San Diego, California (PressExposure) May 01, 2009 -- The National Association of Home-Based Business Moms (NAHBM), a recently formed organization to support women who already have a home-based business or want to start one, and who are seeking support, education, connection, inspiration, motivation, experience and expertise to help and guide them, has announced its debut with a Telesummit featuring a lineup of successful motivational speakers May 4 through 18.
The NAHBM was created for like-minded home-based business moms to connect because many feel isolated as they are working by themselves at home and donât have neighbors or friends who can relate to what they do. Itâs a unique organization in that it encourages its members to see their businesses as raising a child, with each business following the six stages of child development.
"There are actually six main stages business owners go through. Once they become aware of these stages, and accept and welcome them, they can relax and enjoy their business instead of always wishing they were in a different place," said Debbie LaChusa, founder of NAHBM. "That frees them to become more creative, successful and enjoy the journey instead of rushing it and skipping over important steps that are crucial to solid business growth. Because our members are parents, they understand this model and it serves them well for business success."
According to LaChusa, a successful owner of several businesses and devoted mother of a college-age daughter and high school-age son, the six stages are as follows:
Stage One: Conception Thinking about starting a business is a lot like thinking about having a baby, with many things to consider, worrying about whether you can really do it, dreaming of what it will be like to have your own business, talking to others about your idea, and starting to take action, for example, setting up your home office.
Stage Two: Giving Birth It can be exhilarating and scary and wonderful and painful all at the same time. Yet it's always worth the end result. Growth markers may include choosing a name for your business, creating your Web site, deciding on products and services, incorporating or not, getting a business license and insurance, opening a business bank account, branding and marketing, etc.
Stage Three: Nurturing Your Baby This stage requires lots of loving care and dedication. And while it brings great joy, it may also bring some unexpected frustrations and surprises. Growth markers at this stage may include working a lot and feeling tired, limited budget and cash flow, marketing, marketing and more marketing, recognizing how much you still have to learn, excitement about what you are creating and wanting to tell everyone about it.
Stage Four: The Toddler Years Just as toddlers begin to exert their independence, challenge mom and test her patience as they grow into spirited little people with their own personalities, so will your business as it grows and enters this stage. Growth markers at this stage may include getting clearer on your ideal clients and your best products and services and fine-tuning your business, willingness to make mistakes and get back up and try again, more confidence in your ability to make your business a success, starting to see the payoff from all of your earlier efforts.
Stage Five: K-12 At this point, you've survived the challenging baby and toddler years and now you're getting comfortable in your role and your focus is on raising a happy, healthy business that you can enjoy for years to come. Growth markers at this stage may include a strong customer base, a solid e-mail or prospect list, consistent cash flow and sales, you and your business are known in your industry, potential partners and the media are seeking you out now, more free time to pursue new ideas, and a strong sense of accomplishment in what you have created.
Stage Six: Graduation Just as your child grows up and prepares to leave the nest, your business grows up and your role may change. At this point you're grateful you've survived the challenges and you look back on the journey with fond memories and appreciation for all you've learned and experienced. And now it may be time to move onto something else ... perhaps a new business or retirement. Growth markers at this stage may include an extreme sense of gratitude at what you have created and the anticipation of moving onto something new.
The NAHBM Telesummit was timed to coincide with Motherâs Day because according to LaChusa, these business owners are moms and they need to do something for themselves and this is a good time for them to learn new ways of improving their businesses.
"They do so much for others and often forget that in order to move ahead in their businesses itâs imperative that they network with other home-based business owners to learn best practices, share advice and hone their professional development," she added. "In my experience, most successful business owners are not balanced in their lives. Theyâre so focused on work that other areas of their lives suffer and itâs not healthy. This is especially true of women who are the caretakers of their families and fall victim to this more often than men."
LaChusa created the NAHBM to help business owners achieve their full potential in all areas of their life and help them create a thriving home-based business that enables them to do work they love, contribute financially to their family, and be home with their children.
The NAHBM believes that happy, successful women strive to reach their full potential in all areas of their life, including family, relationships, career and business, health and fitness, spirituality, money and wealth, creative expression, and service and contribution. The organization assists them in doing so through virtual luncheons, teleconferences, programming and mentoring.
To enroll in the NAHBM Telesummit, visit [http://www.nahbm.com].
Membership in the association is now being offered at $137 for 12 months during NAHBMâs introductory enrollment period. Those who enroll during this time will receive $2,800 worth of valuable benefits, including The Career-at-Home Mom, by Debbie LaChusa, monthly expert teleseminars, coaching books written by renowned experts, DVDs, CDs, instruction manuals and other items to help grow their businesses to the next level. Additionally, the NAHBM donates 5 percent of all net profits to support breast cancer awareness, research and prevention. To enroll, visit [http://www.nahbm.com/join/].
For a complete schedule of the NAHBM Telesummit please visit [http://www.nahbm.com]