Another busy season is here, but life doesn’t stop

We all know that everything kicks it into overdrive around the holiday season. It’s like back-to-school season and summer ALL. OVER. AGAIN. Why? Because life is cyclical and there are always eight million things going on dictating our efforts if we let them.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. As women, we tend to hit the ground running in the morning chasing after whatever is screaming the loudest. Whether it be our partner, our family or our furbabies, it is not usually our business. Perhaps that’s because we’ve taken on too much. It could be that we are buying into the “Busy Season” mentality. At the end of the day, it’s definitely because we aren’t making our business a priority.

There will always be a busy season and a reason not to give our business our all if we choose for there to be.

And I am not suggesting that there aren’t times in life where we need to dial back one area so that we can take care of another. Somedays my business has to be dialled back so that I can manage another area, or flow, of my life. But as business owners, we know that we can’t stop completely on our work if we are going to build a business that makes money. If we were still in the corporate world, our bosses would notice if we just didn’t show up for work for the month of December…AND our business is no different.

Not showing up when these busy seasons happen, and they happen regularly is we’re being honest, is going to result in fewer sales, less income and not a lot of seeds planted to harvest as sales when the craziness lets up…if it really ever does.

 The biggest tip I can give you during these busy times…

This tip is meant to give you one of the many keys to get your business as close to autopilot as you can.

When you can honestly say that you know exactly what is next, it’s because you’ve spent the time mapping it out. This means you’ve likely also got some processes in the works (and in the background) to move them through to those next steps automatically.

BUT…the biggest reason to take the time to implement this tip?

When you know what’s next…

  • Telling your customers about it,
  • Moving your clients seamlessly along to it, and
  • Making the revenue you know you can from it

 …becomes ingrained in you.

You start operating on autopilot because you don’t even need to think about it. It becomes like brushing your teeth or getting dressed. You can make it happen in your sleep. You can get it done even when life kicks into overdrive around you…because it’s so ingrained in you that you just do it.

Making money this way is simply a habit

for you at that point.

Samantha is a sales strategist and business mentor helping busy Fempire Builders like herself get on track in their business, identify and map out opportunities to boost their sales and work with them to implement the systems and processes within their businesses that they need to truly level up and grow.

Around the time her second child was born, her eldest child was diagnosed with autism. It was then that Samantha had to learn how to keep her priorities aligned within her family, and it became clear that returning to the corporate world was not the right fit for her.

While trying to answer the “now what?” question, Samantha created www.fempirebuilders.com, a supportive community for female entrepreneurs across Canada to gain access to the tools + skillsets they need to create the profitable business of their dreams surrounded by like-minded women cheering them on! Since May 2016, Fempire Builders members have shared their knowledge and lessons to mentor, support and empower each other to reach new heights both personally and professionally.

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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!