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Top 5 Things to Do for Your Business Before 2018

Written by Andrea Henry

mompreneur to-do list before 2018

I can’t believe we’re in the second quarter of 2017 already! We start the year with such good intentions and then…life happens. It’s never too late though, to begin again. Among your brilliant marketing initiatives and hiring strategies, make time to implement these 5 things and save yourself money, time and worry in what’s left of 2017.

Get it in Writing.

If you do nothing else, resolve to get EVERYTHING in writing. Seriously. You will save yourself so much time, money and grief if you make sure that your agreements are set out in writing. Taking the steps to put the agreement in writing will help clarify what both parties expect, ensure that you both are on the same page and help avoid some of the more obvious disputes. Plus, should a dispute arise, written contracts will make asserting or defending your position in court that much easier. To paraphrase my mother, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and thousands of dollars worth of legal fees and business losses.

Know who you are doing business with.

Who are you dealing with- a sole proprietor, a corporation or a partnership? Has the person on the other side of the contract ever gone bankrupt or had a judgment made against them? The best contract in the world will provide little comfort if the other party is a corporation with no assets or an individual with a history of failing to meet his or her obligations.  Continue reading Top 5 Things to Do for Your Business Before 2018

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To Go “All In”

Written by Danielle Joworski

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To go all in
Means to not look back
To fear what was, could be, or never will know

To have a belief
So strong in its roots
That shelters, supports, pushes and grows

To accept that life
Will present gifts of few and plenty
All in time, aligned with your true desires

To move from
Mundane and routine
To something that gives you a sense of passion and fire

To bring a dream
From ideas and thoughts
Into something you crafted, nobody else has built

Never knowing if a plan
Thought, checklist, or note
Will be what pays the bills, debt or guilt

Continue reading To Go “All In”

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Entrepreneurs & Burnout

Written by Erica Mitchell

entrepreneurs and burnout

At some time in our life we all experience burnout, and some of us will experience more than others.  As entrepreneurs we may be more susceptible to work burnout, as we have this mentality that we can do it all, or that we have to do it all. We are driven for success, and sometimes there is a lot of pressure on us to prove that we can run our own business. With the pressure we put on ourselves, and the pressure we may get from others, we tend to forget how important it is to take time for self-care. The hardest part is recognizing and/or admitting that we are burned out.

Signs you may be Experiencing Burnout

Overwhelmed
Your to-do list keeps getting longer, and nothing is getting crossed off. You lack the energy, concentration and motivation to work on your business. Everything seems to be too much to handle. You feel like packing it all in. It’s like a hamster running on his wheel, he keeps running but doesn’t get anywhere.

Depression and Anxiety
You may start experiencing some negative self-talk. Comments like “I’m no good”, “I can’t do this”, or “It’s pointless” start running through your head. Your sleep and appetite are impacted. You may feel on edge and have no patience. Feelings of sadness and self-doubt can start taking over your life. Staying in bed all day seems like a really good idea. If you don’t recognize these as warning signs, unchecked these feelings can lead to experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Physical Symptoms
Stress and burnout can lead to physical symptoms. You are more susceptible to colds and flus. Physical symptoms can present as stomach upset or pain, chest pain, racing heart, headaches, and dizziness. If you are experiencing any of these you should be seen by your physician.

What you can do

The first step is to be honest with yourself about how you are feeling. Admitting that you are struggling is not a weakness, but in fact a strength. Consult with your family doctor or other health care practitioner. Focusing on these important areas of your daily life can also help: Continue reading Entrepreneurs & Burnout

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How Incentives, Freebies & Giveaways Can Grow Your Brand

how swag can help your branding - tips for mompreneurs from ENTRIPY custom clothing

Raising awareness about your business is hard work.  Sure, you can take out a magazine ad, but that one ad will quickly eat up your marketing dollars. Promotional products are a cost effective way to get your logo in front of thousands of potential clients. Here are some helpful tips:

Host a Contest

Using promotional items as contest prizing is a great way to draw attention to your brand. The best way to use promotional swag is to incentivize action. Tell people to like your Facebook page for a chance to win a custom t-shirt! You’ll not only generate a ton of new Facebook followers, but when people receive their free tees, they’ll post photos of their swag or wear your branded t-shirt out in public, giving your logo even more exposure.

Gift with Purchase

A gift with purchase is a great way to boost your brand exposure and improve customer loyalty. Your gift can be attached to a time-sensitive promotion: “buy now and get a free custom ballcap”, or it can be a complete surprise.

When giving a gift with purchase, make sure the gift matches your brand.  If your business provides a baby product, a free custom infant onesie is a great way to get your target audience (babies, and mothers of babies) to wear your logo, providing you with free advertising wherever they go!

Surprise Gifting

A surprise gift with purchase can help you win the good will of your customers by adhering to the business concept called “over delivering”.  The idea here is that if you provide more than you promised to, the experience will be so positive that your customers will rave about your brand and be eager to buy from you again in the future.  Just think about how you felt at the recent Mompreneur Conference when you received your free custom coffee mug!  Oh, the delight!


Entripy Custom Clothing is Canada’s leading provider of custom printed everything!  From custom t-shirts to hats, water bottles and onesies, Entripy can help you find the right products to promote your brand. 


Mompreneur members save 10% with Entripy – visit our Member Discounts page for more information!

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How to Break Down International Border Barriers…

and avoid the 3 most common international shipping mistakes that entrepreneurs make!

provided by UPS Canada

We often hear from Mompreneur® members who are interested in expanding their business into new international markets, but don’t know where to start. Additionally, we hear from experienced members whose products are actively offered in other markets, however they are in need of further guidance and expertise to make the most of their efforts.

We are very thankful to be partnered with UPS Canada, who are able to help our members make sense of the many ins and outs of international trade! Feel free to download this handy tip sheet as a PDF, or view below – we hope these insights help to make going global with your business even easier – thanks to UPS Canada!

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Tips for Selling a Service on Your E-Commerce Website

Written by Jessica Ropolo

When most people think of eCommerce, they think about products they can buy online. With sites like Amazon and Overstock selling goods since the 90’s, shopping online has become almost second nature. In fact, according to Pew Research, almost 80 percent of Americans shop online. Clearly, any business that does not have an online purchasing option is behind the curve.

But what about services? Can you sell a service online when there’s nothing to deliver? Of course! While much of the strategy is the same as it would be for products, there are a few things to pay extra special attention to when selling a service on your eCommerce website.

Maintain Easy Online Payment Options

e-commerce tips for mompreneurs from godaddy

As with anything purchased online, you want to have a simple payment system to complete transactions. With most products, shoppers are accustomed to adding items to a cart and then submitting payment via credit or debit card. Then, within the estimated shipping time, the products are delivered to the customer’s door.

When you offer a service, you aren’t delivering anything tangible — but you might still want customers to prepay for offerings. Instead of listing products, you can have different service options. For example:

  • One/multiple sessions — e.g., price of one facial vs. three
  • Service for an extended period of time — e.g., six months of regular house cleaning
  • Different types of plans — e.g., insurance options
  • Subscriptions — e.g., weekly recipes and workouts
  • Appointments — e.g., pay in advance for a visit

Simply use the same type of setup for your services as you would when listing products. The easiest way to do this is using a dedicated eCommerce platform, such as GoDaddy’s New Online Store, which includes shopping cart functionality, secure payment collection and even email marketing integration. Continue reading Tips for Selling a Service on Your E-Commerce Website

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Company Profile: Compass Life Science Products

As featured in our Mompreneurs Marketplace at The 2017 National Mompreneurs Conference


Elite+ Mompreneur member Sandy Kimpel and her company Compass Life Science Products help to move your health in the right direction.  Sandy is an independent distributor focusing on Enagic’s Kangen Water®.  In today’s society, we are not only seeing the rise of disease but it is affecting us at a younger age. As this water had such a profound impact on Sandy and her family, and after learning so much about the many health benefits, Sandy feels a true obligation to get out and educate and share this special water!

Enagic Ionizers are the pioneers, leaders, and Gold Standard in water ionizers and produce Kangen Water®, a registered trademark of the Enagic Corporation and through electrolysis or ionization produce Kangen Water® full of active hydrogen, alkalized, antioxidant, and superior in hydration.  Kangen is Japanese for back to origin – “water the way nature intended”.

Kangen Water Machine from ENAGIC - mompreneur Sandy Kimpel

Hydrogen Rich, Alkalized, Ionized Water – The Benefits

Medically proven to have preventative and positive effects on oxidative stress, acidosis, and dehydration related disease.

Some benefits are:  increases your energy, promotes good digestion, high in anti-oxidants and effective in neutralizing free radicals, aids in returning your body to a healthy alkaline state, detoxifies internal organs, weight loss, increases your metabolism.

This water does not heal or cure anything in and of itself.  But, the internal mechanisms that come into play within the human body will support the immune system and the body’s return to homeostasis.

Why Enagic?

  • It is used in over 300 hospitals in Japan and over 6,500 doctors have tested Enagic’s devices in clinical applications with their patients.
  • It is the only water treatment system certified as a medical device by the Japanese Association of Preventive Medicine for Adult Disease.

Rich, Alkalized, Ionized water – The Science

The biological effects of hydrogen gas have been confirmed in over 350 studies and on 138 human diseases and has been shown to be therapeutic in virtually every organ.

The following excerpts are taken from Robert G. Wright’s founder and CEO of the American Anti-Cancer Institute’s book entitled “Killing Cancer Not People” and his chapter “Step Three of the Cancer Diet:  Restructured, Ionized Water Could Save Your Life.”  Mr. Wright recommends Enagic’s SD501 machine.   Continue reading Company Profile: Compass Life Science Products

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The Untold Secret as to Why You Feel Stuck in Your Life

Written by Danielle Joworski

woman in nature thinking about her life

Your mother probably never told you this, because she was never told. Or allowed. You are probably passing this onto your daughter, friends, peers and team members without even realizing it, because you were never told, or allowed.

And you are left wondering why you are stuck.

What is the biggest secret causing generations of women to feel stuck in their lives? If you are not living YOUR life, you are living A life.

When living A life, you are conscious of what your thoughts, beliefs and values are, and that they orchestrate your actions and behaviors. You may agree or disagree with your movements throughout life, but you keep moving forward without much awareness of why you do what you do… even if you do not want to do it.

To live YOUR life, your mindset shifts. You become conscious of the origin of your thoughts, beliefs and values, while at the same time, becoming aware that you can give yourself permission as to how to react or respond to the experiences life provides you with. You use courage to make the conscious decision to accept or reject the origin of your thoughts, beliefs and values. You empower yourself to create new ones based on your own knowledge, experiences and innate sense of truth as to who you are. You shift to creating your own reality and sense of self in each moment, from unconsciously allowing long-past ideologies and false-truths to create your realities today.

When you are living your life, whereby you are standing in your truth, you will feel light. You will feel free. Passion, purpose and a sense of intention will lead your actions. There will be no anchor holding you down, or baggage slowing your growth forward. Your feet will effortlessly move forward towards goals and results that align with your true beliefs, values, and what makes you feel that sense of life and happiness every day.

You can break the cycle of beliefs passed onto you from days past, in order to life your life today, for you, in the present. I am proof that by standing in my truth and learning how to find passion and purpose in my life, I am now living a truly happy life. My life.

Now that you know the secret, you can start living a life unstuck from what is holding you back. By embodying your truth, you will see, feel and BE living YOUR life. As you learn how to live YOUR life, you become a role-model to younger generations of girls, showing them how they can live THEIR life, empowering them to discover what their truth is at a much younger age.

Awaken. Empower. Master.

~ Danielle


Mompreneur Danielle Joworski

Danielle Joworski is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Guelph, Ontario, and is the author of The Athena Prodigies. Every day, Danielle lives her I AM life, consciously aware that she can always do more to empower women and girls. You can learn more about Danielle and download a complimentary audio gift by visiting her website. Listen to it when waiting in the drive-thru, brushing your teeth, or when you just need that minute (or 2!) to yourself to breathe.

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How I Gave Away 1,000 Business Cards & Still Failed at Networking

Written by Tessa Kampen

networking tips

When I started networking, I was the best card dealer you have ever seen. If I came home with empty pockets, I thought I was a Rockstar because that meant I gave out 20 cards!

I don’t know about you, but for me that is what I assumed networking was – getting my business card into as many hands as possible. I want to show you why I was SO wrong and the 3 key things I learned about effective networking and how to win every time!

KEY TIP #1:

It’s Not About You

You know when you meet someone at an event and you introduce yourself and ask them what they do… and immediately they pull out their card and tell you all about the company they work for and how amazing it is? That was me. Another big no-no is going around to all the tables and slapping your postcards on all the place settings. Don’t do that!

When you attend an event, go with the sole purpose of serving other people. Instead of thinking to yourself “what are you going to do for me”, think instead about what YOU can do for THEM! Try this out at your next event – start up a conversation with someone about who THEY are and try to find a common ground. Ask them if they ever attended this event before, where do they live, compliment their outfit or earrings. Then ask them what they do and be genuinely interested in what they have to say. Make it about them, not you.  Continue reading How I Gave Away 1,000 Business Cards & Still Failed at Networking

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Company Profile: CubbyCubes

As featured in our Mompreneurs Marketplace at The 2017 National Mompreneurs Conference


CubbyCubes were created by Elite Mompreneur member Sandi Silver with the purpose of simplifying and organizing her kids cubbies and shelves when they went to overnight camp.  When visiting them on Visitor’s Day it was apparent that something needed to be done to help her boys find their clothing with greater ease. Sandi decided to use her own packing cubes for them that were typically used for travel when organizing the family when going on vacation.

Mompreneur Sandi Silver of Cubby Cubes - logo

CubbyCubes is a new kind of packing cube. As a mother who was tired of disorganized camp cubbies, missing shorts, and t-shirts with shoe prints on clothing (true story!), Sandi created this product with modifications she knew were necessary for organized and convenient travel. What differentiates us from other similar products is that we added a label window that fits a standard business card. On this card is where you write the contents of the unit.

The design has a unique advantage over competitor brands because of the label window that appears behind the handle. Labels are available as well that are reusable (you can write on it with a Sharpie, erase with rubbing alcohol and write on it again!)  This time-saving feature allows any child or adult to easily locate their clothing and miscellaneous items, making CubbyCubes a must-have travel and life accessory.

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