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Success is about me having the ability to do things on my own terms.

We recently had a conversation with one of our mentors, Kellee Wip, about the idea of success. So many women are juggling a full-time career alongside of being a full-time mom. It’s tough to find balance between work and home. Often, this problem leaves women feeling like they are falling short in all areas of life. Kellee can definitely relate to this feeling, which is why she shared her story about redefining success. Read on for the full conversation!

What was the idea of success you once had?

When I sit back and think about my story, I had a vision of what success looked like and I was achieving it. I had my undergrad degree, my master’s degree and was working in some incredible companies. I was working my way up the corporate ladder and had financial freedom. Then, I had kids and while all the things I just said were so important to me, I was forced to ask the question “what does success for me look like now?” 

When did you realize that the definition of success could be redefined to meet your goals and lifestyle? 

Before my kids, I was comfortable working 70 to 80-hour work weeks. But when they came into the picture, all of a sudden, someone else is raising your kids. You are juggling the expectations of your boss, your job and those kids are being raised by daycares and nannies, which was my case. These little humans need their mother. It was at that point I realized something needed to change. I wasn’t feeling successful anywhere. I was torn at work, missing my kids and when I was with them, I was thinking about work.

 I had to completely redefine what success looked like to me. Contrary to popular belief, changing the definition of success did not mean I had to give up the financial benefit or the feeling of achievement in a career, but it meant it all might look a little different. 

After learning about how Moms Making Six Figures could help you replace your corporate income, did you struggle to find the belief in yourself that you could make this career change?

I think I had belief in myself from the beginning. Although I had never done anything remotely similar to the work with Moms Making Six Figures, I knew if I wanted it bad enough and it could benefit my family, I could make it happen. Part of the reason that belief was there is because I had been successful in my past careers. More importantly, I saw the success of the women on our team who come from a variety of backgrounds and thought “if they can do it, so can I.” I leveraged the strength of what they’ve achieved to give me the strength and belief that I could do it, too. 

So, what do you redefine your success as now? If you could just sum it up in a few sentences?

I think success for me now is to be thriving. I am no longer working for someone else. I am working for my ability to thrive in my personal life so that I can be present with my children, financially have the things I need, and frankly, the things I want in my life. To me success is not about pressure and having to do something. Success is about me having the ability to do things on my own terms.

What advice would you give to other women still struggling with the idea of success? Perhaps the ones who are in the position you used to be; climbing the corporate ladder, the kids are in daycare and they don’t necessarily feel successful at work or home.

I think my biggest piece of advice is to take a bigger picture look at where you want to be in life. Are you truly set up to thrive? Or are you just purely making your way through the day. If there is no end in sight and a year from now things won’t feel or get better, then it is time to make a change. It’s time to say that your story of success can change and own it. You can figure out where you belong, the right type of people to surround yourself with and then just do it. 

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Moms Making Six Figures can help bridge the financial gap for families!

Meet Heidi! She is a mom of four and has a successful legal career. Heidi wanted more time with her children and knew there had to be a career that offered more flexibility. Fortunately, she found Moms Making Six Figures! However, her journey doesn’t stop there. Read on to learn about Heidi’s life, career and personal growth with Moms Making Six Figures. 

What is your professional background?

I graduated from Hastings Law School in San Francisco in 1989 and returned home to San Diego to work for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps (the oldest law firm in San Diego; it has since merged with the largest law firm in the world, Denton’s).  I was there for 5 years where I specialized in commercial real estate transactions. My job consisted of drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases and complex loan transactions, and was incredibly demanding and stressful. Fast forward to after I had my two sons, I wanted a more manageable work schedule. I became in house/corporate counsel for a real estate developer, taught law school for a couple of years and finally found a more manageable career option working part-time as corporate counsel for OliverMcMillan, a San Diego-based shopping center developer. I stayed with OliverMcMillan for 15 years, during which time I had my two daughters.  I was recruited away by Realty Income (a real estate investment trust) to serve as senior legal counsel and then, just over 4 years ago, decided to take a break from practicing law. I wanted to spend some time with my daughters who were then 10 and 12. I also wanted to look at other part-time career options that were more gratifying and interesting.  I had been doing some acting alongside my children for a few years and was President of a local youth theatre. I decided would spend more time in pursuit of that passion and hopefully find a way to generate some income from it.  

Were you able to find a part-time career option? 

About 2 months after I left Realty Income, my friend, Angie Gange invited me for coffee to show me what kind of work she was up to. Immediately, I was very interested in what Angie had to say.

Angie said she thought I would be a good fit for the Moms team, but I think I was on her chicken list because I am an attorney and she had no idea if the business would interest me. Needless to say, I’m so glad she showed it to me.  I was impressed with everything Moms Making Six Figures could offer families who were striving to live a healthier lifestyle.

Was it difficult for you to transition into this new kind of career? 

Angie did things right away that were super helpful for me. She invited me to various events where I could connect with the team, who were all amazing, smart, professional women. Getting to know these people helped solidify my understanding of and belief in the company.  In my very first month, I saw the potential with this company. I received a check of $1,207 and knew I had the ability to grow my business into something sustainable, all while maintaining the flexibility I wanted in life.  I knew that if I didn’t quit, I would be able to replace by part-time legal income and beyond.  

 

It sounds like everything got off to a great start! But with any journey, there are inevitable bumps in the road. What struggles did you face and how have you overcome them? 

Well, this business is most definitely a personal growth journey, so there have been so many areas that I have built up new muscles – getting out of my head and out of my comfort zone, learning to set work hours working from home and balancing my legal work with building my business.  Then in 2017, after 31 years of a marriage I fully expected would last forever, I went through a divorce.  It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but I am so grateful for my four incredible children, my supportive family and my Moms Making Six Figures business.  The support of my teammates and the ability to earn a significant income on my own – both by practicing law part-time from home, as well as building my MM6F business – have been an absolute lifeline and blessing.  The silver lining to my divorce has been the ability to meet and really help other divorced or separated women whom I have met in private divorce Facebook groups and Meetup Groups. With Moms Making Six Figures, I can help these women build a business that will allow them to have financial freedom and flexibility.  I am finding so many women who are left with nothing when they divorce. Ex-husbands who don’t pay child or spousal support, expensive legal fees that cause them to go into debt, or most frequently, women who have walked away from careers to be “stay at home” moms. About 10-15 years later, these women want or need to get back into the work force but are really struggling to find a viable option. Often, it’s because of their time away, or because they need more flexibility than most retail or corporate jobs offer.  

Because we are partnered with an incredible, stable company with a 33-year track record, and we have the exceptional mentors at Moms Making Six Figures, we can help anyone who is able to devote even a few hours a week to earn a residual income. Moms Making Six Figures can help bridge the financial gap for families and eventually even replace a corporate size income. The best part is, we can help women do this around their schedules, in their timeframe and even remotely with all the new technology we have.  

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Angela Gange featured by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce!

Angela Gange joined as a partner in Moms Making Six Figures, founded in 2009.  She and the company have continued to build supportive connections between women ever since. “We all have really different backgrounds, but we all really wanted to have flexibility around our families,” Angie said of the group, noting that members come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. “We really didn’t know when we started the company that we would be as successful as we are today. We just had an idea that there would be a lot of other women who were like us.”

Moms Making Six Figures represents a U.S.-based manufacturer. The marketing company is based in San Diego, but a number of the nearly 90 moms live in Orange County, the Bay Area, Nevada, Arizona, Chicago, and New York. Wherever they live, they’re able to replace or supplement their income while staying at home on their own schedules. About half of the members work at least 25 hours a week. Rather than a background in marketing, members need to be self-motivated to work hard and write their own success stories.

When Angie joined the business, her sons were 17, 13 and 11. She had worked in the mortgage banking industry, but she knew there had to be a way to support her family without working late and traveling away from her sons. “The corporate environment just isn’t very accommodating to moms,” said Angie. “They say that they are, but when push comes to shove, they’re not.”

She found her new path with Moms Making Six Figures. “There are so many moms like me,” said Angie. “Most of us need a dual income, especially in California. But when you’re a mom, you have kids, and you have all the responsibilities and activities that children have, it’s difficult trying to figure out a way to have a career and balance everything.” Now that Angie’s sons are grown and successful, happy young men, she is committed to helping other moms have the same success she had, owning her own business, and being a “total stay at home mom”!

 

 

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It takes a village!

This week we spoke with Paula! She gave us the run-down on what it takes to be successful when building your business from the ground up. Enjoy!

Between balancing a successful business and being a full-time mom, how do you do it? (No, really! We want to know – what’s the secret!) 

My Village! That’s my secret.

When I first started my business, I didn’t let any opportunity get in my way. That meant I had to lean on my village constantly. When you have $111.00 in your bank account and your husband works 70+ hours a week, you’re determined to change your situation. I listened to my business partner and got to work. I didn’t make any excuses and didn’t allow my crazy busy life interrupt building my business.

I think most people would look at my life and think “how do you fit it all in?” I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to change people’s lives, save them time and help change their financial situation. I attended every in-home, business lunch, celebration dinner, company trip, launch, convention, super Saturday and training available. I kept my children always as my priority. However, the truth of it is sometimes I had to miss soccer and baseball games, dance recitals, school luncheons, etc. But guess what? I had my Village for support and they were present for my family in the beginning stages of my business. Now, I can be present for my Village and the payoff is awesome!

What motivates you each day?

It’s simple…
My children! My family! My health!

What do you hope your kids learn from watching you build your business?

To see that hard work pays off! Having a strong work ethic is a must to success. In life, nothing worth having comes easy. I love that my kids get to see me work hard and still be their Mom!

Paula mentions the importance of her “Village,” or her support system. Having a strong support system is crucial in the beginning stages of starting a business. Reflecting on her story makes us even more grateful for the team we have built at MMSF! A big “thank you” to Paula for shedding some light on this very important aspect of being a #Mompreneur

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Thinking of changing your career?

Making a career change can be scary and extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes, fear of the unknown can be enough to keep us from aspiring for something different and chasing goals. This week, Kara explains to us some of the challenges she faced when making her career swap from the Media industry over to working with Moms Making Six Figures.

Is there anything you would change about your career path and where it has lead you?

I do not think I would change a thing. I had a great career in the media industry. The only thing I can think of is that I probably stayed in the industry a couple of years too long, but no looking back now!

What has been your biggest obstacle since making the transition from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur with Moms Making Six Figures?

At first, I struggled with leading people instead of managing people and understanding why people did not always do what they said they were going to. In media, my employees worked for me. With Moms Making Six Figures, my team works alongside me. It was also challenging to get used to truly scheduling business hours. There are so many distractions that can come up when you work from home. You need to know how to prioritize your time.

What are the most important life lessons you are teaching your sons and how has being a stay at home mom impacted your relationship with them?

The biggest life lesson I am teaching my boys is showing them you must work hard to accomplish your goals. You must have a plan and be accountable. I don’t like to say I’m a stay at home mom, rather I work from home around my children’s schedule. For the last seven years, I have been a very present working mom. It has been a blessing.

We are so inspired and can completely relate to Kara’s experiences. She said it best: “you must work hard to accomplish your goals.” At Moms Making Six Figures we have found that one of the hardest (but most rewarding) parts of pursuing your dreams is pushing past fear and facing any struggles head on.



 

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Why Communication Skills Matter & How to Improve Them

No matter your background, effective communication is an important life skill that everyone needs. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, family dinner, or departmental meeting, without strong communication skills, it’s difficult to get your point across effectively. And when communication falls short, it’s usually not pretty!

Whether you’re a new mom just back from maternity leave and still trying to recover from the sleepless newborn phase or a corporate veteran 15 years in, your communication skills could likely use some brushing up. Wherever you are in your life or career, it’s important to stop occasionally to evaluate whether your communication methods have been holding you back.

Keep in mind that communication changes as society and technology evolves. The way we communicate now is definitely not the same as it was ten years ago—texting, Instagram, and Slack (to mention a few!) have changed the face of communication. Plus, your communication methods change depending on the environment you’re in. If you’re like me and you left the corporate world behind to be your own boss, you’ll likely need to switch it up a little now that you’re representing your own brand instead of working for someone else.

No matter your situation or goals, here are my 5 go-to tips for improving your communication skills.

1. Prepare in Advance – Even for Small Talk!

If you’re delivering a presentation, make sure to plan out what you’re going to say. That said, you can also prepare for small talk. We can’t avoid it, so we might as well have a blueprint ready for those potentially awkward situations!

You may find yourself with parents you hardly know at a PTA meeting or with coworkers in the boardroom waiting for the meeting to start. Rather than staring awkwardly at the ceiling, have some “small talk” questions or topics ready to go, from asking about their weekend to sharing a funny anecdote.

2. Read

Communication isn’t always verbal. Reading different kinds of material—from the newspaper, to magazine articles, to novels, to motivational books—will expose you to the different ways people write, speak, and generally present information. In turn, you’ll slowly start to expand and diversify your own communication methods.

So the more your read, the better your communication will be!

3. Listen to Understand

Many of us have become trained to listen to respond instead of listening to understand what the other person is saying or where they’re coming from. During a conversation, focus on actively listening instead of immediately going on the defense and preparing your response. Try these techniques to guide this process:

Don’t speak over the other person. This shows disrespect and gives the impression that what you have to say is more important. Everyone wants to be heard.
Ask questions if anything is unclear. This will help avoid misunderstandings.
Don’t do anything else while the other person is talking. This will show that you’re truly listening. It means not checking your cell phone or watch, walking into the other room to grab something, flipping on the TV, etc. STOP what you’re doing and give your full attention to the speaker.
Schedule another time to talk if needed. If it’s really not a good time for you, agree on another time to speak with them instead of giving them half of your attention.

4. Be Mindful of Body Language

Did you know that body language accounts for 55% of communication? The second most important aspect of communication is our tone of voice, accounting for 38%, while the actual words we speak make up a mere 7% of our communication.

This means that a person’s body language says a lot more than their actual words do. Say you’re in a job interview: your responses aren’t the only thing that matter—your posture and gestures are just as important. Making eye contact and not crossing your arms are some simple ways to exhibit more positive body language.

We also need to be mindful of other people’s body language: They might say one thing but mean something else entirely. Paying attention to others’ body language might help clue you in to how they’re really feeling about the conversation.

5. Validate

Everyone wants to be heard. Take the conversation a step further by validating the speaker’s thoughts and feelings. This doesn’t mean that you have to agree with everything they say, but acknowledging what they have expressed goes a long way to ensure effective communication.

Essentially, you’re reassuring them that they’ve been heard and understood.

Brushing Up Your Communication Skills: Practice Makes Perfect

As our lives and situations change, we must constantly evolve and adapt. The more conscious you are of your communication, the more it will improve!