#MompreneurMonday Get Respect While Working From Home

R-E-S-P-E-C-T isn’t that what all small business owners want? Of course, but sometimes it can be really difficult for a mompreneur to get some respect while working from home.

Raise your hand if you know what I mean. You’ve got the kids running around, the husband making requests, and those pesky Facebook notifications can be downright disrespectful.

The only way to get respect is to demand it.

 

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Not quite like this, even though that’s how you may feel.

What you have to do be firm and about your business. Just like you would at your 9 to 5 create an environment that demands every member of your household respects your mompreneur hustle. It might be a fight and difficult for them to see it and grasp it, but go for it.

Here are 3 tips to create an environment of respect for your home based business:

  1. Set office hours. Sometimes your day will just run together, but realistically if you want people to respect what you do have to set the tone. Some of my early Periscope videos and live classes have traces of my children’s voices in the background. Then I finally sat them down and explained the seriousness of what I’m doing and now I have almost no background voices in my training. Put your foot down and explain it in a language that they understand. Just like your kids or husband can’t just pop up in the middle of a meeting at your office they can’t just pop up while you’re working at home.
  2. Keep your working space a working space. I don’t care if you have a table top tray or full-fledged office (I’m IN between the two. I have a cubicle) keep all non-business related items out of your working space. Evict all the sippy cups, crayons, etc. Make your working space working space. As your family sees you respect your working space they will.
  3. Quantify your contributions or  your potential contributions. Just like you would go before your boss for an annual review, sit down with the hubs or your partner and show them what your are earning and how those earnings have enhanced the household. If you’re just starting out–show your mate what the earning potential is and how much time you need to put to reach that point. Most men will be all for a few extra dollars coming in without you have to go out to get them.

Will it be easy? Absolutely not. You might have to struggle a little while to get into a routine that works for the family and has you feeling like the boss you are. Fight for it though. Your contribution is valuable and your dreams are worthy of respect.

Which one of these tips will you implement today? What tips to have for your fellow mompreneurs who are looking for some respect.

#WriterWednesday: Making a Book Fair Work for You

Book fairs can be a risky investment (you may not earn what you spent to get there), but I recommend making the investment. Here’s the why and how to make it work it work for you. 

Why Attend a Book Fair?

  • That’s where readers are! This reason should be simple and self explanatory. You’re a writer and you want to either to build a following or develop your growing following. There’s nothing like going out and meeting the people to build  a following
  • Networking–a book fair provides you with the opportunity to meet other authors, bloggers, etc. Which can lead to education on marketing strategies, connections, and greater understanding of the craft and business of writing. 

How to Make it Work for You

  • Attend a book fair that is geared towards the audience you want to reach. For example, my intended audience consists of black women ages 25-45, so this weekend I attended the Black Book Fair. A perfect place to encounter my audience and anyone else who may be interested in my writing. 
  • Take some time and search for fairs, festivals, and conferences that are geared toward your genre and your audience for vending opportunities.
  • During your down time (if you have an assistant) step away from your table and meet the authors around you, hand out flyers/cards/bookmarks or any other promotional item you have to readers. I did this at the Black Book Fair and I was able, by the grace of God to get a reader to follow me back to my table and purchase a book. 

    My sister, Nicole after setting up my table.
    My sister, Nicole after setting up my table.

How to Prepare for the Book Fair

Preparation is necessary for prosperity.

  • Be prepared to accept any forms of payment (except checks of course). You can get a Square reader for free from their site in order to accept electronic payments
  • Get change in advance. Yes, there is always some kind person who has change to spare, but really you need to have your own. 
  • Pack everything the night before. Your books, email list sign up sheet, candies, display items, etc. Be sure to check with the sponsors on the level of decoration allowed or feasible for that particular venue. Actually, you may want to keep the less is more concept in mind because an excessive amount of decoration may deter some readers. 
  • If possible have someone work the booth. Your nerves may be rattled and your adrenaline is pumping and you’re trying to do it all. Stop trying to do it all–bring a friend, sister, or cousin to give you a hand and chat with you when it’s slow. My sister always assists me during events (she’ll assist you if you want use the Contact page to request her help she does event planning, decorations, hosting, sales, and publicity) 
  • ENJOY! Have fun.

If you have any questions or information to share about attending book fairs and festivals please post them in the comments.