New Book Promises to Help Mothers Start and Grow Their Businesses
Renee along with fellow local mum Lydia Binil from Macarthur and 10 other women across Australia are the proud authors of Mumpreneur on Fire Australia.
A #1 International Best selling book in both Australia and UK Amazon sites.
Mumpreneuer on fire is an enthralling new book,
designed to help mums kickstart their businesses.
We live in unprecedented times, and there is a
need more than ever for robust businesses to support and propel the economy.
Mumpreneur on Fire tells the tale of 12 Australian women on their
journey to entrepreneurship. It highlights the highs and the lows, and
how they eventually broke through to run businesses around their
families that they can be proud of.
Local authors Renee Garcia and Lydia Binil from Macarthur, NSW are
both proud to share their story and hope that other women reading the
book will be inspired to overcome there life challenges and reach for
the stars for success.
Mumpreneur on Fire is published by the Mums in Business Association, a global network with over 55,000 members worldwide.
The association was founded by sisters Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton, after they realised that there was a need for a network that supported mothers in business.
The association has child friendly in person meet ups, which give valuable tips and information, which is vital for running your businesses.
In light of the current climate, the groups have moved online, and they will eventually go back to being in person, once it is safe to do so.
It’s pretty amazing to be able to share our stories and hope that we can make a difference in the lives of other mums out there who want more. It’s about creating motivation for all women to be more, have more and want more because they are more than just mums and wives.
Renee Garcia – Author
The book has now been released and reached #1 Best Seller on the Amazon site within 24 hours of being published. The book can be purchased on Amazon here
For media inquiries or interview request, contact Renee Garcia on 0427 885 711 or email at email@example.com.
Women – we can have it all, just not at the same time.
This month we celebrated International Women’s Day. Although the official day was Sunday 8th March, i feel like it’s something that should be celebrated all year round. I am a women after all.
It’s OK that your not a super hero
This year’s theme is all about equality.” An equal world is an enabled world” We saw hashtags overrun our social media accounts like #IWD2020 and #eachforequal.
As i read these and felt proud to be a women but it also got be thinking about not only equality but the pressures we face as women in general. These pressures are mostly those we put on ourselves.
Recently i submitted a chapter that will be featured on an upcoming book about mother’s who are taking on the world with their business and life balance. One of the key messages i write about is we matter and we can have it all. I am 100% in support of this message and will advocate to my heart is content with this whilst also acknowledging that this is true however unfortunately we just cant have it all at the same time.
The right things will present itself at the right time and acceptance is the key to less stress and more success.
OK, let me explain. As a mum of 2 young boys, a wife, a family business owner and a women on a mission to build her own business around her passion i know first hand that at any given point i will most definitely be winning at one thing and failing at the other. Life is like a roller coaster which includes the ups and downs, the crazy turns, the thrills and the excitement, being anxious and liberated all at the same time. The most important thing about this realization though, is acceptance.
It’s taken me a while to realize that i cant do it all, or most realistically i cant do it all at the same time. A very dear friend and mentor taught me this and it has been my saving grace go to thought that i revisit every time a curve ball is thrown my way.
I made a decision at the start of the year to take some time away. Away from networking, social media and work in general. This was our first year in our family business in over 10 years we were able to take a holiday without the phone being glued to our ear and the laptop set up in our hotel room.
Although it was only two weeks, it allowed me to reset, be just a mum and wife and really work out what was important. It allowed me to understand that my passion and goals still mattered and were worth the effort but that didn’t mean i needed to give up everything else.
It just meant that things would happen when they happened and there was no use stressing myself trying to get all my ducks in a row at the same time.
Women – we can have it all, just not at the same time.
Just the other day a fellow mum and successful entrepreneur Peace Mitchell from The Women’s Business School and co founder of the Ausmumprenuer shared a powerful video of a heartbreaking decision she was faced with. The decision to cancel an exciting guest speaking gig because one of her precious children became sick.
As a mum, your priority is always your children, as a business women you cant help but be saddened when you are faced with the decision to cancel an opportunity. This video connected with me on so many levels.
I too have been faced with these decisions and although you know you are making the right decision when putting family first it doesn’t stop the disappointment in missing out or even the guilt you feel for having those thoughts.
I want to thank Peace for sharing this experience and showing us that it’s OK to want things but know your priorities and accept the things that happen.
So, how does this relate to networking and your business? this is what your asking yourself as your reading this im sure.
Well the reality of coming to the realization of i cant do it all, also creates #fomo. Fear of missing out – for those who are not up to speed with the hashtag lingo.
There are so many networking and business events that happen throughout the year. Some of these can be found in our directory.
When you count the total amount of events between January – December there are hundreds of opportunities and you cant possibly attend all of them, and guess what? that is OK. Yes you may miss out on something but another opportunity will arise that could be even better.
Tips to deal with FOMO
Here are a couple of tips for you to overcome your #fomo.
Think about what the benefits of you going are. Are they worth the effort of trying to squeeze another thing into your day. What will you get out of it?
If you can’t go, can you send someone on your behalf?
Set yourself a realistic calendar of events and make the decision to just stick to those.
Surround yourself with a support unit that helps you when things get overwhelming and stressful.
Remember what is important. What comes first for you. Accept that things will come up that you will have to cancel or postpone.
communication is the key, life doesn’t always go to plan but if you’re open and honest with people as soon as you can about what’s going on it makes a big difference
Peace Mitchell – Women’s Business School
It’s OK that your not a super hero
The main message here is yes as women it is in our DNA to want to do everything, achieve more, have more, be more and we can do that. We are powerful when we have a great support network around us and have the drive to succeed. But we are only human, as much as we would like to think we have super powers (and to a degree we do, let’s face it there has to be some super power genes for giving birth) we cant do everything at once. As the famous Dr Seuss say’s “Life’s a great balancing act”
Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. The right things will present itself at the right time and acceptance is the key to less stress and more success.
Have a great month
Renee – getting the cogs moving to make you matter
As a business owner, although we work off a financial year calendar for most things, we choose the start off the year to map out our goals and foot steps we are going to take for the year ahead. For some this may include marketing plans, customer relationship goals, expanding ideas or simply, ways to be better than last year.
When asked the question to business owners, what marketing strategies and plans do you put in place? the common answers are generally, where we are going to advertise, who we are going to target, what is the message we are going to promote, what is our business really about.
Although these things are great and important, very rarely do business’s think about their business networking strategies and how this should be incorporated into your business marketing plan. Whether you revise and plan your marketing yearly, monthly or even quarterly, be sure to include your vision and plan around how your going to build better connections for your business growth. Networking will be your number one best asset to achieve this.
Ok, let’s be honest, not everyone likes networking. It can be nerve wracking to get out their and put yourself in the spotlight. But let’s face it, if you cant confidently promote you and your business, what confidence will your potential customer have in your product or service?
Below i’m going to share my tips around planning your networking journey. Feel free to include these when planning for the year ahead. You might also like myfree networking planner that i will attach below for you. My 2020 gift to you.
Think of networking as advertising, only it’s more about your personal brand rather than just your business. Remember, people buy people. They will trust you if they know you, like you and feel a connection on some level.
Make Networking a part of running your business. Plan the events you want to attend and carve out the time in your calendar just like you would a client meeting.
Don’t be afraid to spend the money on networking if its the right fit for you and your business. Spending money on networking can be more effective than spending it on advertising. It’s more personal and targeted. Consider these costs in your budget.
Research and gain feedback from the networking events and opportunities that are available. There are many kinds, both regular occurring or one off events that you can benefit from. You can read a common list of different events you may find here. Remember not all will suit you, it’s important to understand that the more you feel comfortable the more success and excitement you will feel when attending.
Expectations – know what you want to achieve and the kinds of people you want to network with and why, and think about what you have to offer. This helps to prioritize events to attend, making your networking more effective.
Just because its business, does not mean you cant be yourself. Networking is not really about you, it’s about them, so keep in mind that making sales or gaining clients will not be instant. Networking is about building relationships.
Networking events do not always have to be about making sales and building client data bases. If your purpose for attending some events is simply to just feel supported and gain feedback and guidance around running your business, this is OK. Networking has many benefits, particularly if your a sole employer or have minimal staff. Which means having a support network or tribe around you who are on the same journey can make the stressful times easier. If this is what you want out of your networking journey, be sure to include this in your plan.
Don’t be afraid to network with your competitors. Find out where they are and what they are attending and make some connections. Often you will gain more support from the people who know what your up against. Working together can be beneficial for both parties when the opportunity arises.
Don’t forget that networking also extends to social media, including Linkd In and Facebook. Face to face introductions are always the best but in the days of social media it’s important to look at all our opportunities that are available to us including social media groups that may offer support.
Review and follow up strategies need to be included in your plan. How are you going to collect information, stay in contact and continue the relationship? Consider a CRM system or manual system to keep on track of where you have been and what you have achieved at each event.
OK, i could go on but these are the most important things to think about to get you started. It’s not rocket science, it’s just thinking a little differently, making the cogs move in a new way to change the outcome.
So, here is the challenge. As we start to approach the final weeks of the first month of a new year, let’s start today. Plan your networking journey, use the planner attached here if you want to or just write it down in one of those old things they use to call notebooks. It doesn’t have to be perfect you just have to start.
Networking will be the most cost effective marketing strategy you will adopt for your business. Find the right ones, step outside of your comfort zone and you will be well on your way to building those better business connections.
See you all next month
Renee – getting the cogs moving to make you matter.
Hello fellow business owner and supporter of CRG Creative Networking.
Wow, can you believe we are already at candy canes and Santa clause?
This year has been a monumental year for not only Me personally, but both of our business’s CRG Creative Networking and CRG Plumbing & Maintenance.
This will be our first ever year where we have decided to have a holiday 🤭 i know right… for those who know us well this has been long overdue. As you would know, when owning your own business holidays can sometimes be non existent. You might be physically there but your always in business mode. Well not anymore for us … give us a pat on the back next time you see us 😉
2020 is shaping up to be our biggest yet for CRG Creative Networking and i cant wait to share it with you.
With lots of personal achievements planned, exciting projects coming to fruition, more workshops and session plans being launched and the continued growth of our networking directory we are sure to hit some amazing goals together.
All this would not be possible without our support network and beautiful business community.
Thank you for trusting in my ability to offer you support and encouragement.
Thank you for following me on this journey and motivating me to keep achieving and giving even when there a times when juggling is tough.
Most importantly thank you for being you. You are all awesome and i am in constant awe of your achievements and constant support for each other. This is why networking is the most important marketing tool you can have, You get to meet, support and be supported by the most amazing tribe ever.
Lastly, congratulations. Let’s give ourselves a big thumbs up, go and have that chocolate, champagne or what ever it is that you can indulge in. We made it through another F**Ki*G YEAR in business. Lets do it all again in 2020.
I wish you and your family the most magical Christmas and a successful new year.
Renee Garcia from CRG Creative Networking selected as a finalist for National Awards
Renee Garcia of CRG Creative Networking has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 AusMumpreneur Awards in the Big Idea – New Business Category.
The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Renee is a wife and mum of two boys, running CRG Plumbing & Maintenance with her husband and after realizing that she was more than just a plumber’s wife and feeling the need to do more she created and launched CRG Creative Networking.
Offering many things to help both large and sole trader business’s build better business connections by getting their cogs moving and thinking about the best strategies and processes that they can learn and implement to grow their business through genuine customer relationships.
Acknowledging that the networking scene can be overwhelming Renee wanted to create a service that all business owners and their employees can utilize that will help them to;
Understand Networking benefits for their business
How to approach the networking scene, where the right place for them is and where the best groups or meetings were taking place
How they can present themselves and their business in the best way, to the right people with the best outcome
Strategies on building strong connections and following up.
Processors on developing a mutual beneficial relationship for long term success for both business owners and employees.
This is implemented through
1 on 1 consulting and Mentoring, Group Educational Workshops, Team Building sessions, Closed members only Facebook support group and website that is currently in progress to develop a directory for all networking groups, guest speakers and business support groups within the South West Sydney region with the potential to expand when the time is right.
“Being selected as a finalist means so much to me because What I thought was just going to be a small side business to help us promote our family business and get to network with other like-minded people, ended up turning into so much more than just a networking group. It has taken me on a journey of self-discovery and self-worth and allowed me to meet and connect with the most amazing people
I feel my story is like many, however the difference is I have taken that risk, I have made that decision to carve my own identity once again after marriage and kids and I have committed myself to being an inspiring and motivating mentor to others who may feel like they are not worthy or not confident to be who they want to be, or approach those who may be intimidating or who might also feel like they are just the plumbers wife. I am making a difference and I’m getting the cogs moving for others so they know that they too matter and can be a successful AusMumpreneur too”
Business is not always easy and CRG Creative Networking has overcome challenges but has also seen great success. Initially when Renee launched the business it was a weekly face to face Networking group, built from the ground up and increased weekly attendance then in May this year after taking the risk and acknowledging a gap in the market and a need to change the business model to a Business Resource Hub for all things Networking and Customer Relationships support that can be utilized by more people in more areas around Sydney with no restrictions which resulted in stopping the weekly meetings and is now slowly becoming the go to source for all things relating to networking and customer relationship building.
It can be challenging to run a successful business whilst raising a family and Renee gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. “Things don’t come easy, you have to work at it, challenge yourself, be prepared to make change along the way and understand that you have to be resilient in everything you do”
Read more about the awards at www.ausmumpreneur.com. The winners of the 2019 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at White Night Receptions in Melbourne on Friday 6 September.
For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: www.ausmumpreneur.com or contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org