May 26, 2015

Share your story: looking for Biz Mamas to feature!

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Call for Biz Mama contributors

I’m kicking my monthly Featured Biz Mama column back into gear and need your help.

Are you a mom rockin’ a small business, creative side project or entrepreneurial venture? I want to feature you right here on Biz Mama!

I post Biz Mama interviews twice a month on Mondays. Fill out this Google doc to reserve your spot. And please share with your mom friends.

I’m constantly inspired and encouraged by the Biz Mamas that I interview… I look forward to reading your stories!

Read past featured Biz Mama stories here.

October 30, 2014

My favorite resources for busy moms in business

Filed under: Biz Mama,Small Business — Tags: , , , , , — lidia @ 3:38 pm

Coworking…with a toddler

For moms running a business, life can be a whirlwind. With all the daily work and family responsibilities, it’s easy to lose touch with friends, not to mention business connections.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to find groups and resources that have helped me learn, get inspired, and make beneficial business connections and friends.

Resources for busy biz mamas

Founding Moms
In-person and online events, including local meetups and the annual Founding Moms Conference.

MomBiz
In-person and online events, including the annual MomBiz Retreat, weekly #Mombizmondays tweet chats and the MomBiz Solutions weekly podcast.

The Mogul Mom
Super informative blog, plus a business resource Market.

Working Mother Magazine
Nice print magazine, plus online resources, the Working Mother Radio podcast and annual conferences.

For Chicago locals*

Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) has a very active Moms in Business group with in-person events and a Facebook group. Founding Moms has 5 local chapters (find yours here).

There are also several coworking spaces—some even owned by moms—such as Enerspace Coworking (owner Jamie is a past featured Biz Mama), Collide Coworking, and Free Range Office.

*Thanks to my awesome Moms in Business group for helping out with suggestions!

What are your favorite resources for moms in business?

September 3, 2013

What can you learn about small business from a toddler?

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All I Really Need To Know In Small Business, I Learned From My Toddler

Last year, I wrote a blog post about what my infant son taught me about small business. Now that he’s an active 2-year old, I decided to write a follow-up.

Head over to the Founding Moms blog to read All I Really Need To Know In Small Business, I Learned From My Toddler.

Founding Moms is one of the Top 10 Websites for Woman Entrepreneurs in 2013!

Leave your comments! What has your baby or child taught you about running a small business?

August 22, 2013

July 18, 2013

Baby AND a business? Yes, it’s possible!

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baby & business? Yes it's possible!

Now that I’m a mom, I have a whole new appreciation for mothers—not to mention mothers who also run a small business.

My son is about to turn two years old and I’m comfortable with my new work-family routine (or lack, thereof). However, I went into motherhood with the concept of “balance” in my head. After the first few months of sleepless nights and baby-caring days, I realized balance is not humanly possible when you have a child.

Make it work.

I was happy to hear Meg Mateo Ilasco, co-author of Mom, Inc., introduce a new term for us working mamas in this Design*Sponge post: “making it work.” You may not achieve perfect balance every day, but you can make it work for you.

Do the juggle.

Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! wrote a wonderful post last year about how she prepared for and ran her creative business with a new baby. She calls it “the juggle,” which is truly accurate. My days are constantly shifting and changing, as I juggle whatever work/home situation arises.

Make a plan.

As Joy mentions, being prepared is key. I wrote a post on the Creative Freelancer blog about how I prepared my small business for baby. Of course, you can’t anticipate everything (like a baby who decides to arrive 2-1/2 weeks early!) but you will feel more relaxed if you have a plan.

I’m constantly inspired and uplifted by my fellow mama-business owners who truly are getting’ it done!

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Speaking of… please vote for me in the Red Tricycle Awards for Awesome Mom-Run Businesses in Chicago! Click here and vote for typebaby.

Do you know any other moms in business who are getting’ it done?

 

July 12, 2013

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards!

UPDATE! I’m happy to announce that my baby & kids line, typebaby has been nominated in two categories in the Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards: Most Awesome Mom-Run Businesses (Chicago) and Most Awesome Clothing Lines for Boys!

Red Tricycle is a fantastic online resource for parents, sharing kid-friendly events, dining, and activities in your own neighborhood. They are in multiple US cities, including most recently my hometown, Chicago.

I’m proud to be included on both of these lists, especially because they include many friends and fellow entrepreneur moms.

Click on one of the graphic below to vote for typebaby! Voting runs through August 15, 2013.

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Awesome Awards: Mom-Run Businesses

 

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Awesome Awards: Clothing Lines for Boys

October 15, 2012

Book Review: Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Cat Seto

Filed under: Biz Mama,Book review — Tags: , , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

I’m a fan of the “Inc.” series of books (Craft, Inc., Creative, Inc., Blog, Inc.) for creative businesses. Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto is a great addition to the series (and my bookshelf).

What’s in the book

Mom, Inc. offers useful tips and information for moms starting or running a business. Ideas such as writing a Mom Statement and finding support networks are useful for moms just started out as well as seasoned biz mamas. I’m part of a local mompreneur group and find it so helpful.

They also talk about ways to balance work and children—which can be tricky, especially for new moms. And if you are a mama-to-be, you will appreciate their timeline for preparing your business for baby’s arrival and after.

What I love about the book

I love the authors’ clear, honest writing style and appreciate them sharing their knowledge and experiences. Both Meg and Cat are not only successful designers and small business owners but also moms, so they are an inspiration to myself and other biz mamas.

I also enjoyed reading the stories from well-known biz mamas, such as Skip Hop’s Ellen Diamant and DwellStudio’s Christiane Lemieux. As a fan of their baby products, I was inspired by their stories of starting and maintaining their successful businesses.

Mom, Inc. is currently a fixture on my desk…marked with many sticky notes!

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October 3, 2012

Book review: Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs by Jill Salzman @foundingmom

Filed under: Biz Mama,Book review,Small Business — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 1:15 pm

Though I’m an experienced small business owner (12 years) I’m still a newbie mom (14 months), so I’m always eager to gain insight from more experienced biz mamas.

Jill Salzman is one of those mamas. She’s an entrepreneur with several businesses under her belt, founder of the fantastic mom entrepreneur group Founding Moms, and recently wrote the book, Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs. Whew!

What’s great about the book

The book details typical small business topics such as taxes and trademarks, however she also discusses things that biz mamas find challenging, such as finding “me time” and getting dinner on the table (prepping meals in advance has become a lifesaver for me!)

The book is a fast read, a must for busy moms. It’s organized into a series of tips, which you can easily go back to and reference.

Most of all, I appreciate the positive (and humorous) tone of the book. Being a business owner and a mom isn’t always easy, but a sense of humor and positive attitude can make life so much easier.

Who should read this book?

Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs is a useful (and entertaining) guidebook for both new and seasoned biz mamas.

December 22, 2011

A baby changes everything—in your morning schedule, that is.

Filed under: Mompreneur,Time Management — Tags: , — lidia @ 3:48 pm

"What morning schedule?"

Before baby:

  • 8 am: wake up
  • 8:15 am: have a leisurely breakfast while catching up on magazines
  • 8:30 am: browse twitter feed/blogs, work on new blog posts
  • 9:30 am: check and respond to client emails
  • 10 am: take dog out for a long walk

After baby:

  • Sometime between 5 am–9 am: wake up (usually in a hurry) and feed baby
  • While baby is occupied in swing or bouncer: eat breakfast quickly and read a few pages of a magazine (if I’m lucky)
  • After breakfast: check and respond to client emails on iPhone in rocking chair, while feeding or rocking baby
  • When baby starts crying: take dog and baby out for a brisk walk (hoping that baby will fall asleep in stroller)

How did your schedule change after baby?