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Small Business Funding for Mamapreneurs

Small Business Funding for Mamapreneurs

Every small business owner knows that a little help goes a long way. While most of our mama members are bootstrapping (aka self-funding) their businesses, several have been applicants and recipients of financial assistance. When funds are tight, especially in your first few years of business, cash prizes and grants can help make your business dreams a reality. But researching the various opportunities out there can be time consuming and overwhelming. That's why we've compiled a list of funding opportunities available to Canadian Mamapreneurs. 
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Highlights from MamaCon 2018

Highlights from MamaCon 2018

This past Saturday we had the distinct pleasure of hosting the third annual MamaCon - our full day conference for Mama Entrepreneurs. It was such an electrifying day, with approximately 80 mamapreneurs in attendance. 

Our mission has always been to help connect, support and inspire moms who run their own businesses. MamaCon is a chance for us to bring our amazing members (and soon-to-be members) together for one entire day, away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, to focus on both personal and professional growth. 
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Discover & Leverage your Authentic Voice

Discover & Leverage your Authentic Voice

There are several reasons for making expressive writing (aka journaling) an essential part of your lifestyle. But in a nutshell, the main reason is this: you have the answer. Yes, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you have always had the power to go home. Now, I fully appreciate Glinda the Good Witch’s methods in allowing Dorothy the opportunity to discover this for herself. The experience of facing your fears in service of love and watching the monster disintegrate before your eyes is a far more powerful way of driving home the message than telling her straight out that she always had it in her to overcome her worst fears. But, this is a blog post and we only have so much time and space, so I am taking it upon myself to cut to the chase.
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Worry-Free Money: The Confidence Issue

Worry-Free Money: The Confidence Issue

Women live longer than men and typically earn less while taking more breaks from the workforce to raise kids. By 2026, Canadian women will control close to half of all accumulated financial wealth in the country and yet studies show that women feel less confident about their finances than men. A lack of financial confidence leads to increased worry, sleepless nights and insecurity over your family’s financial future. No fun. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!

It doesn’t matter what age you are if you’ve got debt or a million dollars in your chequing account, we all worry about money. Especially once we have children. The stakes get higher and the cost of daily life skyrockets – hello daycare years! 
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Summer Reading for Mama Entrepreneurs

Summer Reading for Mama Entrepreneurs

For many of our members, summer is a time for slowing down the pace, kicking back, and getting in some good books. Who are we kidding, more likely it’s catching a few pages here and there while simultaneously applying sunscreen, making sure everyone’s hydrated, and shuttling to camps or play dates!

Regardless of how you sneak your downtime, summer is a great time to catch up on some business, inspiration, and personal development reading. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of books recommended by our mama members, featuring: mindset support, productivity and time management strategies, marketing wisdom, and probably the most fun books you’ll ever read on the subject of finances.

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Designing the Perfect Home Office

Designing the Perfect Home Office

As Mamapreneurs, many of us work from home, and having the right home office space is so important! When Mamas & Co. first suggested I write a blog about designing the perfect home office, I looked around my office space and had a revelation... my own office was not working for me!  I had all the right things (ergonomic chair, bookcases, filing cabinet, a few artfully designed vignettes), but my home office had become cluttered, and ineffective. 

There were stacks of magazines and business cards, product samples, old tech collecting dust on the floor, stuff I never had time to deal with. So at five o'clock on a Friday night when I should have been starting dinner prep, I started hauling junk out of my space so I could do a deep dive.

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5 Things To Prep Before Starting Your E-Commerce Store

5 Things To Prep Before Starting Your E-Commerce Store

Many business owners are eager to get into the world of e-commerce - especially ones that already own busy retail locations. Your e-commerce store can provide retail store locations with an additional line of revenue for the terrific products or services that you’re already offering. With a growing fan base for local products and services, there’s no better time to launch your passion business!

If you’re a creative artisan, maker or builder, e-commerce can level the playing field to get your products directly to market without having to invest in a storefront. For my own e-commerce journey, my family farm sold organic vegetables and fruit right out of the back of our pick-up truck to get started. 

Armed with digital marketing tools like email marketing, social media, pay per use advertising and search engine optimization, business owners can quickly attract the right audience to their new e-commerce store to generate leads and sales.

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Lessons Learned at FBA Live

Lessons Learned at FBA Live

It’s Lianne Kim here, founder and co-leader of Mamas & Co. I just got back from FBA Live, a 3-day event in San Diego put on by Rick Mulready and his team to teach people all about effective Facebook advertising. I am so excited to share what I learned with you all!

Now I know some of you might be thinking, ‘I’ve tried Facebook ads in the past, and it didn’t work’, or, ‘don’t you have to spend a lot of money to get any real traction from Facebook ads?’

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Self Care is Critical to Our Success

Self Care is Critical to Our Success

Today I started my day with a few sprints, squats with a 20-pound and 40-pound weight, some stair climbing and a little bit of light wrestling. This lovely little workout took place before 7 am and if it sounds extraordinary, it is not. In fact is quite boring in it’s routine and likely something, if you have small children as I do, you also did this morning. It was simply the daily workout of motherhood that takes place every morning as I get my 4-year-old and 1-year-old ready for the day.

This daily sweat is juxtaposed with long sedentary lulls where my heart rate slows and my posture melds into the shape of my office chair (a.k.a. dining chair) or seat of my car because not only am I a mom, I am a mompreneur. I am part of that special club whose 9 to 5 coexists somewhere between temper tantrums and boardrooms and my body takes the brunt of both.
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From Side-Hustle to Starting Over

From Side-Hustle to Starting Over

My name is Michelle Gibson and I set out to write a blog for Mamas & Co. about “how I got here”. The truth is, I am not sure if I have got here yet. I’ve come so far, and yet feel like I still have so many goals that I want to conquer.

My photography business actually started as a “side hustle” as they say.  I had relocated with my husband at the time to Silicon Valley, California and I was working in an executive search role as a researcher, with a background in Human Resources. I came to find that I was feeling incredibly unfulfilled, both in my career and my personal life.

I decided to take a class at a local college in photography as I had always had an interest in the art form but had yet to take action. I immediately became addicted and I spent all my free time learning about my new craft – photography.

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Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Mamapreneurs

Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Mamapreneurs

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we know there are plenty of gift guides floating around the internet. That said, our mama members are a different breed. We thought it would be fun to create a gift guide strictly dedicated to what to get the awesome Mamapreneur on your list this Mother’s Day. We created a thread in our private member forum, and our members all chimed in!

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Best Bits of Our Business Bootcamp

Best Bits of Our Business Bootcamp

Each spring, we host a conference that we call Business Bootcamp. It's a chance for mama entrepreneurs to come together and spend a day focusing on their business instead of in it. 

This year, content was centered on the latest business trends and strategies, practical advice and tips, and creating space for attendees to connect with each other.

The highlight that everyone is still talking about was the keynote talk by Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels. Her honest - sometimes sassy - rundown of growing a business with four partners from her basement to selling it to Avery Labels (all while raising SIX kids!) left us feeling empowered and inspired.

"Your network is your net worth" ~ Julie Cole

Here are a few of the key takeaways from the day.

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