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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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Jackie Thomas – Breakthrough Canada

Jackie Thomas is an Elite Mompreneur member, and is the founder of Breakthrough Canada, a training, wellness and personal development firm offering dream building coaching and energy healing to groups and 1:1 clients.  She is an inspirational speaker and an international bestselling author.

As she is a trailblazer for following dreams and making things happen, she has recently joined forces with a family business, ValleyRauss Homes, as their sales representative. It is through her training and putting the skills she teaches to work in her own life, that Jackie has had the courage to move into real estate, towards a dream she has had since she was a very young girl.

mompreneur Jackie Thomas of Breakthrough Canada

What inspired you to become and entrepreneur?
I feel I have always had an entrepreneur’s heart. I always loved working hard to accomplish a project, working longer hours, and the feeling that I am really making a difference. Being an entrepreneur has all those perks plus I get to make my own schedule. I work more than I would at a 9-5 job, but I have the freedom to ensure my family’s needs are taken care of as well. The best part is the foundation you get to build in order to help others.

What is the best part about owing your own business?
I absolutely love being able to listen to my internal guidance system. I love being able to invest in the courses and with the people that completely energize me, so I can go off and be brilliant at what I do.

Can you describe a typical day?
Every day is different because my portfolio is expansive. Usually I get up, get the kids off to school, do my mini workout, hop on the computer to do my online work, and then I meet with clients and perspective buyers.

Who do you count on for help?  Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
My number one supporter is my husband. I secretly think he just loves to watch me shine. He loves seeing me gain confidence in what I do. He is there for help within our home, but most importantly he is there for mental and emotional guidance. Although I may not always appreciate his advice when I may not agree of course, he is a solid foundation for me to grow my dreams on. I have a few amazing friends, a kick-ass mother, and one heck of a sister that all support me as well, not to mention my little munchkins; when I am not looking they turn on the karaoke machine and pretend to inspire audiences just like mommy. Continue reading Jackie Thomas – Breakthrough 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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Cindy Williams – Red Card Blue Card Game

Cindy Williams is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Orangeville, Ontario. She is the creator of The Red Card Blue Card Game, a product that is the simple, stress free, sanity saving way
to survive parenting! We’re excited to share Cindy’s story…

mompreneur Cindy Williams of Red Card Blue Card Game

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Because I knew what I produced would make a real difference for people.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Feeling proud of my own contribution to the betterment of life for others.

Can you describe a typical day?
A LOT of creative thinking and promotion of my product so sucked into the white screen world of my computer often.

Who do you count on for help?
Some close friends have helped at times when needed, but so far I am a solo operation. Continue reading Cindy Williams – Red Card Blue Card Game

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Kara Morgan – Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions

Kara Morgan is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of the GTA. As the Founder of Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions and PlanIt Solar Blinds, Kara is dedicated to helping others to become more organized and systematic so that their businesses can thrive. We’re happy to share Kara’s Success Story!

mompreneur Kara Morgan of Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
It was a natural inclination. My immediate and extended family members are very creative, innovative people many of whom are self-employed or work in a field that allows them to be creative. My father is an Engineer and an entrepreneur, my maternal grandfather built and operated the first general store in the village where I was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my maternal great grandmother was a merchant who traveled to neighboring islands to buy and sell goods, so it’s in my blood.

Since I was in my early teens, I would come up with ways to improve products or services that I used almost instinctively. When I joined the workforce, I naturally found ways to improve processes and always found faster ways of doing things. At the time, it didn’t seem special, I thought everyone did these same things.

I started my first business over 20 years ago, after my first son was born. I sold Black History, multicultural and multi-lingual books at events and online out west. 

When my 2nd son was born, I started PlanIt! Outsourcing Solutions in 2012 shortly after resigning from a government job which I held for almost 9 years. In 2016, I opened Planit Solar Blinds, a new division which supports our Office Set Up service. Both now and 20 years ago, I needed flexibility in my schedule to raise my son and I wanted to use my skills and innovative nature.

mompreneur Kara Morgan of PlanIt Solar Blinds


What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I really enjoy the flexibility that I can have in my schedule, with my priorities and when or where I choose to work. There’s nothing more enjoyable (from a work perspective) than taking a laptop or tablet to the lakeshore on a quiet weekday and doing work that you love while a warm breeze caresses your skin and an orchestra of birds sing jubilantly in the distance.

I love that I have the freedom to choose who I work with and who my clients are. I also like the fact that my earning potential is based on my performance, skills and knowledge and not some arbitrary or subjective variable.

Above all else, I wanted to set a good example for my boys. I wanted to show them how to dream and stand for something that you believe in. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it be team members or clients. I really enjoy solving problems people may have by showing them a alternative way of looking at things. And lastly, I enjoy all the learning that comes with being an entrepreneur. I have stretched myself in ways that I might not have had I worked for someone.

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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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Madelaine Golec – ECO Physiotherapy

Madelaine Golec is a new Elite Mompreneur member based out of Mississauga, Ontario, and as a Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, and owner of ECO Physiotherapy, she is passionate about helping others find their optimal health! We are excited to share Madelaine’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Madelaine Golec, owner of ECO Physio in Mississauga

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My family inspired me to become an entrepreneur. My dad always told me to go to school, get a good job and be independent when I was a little girl. Little did I know that would result in me being my own boss.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business is autonomy. The freedom to make decisions and implement new ideas.

Can you describe a typical day?
In the morning I am typically at home with my daughter. Besides playing with her, the morning and afternoon is centered round planning for the day, taking care of e-mails and my do list (both personal and business). Once I arrive at work, it is usually catching up quickly on any events or “to-do’s” then I start treating clients. Once I arrive home from work, it is family dinner time, jiu jitsu training, followed by reading or researching and finally finishing the day with mindfulness meditation. Continue reading Madelaine Golec – ECO Physiotherapy

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Julie Rock – Julie Rock Photography

Julie Rock is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Milton, Ontario. She is a talented photographer, specializing in newborn, portraits, and head shots professionally through her company Julie Rock Photography. We are excited to share Julie’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Julie Rock of Julie Rock Photography - milton photographer

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Once upon a time ago, I worked in retail, which meant a combination of days, evenings and weekends which was ok, until I was denied a weekend off to celebrate my son’s 1st birthday. I then realized that I really didn’t want other people telling me when I had to work and decided to start offering daycare – I was able to set my own hours AND stay home with my son; it was a win-win! Little did I know that this was just the start of my journey and that 19 years later I would be a photographer!

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business is being able to set my own work days, hours and schedule those around my family!

mompreneur Julie Rock - photographer

Can you describe a typical day?
I don’t know that I really have a typical day! My days are different as I still run a daycare 3/4 days a week as well as my photography business, but a usual photography day is returning emails/phone calls in the morning before my kids get up, doing the morning routine and getting 3 out of 4 kids off to school/on the bus. I then spend the morning with my youngest who is still home with me, returning calls and emails and/or editing takes place in the afternoon before I have to go pick up the kids after school. Whatever I don’t get finished in the afternoon gets done at night after the kids go to bed. That is pretty much my typical day 🙂

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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!


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