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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.

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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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Hi, it’s Lisa. Here are some easy steps toward being a little more disciplined.
BY LEO BABAUTA

While I’m not a fan of trying to be disciplined every moment of the day, there’s no doubt most of us could use a little more discipline in our lives.

We procrastinate, we waste time with online distractions, we go an entire day without getting done what we really wanted to get done.

How do we overcome this?

With training.

Practice small, effective habits, and practice some more. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect at skills if you don’t repeatedly, deliberately practice.

If you want to get good at these skills, don’t worry about not being motivated. Just enjoy the joy of practicing something that you can get good at.

It’s amazing when you’re learning something new, and that wonderful feeling is what can motivate you.

What should you practice? Three simple skills that can be turned into habits with repeated practice.

The 3 Small Discipline Habits

The habits that work for me are all about talking to myself:

  1. Tell yourself, “This is what I’m going to do next.”. Instead of having a long to-do list of things you want to do today, have just one thing you want to do right now. Instead of saying you’re going to do this important task sometime, say you’re going to do it right now. Instead of allowing yourself to randomly open websites that give you distraction, deliberately figure out what you want to work on next. Pick one thing. It doesn’t matter what it is, but try for things that are important in your life.
  2. Ask yourself, “What is the smallest step I can do?”. Most of us look at something on our (mental or digital or paper) list and subconsciously think, “That’s too hard.” So we put it off. But that’s because we’re thinking about an entire project, which has many tasks. You can’t do a project right now, you can only do a task. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write that paper that’s due,” you should say, “I’m going to write 3 things in the outline of the paper.” If the smallest task stills seems too hard, say you’re just going to do 5 minutes of that small task right now. Or just two minutes. Make it ridiculously easy.
  3. Ask yourself, “What is stopping me from focusing on that small step?. Even if you figured out a task to focus on, and you’ve broken it into the smallest step, there will still be distractions or resistance. If you’re not immediately doing the smallest step of the next task, ask yourself why. What’s stopping you? Can you resolve this issue, close all browser tabs, shut off your phone, ask co-workers or roommates or family members to give you 30 minutes of focused time? Can you ask for help, get some accountability? The easiest solution is usually to close all distractions. Then get moving on the smallest step.

Once you’ve done that, repeat this process two more times, taking a few minutes’ break between each round. Then take 20 minutes off as a reward. That’s your training session. If you can do several training sessions a day, you’ll get good at this in no time. And as you get good, the cost of doing anything will begin to seem miniscule.

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Hi, it’s Lisa. Hopefully this will help get you moving again…

BY LEO BABAUTA

I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated.

It’s hard to get out of a slump like that.

It’s hard to get going again, to get started when all the forces of inertia are against you.

Here’s how to get started, in just a few easy steps.

  1. Pick one thing. Pick just one change. People who want to change their lives usually want to change everything at once. But trust me, one change is enough for now: go for a short walk, do a few pushups, eat a fruit for breakfast, do a 5-sentence journal every morning. Not all of these, just pick one! Focus on it for the next month.
  2. Send a friend an email. Just a quick email, asking for help. Tell them you’ve been slumping, but you’re going to stick to one change. Ask them to keep you accountable — if you don’t do what you promise every day for a month, you owe them something big (or embarrassing). Make it something powerful, so you definitely won’t allow yourself to fail.
  3. Promise to do something ridiculously easy. Tell your friend you’re going to do something every day — but something super easy. Again, go for a 5-minute walk. Do just a few pushups every morning. Do a journal of just 5 sentences each day. The easier the better. Again, trust me on this one. You want it so easy you can’t say no.
  4. Create unmissable reminders. Put a huge sign somewhere you won’t miss it. Reminders in your email, calendar, phone. Ask people around you to remind you. Put a rubber band around your wrist. Don’t let yourself forget!
  5. Build trust with a single step. Every day, you just need to take one step. Just write one sentence in your journal. Just do one pushup or yoga pose. When you take that step, do it mindfully and with gratitude and joy. Smile. Enjoy that tiny victory. With that step, you’re building trust in yourself. When you see yourself want to put it off, pause. Breathe. Stay with the urge to run away but don’t let yourself run. Smile, and do the habit anyway.

With every single step, you’ll feel better. When you finish that step, take the next one. You’ll trust yourself more and more, and eventually you’ll be able to add another small habit, then another the month after. And soon you’ll be kicking butt, happy you’re moving in a good direction, smiling with gratitude with every good thing you’re doing for yourself.

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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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Hi, It’s Lisa. I found this article and felt we could all benefit from it. But you can’t put off reading it!
BY LEO BABAUTA

We all procrastinate. The question is how (or even whether) we overcome the tendency to procrastinate, and if we can find focus.

This matters — our lives are brief and limited, and while we don’t need to be productivity robots, running in fear of difficult tasks to distractions and comfort is not the best way to spend our lives.

We can face these fears. We can learn to deal with them mindfully. And in doing so, we can develop an ability to return with courage to the work that matters the most to us, to create something important, something that helps the world at least in a small way.

Distraction and running aren’t useful habits. Let’s learn to overcome them and find focus to create.

The Procrastination Fears

Why do we run from hard tasks? Because of fears:

  • That we don’t know what we’re doing
  • That we’re gonna mess up and look bad
  • That we’ll succeed and then have to face a scarier situation
  • That the task will be difficult and uncomfortable

Basically, we fear discomfort and uncertainty. We want comfort and certainty, and distractions like email and social media and reading news and blogs are easy and we know how to do them. Very well. Distractions are always much more tempting than difficult work, much more comforting than facing fears.

We all have fears, but our habit is to run from them. Avoid even thinking about them. Our minds are very good at this.

We get distracted and then forget completely about what we were supposed to be doing. Our minds are good at forgetting and getting lost.

We try to focus, but then immediately we have an urge to switch to something else, because staying is uncomfortable. Our minds love comfort, hate discomfort, and will run to comfort every time, if we let them.

So that’s why we procrastinate … but how do we overcome this?

Overcoming Procrastination

Our minds are very good at running from discomfort, and most of the time we don’t even realize it’s happening. We just have an urge to switch, and follow the urge immediately.

The trick then, is to catch ourselves when we’re about to switch. When the urge comes up to switch, we have to notice.

Then we have to pause, and deal mindfully instead of mindlessly with the urge.

Here’s how:

  1. Create a practice space. Do an Unprocrastination Session once a day to practice. Pick an important task (any will do — one you’ve been procrastinating on is a good choice). Set a timer for 5 minutes, or 10 if you feel ambitious. Commit to doing nothing but your important task for that 5 minutes.
  2. Don’t let yourself switch. Clear distractions and have nothing that you can do except this one task. You’re single-tasking. When you get the urge to switch (when, not if), notice this! And don’t act on the urge. We can feel an urge and not act on it. How liberating!
  3. Stay with the urge. Instead of acting on the urge, instead of ignoring the urge … just stay with it. Sit still and feel how it feels. Notice the fear of this task that you’re facing. Notice discomfort. Boredom, dread, feeling intimidated or overwhelmed or confused or incompetent. Just stay with it and be curious about the physical feeling. What does the energy in your body feel like?
  4. Return to the task. After sitting for a minute with the urge and the discomfort, they’ll probably die down. Simply return your focus to your task. You didn’t scratch the itch, and the itch wasn’t that big of a deal.

By working on this once a day, you can begin to develop trust that you’ll be OK if you don’t scratch the itch, that you’ll be able to handle the urge without acting on it, that you’ll be fine if you deal with the discomfort of a difficult task. This is quite an accomplishment!

Finding Focus

Focusing on one thing is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Whether you want to focus on writing a report or a book chapter, focus on drawing or practicing music, focus on reading or meditating on your breath … your mind is in the habit of switching to something else.

Focusing, then, is a matter of practicing staying.

In the Unprocrastination Sessions I described above, we talked about how to practice staying. In addition, I’d like to offer a few more practical tips:

  1. Have a deeper motivation. The thing you are focusing on shouldn’t just be “nice to do,” but should really feel meaningful to you.
  2. Remember your motivation as you get started. This task doesn’t just have fear in it … there’s a great deal of love as well. Let the love drive you past the fear.
  3. Use external motivation if needed. While love is the best motivator, sometimes you just aren’t feeling up to it. So use external deadlines and accountability. Promise to email something to a friend or colleague by a deadline or you have to do something embarrassing. Put your reputation on the line. Join an accountability group. Don’t let yourself off the hook.
  4. Allow yourself to get into Flow. This is the state of mind where you are lost in the task. It’s easy to only be halfway into a task, with your mind flitting around and wanting to do something else. But if you can get fully into a task, you’ll truly love doing it. That means clearing all distractions, and really putting your mind into the task. I find it helpful to have a challenging task, and one that requires me to visualize. For example, if I’m writing a story, I should be imagining how the story is going, visually, not just thinking about the words.

Focus isn’t a magical quality that you can just acquire. It is a skill that takes daily practice, and you get better at it but never completely master it. You’ll slip up and get discouraged, but you can just practice some more.

In the end, all the practice will be worth it, because you’ll learn to focus on things that truly matter. And that is a life worth living, in my experience.

 

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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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what-do-women-wantWhat comes to mind if I say “to heck with it, I’m going for it?”

Are you confident, hesitant, or, frightened?

It could be about anything that requires a little bit of courage like asking someone out, entering a marathon, applying for a job, or starting a small business.

Most of those are easily overcome with a little nudging.

However, when it comes to really doing something to invest in yourself and your family, like starting a business, a lack of confidence is what stands between a woman and her dreams.

So what will you do about it?

Men may experience some fear but they just don’t let it get in the way as much.

This is not to say that a fear of failing is confined to women. It is one of the greatest obstacles to success in life for both genders.

Guess what?

The battle takes place right between your ears.

There are no external forces poised against you.

It is a mental habit.

Limiting beliefs are the difference (in many cases) between winning and losing, success and failure.,

Those and an equal dose of irrational fear stand poised in a soldier’s stance between you and your wildest dreams.

If you accept that anything is possible, you can flip those limiting beliefs around simply by believing it’s true.

What is the irony in is?

In hindsight, the overwhelming fear that stopped you seems weak, powerless, and unworthy of letting of letting a good opportunity pass you by.

A blind investment in the fear of failure is very costly in the end.

It means missing out on so much good by giving in and not trying. What’s the worst that could happen if you tried?

There is good news when it comes to overcoming a fear of failure.

The power is yours to change the direction of your thinking, to see that success is attainable, and, that you are as worthy of it as the next person.

Change the story!

There will be those times you won’t find the picture of success in which you enveloped yourself.

Big deal.

The only time to call it a failure is when you don’t learn from it.

It is far worse to quit on something before you get started, denying yourself a chance at success.

In a fine article on this subject, Chris Widener exposes the simple truth that failure can be absorbed into any formula for success. Read More.

Having been in business for many years there were times when my ideas didn’t pan out or promotions fell short.

In life, there will be obstacles along the way, and at times feel like it is trial by fire.

They are there to be overcome not feared, weaving strength not weakness into the fabric of your business and life on the whole.

I’ve always felt that the only way I could fail was if I quit. Since that was not an option, persevering through is the only way forward.

It worked out better than I could have dreamed.

 

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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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.

 

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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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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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part time business for moms 

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.

 

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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