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From Darkness to Discovering my Vision

From Darkness to Discovering my Vision

Not long ago I had a pretty normal life and a normal job. For over a decade I worked in media at various companies (CTV, Corus Entertainment, Harlequin, and Rogers) in varying roles – you name it, I tried it (marketing, research, sales, creative promotions, etc.). Life was busy and I was chugging along.

In December 2009 my world abruptly changed when I lost my mom to cancer. As an only child of divorced parents, it was always just my mom and I, so losing her was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. 

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How Coworking Can Help YOUR Business

How Coworking Can Help YOUR Business

While working for yourself can be one of the most rewarding career paths, working by yourself can carry a psychological burden, including accountability, decision fatigue and out-right loneliness. Getting out of your home office or the local café and joining a coworking space can help to ease the stress of entrepreneurship and benefit your bottom line.    

Coworking spaces are shared, membership-based workspaces designed for freelancers, start-ups and small business owners to work together – sharing resources, creating a community and reducing operating costs.   

But it’s about more than just physical space; coworking is a movement that is centered on a core set of shared values: community, openness, collaboration, accessibility and sustainability.

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How to Crush Mom Guilt

How to Crush Mom Guilt

Being a mom is hard. Having your own business is hard. Both together can bring some of the biggest challenges you could imagine, one of which is that dreaded feeling of “mom guilt”.  As a mama of 3 big kids (ages 16, 13 and 10) and a business owner (I’m a peaceful parenting coach) I know I’m not alone in feeling like some days I am doing neither very well. I feel the pull of my family and the pull of my business. When I listen to my own advice, I have more great days than bad and I pat myself on the back for rocking both roles.

Here’s what I’ve learned: 5 tips to help you be the best mamapreneur you can be!

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Designing Your Success

Designing Your Success

The design industry is booming! And we will see major proof of that this weekend at the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from January 18-21. This is one of the largest gatherings of designers and industry leaders in Canada and show organizers are expecting over 50,000 attendees this year!

We find it interesting how many amazing women are drawn to this field, including many of our members. Designers and decorators have the ability to change people’s homes (and lives!) and they get to use their creative talents on a daily business. The industry can be very lucrative, but it’s also competitive.

Here at Mamas and Co,. we have quite a few designers, decorators and stagers within our community, who are all extremely passionate about what they do. Some of them have been in the industry for a while so we asked them to share their top tips for anyone starting out in the business.

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5 Ways to Work Smarter in 2018

5 Ways to Work Smarter in 2018

It’s a new year and with that comes a fresh start, a chance to do things differently. We’ve spent the last several weeks welcoming some new members into our private Facebook group, and as always the discussion has been riveting.

Lately we have seen a lot of members reflecting back on wins and challenges from the year that has passed. We’re seeing some common themes around the idea of avoiding burnout and working smarter not harder. 

Many of our members are brand new to business, but a large portion of our members are in their second, third, fifth, and even 10th year of business and beyond. They have seen the good and the bad and lived to tell the tale. They have put in the time, hustle and hard work. And for some, they realize that pushing themselves to far too often is not sustainable.

So we wanted to share our top 5 tips for working smarter in 2018.
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Expert Tips for Stellar Holiday Photos

Expert Tips for Stellar Holiday Photos

If you’re anything like us, life is flying by so quickly. Your kids are growing up fast and sometimes you feel like you are missing out on some of the best moments of their childhood. Well, you’re not alone.  

Though the holidays can be stressful, it’s important to take time to capture those special little (and big) moments.

At Mamas & Co. we are proud to have several amazing photographers within our community, some of whom specialize in family photos. While they are busy with holiday shoots, they took time to share some advice with our mamas who are looking to capture your own special moments this holiday season.

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

We know this time of year can be busy to say the least. You’re jetting from the school concert, to the neighbourhood open house, to your own year end client appreciation party or managing higher retail volume. The demands on our time and energy as a Mamapreneur can be enormous, and it’s often these hectic times when our guard is down and we fall ill.
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How Your Community Shapes Your Business

How Your Community Shapes Your Business

We have seen firsthand how surrounding yourself with the right kind of people can be critical to success. Growing your network - your community - is not just about trying to get instant paying customers. In fact, that’s often just a happy side benefit! Here are 6 ways we see our members supporting one another in the Mamas & Co. community. 
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The 2017 Mamas & Co. Holiday Gift Guide

The 2017 Mamas & Co. Holiday Gift Guide

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hype, the lights and the billboards this time of year. But it’s just as easy to support small businesses - and in doing so, you’ll be helping dreams come true for the business owners and their families. 

To make it easier for you to support small businesses this holiday season, we’ve put together our 2nd annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring gifts for everyone on your list from some of our amazing Mamas & Co. members.

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What is influencer marketing

What is Influencer Marketing?

Whoever your target market, there's an influencer—probably many—who can help share your business with the online world. For instance, Mercedes Benz recently used an influencer and his insta-famous wolf dog Loki in a 360-degree online video to promote their brand to a millennial audience.

I love this new approach to marketing, and this blog post will break it down so you can better understand how influencer marketing might work for you.

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When your Business Partner is also your Life Partner

When your Business Partner is also your Life Partner

Any entrepreneur will tell you that running your own business can be challenging. And any married person can confirm that marriages also have their fair share are ups and downs. People have been partnering with their spouses for decades (remember the mom & pop shop?); but that does not mean it comes easy. So what can you do if you want the family business, and a decent family life? It is going to take some work.

My husband and I are partners, both personally and professionally. We run a business together, a home together, share a life together, parent together. We are still figuring out how to make it work, but here are a couple tips we picked up to help you keep your working relationship, and your marriage, on track.

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What's Next for Mamas & Co. in 2018

What's Next for Mamas & Co. in 2018

As you may have seen in last week's blog, we just finished our largest event of the year, MamaCon! We were so excited to share with our conference attendees some of the big things we have lined up for 2018 and we wanted to share them with you too. Read more to learn about our plans for the community, conferences and events, webinars, memberships and our new Mama Entrepreneur Fund!
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