Getting into a healthy mindset

Getting into a healthy mindset

This dress makes me look fat! Why is my skin looking dull? Another pimple pops up, right when I have to go out. I should stop eating carbs or maybe skip a meal. Even water makes me bloat! As women, it’s totally normal to have these thoughts, making us stress out in more ways than necessary. When it comes to our own bodies, a lot of us suffer from body image issues. Learning to embrace our body as it is and striving to be healthy is…. Easier said than done, right? Today, we dive into the depths of being mindful and healthy together, because here at the Boss Mama Mindset community, we are all about embracing life’s imperfections because in between the struggles there is always goodness. This is the power of focusing your attention and daily habits into healthier ones, slowly moving to be better versions of ourselves! Let’s dive in…

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Body that meets the eye

Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and all you can do is find faults in the way you look? This is the simplest way to define body image issues. Your pretty eyes can only see the dullness of your skin or the weight you’ve put on even though you starve yourself. These issues are not always self-inflicted. Our family, friends, social media and the society in general can unknowingly make us believe things could be wrong with us. A casual remark from someone can wreak havoc in a person’s life.

A new mother, with tons of worries, juggling her health and her baby is casually told that her hair is a mess or she should start losing weight. The impact of these seemingly insignificant words could be seen as too much. The perception of your own body plays a crucial role in your physical and mental health. Let’s briefly see the impact of negative body image on your health.

The aftermath of negativity

The stress caused by perceiving yourself negatively and actively trying to change the way you look can be detrimental for your health. Negative body image can lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, pathological dieting that harms your overall health to name a few.

Overcoming with mindset work

Now that we know what the aftereffects are, it’s time we curb the negativity. Let me tell you a real-life transformation to make you believe it’s possible. The story of Miranda Casiano. Like most teenage girls, Miranda had a preconceived notion of a beauty standard set by the American culture. By the time she was in high school, she was on the crash diet bandwagon. Trying every possible diet to lose weight and gaining it back when she stopped. During the college years her mindset started to shift towards healthy eating and she started seeing the positive changes. A horrific accident wrecked her knees and put her on bedrest, yet she continued to lose weight and recovered by fueling her body with the right nutrition! After being committed to a healthy lifestyle for a few years and overcoming the obstacles of negativity, she now aims to become a registered dietician! Inspired by her journey? Read her inspirational book here!

Simple ways to be your best self

All geared up to be your healthiest version of yourself? Here are a few simple steps towards taking care of you! MIND, BODY and SOUL!

  • Accept yourself! You are beautiful just the way you are.
  • Eating does not equate to weight gain. Be mindful of what you put in your body.
  • Strive for a healthy and sustainable routine.
  • Start tracking your habits #bulletjournal #dailyjournalchallenge
  • Keep your mind, clutter-free!
  • Exercise for the body and the brain, make the endorphins (happy hormones) your best friend
  • Yoga and meditation are a boon to humanity, embrace them!
  • Journal your way out through the chaos. Find the cutest journal here.
  • HYDRATE!

Keeping track of your daily routine, journaling and maintaining a habit tracker are the easiest ways to begin your journey to improving your mindset. We are so committed to helping you achieve balance and health, we made a set of bullet journal FREE PLANNERS with water trackers which we will send you when you subscribe to our blog! 

Conclusion

Battling negative body image issues is crucial. But we have got you covered. Do give the book a read to start your journey towards acceptance. Let us all reach a place where we are content with ourselves- TOGETHER!

 

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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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Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

You’re expecting! Your little baby bump has been getting bigger, friends and family have been constantly asking you “Have you packed your hospital bag!? Are you ready!?” and you’ve been avoiding it but now it’s time to start packing, you just don’t know what you will need or not?? You’ve got every second person giving you their view and you know you’re running on maximum pregnancy hormones by your third trimester, the mommy brain is expected and even though you are ready to start preparing your hospital bag, you are not quite sure what you’re really going to need or not! I remember the panic I had … months of build up till the big date. I googled and checked online on Pinterest and saved articles; I followed many mommy blogs and Facebook groups, watching vloggers (video bloggers) of #mommys and #bossmamas and I know how useful this particular post topic was for me, so I thought I’d do the same for all the lovely pregnant or expecting #BossMamas, this one’s for you 💓

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 Mama’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Loose pyjamas
  • Comfy day clothes
  • Leggings
  • Gown / robe
  • Slippers / flip flops
  • Comfy, non-slip socks
  • Going home clothes 
  • Nursing tank tops
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream!
  • Nursing pillow
  • Large comfortable dark underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Toiletries
  • Wash cloth / sponge
  • Shower gel
  • Cotton pads
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Face cream
  • Foundation
  • Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Bottled water
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Extra pillows

Baba’s List

  • Nappies (estimate 8-10 diapers per day for a newborn)
  • Onesies / sleepers / rompers (same, expect multiple changes in a day)
  • Beanies
  • Mittens
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Warm clothes for baby 
  • Account for your baby being born small, or big. So take size 0 or one-two sizes up in case you have a small or big baby, you will be prepared. 

Newborns need to be kept warm, so consider warm clothing, for example, underneath your baby’s onesie, you might layer a vest. Having your baby in layers is just normal and not considered too much. If you see your baby sweating obviously that’s too much. From personal experience, I am based in a tropical climate, Réunion island and my baby was born in peak summer, and even she needed to be kept in double layered combos in the hospital and newborn phase, simply because newborns can’t regulate their own temperature, remember they have been in your belly for 9 months so they will need those extra layers to keep worm. 

Sometimes you will cover your newborn from top to toe, literally: from a beanie to keep their little heads warm, to mittens for keeping them from scratching themselves, and of course you should make sure your newborn’s feet are covered.

Birthing Partner’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Comfy clothes
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush
  • Hoody / tracksuit top
  • Comfy shoes / flip flops
  • Pillow
  • Masks 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mints

 

Other Essentials

  • Phone charger 
  • Extra battery
  • Extra charger
  • Contact lenses / reading glasses
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Driver’s license
  • Administrative documents
  • Identity / passport
  • Cash for vending machine/parking
  • Snacks
  • Towels
  • Small Blanket

I remember the nurse saying, you don’t need to have your own pilates ball, the hospital has all the birthing equipment you need 😂 then I knew I had overpacked, LOL! So, to help you avoid that, I created a PRINTABLE CHECKLIST available HERE.

I hope this blog post has helped you make sense of what you’re in for mama and I hope that the free printable checklist helps you! 🌺 Let it be your essential guide to help you rationalize your packing decisions. One last work of reassurance, this little moment in your preggy-life is completely do-able! You got this #BossMama! The time just goes by so quick. Before you know it, you’ll be back home enjoying your little bundle of joy, laughing with friends as you retell birthing stories…

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How to create your online profile on PeoplePerHour

OMG, I Just lost my job due to Covid-19 and now what!? It’s 2020 and we are now being faced with social distancing, lockdowns and many of us have experienced loss of business. I’m here to offer a shining light in the dark tunnel, so please read on!

Unfortunately this is the sad reality that many of us are facing, and now, even more than ever, it is important to find alternative revenue streams! The internet claims to be a “Get rich and famous overnight” dreamworld, only for you to accidentally click the wrong button and now you are about to marry a Russian bride !?

That does happen, and that would suck, but there are SECURE and TRUSTED websites out there which could assist you… I am sharing the one I use, and hopefully it will help someone start FREELANCING on the internet – weird concept for some who are used to going to an office job… well… let me share a little “freelancing online haven” to use, to build up a side income. Enjoy! 

I continue to motivate everyone around me to think creatively about using digital solutions during this horrible time of uncertainty. As a digital person myself, I did not stop working during the lockdowns and social distancing, in my country I managed to re-brand my graphic design business brand, you can check the evolution here. I have been a digital design geek for many years now… and I think a lot of the time people are unsure how simple it can actually be! I know and understand that it does not come easy for many people. There are people in my family who are complete techno-phobes! It is a real thing. They literally get afraid to get too tech in fear that something might happen? What, I don’t know, but I sympathize and I understand that this might cause fear and anxiety, and I am here to help!

Let’s dive in!

Today’s article is about creating a professional, online profile on a website called PeoplePerHour.

If you have not yet seen or heard of this website, please go and Google it now.

TRUTH BOMB: this is not the solution to take if you are looking for that quick and easy overnight internet success magic solution, which I do not believe exists. I believe we reap what we sow. I work hard for my money and my clients know my hard work and standards, and they are happy to pay me for this. That’s why PPH does work for me. However, you have to be willing to put the work in.

Buyer and seller? Terminology explained

You’ll notice all over the website it mentions Buyers and Sellers and it’s a little confusing at the beginning. Simply put, if you are looking for freelancers, i.e. you are going to buy from them, then you are a buyer. If you are a freelancer, you are looking to sell your services, then you are a seller. You can also be both. 

You can consider PeoplePerHour if:

  • You are skilled enough in your craft, trade or services (either as a beginner, mid-weight or an expert) so much so that you can confidently offer your skills to clients to get paid over the internet.
  • The services that you are going to sell on PPH, are services (or work) that you can do online, remotely, or at a distance
  • You have a good internet connection and you check your messages regularly
  • You possibly already offer your skills to people or businesses, and you want to expand (get more clients) and/or working hours outside of your traditional 8-5 jobs, if your current employee contract permits it!
  • You are looking to build an online freelancing profile to share with new clients as you do not have a portfolio website, your PPH profile can act as an online portfolio for you to share with future clients. 
  • You want to build up a professional, side-hustle or part-time job
  • You want to work the hours that you want, be it part time work, or weekend work, or full-time freelancing. You decide on your hourly rate and you negotiate with the buyer the terms of the project each and every time that you submit a proposal. So if you are looking to take more control in the way you work, this could be an interesting option for your online freelancing business.

If any of the above resonates with you, or if you are interested in setting up an account and profile with PPH, to start earning money online, then read on and I will explain to you step by step, how you can set up your account and profile.

Step 1 Familiarize yourself with the PeoplePerHour website

In order to be able to create a relevant profile, take a moment to browse the PeoplePerHour website, browse user profiles, offers and learn what the website is actually all about. 

I actually spent many days on this step… Personally, I just could not start writing my About Me page and creating offers on my profile if I didn’t know what the possibilities were…  I searched for people working in my field and I took some screen shots to kept as reference on my phone. I drew inspiration from these great profiles, I tried to find the ones which were getting high ratings, and I asked myself, why? Why is this particular profile getting such success… Once you recognized what seems to be working for others, then you know what to build on your own profile to attract those same key clients.

Then it also (totally normal) takes time to familiarize yourself with all the pages and buttons.

Step 2 Go to the website and sign up

Once you’re ready to sign up, go to https://www.peopleperhour.com and click SIGN UP to start creating your account.

Above is the landing page of the people per hour website

Once you click on the SIGU-UP button, a pop-up window will take over your screen and it will ask you: “What do you want to do?” 

  • I want to hire a freelancer
  • I want to work as a freelancer

Above is the pop-up, the blue button is the selected option.

In this guide we’re creating an online freelancing profile, so we’re going to select the option “I want to work as a freelancer“. You can also adjust this later. Then you need to choose if you wish, set up via Facebook or email. For the purposes of this guide, I will choose “Sign up with email”.

It will then give you this window, where you can simply fill in your details, first name, last name, email and password, you click SIGN UP.

Now you should have a pop-up telling you that an email has been sent to you, which you need to verify. Simply go check your mail, and don’t forget to check your spam/ junk folder if you cannot find it in your inbox.

Above is the pop-up telling you that an email has been sent to you.

Above is the welcome email asking you to verify your account.

 

Step 3 Verify your account

Follow the instructions outlined in their welcome email. By clicking on the first link, you will be confirming your email address and verifying your account. You can then click on the “complete application” button to add your profile information, freelancing pricing and skills. You need to include this information this in order to set up your profile.

Step 4 Add your information to complete the application.

By clicking on the second link, you should open the below page, where you will be guided to add your information in a 5 step process. To explain, the PPH team have divided your profile into these 5 sub-sections:

  1. Tell Us About You
  2. Select Your Skills
  3. Add References
  4. Set Your On-Site Preferences
  5. Personalize Your Application

Each of these arrow blocks above, are clickable. Click on the first one to start adding your relevant information.

Try to be as detailed as possible and read the little descriptions that the PPH team offer you, for example, they will say if the text needed should be a detailed (long) paragraph explaining something in a lot of detail, or they will tell you if it should be a simple keyword summary.

PRO TIP: Remember to use SEO friendly keywords describing your skills. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and this is very important, because you want people to be able to “discover” you and your profile, via the Search Engine “Optimized” keywords that they will type, when searching for freelancers. You want your page to come up in their results, right? Then you should use relevant keywords (called search engine “optimized” keywords), when filling out your profile. What does this mean? Try writing short, “keyword” filled phrases and not a bunch of unnecessary words. Use to-the-point phrases and try to include relevant keywords that someone else might type, when they are searching for your profile. If you would like to view an example, go check out the About me section on my profile, which you can visit: here.

For example you will see my profile uses mostly key words to describe who I am and what I can offer the buyer, however I tried my best to come across as human and real as possible.

Step 5 Get specific, they want details

This step might become complicated, so to help you out, let’s take a closer look at some of the sections you will have to fill in.

    You will start by confirming if you represent a company or not, what your job title is and your phone number. You will then be able to choose the currency of preference, as it’s an international website, they don’t have South African Rands (ZAR) but you can work in any currency and the app will convert your money into Rands once you complete a project and get paid, so don’t worry if you cannot find Rands. Notice also, that by default, the value starts at an hourly rate at £6, this could be different for you. I would advise you to research what your current service skills rates are sold for in foreign currency. For example, I had to Google, “how much does a graphic designer get paid in £ / € / $” to learn which was the best suitable hourly rate for my level of skills. Then you can adjust this as you go along, because you might find that you start off way too low or high and you might find yourself revisiting this regularly, testing what works for you, in order to maximize your offerings and get paid adequately for your skills.

    Step 6 create your cover art and profile picture

    You will see that the first section gives you the option to upload a COVER IMAGE and PROFILE PICTURE. This is very important as it is the first thing buyers are going to see when they come to visit your profile. This (hopefully) should happen every time you submit a proposal to get a job, if you write an interesting proposal a buyer will be enticed to come and visit your profile! Now will be the moment when they decide yes or no to use you and your skills! This could also happen when you create your “offers” which we will cover later, then again, potential buyers will scroll and scroll through a bunch of “offers” made by different freelancers, and if your “offer” looks interesting, the buyer will click to come visit your profile!

    So you see how important it is to choose a PROFILE PICTURE where you look professional and ready to take on the job. Then for the COVER IMAGE you could have a little more fun! You could add some text, use beautiful photography (check out unsplash for incredible free images which you could use), you could showcase a piece of your work with a strong call to action! The sky is the limit here, so get creative, and if you need help creating this, please feel free to contact me.

    Step 7 choose your best work to demonstrate your skills

    The same principle applies when you add examples of your work into the “portfolio” section. Don’t compromise on what you show the buyer! You have limited time and visual space on your profile to make a quick impression. Do not load all of your 1001 work examples. Here, it’s really quality, over quantity. You should hand select only the best pieces of your portfolio. Copywriters like to show their certificates and awards, graphic designers like to use mockups (like below), web developers like to share live, clickable links to websites that they have built. You should use visual examples to showcase your work so that the buyer can literally see the type of work that you offer, so that they know what to expect. This will increase the chances of your profile getting selected above others. They should really be impressed with the examples of your previous work for them to be able to award you the job!

    Example of gift card mockup visuals used to demonstrate graphic design skills.

    Step 8 Create some “Offers”

    By now you are familiar with this concept on the PPH website, they have “offers”, which are quick, project proposals designed to get buyers to make quick purchases on the top skills that you offer. You should keep these simple, and the beauty of these, is that you start with just the essential offering, then you can give the customer the option to buy small, valuable “add-ons” to up-sell your customer’s purchase.

    Above is what the “Offers” pages look like.

    When we look at this offer posted by Zargham, his offer is “1000 word SEO Tech Article” selling for €20, then when you scroll down to the bottom, he has these value “add-ons” which the buyer can add to the purchase, making it more affordable for the buyer, and allowing the freelancer the change to up-sell to earn more!

    Some people prefer to make Offers and have great success on having many offers, and then you also have the users, who send great proposals, so they prefer to send proposals instead of focusing on offers.

    You should setup both and the one that suits you best. For me the whole Offers thing was not really working for me. I have better success search individual job posts and then I take time to write personalized proposal, which seems to be working for me. I think then someone will see that I al human, that I am taking the time to work on the project from the very beginning, which is actually the proposal! If writing Offers works better for you, write a comment below to share some tips and advise for fellow boss mamas, because sharing really is caring.

    Conclusion

    As a freelancer, it is not always easy finding clients, so sometimes it helps to use a website like PPH as a freelancing platform, which has really helped me in the past few months… I had to test it out for myself and now I feel that it is a solid, trusted, secure website which is built for freelancers and buyers all around the world, and when you crack the code, and start getting hits! The effect should snowball…

    Now that you have come this far, READ OUR NEXT BLOG ARTICLE:  7 TIP on how to improve your PPH profile to land clients! 

    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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