Make Working From Home Work For You! 1St Friday Finance with Martha Giffen

Have you ever wanted to work from home but didn’t know how to get started? Has the though of working from home seemed intimidating?  Have you wondered about the benefits and challenges of working from home?

Martha Giffen, author of Be Social Be Rich shared how moms and all women can successfully navigate the work from home world.  She shared her story of how she came to work from home, how she managed, family, supporting her husband in his successful businesses, and being successful in her work from home endeavors.  She  shared with us tips, advice and wisdom that will help anyone know how to be successful in working from home.

Martha navigated the work at home world in one way or another since her children were small. From telemarketing for a funeral home to selling encyclopedias, Martha was able to use her gift of connecting with people to help grow her business. She helped her husband grow his business, and eventually stepped out in her own from home professional endeavors. One of those endeavors was authoring an Amazon Best Seller book Be Social Be Rich.  Her book helps business owners to navigate the social media world to expand their reach, build relationships, and find support in growing business.

Martha shared some tips and wisdom that can help moms and anyone start on a successful path to making working from home work for you.

Find what you are good at and that is what you are supposed to do! When you know what you are good at and pursue a business that uses those strengths, you will have a natural success at it!

Find a space to carve out just for you and for your business! Dedicating a space puts you and your family in the mindset that when you are in that space it is time for you (mom’s time) to work on the business.

Embrace the skills that you have honed being a mom and a manager of your household! As moms we manage schedules, finances, problem solve, prioritize, we are organized and we are dedicated to getting our “job” done.  Those skills (and others we hone as moms) translate directly into the skills needed to be successful at working from home.

Engage with others! As moms and generally as women, we are relational.  Use your relational nature to build connections and friendships.

Use social media platforms to extent your relational reach! Create bonds and friendships in online communities.  Those connections often translate into support for your business, potential customers and opportunities (relationship marketing).  Even if there are not many business  connections you will be richer in that you have connected and engaged with a larger group of people.

To see Martha’s book Be Social Be Rich visit Amazon.com . To learn more about Martha and how she can inspire and help you to manage your business and how you can work with her,  visit MarthaGiffen.com

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Third Friday Creativity Hat! Ann Skydell Harmon of Ann-Made 9/23

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I was first introduced to  Ann Skydell Harmon of Ann-Made through an article in First Magazine article (June 6, 2011 issue) that featured her and her company.  I knew then that I just had to have her on the Mom of Many Hats Radio Show. I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with Ann on today’s show and we had a wonderful time.  My impression of her was confirmed. Ann embodies what it is to be a mom of many hats.  Her outlook is exactly what the Mom of Many Hats Radio Show strives to illuminate – that as women and moms, we have many roles and experiences and they are all valuable.

Ann shared with us the story of how her company Ann-Made was born out of her work with special needs and at risk kids. Her goal as an art teacher was to teach them to use creativity to think through life’s everyday problems.  Through art and creative problem solving, she wanted to give them a different lens to see life’s issues through. In a classroom project, she found the creative outlet and product that brought her to where she is now – a socially and environmentally responsible business owner. She utilized creative strategies to create her company, and provides those that help her a creative outlet to better themselves.

Besides being a company that does good and responsible works, Ann-Made pieces are unique, beautiful, and made with quality in mind.  Ann uses her creativity and her graphic arts experience to create designs that are eye catching and different than anything you will see. The pieces are produced by a group of women that benefit from the employment opportunity, with materials that are obtained responsibly.  From production to the sale of her jewelry, the positive ripple effect is a wonderful contribution to the world.

To see Ann’s work visit AnnMadeArt.com!

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First Friday Finance! Baby Clothes Network 9/2/11

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How much do you spend each month on clothes for your little ones?

As moms, one of our jobs is to make sure our children are clothed in attire appropriate for the seasons.  But, as fast as the little ones grow, we are constantly running out to the stores and spending a fortune on clothing that fits. It can make juggling our finance hat a bit challenging!

Patrick Knauer of Baby Clothes Network (BCN) joined us this week to show us how we can save on the cost of clothing our little ones as well as re-purposing the clothing they have grown out of. Through the innovative idea of online clothing exchange, BCN provides a tool to connect moms who want to pass along barely used clothes to moms who are looking for quality and convenience for a great price! Through the use of flat rate shipping, BCN is able to provide a place where moms can find like new clothing for about $1 a piece. You can’t beat that price!

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Creative Hat With Sarah Witenhafer, Author of Tamed 8/26/11

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How do you define creativity? We looked at wearing our creativity hat with Sarah Whitenhafer.

As moms, we engage in so many activities that are creative, but we don’t always realize how valuable our creativity is.  Our creativity is an expression of ourselves.  It is also a lesson to our children about how to express who they are through creating something outside of themselves.

Creativity comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  It could be music, art, dance – anything that allows an outlet of expression that is different that the common spoken word.  Sarah shared her creative journey with the written word as she took us through the process of writing her novel, Tamed .  We talked about what creativity is, what impact it as on us as moms. and the impact it has on our families. Sarah shared with us what blessings the process of being creative brought to her family, her faith, and her self.

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