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If you're like most of my readers, you're committed to your family and creating the best home life possible. But the truth is, if you've given up one income to homeschool your kids, you may be struggling to make ends meet. That's why I wrote this special report, The 9 Best Business Ideas for Homeschool Moms, in which I help you design the best business to complement your family's goals. There's only one way to get it—by subscribing to my weekly blog updates here:
 
 

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Pricing isn't easy

Pricing is a tricky business!

How do you know when you have landed on the right price? How do you know when it is time to raise your price? Lower your price? Pricing isn’t always intuitive. And these questions don’t have easy answers, but I have 3 questions I ask myself everytime I set a new price or consider changing an old price.

These are:

  1. Is the product or service selling well now?
  2. Am I covering ALL of the costs involved in providing the product or service?
  3. Do I feel like I’m leaving money on the table?

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Let’s look at each of these one at a time. Continue reading Are You Charging or Pricing High Enough?

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The right priorities

And why am I always putting out fires?

Priorities… Everybody has them but everyone’s priorities are personal. While I cannot tell you what your priorities are, I can help you find them. And I can help you work on them more intentionally.

If I were to have you list out your top 5 priorities and then your top 5 time-consuming activities, they probably wouldn’t match up very well. Because the truth is that while we usually know what our priorities are, we struggle to find time for them.

Why? Because we are putting out fires, that’s why!

Let me demonstrate this to you using Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Priority Matrix. This is not new to you, but how we are going to approach it probably is. Continue reading How can I tell if my Priorities are Right?

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Scheduling is essential for success!

Let’s face it… scheduling is important. You can either let life happen to you, or you can plan, schedule, and manage your life. In other words, it is within your power to create the life you want. It may take time and it may take diligence, but you are in the captain’s seat, at the helm of your own ship.

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Let’s take vacations for example… If you want to take that dream vacation, you need to put it on the calendar, even if it is 5 years out from now. Then it’s time to plan for it and save for it. Otherwise, that dream vacation is simply not going to happen.

Continue reading 5 Scheduling Essentials for Success in 2017

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Is there such a thing as perfect pricing?

If you are an entrepreneur like me, then likely you have wrestled over pricing. How can I price my product or service so that it is received well, valued, and provides a profit?

What happens if I price my product too low?

What if I price it too high?

How can I, like Goldilocks, find that perfect sweet spot that is “just right?”

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That’s what we’re talking about today as we discuss all things about pricing: perceptions, possibilities and profitability. Continue reading The Pricing Perception

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And why the words “I can’t afford it” are a cop-out!

I hear it all the time…

I would buy that curriculum, but I can’t afford it.
That car is too expensive, dear; we can’t afford it.
I would save for retirement, but I can’t afford it.
I would tithe, but we can’t afford it.
I would homeschool, but we can’t afford it.
I would buy that toy for you, honey, but we can’t afford it.
We can’t go on that trip. It’s too expensive and we can’t afford it.

I have heard myself say those very words over the most diverse things as well. In the not too distant past, I have been known to utter that phrase when refuting purchases that span anywhere from $5 to $5000. How about you? Do any of these scenarios below sound familiar to you?

Continue reading How to Afford Almost Anything

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5 Building Blocks to a Profitable Business

No one starts a business to fail. And yet, many businesses do. However, when you build your business on the right foundation; and then assemble it using the correct building blocks in the proper order, your chances of success skyrocket!

So, today, I am going to reveal my formula to building a successful and profitable internet business. I have pulled these ideas from many inspirational and successful entrepreneurs over the years, but I have combined them in a way that makes sense for me. I hope these ideas clear up the confusion around business building in the internet age for you as well, because homeschool moms are perfectly positioned to succeed in and profit from a business that operates online.

First of all, let me address the most obvious question that you might be asking. Not all businesses are internet businesses, right? Actually, I would argue that in the 21st century, all businesses are now internet businesses, because if you fail to harness the internet for your business, it will slowly disintegrate. In our digital world, every business needs an internet presence and an internet marketing strategy.

Your foundation is your WHY.

Whether you currently own a business, or you are dreaming about starting one, you need to understand your WHY. Why do you want to create a business? And the answer cannot be simply, “money.” You have to have a bigger WHY than money. Why do you want the money? What would you do with it? Who would you spend it on? What greater good would you invest in?

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No one on earth has the same set of gifts, talents and personality traits as you. You have gifts to share with the world that only you can give. You can serve the people around you in a way that no one else can. You are unique. You make a difference.

Think about why you want to start or continue your business. What do you bring to the table? Who can you reach? Who can you serve? Know your WHY. Because without your WHY, you will lose your way.

Once your foundation is sure, you can begin to build. Continue reading 5 Building Blocks of Internet Business

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Discover the Magic of Mapping out Your Week

Homeschooling is a growing movement. More and more parents are choosing to teach their kids at home for reasons that include individualized instruction, efficient use of time, the abundance of excellent curricula available, and the quality time they get to spend with their kids.

But for many families, to homeschool means to give up one parent’s income, which can become a financial hardship. What many families don’t realize, though, is that homeschooling does not preclude earning a second income.

Everyone is allocated the same 168 hours per week. The important idea to consider is how we use these hours. Let’s break it down.

Homeschooling takes less time than traditional schooling, because school time is more focused and intentional. You don’t need to use any of your time for assemblies, roll call, bathroom breaks, lining up, etc. Most families can be finished with their studies before noon, if they start around 8:30 or 9am. So, if it takes your children 3-4 hours per day to finish all their subjects, then you can allot 15-20 hours to homeschooling each week.

If you sleep for 56 hours (8 hours per night) and reserve 60 hours to “other” activities (such as errands, cleaning, meal prep and recreation), you still have 32+ hours left that you can devote to creating a second income. I spend about 20 hours per week running our two businesses from home (4.5 hours on 4 afternoons a week).

So, the time is there, if we use it wisely. But that is certainly not the only obstacle to working from home. As homeschooling moms, we are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7. All working parents need some type of child care, even those who work from home. However, public school parents utilize the school system, which provides built-in childcare. Homeschooling parents who wish to focus on work or building a business just need to get creative. That’s not a problem since creativity is our specialty!

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We are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7.

Here are some ways that creative homeschooling moms have carved out some uninterrupted work time: Continue reading Homeschooling & Home Business: A Match Made in Heaven

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Why affiliate marketing is a great business model for the homeschool mom.

Homeschooling and affiliate marketing is a match made in heaven. Homeschool parents need flexible work hours, they love to tell others about what is working for them, and are often pretty computer savvy. And if they aren’t, their kids are!

With a few simple but powerful strategies, you can succeed as an affiliate.

With a few simple but powerful strategies, you can wildly succeed as an affiliate.

As defined by Wikipedia, Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. You can read more technical details here.

First, I will tell you how it works, in a nutshell, then I will give you 3 sure-fire ways to rock it when it comes to affiliate marketing.

Continue reading 3 Sure-fire Ways to Rock Affiliate Marketing

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Do these results surprise you?

Last week, I asked my readers to take a survey about the direction of my blog. Hundreds of you were super helpful by filling out the 3 minute survey questionnaire here.

The answers were very revealing of this community. But in a good way!

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Most of my readers are married (but certainly not all) and are between the ages of 35 and 55. However, we have a good representation of youth and sage among us too.

51% of you have 2 or 3 children, 36% have more than that and 13% have fewer.

While 25% of you have been homeschooling for 3 years or less, 50% have been homeschooling for 8 years or more. That leaves 25% in the middle – homeschooling for 4-7 years. Wow, you all are amazing and dedicated teachers for your kids. Kudos to you! Good job!

Money is super tight for a small percentage of you; moderately tight for most and comfortable for some. It’s a classic bell curve. But if you had more money in the budget, these are the things you would do with it:

Continue reading Here are the Survey Results

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