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Would you jump at the chance to leave a paycheck in favor of a dream job?

Of course, you would. Who wouldn’t?

Much has been written over the past 5 years about women in the workplace, their outlook on jobs, careers, and happiness.

A lot of attention is given to Stay at Home Moms, or SAHM”s.

I’m sure this applies to many of you as educated women who were engaged in fast paced careers prior to having children then opting out of a job to be at home with the kids.

Many women choosing to stay at home do so with no regrets, even though there are risks involved like possibly losing financial independence, a divorce, or difficulty re-entering the job market after a long stay at home.

Still, being true to a mother’s natural instinct to nurture, prioritizing children and loved ones over a demanding career despite some of the downside, is the prevailing sentiment of many women.

Staying at home does not mean you’re required to drop anchor and stay put in the doldrums.

Increasing numbers of SAHM’s are discovering ways to blend work and personal life.

In plain English, this means providing for their families but in redefined professional endeavors.

Many women are realizing that by going into business they can be happy at work and gain freedom by managing their own time.
There are real benefits such as gaining more financial independence, restoring a sense of individual identity, and, when chosen carefully, the ability to free up the time to be with the kids.

Beside SAHM’s there are women at various stages of their working lives whose issues deserve attention as well.

If we think of SAHM’s as being the middle of a broad spectrum of women in the workplace, there are dynamics in play at either end of the spectrum which carry significant weight as well.

There have been a number of articles in Forbes and other publications detailing the plight of female Millennials, the generation a few years removed from college but not quite 30 something.

These are bright, highly motivated and career oriented women who are evidently experiencing very early in life what previous generations encountered much later–career burnout.

Larissa Faw, a contributor at Forbes, has written extensively about these ambitious young professionals with demanding jobs, high incomes, and exciting lifestyles.

So what are the reasons for these young go-getters flaming out?

An obvious reason for their discouragement is that by disproportionate numbers to men, young women are stagnating in entry-level corporate positions.

After incessant striving and overachieving from grade school through college, millennial women can find themselves starting over, at the bottom of the corporate ladder, still yet having to strive in order to move up.

After bearing down all their lives to reach this point, they expected better once they hit the corporate battlefield, or at least a clear, more visible path forward.

In the corporate world, where no loyalties exist, a young person cannot see but a couple of years in front of them, let alone plot their career.

These women want to be able to see ten years ahead but that’s not the way it works now.

It’s no wonder they are frustrated and disappointed. That’s not the way it was in college.

The other interesting aspect of their early corporate experience according to Kelly Cutrone of People’s Revolution PR, is how they “underestimated the actual day to day drudgery” of their jobs.

Every college student romanticizes life in a big corporate job, but millennials are experiencing a rude awakening akin to waking up at 2:23 am and staring at the ceiling.

According to Teri Thompson of Purdue University, they run the risk of leaving their jobs to get away from the dissatisfaction, only to fall right back into another one just like it.

Suffice it to say there are a good many talented but dissatisfied young women who may have to either reset their goals to stay in the corporate world or reinvent themselves very early to find happiness in their work.

My perspective is that it is never too early to find your dream job.

Younger women may want to think about gathering resources and going into business.

Many young people today are doing just that because they are motivated more by purpose and positive impact than by wealth and status.

At the other end of the spectrum is a deepening pool of mid- career women who have been caught up in a corporate downsizing, or victims of broken promises about retirement pensions,  feeling pressured to reinvent their work lives to stay afloat, secure retirement, or both.

In common with their much younger colleagues, this is not the outcome they expected, especially after lengthy careers.

There is no reason for these talented, experienced, and resourceful  women to be swept aside as if they have nothing left to contribute.  On the contrary, it could well be a fantastic opportunity to leverage your skills and experience, become an entrepreneur and maybe even compete against your old team!

A midlife change can be your path to a reinvigorating career that inspires as well as lets you better control your own destiny, doing work you enjoy leaving you chomping at the bit to tell others about.

A mid or late career change is less about ladder climbing and more about an opportunity to explore what you want to do with a focus on purpose, fulfillment, and enjoyment.

Without a doubt, our first responsibility is to provide for our family and secure retirement later on, but an emphasis on what makes you happy is a higher priority in choosing what to do next.

You may end up pushing retirement back indefinitely because of the fulfillment you achieve, with no thought of stopping.

It is also well within the realm of possibility and entirely realistic for mothers and daughters to go into business together.

Each arrives in that place for completely different reasons in common cause.

What a fabulous blend of energy and experience!

The bottom line is that your dream job is available. You just need to make yourself seen, so to speak.

It is never too early to move from a paycheck to a dream job, nor is it ever too late.

For female entrepreneurs, your time is right now.

More women than ever before have the opportunity to open a small business.

Capture it before it passes you by.

 

Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner! Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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top-10-flexibleIt can be really tough to be a full-time working mom, always trying to find the time to complete all your daily tasks. Children grow up, and it is tempting to be with them, spend all your time watching them as they grow older, stronger and more confident about themselves.

But working for someone else is always going to stand in the way, requiring more and more of your precious time. So what will it be?

Will you sacrifice the time you have working for your boss or will you choose to stay with your kids?

Either way, you lose something. If you stay at home, you do not have the income you would have at work. If you choose work, you do not have enough time with your precious family.

But working for someone else is always going to stand in the way, requiring more and more of your precious time.

So what will it be? Will you sacrifice the time you have working for your boss or will you choose to stay with your kids?

Either way, you lose something. If you stay at home, you do not have the income you would have at work. If you choose work, you do not have enough time with your precious family.

The solution to this problem is simple and is none other than part-time business for moms. In this way, you will be able to adjust your working hours and still make it to your kids’ most important moments.

Be it a theatrical play or a sporting event, first day at school or graduation day, you will always be there for them.

And the best part is that you will be able to make some money and support the needs of the family.

Below, you can find some truly interesting small business ideas for moms. Perhaps your dream job is out there, waiting for you to start pursuing your dream and turn it into reality!

Ideas for Flexible Part-Time Business for Moms

 

Princess Tea Party Business

This is one of the most exciting small business ideas for a mom. Party planning is amazing, and you will get to be among kids all the time.

You can adjust your working hours according to your own busy schedule as a mom, either committing yourself 100% or working part-time, at the weekends, etc.

You will learn how to motivate kids into becoming true princesses, enjoying their tea party. A whole new magical world is unveiled before your eyes!

Children’s Etiquette Business

Teaching kids everything about how to behave properly in different social situations is the purpose of children’s etiquette.

It is great to teach children, and it can be really fulfilling when you watch them fully absorb all the knowledge that you have given to them.

You can even encourage your own kids to participate and learn all these cool things about social behavior.

Catering Business

Are you good at cooking? Do you have any educational background related to cooking or serving? If you are creative, and you love spending time in the kitchen, this is the perfect idea for you.

Just start planning menus for birthdays, parties, and other social events. Sky is the limit and you can combine business with pleasure if cooking is your favorite pastime!

Freelancing

If you are experienced in content writing, web design or financing, IT, etc. you can choose to subscribe to one of the online freelancing platforms available.

These platforms will allow you to sell your work and find customers on the web. Depending on how busy you are, you can arrange how many hours per week you can work.

Crafting Business

One of the most intriguing small business ideas for moms is to start a business creating, your own crafts. Be it candles or embroideries, home decorations or jewelry, you can use your imagination and work only when you have the time.

Of course, you can advertise your merchandise online and even set up an e-shop.

Babysitting

Moms are experienced in taking care of babies and kids. So babysitting is something that you are qualified to do. You can start babysitting for a while and see if it suits you as a profession. Chances are that you will love it!

Blogging

Are you passionate about something in particular and do you want to let the world know? Then you should consider blogging! This is a wonderful way for expressing yourself and being creative online.

If you succeed in getting high traffic on your blog, you can add advertisements and consider affiliating marketing.

Virtual Assistance Business

You may be at home, but you can work just as hard. So it is an interesting option to consider working as a virtual assistant. You will do all the administrative work required, and you will answer the phones, write emails, etc. All that in the comfort and privacy of your own home!

Online and Offline Courses

Are you interested in tutoring? If you love teaching but you cannot spend too much time away from home, online courses can be the answer to your question.

You can set up an online tutoring service and adjust your time, without being deprived of the teaching experience you have been craving for!

 

This covers a lot of different small business ideas for moms, all having in common the use of the web and an e-shop. Choose something that is competitive on the market today and set up your own online store.

You can make profits from selling dietary supplements or handmade clothes, accessories and jewelry, healthcare products, etc.

As you can see, there are many options out there for busy moms who want to combine family life with a small business.

Your family and your career should not be on opposing sides. On the contrary, you should find the ideal balance between them.

Running your own small business will offer you the flexibility you need, without depriving you of the extra income.

Spend time with your family, do not miss out on the important details in your family life and at the same time run your own business.

Hopefully, these options about part-time business for moms have offered you some inspiration. Choose the one that appeals to you the most and get on your way to success!

 

Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner! Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

 

lisa-180x150-3The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here

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Parents have a responsibility and a difficult challenge in preparing their children to learn and interact with others.

They set goals in hopes of realizing them for their children.

With all good intentions, the fact remains there is little time in the day for mom or dad to patiently teach their children essential life-enhancing social skills.

Let’s face it, after a day at work, a hard commute, feeding, bathing, and getting them ready for bed, then doing it all again tomorrow, leaves little time or energy for anything else.

No one is at fault. It’s something of a luxury that is lost in the shuffle. We all do the best we can but time is at a premium for most working parents.

Whether parents are preparing a child to enter elementary school, sit for a private school admissions interview, or simply trying to instill core values, proper manners, and, respectful behavior, a busy schedule blocks their best efforts and often leaves them falling short.

The issue is that you can’t leave life skills training to the internet or TV. Outside Etiquette and Enrichment training are what parents are looking for even on a modest scale.

I have a solution called Manners are Cool. It is a class you can teach.

Whenever I schedule and advertise a new session my classes are always full!

This is Where You Come In

My business has been catering to parents and children with this service since 1998 offering Children’s Life Skills Etiquette Enrichment classes for boys and girls.

Like I said, classes are always full.

You Can Provide this Service Part-Time to Create Extra Family Income

Becoming an Etiquette and Life Skills teacher just requires a cheerful attitude, common sense, patience with younger children, and a neat and clean room to accommodate up to about 10 kids.

The” Manners are Cool” instruction manual is all the teacher’s guide and curriculum you’ll need.

Your service is to help prepare young children to interact confidently and respectfully with their parents, peers, administrators and teachers at home and in the classroom.

The “Manners are Cool” handbook is a complete class guide for both teacher and student and has everything needed to conduct the course sessions.

You can relax and enjoy the kids. There’s nothing to stress about.

This Life Skills Etiquette Enrichment training is geared to younger children, ages 6-10, focusing on the basic building blocks of appropriate behavior in social situations

The “Manners are Cool” approach makes it fun for the kids as they learn by doing, the important benefits of “Look, Listen, and Lead.”

The primary benefits of your program are:

  1. Enhanced awareness of personal behavior and self-esteem
  2. Improved classroom and at home behavior
  3. Development of social skills to create positive first impressions
  4. Successful listening and communication skills

As children enter elementary school, it’s very important they have an understanding of how to interact with others. Your etiquette sessions will teach the basics of:

  • Why manners are important
  • How to address the teacher and/or administrator
  • Positive First impressions
  • Introductions and greetings
  • Interaction with adults
  • Eye contact
  • Body language
  • Social interaction with peers
  • Kindness and respect toward others
  • Thank you notes, and more

Parents are so appreciative of the positive influence that this training has to offer, and they pay well because of it. It is impossible to put a price on the lasting value of this training.

In most cases, it’s less than the cost of gasoline fueling their weekly commute.

Parents also feel better about themselves for having provided this positive foundation for their kids.

It’s truly a win-win-win for everyone.

 

The classes are designed to be fun and interactive, as children learn these behaviors best in groups with their peers, usually in groups of about 8.

The “Manners are Cool” approach is very successful as a learning method for kids in this age group.

Proper Guidance at a young age to put children on the right path to positive and appropriate behavior pays enormous dividends in the classroom, at home, and other social settings.

Given poor role models on television, the internet, and other social situations, parents are in a bind and this help is in very high demand!

This is a business that can be created around your schedule at very low cost. It is your time and a good effort to get it started.

When kids are having fun learning, parents are enthusiastic, will put the word out, and you’ll be booked solid in no time.

 

If, after reading this article, you conclude that you found it helpful, please feel free to share it with your network. Perhaps we can learn from one another. Thanks!

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here

 

 

Flexible Part-Time Jobs for Working Mothers are in High Demand  5

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A day in a working mother’s life is often a tumultuous affair, trying to hold together a fragile balance, or at least the appearance of such, between work and family life.

It’s a lot of effort to keep it from spinning out of control.

With all the floating moving parts, it feels like gravity has deserted and left you hung upside down.

Working a job and running a household can be that frantic.

Any argument there?

It can run in hypnotic cycles, like a pendulum swinging from side to side, hinged on factors essentially outside of our control.

Here’s what the Science Guys Say

Between 1997 and 2007, research showed that working full time outside the home was losing its appeal with mothers of young children.

That included moms who worked in the home and those that didn’t.

In clear terms , when  asked, “What would the ideal situation for you be-working full time, part time, or not at all outside the home” (in 2007) only 21% of mothers thought working outside the home would be ideal, while 60% favored part-time employment.

Clearly, mothers strongly desired to work around their children’s schedule and be there when it counted.

While this might strike you as stating the obvious, it appears that a mother’s view about how much they would like to work has since turned  in the opposite direction in the following decade from 2007 to the present.

A closer look reveals that the common factor causing the pendulum shifts back and forth is not simply a mother’s desire to be with the kids, it’s a more complex balancing act between feelings and emotions regarding household finances, the welfare of the children, and her own needs.

In the prior decade, economies in developed countries were relatively strong, which translated to a more relaxed household.

In the decade since, quite the opposite has been the case.

And not just in developed countries, it’s everywhere affected by unstable economic conditions. Which is… just about everywhere these days.

Pew Research surveys in recent years have found a strong correlation between financial well- being and firmly held views about the ideal work situation.

The more comfortable you are, the more part-time work is appealing and vice versa. Simple as that?

It’s compelling information but I’m not 100% sold.

In simmering all of this down, in my opinion, living comfortably, working part time, and being there for my family is where I want to be.

End of story.

To back this up, Pew’s research left no doubt when it found that a plurality of mothers (45%) and even a 41% of fathers said the best thing for a young child is to have a mother work part time.

So, what to do?

Since we cannot control much outside of ourselves, let alone the economy, how can we achieve the balance between the welfare of our children, financial prosperity, and our personal needs?

Further compounding the issues is what is called “barriers to choice”, meaning that even if the choice is made to pursue part-time work, it is often hard to see any prospect of finding a job that works around the kid’s school, holiday schedule, outside activities, and so on.

Can I ask you a question?

If you’re in a frantic day job, is earning an income with flexible hours so you can free up time to spend with the kids the most important thing in your mind?

If you’re a stay at home mom, would you be grateful to bring in extra household income and also give yourself a blissful break from changing diapers and chasing after the kids?

Being a working mom in today’s world isn’t easy and often an eye-popping experience.

The pay is usually lower, there is outside childcare to think about, then you come dragging home in the evening to your main job…running the household, feeding and bathing the kids, reading a story with one eye shut and getting them off to bed.

Do you really have the money and, as a busy mom, the time to work a job?

So, how about creating your own small business and work from home or space nearby?

Sounds easy, but is it really?

With all the online promises of easy money and little or no effort creating a business (and we know that can’t be true) where do you start? Who do you trust? What if you fail?

When I started dreaming behind the scenes about opening a business, I too was running around after 3 small kids who on any given morning were repainting the walls with sidewalk chalk or riding the darn dog like a cartoon character they thought was so funny on the tube.

It was fun, but I was exhausted and starting to forget how adults really acted in the real world.

By the way, when this phase ended, I was looking at returning to a corporate job and handing the kids off to childcare until school started.

The expense was frightening enough let alone the dis-ease of someone else raising your kid no matter how much you think they’re OK.

So I prayed hard for the same thing you dream of right now. A flexible way to make extra money that would let me stay a mom and also have some adult time too.

I had no guarantee of success and no roadmap to follow, but I did the work, made the mistakes, found the route to success. And, many years later with my kids grown up, it‘s the love of my life.

 

In this day and age of the female entrepreneur, anything is possible and the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor.

 

Go for it. And when you need help, it’s here, now.

 

If, after reading this article, you conclude that you found it helpful, please feel free to share it with your network. Perhaps we can learn from one another. Thanks!

 

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here

 

Limited Funds Won’t Stop You from Starting a Small Business  2

Limited Funds

Everything is Impossible

Let me be the first to say that it doesn’t always seem possible to break free of a 9-5 job or even earn additional income by starting a small business on the side. But it is.

Limited funding won’t stop you from chasing your dream of being your own boss and earning an income on your own.

Let me show you some fast, easy, and affordable ways so you can get started .

I have been in the Princess Tea Party business for nearly 20 years. Now, it’s true, I invested a modest amount of money to open a shop, and carried some monthly expenses.

But, I worked hard and had the business off the ground quickly and covered those expenses without dipping much into reserves. No matter how you approach it, this should operate as a low overhead high-profit margin business.

Let Your Passion Become Your Job 

If you really like kids and enjoy party planning, you can reclaim your time and earn additional income having fun as your own boss.

If your funds are limited, no problem. There are great ways to get organized and offer your Princess Tea Party services, which if done properly will get your business off and running.

Regardless of where the parties are held, the services and features remain the same. Your purpose is to make a princess dream come true for a little girl in a happy atmosphere, by offering simple, all-inclusive, hassle free services.

It’s Usually Never a Straight Path to Your Goal

Parents will be satisfied for having provided a unique birthday for their child and will still pay you well for it.

Here are a few good alternatives for launching your business without leasing a space on your own:

  1. Sublet during the week. Since this is weekend business, you might find an ideal space for your business, however, only securing the space if you have a firm commitment from someone to sublet the space from you during the week when you won’t use it. This should be something compatible like crafts, tutoring, photography studio, or a like business. Something that can be rearranged easily for your weekend business. You may be able to receive enough rent by subletting to make it work for you.
  2. Search for a Shared Space. Again, based on your needs for weekend use, you may be able to arrange a sublet from someone else who operates during the week, and would be delighted to share space on weekends and generate a little income from it. Some examples might cafes, restaurants with small side rooms, small meeting rooms, the local YMCA, Community Rec Centers, retail stores with flexible space, etc.
  3. Go Mobile. Many party venues offer to bring the party to their customers and this approach has already gained market acceptance. The most likely scenario involves transporting all party related inventory and accessories to the location, setting up and breaking down when the party is finished. I have offered this service on a select basis to higher end clients, and it is a very feasible approach. In pursuing this, you might focus on higher end clientele and charge higher prices since you may not be able to book as many parties as you would if customers were coming to you.
  4. Operate from a Home Based Venue. This is somewhat the same as if you were leasing a space, however, I recommend it only if your home is set up in such a way to have a clearly defined space to hold your parties. It means you would really need to be organized and prepared to have lots of kids and parents in the house on weekends, but the number of bookings you take is strictly up to you and your financial goals. It may be a quicker way to reach a point where leasing a space fits your business plan.

 

What’s Important is to Get Started

Without a doubt, there is flexibility to choose different ways to host your Princess Tea Parties that best fit your start-up budget. Your offering in terms of party packages will be the same whether you are in a permanent location or not.

The important thing is to get started, knowing there are affordable ways to start your thriving business, while you can always expand or move into a permanent space later if you like.

The Perfect Starting Point

This is a wonderful business that can provide supplemental income with lots of growth potential without requiring a large start-up investment. You’ll need to make a relatively light investment in dress inventory, business set-up, accessories, and a few other items but with hard work and determination it can be started on a tight budget.

Whether you are new or an experienced woman entrepreneur, the Lisa Rose Guidebook to Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner is the perfect starting point. It shows you how to start an easy and affordable party business to earn additional income, part-time.

Whatever you do, you are always better off using a quality guide and an experienced mentor.

Dream. Believe. Achieve. Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here

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Inspiring Yet Little Known Beliefs About Kid’s Birthdays  3

Inspiring

 

Joy and Relief

South Korea is a country where the celebration of a child’s birthday is an expression of thanks steeped in tradition.

While ancient beliefs and customs may be softening, deeply rooted customs remain intact in modern society.

An Expression of Gratitude

These beliefs were tied to infant and early childhood mortality which was prevalent in early Korean society.

As a result, birthday celebrations are as much a reflection of the family’s gratitude that the child survived its first years of life as they are in his maturing or becoming a year older. The celebrations were hope-filled and prayerful of a long and healthy life.

Safety and Protection

There may be no religious connection per se in the way marking birthdays evolved in Korea, but it is without question that seeking protection through a mysterious, invisible higher power against childhood disease and even death was seated in the primal consciousness of the people.

1st Birthday is a Blessing

As evidence of this, Doljanchi, or Dol, which is to lavishly celebrate the child’s first birthday, is commonly practiced in Korean culture still today.

It takes place a year after the child is born.

While South Korea is now an affluent society, Doljanchi maintains a bridge to a past when food was scarce and child mortality rates were high.

It was considered a blessing that the child survived the first year of life, and therefore the most important birthday in Korea is the first birthday.

On the occasion of their first birthday, the baby is dressed in fine clothes and brought before a large gathering of family and friends.

Foretelling the Future

There is a huge feast and the guests leave money for the child. In what might be considered superstition, the widespread belief is that a child’s future is told by what objects they pick up during the celebration (birthdaycelebrations.net).

Koreans believe that to bring the child good luck and avoid misfortune, red bean cakes are to be placed at the four corners of the compass inside the house. They also believe that a long life is in store for the child if the steamed cakes are shared by 100 people, thus explaining the large gathering.

Hope, Longevity, Wealth

The serving vessels of the rice cakes are returned with skeins of thread from the vessel expressing hope for longevity and wealth.

In a number of ways, much like Japan and other Asian and European countries for that matter, the birthday party in Korea has now become similar to that in the west. Cakes and candles are common along with the existing tradition of large gatherings of family and friends. Some old traditions remain deeply ingrained in modern culture, though, and differences do remain.

The Moon and Stars

One fascinating difference is that many people celebrate their birthdays in accordance with the lunar calendar. Consequently, the date of their birthday changes every year.

In more fully indulging the connection between birthday and the universe, many people celebrate according to both the lunar and solar calendar. In so doing they will celebrate with family on their lunar birthday and friends according to their solar birthday.

Sounds like fun!

Many cultures throughout the world developed traditions in celebrating which are rooted in symbolism and spirituality. In ancient times prior to technological advancements which brought about dramatically reduced child mortality, this certainly makes sense.

A Child’s Well-Being is All that Matters

In reflecting upon this in terms of the here and now, what does a parent do, if not worry, hope, and pray for the well- being of their child from the day they are born throughout their lives?

So in that sense, it’s true that nothing has changed through time regardless of the magnificent innovations available in the world.

In my Princess Tea Party business, compassion for these young kids who come to celebrate their birthdays is my guiding light.

Beyond the lucrative business aspect, I help create happiness in their lives and make simple dreams come true.

 

Dream. Believe. Achieve. Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here
Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has a 17-year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa had a 10-year history in higher end retail with Nordstrom before launching her business. Lisa Rose is an award winning party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa has locations in Honolulu.

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Shy and Inexperienced, or Fighting an Internal Battle?  1

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In this era where women are such a dynamic factor in the workforce, it’s interesting that the rallying call amongst working mothers is not for greater upward mobility but rather for greater balance between work and family life.

The call is soft and muted, though, because, in reality, these women are between a rock and a hard place.

We’re too Passive

In writing for the online publication Working Mother, Jennifer Parris says women are passive when it comes to advancing their careers or asking for pay in line with their job responsibilities.

You have to ask yourself why? What underlying reasons exist to prevent women from being more proactive in the workplace?

Working Mothers are Underpaid

Money is an issue, but while a high percentage of women (63%) feel they are underpaid and unhappy about it, they are reluctant to ask for more.

Career advancement is another source of dissatisfaction amongst women in the workplace, and yet a very small percentage of women ask for a meeting with a higher up to discuss getting ahead.

You Have to be Bold or Nothing Will Happen

Honestly, it’s not a matter of deserving higher pay or a promotion. But, most companies operate like Black Friday at the mall. If you want something you have to grab it.

You have to make the request.

It’s understandable I suppose. Companies guard the bottom line and will take advantage where they can. Classes in Compassion and Fairness in the workplace are typically not offered in most business schools.

 Risky

I wonder sometimes if women are shy, inexperienced, or, actually fighting an internal battle to avoid more responsibility at work because it would mean disrupting an already shaky balance between work and family?

What Working Women Consider Success

If I had to land somewhere on the issue, it would be there.

Parris’ article states that a “whopping 89% of respondents to a survey said they defined career success as the flexibility to balance family life and work.”

Managing a family and keeping a 9-5 means that working mothers have two equally big jobs. I’m guessing about the underlying conflicts on the issues of self- promotion, but given how women clearly and unequivocally define success, I’m surely not far afield.

I’m curious what do you think? Are you with the 89%?

If you’re looking to advance in your job, Parris has some good tips on how best to prepare and improve your chances to move up.

How Does an Unfulfilling Job Affect Family Life?

If it’s true that a sizeable majority of working mothers are settling for unfulfilling, even unpleasant careers it’s not a stretch to conclude that dissatisfaction at work impacts your family life as well.

It doesn’t take much to upset whatever delicate balance you have managed to achieve in blending family life with your job when the two collide.

The 89% Club

So, if you are a member of the 89% club the choice is yours. Either pick your moment, gather your courage and approach the boss requesting what you want, or settle for whatever they give you and hang out in quiet desperation.

A Much Better Option

Actually, there is a third option. Start researching small business ideas for women and make a plan to come out from that uncomfortable space between the rock and the wall and start a small business.

Women all over are doing it and in a lot of cases beating the bowties off of their male counterparts. It is something we are well suited to do by nature because we are compassionate, communicators, and, relationship builders. We can hire the numbers people if we need to.

Social Proof

It worked for me as I have been at it for almost 20 years. Being unhappy in a job and thinking I could somehow maintain a happy atmosphere at home was never going to happen.

Where do You Stand?

If 89% of working women define success as being able to strike a harmonious balance between a day job and their night job of managing a family, where do you stand in that equation?

 

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See, Remember and Learn. The #1 Inspiration of a Small Business Woman  2

See, remember and learn

 

There are those people that you have a good a feeling about even though you haven’t met them and probably never will. There’s something beyond the obvious you admire or relate to on some level. They have an invisible magnetic pull.

Passion is the Lure

For me, actress Drew Barrymore is one of those people. I’ve enjoyed her work in film but that’s not it. She’s beautiful, engaging, and very relatable, but I’d never been quite sure if that was the draw.

There’s a lure, however, I just hadn’t been able to put a finger on it.

An excerpt from a recent article by Taffy Brodsesser-Akner, in More Magazine brought it into focus for me.  Barrymore’s resilience and authenticity as a human being are certainly appealing.

Up from the Depths

She climbed out of the trap of childhood fame, which in Hollywood often means hard drugs and in her case, absentee and abusive parents. No doubt it hurt to see it and live through it, but she needed to remember and learn from it somehow.

In growing beyond it, she’s reinvented herself multiple times to become a major figure in her own right within and away from the film industry.

A Fighter

It is clear to me that I respect her and what she has done for women by being steadfast and courageous.

The author easily articulates the essence of what Barrymore believes about the role of women today, and what they can accomplish. There are no boundaries.

Women Can Do Whatever they Want to Do

On the one hand, Drew says “Women can’t do it all.”  She cites quantum physics and the fact that it is impossible to do everything, every minute of the day, which is a blind expectation placed on women. In her very next breath she says what she really believes, that women can do whatever they want to do.

Your Calling Flows from Passion

Drew Barrymore believes that “from your passion, comes your calling, especially if you work hard for it.” She says nothing in life comes easy, you have to earn everything that comes your way.

That’s it! That’s the connection between us!

Empowered

Drawing upon her belief in empowerment, Drew Barrymore has acted, produced and directed films, been a winemaker, and launched fragrance lines. Her passions led to her calling. She’s now a business mogul.

A mogul I am not, however, we are forever bound in that our passions have led directly to our callings in life.

Accomplishment

I was and still am passionate about raising good kids, having family at the center of my life, and achieving something worthwhile in my working life.

It feels pretty darn good to have accomplished it

Something in Common

I’m nearing 20 years in business and passionate about helping other women follow their desire for a quality life with family on the front burner instead of the back.

It is quite an honor to share this in common with someone who comes from a starkly different background, however, somehow magnetically arriving in the same place of shared experience.

 

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Confession of a Purpose Driven Woman  4

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You Actually Do Have a Life Purpose

No doubt you are active with the demands of family and a job which books your time weeks in advance. It’s just the way modern life is.

Let’s stop for a moment and reconsider things.

In those elusive moments, when everyone is settled down and there’s a moment to relax, have you acknowledged that quiet voice within trying to attract your attention?

The cute one that invites you to discover more about the true nature of your calling in life?

My Confession

I confess. I let the spirit move me late one evening and it didn’t hurt a bit.

Being a part of, or raising a family is a noble purpose in most of our lives. There is no more important place you can be called than to your family.

The trouble is, the world is loud and distracting, and modern life can easily become a barrier rather than an open door to realizing your actual purpose in being conscious and alive on this beautiful planet.

If you are consumed by the work in front of you, whether it is a job, homeschooling, managing the household, or all of the above, hearing your calling may well be drowned out like so much noise.

Hearing Your Call is Nt Just for a Select Few

While not claiming to know the secret on how to ease up or slow down the demands of daily life, I do feel that it is a myth to believe that a calling is only for a select group of gurus or the otherwise entitled. It is not. You may just be missing yours through all the confusion and clutter.

If this sounds like you, the question is are you open or have you gone temporarily tone deaf to that sweet voice within?

Being Open to Change

To become more aligned with your true calling is to be open to change. It doesn’t mean running away in pursuit of the pleasant dream of an island paradise  as enticing as that sounds when the kids are screaming or the boss is making crazy demands.

It does mean making room in your heart for what you feel passionate about in life, being open to change, and a little bit of risk. Nothing worthwhile is risk-free.

What comes of being mindful of a higher calling is to build upon and strengthen what we believe in. We believe in our families, our dreams, our character, our abilities, and a higher power.

The romance is the hot pursuit and experience of it as fully as we possibly can. What else is there in life when you get down to it?

Define Your Purpose

Recognizing or defining your purpose is the tricky part. Nobody wants to chase false dreams.

Sometimes the key to understanding your calling is to let go of what is holding you back. Be willing to emotionally let go of what you are keeping a tight grip on, whether it be familiarity, the pursuit of wealth, obligations, or, other people’s expectations.

Whether you want to accept that or not, it is the only way to break free of the chains that bind you.

I think you’ll find that by paddling your boat out and casting a little deeper, you’ll find what fulfills your desires. The challenge is to be bold and venture into the deeper water.

If you come up empty at first, go back and try again. Trust in yourself when nothing else makes sense.

I found this to be true for myself. My life was just as described. Hectic with the kids, a job, taking care of the house, finances, you name it.

Go Bold and Reorder Your Life

Burning beneath the surface was an intense desire to reorder life so that it made more sense and to experience that feeling you get when things are in balance.

Do you know the one?

It may be harder to come by these days, but not the least bit impossible.

I Followed My Own Advice

I followed what I am suggesting to you. In becoming open to my passion for kids and a willingness to take a little risk, I opened a business for myself to be the master of my own time and schedule.

Whew!  What a difference that made in every aspect of life. It was like a rejuvenating tonic.

The business didn’t mean I got to drop all of my other responsibilities and lay out on the beach at Waikiki. Not by a longshot.

It was better than that if you can imagine.

Seize an Opportunity to Delve Deeper

It presented the chance for some breathing room to reorder how I saw and experienced just about everything in life and the opportunity to delve deeper into what I perceive as my calling.

The rest is up to me.

 

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here
Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has a 17-year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa had a 10-year history in higher end retail with Nordstrom before launching her business. Lisa Rose is an award winning party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa has locations in Honolulu.

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The #1 Thing Customers Remember  6

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In business, the most important investment you will make is not equipment or a designer space. It is with your customers. You may think you are in charge, however, your customers are the boss and they have a way of letting you know.

A devotion to top quality service results in the low risk, high reward investment people search day and night for.

Unless you have something so precious that everyone needs no matter what, service is the difference maker between building a name for yourself long term or maybe just surviving.

In a report called Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising, “Recommendations from people I know” has once again trounced every other medium as a measure of trust. It scored 92%.

In all of my years in business, where not much else holds true, one thing does. It pays to have happy customers.

People want to be treated well and have a positive experience with you. In return, they are happy to reward you with trust by recommending you to others. It reflects well on them when they make a rockstar recommendation.

While the world may be experiencing change at breakneck speeds, one thing won’t change.  You can quantify the value of referrals. It is right there as savings to your marketing and advertising budget, plus the positive comments on social media. Never underestimate the value of trust in the marketplace.

You need not take my word for it. Just think about your daily experience whether it be online, or in traditional retail stores like clothing or home improvement.  Do you come away fuming and ready to fire off a letter to a suit at corporate because of the lousy way they do business, or, are you telling a friend about the great treatment you just received and how they ought to try it?

Great companies like Marriott, Disney, Nordstrom, and many others are known for world class service all have a common trait-intense customer service. Internet giants like Amazon and Google to name a couple, saw the value and are committed to uncompromising customer focus. In fact, if you talk to anyone who has worked for these companies, they will tell you that their training is more about making customers happy and using good judgment at all times than anything else. They may do sophisticated research on what to do and how to do it, but it boils down to the human touch where nothing is forced.

 

Make it a core value to insist on your customers being treated well and to invest your energy to that end. It can become more important in some ways than whatever you are selling. A good experience is a big reason why customers patronize you because it is a great value to them. After all, they are getting it for free.

What is great service anyway? In a Nordstrom, for example, if you ask someone behind the counter where to find what you are looking for, they will never point you to it-they will walk you there. When I worked for them, we would on occasion deliver an item to a customer’s home after hours if need be. The point is, indifference is not part of a Nordstrom experience. Quite the opposite.

Service is not falling down at someone’s feet and giving them whatever they want. It is going the extra step, treating people with respect, and using good judgment to have them happy in any situation.

My business is about making dreams come true for little girls.  It is their birthday. The one day all year that special attention is all for them. Their parents want to see them happy and have paid well for a unique experience. Can you imagine where my business would be if we compromised on service just once?

If your goal is to have a stable base of customers and to expand your business over time, the great service blueprint is one to embrace. There is no risk, and it doesn’t cost you much if anything.

It is not something you advertise, just the experience customers remember when they leave.

 

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The Princess Tea Party business is fun, flexible, and lucrative. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, I am helping other women achieve the same joy and satisfaction I have experienced in my two definitive Guides, Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner, and Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher. These are the exact road maps I followed to start and operate successful businesses made easy. No prior business experience is necessary, and no franchise fees. Learn More Here
Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has a 17-year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa had a 10-year history in higher end retail with Nordstrom before launching her business. Lisa Rose is an award winning party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa has locations in Honolulu.

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