Top 5 Jobs For Busy Moms – Success Strategies

A successful job for a busy mom will fit into everything else seamlessly, effortlessly, and will bring home good income. Here are my top five keys to success working from home as a busy mom.

Jobs for Busy Moms Strategy #1: Focus your time wisely. When you are working from home, every moment counts. Create a bullet list the night before so you know exactly what you are going to do with those two-hour nap times or single three-hour open windows. If you only have 15-minute spurts, create a list of quick tasks that can be done in those time windows you do have.

Jobs for Busy Moms Strategny #2: Dream bigger. When you’ve been at home as a mom for a few years, it is possible that you have gotten small in your dreams for your own professional future. Small dreams don’t get us excited, though, and they don’t help us reach our potential. Dream big and imagine the very best outcomes. Then be content with whatever shows up. Dreaming big lights a fire inside you that will give you that twinkle in your eyes. Success happens much easier when you’re jazzed about it.

Jobs for Busy Moms Strategy #3: Get a fast internet connection. As fast as possible. This will save you time and help you make more money with every moment that you wish to be working from home.

Jobs for Busy Moms Strategy #4: Choose a business opportunity that resonates with you. If you haven’t been checking in with yourself lately (moms often spend a lot more time making sure that their children’s activities are resonating than their own) it’s time to do so. Jobs or projects or businesses that resonate and make you feel good will succeed faster and with less stress than steep uphill climbs. Here’s a personal example: I tried to sell an energy drink and nobody I introduced to the drink liked it except me.

Plus, I don’t even really like energy drinks. I was talked into it by the people I like who invited me into their business, but it wasn’t a good fit for me. Then, a bunch of moms introduced me to a brand name grocery shopping business with the lowest prices in America guaranteed and free grocery shipping. I invite people to a product I totally need and use. That was so much easier for me than the energy drink, even though the energy drink business had a great business model. Grocery shopping was more fun for me to talk about – who doesn’t love a good deal? Get clear on what resonates with you, and stick to it.

Jobs for Busy Moms Strategy #5: Realize that it may take you more time to achieve results than when you worked before you had children. I am humbled time and time again by how long things take me to achieve that I could have done in a few weeks prior to being a mom. Now I just know that my business plan for a quarter is about what I could have done in three weeks before kids. This time with my children is so precious and it will be over so quickly, as I am already eight years in to being a mom. I am always in search of that personal space of being content while you know that you are balancing work and home and kids and a relationship and everything else that comes your way! Celebrate yourself. You are a hero, in my book.

Weight Loss Tips for Busy Moms – Top 5 Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss for Busy Moms

You see your body changing in a way that DOES NOT make you excited. You remember the days when you could walk the beach confidently or look in the mirror and think, “Damn I look GOOD!” You have the motivation and desire to make some changes, but you just can’t find the time. Does this sound like YOU? Weight loss for busy moms is a topic I speak about regularly at the gym. Between kids, work, husbands and a thousand other things, spending hours at the gym just doesn’t seem realistic. Well, I’m here to shoot you straight. For most people, spending hours at the gym ISN’T realistic. The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to see results. You don’t need to come in and lift weights for an hour then spend another hour on the treadmill jogging your life away. You shouldn’t have to stress about exercise. Exercise should be your outlet, your escape from the responsibilities of every day life. Whether it’s 15 minutes or 60 minutes, exercise should be your break. It should be a breath of fresh air! The benefits of exercise, even if only 15 minutes per day, can lead to a happier and healthier life. The Mayo Clinic states that simply exercising consistently can help participants control weight, combat numerous health conditions and diseases, improve mood, boost energy, promote better sleep, and IMPROVE your sex life. At this point, you might be wondering how 15 minutes of exercise is going to make a difference for you. What can you do in 15 minutes that will help you lose weight? Read on to find out!

Top 5 Weight Loss Tips for Busy Moms

1. Find 15-30 minutes EVERY DAY for yourself to de-stress. Everyone can find 15-30 minutes per day of down time. Make it a point to give yourself some ME time. By taking time to yourself, you can allow your body and mind to de-stress. Hormones play a BIG role in weight management (especially for mature women). Increased levels of stress will lead to higher levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol will make you crave those delicious little snacks that lead to weight gain. Therefore, by simply taking the time to de-stress, you lower your levels of cortisol and reduce your appetite and cravings, leading to weight loss. Couple that with exercise, and you’ll create an even larger calorie deficit and build some muscle to get that toned look.

2. Stock your fridge and pantry with convenient, healthy foods. It’s easy to grab a Chewy bar or Peach Cobbler Yoplait Yogurt when you’re late and still trying to get the kids ready, but if you’re trying to lose that pesky belly fat or hip fat, it isn’t a smart choice. Oftentimes, we shop for kids and family and not ourselves. Take the time to buy a few extra items for mom instead of eating whatever is fast and easy.

3. EAT MORE! This is especially important if you’re exercising (which you better be after reading this article). You can not starve your way to a healthier, better looking body. By not eating consistently throughout the day, you put your body into starvation mode. When this happens, your body hoards any fat it can get from the food you do eat, so it may feel like you’re hardly eating, but still gaining fat! Our bodies are smart and adapt to our diet. If you’re trying to live on incredibly low calorie diets, your body will wise up and hold onto the few calories it does get. In addition to that (as if that isn’t horrible enough!), by starving yourself you increase stress thus increasing Cortisol (cravings anyone?). You’ll feel cranky, unmotivated, tired and you’ll sleep worse! So what do you do? You eat a healthy amount of food. The key is to eat healthy foods, not convenient foods (see number 2 for ideas). Fuel your body appropriately and it will take care of itself.

4. Learn about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). If you’re a busy mom looking for exercise tips, this is your bread and butter. HIIT packs an hour on the treadmill into 20-30 minutes. Numerous studies show the benefits of HIIT – increased VO2 max, fat loss, muscle definition, decreased cravings, lower blood pressure, lower risk for heart disease, and more. HIIT can be done on the treadmill, outdoors, on a Spin bicycle, on an Arc Trainer, and just about anywhere else! All you need is your body and a lot of effort! More on this later in the article.

5. Get a routine. Finding time to exercise becomes a lot easier when you and everyone around you knows when you’re going to do it. Try to find a time first thing in the morning, or right after you drop the kids off, or right after you put the kids to bed. By finding a time that works for you almost every day, exercise becomes a habit. You unconsciously start planning around your exercise time instead of trying to fit it in here or there. The same goes for everyone who knows about it. By making it clear that this is your 15-30 minutes to exercise, those around you unconsciously start to work around that time. Getting into a routine and building an exercise habit is very important when you’re busy with other things, especially if you’re a busy mom trying to lose weight.

There you have it! Those are five of my best tips about weight loss for busy moms. Follow those as closely as you can and you will start to see changes in your mood and your body!

HIIT for Busy Moms – Make the Most of Your Workouts

In number 4, I promised more about HIIT. As I said, HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. It can consist of body weight exercises, treadmill work, Spin classes, and many other things. If you’re a busy mom constantly on the move, HIIT is super convenient because you don’t need any equipment if you don’t have it readily available! You’ll also be able to utilize EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), which is the wild card for burning fat. Studies show that HIIT is far more effective for burning calories than steady state cardio and the hormones produced during HIIT are much more beneficial for weight loss and building muscle definition. The combination of EPOC, high amounts of calories being burned, hormonal benefits and short workouts makes HIIT the perfect exercise regimen for busy moms looking to lose weight.

Home-Based Business Moms – Don’t Try to Do it All Alone

Most home-based business moms start out as solo-professionals. They begin offering a service from a home-based office, and they wear all the hats in that business. Problem is, when they’re wearing all the hats, it may save on costs, but at what cost?

Here are few things to consider if you’re a home-based business mom and you’re currently operating your business all on your own, without any help.

(1) If you had just hired a web designer, your website would be done

Your website would look professional and it would be generating leads for you every day. You can get a professionally designed website or blog site for just a few hundred dollars. So I ask you, what is it costing you to not have that website? Try Elance.com or ask friends and colleagues for referrals.

(2) If you had invested in some marketing or business coaching

You would have given your business a much stronger foundation to stand on, and you’d be growing right now instead of struggling. You need to be constantly looking for ways to grow yourself and your business, whether that’s through books, CDs, information products, seminars, teleclasses, coaching, or participating in a mastermind group.

Investing in yourself is the quickest way to grow your business and get out of struggle. A coach can teach you, push you and hold you accountable. But you still have to be willing to grow and get out of your own way. You have to be willing to step into the uncomfortable and try new things; otherwise you will stay right where you are. Your business will grow only when you grow first.

(3) If you had hired a bookkeeper

If you had hired a bookkeeper to come in for a few hours a month to handle all of your business and personal finances, you could be spending more time with your family, or working on your business. You can easily find a bookkeeper for as little as $40 to $60 an hour. Is $100 to $200 a month worth it to make sure your business finances are in order come tax time? You bet it is! QuickBooks certifies bookkeepers and is a great resource. You can also check with your CPA or tax accountant, friends or referrals, or use Elance or Craigslist.

(4) If you had hired a part-time virtual assistant

If you had hired an assistant for even 1-2 hours a week, you could have spent that time growing your business with marketing or focusing on revenue-producing activities. You can easily find help for between $20 and $50 an hour, depending on the level of experience you are looking for (you might even be able to find a student or an intern for $10 an hour). So for as little as a few hundred dollars a month, you could free yourself up to focus on growing your business, not just keeping it afloat.

To find a virtual assistant or support, ask friends and colleagues for referrals, search Google, or try Elance, Craigslist, or your local community.

(5) If you had hired a housekeeper

If you had hired a housekeeper to come in a couple times a month to clean your house, you could be spending your weekends with your family and rejuvenating yourself, instead of cleaning toilets and keeping your house clean. If nothing else, delegate household tasks among your family members. Even small children will learn responsibility when given small tasks to do. Pre-teens and teens are quite capable, and yes, they will complain when given tasks, but you will be helping them to grow into responsible adults who can take care of themselves.

For example, I taught my kids how to pack their own lunches when they were in elementary school, and how to do their own laundry when they were in junior high school. It helped me out tremendously and they are now very self-sufficient people. To find a housekeeper, check with friends and neighbors for a referral. Or check your local community classified ads.

These are all simple examples of easy ways to get help

So stop believing you have to do everything yourself, start asking others to help you (whether you pay them or you just choose to start with family members), and then accept that help. Know that they probably won’t do things exactly the same way you would and instead of micro-managing them, focus your time on growing your business, or enjoying your life. That is after all why you started this business in the first place, isn’t it?

Wow – Home Based Business Mom Finds Answers Online!

If you are anything like me, a home based business mom in the making, you are determined to do whatever it takes to prevent your children from going to daycare. Even before I had my four wonderful children, I knew that my kids would never set foot in a daycare. They were going to be raised by husband and myself. My motto is, “Where there is a will, there is a way!” So, what steps did I take to ensure this plan?

Like many people, I always wanted to be my own boss so I could have a flexible schedule and work around my kids activities. After graduating from college, I formed an errands business. No similar business existed in my area to “model” so it was more like paving my own road.

What is the most important factor when starting a traditional business today? Marketing! Three simple but creative marketing strategies on a shoestring budget are:

1. Flyers/brochures–Use a computer to create a flyer or brochure advertising your business. For my errands business, I literally walked into retirement homes to tell the owners that I would transport their residents to doctors appointments and do their shopping for them. I walked downtown, going door-to-door handing out brochures to let everyone know that I started a business and could run their errands. The two main benefits to this method are saving money on postage and by personally handing out your business information, you can start to build relationships with individuals.

2. Classified ads in community newspapers–Placing classified ads in your local small papers is much more affordable than the county newspapers but can be just as effective.

3. Local Ad on Craig’s List–An ad on Craig’s List is free and can be viewed by a much wider audience. (Unfortunately, Craig’s List was not available when I started my business.)

By using the brochures and community ads, this home based business mom was making it work. After a few years, I got married and two years after that, we had our 1st son. I was able to take my son with me on appointments so my plan was in motion.

Two years later, my 2nd son came along. Transporting a senior citizen who walks with a cane or walker while caring for a toddler and an infant became a bit of a struggle. While driving, I would try to create conversation with my clients without too much success due to a screaming infant in the back seat. Needless to say, I started to scale back my appointments but I was missing my extra income.

After 2 more children, family expenses were starting to increase. This home based business mom decided to become a consultant for Creative Memories, a scrap-booking company, to earn extra income. After many years, I found the home party industry to have its drawbacks as well. Some of the less desirable factors for the home party industry like Creative Memories are:

1. The much needed evening and weekend home party times cuts into personal family time

2. Small commissions–Average sales approximately $500-$700 earning $150-$210 in commissions

3. Quarterly Quotas–$500 minimum requirement every 3 months. All Sales tax and shipping are pre-paid on the retail value of the product ordered.

Given these less desirable factors, Creative Memories for me has been set on the back-burner because of its inability to generate significant income.

Before I knew it, all 4 kids were in school. So, this home based business mom went back to the drawing board. I decided to work part-time to help a family member with his “brick and mortar” business. I really enjoyed the work and the social aspect of being around people and soon found myself working almost full-time for a “family discounted” hourly rate. Meanwhile, my own family quietly suffered because I was not home to put dinner on the table or run the kids to their sports practices. Feeling under-appreciated for the sacrifices I was making to help my family member with his business, we ended our working relationship.

Once again, this home based business mom ended up back at the drawing board. Finally, I found the answer… online! As a seasoned online marketer, my husband recommended I work online too. The main benefits to working online are:

1. It can be full or part-time with flexibility

2. It is portable–work while on vacation or at the children’s sports practice

3. Teamwork–husbands and wives can work together

4. Unlimited income potential

5. Home based so business expenses can be deducted on annual taxes

In my opinion, it would be well worth your time to research the various online opportunities.