This post brought to you by GoTo Meeting

Ever wonder where some of the most-used phrases you use in work came from? Or even what they mean? Check out this fab infographic that explains 50 of the most annoying phrases you use:

INFOG -50 Annoying Phrases You Hear at Work_AU (1) (002)

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in Blogging & Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hi! And thanks for taking the time to check out the Mother’s Day Gift Guide & Magazine.

Cover

We have worked really hard to find a great range of unique and gorgeous gifts for the mum in your life and, best of all, they’re all supplied by amazing biz mums – so buying means you’ll make two mums happy!

Plus, there are interesting articles for mum to read and recipes for delicious brekkies to be served directly to bed.

See something you like? Click the ad and it will take you directly through to buy. Enjoy, Alli x

 

 

Click here to access the Gift Guide

 

 

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in Keeping Mum | Leave a comment

wonder-woman-552109_640

This post brought to you by Upskilled

Mums – we are an amazing bunch. We simultaneously look after babies, partners, households, sometimes our own businesses, and often even ourselves. We learn to make lunch with one hand whilst holding a sleeping baby with the other. We memorise sports schedules for multiple children, know exactly which sandwich filling is preferred by each child, and co-ordinate pick ups and drop offs with all the skill of an Uber app.

And yet, when it comes to re-entering the paid workforce, we are all too often wracked by self-doubt. We worry that our workplace skills have slipped away, that our industry knowledge is completely out of date, or that our sleep deprived brains won’t be able to process new information.

Honestly, we deserve a kick in the pants! Mothers are excellent contributors to the workforce. We’re focused and efficient, because leaving late is not an option. We have a wider breadth of skills than before we became mums. And for many of us, we’re actually pleased to be at work and using our adult brains. An enthusiastic employee is a company’s greatest asset!

Re-entering the workforce can feel really daunting, but there are many things you can do to gain confidence and prepare yourself for the transition.

Volunteer or intern

If throwing yourself back into a paid job feels like too big a step, or if it’s proving difficult to obtain your ideal role, consider working as a volunteer or intern. Working in any sort of capacity will remind you that you are a capable person who can learn new workplace skills, and give you the confidence boost you need to then set your sights higher.

What’s more, volunteering will give you something new to add to your resume, up-to-date references, and possibly an inroad into a paid position.

Educate yourself

It’s a common concern that, while you were keeping the little humans alive, your industry has moved on and left you behind. That may even be true. But this is a situation that can be rectified, and the internet is your friend.

It has never been so easy to learn what you want, when you want it. Sign up for webinars, subscribe to blogs, download business eBooks or enrol in an online course.

Registered training providers such as Upskilled provide online learning platforms with a wealth of course options and qualifications to choose from. Online learning can be perfect for mums who need to fit their training in around school runs and nap times. (As a bonus, Upskilled assign trainers to their online students, so you’re not left floundering on your own).

It’s also a good idea to start attending industry events again, both for the knowledge gained and the networking opportunities (along with the lure of canapes and wine, of course).

Gain confidence with a coach

If a lack of direction or self-confidence is holding you back, get some help with that!

The coaching industry has exploded in recent years, to the point where it may be hard to know who to choose. Look for a coach whose expertise aligns with what you most need – whether that be help with personal issues, industry insights, etc.

Take a good look at your prospective coaches’ training, testimonials, and experience in your industry (if relevant). Ask for a free 30-minute session or discussion, so that you can see if you are a good fit for one another.

Send out feelers

It can take time to find a new role, especially if, like many a mother, there are restrictions on the hours or locations in which you can work. So start by getting the word out that you’re looking.

Let all of your networks know what you’re after – get in touch with previous colleagues, attend industry functions, tell all of your friends and family, put it out there on Facebook. You don’t need to ask for a job, just for job leads. You never know who may be connected to someone that is looking for a new employee.

Above all, just get started, taking whatever small steps you can manage. Get that momentum going, build up your confidence, and soon you’ll be back in the paid workforce and realising just what an awesome asset you are to your employer.

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in Breaking Free | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biz School MumsDo you have an inner voice that questions whether you’ve got what it really takes to make your biz successful? That wonders if your biz is actually gonna make it?

Me too and it sucks.

But what I want you to realise is that we all have that shitty little inner voice that makes us question ourselves. You, me, and even that super successful entrepreneur you’ve been idolising. ALL of us.

But what separates the big players from the small ones – is the power you give your doubts and what you choose do with them, because it’s this that will affect your results.

And your choices will look a little bit like this:

  1. Avoid the feelings and don’t deal with them – but have them impact you nonetheless (FACT);
  2. Tackle them head on, lay them to rest and move onwards and upwards.

Now most people will opt for 1 – because it’s safer and as humans we actively avoid pain and discomfort (aka the comfort zone cling on). However, it’s only when you are able to embrace 2, that you will in fact learn and grow in self and business.

You see with most negative emotions there is actually an insight waiting to be uncovered that can help move you out of your discomfort to a better place. In coaching we like to see negative emotions as really just a red flag, a cue so to speak, to let you know something’s not working for you and you need to make some changes

So if you’re experiencing doubts in life or biz, then your message loud and clear is that there are probably some underlying issues to be addressed and you need to learn what those are and then get to work on them.

Let me expand on this further and bring it to life for you:

If you’re plagued with negative self talk like “I can’t do this”, “I don’t have what it takes” “I’m never going to be a successful entrepreneur” – there’s probably some negative belief systems working against you – that if left unchallenged, will continue to hold you back and keep you playing small… potentially for the rest of your life.

Likewise, if you have doubts about your business “I can’t stand out”, “my competitors are better than me,” “my marketing isn’t working”– there’s likely to be holes in your business model, process and / or strategy – or even in your skill set, which will obviously impact your ability to grow your business and be successful with it.

With all of this in mind then – I’m sure you’re beginning to see that perhaps your doubts can actually hold a key to a better place if you choose to lean into them and look to learn what lies beneath them so you can take positive action. Because the flipside (avoidance) really can and will cripple you and your business.

Ok so how do you get up close and personal with your doubts and really look to grow from them? Well it takes time and some work – but I’ve posted some kick ass coaching questions to get you started.

These questions have been designed to help you start thinking about the origins of your doubts and help you begin to challenge and work through them so you can move on and lay them to rest.

If your doubts come from your capabilities, work through the following:

? What doubts do you have about yourself and capabilities?
? Where do you believe they originate from (go back as far as you can remember)
? How valid are these doubts really?
? What evidence do you have for them?
? And most importantly what evidence do you have against them?
? How will holding on to this doubt move you toward the life you want?
? What new beliefs around yourself will better serve you in life that you can begin to embrace?
? How will your family benefit if you embrace this new way of thinking?
? What will you choose to believe about yourself moving forward?

If your doubts come from your biz:

? What are the 5 core challenges you are experiencing in business?
? And why specifically are these challenges?
? What areas of your business do you actively avoid and for what reason?
? What steps might you have you missed in your research / planning / strategy?
? Where do you feel you need help?
? What skills are you missing?
? Looking at your answer to the questions above… what can you start to do differently to address your problem areas?
? What goals / targets can you set yourself to fill any skills / knowledge gaps?

As you can see, there’s a lot of food for thought as you work your way through these.

Well ladies, that’s it, the choice is now yours. If you’re holding any doubts at all right now, I urge you to empower yourself and choose to use them as fuel for good – as a tool for life-long change and as a stepping-stone to the outcome you want.

So go lean in, learn and transform your doubts into certainty, assurance and belief and watch your results change.

Here’s to your success – and to you truly believing you can.
Now, if you’re keen to do a real deep dive into this area and REALLY take serious action when it comes to crushing any negative self-talk you have – then we’re hosting a 3-Day Mindset Challenge, which kicks off on Tues Apr 18 (the day after Easter) … where we’ll be delivering you hands on help to create some major mindset shifts across your life and biz.

This Mindset Challenge will have you walking away feeling empowered and ready to kick some massive goals in your biz.

To join us, CLICK HERE.

About the Author: Anna is a Life & Business Coach. And Owner and Co-founder of Business School for Mums.

Business School for Mums is an online business school designed to help Mums in Business Thrive.

Alongside business and marketing skills – mindset and life coaching sit at the heart of what Anna & her biz partner Flori teach go their students… to ensure that their students have a truly 360 approach to taking their business to success.

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

 

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in Breaking Free | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Networking is Important for Mumpreneurs  As a mumpreneur, you’ve probably attended various networking events before you started your own biz which may or may not bring back great memories. I myself used to cringe at the thought of networking when I was working in my corporate career. It just seemed like no one was interested in talking to you unless you were the head of the company, and often felt like a bit of a waste of time. Fast forward to when I started my own biz back in 2012, and I knew that networking would be the number one way to meet my target audience and discuss the challenges of being a mumpreneur. Working from home on your own can get lonely, and discussing ideas with other like-minded business owners is crucial to success. I still attribute networking to a large proportion of the clients (and suppliers) I have worked with and currently work with.

I had a really busy year last year and didn’t get out to as many networking events as I would have liked to, and it took me a while to realise that this was probably the main reason I had a slow start to the year. But networking isn’t all about sales. It’s also about meeting other like-minded business owners who can support you in what can sometimes be a lonely journey.

If you’re new to networking I would recommend to start off small. Look for a small networking group like a Businessmums Club run by Motivating Mum. These groups have about ten other mumpreneurs in them. That’s where I started and it was a much easier way to really refine my pitch and service offering in a small environment with other supportive mum’s in business. It can be a lot less daunting than attending a networking event with hundreds of people. If you are not near a Motivating Mum Businessmums Club, then check out your local council as they usually host networking events for business owners. And don’t underestimate the importance of online networking. There are so many groups you can be a part of on Facebook that can also offer support.

And just remember, everyone else that you meet at a networking event is probably as nervous as you. But if you go along with the aim of meeting new people, and you just ask questions of other business owners, you will soon get into the swing of things and realise that networking isn’t as scary as you once thought. It’s all about making connections with other mumpreneurs and learning from them too.

What do you think? Is networking an important part of your business?

 

Why Networking is Important for Mumpreneurs  Sam McFarlane, Sam Says

I’m Sam, and my business is Sam Says. My goal is to help mumpreneurs grow their businesses by taking everyday responsibilities from their busy schedule.

Being a mum of two and a business owner myself, I understand how challenging it can be to balance work and family life. That’s why I am so passionate about my work and I firmly believe that with a little help, businesses can achieve success.

Like on Facebook  |  Follow on Instagram

 

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in Marketing & PR | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment