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10 Awesome Mother’s Day Gadgets For The Productive Mompreneur

10 Awesome Mother’s Day Gadgets For The Productive Mompreneur

Being a woman in business is hard. Whether you are juggling a family, community responsibilities, or a social life with your business, we tend to try to give our all to everything and everyone else. Appreciating the hard working girlboss in your life should be a 24/7, 365 day thing, but Mother’s Day is always a great opportunity to take it up a notch.

The gifts that matter, are the gifts that simplify the life of the busy girl. We have put together a collection of gifts that allow the busy Mompreneur to remain as productive as possible, which means that she can get work done efficiently and have more time to spend with those that matter most to her. Give her the gift of productivity with these 10 awesome Mother’s Day gadgets for the productive mompreneur.

Hayden’s Leather Charging Clutch

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    Multi-tasking is huge for me!

    Being able to combine fashion and work is a great way to keep me interested, and the amazing Hayden Leather Charging Clutch is such a fun way to stay powered on the go. Staying in touch with my community is essential, and this stylish clutch will allow the productive Mompreneur to keep her devices powered on the go.

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    Logitech Circle Home Connection Camera

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      Being able to create a separate environment is essential as a work from home mom, but being able to know exactly what is going on in your home is a perk. The Logi Circle is portable and with a simple app, you can see full day’s highlights. Keep track of your children’s activities, and get work done, why not?

      Intel Compute Stick

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        The Intel Compute Stick is awesome because it allows you to carry your computer with you every and anywhere. It’s an awesome gadget for the Mompreneur on the go. Having the flexibility to access her files from anywhere will allow her to get her work done whether, she is in her office, travelling, or exploring more inspiring work environments. With the same dimensions as a stick of gum, it takes up very little space, and mom can customize her Compute stick with either the Intel Atom or Core M processor. The Compute Stick holds up to 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of on-board storage.

        Epson Printer

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          I hate running out of ink, and so does anyone who gets a lot of use out of their printer/copier. The Epson Eco-Tank solves that problem by coming loaded with 2 years of ink….right in the box!

          This amazing printer is one of my favorite gadgets, allowing me to remain productive without having to spend money on ink and refilling ink cartridges; instead I can focus on printing beautiful documents, giving me the ability to be more generous with what I print.

          An awesome gift for the Mompreneur with a home office.

          V-Tech DS6671-3

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            A cordless phone system that syncs seamlessly with up to two Android or iOS phones, and up to 5 cordless handsets = the perfect gift for the woman in need of some serious work-life balance help.

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            Being available in a pinch is the difference between a business-altering sale and flat-lining in the early days after inception. With the DS6671-3 from Vtech, being a Momprenuer does not mean sacrificing special moments with your family to achieve your goals.

            Waka Waka

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              WakaWaka is fun name for an innovative and fun brand. WakaWaka will allow the busy Mompreneur in your life plug into the sun for light and power. A product for the active and socially conscious #Girlboss, this awesome gadget allows her to remain productive with the power of the sun at her disposal.

              For every WakaWaka sold, a solar light is donated to a family or child living in the dark.

              OriginalGrain

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                Gifts that allow you to make a difference in the world around you and to simplify the life of a loved one are always the best gifts to give. With OriginalGrain, you offer the Productive Mompreneur in your life the ability to stay chic and on time, but with the purchase of each watch OrignalGrain plants 10 trees. The brand collaborated with super model Rocky Barnes to unveil several timepieces for women.

                Verizon Hum

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                  For most Mompreneurs, the car is just another extension of the home. The car plays the role of the office away from the office, the practice bus, and everything in between. This awesome gadget from Verizon will transform the productive mom’s car into a smarter, safer, vehicle. It includes features like boundary and speed alerts, pinpoint roadside assistance, an ASE Certified Mechanics Hotline and real-time vehicle diagnostics.

                  The Hum by Verizon is the ultimate gift for the productive Mompreneur.

                  Pop Sockets

                  For the budding or established Infopreneur, remaining active on platforms like Periscope and Facebook live is essential. Pop Sockets are fun little gadgets that will allow the productive Mompreneur to transition from taking selfies, and fun family photos to connecting with her community and recording interactive and engaging videos without having to struggle with keeping her phone propped up correctly.

                  Probably the most inexpensive gadget on this list, it is by far one of the most interesting and fun options for the gift-giver on a budget.

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                  Last Updated on December 10, 2019

                  7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

                  7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

                  Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

                  But do you know what motivates your people?

                  It’s simple:

                  • Is their work stimulating?
                  • Does it challenge them?
                  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
                  • Do you encourage creativity?
                  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
                  • Do you praise them?
                  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
                  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
                  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

                  Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

                  In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

                  Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

                  These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

                  1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

                  You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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                  But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

                  If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

                  Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

                  2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

                  There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

                  In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

                  So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

                  Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

                  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
                  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
                  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
                  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

                  So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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                  3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

                  Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

                  When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

                  Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

                  So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

                  4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

                  Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

                  Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

                  Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

                  Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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                  5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

                  Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

                  Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

                  A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

                  Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

                  If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

                  6. Monitor Their Workload

                  Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

                  What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

                  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
                  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
                  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

                  I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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                  If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

                  And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

                  7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

                  Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

                  So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

                  The Bottom Line

                  A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

                  Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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