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Knowing your passion!

Talking with Angie Gange this week was an absolute pleasure! Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through in every piece of this interview.  Even through the hardest times, Angie was willing to take a risk and build a business that worked around the life she desired.

What is your business background?

I graduated The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, emphasizing in Entrepreneurship. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to own my own business.  I also wanted to be the first female US President. 🙂

But… a funny thing happened to me – I fell in love with my best friend, got married at 22 and had a baby at 24. Everything about how I was going to live my life changed. I fell in love with that little baby boy. Within six years, I had two more and my husband’s career was flourishing.


I had several businesses I started and ran from home – all so that I didn’t have to go “back to work” and leave my boys. For example, I did things like contractual marketing/advertising from other businesses. I was strong in mathematics, so I started a tutoring business for high school math classes. I am a “wanna be artist,” so I even started a personalized stationery business that my designs got picked up by Nordstrom and Hallmark. And I was fortunate enough to do all this from home.

When my third son was born, and my husband was making enough money for me to sell my business and stay at home, I did. Partly because I wanted to spend time with them and partly because I felt a huge responsibility to make sure I left his world with three really good men. I didn’t want to miss any part of their lives. When they got a little older, I did go back to school and obtained my Real Estate Brokers license. I started my own mortgage firm and was quickly recruited by one of the dads on my son’s baseball team to work for a major bank. It was a great job – four hours a day with a six-figure income, until the recession hit.

And I lost my job.

What happened then?

I was able to stay home until a year later when my husband was offered a dream come true opportunity to become the President/CEO and co-owner of a company. However, this meant that for at least two years he would make less income and would be in Los Angeles Monday-Friday. Our oldest son was a senior in high school and recently accepted to a 4-year university.  The college funds we had saved all our lives were 1/2 what they were when he started high school, due to the recession.

We were advised to pay cash for his education for the first two years, as our CPA said he thought the funds would regain their value (which they did).  So, I was given the challenge to bring in $2000/month – while raising three sons, alone, immediately. To top it off, leaning on my profession/experience in Real Estate wasn’t an option.

I looked at many other options – even considering stocking shelves in the grocery story in the middle of the night. Most “entrepreneurial options” required a huge startup fee, which I couldn’t afford, or travel, which I wasn’t willing to do. I looked at MLMs, but they all required me to invest $1000’s of dollars on inventory and I didn’t have any cash.

One night I remember my husband and I were both awake in the middle of the night stressing about money and I said to him, “do you ever just think that we did everything right and the economy just pulled the rug out from underneath us?”

In January of 2011, my friend, a retired naval surgeon, introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures. After talking with her, doing my due diligence, a little mini “focus group” with my friends and family, I decided that this was the best option!

Tell us about how it worked and what it has meant to your family?

That year, I had the fastest growing business in North America and I did it all from home. I was still the room mom, never missed a soccer, baseball, football game or music recital.

I was able to pay cash for my son to go to college. He is now 25 and college is also paid for now for both our other boys and – my husband’s company is thriving.

I’m proud that I have been able to help over 50 people start businesses, have generated 1.5 million dollars a year in sales, with 0 investment.  I have achieved financial security and my boys, well, they are awesome!

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What about you?

Do you ever find yourself feeling stucK? STUCK in a job you no longer love. STUCK trying to figure out how to pay for the looming College expenses or Holiday expenses that are crashing in on you? Stuck trying to figure out what to do with yourself now that the kids are driving and no longer need you to be their personal UBER driver?

I have found myself in a new season of parenting. I am a mom of two teenage boys, very active in sports, preparing for college. The moms in my life who are in similar stages, or even in the beginning stages of empty nesting, our conversations now are different. We all have some time on our hands that we have not had for the last 16 years or so. This is not to imply that our kids don’t need us, but what they need from us has changed.

How about focusing on you time? Improving ourselves. Achieving our goals. Feeling like we are headed in the right direction. Each is essential to our personal well-being and happiness. The more time we can spend on what’s most fulfilling to you the happier and more at peace you are. Think for a moment, what would bring you the most satisfaction and fulfillment in life? Take some time to dream a little, to look beyond the daily grind at what you’d like to become. It’s not too late to start something new. The problem is it’s natural to have fear of failing at something new! How about daring to see a better version of yourself. But where do you start? It starts with you.

Here are TEN tips to help you on your way…

1. Start each day on a positive note. Wake up each day and find the one thing to give you peace. One thing JUST FOR YOU. Instead of turning on the news where you will be flooded with negative news, read a devotion, go to a positive Facebook group, post some inspirational quotes.

2. Exercise. Even if it’s a brief walk or stretch routine, it is proven when you start your day with exercise you will improve your work performance, your mental focus, and be able to ward off stress. It also sets a pattern of consistency and when you are consistent with anything, success follows.

3.  Good nutrition. It’s that simple. Your body needs good fuel to maintain good positive energy throughout your day.

4.  Manage your stress. Stress exists in many forms. It’s different for everyone, but more often than not it’s usually tied to finances. Take steps to eliminate negative people, bills, thoughts. Get a plan, take baby steps to change the direction you are going in. The Holidays are near, its a great time to find a way to supplement your income.

5. Get Accountable. Write down your goals. Share them with someone.

6. Dream a little, what’s possible? You are Possible if you believe. It starts with you.

7. Make a list of your passions, interests.

8. Schedule a coffee, lunch or wine date with 1 person a week that you have not seen in years.

9. Network. Learn about what others in your same boat are doing.

10. Take action. Reach out to us. Have a conversation. We just may be exactly what you are looking for.

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The key to productivity!

This week we caught up with Stacey! She is a busy full-time mom, Occupational Therapist, volunteers and is growing her own business with Moms Making Six Figures. You might be thinking “she must have endless amounts of energy!” Yep, we thought the same thing! However, Stacey has learned the key to productivity comes down to being planned and organized. Read on to learn her best tips!

What has been the hardest part of growing your business? What has been the easiest?

The hardest part of growing my business has been to schedule activity into an already busy life. I work full-time as an Occupational Therapist, my kids have multiple activities they’re involved in, we have a mini-farm, and I volunteer with two organizations. It’s been essential for me to be very organized, and have set goals for the day, week, and month. I’ve also had to really prioritize what is most important. I’m the mom that feels guilty if I’m not at every practice, if dinner is not home-cooked and healthy every night, if the house isn’t clean, etc. I’ve had to let go of a bit of that. The floor may not always be swept, or laundry might not be folded right away, and that’s okay. If I can prep meals for the week, plan for crockpot dinners on crazy nights, etc., it helps. It’s also taken buy-in from my family. I try to have all my overviews and set work time on our home calendar as well as my personal calendar. My husband learned to check the schedule for the week and has been amazing about getting kids to practices when I have an overview or other work scheduled.

The easiest part, surprisingly, has been staying committed! There are many days where I feel like I’m making more of a difference in people’s lives in my business than I do in my day-to-day job. Consistency pays off, and I think those results feed more consistency. The more I put myself out there and meet people, the more I see my work paying off in my life and in other peoples’ lives, the easier it gets to stay committed to my goals and set new and higher goals.

How do you successfully build your network from home? 

One of the main ways I grow my network is to be intentional and aware when I am talking to people. As a mom, an Occupational Therapist and a volunteer, I have so many opportunities to learn about what is going on in people’s lives. I like to listen to people and people will open up if you are genuinely interested in them. There are times when I meet someone and five different ways I can help them jump out at me. Other times, it may be a year or more, or even never, before I contact them from a networking perspective.

Talking with people and helping them is what I do full-time, as an OT and as a mom, but I’m pretty introverted and my tendency has always been to guard my extra time – I’m the one you find with her nose in a book, not the social one. I’ve really tried to be more present, make more eye contact, and talk to people at kids’ activities, in Starbucks, wherever. The more I do this, the easier it gets. People are so interesting – get to know them!

I also try to be aware on social media. People will often let their needs be known – health issues, time crunches, personal stressors – and I try to follow up with a call or personal message. I think you must be sensitive when doing that, though. Sometimes it might be the right time to approach them with how you might be able to help them, but sometimes they just need a friend.

Being a full-time mom while running a business can mean there are distractions at just about every turn. What are your best tips for maximum productivity?

I work full-time in addition to being a full-time mom and growing my business, so there are extra distractions. I heard the saying “time management is about excuse management” on a training a few weeks ago, and it really resonated with me, because that’s how I keep myself on track. Early morning is my “organizing time.” I’m usually up at 5 a.m., and the kids are not supposed to get up until 6. This is my time to have my coffee, finish any patient charting, and review my Moms Making Six Figures goal for the day. I am a big list-maker. I have my contact list, but then I also have daily lists of who I want to contact and who I want to follow up with that day.

 

I live by my Day Runner – I must have my schedule written down in front of me, not just in the calendar in my phone!  I keep my calendar with me and have all the non-negotiable times written down – soccer, 4-H meetings, school events, Boy Scout meetings, etc., so I know exactly what free time I have. I’ve also learned to schedule “my time” in my calendar. If I want some time with one of my horses or time to go on a hike, it goes in the calendar, so that it is just as important as any other activity. I do a lot of driving since I do home health therapy, and I keep my contact list with me to take advantage of any free minute I have. If I have a break between patients, or if I get to school pickup early, I’ll use that time to make calls. I also try to take advantage of my drive time to listen to drop box recordings of team calls or listen to podcast trainings.

It takes organization and planning to run a business and balance everything that moms balance! For anyone struggling with this, my biggest tip is to be aware of where your time goes. Yes, there will be some things that need to be sacrificed in the short-term but having a written calendar and an organized plan for the day, week, and month will help ensure that you are still able to be there for the important things for your family while maximizing the time you have for your business.

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Perseverance = a great life!

We had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Barbara J Ryan and she explained how perseverance is the key to a great life! Dr. Ryan is such an inspiration and we are beyond grateful to have her on our team – her attitude on family, her career and ability to help others is truly something to admire!

Was it a difficult choice to begin something new alongside your job as a surgeon to join the Moms Making Six Figures Team?  What ended up being the deciding factor?  Is Moms Making Six Figures your sole income now?

It was an extremely difficult choice to begin something new alongside my career as a surgeon – mostly because I was already exhausted from working 90 to 103 hours per week. But I knew if I didn’t make a change, my future would not change… and it HAD to change. I felt like I was drowning. My family needed me and, frankly, I needed my family. I wanted better life-balance with an income, flexibility to support my loved ones and my community outside of surgery. So, with much guidance and partnership, I replaced my income in about 1 ½ years. Working with the MMSF team has been my sole income ever since. Although, I still hold my active medical license and physician credentials.

 

What were some of the early lessons you learned in your business that have stuck with you?  What has been the biggest factor in your success? 

I sharpened my ability to persevere. What I mean is it doesn’t matter what others think of your life decisions if you carry yourself with integrity and pure motives. In my life, that equates to a lot of prayer and talks with God for guidance. Many questioned my decision to do something different. “Being” a surgeon comes with respect and some awe at times. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s more noble than another occupation. I don’t see my two careers as separate, but one blossoming into another where all my life experiences add to my current service to others. It might sound like a cliché, but you have to follow your dreams. Get laser focused on your goals and don’t allow others to dissuade you. Other people do not know the details of your life and they aren’t the ones paying your bills.  Become the person you want to be and don’t question it when you struggle or others question. Because you will struggle, and some will question.

P E R S E V E R E!

It is equally important to know what fuels your perseverance. What fuels me is knowing I can truly help people create the life theywant. For some, it’s having the ability to pick their children up from school, attend the soccer game, or recital while still generating income. For others, it might be putting money aside for vacation and college funds or covering their monthly finances. I’m passionate about the work we do at Moms Making Six Figures. We have the power to build businesses without traditional overhead and startup costs to provide for an exceptional life. Being a part of this team and instilling the confidence in others to help create the income they need is beyond rewarding! Additionally, we help families and individuals live healthier lives, whether that’s losing weight, fostering safer homes or simplifying life and saving time to spend it elsewhere in a more impactful area. Who doesn’t want that?

Looking back, would you change anything about your journey with Moms Making Six Figures?

No. Could I have done things better? Yes.

What’s important though is to learn from the past to make the most of your future.  My motto is “fall 7 times, stand up 8.” And never prejudge people as much as humanly possible. You never know how you can help someone, how they can help you and the impact only you can have upon others. As NIKE says, “just do it!”


 

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Own it Mompreneurs!

We had the opportunity to talk with Melanie this week! She had some awesome pieces of advice for other Mompreneurs everyone that can take something from. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!

What is your favorite “perk” about being on the Moms Making Six Figures team?

My favorite perk about being on the MMSF team is having a true work “family.”  Like many of our business partners, I have had other jobs outside the home. No matter how great the job is, no other working environment truly provides the family feel we have at Moms Making Six Figures. Working with our team has provided a nice balance of business partners who provide support and push for success, but at the same time love you like family. Our team gets to know each other at a much deeper personal level and will stick with you through thick and thin.

And… if I could have a second favorite perk, it would be the amazingly diverse team we have access to.  Our different backgrounds are wonderful resources not just for building a business, but also for all of the new customers and business partners we meet.

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give to other aspiring Mompreneurs?

  1. Have realistic expectations.  If you are a mom with little kids still at home and not in school, you may not be able to dedicate full time hours, or even part time hours.  It is OK! It is the benefit of being your own boss!  Decide what kind of schedule works best for you and know that you can revise your goals and your time commitment each year.
  2. Regardless of your time commitment, be consistent.  Unless you are simply looking for a hobby, the on-again off-again doesn’t work.  It is a hard lesson I’ve had to learn.  Being a consultant Dietitian, I’ve taken on contracts that required more of my time than I really wanted.  The result was a significant amount of time taken away from Moms Making Six Figures halted my momentum and as you can imagine, my paycheck took a big hit. I realized working hard for someone else, away from home, missing out on the job and income I enjoyed the most.
  3. Own it!  Being a working mom is tough. Working from home and building a successful business takes some serious organization, time management, flexibility (those kids don’t always cooperate with our plans!) and dedication.  Be proud of what you accomplish!

With any job, there will be somewhat of a learning curve. What was that experience like for you? Do you ever wish you could go back and change anything from when you first started with MMSF?

There definitely is a learning curve with this job. I’d say it’s a continuous learning curve! Life changes, the people you encounter are always unique and there is always a need to learn to adjust.  When I first began working with MMSF, my life was a bit hectic to say the least. I kind of flew from the seat of my pants with my mentor, Stacy Fiske taking the lead.  I’ve grown so much from this job. I have gained more courage to reach out and talk with people, I am more confident speaking/presenting to groups and I have become far more self-sufficient.  What I wish I had learned sooner (and sometimes I am still learning) is to embrace confidence.  I am good at what I do, I have knowledge and information that people need – and so do each one of our team members.  We all bring something valuable to the table and should never doubt that!

 


 

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The day in the life of a Mompreneur!

This week, we caught up with Dana! She has found amazing success with Moms Making Six Figures and gives us a more in-depth at what a day in the life looks like for a #Mompreneur!

Why did you decide to start a career with MMSF?

I started a career with Moms Making Six Figures as my husband wanted to further his career in the medical field. At the time, our kids were 1, 3 and 5. I had been a personal trainer for a few years, but I did it part time from home, so I was always around for my kids. With him returning to school, it meant he would be working less and never home. I needed to figure out a way to bring in a much bigger income; yet, I need to do that without working 40 hours a week. My goal was to always be around for my kids. They grow up so quickly and I don’t want to miss a moment or have them be raised by someone else. I thought finding a job where I could work in the evenings would be impossible, so I planned to return to work full time. Right when I did that, I met one of the amazing women that works with Moms Making Six Figures. Within my first month, I was able to earn more than with my personal training business and work fewer hours. Now, I’ve replaced my husband’s income. He can work part time while in Nurse Practitioner school and is home on the weekends. In eight years, this is the first time he hasn’t had to work weekends!

What was your biggest struggle when you started? How did you overcome it?

My biggest struggle when I began this job was probably finding the time to make it work. As a Mom of 3 kids, my schedule was jam packed. I was the only parent home most evenings so bedtime, or kids getting up a gazillion times, completely fell on me. I found ways to stay plugged in with the team calls, trainings and resources. Over time, I learned how to fit this career into a busy schedule. Instead of working every single day, I did a lot on the evenings my husband was home, or when my youngest would nap. My schedule has changed many times, but the wonderful thing about this job is it is doable during all stages of life. I have had times where I’m barely working 5 hours a week and now with all 3 kids in school, I am working 10-15 hours!

Another struggle of mine I have overcome was getting outside my comfort zone. When I became a mom, I lost a little bit of “me” and all my focus was on my kids. I didn’t do anything for myself. I did not spend money on myself, take trips, etc. (I am sure many of you reading this can relate!) With this career, I’ve done so many “firsts” and it truly allows me to be a better parent! I want my kids to live life to the fullest and push themselves to be the best they can. As a mom, I need to lead by example. I didn’t do anything outside my comfort zone in the past. Now, I am doing something different every single day. I am a much happier and successful person since stepping outside of my box.

 

 

Can you take us through “a day in the life” of being a full-time mom and an entrepreneur?

Right now, my days begin around 6am by helping get my kids ready for school. My husband is gone all day Monday-Friday, so a flexible schedule is a must! I take the kids to school around 8am and I absolutely love the time in the car where we can chat, pray and spend extra moments together. I usually get back home close to 9 and enjoy going for a walk at the park with friends or one of my 3 dogs. I love being out in nature, it’s calming, and it gives me an energy boost for the day. I begin my work day around 10am which can consist of things like Zoom calls to help people I work with or teaching those that are brand new how to get started. I might meet people that are local for lunch… or my favorite, coffee!

Around 2:30 I leave to go pick my kids up from school. I’m one of those moms who get there almost an hour early simply to be one of the first to get my kids. After school we normally head to gymnastics or karate. If it’s an off day from one of those, we head home and complete homework before going out to play in the pool, ride bikes or jump on the trampoline. In the evenings, I don’t usually work since I am the only parent home, but I love the fact I can if it’s needed!

My schedule being flexible is an incredible blessing. This summer was tough on my kids since they are used to having their Dad around and he began his first semester of Nurse Practitioner School. He leaves at 6am and does not get home until midnight. Thanks to my schedule, they have enjoyed swim lessons, been to the zoo multiple times, the aquarium, bowling, have plate dates with friends, and play in the pool every day. All of this was possible because I could work less and focus on them. The kids didn’t even notice when I would squeeze a little work in!

Mom’s Making Six Figures has been life changing for my family. We no longer live paycheck to paycheck. In fact, we are debt free! I get more time with my kids and still have the fulfillment of a successful career. Most importantly, we are helping many others change their lives’, too!

A big thank you to Dana for sharing her story! She is truly an inspiration to all moms. We are so fortunate to have her on the MMSF team!

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