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Leave Your Job This Year

Most of you are too young to remember or even heard of a song from the 80’s, or dear God maybe it was the 70’s, called “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” The message is pretty straight forward and even kind of pleasant sounding.

Finding a Way is Not the Problem

If you don’t like the situation you’re in, there are plenty of ways to say it’s over and slip out the door.

Easier said than done, though, right?

If you think about something that you know needs changing for too long, the boldly crafted goodbye message you woke up with soften and fade away by mid-afternoon. Happens every time.

There is definitely something to be said for sowing your seeds with intention in order to reap the harvest you are hoping for.

So, have you sat at your desk or the kitchen table thinking about starting that side business or a dream job instead of the work scattered in front of you?

If you are, it’s time to transition from daydreamer to a believer.

Here’s how you can start.

The article below by  called Three Paths to Quit Your Job This Year is great because while it may not give you 50 ways to leave your job, it shows you

3 concrete options you can choose from to put you on a path to either pursue that side business, your dream job or to stay put.

 

Dream jobs don’t just fall into your lap;

You have to go out and grab them. Sometimes, that means making bold moves, like quitting your job without knowing exactly where you’re going next or starting your own business. But bold doesn’t mean foolhardy. To make a big change and see positive results, you need to prepare before you take the leap.

As you might’ve guessed, the first step is financial.

“The larger the emergency fund you can build up, the lower the possibility that you’ll have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle before you start your next job,” says Michelle Herd, a Certified Financial Planner and senior client advisor at TFC Financial Management, an investment advisory firm in Boston.

Herd says that they recommend keeping an emergency fund with six months of expenses, even when you’re employed. The number goes up when you’re planning on changing jobs.

“The gap between jobs can be unpredictable and you may incur additional expenses in your search for a new job,” Herd says. “To avoid having to drastically alter your lifestyle between jobs, you should try and set aside as much in your emergency fund for the immediate term as you can.”

 

Path No. 1: Save Up as Much as You Can… and Then Quit

Maybe you meant to travel after graduation but never pulled it together. Maybe you want to train for something new, but you don’t think you can handle coding boot camp or a certificate program and your present job at the same time. Or maybe you just need to get out of your current gig before you start pelting your boss with office supplies.

Regardless of why you want to quit, if you’re not going straight to another job, you’ll need to build up that emergency fund – and budget for the fact that you won’t have another job lined up the moment you decide to go back to work.

How do you do that? In part, by being extremely frugal.

“In the months leading up to a potential job transition, it’s advisable to keep a particularly close eye on your expenses and cut out or delay as many unnecessary items as possible,” says Herd. “You’ll need to continue to pay your routine expenses like rent or mortgage payments and utility bills, but delay large purchases and avoid taking on additional liabilities that you’ll have to add to your expenses.”

If there’s not a lot of wiggle room in your budget – and let’s face it, that’s the case for most of us – you’ll need to make more radical changes. Get a roommate. Become a single-car family. Take on a part-time job. Do whatever you can to cut expenses and add income.

Path No. 2: Make Yourself Into a Super-Candidate… and Then Fly Away

It’s almost always easier to get hired when you have a job. Why? Because many hiring managers still have a bias against candidates who are unemployed. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.

Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of Human Workplace, writes that she’s talked to many HR folks who claim not to like the practice, but still hold onto it as a “fast way to screen people out.”

“If employers are looking for fast, arbitrary ways to screen out applicants, I can think of 20 ways that are just as effective as screening out job-seekers who aren’t working,” she writes at LinkedIn. “They could interview only the candidates whose last names start with K, or screen out everyone whose application arrives on Monday or Wednesday.”

Of course, the downside to looking for a job when you have a job is that it’s also harder to get motivated to find the time to job search when you’re employed. If you’re in that spot, give yourself a deadline.

Start by thinking about what’s stopping you from getting hired for your dream job right now. If it’s a matter of skills, you can acquire those. If it’s a matter of opportunity, you can build the connections that will put you on the fast track to hearing about job openings before they’re advertised.

Give yourself six months to close any personal skills gaps or make connections in your industry. Then use the second half of the year to start applying for jobs. (Your new connections should be helpful here!)

Path No. 3: Start a Side Hustle… and Then Turn It Into a Full-Time Career

Everyone could use some extra money, and a side gig is a great way to make it happen. Pick the right side hustle, and you could eventually turn your quest for extra cash into a brand-new career.

The key is choosing a side business and to set a deadline for making it your full-time job. Start pondering possibilities today, and then get serious about making your dreams into reality. (This step-by-step plan is a good place to start building your blueprint.)

Again, deadlines are important. Make your calendar, and let that be the day which you assess your accomplishments and decide whether to make the leap… or stay put.

 

So, if you are in a situation that just looks like it isn’t going to end well, remember there are lots of ways to leave it and move on.

Hopefully, these three options get you thinking and perhaps one of them put’s you on your way to achieving your dream.

 

Become a Princess Tea Party Business OwnerBecome a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in Honolulu.

 

 

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Start Right Now

Babson College performed an extensive research on their graduates. This lengthy study went for 13 years with its purpose being to determine how many of college graduates launch a business and what differentiates them from their peers who didn’t.

The study concluded that success in business comes down to just two essential things: get going and keep going.

That’s the recipe for success in any area.

 

Both the above elements are tricky. They are found to be simple in theory, but difficult to execute.

Part of the human experience is the belief that if I don’t try, I won’t know the results.

 

I will always wonder, “What if?”

Start Right Now to Expand Your Possibilities

When I started thinking about opening a business, I had no idea that such a thing was available to me. No one in my family was an entrepreneur.

 

I played with the idea of a birthday party business for a few months before becoming deadly serious about it.

 

Then I started to talk to family and friends to test the waters but really to see if I was simply delusional or actually on to something. After receiving encouragement and assurances that I was indeed OK, I buckled down and started researching opportunities and exploring my ideas in earnest because I actually believed I could pull it off. I was going to become a mom working on her own terms in business for herself. WOW! Come on now, really?

 

Yes, and sooner than I ever thought possible.

 

I didn’t need any further convincing because I was ready for the challenge.

 

One thing that proved to be the most valuable weapon in my quiver was spending a great deal of time and energy trying to picture how easy and manageable this project would be for me. Part of me was prepared for counterarguments, but it proved unnecessary.

 

For the last 18 years, I have been joyously busy expanding beyond myself. I didn’t want to change the world, just my circumstances, and, my mindset that said running my own business wasn’t in my genes.

 

Such little things like managing a small business no longer scare me.

If I wouldn’t have started my own Princess Tea Party business in October 1998, I wouldn’t have these experiences and I suspect I wouldn’t be the confident woman I am today.

Avoid Regrets Afterward

It’s true that the start opens those distant possibilities.

 

One step led to another, but without that first step, nothing would have happened. You are not getting any closer to your goal, whatever it is, by standing in place. You need to move, you need to gain the momentum. The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.

 

Examine the five common regrets of the dying. See what Kimanzi’s father told him before death. At the end of life, you will regret things you had neglected to do, not the things you had done.

 

That’s why it’s crucial to start right now. Each second you let to pass away may finish with remorse. This time is wasted and time is the only resource you can NEVER reclaim. As someone said, “You can always make more money. Nobody makes time.”

 

Think about it, you cannot add one little millisecond to your day.

The longer you wait, the fewer experiences you will be able to collect. You should always live your life to its fullest.

 

In reply to the question: “What do you wish you would have done differently?” successful people repeatedly answer:

“I wish I would have started earlier.”

Target Your Excuses

Don’t listen to your doubts and fears. They prompt excuses to keep you dormant in your comfort zone. You know them well. Here are a few common ones:

-I don’t have time (wait and you will have even less time)

-I am not ready yet (this comes in variations: I need to learn more/ train more/ plan more etc.; (surprise: you will never be ready, the experience comes from doing, not learning)

-It must be perfect (God is perfect; are you Him?)

-I have to wait for… (no you don’t; even if you really lack something, you can start now from a different angle)

-I can’t succeed (that’s debatable; until you actually start doing something you just don’t have enough data to determine whether you can succeed)

Ditch Your Doubts

Those excuses differ only in details. They are very easy to disarm. Just use the four questions to rebut them:

-Is is true?
Your mind usually prompts a swift answer: of course, it is. Your goal is to question this excuse, so use additional questions: Is this belief beyond a shadow of a doubt true? Is it possible that there is at least one person on the planet that could prove this wrong?

-How does this excuse make you feel?
For example: thinking that I don’t have time makes me feel helpless. I can’t do anything if I won’t dedicate some time to it.

-What would the opposite of this excuse be?
For example, I have 24 hours a day, exactly as much time as the richest people on the planet.

-How does that opposite belief make you feel?
For example, I feel empowered to act now. Even the smallest step forward is better than waiting for miraculous multiplying of my time.

Start right now. Don’t waste your most precious asset: your time. Well started is half done.

 

Become a Princess Tea Party Business OwnerBecome a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in H

 

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So many of my customers over the past 20 years have wanted to know how to start a business like mine.

 

I was a wife and mother of three living in the suburbs, who often thought about starting a side business to generate some income.

 

Moms all across the world are looking for a viable work-at-home or small business that allows them to earn an income and have quality time to spend with the family.

 

That’s how I started out, sitting at the kitchen table thinking about starting a side business that would keep me a full-time mom, but truth be told, to spare me a hard landing back into the corporate world.

 

How many times have you sat at your desk thinking about a side business you’d like to start? More times than you can count?

Does it seem too difficult and out of reach?

Well, it’s time to boot that little demon and reconsider the possibilities.

 

 

There are a lot of ways you can keep your current job and workload, while starting a side business. It just takes dedication, a bit of planning and the right mindset.

 

Writing for BusinessWomanMedia, Roweena Nagy has some great tips on how to energize the dream of opening a side business.

Reframe your thinking         

To build a side business, you have to get into the right frame of mind and go forward with a clear direction of what you want to do and accomplish.

This involves not seeing the things around you as barriers that hold you back from something, but instead, as something to help drive your desire for success. Start examining everything in a positive light … and this is a habit that grows!

Make a plan and try to stick to it

New business ventures are never easy and you can’t just ‘go with the flow’. A lot of hard work goes into it.

You have to have a clear plan for what you’re going to do and how you’re going to achieve it, no matter how long it takes.

Treat your side project like you would any other startup

How serious are you about your side business? Is it a hobby or do you actually want to make a profit from it?

These questions are what you have to think about when building a side business. And if you do want to make a profit from it, treat it like the real business it is and go for it with everything you have until you accomplish it.

Don’t burn your bridges

When building a side business, it’s important you don’t burn any bridges along the way. Doing this can anger your colleagues and boss, cuts them off as contacts and prevents you from seeking their advice on something in the future. Make sure you keep a sharp eye on potential future connections and roles they might be useful for.

Set realistic goals

Having a plan and sticking to it is good but setting realistic goals is crucial.To help with this, be ambitious but make sure you have a look at the market you want to enter to ensure there is room for you and your business in it.

The last thing that needs to happen is to become part of overcrowding in the market– or for your business to fail when given unrealistic goals.

Actively seek objective feedback

Having a great idea and people to support it is great. But objective feedback is even better.

To achieve this, ask everyone you trust to give constructive, objective feedback on your business and what you can do better. This will be even more important before you officially launch your business so you can work out all the kinks beforehand.

Consider your co-workers

There usually comes a time when you have to outsource a portion of your business to someone who can do something you’re not an expert in, with a great source for this being co-workers.

And while this doesn’t have to turn into a side business for them, you should at least approach for their help and even ask them to improve your skills in something.

These are some great practical steps to clear your mind and put you on the path to not only believe your desire to start a side business is worthy, but it is also realistic.

Like she says, you can do this! It just takes dedication, a little planning, and most of all the right mindset.                                                             

Become a Princess Tea Party Business OwnerBecome a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in Honolulu.

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I am a champion for women in business.

I can’t help believing in the power of small business as a beautiful,  handcrafted vehicle for the relentless pursuit of a dream.

But let’s talk about something else.

We’ve just come through a glorious holiday season filled with busyness and joy but also stress and exhaustion, possibly leading to a lackluster start to the new year.

We don’t want to let that go too far, right?

We want to get after it this year because 2017 is going to fly by and even if our dreams seem a bit out of reach, the idea of investing in ourselves for a change is where we want to draw powerful energy from.

Make 2017 the Year of Abundant Harvest

So if you’re stuck in neutral and drive and motivation to pursue your goals has escaped you, have no fear.

I am here to kick it gear

This is the month you are going to kick procrastination’s butt.

And no, you can’t read this article later!

We are all stuck at times in the realm of procrastination.

It drags us around daily, causing us to move unenthusiastically from the tasks we really want to get done, to distraction and busywork and email and … everything but the things that really matter.

Procrastination is very controlling,

It sets up shop like an uninvited guest, always sticking around for too long.

This is the month we take a stand. This is the time we decide to act instead of avoiding, to focus rather than cave to easy distractions.

Are you ready for the Unprocrastination Challenge? Yes, you are. No, you can’t do it later.

In accepting this challenge today, commit to it for the rest of this month.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Commit publicly (on social media, to your friends, family, and coworkers, however you want) to doing this every day for the rest of this month.
  2. Each day, spend just 5 minutes doing an Unprocrastination Session (see next step).
  3. Pick an important task to focus on, clear away all distractions, set a timer for 5 minutes, and do nothing but that task.
  4. You cannot switch tasks during this session. You cannot check on something real quick. You cannot get up to clean something. You can only sit there, with that one task, and either focusing on the task or sitting there doing nothing.
  5. When you get the urge to switch tasks, don’t switch. Just stay with the urge. Watch it, let it surge, then let it fade. Return to your task.
  6. When the timer goes off, success! You can keep going if you want, or take a break and go again, but neither is necessary. Just 5 minutes a day is all that’s required for success.
  7. Yes, even do your 5-minute sessions on the weekend. Pick a personal project to focus on during those days if you like.

That’s it.

Simply commit, pick a task every day, set a timer, and do nothing but the task or sit and watch your urge to switch. Pretty simple, right?

What you’ll notice is that you get the urge to switch a lot. That’s normal. These sessions allow you to see the urge, and to face the urge instead of habitually running from them.

What you’ll also notice is that the urge is not a big deal. We run in fear, but really it’s not that scary. It’s no reason to panic. No big deal.

What you might find is that you’re able to get a lot done if you don’t let yourself run. Your project will get further than ever. You’ll be on top of your study or work schedule. You’ll move forward on your business idea or finish off some dreaded paperwork. Important work gets done, which is amazing.

This method to get better at focusing, and doing it several times each day, definitely works  And even more amazing is that you can now deal mindfully with urges to procrastinate on things like exercise, reading, making healthy meals, and more.

I doubt we’ve cured procrastination and may never be completely free of it.

But, that isn’t the point. The point is to recognize that you are in control of your thoughts and that you can change your reality on a daily basis. That realization alone has changed so much for me. You can do it too.

 

Become a Princess Tea Party Business OwnerBecome a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in Honolulu.

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All across the United States and beyond, small business creation is a bright spot, even in still-struggling economies, which are many.

Under reported and operating below the radar is the absolute fact that women owners of small businesses are a powerful and growing force, especially considering that fully 87% of all consumers are, you guessed it, women.

A woman owned business targeting such a willing, captive audience is an almost obscene advantage because we are much more curious and better able to focus on what women want, in my opinion than our male counterparts.

We recognize fast moving trends, capturing market opportunities more nimbly with a greater efficiency and higher probability for lasting success.

Just saying.

The following infographic shows 10 vital stats from late 2015/2016 that reveal what an economic driver small business truly is.

If the lure of working on your own terms and making a living doing what you enjoy has captured your attention, remember there are many ways to approach becoming an entrepreneur. It is not limited only to people with the financial means of making a large cash investment.

One of the graphics below shows $30,000 as the average start up cost to open a business in the US, but it is just that, an average, and not the hard and fast bottom line. There are businesses like mine that you can enter for under $10,000, and quite possibly even less than $5,000 if approached as a home-based side business, or other alternatives to a retail lease obligation for example. A small business launched in this way can always be expanded into a full-time retail business

when you have a more established clientele and a little more cash to work with.

There are some other small business ideas with real potential especially for women looking for side income or part-time income that can be launched from home at relatively low cost, so even if your dream seems out of reach at the moment, it is well worth your while to keep pursuing and investing your time and resources because you can make it happen. It is well worth it because, after all, it is an investment in yourself for a change.

But, you have to get after it. It couldn’t be any more plain to see that now is the time to act on your ideas.

If you are you working in the corporate world but feel miscast in a role that just doesn’t suit you? Take heart, because you have lots of company.

It used to be a given that unless you had a wild streak and were willing to follow it, a corporate logo was in your future if you wanted a “good job” and the promise of creature comforts that came along with it. Not anymore.

A lot of you are just not cut out for that, personality wise, and you’re stuck wearing a suit that doesn’t fit. It’s very uncomfortable.

Now, you may think something is wrong with you for not conforming, but trust me, there isn’t. It’s actually healthy if you find yourself at times secretly plotting an escape.

In fact, your “flaws” may be cause for celebration, because chances are you are much better suited to be an owner than an employee!

What others might consider personality traits holding you back at work, like problems with authority, a one track mind, or being quiet or introverted, are definitely qualities found in people who succeed in business. Even a little arrogance is an attractive ingredient.

When you think about it, that makes sense.  These characteristics are not only important, but necessary in order to hatch an idea, then plan, promote, and execute on your business plan.

That type of confidence, quiet or otherwise, attracts people to believe in your ideas and support you. They might even choose to invest with you.

So check out the undeniable evidence in the numbers below, and then take a good look at yourself.

My guess is that you’re going to find that wild child, inner entrepreneur ready to make it’s entrance onto the stage of small business opportunity.

(Infographic from Entrepreneur Magazine.)

Become a Princess Tea Party Business OwnerBecome a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in Honolulu.

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What are the Ingredients for Success in Business?

What does it take to become a woman entrepreneur?

You might adopt an attitude or acquire a skill to elevate your game and enhance your chances of success.

However, a belief in yourself that you have everything it takes right now is the essential ingredient a recipe for success cannot do without.

 

Take a Simple Idea and Create a Small Business

Most women entrepreneurs aren’t running Hewlett-Packard. They were likely looking for a way out of the 9-5 headlock by taking a simple idea and creating a small business from it.

Maybe you are a creative woman who has been sitting on an idea or the dream of entrepreneurship rather than taking action to go build that.

 

Perhaps all you lack is INSPIRATION.

Are you a business minded woman who knows that women forming and building new businesses will change the world? After all, more than 85% of all consumers are women.

You may be so super busy with your day to day that you lack the time and clarity to put your heart into what truly MOTIVATES you.

 

A Plan of Action

Inspiration, motivation, and support from others are the essentials of what most women need to engage in a plan of action and launch an entrepreneurial endeavor.

This isn’t to minimize the value of knowing your product and how to uniquely position it.

You may not see an opportunity to test those skills without first summoning the courage to go forward when things look dark and out of reach.

 

3 Things.

Speaking of which, there is an article by Women in Business Expert, Lahle Wolfe who says there are 3 other things that are important to achieving success in business, one of which is a thick skin. Read More Here.

I agree with that one.

In my case, I was a working mother motivated by a desire to be there for my kids as they were growing up. Some moms might dismiss that as a luxury beyond reach in the 21st century.

 

It is no such thing.

 

When an opportunity is right in front of you, leap at it.

As I saw it, a need for flexibility and a leveling between work and family was a requirement rather than a luxury.

Only Good Times.

 

For myriad reasons, be them family, financial, emotional well- being, or professional satisfaction, nearly 20 years down the road now, I look back with no regrets.

Quite the opposite, as I feel blessed to have had the inspiration, motivation, and support I needed at the time to launch a business and create a success story of my own.

 

Whether I knew it at the time or not, I had what was necessary to become a woman entrepreneur.

 

You may be even better equipped to succeed than I was.

If all you needed was this little nudge, the pleasure is mine.

 

 

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

 

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

If you enjoyed this post you are welcome to read more here! 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 an 18-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 Rose has locations in Honolulu.

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Dreaming is Your Blueprint for Success

Just as all ideas are first sparked in the imagination, a dream come true begins with a dreamer.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

I believe that the only things keeping people from realizing their dreams are the choices they make.

You can choose to believe in your inner qualities and find a way to manifest what you truly want, or you can continue to believe the deck is stacked and you have no choice in the matter.

The pursuit of your dreams and reaching for the stars to change your world for the better is right and good, and well within anyone’s capability if you try.

Walk away from anyone who tries tell you otherwise.

You deserve better.

It does not mean you have to singlehandedly change the world. It’s not about being a superhero, except where you and your family might be concerned.

A Mother at a Crossroads

I was a mother at a crossroads, with 3 young kids and a responsibility to contribute financially. Honestly, I was caught between wanting the flexibility to run around after the kids, and the need to help support my family.

I used to see my husband reclining in a favorite chair on Sunday afternoons, with eyes closed but not sleeping. He was a busy guy, so I thought he was just trying to catch a quiet moment to himself.

Turns out he was, but not for reasons I would have thought.

Dream for Your Family

He said he used that time for dreaming about success for his family, and his business. He was visualizing how he wanted it to unfold, seeing a picture of life as he wanted it to be.

You can steer your life where you want it to go, and influence how you want it to be, by seeing it first.

A Way to Fulfill Desire

Your dreaming might also involve finding a way to fulfill your desire to be there for the kids, and the yearning for a professional life at the same time.

Almost 20 years ago now, I solved the problem by going into a weekend Princess Tea Party business.

It worked out beautifully in that I’ve had maximum flexibility while turning a part-time income into a lucrative business that has helped immensely.

Hang a Dream in Front of You

Dreams continue to propel me forward. I have never looked back.

Are you are a woman with dreams anything like mine?

 

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There is no doubt in your mind you want to start something for yourself. It’s no secret either that you’d love to tell your boss “I’m Quitting” because in 2 weeks I’m opening this fabulous new business.

You just need to focus your energy and time to discover exactly what that “something” is.

If you enjoy young children and are looking for a business in a growth industry, you definitely want to check out these trends.

Expert Opinion

According to an Entrepreneur.com article, Children’s Party Planning is one of the top 5 businesses to enter with an investment under $10,000. This is a business you can commit to as either part-time or full-time. There are several ways to approach it, either by bringing it to your customers’ location or, opening a modest storefront and having them come to you.

It Can be Done for Even Less

In fact, depending on the approach you choose, the business can be launched for under $5,000.

Lucrative

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions reports that the average revenue for hosting a children’s birthday party is $370. Since this is a low cost of entry, low overhead business, it can be very lucrative whether for a mom on a part-time basis or even more so as a full -time enterprise.

Proof Positive

How do I know this true? It’simple since I have been in the Children’s Tea Party business for nearly 20 years and my average revenue per party is higher than $370.

In the past 15 years, children’s birthday parties have experienced a transformation from backyard get-togethers with clowns and games into a diverse $10 billion industry in the United States alone according to celebration industry analysts. This growth has been sustained during a period of major swings in the economy.

A Growth Industry that’s Fun

The best evidence is reflected by the emergence of a new niche in the event planning industry: party planning “consultants” for children’s birthday parties.  Many of these companies see great opportunity in the expanding kid sector as parents  increasingly find relief in outsourcing the stress of planning the event and taking care of all the logistics and also hosting the parties, which as you know, often includes corralling a few little ones running around on a sugar high.

Parents Need to Outsource

Hiring a party planner for a 5-year-old’s birthday party might seem a little over the top to some, but as a party business owner myself, what caught my attention was a recent article detailing trends in the industry. What popped out right away was the reference to a report on child-focused businesses indicating that children today influence approximately $500 billion annually of their parents’ spending. That’s billion with a B.

Parents are coping with an awful lot these days between managing work and a family and feel that it is well worth their hard earned money for the peace of mind that comes with hassle-free parties. If done right, everyone is happy.

It is a stunning shift from prior generations and quite revealing, perhaps, about the way society operates today and choices parents must make in prioritizing their time between work and family life.

Something in it for Parents Too

Two underlying reasons for this trend are that birthdays are always considered special, and spending on children can give parents a sense of accomplishment in providing unique experiences for their child. So, in that sense, it is as much about the parents as it is about the kids. What a powerful dynamic in a business model based on feelings and emotion.

Some quotes from industry related observers leave little doubt about the strength of the industry based on the underlying psychology supporting it:

“People do find money to spend on their children because they want to make [birthdays] special for their child.”

Florida Times

“The bottom line is that modern parents end up spending lavishly on their children.”

The Franchise Handbook

“It’s great to see that even with a weak economy, parents are still focused on celebrating life’s biggest moments.”

GigMasters

When you take a minute to look at the dynamics that are driving trends in the industry, mainly a parent’s desire to see their children happy, the necessity to outsource the event, and willingness on the part of parents and grandparents to increasingly spend on a once a year celebration, it is easy to see why the business is thriving with plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs.

It’s Only Going to Get Better

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were approximately 50 million children age 10 or younger in 2012. Over the next ten years, this number is expected to grow by about 6 million. This demand indicator alone points in a very favorable direction for continued growth and opportunity in the industry.

The Princess Tea Party business is about making a little child’s dream come true and has demonstrated strength and the ability to prosper in economic down times as well as the good times. While it is a slice of a much larger growing industry, it is made up of small businesses run by enterprising people, primarily women like you and me.

It’s reasonable cost of entry, flexibility and resilience are extremely attractive features, making it well worth looking into.

Check it Out

If you are interested in learning more about the Princess Tea Party business  it is my goal to help as many moms and women like you as possible to enter the best business for moms and women ever!.

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Think about the worst job you’ve ever had.

I’m talking about brain dead, boring, tedious, work. You’ve had at least one of those, yes?

Sometimes we accept a job like that, knowing that it doesn’t suit us perfectly. But we’re not in a position to be particularly choosy. We have to pay the bills, right?

But other times, the job looked great on the surface. Only after accepting the offer did you discover that it didn’t suit you at all.

Why is that?

The Complications of Choosing a Career

Maybe your well-intending parents pushed you to become a lawyer because they wanted a secure, profitable career for you. But hours studying case precedents bore you to tears.

Perhaps your siblings went into medicine, and your competitive nature led you there, too. But while you enjoy working with patients, dealing with the other members in your practice, plus the insurance issues are killing you.

Or maybe a high-tech environment was considered the cool, hip place to be, so you studied software development. And now you spend your days holed up in front of a screen when you’d really rather be around people.

In each of these cases, the careers were selected for external reasons. Elements of the outside world heavily influenced your career choice.

Sure, a nice salary is great. But once you have the basics covered, shouldn’t you factor in what makes you happy and fulfilled when deciding how you spend the bulk of your day?

No, your past choices weren’t terrible. But they didn’t exactly lead to career happiness, either.

So now you’re ready to consider a different approach.

What Do You Need?

There are things you need to be happy in your career.

Like a work pace that matches your natural tendencies, social interaction levels that suit you, and co-workers who energize you.

Did you think to factor those in when you selected your current job?

Unfortunately, most of us don’t.

But we’re immediately aware of the mismatch once it’s too late.

A New Approach: “How I Like To Do Things”

So let’s try a simple approach.

Rather than focusing on the complicated job traits such as pay, what your family wants, where you’ll work, what you’ll do, who you’ll work for…let’s just consider how you like to do things.

Let’s say you are in charge of a new initiative. Do you need some time for study and analysis before you begin taking action, or do you jump right in and perform tasks to get things moving quickly?

Do you need to know the background or history of how this project came to be or is the fact that your boss said “do it” enough for you to approach it enthusiastically?

When you hit a roadblock during a project, do you choose to work your way around it, delicately work your way through it, or proceed like a steamroller because “I’m on a deadline, people!”

Can you see how this “how you like to do things” concept applies?

Your natural preferences regarding things like pace, details, and how you influence others impact your happiness and fulfillment each day.

Discovering Yourself

Understanding what your natural tendencies are will help you identify a potential mismatch.

You likely already have an idea about your natural inclinations, now that I’ve planted the seed. But let’s go over some questions to help draw out more ideas.

Pace: Eager or Deliberate?
When someone asks a question, are you answering before they even finish? Or do you need to mull things over a bit? Maybe even use a “let me think it over and get back to you” so that you can analyze a bit before responding?

Influencing Others: Inspiring or Logical?
Is it your natural tendency to effectively connect with people, or does it take a deliberate effort? Do you just “wing it” and successfully persuade, or do you lay out the facts to convince someone of your case?

Risk Taking: Uninhibited or Cautious?
Do you love flying by the seat of your pants, or do you prefer to map out a plan and evaluate potential consequences before taking action?

These are opposite extremes, and your preferences fall somewhere along each continuum.

Draining vs. Energizing

When your “natural” tendencies are in alignment with your job, your team, and your work environment, it’s heavenly. You feel energized. You’re inclined to take on more challenges, dream bigger, and grow.

You feel happy.

But – alas – there can be hiccups.

Even in a job that’s well suited to your natural tendencies, there will be times when you must adapt outside of your natural preferences. No biggie, it happens.

But it’s important to realize that adapting to someone else’s pace, communication style, or risk tolerance takes additional energy.

Which is why you’ll find that certain people, tasks, or projects absolutely drain you.

If the hiccup is a temporary or occasional occurrence, no worries. You’ll deal with it.

But if it occurs all the time, impacting your overall happiness? You might have to make a change. That may mean resolving the mismatch in your current role, or it could mean moving on to another position that better suits your natural tendencies.

After all, this is your happiness we’re talking about.

Are you in a job that suits your natural preferences and energizes you? Or do you find yourself adapting constantly and feeling drained? How does it affect your happiness?

Michelle Agner

 

 

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5-easy-waysIt’s frustrating, no?                                                                                                                                                                                   Camilla Hallstrom

You can’t seem to figure out how to become productive.

At the same time, the reason is simple:

You overthink things.

You feel stressed and anxious every time you have to make even the smallest decision. Big life decisions feel unfathomable. You’re left spinning your wheels while you know that decisiveness would help you unlock your potential.

In our digital age, we’re faced with information overload every day. No wonder you suffer from analysis paralysis. Unfortunately, this bad habit keeps you from moving forward and achieving your goals in life.

Do you think you’re just a chronic overthinker with zero chance of ever overcoming your productivity problem?

Think again.

If you’re ready to master decisiveness, let’s explore how you can stop overthinking once and for all.

1. Approach decisions in a different way

Why do you overthink things?

Chances are that you’re afraid of making the wrong decision. You’re afraid that you’ll be seen as a failure or that you’ll have to start from scratch after you’ve invested a lot of time and effort into something. This keeps you from making any decision at all.

But what if you could change your thought process? What if you would look at your decision-making as part of a journey, instead of focusing on the end goal?

What this means is that you approach your decisions with curiosity and creativity rather than focusing on what you should achieve. See the possibility to choose as an opportunity to find out new things about yourself and to use your smarts to find creative solutions along the way.

2. Put things into perspective

When you suffer from analysis paralysis, every little decision feels life-altering.

While there are decisions that you need to think about more thoroughly, most of the decisions that you make throughout the day are small and insignificant.

To determine whether a decision is important or insignificant, label it according to the following questions:

  • Will the outcome affect anything in your life in a big way (e.g. your income, your life partner, and so forth)?
  • How will the outcome of the decision impact your life a year from now?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen?

If the outcome does have a big impact on your life even a year from now and if there are worst case scenarios you want to avoid, sit down and think about the decision. Call a friend and make a plan.

But if the outcome is insignificant, you shouldn’t spend much time thinking about it. After all, that just steals away energy from more important decisions.

To stop overthinking, make it as frictionless and easy as possible to make small and meaningless decisions. For example, choose what you’ll wear the day before and decide what you’ll eat for dinner every day of the week in advance.

3. Acknowledge that the future will always be a bit uncertain

There’s this thing about the future:

Even though we want to, we can’t predict it.

Whatever you do, there will always be a bit of uncertainty. You can’t know exactly where you’ll end up. Most things depend on various factors outside of your control. Even if you go out of your way to ensure that you’ll have full control of your future, you won’t.

And that’s fine! After all, that’s what makes life so exciting.

But at the same time, it’s natural to feel anxious. And in your quest to control your future, you overthink things. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure that you at least move in the right direction.

First, figure out what it is you truly want. If you could choose your perfect life, what would it look like?

Second, define where it is you want to end up. If you could choose, where would you be in 5 years from now? 10? What do you want to look back at and be proud of when you’re older?

4. Be kind to yourself

You probably have a perfectionist living inside of you. And that perfectionist is keeping you from making decisions.

You abstain from moving forward because ultimately, your inner perfectionist is criticizing everything you do.

To overcome your perfectionistic self, set a clear time limit to your decision. Instead of prolonging the decision (and ultimately, failing to make up your mind), promise yourself to make a decision when the time is up.

And keep in mind that “done is better than perfect.”

5. Trust yourself

You overthink things because you’re insecure.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not confident as a person.

No, it just means that you’re insecure about a particular decision.

For example, you’re not sure if you’re cut out to do a certain task and that’s why you can’t decide whether you should do it or not. Or you might doubt your ability to make a decision if you lack relevant experience.

You need to start trusting yourself. Trust yourself that you can achieve what you set out to do and that you’re capable of making the right decision.

Ultimately, it will become easier and easier to make decisions.

Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is ruining your productivity.

You know it to be true, but overcoming analysis paralysis is easier said than done.

Imagine having the ability to make decisions without the anxiety or stress.

It would feel amazing, right?

Yup, it sure would. That’s why it’s essential that you start implementing the tips you’ve learned here to stop overthinking and master your decisiveness.

In the end, it’s the key to unlocking your productivity.

 

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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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