Flexible Part-Time Jobs for Working Mothers are in High Demand  0

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

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

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

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

Any argument there?

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

Here’s what the Science Guys Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of story.

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

So, what to do?

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

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

Can I ask you a question?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sounds easy, but is it really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Limited Funds Won’t Stop You from Starting a Small Business  0

Limited Funds

Everything is Impossible

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

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

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

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

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

Let Your Passion Become Your Job 

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

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

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

It’s Usually Never a Straight Path to Your Goal

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

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

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

 

What’s Important is to Get Started

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

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

The Perfect Starting Point

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

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

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

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Inspiring Yet Little Known Beliefs About Kid’s Birthdays  0

Inspiring

 

Joy and Relief

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

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

An Expression of Gratitude

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

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

Safety and Protection

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

1st Birthday is a Blessing

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

It takes place a year after the child is born.

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

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

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

Foretelling the Future

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

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

Hope, Longevity, Wealth

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

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

The Moon and Stars

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

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

Sounds like fun!

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

A Child’s Well-Being is All that Matters

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Shy and Inexperienced, or Fighting an Internal Battle?  0

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

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

We’re too Passive

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

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

Working Mothers are Underpaid

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

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

You Have to be Bold or Nothing Will Happen

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

You have to make the request.

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

 Risky

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

What Working Women Consider Success

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

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

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

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

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

How Does an Unfulfilling Job Affect Family Life?

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

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

The 89% Club

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

A Much Better Option

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

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

Social Proof

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

Where do You Stand?

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

 

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See, Remember and Learn. The #1 Inspiration of a Small Business Woman  0

See, remember and learn

 

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

Passion is the Lure

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

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

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

Up from the Depths

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

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

A Fighter

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

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

Women Can Do Whatever they Want to Do

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

Your Calling Flows from Passion

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

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

Empowered

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

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

Accomplishment

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

It feels pretty darn good to have accomplished it

Something in Common

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

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

 

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Confession of a Purpose Driven Woman  0

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You Actually Do Have a Life Purpose

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

Let’s stop for a moment and reconsider things.

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

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

My Confession

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

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

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

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

Hearing Your Call is Nt Just for a Select Few

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

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

Being Open to Change

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

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

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

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

Define Your Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Bold and Reorder Your Life

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

Do you know the one?

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

I Followed My Own Advice

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

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

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

It was better than that if you can imagine.

Seize an Opportunity to Delve Deeper

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

The rest is up to me.

 

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

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

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The #1 Thing Customers Remember  0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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5 Minutes for Mom  0

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Being a working mom is hard and finding balance is always a challenge.

The website 5Minutesformom.com spoke to me about what it’s like being a working mom who has managed to perfectly balance her work life and family life while doing something she loves., and now helping other moms to follow this path.

Finding Balancing as a Working Mom

Lisa, a mother of 3, was hesitant to go back to a 9-5 job when her youngest child started school. She knew it would be a struggle to balance her career and her family while working on someone else’s schedule.

Finding Balance as a Working Mom

She created The Princess Tea Party Business and was thrilled that she was able to do something she loved without putting her family on the back burner. The flexibility she’s had as a mompreneur is something she’s now sharing with other moms with her How to Start a Weekend Princess Tea Party Business products which offer a complete business in a box and is perfect for moms who love party planning.

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We chatted with Lisa about balancing work and family and think you’ll love what she has to say. 

Q: Managing a family as a working mom can be tricky. What tricks do you have for maintaining balance in your life, both personally and professionally?

A: Honestly, I am really not sure there is a Magic Formula to balance the scales between the demands, of a 9-5 and coming home to your night job of managing a growing family. In my blog, I write quite a bit about the power of thought, regular exercise, belief in one’s self, and resisting negativity wherever possible. That kind of mindset is key for a balanced view of life and to keep your emotional ship from leaning too far, if you will, to one side or the other.

Being organized from dawn until your head hits the pillow is a must, or you will become overwhelmed without notice. However, I find that there simply is no substitute for true flexibility that allows a busy mother time. Time to catch her breath and have a moment to herself or with a partner. Everything else aside, this is what we crave the most, and it is perhaps the most elusive thing we chase after in life.

The trick that changed everything for me was choosing to become my own boss and gain control over my time. It didn’t happen instantly. I kept plugging away at a day job and taking care of the family, however, having made the choice and placing that goal in front of me was incredibly liberating and motivated me to achieve my goal. Nearly 20 years later, the rest is history.

Q: As a mother of 3, what were you looking for in a business when you first started out? Do you feel like you’ve managed to find those things in your business today?

A: I was looking for a way to help bring in financial support and stay a full-time mom to make sure I could be involved with the kids and not miss out on them growing up. I really enjoy being around young kids. What I found was a weekend-oriented business that allowed me to stay active with my kids and work on improving my business during the week, and handle business on the weekends. In this type of a situation your partner or a family member can watch the kids on the weekend and it worked out very well.

From a financial standpoint, I turned a part-time business into full-time income and ultimately put the kids through college. I now have a valuable business which I plan to hand down as a legacy to one of my daughters. So, absolutely, I would say it’s worked out well.

Q: As a mom entrepreneur, how quickly were you able to get your business going? What recommendations do you have for moms starting off on their own venture?

A: It took about a year of planning, and preparation before I opened my doors, however, I had absolutely no guide or business model to follow and avoid mistakes. I was on my own, and that cost time and money. Things are different now for women looking to go into business for themselves. As I mentioned, I kept my day job and used every spare moment to learn what I could about the business, search for a location, have a fabulous time collecting dress and accessory inventory, and squirrel away investment capital. Part of the beauty of the business I am in is that you are catering to young children who are there to have fun and not be concerned with how fancy space is. It can be done simply and inexpensively which is a huge advantage in starting a business.

Studies show time and again that women are the majority of consumers and compete very favorably with men as business owners and entrepreneurs, and yet we lag behind when it comes to new business formation.

The reason? A lack of self- confidence.

A recommendation to any woman even remotely thinking about going into business is to get that out of your system right away. You can do it. It is a proven fact. The other recommendation I have is to use the knowledge and guidance from successful people now readily available out there to establish yourself in business more quickly and avoid costly pitfalls. There is never really any advantage to time delays or costly mistakes.

Q: What advice do you have for moms who need to contribute to their family’s income but are worried about being able to juggle all their responsibilities?

A: This is a hard one because everyone’s circumstances are a little different. The best advice is to not let others decide for you. The deepest worry for a mom other than the health of her children is whether she is running the risk of missing out on them growing up. If you are too busy with a job to watch a recital or see a game, you might start looking into the alternatives.

Q: After reading your story, I see that you’ve used your success to help other moms. How are you helping working moms to find work/life balance today?

A: I am fortunate to have found what I was looking for in a part-time business and am determined to help as many moms as I can to discover the freedom of being your own boss. My feeling is that managing a family and a day job is more difficult than launching and operating a small weekend business. Those management skills are huge.

After nearly 20 years in a business that allowed me to stay a full-time mom while providing financial support for my family, I have developed the step by step tools and handbook I wish I had when I was starting out. It’s what I call The Princess Tea Party Business in a Box which is the exact roadmap I used so you aren’t pioneering. A mom who is even remotely thinking about starting a business like this would definitely benefit from them.

Do Lisa’s story and the path to finding balance resonate with you? Are you interested in starting your own Princess Tea Party business? Find out more here.

 

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

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

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How a Mother of 3 Started a Weekend Business to Stay a Full-Time Mom and Bring in Extra Family Income  0

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This is the story of how a mother of 3 became a “Mompreneur,” starting a weekend business that not only brought in extra part-time income, it became the love of her life while letting her stay a full-time mom.

When I first started raising a family, my life was probably much like yours is today. I had high hopes and dreams, no prior business experience, and I was falling behind, but life wasn’t waiting for me to catch up.

I was a youngish mother of 3, experiencing doubts about my ability to balance a strict 9-5 with managing a young family. Sound familiar?

In reality, I wasn’t so concerned about my ability to handle the juggling act. Somehow you manage. It came from something deeper, having everything to do with a mother’s desire to be there with the kids.

There are pluses and minuses with everything. In looking ahead, though, this was only going to get tougher.

The anxiety was all too real when I realized I could actually miss out on the kids going through their changes and growing up. The thought of showing up too late was what I couldn’t handle.

I wanted to be fully involved because I believe that if you do a poor job raising your kids, nothing else really matters. Managing their social media is challenging enough. You can’t let it replace you.

But we needed a second income too. I needed an ideal work situation.

We were hoping I could find something to bring in an extra $20,000 a year. With my work experience, it seemed very doable, and it was. But most things come with strings attached making them less attractive, especially when it involves working for someone else.

I decided to take the plunge and become a “Mompreneur.” That is, a mother in business for herself, managing her own time, making her own decisions with family at the center of her life.

We didn’t have a great deal of money to risk and, quite honestly, I didn’t want to completely re-invent the wheel. I was just bound and determined to do it better.

I chose what turned out to be the best business idea ever for moms and women who love children. The Princess Tea Party Business.

In tapping into the enormous $38Billion party industry, my job in this niche is to help a little girl’s princess dream come true. Pure and simple.

What makes it wonderful is that we share the same dream.

Having daughters of my own, I knew this was a winning concept. What I didn’t know was that it would become the joy of my working life and mean so much to my family’s well- being.

My first store opened after nearly a year of preparation with about a $12,000 investment.

I’d never had so much fun, searching through second-hand stores and antique shops looking for princess dresses and the unique fixtures and decorative pieces I had in my mind’s eye.

That was just the tip off for the joy that was to come.

Every business has it’s rhythm in terms of attracting and satisfying customers, so I endured a lot of trial and error with advertising, different packages to offer, what food to serve, when to hire help, etc.

There was no one there to hold my hand or a guidebook I could follow with step by step instructions to avoid the pitfalls.

I had to figure it out as I went along. In retrospect, it is pretty simple, although it didn’t always seem like it at the time.

Being in Honolulu, we asked a Hawaiian “Kahu” to bless our space before opening our doors. It covered me with such a warm feeling of safety and protection which has never left.

I admit I was nervous when my first party of eight little 5-year-olds and their moms showed up with expectations sky high. This was it. I’ll either be the talk of their kindergarten class (not to mention Starbucks) or, I would go the way of your average backyard clown.

I must have nailed it because word spread quickly about this great new children’s party place in town. My bookings began to stabilize and our investment was returned within the first 18 months.

I’m still in the same location and have never looked back.

That was 17 years ago. Since then, we’ve made over 5,000 little princess dreams come true and generated more than $2,000,000 in total revenue from a weekend business!

I’m not saying you’ll become a millionaire from a weekend Princess Tea Party business, but you can see that my $12,000 investment has turned into much more than ever expected.

I like to think it is because my thoughts were aimed in the same direction as my desire. It is the surest way to reach your destination.

My kids have graduated college and I’ve been there for just about every milestone moment in their lives. Knock on wood they are good kids.

The business has also been rock solid when the ground beneath us felt like it was shifting under our feet.

I’m not saying it is immune to hard times, but much less so. Birthdays happen once a year, and, like birds in spring, they faithfully return.

That’s the beauty of this business. Every day is someone’s birthday and their little friends want to celebrate with them.

I have learned that most young girls between the ages of 4 and 9 want to be princesses, and, their parents are only too happy to try and make that dream come true.

It makes the role of my business all the more valuable. We provide what everyone wants. The girls, their parents, and me. Win! Win! Win!

Over the years, I have added services and additional revenue streams such as Children’s Etiquette and Social Skills training, re-fashioned clothing, and others, making the business even more lucrative.

My newest effort is to help women who are looking for an opportunity like this to bring in extra income and more.
Many years ago I decided that being a full-time mom was, at the end of the day, what I really wanted. I also understood that I needed to help support my family.
By digging deep to find where my interests and desire came together with determination, a wonderful, life- long endeavor blossomed beyond what I dreamed at the time.
You can turn your interests into a business too by being determined to see it through no matter what the naysayers try to tell you. Ignore them.
The direction you are facing determines your destination. Fine tune your sense of direction.

 

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

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

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Is Your Boss Affecting Dinner at Home with the Kids  0

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The Infographic below is so revealing that it will tell the story here. I came across it in a blog post titled “What it’s Like to be a Working Mom” published several years ago by Sabrina Parsons for Forbes Woman. The Infographic may be a few years old, but I have no doubt the sentiment is even stronger today.

 

As CEO of Palo Alto Software, Sabrina advocates for women (moms) to gain access to leadership positions in corporate America certainly because we’re qualified but also as a means to gain flexibility in our lives.

If you are in charge you can set your schedule.

You know that working moms are already in tough leadership positions outside the workforce as CEO and managing director of their households. As mothers, we all know this means nurturing your children, managing nearly every minute of their time when they are young, planning recipe’s, putting dinner on the table, washing clothes, paying attention to your spouse or partner, and on and on. And, this is wrapped around putting in long hours for your boss during the day.

In a survey cited in Parsons’ article, The Ladders revealed that working mothers cared more about having flexible hours than any other benefit an employer can offer.  The graphic leaves little doubt about it.

Ms. Parsons believes the one way for working mothers to gain flexibility at work is to achieve a leadership role. This is most likely true, however, the catch is that working mothers are “mommy tracked” and simply are not offered these positions.  A prevailing theory of career development advanced by the National Institute for Careers, Education, and Counseling places “Career Establishment” in the years between the ages 25-40. Guess what, these are prime child-bearing years for women and sets up the scenario to leave working mothers behind as someone without children becomes the preferred candidate to advance.

I have written about this many times before. The corporate apparatus is just not nimble enough up to allow flexibility or promote working mothers and is unlikely to change. If you want to leave at 5pm to make dinner and bathe the kids a few times a week, you are most likely not in line for that leadership role at work. You just don’t fit the profile regardless of whether you work faster and can accomplish more than the co-worker management hands it to.  They are just not willing to fight that battle for you.

For her part as the owner of her company, Sabrina Parsons writes “I write this blog post as I get ready to leave the office in the next 40 minutes, to be home for my kids at 4:45pm. Of course, as the CEO of my company it is my call, but I can assure you I will be back to working after the kids are in bed. I also have the option to come to the office early and set my hours. Would I be working this hard and these many hours without flexibility? Would I give up dinner at home with my kids and family for my boss? It’s a question I have avoided by taking my own path, and choosing against joining corporate America. It is a choice I am lucky to have, and wish more women would also have.

I’ll bet you’ve asked that same question many times only “why am I giving up dinner at home with my kids for my boss?

In my humble opinion, the deeper question is “am I missing out on the kids growing up for my boss”

I am not one to judge how you answer that. I will say you are better off if you can become your own boss and set your own hours.

The challenges that working mothers face are frustrating and often lonely. Unless the person in the cubicle next to you is also a mom, they probably have no idea nor do they much care what it feels like to miss another dinner or get home too late to help the kids with their homework, again.

You are as productive as the guy next to you, but pay a steeper price.  And, you are being “mommy tracked” on top of it.

Talk about a no win situation.

Many women have chosen the route of entrepreneurship to accomplish what they cannot in the corporate world by becoming the CEO of their work life along with their family life.

As the infographic is plain to see, flexibility to manage both is what you are after.

The peace of mind in knowing you are there for the kids minus the guilt from co-workers is well worth what it takes to achieve it.

 

 

 

 

Break into your dream career. Become a Princess Tea Party Business Owner! Become a Children’s Etiquette Teacher

princess tea party business

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

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