✳ Award Yourself
Are you a star? I mean, a S.T.A.R. (Successful, Tenacious, Accomplished, Remarkable) Mom Entrepreneur? Of course you are. MarketMommy.com wants to honor you for your continued dedication to your business and your family. Tell them how you're balancing business and family and you'll be eligible to win over $3,500 in prizes. Visit the nominations page and then e-mail 1 image (logo, headshot, product image) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are being accepted through February 29. Do it now.
✳ Contact Your Karma
Want a way to market your B2B company? Contact Karma launched in September to give B2B companies a free online marketing platform to showcase how great they are via client recommendations. Any B2B company can list ongoing, exclusive offers to other business owners who also register for free on the site. If a deal sells, there's a small revenue share of 15% for database deals to 30% for e-mailed offers. Go to ContactKarma.com to register for free as a member and a vendor before February 15. Questions? Call Maureen Wozniak at (855) 282-2489; she loves to meet fellow Founding Moms.
✳ Hatch It
Need a better way to organize your life online? HATCHEDit.com is a mobile whiteboard for managing your personal life. After years in the corporate world, founders Kirsten Bischoff and Megan Brown were disappointed to find that no tools existed yet to help people manage the business of running a family. Typically folks use whiteboards and paper calendars, or struggle with hardware-based programs that make syncing and interacting difficult. So, HATCHEDit.com was...hatched. It's a free organizational tool that includes a family calendar, an address book, a place to update news feeds and to curate all that is important in your life. Communicate important information to the people that assist you, from grandparents to nannies to spouses and children. Watch the tutorial here and then sign up for free right here.
✳ Go Poe
Want your kids reading Edgar Allan Poe? Designer and Founding Mom Zarina Docken is looking for testers for a new website. The Codex Collectors is an experiment in reading in today's digital age. The site provides young readers a space where they can explore and share their creativity, all while learning more context about what they’re reading. Although the company is still at the very early stages of development, they need kids to test their prototype. Their first e-book is The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. Sign up to get an account to test the site right here.
✳ Account For It
Bookkeeping is boring. But at least LessAccounting.com makes it easy! LessAccounting.com is a simple yet robust web-based solution that focuses on what small businesses actually need. Send proposals and invoices, track payments, manage budgets and spending habits, monitor cash flow. Set up your bank, credit card and PayPal accounts to auto-import so you always have fresh data to work with. Escaping Quickbooks? They can help you import your older Quickbooks data and have a team of experienced bookkeepers who are around to answer your questions and help you if you ever get stuck. Have an accountant? Invite them to your account for free so you can work on your account together, from anywhere, at any time. Sign up here.
✳ Get Promoted
Have you always wanted to advertise your business in a fantastic newsletter? Be featured in a blog? Showcase your biz in a directory? Engage with other business owners in person? So many options, so little time! Check out our Promote Your Business section of The Founding Moms' website and make yourself known.
Want to be featured on the homepage of Babies.com? Their MomViews are interviews with inspiring moms that have launched their own businesses. They highlight Moms in all types of businesses/backgrounds from handmade crafts to professional services. There's no cost to be featured; they just want to help spread the word. Interested? Email Deb with background information about you and your biz.
✳ Bite Your Bills
Founding Mom Yolanda Baker of Austin, TX, just released her new book, B.I.T.E. Your Bills: A Four Point Plan to Cut Medical Expenses for Disabled Children, Adults and Seniors, that helps the disabled and their families cut health care costs using tax deductions, Health Savings Accounts, health insurance, and other budgeting techniques. Yolanda is an accountant and the mother of an autistic child, giving her the unique ability to answer questions for families that care for a loved one with a mental, physical, intellectual, or cognitive medical condition. Get your copy here.
At TEDxSydney, Rachel Botsman says we're "wired to share." In her TED talk, she shows how websites like Zipcar and Swaptree are changing the rules of human behavior. She's been busy over the last few years studying the trust mechanics and collaborative behaviors in collaborative consumption. Technology is enabling trust between strangers, and she says that this has huge commercial and cultural implications for us all. Watch it here.
✳ Check It
CrushPad.com lets you start a wine business no matter where you live. It's a state-of-the-art winery where you are the wine maker. Choose your level of involvement and they do the rest. Crushpad provides grapes from top California and Bordeaux vineyards, an industry-acclaimed wine making team, and a state-of-the-art winery 100% focused on making wine in small lots.
SuiteMatch.com lets you post your space or find space to share. When an individual or company with extra offices, unused office space or empty cubicles rents or subleases to another individual or company, it's considered shared office space. Posting and renting shared office space with SuiteMatch saves you time, money and more importantly, your sanity. Add a post to list available office space you might have or run and save a search to find the office space you need.
Foodspotting.com helps you decide what to eat, not just where, by enabling you to find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at a particular restaurant and discover the best foods around you wherever you go. Find a particular dish that you’re craving. Bookmark foods you want to try. Follow people and guides that you trust, and find places and foods that you love.
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