Original photo courtesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy
The world of ballet, with its classical music, costumes, and pointe shoes, may not initially seem like it has anything to do with running a business – much less a consulting firm focused on manufacturing. However, I would argue that as an entrepreneur there is much to be learned from ballet. So much so, that beyond my typical weekly classes, I’ve invested the last two weeks in a dance intensive. (Three days a week for five hours a night.)
So let me take you past the stage and the lights and show you what you can learn from this performing art that can make you a better entrepreneur. Continue reading
(This is part 3 of a 3 part series.)
In Part 1 of this series, I outlined three different options available when you take the Entrepreneurial Leap. The first one I describe is to pursue your passion. This option works well if you have 18 to 24 months to make the transition from employee to Naptime CEO. This option also assumes that you’re making some type of transition from what you are currently doing to what you plan to do in your newly launched business.
Here are the major steps you need to take to Pursue Your Passion. Continue reading
This month, I had the honor of being highlighted in Coach Lizzy Mc’s monthly working mom spotlight. Coach Lizzy works with women to help them make motherhood and career click.
You can read the write-up here.
A big Thank You to Coach Lizzy for selecting me!
Photo Credit: Anna Hunter
(This is part 2 of a 3 part series)
In my last post, How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap, I talked about different options for taking the leap. The second option I highlighted was Grabbing the Lowest Hanging Fruit. This is a phrase we often use in my consulting firm when talking with clients about options that will get them some quick wins. – Actions that have a big impact with little effort. – This was the option I chose and is the most popular option if you don’t have lots of time for your transition plan – say 12 months or less.
Here’s what you can do to launch a business around your lowest hanging fruit. Continue reading
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(This is part 1 of a 3 part series.)
So you’ve decided you want something more out of life than just the typical get up, drop the kids off, go to work all day, pick up the kids, dinner, then bedtime routine.
You want more time with your children, but still have a professional life.
You want to be a Naptime CEO!
But how do you even start?
In this post I’ll take you through the key decisions you’ll need to make, your options, and what I did (and why you shouldn’t do that). Continue reading
Oh my, I am beyond excited!!! Last year I applied for and was interviewed by a woman in California who was writing a book on women entrepreneurs. I found out a few months ago I made the cut and would be included in the book. Today the finished book arrived in the mail! Continue reading
If you like our Facebook page, then you know I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Kevin Miller of Free Agent Uprising. Periodically, he interviews free agents about how they made their first dollar and he asked me to share my story. It was a lot of fun and now that the show is posted I wanted to share the interview with you too.
A big thank you to Kevin for inviting me on the show!
You can listen to the interview on the Free Agent Uprising site or you can get the show on iTunes (show # 267).
In case you’ve missed it, these seems to be quite a bit of debate these days about work and what type of work you should pursue. Start discussing this among entrepreneurs and would-be business owners and the debate can get down-right heated. At the heart of the matter is whether you should try to just find good solid work that you may not like, but pays really well or if you should pursue work you love.
The media laments that pursuing work you love is over-glamorized. A bunch of starry-eyed dreamers who can’t provide for their families. However, for many, the thought of spending their entire working lives doing something they dislike or even despise just because it pays well destroys their soul. (There’s a reason more than 70 percent of workers are disengaged and looking for other work.)
So what’s the answer? Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I posted this statement to my Facebook page and got quite a response:
“If you want to be a Naptime CEO, you cannot simply accept the world’s definition of success, you need to create your own definition of success.”
(btw, if you haven’t already liked my page over there, check it out and consider joining us.)
All to often, people who want to start a business are afraid to because they think they might fail. What they forget is failure is based on your definition of success.
Let me illustrate… Continue reading
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It may come up in normal networking conversation or it comes up from a friend who is burnt out and frustrated with their work. At some point though the question arises, “What do you like best about being self-employed?”
This question always brings a smile to my face.
At first, I thought the answer was freedom. But I quickly realized that freedom was too general an answer for me. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, you quickly pick-up that freedom for him is to be able to work anywhere in the world he chooses. For some other entrepreneurs I know freedom is the ability to create and build a business without limitations or restrictions from a boss or other hierarchy.
So what did freedom mean to me? Continue reading