Jeri Morgan Code Blue Computing

A little more about Jeri

Jeri Morgan is the driving force behind Code Blue Computing, a Denver based I.T. Company that specializes in supporting businesses ranging in size from a one person home-based business to a brick and mortar with 30 employees.  Mom to 7-Year-old twins Zoe and Zachary, Jeri worked for over 20 years in Corporate America before starting her own company.  She enjoys creating a life that includes being a successful business owner and a Mom.

Code Blue Computing was founded by Jeri and her husband Bill in 2010.  They have a passion for supporting business owners. They have clients throughout the United States and enjoy providing Remote Technical Support, Education, Training, and Cyber Security Protection Services.  Her company was named the Best Small Business by the City of Thornton, Colorado in 2012 as well as the Emerging Business of the Year by the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce in 2014.  She has been featured in the Crave Denver City Guides, The Denver Post, and on Colorado’s Best television show in Denver.

Jeri resides in North Denver with her husband Bill, and their children Zoe and Zachary.

Jeri Morgan  |  President
Code Blue Computing
720-746-9763
jeri@codebluecomputing.com
http://codebluecomputing.com

 

I love when women follow their hearts and it leads them down a path they had never imagined when the universe aligns you with what you need to be doing and it works out. Even when you think it may not. In this interview, Kim tells her story of how she became a small business owner.

 

More About Kim

Growing up, Kim never imagined being a therapist. Actually, when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be a tree.

Her parents believe in natural healing, so, growing up Kim did get massage and chiropractic. Kim went to college to be a teacher but after a few years, she came to the conclusion that college wasn’t for her.

Kim’s still not sure what drew her to massage, but, after her first day of massage school, she realized she had found her passion.

Her passion is healing and facilitating the well being and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. Kim uses her intuition to guide her through each session. Every client is different so no session will be the same. Through Kim’s technique of massage therapy and reiki, physical stresses of the body and mind are relieved. This allows the body to naturally begin the process of healing.

Kim has discovered through her experience that when you commit to getting massage therapy on a regular basis you will feel healthier, happier, and revitalized. She invites you to experience and enjoy the difference.

Kim is a nationally certified & licensed massage therapist. She graduated from the Core Institute of Massage Therapy in 2001. She is certified in pregnancy and infant massage which is now one of her specialties as well as being a Doula. Kim is proud of having the privilege to provide and help women have a positive birthing experience. Kim was trained in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy™ in 2006. For a complete healing experience, Kim can balance the flow of energy using Teiki and Meditation.

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Interview with Caroline Sakla Little Explorers Palm Harbor

I love when I talk to a mom and she knows there was more to life than just being a mom. Being a stay at home mom is a tough job and is not made for everyone, one thing I love about this interview with Caroline Sakla is she knew she wanted more out of life and knew there could be a balance between a business owner and mother.

In this interview we hear about she signed a lease, then the day after found out she was pregnant with her second child, opened a business with an 18-month-old and giving birth in less than a month!

Find Out More About Caroline:

How it all started – My name is Caroline Sakla and I am mommy to 18-month-old Jacob (soon to also be mommy to baby Chloe) and wifey to Andrew. I am a former educator turned stay-at-home mommy turned Little Explorers founder and Leader. I have a bachelors degree in communications and a masters degree in the arts of teaching. The reason behind the start of Little Explorers is a desire to foster a community for me, my child and my husband. A place where I know my child is safely receiving the social, physical and cognitive development that his little explorer brain requires. Knowing that other mamas strive for the same wishes for their children; I sought to create a place where all this is possible. I also needed Little Explorers for myself. A place to meet like-minded mamas and nurture my friendships and creativity. I have researched many child development curriculums and searched for the best team of leaders to offer our little explorers the most playful learning experiences they desire and deserve. I hope you decide to try your first class for free and see for yourself. Little Explorers is so much more than just a play space, its a nurturing community.

Social Media Links:

Facebook.com/littleexplorerspalmhabror

Instagram: littleexplorerspalmharbor

Snapchat: exploreourstory

Website: littleexplorerspalmharbor.com

 

Mompreneur Interview Series: Caroline Sakla - Little Explorers - Bringing Motherhood and Business Ownership Together

Mompreneur Interview with Tabitha Blue

You know when you meet someone and you just have that feeling like, WOW THIS PERSON IS AMAZING?!?!

That is how I felt when I met Tabitha, she has this super sweet and caring personality that is so genuine, you just want to learn more about her . . . well, I did anyway! What she has been able to transform her online mommy blog into is amazing, she has 4 kids and this provides for her family! I am not sure I am the only one out there that has started a mommy blog and then gave up, well, Tabitha never gave up and her journey is amazing!

In her video she talks about:

  • How she started her blog just as a hobby
  • How it has grown and not her full-time income
  • How she has been able to merge different passions of hers together

Tabitha has been named Tampa Bay’s most influential mommy blogger and is the writer behind FreshMommyBlog.com as well as hosts her own online cooking show, KitchenWise. She has made appearances on Daytime TV and has been featured multiple times in print and national magazines, like InStyle, Health, Real Simple, Southern Living and more. Tabitha has been pursued for her eye to maximize space and potential in the own home while maintaining a sense of style and comfort for kids.
In her own words, “I want to live authentically with as much heart as I can muster, loving those around me to their fullest potential and biggest dreams. Yes, maybe a little dramatic, but living fiercely is park of my make up. I want the extraordinary that rises in the midst of the ordinary.”
Tabitha looks for the beauty found in the everyday, like in a great lipstick or the laughter of her kids. And her blog, FreshMommyBlog.com is where motherhood, food, travel, design and stylish little things collide.
Mompreneur Tabitha Blue

Talk about one amazing story! From starting a small pet sitting company and growing it into a six-figure business and coaching others how to do the same, then becoming a mom, author, speaker, and blogger! I love Bella’s energy and her drive, she has such a passion for spreading joy and helping others. This was a super fun and educational interview!

A little bit about Bella:

Bella Vasta is the driving force behind the one-woman coaching company, Jump Consulting,
which she named after jumping out of a (perfectly good) airplane at 13, 000 feet. Her motto
is “Always Keep Jumping.” Her dynamic and engaging speaking style encourages people to
take the leap to the next level for their businesses.

From systems and processes to leadership and networking skills, Bella has coached pet
sitting businesses since 2007 and published some of the most comprehensive research on
relevant industry topics. You could say she wrote the book on it because she did. The Four
Types of Dogs Every Business Needs: How to Build the Right Team to Grow Your Business
and Have a Balanced Life uses popular breeds as a metaphor for the types of personalities
that work best on a team.

Bella has always been a trailblazer in the pet industry, forging a path for others to follow.
Bella won the National Pet Sitting Business of the Year award by 25, built and sold her first
company by 30 and her second company by 34. She was also selected as one of 35
Entrepreneurs Under 35 in the Arizona Republic.

After her micro-preemie daughter, who weighed only 12 oz., was born in July 2014, Bella
sold her pet sitting business and now lives out her passion to be a mom and wife while
using her business experience to inspire, motivate, and challenge business owners through
coaching, consulting, and speaking. She has been featured in Entrepreneur, Huffington Post,
NBC, ABC, FOX, NPR, and more. Her podcast, Bella in your Business is popular for business
owners both in and out of the pet industry.

If you want a vibrant speaker that can motivate, inspire and entertain your attendees, Book
Bella to speak at your next conference or contact her at bella@jumpconsulting.net.

Feel Free to Connect with Bella Online:

Facebook Public Figure Page: www.facebook.com/thebellavasta
Jump Consulting Facebook: www.facebook.com/jumpconsulting
Instagram: www.instagram.com/BellaVasta
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Bellas_pets
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellavasta/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQaXkTp44_9A2CZxHCWrjQ

Mompreneur Interview Series with Bella Vasta

Overcoming the Fear of Self-Promotion as a Freelancer Blog

Now that you have decided to become a freelancer or are wanting to grow your freelance business, you have to self-promote.

I know, it doesn’t sound like fun!

A little background:

When I was at my corporate job one of my tasks was attending networking events. I have to attend different business networking events to build the company brand and build the business, I was salary and commission, so the more I sold the more money I made! That was an incentive for me to network more.

This was something that in the beginning was a little hard for me. Everyone that knows me thinks I am an outgoing person and LOVE to talk to people . . . well, inside I was terrified!

I would go to events where I already knew people and they would introduce me, then it made it a bit easier. Over time this networking thing became easier for me because I was promoting a corporate company. I wasn’t selling myself,  I was selling the business, so I thought. . . 

A few years of doing networking events and working as an Account Executive for a women’s online magazine, I decided to take off on my own. I had met a lot of people and grown a large support group, so when I decided to start my own business I already had 6 clients!

Now the fun part

I thought, WOW, this is easy, I am already getting clients!

Boy, was I wrong! It is a lot different promoting yourself instead of a corporate, established company. Over the 3 years, I was an Account Executive and networking I didn’t realize I was actually building my own personal brand. People were doing business with the magazine because the knew and trusted me!

This is what made my self-promotion task a little bit easier for my own business. The support group that I have been unknowingly growing for the past three years wanted to see me succeed, they were doing business with me, referring people to me and by word of mouth my business was booming!

This obviously gave me a heck of a lot of confidence to get out there more, BUT and a big BUT I was ONLY going to events where I knew people. I have found that I am a BIG comfort zone person. I find my tribe and I stick with them. This is a good quality to have, and at the same time, I was limiting myself from reaching new people, expanding my business into other cities, and making more connections. 

I would find new networking events on MeetUp, drive to that event and then create an excuse in my head why I couldn’t go in: 

I didn’t feel well

I should be at home

Oh, I forgot to email someone

I will come next time

What if they don’t like me

What do I say to start a conversation

Why am I here

Whatever that excuse was kept me out of a lot of events and away from potential clients. It took me a couple years to get over that fear.

I finally started finding groups that I “fit” into. Groups that were focused on growing your business, had a structure, not just open networking. It was the open networking piece that terrified me.

Finding Your Mojo

Usually, within a few months of attending these events, I ended up helping out with them or even running a few events. That was my AH HA moment, when I am in the driver’s seat of the event, I am running it, I am the leader, that allows me to have the confidence to speak with everyone that walks through the door. They want to know me, they look at me as an expert and leader.

I already knew I was a very good public speaker so that part wasn’t the problem. I know that doesn’t make sense, right? I can’t go to an event with open networking, but throw me on a stage and I can talk about anything! 

Fast forward 10 years I have successfully lead over 6 different networking groups for different organizations and ran them for a long time. When I moved to Florida it took me a year to figure out how to start a group of my own. I was in a new place with people I had never met before, I thought I could just sit behind my computer and still get clients as if I still lived in Colorado. I knew that I had to start a group of my own because that’s where I thrive. I love building relationships with people, learning their stories, connecting others and still being in the driver’s seat. Yes, I am a control freak! 

You have to find out what your superpower is for self-promotion. We are all going to be nervous when it comes to promoting ourselves, whether that be in person or online. Networking events to sharing blog posts, videos, and even social media postings. We have to get rid of that negative self-talk and just push through that fear.

Here are 4 tips that I have found to help me get over the fear of self-promotion

1. Be clear on your tribe 

When you set off on your own it is important to know who you want to work with, who is your ideal client or target market. Know the type of services you are offering and who they would be best for. Knowing your target market will help you not only find your clients or customers easier, it will also help you find the type of networking events to attend, the type of Facebook or LinkedIn groups to be involved in. The goal with being very clear in your target marketing is anytime you need to promote yourself either online or offline you know “who” you are talking to. 

2. Know what you’re fearful of

Self-promotion can be a little intimidating for sure! Taking a moment to sit with yourself and identify what scares you will help you move forward. For me it was more of what others would think of me, did I dress ok, will people want to do business with me, more of that self-confidence is what I had to get over. For others, it could be how do you handle more than one clients, or client onboarding, they want to work with you now what? Fear of rejection or failure.

One thing I have learned and honestly am still working on, is when it comes to business, nothing is personal. This is a motto I heard on a podcast, nothing is personal. If someone rejects you, that doesn’t mean they don’t like you as a person, it could be they can’t afford your work, or they are not in need of your services right now. When we work for ourselves we tend to take everything personally and that stunts us from wanting to promote ourselves further.

If you cannot face the fear, fear will win and you will end up throwing the towel in, we don’t want to do that. Each failure or rejection is an opportunity for us to grow. Maybe you were unclear in your 30-second commercial, or too pushy in your video, maybe there wasn’t enough value. Whatever it may be, work through it. Sometimes it helps if we ask that person that said no, why? You would be surprised in the answer, always be willing to look inside and make a change to better yourself.

So, what are you fearful of when it comes to self-promotion?

3. Work on your commercial, don’t sell.

People like to call this your elevator pitch, I am NOT a huge fan of that term, I also don’t think it should be called a pitch, you should be focusing on building relationships that turn into clients, not just selling someone. I hate being sold! When you think of your commercial this can be for both online and offline.  This is about educating your tribe on who you are and what you do, but more importantly, how can you help them?

If you are attending in-person networking events know if your commercial is 30 seconds, 45 seconds, or 1 minute, that will help you determine what you can fit into your commercial. I always like to ask questions on social media and then turn that into a commercial, you want to give value as much as you can.

One thing that worked for me s I would type out my commercial and then print it and practice it in front of my husband or friend to make sure I was sticking to the correct time and also that they understood what I was saying! Remember you are an expert in what you do, so show it!

As you become more confident in your commercial you always want to come from the place of value or education and not selling them. Have you ever walked into a networking group or received a message on social media with someone trying to sell you something, and they are so pushy about it?

People want to do business with people they know, like, and trust. Be authentic in your commercial, show them who you are!

4. Trust and believe in yourself

This one seems so easy, but can be the hardest one. This could be one of your fears from tip #2. It is important that you trust yourself. If you believe in the service or product you are selling then you believe in yourself. Coming from your heart and knowing that you can help others will help you gain that trust.

Being a freelancer is such an exciting journey, you grow so much as a person and that allows you to grow as a business.

Knowing your core values and your roots allow that belief in yourself to be stronger. Core values play a big role in your business, more than you think. It is important to be yourself and have fun, you want to work with people like you, and have things in common, similar core values, people you can trust.

Trusting yourself is more than putting yourself out there, it is about providing people with help, answers, a solution. Think of your “why”. Why are you doing this business? Trust yourself, trust your intuition, and move forward, go on, build your business!

Are you ready to start self-promoting?

In Conclusion

If you want your business to grow and be a success you have to work through your fear and put yourself out there. Network, create videos, use social media, brand yourself.

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Overcoming the Fear of Self-Promotion as a Freelancer

INTERVIEW WITH TAMMI HOERNER FOUNDER, MOMPOSITIVE
It is truly amazing when you find your passion and you are able to share it with the world! Tammi has been able to create a career while following her passion and living the life she was intended for.

Since 2004, Tammi has been on a quest to discover, live, and share the life and health benefits of natural living. She is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Aromatherapist, and Herbalist, with a passion for helping busy professional and entrepreneurial Moms clarify their truth and succeed on their unique path to true health, happiness, and ultimate success. Owner of MomPositive and Mentor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Tammi is an award-winning published author, award-winning international career, and lifestyle coach, who coaches women from all over the world.
Mompreneur Series with Tammi

Starting your own business can be very scary in its self, let alone even thinking about the financial aspect, making enough money, providing for your family, creating a new life, the list goes on. As women, we tend to take all those worries on ourselves and that can hold us back from financial freedom.

Kristen Judd has a passion for helping women all over the world reach their financial goals in a realistic way. Learn more about her story and how she got started.

Kristen has a degree in Accounting and Finance from Fort Lewis College and has returned back to financial services after spending some time in corporate America and owning a couple of small businesses.  She can relate to just about everyone’s situation because she has experienced it. One of the biggest reasons why she came back to financial services was finding a company that focuses on the education of money for individuals, families and business owners.  

She is passionate about what she does and enjoys giving people the opportunity to leave their financial strife behind and move forward with a plan they can believe in and can grow with. She is a dynamic and sought-after speaker for educational workshops and seminars.  She has found her home and loves being able to be of service whether it is her clients, fellow agents, or any of her team members. She is the host of Wine, Women and Wealth in the Westminster area and has been giving back to that community for 3 years now. Most recently, she published her first book, “Own Your Future.”  It is the actual steps she used to catapult her business and career with Five Rings Financial. It teaches you to trick your brain into achieving crazy big goals with ease and joy.

Ed has a degree in Sales and Marketing from Colorado State University.  He also has a background in owning several small businesses and most recently being a part of corporate America.  He is a natural problem solver and brings to the table a relatability that is not matched by many. He is passionate about being in a position where he can use his interpersonal skills and problem solving skills to help families and business owners avoid some of the pitfalls that can adversely impact a family or business financially.   He is also excited to get back to being a small business owner himself to gain back more control of his time, resources and creativity.

Connect with Kristen:

Money Secrets
Safe Money Expert – Executive Vice President

kristen@fiveringsfinancial.com
303-944-6195
http://livingbenefitsexperts.com/thejudds

http://facebook.com/LearnMoneySecrets

http://linkedin.com/in/kristenjudd

 

Kristen Judd Mompreneur Interview

 

I love hearing stories of how people got started in their freelance business, what was that final straw, or trigger point for them to take the leap of faith and go out on your own.
We had spoken with Seth a little over a month ago and really loved what he was helping businesses do, the foundation he was creating. Branding is so very important to your success and it is something that can be overlooked.

Meet Seth

Seth is a versatile Designer + Creative Director with a decade of experience that includes work for major brands such as USA Today, Disney, Adidas, Union Pacific, FOX, and Coors.
He started WonderWild with the belief that great design can be simple. He loves helping companies of all sizes rediscover the wonder of their brand and visually express it in ways that create emotional connections and ultimately helps them level-up.
He and his wife of 13 years have 4 bio children, 2 foster children, a dog, a cat and a fish.

Free Guide: 25 stats about design you can’t afford to ignore.

 

Entrepreneur Series Interview with Seth Rexilius {Wonder Wild}

 

Dynamic. Engaging. Totally Rad.

These are a few words you might use to describe your latest Facebook video … but they also apply to Kelly Noble Mirabella, self-described social media geek and marketing consultant with Stellar Media Marketing.

With more than 11 years of social media marketing experience—and more than a few wacky costumes—Kelly brings tricky social media concepts to life through her fun, clear and memorable social media training videos and classes. Long before social media savvy was status quo, Kelly recognized how social media can take brand recognition, customer engagement, and marketing efforts to a radically new level.

What’s more, Kelly has spent the past two years learning to build Facebook messenger bots (aka “chatbots”), and now teaches others how to build them with simple, entertaining and, sometimes, 80s-themed tutorials.

Today, she teaches entrepreneurs, small business owners, and working professionals how to use social media to improve their businesses and achieve their goals. Kelly is known for her enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for demystifying social media—not to mention her playful costumes and thematic presentations. Whether trying out Facebook Live or building your own chatbot, you can count on Kelly to guide you with skill and flair for stellar results.


Learn more here about Kelly and Stellar Marketing

Mompreneur Interview with Kelly Noble Mirabella