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How Women Can Stay Motivated in a Male-Dominated Business Environment

by Sophie Garrod

Just because you’re outnumbered by male colleagues should not stop you wanting to challenge for the big roles and climb that corporate ladder.

No matter what industry you’re in, here are 5 strategies that will help you advance your career and keep motivated to reach the top.

1. Ask for what you want

Women tend to be politer and less assertive in getting what they want from their employer. This seems to be the opposite for male counterparts.

Now I’m not saying that men are rude and aggressive, I’m making the point that they are more to the point and are not as afraid to make their demands.

One of the hot topics at present is the pay gap between men and women. It’s clearly not right for men to get paid more for a job that a woman is doing or can do just as well.

Having said that, perhaps part of the difference comes from men being more assertive in asking for that raise.

How can this keep you motivated? Easy.

Ask for what you want.

Don’t be put off for asking what you want.

If you want that promotion, tell your manager that you think you’re best suited for the role and want to be considered for the job.

Once you start being more assertive, you will be seen as a leader and this is very motivational.

2. Speak up

Sounds obvious but it really does help.

Make sure you are speaking up in meetings and give your opinion. Your views are just as important as everyone else’s around that table.

Don’t allow people to interrupt you. The more that you value what you’re talking about, the more it will come across in what you’re saying and people will listen.

And don’t feel like you need to apologise!

Harvard Business Review found that women tend to apologise way more than men, even for things they haven’t done wrong.

How crazy is that?

Use this as motivation and make sure you are getting yourself heard as much as everyone else.



3. Acknowledge that your work is great

I’m talking to you, the woman who always does an excellent job but never looks to take the credit.
On one hand I’m like ‘You go girl!’ but on the other, I want you to own it. If you’ve done something brilliant, you should be recognised for it.

It’s great and all to praise your colleagues because it’s good to be a part of a great team, but at the same time, you must be responsible for your success.

The bigger role you play, the more confident you become in what you can do. Seeing how awesome you are and translating it into results is highly motivational.

This applies to women working as an employee or as part of their own business looking to win over a new client. For example, eCommerce businesses choose an Amazon expert that proves how great they are at making more sales rather than saying ‘I got lucky that this product took off.’

Take responsibility for your accomplishments.

4. Get networking

Don’t just stand there and let the men get all the good contacts. Sure, they may be playing golf and you don’t like golf, but do you think every man that goes to these events likes it?

No!

It’s not about how great your swing is, it’s just business. Men attend these events because they see it as a way to further their careers.

It will be no different for you. Next time a networking opportunity arises, put your name forward and be part of it.

From the contact’s point of view, it will be refreshing to see a new face representing the business.
Your approach may even be more favourable than your male counterparts, giving you the contact rather than them.

Again, I’m not against men, but how awesome does that sound?

5. Share your successes with other women

The more success you get, the more you should share it with the women you know.

There are way too many negative stories in the media about women in the workplace and enough is enough. It’s time that women should celebrated for their accomplishments and to get this started, success stories should be shared with other women.

Empowering womankind is highly motivational, wouldn’t you agree? Eventually, every role you can think of will have just as many women as men.

For that to happen, you need to share your stories and inspire them that it is possible to achieve great things. And that is so exciting.

You are still going to need to work hard but by doing so, other women will follow suit.

We are going to be so successful in the coming years and I can’t wait to see your achievements be headline news.

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"How to Overcome Fear of Rejection and Make the Sale" with Andrea Waltz on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Andrea Waltz
Show #476

Topic: "Overcoming fear of failure, rejection, and hearing the word, 'No.'"

Andrea Waltz returns to the podcast to discuss how you should be willing to fail in order to ask for the sale, the 5 failure levels and the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. 

Andrea Waltz is the co-author of Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, she has made her mission to liberate people from fears of failure and rejection, sharing an entire new mindset about hearing the word NO.  

They have spoken all over the US and the UK teaching the "Go for No" strategies – having been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses to rave reviews and amazing results. Andrea’s book hit #1 on Amazon’s “Selling” list and has remained in the top 20 of "Sales" books for over the last 8 years. 

Twitter: @goforno
Website: www.goforno.com 



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How She Does It: Sara Schaer CEO of Kango

Sara Schaer has been a female in the tech industry for much of career but decided 5 years ago to become a female founder as well. Sara started Kango which is a rideshare app for kids based in Silicon Valley. Sara took the two things she knows best, parenting and tech, and created a service to bring ridesharing and child care to busy families.

Kango currently serves six counties in the Bay Area and has expanded to Los Angeles as of June 2018. Thought this would be a great time to reach out to you because she just announced a one of a kind partnership with Chrysler. The car company is providing a fleet of Hybrid minivans to eligible Kango drivers which is a win/win for the environment and parents as the minivans also provide best-in-class safety and technology.

Deb Bailey: Welcome to the blog, Sara. Would you share with everyone how you got started as an entrepreneur?

Sara Schaer: I started as product manager #2 for Snapfish.com where I grew the product team from 2 to 50 people globally. During this time, I realized how much of an influence technology - smartphones in particular - was having on families around me, especially my own. That's when I came up with the idea for Kango. I wanted to build a mobile-enabled platform that would help busy families. We created a safe, secure app to connect parents with heavily screened, trusted Kango drivers to get their kids from A to B. As a working mom myself, helping other moms "have it all" was especially important to me.


Deb: Are there any “lessons learned” that you’d like to share?

Sara: Always be confident in yourself and your product. Even if you're in a room filled with people who aren't like you, or who are skeptical, realize you have something special and confidently ask for what you need.


Deb: Who are your ideal clients?

Sara: Any family can use Kango - from working parents who need regular help juggling their children's schedules, to parents who need someone to pick up their kids and babysit them after school due to a late meeting, to a one-off instance where mom or dad has something unforeseen pop up and needs a helping hand.


Deb: What are some of your successes and challenges?

Sara: One of our recent successes was championing a first-of-kind partnership with Chrysler. They provided us with hybrid Pacifica Minivans for eligible Kango drivers to use while picking up children. It's been great working with a partner who clearly understands our vision and sees that ridesharing - for everyone - is part of the future. A challenge has been keeping up with the demand for the service. We've had to adjust and scale quickly because demand exceeded our projections; it's a good problem to have, but keeps us busy!


Deb: It certainly is a good problem to have. What inspires you to do the work you do?

Sara: Definitely my family and other working mothers. I couldn't have made it this far without their support and advice. And I felt compelled to help modern parents avoid the struggles I experienced, starting when my children were very small yet needed to go places.


Deb: What’s your vision for your business?

Sara: Right now, we're the safest and most reliable service and I'd like to bring the Kango service to busy families all over the country – perhaps beyond.


Deb: What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Sara: Persist. Female founders may experience more resistance or skepticism, but don’t give up. Be prepared. You may be asked gender-oriented or parenthood-specific questions, but be prepared with your answers so you don’t get caught off-guard.


Deb: Entrepreneurs are always on the go. What is your favorite activity to relax and unwind?

Sara: Whenever I need to unwind or catch my breath I like to take a walk outside, even briefly. Stepping out into nature, getting exercise and breathing fresh air helps me to focus.


Deb: What do you wish you could tell your younger self?

Sara: The sleepless nights are worth it - so keep persevering!


Deb: Terrific advice. What do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?

Sara:
- Passion – to drive your mission and keep you going

- Resilience – to keep trying even in the face of failure or rejection

- Intellectual flexibility – juggling a seemingly infinite variety of tasks, transitioning from one domain to another, feels like mental gymnastics. Things happen quickly! It’s never boring.

How often do you get distracted?

woman standing in front of a sign
by Chris Atley

What I’ve come to realize is the better you feel about yourself at the core, the more you value your time.

Meaning you say no to things that are not in alignment with your values and only yes to the things you do. You are conscious with how long things take, and create the space to get these things done.

You also take time for what makes you thrive. Self-care wise.

You are also great with blocking time. Staying focused on the task at hand, that you have decided to focus on. Turning off your phone and notifications, and staying on course – whether this is a work related task or a yoga class.

You stay out of drama for the most part.

You do not let other people’s drama suck you in. You are dedicated to the task at hand. Unless of course there is an emergency, but you get the gist. You are not letting the world interrupt you. You value yourself and stay true to what makes you and your business thrive.

This is what a high self-worth looks like. Where you are deciding what you say yes or no to, and where those decisions are in alignment with your highest good.

Where you’re okay with disappointing others, and when you do say no, people miraculously respect you more! You start to attract other confident and happy people into your life too, because this is what you are radiating out.

If you’re not quite there, or if you’ve slipped, what can you do to get back on track? How can you strengthen your self-esteem every day? How can you create an empowered schedule that reflects your greatest good, and highest values and priorities?

Lets do it.

xo


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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5 Ways You Can Make a Better Society for People With Disabilities

by Gigi Wara

5 Ways to Help Those Who Have a Disability


As a business owner, you want to attract as many customers as possible. But, what if you are able to help in building a better society while also attracting new patrons? It is actually a win for you and everyone else involved. There are many areas in this society to be improved. There are also many ways you can give back to the society. And, helping those with disabilities is one of the important aspects for anyone to consider. So how do you know how to help someone with disability in your own way when you’re a business owner? You can read below to find out.

1. Consider the Disabled Community as Important Patrons


Disabled people are no less important than people who are not disabled. This is especially true in the business world. A business minded person needs to understand that everyone's money spends the same. Sometimes making money is all about attracting more customers. Well, if you don't want to raise the prices of your goods and services that is. In fact, by catering to the disabled community, you are already doing something that many other businesses in your area aren't: supporting a forgotten community. Helping those with disabilities, by providing them with ease of access or specialized services, is a great way to stand out from your competitors.

2. Employ People Who Are Disabled. They Can Be Just As Ambitious As Others


By employing someone with a disability you are showing that you are merciful. Chances are, this person that you hired has been turned down time after time. They are sure to be appreciative of being given an opportunity. This means they may go above and beyond to show you thanks. You could even begin to notice that they are doing their job better than the last person that held their positions.

Hiring disabled people is also great PR. Walmart, who frequently hires disabled people as greeters, get a lot of praise for their willingness to give disabled people a chance.

Helping someone with disability will also give you a great feeling of pride.


3. Create An Athletic Scholarship For Disabled People


This one may not be a good choice for everyone; however, if your business is booming, experiencing unimaginable growth, and has money to spare you can begin a scholarship for disabled people. There are plenty of disabled people who excel at sports, so providing an athletic scholarship to disabled people is a great way to connect with the disabled community. Providing educational help for someone with disability will have customers lining up outside your door once they hear of your kindness and compassion.

You are also providing a way for someone to better themselves. By helping a disabled person attend college you are changing their lives forever. Nothing feels as good as being altruistic.

4. Support Organisations That Help People With Disabilities.


Donating to charities is one of the easiest, most effective ways to help those with disabilities. A business own likely has extra money to donate to charities, and these donations can often be considered tax credits. You really can't go wrong with donating to charity.

There are many charitable organisations that help people with disabilities. CYDA, for example, is an Australian-based non-profit organisation who provides therapies and activities to children with disability.

In the United States, Blooming With Autism, for example, provide therapies and activities to children with autism. They have gymnastics classes, karate classes, speech classes, and more. Jodi Davis, the founder of Blooming with Autism decided to create the organisation because one of her daughters was diagnosed with autism as a toddler.

Prince’s Trust, a UK-based charity, is another great charity to donate to. This charity focuses on helping young people with physical and learning disabilities to greater levels of their independence through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support.

5. Show Respect to People With Disabilities


This tip should be followed by everyone, not just business owners. People who are not disabled can sometimes forget to think before they say or do something around a disabled person. So how can you show respect to persons with disabilities? There are many different ways to show a disabled person respect. One of the best ways to show respect is to ask before helping them. A person may be prideful in providing for themselves. If you see a disabled person trying to do something difficult, perhaps they enjoy performing difficult tasks. Always ask a disabled person if they need help before assisting them.

Here is another important piece of advice: never play with a disabled person's service dog. These dogs are trained to behave a certain way. They receive treats and praise when they perform their tasks well. Do not pet them because the dog may interpret this as being praised even when he hasn't done his job. This could break the dog of his training, leading to accidents or worse.

Most people already know about this one, but it needs to be mentioned. Do not use handicapped services, like parking spots or bathroom stalls, if you are not disabled. You never know when someone who is actually disabled may need to use these services.

Perhaps the best way to help those with disabilities is to put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine what they are thinking when you approach them or treat them a certain way. They often don't want to be treated special, but they do want the services, goods, and accommodations that non-disabled people have. Always think before speaking, and especially, make sure that your business is outfitted for the needs of a disabled person.

Author Bio: Gigi Wara is an inspired writer who loves writing about language and acquisition, career building and education-related stories in general. This time around, her post comes courtesy of Open Minds, an Australian-organisation which has proudly committed to supporting people living with mental illness, disability or acquired brain injury.

Let It Go Already

woman standing in a park
by Chris Atley


Letting go can be tough – I so get it. It can sound easy enough – just let go! – but the issue is we have years of beliefs and fears to undo. I can be daunting. The happiness, lightness and sense of peace is worth every second of the grunt work though.

Here are some tips that will help and real life examples that will hopefully help you have an ah-ha moment and shift your own internal state.

Get clear on what you’re attached too. When we’re too attached to something there is some kind of fear going on underneath. Shine a light on it. What is the deeper fear? What are you afraid of really? One client was afraid she wouldn’t sell her house – this related to a fear around money.

Once she let go of this fear – she replaced it with everything will work out as it always does – she not only had two showings right away, but she also let go of the heaviness of it all that had been weighing her down. She created the space for a ton of new business ideas to come in! She had been feeling stuck in that area and had a complete renewed energy. It was truly fascinating to witness.

Identify the positive intent of the fear. What is its positive purpose for being there? Another client was having a lot of anxiety around not doing a good job on a project – we busted through it and realized the positive intention of the anxiety was really freedom.

We also realized this part of her was very wise about self-care and we wanted to honour it. So you can see even though it’s a fear, it’s not always bad. If you can see the positive and reframe it, you can let go of the fear it’s actually causing. This client completely let go of the “I’m just going to throw in the towel”, and was inspired and motivated to continue! How amazing!!!

What gets to happen for you when you let go? Let go of the fear that has you tightly gripping what you want? Well for another client, she realized her team functions at a much higher level and the results are actually better then when she tries really hard. It just flows.

The need for approval. This is huge and is often at the root of a lot of the fear for people – what will people think if I screw-up, fail, say the wrong thing, etc. Another client was having a hard time planning for a tough conversation with a large client. There was potential to have to refund the entire project, when at first glance this seemed to be the issue causing the extras stress.

After a little digging we discover it was more about what the community would think if they parted on bad terms. This invited a conversation around who she wanted to be as a leader in her community. How will she handle the people who don’t necessarily agree with her? Because the more we put ourselves out there, the percentage of people not loving what we do or have to say rises.

So I ask you too – who do you want to BE? What vales are important? How will you let go of the need for approval in an unhealthy way while still valuing respect and connection?

I had my own case of this too. I had been working diligently on a project that didn’t seem to be flowing. I all of a sudden thought, let it go. You are trying way to hard to control the how. So I did, and the floodgates opened as a result. People I had been trying to reach for a year ended up reaching out. I booked a cool new speaking engagement, was invited to run a workshop for a large corporation and to also be a guest on a special call for a large real estate coaching group.

Letting go works. It’s because what we put out we will get back.

So if we’re putting out stress and worry, we will get back more of that. On the flips side, if we let go of the fear and replace it with a calm state of trust, the very thing we were trying so hard to control comes flowing in at rapid pace and often in a better way then we ever could have dreamed up ourselves! It will forever fascinate me.

This is an internal process. We can make changes to our environment all we want – which is a great start don’t get me wrong – but at the end of the day it’s about shifting what’s happening on the inside that will then in turn change what’s happening on the outside. Another client of mine was contemplating making a big change in her marriage.

Well, when she finally let go of the attachment to it in her own mind, it completely shifted for her. Se was lighter, happier and amazing opportunities presented themselves in her marriage.

I share these stories so that you can experience real life examples of what letting go looks like, and the profound effect it has on your overall happiness and in turn relationships, health and career.

Namaste friends xo


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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How She Does It: Carla Kabbabe CEO and Founder of Claurete

Carla Kabbabe CEO and Founder of Claurete


Claurete is a jewelry brand focused on delivering quality jewelry with unique designs.

Claurete was launched in 2018 in Toronto, Canada by a 24 year old woman founder with a background in business and jewelry designing. Inspired by seeing her family do business, she wanted to take on the same path after developing her own vision and grow a start-up that is focused on creating exclusive pieces that are easy for the end user to maintain and control.


Deb Bailey: Welcome to the blog, Carla. Please share how you got started as an entrepreneur?


Carla Kabbabe: Nice to be here, Deb. I’ve always wanted to share my vision with people, to reach and inspire them, I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. So I took on multiple projects and tried different things throughout my life. I was even discouraged many times as it seemed almost impossible on some days. I kept trying different things to express myself and my voice, and somehow the wins and losses that resulted from taking risks has helped me understand myself better.

I enjoy exploring the unknown, bringing people together, and creating opportunities for others. After identifying with what I am truly passionate about, I started meeting with people and converse with them about my interests. That is was when I started noticing how business topics were very appealing to me, and that I was born to be an entrepreneur. I was also inspired by my own family after seeing them do business.

I am currently overseeing and managing Claurete. It all started for me when I was still at university in my last semester wondering on how to officially get started as an entrepreneur. Prior to graduating from university, I took a leap of faith, and here I am now, operating my business and selling worldwide and hoping to inspire other women entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.


Deb: Are there any “lessons learned” that you’d like to share?


Carla: Failure does not mean you are weak, if anything it can be a valuable lesson. In business or life in general, accepting that there will be good and bad days, can help you handle adversity better. What matters is that you keep going and pushing yourself regardless of any situation.


Deb: So true! Who are your ideal clients?


Carla: Those who are looking for unique pieces that make a statement. Want to be inspired daily by wearing iconic jewelry that fit their schedule anytime and everywhere.


Deb: What are some of your successes and challenges?


Carla: Successes on a business level include running out of the first collections we introduced within the first two weeks after the launch. On a personal level, I would say traveling at the age of 17 in pursuit of making my dreams come true.

Challenges include over-working and hurting my social life, so I often have to remind myself that I need to take a break and keep up with good friends.



Deb: Entrepreneurs never want to stop working. But you're right, taking time out is essential. What inspires you to do the work you do?


Carla: Passion and wanting to transfer the vision I have for the company to other people on a global scale.


Deb: What’s your vision for your business?

Carla: I am hoping to become the next global jewelry brand that supports women in business.


Deb: What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Carla: To stay focused, and to always believe in themselves.


Deb: Since you mentioned taking breaks, what is your favorite activity to relax and unwind?


Carla: Going on long walks and bonding with nature!


Deb: You started your business at a young age. But, what do you wish you could tell your younger self?


Carla: To take it easy, enjoy life and live more!


Deb: Great advice! What do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?

Carla: Passion, discipline, and willpower.


Deb: Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Carla. Please share website and social media URLs.

Carla: I enjoyed it. Here are my URLs.

www.Claurete.com
Instagram: @clauretejewelry
Twitter: @clauretejewelry
https://www.facebook.com/Clauretejewelry


Q&A with Carla Kabbabe





"How to Empower Yourself for Success" with Entrepreneur & Inspirational Speaker Tanea Smith On Women Entrepreneurs Radio

entrepreneur and speaker Tanea Smith
Show #471

Topic: "How to Empower Yourself for Success" 

Tanea Smith, founder of She's Got Papers returns to Women Entrepreneurs Radio with her message of inspiration and motivation.

She shares her own transition from corporate to entrepreneurship, how she overcame obstacles in her life, and how she created her own reality so that she could live her purpose.

As a teenager mother living on welfare back in 1994 Tanea Smith made a conscious decision that she would defy the odds and would not become a statistic. She began what eventually ended became an 21 year career as an Executive Assistant on Wall Street in New York City.

With the acknowledgment that gratitude & ambition can dwell in the same apartment she knew that despite having a “steady” job the click she felt in her spirit to do & be more was too strong to ignore. After the birth of her 2nd child in 2007 she used her creativity & life’s experiences and created a witty & empowering stationery collection, She’s Got Papers.

While the “papers’ are keeping America connected one handwritten note at a time, in 2013 she expanded her platform. As an Inspirational Speaker & Transition Expert Tanea motivates, inspires and walks alongside other women who are in transition, a journey that she knows all too well.

Tanea has been featured in Essence, More, Pen World, American Express Open & The Wendy Williams Show.

Tanea has spoken at St. John’s University, City College of New York, New York University and teaches workshops throughout New York City. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Listen to Tanea's previous guest appearance on the podcast here: http://womenentrepreneursradio.libsyn.com/entrepreneur-tanea-smith-of-shes-got-papers

Connect with her on Twitter @inspiredbysgp, Instagram @ShesGotPapers
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShesGotPapers

See the stationery collection at: www.shesgotpapers.com

Get Tanea’s 3 tips to start thriving in life today at www.taneasmith.com



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How She Does It: Olga Frunze, Founder Organation Skin Care

Olga Frunze, Founder of the Skin Care Company, "Organation."

How technology is transforming the cosmetics industry.

Olga Frunze is the founder of the personalized skin care company welcoming digital technology and innovation which will make shopping more personal to customers.

With a degree in chemistry, Olga set out to produce top-of-the-line facial creams that are tailor-made for each user’s particular skin type, skin problems, and personal preferences.

Clients visit the Organation website where they fill out a short questionnaire. The answers are analyzed and provide insight into the person’s unique skin care needs. The process enables a customized skin care product to be created that targets the exact skin issues of the person. Each product is as unique as the client.

The roots of Olga stretch all the way back to her homeland of Russia. In many ways, her unique story is an inspiration for immigrants who are seeking the hallmark American dream. Olga is not a novice in the business world. Before immigrating to the U.S., she was the co-owner and development director for Fresco Freddo Ice Cream. The Russian company is made up of 20 cafes located in six cities. They produce tons of premium ice cream per month.


Deb Bailey: Welcome to the Secrets of Success blog, Olga. Please share with us how you got started as an entrepreneur.

Olga Frunze: It's nice to be here, Deb. I came to the United States from Russia, where I had experienced success in the food industry, but it was challenging to be an immigrant, and it was also arduous to find a niche business. As an immigrant, it is difficult to find yourself and form a company. The rules and the approach in the U.S. are both very different from those in Russia. The doors open slowly because no one knows you. Doing business in the U.S. and Russia are very divergent things, which is why I decided to expand my education and attend Portland State University.


Deb: What inspires you to do the work you do?

Olga: I am a chemist by profession who specializes in the cosmetic and food industry. This is why I started Fresco Freddo Ice Cream in Russia. However, I have always been a big fan of skincare, so after immigrating to the U.S., I focused on creating the skin care company, Organation. All of the ingredients used in the skin creams are sourced locally from organic Pacific Northwestern farms. The products we offer contain everything from hemp to lavender.

At Organation, we form a personal relationship with the farmers who produce our ingredients. I visit the farms and speak with the growers to gather new ideas and information about the various crops. My vision is to see people truly embrace the concept of skincare so that loving their skin becomes exciting and fulfilling.

With the creation of, Organation, an intelligent property algorithm was set up on the website that lets clients answer a set of essential questions so we can determine their skin’s needs and select the natural ingredients to customize the product. In essence, the client works with us to create their very own skin care cream that meets their individual needs.


Deb: I love the idea of the client helping to create their own product. What is your vision for your business?

Olga: There are undeniably good things ahead. The skin care products created by Organation truly help clients focus on their skin’s own needs, so their skin thrives and looks luminescent. What sets our company apart from other businesses is two key factors: customization and personalization. Organation has a proprietary algorithm, software and patented machine for customization at hand. A brilliant team of engineers provide tools to be able to create a uniquely customized product for each of our customers.

The company statement, “we empower you to create a unique product that is right for you,” is correct. We want to work with each client to provide a superior made-to-order product that meets and exceeds their expectations.


Deb: That sounds wonderful, Olga. Thanks for stopping by. Please share your website and social media URLs.

Olga: Thanks, Deb!

https://organation.com/

https://www.instagram.com/organation.care/

https://www.facebook.com/organation.care/


How to Find Time to Exercise with a Busy Schedule

by Victoria Hill

Nowadays, virtually everyone knows just how important exercise for a person’s overall health and well-being. The only problem is that our modern, fast-paced lifestyles often make it extremely difficult or seemingly impossible to actually find time to for exercise in our already jammed packed schedules.

Of course, the unique role women play in the family usually means more time spent caring for spouses and children and thus even less time leftover for exercising. In truth, finding time to exercise as a working mom can be one of the biggest challenges you face.

Still, considering the huge benefits exercise brings to your health and happiness, it is worth doing whatever you can to overcome this challenge. In light of this, here are a few simple tips that will hopefully teach you how to find time to exercise despite your busy schedule as a working mom.

Exercise and Being a Better Mom Can Go Hand in Hand


Learning how to make time to workout is undoubtedly one of the best things a busy mother can do for herself, and this isn’t just because of all of the obvious benefits it provides to your body and physical health. In fact, let’s completely ignore those things altogether for now as, again, everyone knows the benefits being physically fit provides. Instead, it can help to understand the ways that making time to exercise can also contribute towards making you a better mother and wife.

In addition to the various physical effects that exercise provides, working out also does wonders for your overall mental state. Even if your partner helps out as much as possible, being a mom is still a full-time job and one that inevitably comes with lots of stress and worry, and it’s an unfortunate fact that we sometimes can’t help ourselves from taking this out on our families in one way or another. Nonetheless, working out has repeatedly been shown to be one of the absolute best stress relievers.

Moreover, taking 30 minutes or an hour a day to exercise means getting some much needed time to yourself, which is something most mothers could use more of. Still, the biggest benefits come in the fact that exercising releases endorphins that not only help to relieve stress, but also provide a huge boost to your happiness and overall mood. In this sense, it is no wonder that increased exercise is one of the more common treatment recommendations for mild to moderate forms of depression and other mental health issues, including postpartum depression.


Working Mom Tips to Fit Exercise into a Busy Schedule


Now that you understand the ways that exercise can help you to be the best mom you can be, it’s time to finally figure out a way to actually make time to do what you know you need to do. Learning how to fit exercise in busy schedule is obviously a bit of a personal process since it depends in huge part on your own specific schedule. Nonetheless, the following tips are fairly universal and should be something anyone can try to apply to their own situation.

- Learn to Compartmentalize.


One of the most difficult parts of being a working mom is keeping track of and juggling all of your various tasks and responsibilities. This also happens to be one of the biggest things stopping most moms from making the time they need to exercise since they constantly feel like there are so many other to things they need to be doing.

Still, it is essential that moms learn how to compartmentalize things in their mind. This means realizing that you can’t do everything at once and making time to for each specific task—including working out—instead of thinking about everything at once.

- Focus on Yourself.


Another major mistake many moms make is not taking enough time to focus on themselves. It is important remember that you are a person and you deserve the best just as everyone else in your family does. Exercise allows you time to focus only on yourself and doing what it takes to make yourself happier and more comfortable with your body.

- Plan Out Your Day and Make Time Wherever You Can.


Although the average mom’s day seems incredibly busy and rushed, the truth is that most everyone has at least a bit time each day when they could squeeze in a quick workout. Cutting back on the amount of time you watch TV or spend on your phone are two obvious ways to gain some extra workout time. If you can’t make it to the gym, trying to exercise when your kids are napping, after they’ve gone to bed or before they wake up are also options for ensuring you have time to exercise undisturbed.

- Work With An Online Personal Trainer.


Some people simply cannot workout alone. They need the encouragement and accountability that comes from another person. And for many of those who don’t have time to go to the gym, the prospect of working with an online personal trainer is even more attractive. They get to have their workout plans customized, without guesswork on how to work on the forms and without having to travel to the gym.

One of the benefits of getting an online personal trainer is flexibility. Most online trainers can create workouts which are designed to perform easily at home. You can workout whenever and wherever.

If you’re interested in trying, the takeaway is that you should look for an accredited online professional trainer who cares to ask about your fitness goals and levels. A personal trainer should also keep tracking your progress to ensure that your fitness goals will be met and that you can get your desired results.

- Make Your Workouts More Intense.


Busy or not. The truth is you probably don’t need a long steady state cardio for an hour or more. Both cardio or strength training, all you need is the intensity in your the session. For the duration, 15 to 35 minutes of work each day is enough to see the change in your health and body. Dedicate one day to the compound lifts that target different muscle groups. Alternate with some HIIT Cardio or TABATA training.

Your partner can also be a huge help by taking care of the kids whenever you want to get in a workout. Still, even single mothers can definitely find time if they really try hard enough. You don’t have to exercise for hours every single day of the week to gain huge benefits from it. Even a 10 to 15 minutes a few times a week is better than nothing, and everyone can definitely find at least this much spare time in their schedule. In this sense, it really comes down to how badly you want it as anything is possible if you put your mind to it.


About the Author: Victoria Hill has been writing as a ghostwriter ever since she was in college. Her favorite topics are human development, business communication, modern and pop art, minimalism, and self-development.


"The Impact of the New Tax Law on Your Business" with Certified Tax Coach Diane Gardner on Women Entrepreneurs Radio


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Topic: The Impact of the New Tax Law on Your Business

Do you understand the changes in the new tax law and how they will affect your business? Find out if your business will benefit from the new tax rates and deductions.

Diane Gardner: “Your Tax Coach”

Diane Gardner is an Certified Tax Coach, Quilly award recipient, and best-selling author whose proactive planning approach gives clients a leg up on Uncle Sam and helps them dodge the tax bullet. Diane saves small business clients between $5,000 and $50,000 in as little as 60 minutes!
Her tax coaching sessions have resulted in a combined savings of over $1,767,928 to-date — hard-earned profits small business owners & real estate investors would have given to the government by overpaying taxes.

Leaving no deduction or credit unexamined, Diane ensures successful entrepreneurs like you pay the least amount of taxes allowed by law.

As a licensed Enrolled Agent, Diane prepares returns and helps taxpayers nationwide maximize profits and tax savings. She is a Certified Profit First Professional and has elite certification as a Certified Tax Coach.

Diane is the co-author of the best-selling books, Stand Apart and Why Didn’t My CPA Tell Me That? She has also authored ten other books including, Stop Overpaying Your Taxes! 11 Ways Entrepreneurs Overpay and How to Stop it Now!

She created the nationwide Get Off the Wheel Practice Management Solutions for Accountants and leads the Business Breakthrough Mastermind Group in her hometown of Rathdrum, Idaho.

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Self-Employed Creatives: Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?

FreshBooks— the #1 accounting software solution in the cloud for self-employed professionals and their teams— released the below resource today to help creative freelancers in six major cities determine their optimal hourly rates.

FreshBooks analyzed its customer base and found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, freelance creative professionals are actually out-earning their full-time counterparts, living well above the cost-of-living in expensive cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Austin, Texas.

“We hear from freelancers all the time who don’t have access to real market data to help them determine what they should be charging, and as a result, end up underpaid for their expertise,” said Mike McDerment, the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks. “When we took a closer look at the data what we found surprised us: self-employed creative professionals are not only earning more than their salaried peers—they’re thriving in some of the most expensive cities in the United States.”

Key findings include:

-Self-employed creative professionals across fields charge a median rate of $60/hr. -Compared to their salaried peers, self-employed creatives bring in more money annually across fields. Freelance marketers and interior designers bring in the most per hour—at a median rate of $75/hr—and writers bring in the least, at a median rate of $48/hr. -Despite the high cost of living, high concentrations of self-employed creatives choose to live in major US hubs. The amount of money they make per year varies widely, from $37,200 a year in Chicago to $75,600 a year in New York.

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