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May
03

The Choice

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Recently my business-sense was thrown for a loop. I had a discussion with a colleague about marketing efforts and how frustrated she was that she wasn’t seeing the increase in sales that she desired. A day or so later I had a conversation with a woman that I mentor about how great her scalesbusiness was growing, but how she still felt like she couldn’t reach the level of success that she was seeking. And then I talked with a wonderful Christian businessman who told me all about the success he was seeing in his business – he has been given awards by his company, all kinds of accolades and even an expensive car. And yet he was still straining toward the ever-moving target of success.

Those conversations left me wondering if I should be more focused on money making. Was I doing myself and my business a disservice by not climbing the so-called corporate ladder? I began to doubt myself and my decisions. I began to make a list of all the marketing efforts that I needed to begin to ramp up sales and make things happen.

But then, as I sat reading my Bible one morning, I felt God nudging me to take a good hard look at the real issue going on. I felt Him – in that still small voice of the Holy Spirit – asking me if I was going to choose to pursue money or choose Him.

Ouch.

We know that God’s Word tells us in Luke 16:13 that

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

I saw that I had a choice to make. One that I have made countless times in the past.

I could set my sights on money (or success, fame, fortune) and find myself:

  • Worried only about money.
  • Making decisions based solely on finances
  • Not considering the human/ministry aspect of my business – the women who are looking for help to make their way home to their children

Or I could choose to set my eyes on Christ alone and find myself:

  • Ruled by His peace that surpasses understanding
  • Making decisions based on God’s leading – regardless of if they make sense financially
  • Tuned in to the people my business impacts , reaching them for the kingdom of God

The choice is ours. We can choose to rely on our business-smarts, our financial know-how and the prescriptions for success given to us by the world. Or we can choose to focus on our relationships with God and let Him lead us in how to go about running our businesses.

What will your choice be?

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Feb
20

40 Days to a Better Business: Day 1 – Scheduling

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40 Days to a Better Business

 

One of the questions that I get most often about working from home is how to get it all done. How does one person manage a household and a business at the same time?

I’m here to encourage you that it CAN be done. It’s a stretch at times, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy, right?

One thing that has helped me manage all of the laundry, cleaning, cooking, blogging, social media and other home and business chores is creating a schedule. Now, some of you reading think this is a no-brainer as maybe this comes naturally to you. Others of you are like me – kicking and screaming that the whole reason we work from home is the flexibility. We threw the schedule out the window when we quit the corporate world!

However, businesses and families alike work better with at least a rough outline of a schedule. Kids especially benefit from a more scheduled environment. When I began scheduling our weeks a bit, my kids responded to that with better attitudes and less acting out.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Laura Markham says, “Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine.   A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives.”

Just as kids respond to routine, I’ve found that my business behaves better with a schedule as well. The key is to find what works best for you, your business and your family. Don’t compare yourselves to everyone around you. Your life and your business will never look like theirs – because they are YOURS.

We spend too much of life trying to make ourselves fit into the perfect picture we think we see around us. What we really need to be doing is seeking Christ above all. And then working within how He created us to be the best stewards of what He has given us.

One thing that I have found works well for me is to set a day for everything. I’ve adapted this over the years to fit the seasons of my business and family life. Currently my days look something like this:

  • Mondays – Housework and laundry, writing in between, email catch-up from the weekend
  • Tuesdays – Grocery shopping and business tasks, writing and speaking prep
  • Wednesdays – Bible study (in season), marketing tasks
  • Thursdays – Business tasks as much as possible with playtime in between (when my kids are home from school)
  • Fridays – Take it Easy Day. Lunch with my husband or a friend. Business tasks as time allows.
  • Saturdays – Laundry … again. Cleaning with the help of my family.
  • Sundays – Church and a good, long nap Read More→
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Feb
19

40 Days to a Better Business: An Introduction

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Beginning tomorrow on CWAHM, we will begin a journey called “40 Days to a Better Business.”

As you join us on this journey, I would encourage you to spend today in prayer, preparing for what God has for you and your business.

Here are some ideas on how you can be praying and preparing:

* Ask God to show you what He would have you do better for your business.

* Ask God to reveal to you things that you may be unknowingly doing that may be harmful your business.

* Create a place to take notes and journal during this process. A document on your computer will work or you can buy a special notebook to keep your thoughts and ideas in.

* Make a list of things that you would like to see change/improve in your business.

Begin each day of our 40 day journey:

* In quiet time with God – as little as 1 verse in Proverbs.

* In prayer – ask God to open your eyes to what He has for you to do and learn that day.

* With a blank sheet of paper (in your notebook or computer document) ready to make note of what God reveals and ideas that come to mind.

* With a great attitude and a desire to make a change!

40 Days to a Better Business

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Jan
29

Work vs. Relationship – Which Matters More?

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Hard work, however noble, without a relationship with the Father proves empty, meaningless and despairing.” – Tom Nelsonfather and son

In his book, Work Matters, Nelson talks about the prodigal son. Now, I know this is a story that many of us have heard over and over throughout the years, but I caught something different when Nelson wrote about the story through the lens of work.

Nelson talks about the elder son in the story – the one who stayed home and continued to work diligently; the one who is angered when his father rejoicing over the returning of the “bad son,” the good for nothing son.

He points out that while the oldest son had worked hard, “his work was not connected to a loving relationship with his father.”

Stop and read that again. Let’s ponder that.

Let’s look to our own hearts.

Is our work connected to a loving relationship with God?

Or are we working our way through life trying to earn His love? Trying to garner His favor by doing good things, the “right” things.

I see myself in that oldest son. I see myself trying to work hard and wanting God to notice me – to notice all the things I’m doing.

But that isn’t what matters to God.

Our RELATIONSHIP with Him is what matters.

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Jan
04

Jumpstart Your Home-Based Business This New Year

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jillThe jumpbeginning of a new year can be a great time for your home-based business. There are many ways that you can use this time of year to begin new growth and continue the rush from the holiday season.

For many people, this is the time of year that they reflect upon their lives. New Year’s resolutions are made and goals for the New Year are set. Many women in our society are unhappy in the corporate world and seeking to make a change and enter the home-based working world. What better time of year to be presenting your home-based business opportunity as often as possible?

There are many ways to go about the task of increasing your business and recruiting. Take time before the New Year begins to make a list of strategies that you can implement to get your name out there. Also, think about what small changes you can make to increase customer loyalty, repeat business and other business aspects like these.

If your goal is to increase recruitment for business partners, consider finding a Leads program in which to take part. Many times these programs can provide you with interested home-based business seekers with which to share your business opportunities. Look for a program that is suited to your particular business or beliefs. There are many different types of Leads programs available on the internet – take the time to find the one that suits you, your business and your budget best.

A great recruiting tool is to sponsor contests. You can do this both online and in your local area. This can create a “buzz” about your business and provide you with names of people who might be interested in your business opportunity. One “out of the box” way that I have heard of the contest sponsorship idea being done is to put contest entry boxes in local women’s fitness clubs or places that would fit your particular business. Use “Customer Care Cards” as the entry forms so that you can collect the name, address, phone number and email address of the person entering your contest. Follow up with a phone call to each and every entry. Some may be interested in hosting a party for you or in hearing about your business opportunity.

Maybe your goal this New Year isn’t recruitment, but sales growth. Make a list of creative ways that you can encourage customers to consider your products. You can jumpstart this year’s sales by offering “After Christmas” specials, after-purchase freebies, contests and more.

One way that many home-based business owners online neglect to take advantage of is the signature line in emails and when posting in forums. This can be a great tool to advertise your business, specials and contests. I receive many emails from business owners who do not include a signature line with their business name, and sometimes they fail to even put their name at the end of the email! This is not only unprofessional, but makes it much more difficult to find out more about their business. Every email sent this way is a potential sale lost.

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Jan
01

Organizing Your New Year

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jill-new14new year new startThe New Year is here!

I look forward this new beginning each year with a great deal of anticipation. It’s time to shake off the things of last year and look to the days of head and all of the opportunites they hold.

To help you start your year off right, here are a few thoughts for organizing your business and household for the upcoming year.

BUSINESS 

1. Files – Now is a great time to go through your files and make sure all is in order – labeled and put in a place where they are easily accessible. Take the time to throw out anything that can go and put old tax and business files into storage.

2. Desk –  A clean desk is a great way to kick off the new year. Find a place for everything and put everything in it’s place. It will help motivate you to sit down and get to work – no distractions.

3. Calendar –  Buy yourself a new calendar and/or planner and start filling that baby up. Make sure to mark in the days when there is no school (or early out days), and other items that you’ll need to keep you organized in both business and family tasks.

HOUSEHOLD 

1. Drawers and Closets – With the cold weather keeping you indoors, this is a great time to clean out those drawers and closets that need your attention. It’s also a great time to donate your gently used items.

2. Books – Just like clothing and other household goods, books can be donated to your local homeless shelter. Our local shelter has a library available to all of it’s residents. So, take time this new year to go through your books and donate those that you can part with.

3. Storage Spots –  Now that it’s time to put the Christmas decorations away, you might as well tidy up those storage areas as well. I’ve found that adding shelving to our small storage room makes it much easier to keep things organized and accessible. Also, nowadays you can buy colored totes to make separating out holiday decorations – or other items – easy.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

1. Hello/Goodbye Workbook (by Jo Saxton and Stephanie O’Brien – “The ‘Hello Goodbye’ process is a tool in response to New Year’s resolutions – it is not about fixing yourself, but intentionally, prayerfully turning away from certain things, whether good or bad, and turning towards other things.  Those things might be fun (like working out!) or they may be uncomfortable like embracing grief or forgiveness, but the focus is finding ways to be healthier emotionally, spiritually and physically.”

2. Joanna Weaver’s 2018 Utmost for His Highest Bible Reading Plan  –  Joanna Weaver is the author of several books, most notably Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Joanna explains a little about her 2018 reading challenge: “Each day, after reading an assigned chapter from the Bible, you’ll be encouraged to also consider that day’s entry from Oswald Chambers’ devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest .” Joanna will be sharing updates every weekday on her blog (and I’ll be contributing in April!). You can download the free workbook when you sign up (also free) on her website: JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

 

I hope you’re as excited about this new year as I am! I’d love to hear your tips for getting organized – post them in the comments below!

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Dec
26

Living as a Light

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NIV candlelight

How are you a light to those you work with? Do friends, colleagues and clients know that you’re a Christian? Can they tell simply by the way you live your life; the way you treat them?

I love this quote from the book (Work Matters) from sociologist James Hunter regarding the fact that Christ is faithfully present to us. “Faithful presence in the world means that Christians are fully present and committed in their spheres of influence, whatever they may be: their families, neighborhoods, voluntary activities and places of work.”

The question we must ask ourselves then is, “Am I fully present?” Am I engaged in my community, my church, my life? Or am I simply letting life pass me by as I muddle through each day with an attitude of defeat?

As my wonderful assistant, Pebbles Jacobo would say, “Be where you are.”

Such a simple statement, but when we live it out it has a massive impact.

Be fully present when you’re with your kids. Be fully present when you’re working. I know that switching between the two is incredibly difficult when you work from home, but it is a skill that can be learned. Or maybe a better way to phrase that would be it is an attitude that can be chosen.

When my kids were small I struggled to shut off work mode to listen to their excessive enthusiasm over things like Elmo. There were many days (and still are) when I had to force myself to close my laptop, look my kids in the eye and listen. Truly listen.

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Dec
14

Seasons of Finding Yourself

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We oftenWoman in worship position hear about “seasons of life,” especially when something tough happens in our life. As the years go by, I am also noticing what I like to call “seasons of finding myself.” This applied primarily to times in our life when a major shift has occurred, and we must readjust our view of ourselves – our identity – into a new normal.

Some of these major life shifts may include:

  • Becoming a wife
  • Becoming a mother
  • New life-stages of motherhood (infants, toddlers, elementary age, tweens, teens, adult children)
  • Transitioning home from the corporate world
  • Going back to school
  • Starting a new job

I have experienced each of these stages, and each one seems to throw me off while I sort-out what my new identity or role is. For example, when my children transitioned from toddlers to school age, I had to determine what my role would now be. My role as their mother hadn’t completely changed, but new role opportunities had been added – Room Parent, School Volunteer, PTA Parent, etc. I now had to decide what level of involvement I would have in my children’s day-to-day lives while they were at school.   Read More→

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Nov
28

Work as Worship

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Is your Monday different than your Sunday? Or, in other words, are you worshiping God through the week the same way you do at church on Sunday morning?

It can be hard at times to see our work as a form of worship, but Dorothy Sayers, in her Essay “Why Work,” says just that:

“Let the church remember this: that every maker and every worker is called to serve God in his profession on trade – not outside it … The only Christian work is good work well done.”

Isn’t that freeing? It isn’t supposed to be God OR work. We are called to worship God through our work. Every beautiful thing we create, every item we sell, every customer we interact with … it’s all meant to be well done – to the best of our abilities as an offer to God.

For many years I struggled with the pressure I felt running CWAHM. I felt that it was somehow “not good enough” no matter where I looked. In the eyes of the business world, I’m certainly small potatoes – not to mention that I have a Biblical Counseling degree, not a business degree. And in the eyes of the Christian world I wasn’t “Christian enough” because I talk about selling and marketing and business.

But, God has brought me to a place where I can see that by living out my calling – the calling that HE has given me – I am glorifying Him. I may never be “enough” in anyone else’s eyes, but I’m working for an audience of One and He is the only opinion that counts. Read More→

Nov
24

Thanksgiving Perspective

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Do you feel like a success?

As work-at-home moms it’s easy to get caught up in the “look what she has accomplished” mindset and fail to see all that God has done in our own lives and businesses.

We need to shift our perspectives from “What I want to accomplish?” to “WOW! Look what God has done!”

Thanksgiving is upon us and this seems like the perfect time of year to think about how God sees you and your success. Do you believe that He wants you to succeed?

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Believe it or not, the sentence above is a quote directly from Scripture – Psalm 20:4. If our hearts are right with God, we are on track for success in life. Now, this may not mean that each of us can be a millionaire, but it does mean that God wants to lead us down the path to success.

We must, however, keep in mind that God’s idea of success in our lives may not look exactly like the version we see in our heads. God first and foremost wants us to be the person that He created us to be; to live a life of sacrifice, obedience and love. We can’t simply hoard our money and resources for ourselves, living in fear that we won’t have enough,  hoping that God will bless that. God calls us to a much bigger belief than that!He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.

This proverb (see Proverbs 2:7) is a powerful reminder that our God is a God of justice. He “holds success” for the upright.

Does that mean wicked people can’t be successful? No.

We must look at the sentence following and be reminded that God is our shield – if we trust in Jesus. Only by trusting in the person and power of Jesus can we be seen as “blameless in God’s sight.” (1 Corinthians 1:8)

You see, God looks at us much differently than we look at ourselves. We see our sins, failures and shortcomings. However, when we believe in Jesus as our salvation, God sees us as blameless. What freedom there is in that truth!

There are other areas of life where we need a perspective change as well. You see, many of us, especially Americans see ourselves as poor.  We makes comments like, “I’m so broke.”  I’ve been guilty of this more times than I can count. But I recently had a wake-up call as to how God sees my financial status. Read More→

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