Inspirational Quotes to Improve Your Boss Mama Mindset

Inspirational Quotes to Improve Your Boss Mama Mindset

Written by Maria Phieros and Anushka Dharmadhikari

INTRODUCTION

Motivating quotes lift up your spirits with a wave of positivity🌈! Inspiring words can help you reach your potential as a business woman or mumpreneur. Be it in your daily routine, your career, with family or in your personal life, the right mindset is important and the right words can help you step out of a rut or help put you back on the right track if you haven’t been feeling it lately.  So, in true #BossMamaMindset style, we are here with today’s dose of inspiration for you! Yes, we’re talking about quotes to keep you motivated and help you start every day with a positive mindset. Let’s get our positive mindset on!

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Every day is a blessing

Make a new start every day, with new resolution, with enthusiasm, love, prayer and silence” – Saint Porphyrios. Every new day that you wake up to, is a blessing! We face our fair share of anxiety every single day. We are bombarded with issues that overwhelm us. That said, each day comes with a ray of sunshine🌞 and new hope🙏. As the quote rightly asserts, every day is a new beginning. Fill your mind with positivity and start FRESH every single day. Let go of the anxiety of yesterday and the unknown of tomorrow. Stay strong and healthy with a positive mindset! A great way to start off your day on a bright note is with gratitude journaling and mapping out your objectives for the day! Cheers to #newbeginnings EVERY DAY! Get your Boss Mama Mindset Bullet Journal here.

Diving into positivity

The next quote is one by John Wooden who said “Good things take time” . It reminds us that it takes time to build an empire. Try not to beat yourself up if you don’t get all of your to-do’s done in one day. It’s important to differentiate between things that are in your control, and circumstances totally beyond your control. This quote, reminds us that sometimes, things take time. Just think, a baby takes 9 months to come into this world, so this is the perfect example of good things taking time. Enjoy the ride, Boss Mama. It’s a marathon not a sprint! 

It always seems impossible until it’s done

Golden words by our Madiba. This one is extra special because it breaks all boundaries of doubt! Always believe in yourself, as you fight past the fear of the unknown or the impossible! You break the shackles of a negative mindset and allow yourself to believe, which is one of the strongest mindsets to be in. Whenever you may doubt yourself, remember Nelson Mandela’s wise words, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”.

It is not the challenges that you encounter

This quote by Darlene Brock: “It’s not the challenges that you encounter. It’s what you do when you get there that determines whether you have grit or grace in your life”. So poetic it needs no explanation.

One day you will tell your story

The next powerfully inspiring quote is: “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide” Brene Brown. Isn’t that just the wave of strength we all need? Your pain and struggle can one day help someone to overcome their own battles. 

Laws of attraction in mindset

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha sums up the laws of attraction and reminds us of the power of manifestation. What you choose to focus on is what will manifest in your life. Focus on the positive and be grateful! Pray. Meditate. Start a gratitude journal. It’s a powerful mindset technique to help you channel your gratitude every day. BONUS: If you subscribe to our blog, you will automatically get access to our Free Boss mama Mindset Bullet Journal Templates (available digitally)!

Life is the ultimate teacher

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron. Life is a test and we tend to get to know the syllabus after we’ve received the lessons. Funny, right? But the lessons you learn have a lasting impact. Your struggles teach you to be strong, kind and compassionate. Embrace your struggles, let each moment in your life teach you valuable lessons.

Family and Love 

We end with one of the humblest souls ever to grace the earth, Mother Terasa who once said, “What can you do to change the world? Go home and love your family.” When you’ve had a hard day, and you need some reassurance, go home and love your family because this is the strongest way to reignite the soul.

CONCLUSION 

We hope that this article helps you to stay motivated with a healthy mindset for allowing things to take their course, and not pressurizing yourself to breaking point, as many of us do!

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Comment below! Let us know which are your favourite quotes that help you keep a healthy and positive mindset. 

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6 Easy ways to improve you PeoplePerHour freelancer profile

6 Easy ways to improve you PeoplePerHour freelancer profile

Are you just starting out your stint as a freelancer on People Per Hour? Are you confused about how to start writing your bio? ✍️ As someone who tested the waters, I was in the same position. I started my PeoplePerHour journey not too long ago and did get some pretty positive results. I have had many people ask me, how does it work? What did I do to get my first client 🤩and was it difficult!? After some experimenting, many hours of work and my moral code, I consider it my responsibility to empower you, a fellow #BossMama with the strategies I have discovered along this journey.
Are you still wondering how to create a profile on PeoplePerHour? You can read my post on how to create your profile here! Now that you have decided to take the plunge, let’s go into the details of how you can improve your PeoplePerHour profile.

 

#1 Take time to write your profile bio 

Your PeoplePerHour (PPH) profile is the first interaction with your potential buyers. Your bio, cover image and profile picture are your ace cards. When you nail these three, you have won half the race! Let’s talk about writing a captivating and intelligent bio.
You can think of your PPH bio as an online CV. This is the place to showcase your amazing skills set, your experience and what makes you the most suitable person for the job! That’s enough sweet talk, let’s get into what you can do:

  • Look at the profile descriptions of other successful freelancers! Analyze their strengths. Study how they have created their offers, the way their portfolio is organized, evaluate their writing style, tone of voice, what keywords they are using.
  • Now check out those beautiful cover pictures and don’t forget the cover images of your offers. Notice which ones are more eye-catching and more visually impactful. To give you some reference and hopefully some inspiration 🌺✨ go check out my cover image. I’ve included some small keywords in order to summarize who I am and what my key services are.
  • Speak human. It’s easy to get lost in technical and very professional lingo but remember not everybody understands some technical terms, so try to keep this in mind. It could end up being a major no-no if your buyer is not familiar with your phrasing and ends up being confused. One of the safest ways to ensure you tailor your bio to attract buyers from various niches, is to keep it a mix of professional and casual. It should portray you as human as possible, appeal to your audience, while displaying your best skills.
  • SEO plays a huge role! Using the right keywords will make your profile more visible and easily searchable.

PRO TIP: At a first glance only the first three lines of your bio are visible to the buyer. Make sure to put your best in these lines to grab your buyer’s attention. 

#2 Add your experience and expertise 

Years of experience, a revered professional in the industry and skills UpToDate as per the market demands! How does that sound like you? Well, case in point. Switching to an online platform where the buyers are not familiar with your expertise can be difficult initially. It’s just like starting out all over again. But the lag phase here is small. Once, the buyers recognize the quality of your work, then the sky’s the limit! To start landing work, it is essential that you present your experience and expertise clearly! Be precise and to-the-point.  Add relevant skills. Spruce up your profile with your best work. Take your time to only choose the best examples to present to your future buyers! Always come back to your profile once in a while to make sure it’s updated and daisy fresh! 

This is the landing page of my profile, notice the cover image, and the first 3 lines of your bio which are immediately visible
Naturally, one of the first things a buyer will do, is to click on your portfolio examples to start browsing.
This is where you would want to use some nice mockups of previous projects you have worked on.

Don’t feel disheartened if you are not a graphic designer! This is also the place you would show your certificates of your qualifications and skills! Did you get your certification from a fancy University or College? Well add your certificate of your degree or diploma here! If your career involves statistics and growth, why not show some screen shots of amazing results which you were instrumental in helping achieve! You can literally do what you want here, but be sure to fill this space with your top, more visually appealing work.

This for example is a showcase of one of my favorite projects worked on, when I worked in South Africa, I was part of the team who launched digital prepaid vouchers in the country and this creative campaign won our company some awards and accolades. Even if it was created a couple years ago, it is a strong piece for me to add in my portfolio.
Then try to include some variety in skills, like this for me “digital illustration” is a huge passion for me, but I don’t get requested to work on illustrations every day as most of my clients need logo, brand and website creation. So I decided to include an example of a sketch I did, to show some variety and showcase skills that buyers might not know I have!
The next section your future buyers will navigate to, is to view your skills.

Try to write your skills which correspond to your profile bio and your images which you have added into your portfolio.

Once you start to land projects, upon completion of each project, you will be asked to review the client and you will receive a review from your clients, as well as a 1-5 star rating (5 stars being the best).

With regards to testimonials and reviews, as intimidating as it can be, you should not feel afraid or overwhelmed about this, instead, try ot focus your energy on doing an honest, great job! If you feel comfortable in your work, and you do a good job, if you communicate well with your client and deliver on whatever you promise, and of course— if you are a good and kind person, your buyer will see your honest, hard work and reward you with a positive review at the end of the project. Each time I work a project, I al working my butt of and I always get so nervous about the review! But in the end I am so excited and happy to receive the positive feedbacks and when I thank the clients after, they all say the same- they say “you earned it!”. So just be yourself and remember that you reap what you sow.

#3 Use up all your free credits

PPH blesses you with 15 free credits per month. Be sure of utilizing these to the fullest! When you are just starting out on your online journey and you don’t want to invest initially, these free credits can be your savior. Use them wisely to apply for jobs. Craft your proposal relevantly to address the requirements of each project. Add a personal touch. Something as simple as addressing the buyer by name and salutations can make way to a great brief. Present yourself in the best possible manner for every proposal you draft. It is always better to avoid using a standard template for all your proposals. Taking time to write to your future buyer to show them that you understand the brief and what is required of you. Propose to them how you will tackle this project! Tell them what you plan on doing, the time you will take to deliver the work… All this info adds to motivating to the future buyer, that you are serious about getting the job.
In case you use up all your free credits, you can always buy more on the PPH website.

#4 Create Irresistible offers

Offers are fixed services that you can offer to your buyer in a stipulated time frame (maximum 5 days delivery). When building your offers, consider the following:

  • Study your competition. Look at the offers they post. While you are at it, make sure to check which of their offers sell the best and also the feedback on them.
  • Strategize whether you want to create an offer in a very particular niche or a broader one.
  • A crisp, clear and an all-encompassing title is an absolute delight to read for the buyer. 
  • An appropriate cover image that captures the essence of your offer.
  • Try to make your offer simple, clear to understand, not too wordy.

PRO TIP: Write your offer and ask someone to proof-read it. If the person interprets your offer correctly in just one round of reading and does not have to go back to it, you have written a killer offer my dear #Bossmama

#5 Set a reasonable price

Your PPH profile is still in a nascent phase. This time can be daunting for you to fix down on your prices. Initially, because you are just starting out, try experiment with which pricing strategy works for you. You have to do careful research on the pricing structure that is currently applicable in your niche. A decent Google search can easily give you a fair idea. This is sometimes a delicate dance between buyer and seller. Buyers look for the highest value and skills for their budget, and sellers aim to set a price which speaks to the services they offer, their skills and level of experience. That’s quite a lot if you think about it! It’s a question of not quoting too high or underbidding for any job. Try to make it your goal, especially in the early stages of your profile building phase, to look for the sweet spot in between. Once your profile booms with projects and reviews, the buyers know you provide excellent quality in your work and will be happy to pay the price you quote for it. 

#6 Keep it fresh

Remember the ketchup bottle that you bought in January last year? Is it still edible?? Well, definitely not! It comes with a shelf life date and so does your PPH profile! It is very good practice to go back to your PPH profile periodically and freshen it up here and there. Maybe you have done a new certification that adds tremendous value to your skills, be sure to update it on your profile. You have great testimonials from your client, put in on display! Work on your offers with what you have learnt from your past jobs, juggle up on your price, maybe add videos to your offers if you are comfortable with it. There are so many ways you can freshen up your profile but the main objective here is to do it regularly. Maybe schedule this for once a week (especially in the beginning phases) as this would be very much your experimental phase where you could be making adjustments to win more clients.

CONCLUSION

To step out of your comfort zone and to get going is difficult initially, I truly understand as I put many hours into my profile, but these efforts are going to be fruitful in the future. As you have begun your online freelancing journey, I hope this article helps to keep it growing🙂 Have you also just begun your online career? Or you are at the mastery level now? Let me know in the comments section! To all the digital genius #Mumpreneurs out there, do give your inputs and suggestions to help fellow mamas who might just be starting out.

You can also follow us on social media on INSTAGRAM and on FACEBOOK—and tag us in your interesting journey! Be sure to use the hashtag #bossmama_mindset 

Did this article help you get a grasp on your PPH profile? Don’t forget to shower your love—like, comment and follow this post! That is right there, your love reaching me! I’m so #grateful

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I’m sure you’re going to conquer the world. After-all, #Bossmama you are motivated by your love for your children and your amazing talents and diversities! Use this and show the world what you are capable of, I believe in you and you should also believe in yourself!

Till next time…

Dream, visualize, create!

With love 💕
Boss Mama Maria
x.

7 Tips : how to organize your week like a BOSS (plus bullet journal tips)

7 Tips : how to organize your week like a BOSS (plus bullet journal tips)

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Helping launch startups while efficiently running two of my own, of course in between the mom duties and keeping the household in order, searching for new clients, doing existing client work and also working towards future goals… well, I have to be organized, or I will not be able to keep up.

Now that I have been using my Bullet Journal for a little over a year, I can proudly say that weekly and daily planning has become an essential part of my #bossmama life! Here are a few of tried and tested Tips to Help You Organize Your Life Like a BOSS!

1—Use a diary, notebook, calendar or Bullet Journal 

Who doesn’t like some extra help? Guess what, this time-tested method of life goal tracking and list-making is going to get you high up in the #planning and #organization department! Those of you, who already use a diary, notebook or a Bullet Journal will wholeheartedly agree that these simple little old-school tools help you to get more done, keep you focused towards your goals and give your productivity a massive boost! Let’s face it, even with using a ton of digital apps but there’s something special about writing your plans and goals down in a notebook. Writing down gives you a sense of accomplishment and a weird satisfaction. Nowadays, Bullet Journals are a great way for tracking simple routine things like what you ate in a day, how much water you drank, or if you took your vitamins. Honestly, I seem to be more dedicated to these small daily rituals when I make use of my #BuJo and especially, daily trackers! 

I find them incredibly useful when you have to remember so many things, like all women do (Duh!). When you really need to focus on your work but your mind keeps circling back to whether you forgot to take your contraceptive pill or did you drink your 8 glasses of water? This only distracts you from your #dailyfocus! Personally, I beat myself up about forgetting to wash my face before going to bed or forgetting to take my vitamins! Well, this bugs me a lot! Try using trackers and let me know how it goes in the comments below!

I was so excited to share some nifty Bullet Journal tips with you all, that I designed a set of trackers for you, grab these for free, here!

Here’s a beautiful bit of inspiration, below we have a pretty “mood tracker”, photo by Estee Janssens, Unsplash.

2—Define your goals and priorities then have the self discipline to stick to them

It feels great to spend time planning, but procrastination is a real thing! It creeps up on us.  Be conscious of it. Prioritize urgent deadlines and deliverables ahead of your less urgent ones (yip, that’s controlling your tendency for procrastination right there). You heard me! If you want to be a #boss, you need to control this. How? By getting your priorities in order and defining which ones need to be dealt with first. You can get a lot more done, in a lot less time even with all the quarantine distractions! Weigh up your priorities- schedule the urgent ones ahead of your less urgent ones. Sometimes, when you stop every 5 minutes to do whatever pops into your head thinking it’s important, like “let me just go check that Online Shopping site to see if my order has arrived, it will only take 5 mins, let me just have a quick look.”. Yeah that’s true, but ask yourself, will it REALLY take only 5 minutes or will you end up scrolling endless products and continue to shop more online for the next hour? The best way is to plan your urgent and more important priorities at the beginning of your busy day, and try to leave the other not so urgent stuff for later. I am sure your special order will arrive at the same time no matter how many times you check the tracking order. 

3—Go digital, there’s an app for everything

Even with the charm of a pen and paper, we have to embrace the digital world. I use Google Calendar to note all of my client meetings, appointments and reminders, my bullet journal to track water intake and vitamins, but I write my to-do’s (like my career goals, and work project deadlines and objectives) in my daily list and my daily list is actually a Trello Board! What’s that? Well, it’s a great app, you should check it out, here. Fret not, digital tools are always there to help you, and that whatever you need to do from tracking sleep, to appointments and bookings, remember – you are just an app away from it! 

4—Time blocking method

Simply put, Time Blocking is the process of planning in advance, prioritizing and dedicating specific time blocks for specific tasks. This form of scheduling allows you to anticipate when you will get a certain task done. It’s an essential part of project management. Doing this requires a lot of planning and dedication, being determined to meet those blocked ‘scheduled’ time goals that you have set for yourself, like I will finish task X in Y time. Stephen Altrogge from Zapier in his article on methods to schedule certain tasks, > highlights the importance of distinguishing between proactive blocks and reactive blocks. He says that proactive blocks are for getting important tasks done, like your to-do’s, whereas the reactive blocks are more flexible and dedicated times to allow for interruptions, urgent emails and impromptu meetings or requests. You can read more about it here.

5—Give yourself deadlines

This probably is my secret weapon. I thrive under pressure and deadlines make me deliver better results in a way that I would not be able to achieve with tasks that linger for long periods of time. Have you ever thought, “Oh, I need to do this and that, but it’s okay, I have a lot of time to do it!” then you blink, and it’s the day before the deadline and now it’s last-minute-dot-com to try and get it done! Well, case in point, you can go ahead and start adding this into your #boss routine: Giving yourself personal deadlines is a secret weapon for success. Plus, it can be applied to #momlife (big time!) imagine that annoying laundry basket and pledge to yourself: “I aim to fold all those clothes by the end of Sunday night!”. Yes, I literally tell myself this and yip, there I am folding clothes while watching Netflix on a Saturday night, because I told myself that I will have this done! Be sure to give this a try and let me know how it goes in the comments. 😊

6—Tick it off and mark completed tasks as Done – Yay!

This small process of ticking off your completed tasks, helps to break down your big tasks into smaller, manageable milestones. The moment you actually “tick” something off the list– oh yeah… well, that’s the good stuff, the feeling of achievement, accomplishment (hurray🎉). We all go about our days doing so much that sometimes it’s really easy to forget that just yesterday you made a really impressive sales pitch to a new client! That a week ago, you deliverable to your client in record time, well within the deadline, in turn helping them gain market share! That at home, your baby learned how to tie their shoelaces because of that little nursery rhyme that you taught them💓! It’s these small victories that make being a boss, mother and entrepreneur, well tough at times but totally rewarding! In these tricky times of social distancing and the constant coronavirus fear where it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the global crisis, why not list down your personal achievements in a diary? You can write lists like: “What made me HAPPY today!” or “What have I achieved this week?” and I bet you that it will bring you some satisfaction even if it is small, it is still nice, positive and heart-warming.
Give yourself this praise and know that you are doing an amazing job mama! You have to now homeschool your kids, handle (remote work stress), home stress, and it’s normal to feel like you are barely able to keep your head above water… FOCUS on the positive little moments mamabear!
Yes, I really do this and it keeps me positive. Sometimes when I just need to block the world out, I stop for a minute and reflect on these small accomplishments and write little notes in my planner. When I see the days ahead get daunting, and I start to feel anxious. It this time when I try to plan out the tasks that will lead me into to achieving great goals for my personal growth and career success, it’s these little positive moments that remind me, Hey! I’m doing OK! We’re all just trying our best.

7—No-one is perfect, just do your best

You know what stopped me from starting a Bullet Journal for years? I was too afraid that it was not going to be perfectly amazing with calligraphy and beautiful designs! Sounds familiar?
Are you one of those people who keep staring at a blank page just afraid to start something because you don’t want to make a mistake or start something that wasn’t “perfect”? OMG, I was like this…but then “life” hit me hard. I became a mother and I could not keep up with tracking newborn feeding, changing nappies, pooping times! Lol! It was so stressful! Everyone asking me what time I fed her, what time did I change her? Did she poop!? OMG so many poop questions LOL, I actually scribbled some random list in a special notebook that I was “saving” and that, for me, was the start of my very first bullet journal.

Closing thoughts, favorite products and some inspiration 

So take this  from me, the creative perfectionist, you don’t have to make it amazing and perfect like all those incredible Youtubers and Instagram influencers you follow.  Let them rock it with their perfect calligraphic handwriting calligraphy and the gorgeous journals. Yours doesn’t need to be the same. It is a personal choice. Do what makes you happy and productive, even if it’s just scribbling.For example, I love to follow this Instagram feed by _coffeeandsarcasm_ for incredible BuJo inspiration. Mine, on the contrary, has messy handwriting, things crossed out and stickers stuck-on to cover-up mistakes! I am naturally a perfectionist in my work, like a lot of graphic designers out there are. But you know what, there is a time and a place to present your perfect work and for me that is my client work— everything I send to a client has to be my personal standard of top class, because I aim to please my clients) so they get to see my “perfectionist” side.  My personal diary / BuJo on the other hand, are for my eyes only. It does not need to be perfect, it needs to be functional and  should help me be a better #bossmama.

It’s really not the end of the world if you make a mistake, buy a cheap notebook as a test, and if you make a mistake, who cares!! Cross something out, change the info, get some pretty washi tape or cute little productivity boosting stickers (like you can look here to order my art via Sticker App. 

Your bullet journal can be a masterpiece or it can be like mine, functional and literally there to help me get tasks done, but not necessarily perfect or pretty . 

Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty. And sometimes I can’t help but think “Oh no, this page spread is ruined because I wrote the wrong thing here or it isn’t as pretty and perfect, let me tear the page out and start again. NO! Now, I quickly get over that. Now, my diary is practical, useful and my go-to planner for the week. I check back daily to see how I have managed to tick things off the list, helping me keep up my motivation  and this I believe makes for being a great boss-mama. 

COMMENT BELOW: What have you achieved during the quarantine and lockdown so far? I’ll start: I have achieved building and launching the #bossmama_mindset brand! YES! and even though it is only just the beginning and I barely have followers, I believe that I am fulfilling my purpose.

Thank you, for reading my top 7 TIPS to Organizing Your Week and being more productive as a #boss and #mama with a fresh, positive and motivated mindset! 

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