I recently had the good fortune to interview Marie Forleo about moms who are thinking about enrolling in B-School while trying to run a business, raise a family and rock both. I’m thrilled to share her advice (that last one gave me chills!) with you below.
Heather: Marie, trying to build a business while raising a family is a completely different ballgame than trying to build a business as a solo entrepreneur. We mogul moms are literally doing it in between diaper changes and playdates. In fact, as I was writing out my interview questions for you, I had to take the dog out, get my son a snack, field a homework question from one of my daughters and let the dog back in.
There are over 5,000 mom entrepreneurs in The Mogul Mom community and my mission is to help them run a business, raise a family and rock BOTH. I believe with all my heart that B-School can help them accomplish that. As a proud B-School graduate, I’ve seen firsthand the BIG impact your training can have on bottom lines.
After going through B-School twice now and implementing the things I’ve learned, B-School helped me narrow my niche, build my email list, and get super clear about my profit plan. In fact, I’ve experienced 30% increases in my income EACH year for the past two years and my sights are set on six figures in 2013 (I’ll be the first female in my family to achieve this!!!!). I’m incredibly blessed to run my business the way *I* want to, earn an amazing income from HOME and never miss any of my three children’s “firsts”.
I’m extremely grateful to you for helping me achieve such success and I’d love to help more mom entrepreneurs do the same.
Onto the questions…
Heather: I often hear from readers, “I’m not there yet ….I’m not ready to invest, to hire, to really learn how to do this business thing.” What would you say to those mom entrepreneurs who simply think “I’ll do it next year….I’m not ready yet”?
Marie: There’s a secret that every successful mom mogul knows that wannabes don’t. That secret is this: you’ll never “feel ready” to do the work you were born to do.
The world’s happiest and most successful moms never “feel ready” to make a bold move — they just GO. They understand that waiting to “feel ready” before taking action is like waiting for Queen Elizabeth to willfully step down from the throne. Ain’t gonna happen.
Waiting until you “feel ready” is a cop out. It’s a time-sucking, dream-killing excuse rooted in fear, designed to keep us stuck in the mediocrity of the masses.
Talk to anyone at the top of their game and you’ll hear something like this. “When I got started, I was a mess. I had no idea what I was doing, I just kept putting stuff out there. After a while, everything came together.”
Heather: We moms have noooo problem buying our babies every gadget (hello, wipes warmer anyone?) under the sun and outfits galore, but when it comes to spending money on our businesses, we suddenly become Mrs. Shallow Pockets. Why is is so important for moms to invest in their business? How can moms “justify” spending money on their business and on programs like B-School?
Marie: One of the most powerful things I’ve ever heard is if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Because in business and life, YOU are your most valuable asset. The only way you can grow your income and impact is if you grow as a person. Whether it’s through B-School or some other educational opportunity, don’t ever underestimate the ROI of you.
Heather: As I mentioned above, we mogul moms are burping babies and taming hormonal teens while trying to run and grow our businesses – how much time will moms need to spend on B-School? And, we all know poop happens – is B-School a “be there or be square” type of program, or can moms go at their own pace if they need to?
Marie: In B-School, you can go at your own pace, plus you have lifetime access to the program. Here’s what B-Schooler mom named Laura said who is raising 3 small kids while she’s running her wildly profitable online business.
“As a busy mother of three, I loved the flexibility of B-School. I was able to watch, listen or read the transcripts of each module from my iPad or in the car while waiting for the kids at car line or between naps.”
In terms of time, we recommend carving out between 2-5 hours a week to go through the program.
Heather: Community and finding other moms who are going through the same things as you is so important when it comes to building a business. It can be lonely! B-School seems to come with an amazing community. Can you share a little bit about that aspect of the program?
Marie: Our global community (over 3,000 and growing!) is one of the most powerful aspects of B-School. No matter who you are, what questions you have, or what you want to achieve, there are like-minded women there to support you at every turn. You can find community in our member directory (search by business or location), you can pop-in to our incredible private member only FB group, or you can get to know people in the comments or on our live calls. I’m proud to say that we have one of the smartest, most generous and loving communities anywhere.
If you want to see our community in action, check out our Live Your Dream stories.
Heather: Would you say B-School is better for a just-starting-out mompreneur, a more seasoned mogul mom or both? Why?
Marie: We’ve seen great results with both. We have aspiring entrepreneurs launch into six figure businesses their first year, and have seen women who run multimillion dollar businesses add multiple six figures to their bottom line. The reason why it works for both is because the core of what we teach is how to make YOU, your message and your business more powerful. So if you’re just starting out, you hop on the fast track to success and if you’re already successful it’s about creating exponential growth.
Heather: Is there anything else that you’d like to share about B-School that’s specific to mom entrepreneurs?
Marie: As a mom, you’re playing such a vital role in our collective future. Whether it’s through B-School or any other program, do everything you can to invest in yourself and make your dream business and life a reality!
HUGE Bonus Alert!
Ok, I’m about to up the ante big time.If you’ve been thinking about joining B-School to make your business dreams a reality, then NOW is the time.
I’m doing something very special to make attending B-School, running a business, raising a family and rocking all three a total SUCCESS.
I created a special private Facebook group just for mogul moms who sign up for B-School with this link. (<— You have to use that link to get into this group.
In this group, mogul moms in B-School can ask questions + get answers, help each other implement the lessons and most importantly…hold each other accountable for taking action.
I’ll be right there with you, every step of the way, cheering you on. And I hope you’ll do the same for me.
And…hold on, because there’s even more!
Sign up for B-School using this link and you’ll receive over $1,000 in bonuses in addition to the Mogul Moms in B-School FB group membership, including:
- A free one year listing in The Mogul Mom Marketplace (A $250 value)
- A free one year membership in The Mogul Mom Community (A $228 value but worth so much more – this group will blow you away with its love, laughter, support + kick-ass business advice)
- A free copy of Get Famous, Get Retail Ready, and Get Started from The Mogul Mom Shop ($111 value)
- A free recording of our Choosing + Using the Right Social Media for Your Business teleseminar ($19 value)
- A free multi-site license to my soon-to-be-released premium WordPress plugin, May We Suggest ($47 value) that’ll make promoting your posts + products a breeze
- THREE months of free advertising in the “Recommended” section on the sidebar of TheMogulMom.com (A $450 value that will put your ad in front of over 35,000 visitors per month!)
- Once you complete the full B-School program, a $50 Kiva donation will be made in your name through The Mogul Mom lending team. ($50 value…but really, priceless.)
When you’ve signed up for B-School with this link, just email me to let me know. Once I’ve confirmed it on my end, I will email you right back with all of the information you need to claim your bonuses.