How my mastermind group gave me the courage to take my business to the next level

One of the things I missed most when I left corporate to start my own business was brainstorming with my colleagues. I am someone who needs to talk through ideas. It’s how I process my thoughts…and it’s even better when I’m not talking to myself.

Homeschool Mom and Fempire Builder

You see, I’m a homeschool mom, who is also building a business. As a result, I don’t get a lot of adult conversation day-to-day. My two children, ages seven and two and a half, are wonderful, funny and smart, but they can’t help me evaluate whether an idea is going to move my business forward or if I will just end up spinning my wheels on it.

My husband, who is supportive and hands-on in most areas of our life together, is not an entrepreneur. He tries his best to act as the sounding board I need when I am trying to figure out which image will speak to my ideal client for our next blog post or whether the sales copy in my Facebook ad will connect meaningfully with that same ideal client, but he is not a busy boss-mom (my ideal client) nor is he in the sales and marketing world.

To say the least, this made figuring out how to take my business to the next level very difficult.

What was a Fempire Builder to do?

Just as much as I needed a sounding board of like-minded people who understood my challenges and could help me see the way through them, I also needed a second set of eyes who knew me and my entrepreneur lifestyle well enough to provide constructive feedback and helpful insights as I go along the road to building my fempire.

I also needed more accountability. While trying to balance homeschool lessons, speaking engagements, and blogging deadlines (oh and trying to find some time for self-care), it’s easy to lose sight of the goals that were set with the intention of moving my business forward. Sometimes there are so many things vying for my attention each day that it is easy to get caught up working IN my business (and IN my life) instead of working ON my business.

My business soared to all new heights when I found masterminding

When I was introduced to masterminding, I found the sounding board and second set of eyes I was craving. I FINALLY had the accountability this Accountability Coach tells her own clients to have in place. But I found SO. MUCH. MORE. THAN. THAT.

I found a group of supportive women who met in a motivating environment to empower each other to take our businesses to next level while working towards the work/life harmony we were all craving. Surrounded by this group of driven and encouraging women, I was FINALLY able to nail down my plan for my business and had the courage to take it in the direction that, deep down, I had always wanted for it.

Without my mastermind group, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my business. They have also become a close group of friends that I can go to with things I need to talk through outside of my business life. But the thing that I am MOST GRATEFUL FOR is the personal growth these women have guided me to.

I just can’t say enough good things about masterminding and how powerful it’s been for me.

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

As a mother, blogger, mentor, speaker and business owner, I am used to balancing the demands of many roles. It is hard to “do it all,” and I have learned how to adjust to those expectations. Stick with me and you’ll be diving into your business with fresh eyes and a growth-centered mindset faster than you ever imagined!

It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

And from these conversations and my own needs, Fempire Builders was born.

You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!