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February = LOVE YOUR BUSINESS Month!

 

 

 

 

It’s February 1.  This month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day… my birthday… and what I’ve dubbed the “OFFICIAL” Love Your Business Month! All month, we’ll be bombarded by marketing messages about romance and love and commitment, so I figured I’d kick us off with a post about LOVE and COMMITMENT… and how it applies to my business.  And how it applies to yours.

See above?   From left, you see the pictures of my “babies”.  My business was BORN because of them… because of my desire to spend every waking moment with them… because of my refusal to hand them off for several hours a day.

Incidentally, I did ATTEMPT to go back from maternity leave.  I started with four hours a week.  Then, I daringly, begrudgingly upped it to EIGHT.  8 hours per week. 2 four-hour blocks of time AWAY from her. Big mistake.  I quickly gave notice.  I quoted an “unforeseen issue with childcare.”  The issue?  My kids weren’t going.

My business wasn’t born out of my passion for marketing or business or anything like that.  My entrepreneurial journey is firmly rooted in my love for my kids… and my commitment to them — above any and everything else.

Love.

Commitment.

The conversation with my husband was less “loving” when I announced my “extended” maternity leave.  That’s he and I on the far right.  He was raised by a single Mom.  He didn’t know women actually quit their jobs.  In fact, in total shock — when I asked him how he MISSED all of the conversations we’d had about me quitting my job — he said, “I thought ALL women said that at first.” 

Um, no.. Mister. I quit my job.  This is my last paycheck.

Soon, my business began to take off…. and I wanted to see how far I could push it.  My love for my husband…. and his commitment to me and my “crazy” decision to “work from home” inspired me to go bigger.  Business affords me a lifestyle with HIM… my best friend.  I’m committed to his early retirement… and many many more  trips, leisurely mornings and shared experiences with him.

Love.

Commitment.

And, yes…. I did fall in love with this gig… for the gig itself.  For the challenge.  For the opportunity.  For the imminent importance of what we do here.  The health of our economy lays squarely on our backs.  We create jobs.   (HINT:  that underline is a link.. read it! lol…)

We create income.

I am committed to the success of small business.  Yours.  Mine.  My clients.  Because it matters.  It matters within our homes and it matters within our borders.

I love what I do because I’m an example of the “anyone” who might desire business success… You don’t have to have or be anything other than what you already have or are in order to start…. in order to succeed.

I’ve done this thing wrong… kept it hard, complicated, confusing, and hard to predict.  I barely made the jump between feast and famine… the famines were longer than anticipated… and the feasts were less impressive than I’d hoped.

And I’ve done this thing right… focusing on direct response, simple strategies and consistent results… finding that the missing link was ME, my own daily, strategic actions… realizing that MOST of what I’d read, learned or been told about business success was wrong.  I started working my own way, carving my own path, and harvesting my own profits.

And I LOVE sharing these strategies with you.   I get teary-eyed over your success… and what it means for you.  I get giddy when you win.  I feel proud when I see you on tv.  I’m relentlessly committed to seeing you bridge that gap between potential and profit.  And I’m committed to exposing MORE of you to this “third option” of self-employment.

Love.

Commitment.

What do you LOVE about your business?  What are you COMMITTED to this year?

Share it here, people.  Be counted and be accountable. I’m rooting for you!


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6 Responses to February = LOVE YOUR BUSINESS Month!

  • First I LOVE getting to work with amazing women – like you – who are ready to pull up their bootstraps and get to WORK. I LOVE spending all day every day with ambitious, driven, wont-take-no-for-an-answer, we-control-our-own-economy, this-isnt-your-mothers-industry-anymore business women from all over the World. They constantly inspire me, motivate me, and support me in Leading them to greatness, and I LOVE it.

    I LOVE that I get to drop off and pick up my girls from school each day, do homework with them, cook dinner with them, do crafts, attend school functions, get to know their friends, their friends parents, and stay in touch with what is going on in their lives.

    I LOVE that I get to work side by side with my best friend – and someday husband (if I ever give in lol) who is my biggest cheerleader and fan. I LOVE that each day we wake up together, have breakfast together, stop working to enjoy lunch on our back porch together, and talk about our days. We get to help each other – pulling from both of our strengths and supporting one another.

    I LOVE that I can control my income, control my time, control my business, and control my life. Thank you for the reminder to LOVE your business!! Sometimes we need the reminder :)

  • I love my career and our whole industry, Tourism. I’ve been leading tours around the world as a professional Tour Director for years and I teach others to do the same. My students can e found working locally, domestically and internationally on land and sea. They range from college students to seniors to mothers looking for flexible, fun, local, part time work. We get to do what people pay thousands to do. There’s nothing better than seeing my students getting into careers they love!

    Ask a Tour Director about their career. They will all tell you they could never work a ‘real’ job again.

    Love my career.

  • Some of the many things I love about my business:
    1. I am continuing a family legacy- increasing what my mother created with her blood, sweat, and tears. Honoring the past while looking forward to the future.
    2. I am creating a circle of business people around me to support and promote my brand- and who have open ears when I need advice and the truth.
    3. Hello I get to receive massages, pedicures, facials, waxing (well that isn’t as much fun but necessary) and it is part of my job- best perk ever!
    4. I get to have a flexible schedule so that I can complete my degree (18 more weeks!) be a room mom, and a wife- I get to have family time on my terms not only after a 9-5 grind.
    5. The thrill of being in my spa when no one else is there- looking at each room and seeing the potential.
    6. Having the big girl office

  • Hi Michelle! Like all of your posts, I LOVE (pun intended) this one. :-)

    I started my business with the intention of creating a platform to be an INSPIRATION to women, which is truly what I LOVE. What I LOVE about my business is that I get to champion for other women entrepreneurs, help them find their voice and create bold verbal and visual expressions. I LOVE gleaning inspiration from my brilliantly ambitious clients. I LOVE having the flexibility and freedom that I need to create the income that I deserve. I LOVE the challenges, the sweat, the sleepless nights because they all give me the strength to REJOICE in my successes.

    You should LOVE my business because it changes lives and paying it forward is positively infectious. I am DEDICATED to women’s health and wholeness in a fabulously fearless fashion.

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-Susan Brown President, Impact Coaching LLC

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-Susan Brown President, Impact Coaching LLC

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

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2014-05-01T00:21:16+00:00

- Fondly – Lorin Beller Blake www.bigfishnation.com

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

Lisa Smith, MHt, CC

Hi Michelle. I wanted to take a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to thank you for your help in building my business success. As part of your first group coaching and MasterMind retreat and 6 months of ongoing coaching, I have received great support and ideas–not only from you, but from the other View Full →

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Lisa Smith, MHt, CC LIfe by Design, LLC Coaching and Hypnotherapy www.hypnocoachlisa.com

Hi Michelle. I wanted to take a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to thank you for your help in building my business success. As part of your first group coaching and MasterMind retreat and 6 months of ongoing coaching, I have received great support and ideas–not only from you, but from the other View Full →

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- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

2014-05-01T00:23:07+00:00

- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

Since coaching with Michelle, my entire professional career and life has been completely transformed, Michelle’s out-of-the-box-thinking and provocative questions made me really evaluate who I was as a woman, wife, mother, friend and professional. I have become re- aquatinted with my-self, and my dreams, and unlocked the “present” of living today. My income has tripled, View Full →

Beth Barnes

In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

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- Beth Barnes,   www.jbsrattles.com

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In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

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Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

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- Jessica Riehl,  “Riehl Stories” Photographer, featured on Good Morning America, www.jessicariehl.com

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Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

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- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

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- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

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Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

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- Lea & Rolfe Carawan    , www.carawanglobal.com

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Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

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“One of the many benefits I’ve received from working with you is aligning and re-aligning with authenticity in marketing. No hype, no BS? Neither work for me. Yet, that was all I could find as I struggled with learning about this end of business in this tech age. Suffice to say, I’m thrilled to be View Full →

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- Tara Brengel, CONTOURS EXPRESS, multiple locations in NC; USA

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Tory Johnson

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– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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“Michelle Pippin is my favorite business coach. She’s great at two very specific things: Michelle can help anyone develop the ATTITUDE that’s necessary for success…and then she swoops in to target the ACTION steps that are essential for achieving whatever you dream for yourself.”

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Michelle’s WOW! Factor Retreat (held in the OBX) was the best investment I’ve ever made for my business. I would have gladly spent 5 times what it cost – it was that valuable to me! Michelle’s enthusiasm and bold thinking helped me to embrace an even bigger vision than I ever thought possible, and we View Full →

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Michelle Pippin is shear genius. Her brain is crazy good and she can find money for your business where you didn’t even think to look:)) With just one suggestion she made, I’ve been able to triple my income.

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2014-06-07T01:24:18+00:00

Dina Beimler, Human Resource Leader, NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Motivating, engaging, and clear. Michelle exceeded our expectations and I would recommend her to any organization needing a truly inspirational, results-driven speaker.

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Lisa Claudia Briggs

After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

- Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW, LICSW Mentor and Psychotherapist, Founder IntuitiveBody.com and WorkingInBeauty.com

2014-05-01T00:14:18+00:00

- Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW, LICSW Mentor and Psychotherapist, Founder IntuitiveBody.com and WorkingInBeauty.com

After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

- Gretchen Gunn

2014-05-01T00:15:03+00:00

- Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

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Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

- CindyWMorrison.com

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- CindyWMorrison.com

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Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

Darshan G. Shanti

In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

- Darshan G. Shanti – The 24 Hour Champion  www.the24hourchampion.com

2014-05-01T00:19:16+00:00

- Darshan G. Shanti – The 24 Hour Champion  www.the24hourchampion.com

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In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

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