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Mom, Incorporated is your go-to guide for a home-based business, from coming up with your business idea to finding the resources to setting it up to staying on track. Authored by Danielle Smith and Aliza Sherman.

The “Balance” Between Work and Life

excerpted from the book, Mom, Incorporated

We’ve talked about time issues and money issues in our book, but what about those elusive “balance” issues? Right now, you might be waiting for us to swing down from the heavens with the SECRET to Work/Life Balance. So here it is . . .

 Our Balance (READ: PEACEFUL) Wisdom:

There is no such thing as perfect balance – and the sooner you embrace that fact, the more balanced you will feel.

Some days, some hours, some minutes, you will be a STELLAR Mom. And other days, hours and minutes, you will EXCEL as a Business Owner. You will rarely, if ever, be extraordinary at both at the very same time. Why? It is impossible to read your child her favorite story, help with homework, or cheer at a soccer game at the same time as you are answering a client call, responding to an e-mail, or writing a press release. Something has got to give.

 And, THAT IS OK. Say it with us: THAT IS OK. Continue reading

Give Yourself A Raise

We all work hard and have so many roles. We wanted you to pause for a moment and ask yourself this question:  

Do you give yourself a raise as a mom? 

Entrepreneur and author Aliza Sherman learning to play the ukulele on Popexpert.com

Being a parent is a full time job, and taking a break is important. As busy mom entrepreneurs, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember to take stock in all we accomplish each day and give ourselves some credit. We asked Aliza Sherman (co-author of Mom, Incorporated with Danielle Smith) how moms can give themselves a raise. She recommends taking a proactive and longer-term approach to personal raises. Continue reading

She’s Mom, Incorporated: Catriona Wallis Follow Up

Great news! One of our featured Mom Entrepreneurs Catriona Wallis’ has now launched her game Dodo Ladder Chase on the App Store for iPad, globally!

You may remember the interview back in October 2013 with Wallis, founder and CEO of Colto. At that stage of her game development, she was crowd funding for her App, the language learning game for preschoolers called Dodo Ladder Chase. You can find the original article at She’s Mom, Incorporated: Catriona Wallis. Continue reading

Stop striving for balance: It’s a JUGGLE

(excerpted from the book Mom, Incorporated)

We’ve talked about time issues and money issues, but what about those elusive “balance” issues? Right now, you might be waiting for us to swing down from the heavens with the
SECRET to Work/Life Balance.

So here it is . . .

There is no such thing as perfect balance –
and the sooner you embrace that fact,
the more “balanced” you will feel.

Danielle on Balance:

For the longest time, the word “balance” felt like a bad word to me. I was certain
there was a secret handshake — a code word even — that allowed only the most
special of mothers into the mythical world of balance. I was certain if I could just
be strong enough, smart enough, organized enough, I would crack the code. But it
wasn’t happening. And the only success I saw was the successful failure to balance
my work and home lives. Until one day it hit me: Balance is impossible. Continue reading

3 Tips to Optimize Your Inbox and ROCK Your Business

Another guest post from the amazing Stephanie Lee. You can read her first post 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring a Virtual Assistant.

I love ease. I want my life to be as easy as possible. I mean, we’re busy, us humans. We work either outside or inside the home, we have busy families (hello 3 year old!), busy spouses, busy households, just lots of stuff to do (and still to do, and (sigh) still to do)… and the list goes on. Nothing new, all moms are busy, life is busy. Except for me, I like to think that I’ve got a secret weapon, especially when it comes to my work-at-home business:

Gmail. Continue reading