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Building a Successful Guilt-Free Business

In today’s eTip I spoke with Yvonne Hogenes from Malary’s and Firmawear Energy Wear (among other things) while at the Woman of Worth event recently and I grabbed her to talk about the guilt we can feel as moms when we’re balancing parenting with running a business.

I let Yvonne takes the reigns so she could share her advice for every mother out there who may have concerns about the lifestyle of an entrepreneurial mom.

Yvonne has some great words of wisdom for all mothers running a business


Yvonne:

I remember when my boys were 9, 11, and 13 it was a busy time with them just getting into sports, and I decided I had to follow my dream which wound up being my store Malary’s.

I knew at the time it would take a lot of time and energy, although had I known the real amount demanded I may have been more hesitant.

It’s very important to have a plan.

I did the hard work and mapped out my five-year plan before I took the plunge.

Once I dove in it was all consuming. And it has to be for it to work.

I felt guilty as a mom. My kids would laugh because if I sat down for 3 minutes on the coach, I was asleep.

Years later… my boys are in the business with me!

My boys knew why I was tired and they learned by example that having a strong work ethic brings success.

That support was not limited to my kids. My husband, my family, and my friends and staff carried me through to where I am today.

But the guilt that comes with being a mother was still there.

Accept that if you’re doing what you love your kids will learn by watching. What they learn is probably more valuable than any book lesson.

When they needed someone at their games to watch them play their dad was always there.

By giving myself room to work on my business I was able to succeed and everyone around me was able to help by picking up any slack.

I embraced my working mom lifestyle while going through it and now that my kids are employees they thank me for it.

Business owner is a tough role but 20 years later I’m still finding the same level of support that makes it all work.


How to get in touch with Yvonne

The best way is malarys.com which has links to Firma (which is a fantastic product) and other local designers she works with.

She’s in Cloverdale in Fraser Valley and features lots of local, Canadian designers so she’s well worth checking out.

If you’re a working mom or a mom thinking about getting into entrepreneurship and business and need help, then please get in touch. I have helped many women both mothers and not get into business and I would love to mentor you through the process of starting your own business.

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Until next time,
Susan Friesen

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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Deck Out Your Business Website and Social Media in Holiday Style!

Deck Out Your Business Website and Social Media in Holiday Style!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; a time for celebration of the holiday season…

As we deck the halls with boughs of holly and trim the tree, it’s also time to get your business showcased for the holiday season.

This is the time to make sure your social media profiles and website are ready for the festive season.

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Here’s some ways to dress up your website and social media for the holidays:

Decorate Your Website Home Page

Place your best holiday deals front and center on your website.  Here’s a great example from retailer J Crew who held a “5 Days of Merry. 5 Surprise Sales” recently.

J. Crew 5 Days of Merry. 5 Surprise Sales

We’ve added a holiday banner to our site that provides holiday wishes from each of our team members: www.evisionmedia.ca

Design a Customized Christmas Logo

Why not create a fun holiday version of your logo for the holidays?  Google has been doing this for years.  Here is an example of a past Google holiday logo:

Google Christmas logo design

Host Holiday Gift Ideas

Tell your customers what to buy for the person who has everything.  When you make gift-giving easy they buy!

Target does a great example of this right on their home page with a gift ideas list. Listing gift ideas at different price points makes it convenient.  For example Target lists gifts under $25, under $5-, and over $50.

Target gift lists

Create Festive Holiday Content

Find fun ways to share your content with a holiday flair.  For example, All Business posted a great article on “The 12 Days of Christmas Retail

12 Days of Christmas Retail

Spruce up Your Social Media Account Too!

Design a special holiday Facebook Cover Image – Show customers your holiday spirit by designing a festive holiday cover image. Our eVision Media Facebook page incorporates our brand colours and logo into our Christmas banner.

eVision Media Facebook business page

Post Family Holiday Pictures

On my personal profile, I’ve posted a picture of our cat Taz by the Christmas tree.  Taz has formed min-celebrity status on Facebook. Moreover, a lot of people can relate to what it’s like having pets and hoping they don’t attack the Christmas tree.

It’s a fun image that helps us connect with our audience.

Taz sitting under the Christmas tree 2017

Use Holiday Hashtags

Make it easy for holiday enthusiasts to find you by creating holiday hashtags.  Some popular ones include #diy, #stockingstuffers, #holidays, #newyears and so on.

Display Holiday Hours

If you plan on taking time off for the holidays let your customers know.  A graphic for social media and your website is the perfect way to remind them.  Look at this example from The Comedy Spot.

See you soon! Closed for Christmas, back on December 26

So don’t be a Grinch.  Show your customers your holiday spirit!

Celebrate by sharing website and social media updates that you are decked out in holiday style.  ‘Tis the season. Set the mood for holiday shopping and you’ll be rewarded.

What has your business done to show Christmas spirit for the holidays? Post your examples below!

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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Making a Commitment to Building Your Business

I shot this quick video about making a commitment to building your business while staying at one of my favourite bed and breakfasts, Blackberry Lane Bed & Breakfast. This is my go to hideaway to de-stress and recharge and is located less than an hour from where I live.

This eTip asks the question: How hard are you willing to work to make your business a success?

How hard are you willing to work to succeed?

My husband Daniel and I have very demanding schedules that begin at 5:30 am and don’t stop until about 8 pm at night.

It can be exhausting!

but it’s also extremely rewarding to have a successful business.

One of the things that dawned on me during this visit is how alike I am with Andy and Marlene, the owners of this B&B.

Since the B&B is located on a farm, when I arrived Marlene was decked out in full farming gear, working away keeping this place properly maintained. Her next task was to hop onto a riding mower and mow some acreage. After she was done she got to come in and start cooking!

Meanwhile Andy was busy at his full time job, which he does after he’s done his morning farm chores. When he finishes his day he heads home for even more farm chores. Their days are long and tough.

I’m familiar with that kind of a demanding schedule as I grew up on a hobby farm full of animals. It was a lot of work and my parents were always up well before I ever was just so they could feed the animals and maintain the farm (this included milking the family cow, Emma). This was all done while working full time jobs in Vancouver, which was an hour away in each direction.

This brings things back to my original question: how hard are you willing to work?

I hear a lot from clients about the distractions pulling them away from work. So the question then becomes: how important is your business to you if so many other things take priority?

You can’t magically succeed in business, so if you’re not able to commit to the business, don’t expect it to thrive. You have choices to make. Are you willing to make the sacrifices needed to build a successful business?

We’ve all read about the magical 4-hour work week but the number of people that kind of schedule is applicable to is minuscule.

How far are you willing to go and how hard will you work to make your business succeed?

When I first started eVision Media, my schedule was even more demanding. So even looking at my schedule now and how much I have to work, it took a lot just to get my business to where it is.

If you need help making the hard choices so you can succeed, please get in touch. I love to help people by mentoring them through their distractions so they prioritize their business and build the success they’re after.

That’s it for today’s eTip and don’t forget that if you liked what you saw here, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or newsletter so you can get updates and videos for small business entrepreneurs every week!

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

P.S. Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Our “All Under One Roof” boutique web development and digital marketing firm can help you make your vision a reality.

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Getting Your Business Ready NOW for Holiday Shopping

Getting Your Business Ready NOW for Holiday Shopping

Black Friday and its good friend Cyber Monday are over. But it’s not too late to prepare for the next big spending spree: The Holidays

Christmas shopping and websites didn’t always go together. For years consumers had the option of ordering online for contacting a new business, but an unfamiliar audience only really took the online shopping and procuring services via websites in more recent years.

Now that we’re in the age of eCommerce and Amazon is the biggest company in the world, businesses are competing for the same customers who used to trample over each other in malls trying to get the best deal or the last trending toy.

This is not any different for those whose website is designed for lead generation.

Even if you’re already selling online, whether it’s a product or your service, you may not have all your bases covered. So today I’m going to talk about what you can do to make sure your business is optimized for the biggest shopping/lead generation season of the year.

Did you have a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale?

If you did offer a discount or some other incentive for these two recently passed shopping days then you likely have a lot of abandoned carts or lead contacts that didn’t turn into clients or customers.

In online marketing, remarketing has become a great way to reach back out to people who expressed interest in what you do but for one reason or another never actually became a paying client.

Remarketing is a great way to reach back out to people who expressed interest in what you offerClick To Tweet

If you examine who contacted you and what happened in between them contacting you or trying to make a purchase and them leaving without converting (this is when they become a client or customer) then you will see many opportunities to address what can be understood as gaps in the user experience.

Was your shipping too high? Was the way you contacted a potential lead too aggressive or too passive?  Those leads would have become paying clients without that gap.

So fill the gap! Growing based on feedback is how good business evolves. Take the information and learn from it and then apply it.

The analogy many adhere to is a leaky bucket. If you have a leak in the bucket you should repair that leak before adding more water. Consider the holidays a coming storm with flood warnings!

Now if you have a repository of emails to reference you can draft an announcement about the change so it not only stops presenting a barrier for future leads, you’ve also let old failed leads know that you’ve changed and they can return for a better experience.

How you go about reviewing falloff from lead to client will vary depending on your business. B2C e-commerce will be quite different than a site designed for lead generation, but the reaction approach and remarketing remain the same.

Set Up Your Marketing NOW

If you haven’t already got your holiday marketing set up, you should start right away.

Things like your newsletter, social posting, content marketing and any other distractions from customer service should be set up to send on a schedule and then left alone while you focus on the customer.

In reality, having this work done in October is ideal but better late than never!

Don’t switch gears now on what tools you use but definitely set up a December schedule where all your sales and products and services are out there for everyone to find.

You miss all the shots you don’t take so now is the time to start sending out those emails and posting to your Twitter account!

Get in the Spirit

It can be tough to navigate political correctness and the holiday season. Depending on your market and locality, having “Merry Christmas” can endear you to leads or throw up a flag.

You’ll know best which is right for you, but at the very least a cheery-themed website header update and associated social profile updates would be a great idea.

If you need help with this, get in touch and we’ll make sure you have professional social media profiles set up.

Do you have a roster of loyal clients you love? Let them know!

Do your due diligence on your clients and feel out how they approach the season. Then craft your materials and messaging so it aligns with their expectations for the season.

If you have an office party, take lots of pictures and get them on Instagram. Then when you have the more settled, posed for pictures you can add a gallery to Facebook.

Presenting your business in a positive way and showing off the staff having fun never hurts and clients like to see the people they’re trusting with their money or their business as happy.

This kind of year can be very stressful and it shouldn’t be. Whether you sell a product or provide a service, try and enjoy yourself so you don’t run yourself ragged and ruin your own opportunities to make new contacts and purchases.

Thanks for reading,
Mark Hare

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About the Author, Mark Hare

Mark Hare

Mark has been working in search engine optimization, paid online advertising, content marketing, and usability since 2005.

He has worked with hundreds of clients on a wide range of web based projects and is a strong proponent of white hat SEO techniques and link earning over building.