February 19, 2013
Aloha Startup Princess Friends!
I am delighted to present a special event for you on March 8th in Salt Lake City at the gorgeous, luxurious GRAND AMERICA HOTEL.
This event, “Ready to Receive: A Faith-driven Discussion on Choosing Abundance” will connect you with like-minded friends, inspire you and give you real tools for how to include and increase faith in your life and business to co-create your life with God and create the abundance you seek in every category.
I am very passionate about this topic and can’t wait to share with you!
I look forward to seeing you there!
Founder of Startup Princess
and Creating with God http://www.creatingwithgod.co
January 18, 2013
Thinking about judgement & all the years that I felt the sting of it as a mom entrepreneur. Maybe you feel it too?
If so, I am saying a prayer tonight for any of you who are building a business because you need to create income/or some other important reason you feel drawn to it and want the flexibility of being an entrepreneur even though your heart wants to be focused on motherhood and there’s a pulling every time you leave your door and have someone watch your kids or maybe you feel the judgement of neighbors, friends, family, etc. who just don’t understand your circumstances, the heartache, and the conflict.
Years ago I had a choice to be an entrepreneur or not. I didn’t need it for the income, really I didn’t. I needed to do it because God told me to do it and so I did. And He told me to share my journey with you, with our community and that somewhere, some women would need the inspiration and feel encouragement because the fact I was cheering for them. I hope you feel these cheers because I’m still doing it. I have been doing it for nearly 6 years and Michelle McCullough has been cheering right along with me for the past 4 yrs. You are NOT alone. I want you to know that.
I know that it can feel incredibly lonely sometimes, I get it. I feel it now at 12:30am when the house is silent and I am catching up finally on emails and asking God what’s the needful items for my To Do list this week. The LIST is lonely sometimes, but really it’s not when I remember that I build my businesses with God and all things are possible with His help. Open your heart to it, my friends. I promise it’s easier than the solo gig.
Make a Wish, Make it Happen,
Startup Princess, Founder
December 18, 2012
Let’s face it. If your startup isn’t generating cash you’re not going to enjoy the holidays very much and you might even cry about it to Santa. I know how it feels, truly I do! When I was just starting out as an entrepreneur it was really hard to be shop when I didn’t really make much beyond my break-even point. But then things shifted, they didn’t necessarily shift in my startup but they shifted because I added ANOTHER revenue stream so then I had 2 income sources and THAT my friends, made all the difference!
If you want to learn about what I did to double our income in less than 3 yrs, retire my husband, travel to Europe for 3 months with my kids, and then move to Hawaii to take a volunteer position as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a local university then, please join me on FRIDAY, December 21st at 11am MST.
On the call you will learn my *Top 5 Tips* for selecting an additional powerful, successful revenue stream.
September 27, 2012
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September 20, 2012
10 Tips to Becoming a Powerful Networker (for live events, not so much for social media networking…)
1. Define your purpose. What do you want? What do you need next? Know what you’re seeking.
2. ALWAYS Show up to serve. (Borrowed that phrase from my mentor and friend, Tiffany Peterson). This is a beautiful way of expressing the concept that when you show up in life, at an event, coaching call, any interaction that you have with others, you are there to benefit and serve them with what they need, to assist and support, offer your best.
3. Be sincerely interested. Ask Great Questions; Listen Intently. Know what they need next, how their family is doing, what their passions and dreams are.
4. Be enthusiastic. Smile. Believe that all things are possible for others and yourself. Create an attitude of joy and gratitude, people will love to be around you. Be involved in important, meaningful work either as your primary source of income or as a volunteer.
5. Share the good others are doing that you “know, like and trust”. Promote others. Recommend others for PR opportunities. Give referrals. Become a client. Help others achieve their goals. Volunteer to help. Make introductions.
6. Keep in Touch. Exchange critical info… create or use a Contact Manager system, at least in your contacts on your phone and email. Make lists on Twitter and Facebook to organize who you want to follow. Keep a file on your contacts, what do they like, what have you done with them, what samples or services have they tried, etc. Be active in at least one community online. Join local and international alumni groups, special interest or service groups, etc.
7. Create an opportunity to get to know them. Such as invite them to lunch, send them a sample of your product or offer a service for free. Have them join you at an event. Differentiate yourself from others, go over the top to make them feel special and valued.
8. Remember passion sells. When you’ve established friendship first, naturally people want to know what you do and support you too. Share your excitement for what you do and how you are unique and they will want to be a part of it and help you succeed, either by buying your product or service or helping you with what you need by referring you to others.
9. Evaluate how you are doing. Ask yourself are you sincere? are you a good listener? are you helpful? are you a friend? Are you getting their info after events and reaching out afterwards? Making an effort to form relationships? Read The Connectors by Maribeth Kuzmeski and see her evaluation forms.
10. Remember at the end of the day, networking is making a new friend. Who doesn’t want that? We all do! Have fun and who knows who your next new best friend will be. Some of mine were found on Twitter and then we met up at a live event, and the rest is history.
Kelly King Anderson, the Founder of Startup Princess considers herself a power connector, as she helped to build an online community of over 200,000 and is in the top 25 of most powerful women on Twitter according to Twittergrader for over a year. She has created and formed many powerful relationships and values these tips she has learned over the years. Kelly is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at BYU Hawaii and loving it.
April 16, 2012
Everyone knows someone who is hurting. This person might even be you… if so, my heart goes out to you and the many others who are struggling with challenging life circumstances. And many of you are not only dealing with your own pain, but are also raising a family and running a startup!!! I get how very hard this must be for you.
I am not a therapist but I love to help others succeed and am passionate about supporting our community. There are many who are seeking help and it is my hope that a few of the following ideas and insights will give you strength and healing. I have had my share of financial, health, and family challenges so I feel that I can relate to the pain and experiences that many of you may be facing right now. I remember days when I couldn’t afford gas, diapers, or food. I remember days when taking a shower was an accomplishment. I remember days when I felt so very alone and scared about what our future would be. Life has now shifted and we are in a good place, but those times were not that long ago and I remember what helped me through them and I want to share them with you. These are things that I do often and when I have a hard day I go back to this list and make sure I’m trying to do them.
First of all, you need a friend. Everyone needs a real friend, and if you don’t have one, seek for and pray for someone to show up in your life who you can talk to and share your struggles with who will be uplifting and supportive. This friend should be in a stable life situation, so they can be a mentor and offer good feedback. Ideally this is someone who you could call on a weekly basis or even text on a daily basis when things are very dark and hard. When identifying who your ‘friend’ is make sure they are willing to be this person in your life right now, you might need to be clear that you need to be the receiver of their friendship for a time but that you will try to also be available for them as they need you.
Self-nuturing, rest and good nutrition are very key for thinking more clearly and for managing the overwhelming circumstances. Be peaceful about decreasing your work load and increasing your rest. Take time to eat well and if you can’t manage it, ask for others to help make sure you’re eating healthy (avoid fast food, processed, refined, and canned food). Increase your water! Learn to love naps, 15 minutes can make a huge difference!
Create routines that give you some consistency. Just as children thrive with routines, so can we. The goal is to find routines that will help cheer you up when you’re having a hard week. Think of what will get you out of bed, get you moving, connecting with others and help you smile more often. Give yourself permission to create something you want to do for yourself. Consider one of the following… reading for 15 min each night before bed, weekly library day, walk to the park after dinner with your family once a week, enroll in a class you’ve always wanted to take, schedule a monthly massage, or whatever else you feel YOU want to do for YOU.
Try a Pains/Gains worksheet- This is excellent free therapy! Take a piece of paper and fold it vertically and on the left side write ‘PAINS’ and on the right write ‘GAINS’. Simply write down EVERY single pain you have on the left column, anything that is bothering you in any degree physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Write until you can’t think of another thing, take a break, reread it and add anything else. Then on the right side under ‘GAINS’ write down one thing per item that you can benefit from this particular pain. For example, if the pain is ‘headaches’ the gain can be ‘chance to rest more often’. While the headache isn’t great to deal with, the rest does have some benefit, forcing you to slow down and take time for healing.
Uplifting music can be an excellent mood booster. I memorized the lyrics of many songs that give me emotional and spiritual strength. I remember many times singing out loud the words of inspiring songs while I went on walks, showered, or drove my car. This very powerful, don’t underestimate the high vibration and energy music can offer you.
Mantras offer support when our spirits are low and we are feeling negative and or when we want to shift into a higher thought process and create something better for ourselves. Mantras or affirmations should be short and easy to memorize and repeat. For years I’ve used a very simple one when running or working out, “I am strong, I am fit, I am free, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” or I just shorten it to “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Regardless of where you find inspiration and help, find what works for you, write it down and etch it into your heart and mind and whenever you have a moment when you’re feeling sad or need encouragement, turn to it. Reading anything uplifting can help when done repeatedly and when you see examples of people using faith and humility to overcome challenges.
Journaling is an effective form of release that is under used by busy women! Keep a small journal in your bag and another by your bedside to write down thoughts or feelings, express yourself freely and without restraint… burn it if necessary! Get out those feelings of pain and overwhelm. Write down all the things you’re grateful for often, make a list of 100 things and add to it daily.
Aromatherapy is a personal favorite for managing emotions. Are you aware of the power of smell? Do you have a diffuser? if not, get one here. I am a distributor and use the doTERRA essential oils brand. They are so powerful because they are better than organic (tested 3rd party, every liter) you can take them internally, topically, or use them in a diffuser. Excellent oils for emotional support are Citrus Bliss, Balance, Elevation, and Serenity. I use them over my heart and mind, put them in my bath water too. If you want to know more about these and how they work feel free to text me at 801-856-4765.
Remember that Touch is one of the most healing gifts we have been given. Give hugs, receive them, snuggle up with a child or loved one, get a massage, give one!
Connect to Nature! Whenever I go for a walk or look at our amazing mountains I’m uplifted and feel encouraged… the more time I’m off technology and into nature I’m feeling better about myself and the life that is mine to live.
Praying isn’t just for the church going types, its for everyone who believes in a higher being, in a Creator. Have you ever reached out and gave thanks for your life and blessings? Ever asked questions? Even if you’re new to prayer or its been a long time since you’ve prayed, I highly recommend you give it a try. There are many ways to pray, find what works for you. I believe in God the Father and in His son, Jesus Christ so this is how I do it: I start by saying, “Heavenly Father, Thank thee for….. I ask thee for …….. in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Then I wait and pause to listen to what I feel and any ideas or inspiration that comes to the questions or concerns I discussed and I write them down. I believe that when you take time to write down the inspiration you receive and then act on those things then your relationship with God and Christ increases. I especially recommend praying out loud and when possible in nature, it’s amazing. I love to pray because I feel connected, supported, and comforted.
Lastly, do you have a Vision Board or a Bucket List? If not, make one today! Dream, dream, dream, then put that dream into action little by little.
Keep the faith and hope alive that your challenges are temporary. Ask, ‘What am I supposed to learn from this so I can move forward?’ Listen, pay attention so the lesson can be complete.
Consider- How do you want to react to your situation? I invite you to do it with gratitude, love and peace. Choose to live daily with faith and I promise you that with a cheerful outlook life will improve every moment.
I hope you try some of these ideas and that they help you to feel more peace and more joy in your current situation and beyond, I feel honored to share them with you.
What ideas do you have to add? What helps you? We would love to hear from you!
This post was written by Kelly King Anderson, the Founder of Startup Princess.
February 16, 2012
Friends, I’ve been so anxious to share our family’s exciting news. My husband and I have been called to serve a mission for a year at Brigham Young University Hawaii!
Here are the details and background on why it is so significant to us. Thanks for reading this- it’s quite long and I appreciate you allowing me to share it with you.
When my husband, Matt and I first met in 1994 we were missionaries for our church, learning our respective languages in the Provo, Utah Mission Training Center – he was learning Spanish and I was learning Bulgarian. We were friends and soccer buddies in our PE class. Fast forward 2 years of wonderful missions, we ran into each other on the first day back to college at BYU. We enjoyed reconnecting and after a few months started dating. Once we were engaged, I remembered feeling uneasy about what Matt might choose as a career path- would he be an entrepreneur!? I seriously hope NOT! At the time, I thought anything would be better than having the uncertainty that entrepreneurship would bring. He assured me that he would to be a professor, so while I wasn’t excited about the average income, I felt more peaceful with that answer than the alternative- business owner seemed so scary and daunting. But when asked what Matt really wanted to be, his answer was always, ‘I just want to be a missionary’. There’s no career in the world that Matt would rather do than serve God but in our faith missionaries are volunteers (so I knew we couldn’t consider that as an option until we retired).
As we started graduate school in 1997, Matt got creative with supporting our growing family and started to buy and sell computers and electronics. He is a genius at anything electronic and knows how to get the best deals, how to get them cheap and fix them up to resell and turned a very nice profit running multiple businesses through eBay and owned a cellphone store. It was almost so natural I didn’t even realize it until one day that I was married to an entrepreneur! Whenever I would start to hyperventilate over it I would remind myself that he was making a very amazing income — and it wasn’t such a bad thing that I got an Audi for Valentine’s day and closed on a brand new house on our fifth anniversary. Then things got more competitive in the industry and there were some major financial challenges… lots of them for several years, and I wasn’t so sold on the whole concept anymore. Matt had a partner who embezzled and ended up in prison and there were a lot of days when I cried. I cried so much about money and not having enough for gas that one Summer I had 3 garage sales so I could cover basics. We were barely surviving and had to borrow money from family and get help from our church to pay bills. Then after a few months I had an idea: why don’t I create a business…I can do something and shift our circumstances. While I didn’t really know a lot about business, I was experienced in marketing and had good, solid ideas. The BYU Center for Entrepreneurship validated these ideas and encouraged me to compete in business plan competitions. I was in my final year of Theatre grad school and the mom of 2 young kids, and I decided to go for it. I could just win — that was my hope.
So, in 2005, I entered the business plan competitions and did very well… in fact, I won 2nd place nationally at Wake Forest and 12th at the global competition at Rice. I got a lot of great recognition for the idea and enough to cover expenses, but not the big money prizes that I desired to launch my startup. I was introduced to a new passion and community I adored. I had to eat a lot of humble pie because I was officially calling myself an entrepreneur and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the title. This win did a lot for my confidence and I completely hungered after all conversations regarding startups. Things shifted yet again — Matt’s business picked up and we had our 3rd baby. I didn’t launch that business, but I did launch this site- Startup Princess, in 2006. We’ve had a wonderful ride here sharing experiences, hearing yours, producing amazing events, and received wonderful press, receiving awards and above all — making incredible friends. This company has always been mostly a break-even venture… so while I love it, there comes a time when you have to realize that your hobby business should keep hobby hours and if you want revenue you should seek it.
That’s when I noticed the earning potential with doTERRA Essential Oils in the Fall of 2009. I started as a distributor because I loved the products so much, my friend was earning a great income with it and my neighbor was one of the owners. So, there you go…now here we are in 2012 and I’m now earning significant income and growing a team worldwide that I love. I never in a million years thought that I’d be both entrepreneur and distributor of a direct sales company, but it’s a perfect fit for me, Startup Princess keeps me creative and in touch with women in startups and doTERRA gives me a chance to be compensated for my talents and coaching which I love. Meanwhile while I’ve been growing my businesses, Matt’s been thriving too with his. He’s completely soared in his industry with his Wholesale Consumer Electronics business and has gained a wonderful reputation for having the best deals anywhere. Regardless of Matt’s successes in business, we’ve decided that the residual income and earning potential with doTERRA is such a great opportunity that we’ve made plans for that to be our main income source, as it will free us up to live anywhere in the world and create a life that we want to for our family without being tied to operating a business 9-5.
Side story: About the same time I began on my doTERRA path I had the prompting that a ‘mission call’ was coming to our family and that we needed to be prepared to move and accept it, that the resources would be available so we could do it but that we needed to move and be ready. I dejunked the house for a couple months and then just kind of let the busy-ness of life get in the way; then a year later I was again nudged even more strongly by God to take the prompting seriously and prepare to move so I listened. Last August we sold our home, most of our belongings and moved into this beautiful furnished rental, a total dream that we’ve loved so much. We hoped we could stay here but kept things open and tried to surrender to what was right for us to do. We planned a 3 month trip to Europe to explore if maybe we would like to live abroad, we will be going in May to do that. We thought that after that trip we’d return back to Utah and resume living in this lovely home in Alpine. But God had different plans…
In December while attending a friend’s wedding in Hawaii I became acquainted with the BYU Hawaii (Laie, Oahu) Center for Entrepreneurship and the church missionaries there teaching classes in entrepreneurship to students who are mostly Pacific Islanders. I was so intrigued by the concept of serving a mission and teaching students about startups that I peppered the professors with questions about how you get such a gig as they had. I thought it would be fantastic to serve a mission such as theirs in the future. Then that’s when things shifted: they started to ask me lots of questions and they asked Matt and I to apply to be considered and to interview. We didn’t really know if we were ready for such a commitment but went forward with it and trusted if it would be right that we’d feel peaceful about it. We interviewed in January and had a very beautiful meeting where we felt the Spirit of God confirming to us that it was a good thing for our family and that we should go. They had others to interview so we didn’t know if we would be selected, but we were willing…and hopeful. We received an official invitation a few weeks later to serve as teaching missionaries at the BYU Hawaii Center for Entrepreneurship. We’ve been finishing up paper work and preparing for what lies ahead. We’re thrilled and honored and happy to serve and it’s been so delightful to see God’s hand in our lives. We have been given the opportunity to serve as we have always wanted, in a dreamy place with great people.
So that’s our big news- we’re heading to Europe for 3 months May 15th then report to BYU Hawaii Sept 1 to serve there until June 15, 2013 at the Center for Entrepreneurship. I am delighted that Matt’s wish to be a missionary is happening before we’re 40 and that everything has lined up so beautifully. We will team-teach courses and help them with their programs, business plan competition, business clubs, and anywhere they need. We will work as volunteer missionaries, so that means we are required to cover all expenses related for our family to live there. We will be able to run our doTERRA business at the same time and also I’ll be still involved with Startup Princess in a limited capacity. We are grateful to have this privilege and our kids are so excited that they screamed with joy when we told them. They will do a home school program while we’re gone and are anxious to experience the culture.
Life is filled with miracles — so grateful!
I have always loved our Startup Princess tagline: Make a Wish, Make it Happen, and after writing this story it feels even more relevant. If this post has inspired you to do something brave, something out of the ordinary to make a difference, I encourage you to do it. You are here to do something powerful- seek after it and once you know what it is, act on it.
-Kelly King Anderson, Startup Princess Founder
September 28, 2011
Our #StartupChat this week features a conversation about creative social media marketing sponsored by Shift Summit.
Shift Summit is a company dedicated to social media and online marketing education.
Next week on October 4th at 12pm MST I’ll be doing a class on “How to be a Rockstar on Twitter” – to sign up click here
We are excited to announce that Shift Summit is sponsoring a giveaway for an Apple TV or a Cricut Machine. The deadline for entering the giveaway is October 4th midnight.
To enter the contest CLICK HERE
For an additional entry follow Shift Summit on Twitter and leave a comment here letting us you know that you did.
August 24, 2011
#StartupChat is a relatively new program we’re hosting on Twitter each Wednesday from 12-1pm MDT/2pm EST.
The aim of #StartupChat is to provide additional resources, support, tips, strategies, inspiration for Startup Princesses in our community (and beyond!) We feature experts as guests from a variety of industries and have a set of questions we ask them so we can gain their insights and share their wisdom. The wonderful thing about #StartupChat is that it’s FREE, it’s mobile and global! It’s amazing to be participating on your phone wherever you are or at your office.
To participate you need a twitter account. Then search the hashtag #startupchat in your search bar or here: search.twitter.com and then you’ll be set to follow the conversation. You can see the questions from @startupprincess account, they show up like “Q1: what is your best tip…” and then the guests typically answer “A1: my best tip….”
Enjoy getting to know like-minded people and be sure that when you tweet yourself you use the same hashtag #startupchat at the end or within your tweets.
Also Tweetgrid.com might be a helpful resource for you to manage/follow the conversation. That’s what we use!
See you on the chat!
August 5, 2011
The latest Startup Princess #Startupchat on Twitter featured Video Marketing. Join us next time: Wednesdays at 12pm MDT/2pm EST. Follow the conversation on Twitter by searching #startupchat
We are currently hosting our Startup Princess Video Marketing Competition so we thought it would be a great idea to hear from experts to share tips & strategies with you!
Our guests included pros in video production & women who use video as a marketing tool. The video experts were @beonscene and @thinksocreative Startup Princesses who use video included @marieforleo and @boccesbakery . @jrhamel represents Votigo a Video Contest website.
Here’s highlights of the conversation. There were over 300 tweets so this is just a quick snapshot of the Q&A that we had with guests and others who offered their insights.
Question 1: What do you love MOST about Video & why?
Be On Scene: Video provides a great medium for storytelling. Facts are validating, stories are memorable.
Startup Princesss: Love video because I can experience the personality of the product/company/service
JR Hamel: It gives your customers/clients the power to tell the story of your brand for you.
Marie Forleo: Video is the closest thing to real life.
Marie Forleo: Video creates the know, like + trust factor for your biz FAST.
Startup Princess: I feel that video gives us insights to the passion behind company words can’t express
Question 2: Who does great biz videos?
JRHamel: @kickstarter offers some great inspirational videos/ideas from start-ups
ThinkSo Creative: It is important to create content. Video marketing is a good way to break up the monotony of blogs, pictures, and posts
BoccesBakery: When vid mktg is done well, it can provide a face to ur brand and company.
Be On Scene: @startupprincess that’s a subjective question. I think style is an important component to picking the right production co.
thinkso creative: It’s all relative to ur goals. Are your videos informational? educational? promotional? That affects style.
Question 3: What tools or software have been the most helpful in producing your videos?
BoccesBakery: Imovie! I would encourage small biz to take a stab at making ur own movie – u know your brand best! Imovie is easy to use
Marie Forleo: Best tools: your mac, iMovie, Flip Camera, basic lighting and a glass of wine never hurts!
JRHamel: In the contest/promotional world it’s not as much about the technology/tools as it about the content
Question 4: #1 tip to get people to view videos?
Startup Princess: To get more views for video I suggest using your blog, twitter, FB, email list
JR Hamel: In the contest realm: an incentive. Simply speaking of videos: an exciting first 10 seconds – a hook.
Be On Scene: Build your brand advocates first, in private groups, those with strong networks for initial distribution.
Marie Forleo: Best tip to get people to view ur vids is write a killer headline
Question 5: What types of “Call to Action” work on video?
Marie Forleo: Getting someone to CLICK on your video often comes down to copy/headlines
Thinkso Creative: In terms of vid mktg, it doesn’t have to be perfect or polished! The homemade feel will still drive traffic.
Marie Forleo: simple CTAS work – share, subscribe, comment – but make it SPECIFIC #startupchat
BoccesBakery: big lesson learned with 1st video http://t.co/eyFY8Ks was to make the call to action clear! Viewers want to know what to do
Question 6: What results have happened for you or your clients as a result of a good video?
JR Hamel: Clients who run video contests see an increase in FB fans & engagement & have material to use in future marketing efforts
Marie Forleo: increase in list, less “selling” needed (what u see is what u get media requests to name a few
Be On Scene: For us – Quality video production = more business. For our clients – credibility, relatability, trust.
Question 7: How do you gain more confidence in front of the camera?
Marie Forleo: To gain more confidence: speak to 1 person. don’t try to be confident. it’s ok to flub (I do it all the time)
Marie Forleo: focus on message, not urself. do a lot of videos. look into the camera.
Question 8: What teachers, books, etc. help beginners with video?
Be On Scene: dig up your local DSLR video guys/gals and hang with them, best tool for development is real world experience.
Great advice everyone!! Thank you!!
Now that you’ve heard from the pro’s – be sure to check out our Video Marketing Competition, deadline is August 25th