status the number goes up.

 

Three weeks later if some one needs miniature cup cakes or help with a business proposal, do you think they would rather hire a friend or a friend of a friend – or try to find an unknown person?  They would rather hire you.  Even if you set yourself the goal of entering one positive comment about your business a week (which will take you less than 5 minutes) you will see positive results for your business.

 

Another great thing to do is import your Blog20into your facebook page – you’re taking the time to write the Blog, why not share it with your warm market, people who already know you are good at what you do?

 

Once you have mastered FaceBook and have a sizable number of friends, make a FaceBook page for your business, this is different than a regular FaceBook page.  It allows you to have fans of your business instead of friends and gives you great ways to market your business on FaceBook!

 

Social Networking is a great way to utilize passive marketing.  Search the web to see if there is a social network that is specifically geared toward your business.  For instance Active Rain is a social network just for Realtors.  Use your social networking; it’s fast, efficient and FREE!

 

To learn more about Starting Your Own Business, check out www.sandrabeck.com and www.motherhoodincorporated.com.  You too can work from home, have time with your family and make a great living with what you already know!

Social Networking – Social Networking and Your Small Business by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck/ Motherhood Incorporated

  

When was the last time you were on FaceBook?  If you aren’t on FaceBook yet and you have started your own business you need to stop reading this Blog right now and go register yourself on FaceBook. 

 

Did you know that is estimated that 25% of the world’s population is already on FaceBook? 25% – that includes children, people who don’t have computers, people who can’t read, and people who don’t even know what the internet is (Let’s face it we all know someone who just “doesn’t get the internet”) So if 25% of the world is on FaceBook it is safe to say=2 0there are plenty of potential customers for your business on FaceBook, enough that you simply can’t afford to miss this opportunity.violets

 

For those of you who are on FaceBook already you might be thinking, “I just opened a business; I don’t have time to be talking to high school friends on FaceBook!”  It’s time for a little shift in your thinking.  FaceBook is an opportunity to tell people about your business in a passive, non-intrusive way. 

 

There are several different options; first there is the status bar.  This is the bar that allows you to tell your friends what you are thinking, feeling or doing.  Why not fill that with something positive about your business. “Jackie is…Thrilled about her new website for her miniature cupcake business.”  Or “Rebecca just finished writing a 13 page business plan for h er client” It sounds ridiculous but people will ask questions, “Really, I didn’t know you knew how to write a business plan?”  Now their question has gone out not only to your friends but also all of their friends.  In all likelihood you have just told 300-500 people that you write business proposals or make cupcakes or whatever it is you do.  For every person who comments on your status the number goes up.

 

Three weeks later if some one needs miniature cup cakes or help with a business proposal, do you think they would rather hire a friend or a friend of a friend – or try to find an unknown person?  They would rather hire you.  Even if you set yourself the goal of entering one positive comment about your business a week (which will take you less than 5 minutes) you will see positive results for your business.

 

Another great thing to do is import your Blog20into your facebook page – you’re taking the time to write the Blog, why not share it with your warm market, people who already know you are good at what you do?

 

Once you have mastered FaceBook and have a sizable number of friends, make a FaceBook page for your business, this is different than a regular FaceBook page.  It allows you to have fans of your business instead of friends and gives you great ways to market your business on FaceBook!

 

Social Networking is a great way to utilize passive marketing.  Search the web to see if there is a social network that is specifically geared toward your business.  For instance Active Rain is a social network just for Realtors.  Use your social networking; it’s fast, efficient and FREE!

 

To learn more about Starting Your Own Business, check out www.sandrabeck.com and www.motherhoodincorporated.com.  You too can work from home, have time with your family and make a great living with what you already know!

Starting a Small Business-Doing Your Research by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck/ Motherhood Incorporated

 

When you are getting ready to start your own business doing your research is the single most important thing you can do to prevent failure.  Before you commit a single dollar to your new business make sure you become an expert in everything to do with your business.  Find out who and what your competition is. Is there a market for your product or service?  Is the market already saturated with other businesses that are already fulfilling the needs of your target client? What do you have to offer that is unique?Balloons

 

What is the price point for your service or product?  Are you able to sell at that price and still recoup a reasonable profit beyond your overhead costs?  How much volume is required in order for you to make the funds necessary in order for you to survive?  Are you capable of creating that volume or do you need to hire additional employees?  How skilled do your employees need to be, what wage are those types of workers getting in today’s market?  Is your business something you can start part time while you continue to work your current job?  Can you effectively hire employees to work for your business while you continue to work your job?

 

When starting a business you want to think outside of the box, but you don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel.  Is anyone doing what you want to do in a different market?

When possible try to put yourself in a position to have a working knowledge of the business you want to start before committing to it.  If you want to open a window washing business that specializes in tall buildings take the time to visit a nearby city and observe a successful window washer as they go through their day.  Don’t stalk them…call them and ask them if you can observe them, if your markets are far enough apart they may be willing to let you pick their brain.  Take advantage of it!

 

Research everything you possibly can about your prospective business and you will save yourself time, money and heart ache, not to mention energy.  In the next Article we will discuss formulating a business plan.

 

To learn more about Starting Your Own Business, check out www.sandrabeck.com and www.motherhoodincorporated.com.  You too can work from home, have time with your family and make a great living with what you already know!

Starting a Small Business- Doing Your Research by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 By Sandra Beck/ Motherhood Incorporated

 

When you are getting ready to start your own business doing your research is the single most important thing you can do to prevent failure.  Before you commit a single dollar to your new business make sure you become an expert in everything to do with your business.  Find out who and what your competition is. Is there a market for your product or service?  Is the market already saturated with other businesses that are already fulfilling the needs of your target client? What do you have to offer that is unique?Balloons

 

What is the price point for your service or product?  Are you able to sell at that price and still recoup a reasonable profit beyond your overhead costs?  How much volume is required in order for you to make the funds necessary in order for you to survive?  Are you capable of creating that volume or do you need to hire additional employees?  How skilled do your employees need to be, what wage are those types of workers getting in today’s market?  Is your business something you can start part time while you continue to work your current job?  Can you effectively hire employees to work for your business while you continue to work your job?

 

When starting a business you want to think outside of the box, but you don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel.  Is anyone doing what you want to do in a different market?

When possible try to put yourself in a position to have a working knowledge of the business you want to start before committing to it.  If you want to open a window washing business that specializes in tall buildings take the time to visit a nearby city and observe a successful window washer as they go through their day.  Don’t stalk them…call them and ask them if you can observe them, if your markets are far enough apart they may be willing to let you pick their brain.  Take advantage of it!

 

Research everything you possibly can about your prospective business and you will save yourself time, money and heart ache, not to mention energy.  In the next Article we will discuss formulating a business plan.

 

To learn more about Starting Your Own Business, check out www.sandrabeck.com and www.motherhoodincorporated.com.  You too can work from home, have time with your family and make a great living with what you already know!

 

 

Beadphoria and Suzann Sladcik Wilson Shares Working Mother Tips

by Suzann Sladcik Wilson/www.beadphoria.com

One of Beadphoria's Designs by Susann Sladcik Wilson.

One of Beadphoria's Designs by Suzann Sladcik Wilson.

Being a wife, mother, and CEO of a growing company can be a challenge. These are some of the lessons that I have learned along the way.

 

 

 

1.       Sometimes saying “no” means saying “yes” – I have had times where I need to say no to an obligation in order to say yes to others – Like missing the end of the year picnic with my son to attend a national conference. I have skipped Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheons so I can serve lunch duty at my son’s school. Knowing when it is ok to put obligations aside to grow your business or family is tricky, but worth the balancing act.

 

2.       Be able to ask for help. – Asking for help can be a challenge. Growing a business is very much like growing a child – it takes a village! My husband, my mother-in-law, my parents, and my friends have all played integral parts in building my business. It may be as small picking up my son at school so I can finish a conference call, or as huge as providing professional photography of my jewelry. It all adds up to a highly successful business. 

 

3.       Stick to the schedule – my husband and son know that almost every Wednesday night I teach class in the evenings. This night is off limits for any scheduling. By keeping things consistent, the expectations are clear.

 

4.       Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! – I have a calendar that hangs on the kitchen wall that is the center of our family. Every event that comes in is checked and written on the calendar. If there is a conflict, we decide as a family what is best.

 

If you are an artist, a beader or someone interested in the art of beading, join Suzann Sladcik Wilson on her site at www.beadphoria.com or her blog www.beadphoria.wordpress.com.  Motherhood Incorporated (www.motherhoodincorporated.com) proudly supports Beadphoria and the beautiful work they do creating Joy one Bead at a Time.

Mom-In-Chief Book Review by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

As working mothers, we are always on the lookout for new tips, tricks and techniques to get us through the day.  Recently, I read  Mom-in-Chief by Jamie Woolf.  Jamie relates a story about a SWA (Southwest Airlines)  customer service rep named Kim. Jamie is a leadeship consultant. ahhh…Southwest Airlines – a company I use often and have adored since I wrote a graduate thesis on them many years ago about their Love Coupons.  So the books talks about how  to delegate to children. I try to delegate – I have experience in delegation and the corporate level and a certificate on my wall that claims I am a master of negotiation.  You would think I could get my kids to do things, but I can’t.   Or at least I couldn’t.  Jamie in the book played a game with her kids to get the house in order after coming home from work and finding herself stretched for time.  She pretended her house was an airplane and her son was the pilot and her daughter I forget what she was (she should have been the pilot – this is 2009) but anyway I digress. At the end, the kids were picking up their toys and helping her get ready much faster and with much less stress than she could have on her own.  I found this to be a great way to get the kids involved and tried it with my own kids.  I have to vary the game – just like the race to pick up the toys gets old – but I find that we have been using the idea of setting up an imaginary situation to get the kids to do what I need them to do — some ideas we came up with have been The Great Train Race, The Martians are coming,  and Stinky Pete is Coming to Stink up your clothes (better get them in the hamper!).  She goes on in the book about  leadership and what to delegate and what to delay.   Its a good book to read with some handy ideas and the first book published by Working Mother magazine imprint.    

Mom-in-Chief