Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Work From Home with Grasshopper Virtual Phone System





Michigan business moms! Have you ever heard of the Grasshopper virtual phone system? Grasshopper "Lets you run your business using your cell phones."  Here is what you get with this phone system:
  • Toll free or local number
  • Unlimited Extensions
  • Call forwarding to mobile phones
  • Voicemails via email
  • Manage online or by phone
and more!  The Grasshopper virtual phone system just starts at $12 a month with a 30 Day Back Money Guarantee!

Fortune 500 companies are known to use the system!  Wow, a big deal right?

How exactly does the Grasshopper work?  It's seems simple enough:
  1. Pick a number for your business
  2. Record your custom made greeting
  3. Add departments and employees
  4. Get calls, voicemails, and faxes from anywhere
 Awesome!  This is great for mompreneurs expanding and hiring employees for their business, but would still like to work from home.

Would you consider a phone system such as Grasshopper?  Maybe you are currently using Grasshopper. If so, please share with us your experiences.  I would love to read your comments.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Craftsy Classes Starting July 30th!


Craftsy

Michigan business moms, if you are looking for classes in your niche such as; Photography, Cooking, Cake Decorating, and Fine Art, you don't want to miss these classes by Craftsy:
  • Photography- Off camera flash photography with Neil van Neikerk (Starts July 30th, 2013)
  • Cooking-Homemade Italian Pasta with Guiliano Hazan (Starts July 31st)
  • Cake Decorating-Designer Fondant Textures with Marina Sousa (Starts July 31st)
  • Fine Art- The Classic Self-Portrait with Kerry Dunn (Starts July 31st)
These classes sound like fun.  They also have a wide variety of other fun classes available!

Starbucks K-cup Packs


Starbucks

Who has a Keurig resting nicely on your kitchen counter?  Starbucks is holding your K-cup packs....yum!  I can smell them now.  With this fall-like weather we are having in July, it makes you think of coffee that is for sure. 

If you aren't able to get to your local Starbucks this week, it's nice to be able to order all things Starbucks from home.  I think it could potentially be a way to save money as well.

If you have never tried the Starbucks K-cup Packs, they come in 7 varieties:
  • Pike Place Roast K-Cup Packs
  • Sumatra K-Cup Packs
  • French Roast K-Cup Packs
  • Caffe Verona K-Cup Packs
  • Breakfast Blend K-Cup Packs
  • House Blend K-Cup Packs
  • Veranda Blend K-Cup Packs
 Whatever roast or blend you fancy, Starbucks has got you covered.  If you are searching for a new Keurig system, Starbucks also sells them as well.  They have a special edition and platinum.

What is your favorite Starbucks coffee?  I am looking forward to pumpkin spice for the fall season. Now mind you, I am not the biggest coffee drinker in the world, but if it's heavily flavored like that of pumpkin spice, I can most definitely be persuaded to drink a cup once in a while. It will be nice to sit here at my laptop to get my work done all the while enjoying my favorite cup of coffee or even tea. Happy sipping!
 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Free Nursing Covers for Expecting Business Moms



Free Nursing Cover at uddercovers.com with code ONEFREE

Michigan business moms!  Are you or someone you know expecting a precious baby and planning on nursing?

You can currently get a free nursing cover from Udder Covers.  They are regularly $35.  Just use Promo Code: "ONEFREE."

Shipping and Handling fees after applying the promo code comes to $11.90.  Not bad deal for a nursing cover.

Nursing covers are a wonderful invention and a discreet way to nurse your baby.  I used one with two out of three of my babies and loved it.

You can choose from different styles and patterns.  There are 10 styles you can choose from:
  • Marilyn
  • Taylor
  • Swayze
  • Jordan
  • Grace
  • Aubrey
  • Caleb
  • Natalie
  • Noah
  • Mason
If I was currently expecting, I think I would choose the Mason or the Marilyn!  Adorable styles.  Which one would you choose?

Thirty-One Independent Consultant


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This week's feature mom biz post is on one of our other online magazine sponsors; Thirty-One.  If you are familiar with their products, you know that they have some pretty adorable products, perfect for busy moms on the go.

Thirty-One is a direct selling company named after Proverbs 31 and the main goal is to "Celebrate, Encourage, and Reward the virtuous woman." This is what I absolutely love about this company and thrilled to have one of their Independent Consultant's as a sponsor for our online magazine.

Thirty-One currently has their summer catalog available for your browsing pleasure.  You will want to check out their "Top Summer Solutions" as well.  Here are just a few of the items listed in the catalog:
  • Casual Cargo Purse
  • Elite Retro Metro Bag
  • Fresh Market Thermal
  • Inside-Out Bag
  • Large Utility Tote
  • Organizing Shoulder Bag
  • Organizing Utility Tote
  • Out N' About Thermal
  • Picnic Thermal Tote
  • Super Organizing Tote
  • Thermal Tote
and more!  To view Thirty-One's Summer catalog, click here.

Interested in an income opportunity for Thirty-One?  Contact Independent Consultant Cindy Manatrey at (586) 260-3937 or email her at cmanatrey31@hotmail.com. She would love for you to join her team.

If you would like to sponsor our online magazine or have your business featured here on the blog, please contact me at:
 Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I look forward to working with you.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Chocolate Business: Chocolate Fountains




Are you a Michigan mom with a business in the world of chocolate?  Have you ever considered selling chocolate fountains?

"Promote your chocolate fountain business with Sephra's professional chocolate fountain business cards and post cards. Customize the text on the card to your own business. Shop Online and Order today!"

I have always loved chocolate and absolutely love the idea of chocolate fountains.  This could potentially be a great addition to your chocolate biz especially if this is your niche.

Have you ever heard of Sephra chocolate?  They also have a variety of sweet treats that will just make your mouth water.  Who here is a chocolate fanatic?  ME!!!  Oops! Sorry, went off track for a moment there........hehe!

sephra.com has a variety of home chocolate fountains to choose from, perfect for your chocolate business.  They also offer commercial fountains for bigger parties and events.

Many of the chocolate fountains currently offer free ground shipping!  How perfect is that?  Even if you don't run a chocolate business it would be a great thing to have in the home just for fun. Makes a great gift as well too.

Would you like Michigan Home Mommy Works to be an affiliate for your business?  Contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I look forward to working with you.

Performance Based Marketing




Michigan moms!  Are you ready to Drive more traffic to your online store using performance based marketing.

First off, what is performance based marketing? Realistically, it is a form of advertising in which the purchaser pays only when there are measurable results.  This is becoming more common all across the Internet.

Performance Based Marketing can very be helpful to your business, but it's all in how you utilize it.  Increasing sales definitely doesn't just happen over night.  If you really put your mind to it, the results can be rewarding.

There are four common pricing models in the online performance advertising market.  These are via Wikipedia.org:
  1. CPM- Cost-Per-Mille
  2. CPC- Cost-Per-Click
  3. CPL-Cost-Per-Lead
  4. CPO-Cost-Per-Order
To view descriptions behind these models, click here.

Are you ready to Promote Your Online Store?

What are your thoughts on performance based marketing?  Do you find it useful for your online business?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Join the Zulily Affiliate Program



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Michigan business moms!  Are you a fan of Zulily?  If you run a business blog or business website, you can join their affiliate program and earn commissions off of your customers, friends, and family just by promoting their products.

If you are not familiar with Zulily, it is the "Number one online boutique for moms, babies, and kids."  If your blog or website focuses on these areas:
  • Mommy
  • Maternity
  • Family
  • Kids
  • Gifts
  • Home
and other related topics, the Zulily Affiliate Program is for you.  Join the zulily Affiliate Program Today!            

As an affiliate, between now and August 5th, you can earn $10 for each of your approved website-owning and blogging friends that you invite to the Zulily affiliate program as well!  Pretty awesome incentive.

Back to School Combo Pack




As I walked through the aisles of Walmart and Target just recently, I noticed back to school supplies galore.  It's time to start really planning and preparing as we only have one month of summer left, yikes!

As busy business moms it's our goal to stay on top of things right?  Well, at least many of us do try.  I would like to share with you an awesome back to school combo pack going on that you don't want to miss out on!


There is only a couple days left in the early bird pricing on the Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo Pack! Customers will also receive a coupon for $5 off a Laptop Lunches Bento Box. These labels are the perfect solution for keeping your little scholar organized.    Offer: $3 off the Ultimate Back to School Combo and $5 off a Laptop Lunches Bento Box

$3 off Expires: 7/31/13 |

$5 off a Laptop Lunches Bento Box Expires: 9/30/13 or While Supplies Last

Free Shipping
Mabel's Labels now offers Free Shipping to the US on all orders! No minimum purchase necessary. Gotta love that!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Money Saving Tips for a Disney Vacation



Get great deals on Walt Disney World Vacation Packages at Destinations in Florida

Are you ready to Make your Disney Dreams Come True? As a mom of three girls, my husband and I are planning and saving for at least a one-time trip to Disney World before they are grown.  Part of our saving includes the money I am earning from my home business.  We like to call it our "Disneyvelope."  Haha, yes an envelope set aside that we put money into once a month specifically for this trip.  This could be a virtual option or an actual envelope. Our youngest is four so we are thinking of waiting a few years to make sure all three girls remember this trip forever. 

Here are some other money saving tips courtesy of www.orlandovacation.com that you may find very helpful in planning your Disney trip:
  • Stay at hotels or resorts outside of the theme parks.  This can save $100's of dollars.  This is a good one to keep in mind.
  • Search for good ticket deals.  Figuring what is best for your budget is key.
  • Look for multi-day tickets.
  • Pack your own lunches and snacks.  This will definitely cut down on food costs.
  • Bring water bottles
  • Eat dinner outside the parks.  Food is more costly in the theme parks.
  • Splurge on little treats in the park like frozen lemonade, pretzels, etc.
These are excellent tips to implement in your money saving plans.  I know that budget-friendly families are always looking for ways to save money.  Just looking at these tips is a great reminder that we will be able to plan our Disney vacation without breaking the bank.

Are you and your family saving for a Disney vacation?


Back-to-School with Eco-Friendly Lunches



Waste-Free Lunchware by ECOlunchboxes.com
As busy business moms we do our very best to meet the needs of our kids, at least I hope so.  What about school lunches?  This past year was a major concern amongst schools as children are being fed unhealthy food choices which could potentially cause future health problems.  This is of course a major concern.  What are we putting into our children's bodies? Have you considered eco-friendly options?

Since the topic of Back-to-School is in full swing, it's time to start thinking about healthy food choices and even consider the items we are packing the food into.  What do I mean?  I was recently introduced to ECOlunchboxes which specializes in the ultimate “FREE lunch” – free from all the bad stuff we don’t want in our lunches!

Their stainless steel ECOlunchboxes and artisan cotton ECOlunchbags are waste-free, plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, sweatshop-free, and vinyl-free.

"Our eco-friendly products have been featured in Parents' Press, USA ,Food & Wine, The Herald, Ode and the Oscar and Grammy Awards gift bags." ~Eco Lunch Box

These look pretty cool don't they? I love the concept.  Our "healthy" foods can now really be considered healthy. As a busy business mom I would consider even using these eco-friendly products for myself.  It's really time to take control of our health and do what we can.  What are your thoughts?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Sale on Feature Mom Biz Posts




Have you had your business featured here on the blog?  I have had the privilege of doing quite a few of you out there with some pretty awesome results.  For example, Custom Cakes by Kimi was contacted by a popular Bridal Expo that takes place at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  They invited her to bring samples and her business info to this expo.  They informed her that they found her info here on the blog and that is why they contacted her.  How cool is that?  This has been my goal all along.  Other mom businesses have been contacted by local connections and again, the blog was the primary connection.

To have your mom business featured here on the blog it is only $25.  All it takes is a little bit of info from you and I do the rest.  From SEO to Social Networking.  My goal is to get your business noticed so that you gain potential customers and clients.

Moms work really hard at what they do and deserve to be noticed.  As a mom myself, I thought it would be beneficial to help you out in this fashion as part of my home business is spent blogging.  Fun times!  I never thought I could take a hobby and turn it into a business. It is on the road to success and I want to make sure I take all those who are interested along for the adventure.

I am currently having a summer special.  All Feature mom biz posts are currently marked down from $25 to $15.  All feature mom posts are archived and can be found through search engines after a few days.  As proof of that just type into the Google Search Engine: Michigan Mom Custom Cakes and watch what pops up. The first link on the page is Custom Cakes by Kimi. So exciting!

If you would like to take advantage of this summer sale, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I look forward to working with you.

Stella and Dot's Fall Collection for Business Moms




Michigan business moms, who is in need of a new fall wardrobe?  Whether it's for your business or for your own personal needs, it's nice to be able to update if possible.  I know that I need to rid my closet of outdated clothing and it would be nice to update if the price is right.

Stella & Dot just launched their new fall line! This collection features gorgeous jewelry, scarves, bags and more that are perfect for those fall outfits! Picture the leaves changing as you walk through the park, going to a pumpkin patch or drinking apple cider, all while looking fabulous in your new fall accessories from Stella & Dot.  A business mom deserves to look her best. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Free Wordpress Hosting for your Business




Special Offer from WP Engine

Business moms, are you looking for quality website hosting for your business?  Celebrate the arrival of summer and get a cool deal on WordPress Hosting. Sign up for an annual plan and get 3 months free! Just use the offer “HEATWAVE” when you sign up to claim your free hosting!

Offer Active: 07/18/2013 - 08/19/2013

3 months free is an awesome summer deal wouldn't you say?  Take advantage of this offer before it ends......

Mommy and Girl Hair Accessories




Andrea's Beau Summer Sale

Business mommies, do you love hair accessories   I used to be a big fan of them, but after having babies and trying to keep up with schedules, I have lost my mommy flare.  I try to spice it up when I can like when hubby and I go out on dates or attend special events. Finding what I like has to be right and for a decent price.

Fall is just around the corner, but summer is still sizzling at Andrea's Beau, LLC. Shop now for 20% off all headbands, hair bows, hair clips, flower clips and more!!! Get your summer accessory fix now while you still can!   They have the cutest accessories not only for moms but for their little girls as well.

I may have to snag myself a few accessories.  I love their handbands and hair flower clips.  Since we are head into the fall season and Back-to-School, I will be getting my sweet girls a few accessories to decorate their pretty little heads as well.  This biz mom is all things girl as you can tell.  I think having 3 girls might have something to do with it, haha.

What is your favorite mommy accessory?  Happy Shopping!



Custom Business Cards


www.printbusinesscards.com

Who needs to order more business cards?  I am coming to the dead end of mine and need to think of re-ordering to keep stocked up for networking purposes.
 
You can get Get a customized business card from a variety of places, it's just in where you search and who has the best deals available with high quality results.

Whether you need to manage your business cards or create a new design, options are available to you.  Do you usually like to print your own or have a company print them for you?  In the beginning I thought it to be budget friendly to just print out my own, but they didn't turn how I would like for them to.  So I ended up just getting mine printed and shipped directly to my home.

You can sometimes get away with some really awesome deals, but of course it depends on what you are willing to pay based on your needs.

What business card company do you use for your business card needs?  Are you more than happy with their results?  Please feel free to share.


And the Winner of the Simply Portrayed Photography Giveaway is.......


 
Heidi Meek
 
Congratulations, Heidi!  She will be receiving a free mini session with digital files from Simply Portrayed Photography.  Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway.
 
Stay tuned for future giveaways here on the blog.  If you would like for Michigan Home Mommy Works to run a giveaway for your business, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Michigan Business Moms Network




Michigan business moms, if you are looking to keep on the networking bandwagon specifically for your business, www.cafemom.com has a networking group called the Michigan Business Moms Network. 

This Michigan business group is for moms who currently run a small business or direct sales biz.  They do not allow recruiting or advertising, but they simply let you list your business information with your signature.

This group appears to be very professional with zero tolerance of spamming.  It is free to sign up.  If interested, sign up for the Michigan Business Moms Network.  The owner of this network is Amanda Wildman. I am sure she would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Beat the Summer Heat with an Iced Beverage




Starbucks
Is it hot enough out there for you Michigan moms?  Take a break from your busy summer day and enjoy an iced beverage.  I am a big fan of Starbucks iced beverages and was excited to be able to share this with you.  Sounds refreshing about now, doesn't it?  Stay cool, ladies!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hockey Labels for Sports Season




Who is ready for the Back-to-School deals?  Better yet, sports season deals?  I know, it's only July right?  It's never too early to start planning ahead much like Christmas shopping, so I am ready to post any deals that come along to help you out as a busy mom.  Remember, not only does Michigan Home Mommy Works showcase businesses etc, I also dig up deals for moms and yummy recipes.  We need all the help we can get while running a business.  With all of that said.......

Do you have a little hockey player in your home? Get ready for the hockey season with the new Mabel's Labels hockey combo kit! This unique label combo pack has been created especially for the hockey players in your family! With the custom hockey stick labels, equipment labels, number labels & skate labels, you can keep all of your family's sports gear in order and make sure that all of the look-alike equipment gets into the right bag after the big game!   Happy "Hockey" Labeling!

Zulily Daily Deals for Children's Clothing



Adorable girls’ clothes on zulily.com
 
Back-to-school commercials are popping up here and there so it's time to start planning and budgeting.  Because Michigan Home Mommy Work's focus is also on "Deals for Moms" I wanted to make sure I include those deals when I find them. 
 
Busy moms, you can take advantage of Etnies – kids footwear on sale at zulily!  It doesn't have to stop at shoes.  Are you looking for specific clothing? They have deals you can take advantage of such as; Lele for Kids on sale at zulily! .  Have you ever shopped at Zulily?  I absolutely love their clothing and styles.  You can usually find some pretty awesome deals.  Can't beat up to 90% off!  When it comes to back-to-school deals, every penny saved goes a long way!



Apriori Beauty


Apriori Beauty Website

This week's biz feature is for one of our mom sponsors for the online magazine; Apriori Beauty.  If you missed last week's biz feature on Novi health and fitness center; One Training, click here.

"Apriori Beauty offers a systemic approach to beauty with products targeting internal + external anti-aging at the cellular level. Two product lines, Lifeoxylin® and Celloxylin® work together to create and sustain a NutrientReservoir™ to prolong cell life and defy aging. Lifeoxylin® is the life-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an internal cellular level via the Cellular Defense Elixir. Celloxylin® is the cell-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an external skin surface level via a comprehensive line of skin, treatment and body products. The production of oxidants, together with the ability of cells to respond to oxidative stress is intricately connected to aging and lifespan and is a focus of the Cellular Age Advantage™ system of products." !Apriori Beauty Website

Apriori Beauty is your in-home skin treatment.  To learn more about this growing company and the benefits of the product visit the Apriori Beauty website.

Interested in a business opportunity with Apriori Beauty?  Contact Independent Consultant; Tracie Schroeder.

If you would like for your business to be featured here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, contact Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for more details.  I look forward to working with you!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Home Office Lighting Deals




Who here has a home office all their own?  This is definitely my goal for the future, but I wanted to share with you an awesome promotion going on right now to help you get your home office just the way you like it.

Lights can create the perfect space while adding a bold and beautiful statement to your home d├ęcor, wouldn't you agree?  If you've been looking for the perfect lighting fixture then I have a sale for you! Zinc Door is offering 15% off select lighting with promo code TWINKLE valid through 8/14! Browse stunning chandeliers, table lamps, and many other stylish lighting essentials! Anything that makes your home office space feel warm and inviting is worth looking into.  Happy Shopping!

Johnny Rockets to Raise Funds for The Rainbow Connection




Johnny Rockets is inviting the general public to a family-friendly event to support The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan-based charity making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses.

This Saturday (July 20), Johnny Rockets will donate 20% of sales between 11:00 a.m -5:00 p.m to The Rainbow Connection.  There will be ketchup art activities and food samples throughout the day.  The restaurant will also offer special discounts each day of the following week (July 22-28).


 
  • Monday's VIP Special: Bring two friends! Get a FREE Original Shake with the purchase of any two entrees. (Choice of Original Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla shake only.)
  • Tuesday's VIP Special: Kids Eat Free All Day!  With the purchase of any adult entree. 
  • Wednesday's VIP Special: Make it a Double! Half OFF any double Hamburger with the purchase of a drink or shake. 
  • Thursday's VIP Special: Throwback Thursday! Enjoy their The Original Hamburger at the original price of $3.70 till 3pm. 
  • Friday's VIP Special: Free Coke® Friday! FREE Coke® with the purchase of any entree. 
  • Saturday's VIP Special: Shake it Up Saturday! Any Original Shake for $1.99 with the purchase of any entree until 3pm. (Choice of Original Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla shake only.) 
  • Sunday's VIP Special: Super Rockin' Sunday! Half OFF the Original Hamburger with the purchase of The Original Hamburger.
If you would like the Johnny Rockets coupons (Coupons above) to print from home, contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com. I will send you the attachment.  It is not working properly for you to grab the file here on the blog.  Sorry for the inconvenience.
 

               








Extra Income from Home through Affiliate Programs



I have had a few moms in the past contact me about their desires to work from home.  Many of you already have opportunities to offer and this is my goal to showcase you so that other moms may be able to benefit from what you have to offer.  It's a win-win situation if it works out properly.

Other moms desire to earn extra income while getting their business off the ground.  Makes sense, doesn't it?  It's always a struggle to get things moving along. There are a variety of ways you can earn extra income from home even while running your own business.  It's always nice to get extra cash whenever it becomes available.  This I have learned and researched for myself.

Keep in mind, you will not get rich fast off of these opportunities.  There is no such thing as easy money.  It makes sense that you really have to work hard to get what you desire.  It feels good that way too.  I have compiled a list of opportunities you can take advantage of to possibly bring in an extra income.  You can try your hand at one or all of them if you are feeling ambitious. 

                                                              Sylist for stella & dot
Become an Affiliate and Sell Candy! 
Big Savings on Over 5000 Candy Items Now at Candy.com! Click Here!


Earn Commission Selling Chocolate!


Earn Money as an Affiliate!
Andreas Beau - Ready for Summer

Make Money as an Affiliate while learning!
Online Sewing Class
More opportunities coming soon.  For most of these, if you are interested in becoming an affiliate you have to search for the applications so that you can apply.  They are usually at the bottom of every website if they have a program available which all of the above have affiliate programs available.
How do you utilize affiliate programs from home?  If you have a business blog, you can easily promote them through content and banners and text links.  You can also share with your networks and provide friends and family with your personal affiliate ID link. 
FYI: You will not make money right away.  It takes dedication on your part much like a business.  Make sure the affiliate program meets your niche.  Some of the affiliate programs will offer side bonuses here and there if you post specials that they provide for you.  This is nice extra cash, quicker than earning percentages through clicks, etc.
Just have fun.  I have been on board affiliate programs for the past year and just now starting to see a difference.  I have met a few business moms that strictly earn amazing income just off of affiliate programs because they have a very large following.  This is definitely my goal for the future. 
Would you utilize affiliate programs for yourself or your business?

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