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  • 14 Apr 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous


    1. Have a Schedule

    Whether you make a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule it is important to have one. A schedule sets guidelines for how you want the day to go and is a reference for you to keep you on track throughout the day.

    Tip: Make a weekly overview schedule on Sunday and then a detailed hourly/daily schedule each day. Things are changing by the minute, but a weekly overview of what needs to get done during the week is important. And then creating a daily schedule the night before is the best way to stay on top of what is important each day. To help with the weekly schedule download your kids’ school schedule for the week to help set YOUR schedule. We don’t mean put their schedule over yours, just see if they have any online conferences they need to be live for and put those on the weekly schedule and do they same with yours, and with anyone else working in the house too.


    2. Time Block Your Day

    Define the times of day YOU are going to work.  If you don’t do this you will be working at all hours of the day and night and you’ll be stressed that you’re not getting your stuff done and you won’t be in the mindset to help your kids.

    Breakdown on Time blocking: Look at the overview of your family’s tasks for the week on your weekly schedule and start time blocking your daily schedule.  Schedule everyone’s most important stuff first and then work your way through the not so important things that can wait until later or the next day. Make a family schedule that works for YOUR FAMILY. If your kids work better in the morning and then fade out after lunch - have them do a big chunk of work in the morning! If they are night owls this is not the time to fight that! Let them do most of their school work in the afternoon. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks throughout the day for everyone! Work for 30-40 minutes at time, take breaks, and remember to schedule in lunch.

    Tip: Working early in the morning before the kids get up is a great time to work. Even if you are not an early riser try to get up at least an hour before the kids do. This is a great way to get a lot of work done and get time to yourself to start your day off right. Or if THEY are early risers maybe schedule some of your work after dinner. Let dad take the kids on a walk so you can get some quiet time to work!

    Here is a link for WCE's  daily schedule template that  you can print out for free!


    3. Delegate the Workload

    Your home is not YOUR sole responsibility. If your kids have a school schedule then they are old enough to have chores. Have them clean the kitchen after lunch or empty the dishwasher. Have them switch the laundry over or fold their clothes. This a perfect time for kids to learn these tasks! If your kids aren’t old enough and you have a significant other ~ delegate work to them! Figure out the most tedious chores and split them between the two of you! One person does the laundry for the week, the other does the dishes! Also, you can delegate outside of the house! We know there is a quarantine right now, but there are people that you can hire that  can grocery shop for you.  Or you can plan a week ahead  on the groceries and do curbside! If you chose to do either of these remember to sanitize bags and groceries before bringing them into your house.

    Tip: If you are finding it hard to get the chores done add these to the daily/hourly schedule. Have the schedule posted on the fridge so EVERYONE can see what needs to get done!


    4. Designate Your Work Area

    Not only is this important so your family knows where your office is, it gives YOU the mindset you are AT WORK and that it’s not time to be a mom, it’s time to get work done.

    Tip: Have areas of the house designated for different things. If there is a need for a quiet spot for virtual meetings maybe make the Master bedroom the “conference room” because the door can be shut. Maybe the kitchen is where group work happens ~ Kids can all be working on school work while you are making lunch so you can be available if they have questions. Involve the family, it will be fun for them to set up the house like an office or school AND it will help set boundaries! If they know that a certain room is the “conference room” then they’ll know you are doing something important and maybe they won’t bother you! ~ Wishful thinking, we know! Haha!


    We hope this helps. And just remember you’re not Wonder Woman! Do the best you can and don’t be so hard on yourself. This not a time to add stress to yourself or your family. Take one day at a time!



  • 7 Apr 2020 5:30 AM | Anonymous
    Keeping your presence on social media is very important especially during a time like this! Here are 4 reasons why Facebook Ads are critical for your Business. To learn more about Facebook Ads and how they will help your business please register for our Webinar: Entrepreneur's Toolbox: Using Facebook Ads to be Seen  on April 16th!


    4 Reasons Why Facebook Ads are Critical for Your Business RIGHT NOW!

    1. Digital attention is at an all-time high

    2. Many of your competitors are pausing their campaigns

    3. Brand awareness is a low-cost objective

    4. You have the opportunity to serve people now, and win business later

    (for the full description of these reasons please go to our source: here)



  • 3 Apr 2020 8:05 AM | Anonymous

    During this time of uncertainty Women's Council of Entrepreneur's created a fun little game to help us all SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS and help families figure out what's for dinner! It is "Local Restaurant To-Go Bingo"!! All you have to do is download the To-Go Bingo Card here, check out all the awesome participating OPEN local restaurants! Once you order from a restaurant you can cross it off your card! All of these restaurants are offering to-go or curbside so this is completely safe while social distancing!!

    Try to get a "TO-GO Bingo" (line of restaurants in a row) or FILL THE WHOLE CARD! Once you start filling the card post pictures of it on social media and tag the restaurants you've been to (or plan to go to) and show your community some love!! 

    Don't forget to share this with your friends so they can join in the fun!


  • 31 Mar 2020 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    Having trouble coming up with Social Media Post ideas? Going blank on what to to post about next? Don't worry ~ WCE's April Social Media Post Guide will help and you can find it right here!

    If you found our guide helpful please come back at the end of the month to find WCE's May Social Media Post Guide!! 

    And don't forget to check out our upcoming events!!

    Remember WCE is always has your back ~ if you need help or have any questions never hesitate to contact us at woodlandswce@gmail.com!

  • 17 Mar 2020 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources from the SBA (Small Business Administration).

    Click here to learn about the following:

    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
    • SBA Products and Resources
    • Access to Capital
    • Exporting Assistance
    • Government Contracting
    • Local Assistance

    Overwhelmed with all this info?!!! Tomorrow, March 18th, WCE will have a representative from the SBA and a representative from SCORE on a webinar to discuss how the SBA & SCORE can help you and your small business. There will also be a Q&A for you to ask any questions you may have! The webinar fees are waived so join us tomorrow for FREE. 


    You must register to reserve your seat. Link here:

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtceqsqTouyBOu6XXVy5I-n6LZ2EGEyQ?fbclid=IwAR1QW_kyeJoXkFqOc8DemZeKQ-Gq9gv-8ykRBvLjOHjQsWH8aLj3TWyGWYs


  • 10 Mar 2020 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    SIMPLE STEPS TO BETTER PRODUCTIVITY


    1. Write Everything Down

    You will forget it otherwise! Don’t trust your memory, too many things happen throughout your day for you to remember every little task you need to do or plan to do!


    2. Plan your Day

    Plan your day the night before! Write down all the tasks that you want to get do the next day. Remember to be reasonable with yourself.  Once you have all your tasks listed out, place them in the time of day you can do them. You can write these in a planner or make a “note” on your phone and add the times of day. Fill in the what you’ll be doing at 7am, 8am, 9:30am. Don’t forget to factor in eating, travel time, and any mental breaks!


    3. IF YOU PLAN IT - STICK TO IT!

    This is why it’s important not to over book yourself when planning your day the night before! Make sure everything you plan to do is possible!! Don’t break promises to yourself.


    4. Clear Your Space

    Try to clear your space after each work day or each night. I know this is something I struggle with the most. I’m an artist and I love everything out so I can see it! But, it makes for a very chaotic environment that is hard to work in.  When clearing off your desk/workspace if you can’t find a place to put an item away, you may want to think about getting rid of it or something that has been stored away for awhile that you haven’t used. Everything needs a place so you don’t waste time looking for things.


    5. Set a Timer

    Set a timer for every task you need to do. That way you stick to your schedule you set the night before! You will be surprised how quickly 20 minutes goes by on social media!!


    6. Self Care

    When making your Plan for the Day the night before make sure you budget enough time for yourself so that life doesn't get overwhelming. You can't do great things if you feel run down. Take a walk, go for a run, read a book, go shopping, talk on the phone with a friend, do something for YOU!


    All in all, these are simple steps that help tremendously when trying to organize your work days. You will be surprised with how much more you get done when you start with a plan.

    We hope this helped ~ Let us know in the comments below!


  • 3 Mar 2020 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    Here are 5 tips we put together to help improve your LinkedIn!

    1. Have a professional profile picture.  Choose a profile photo that shows the professional you. It is best to hire a photographer to get professional headshots ~ it is worth the investment!!

    2. Have a thorough profile with complete job descriptions.  Let people know what you have to offer! And don't leave anything out or undone.

    3.Be active. Don't set it & forget it. You could be missing out on key connections! Put some effort into making relationships with people in your industry and potential customers.

    4.Use the right keywords. Search the top people in your industry and make a note of the words they use. Learn from people that have been through it already and are successful.

    5. Don't make connections with just anyone.  Find the people that you could potentially partner with at some point, not everyone is for you and not everyone is your client. 

    Let us know what you think of these tips and if you have any to add!!  



  • 25 Feb 2020 4:58 PM | Anonymous


    March Social Media Post Ideas

    Are you having trouble coming up with content for your social media?! Have no fear WCE is here! Haha! We have come up with Social Media Post Ideas ~ you can use these or you can use them to get your brain moving on other ideas! 

    You can also click the link below to download this image! 

    SocialmediapostIdeasIGMARCH.jpg

    Enjoy!

  • 18 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Building an email list for your business is so important! Here are 6 reasons why given to us by wpbeginner.com:

    1. Email is Personal

    2. Email is Purposeful

    3. Email is Targeted

    4. You Own Your Email List ~ Unlike ANY Social Media Platforms

    5. Email is One-on-One

    6. More People Use Email Several Times a Day

    Please CLICK HERE to find the details for all of these reasons on wpbeginner.com! 

    Comment below your thoughts!!


  • 4 Feb 2020 6:00 AM | Anonymous

    Most business owners struggle with finding their ideal target market and client. We found a great article on what NOT to do when finding your target market. Follow the link below to read the article by Michele Pariza Wacek. Tell us what you think below!

    https://www.businessknowhow.com/marketing/marketingmistake.htm?fbclid=IwAR26a0Yl9EYxpgKSwC0VFiyEtg49iJdOr7T9EKYNdQAKDtVo1n4lEZaXFgs

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