Six Steps To Hire The Right Person + Worksheet

Six Steps To Hire The Right Person + Worksheet

It drives me crazy when people take forever to make a decision.  But even I get caught doing it.

Last week I shared with you about my search for a nanny. I’ve been in full swing interview mode and am about to make an offer to someone.  Hiring is a great life skill.  My nanny search reminded me that your professional life isn’t the only time you have to use these skills.

As with any skill, it becomes rusty when you don’t use it. I’ve been brushing off the cobwebs and getting fast and efficient at assessing candidates. How do you cut through the BS and hire the right person for a job?

All these interviews brought on a flood of memories from my days of owning a cafe and coffee roaster. Being a seasonal employer, I hired over 100 people in the eight years of owning that business (Yikes!).   Some positions were salaried full time managers, some hourly baristas.  There are key things that span all positions when hiring to get the best person for the job.  

6 Steps to Hire The Right Person:

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Childcare - The Struggle To Juggle Kids And Business

Childcare - The Struggle To Juggle Kids And Business

I’m at a place I’ve been numerous times in my short life as a Mom. I’m in need of childcare.

Again.

As a Mother F’ing Preneur (MFP), I love my work.  I also love that I’ve had the flexibility to work from home in between naps and nursing with baby #3, Sam.  He’s now almost eight months old and I’m feeling twitchy to work more.   

Just because I had a baby, doesn’t mean that all those crazy, exciting, ridiculous ideas I had about my business have dried up.  The list of what I want to do just keeps getting longer and if I don’t take action soon I may explode.

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How I Completely Changed My Life In 2015

How I Completely Changed My Life In 2015

As the New Year approaches, I can’t help but reflect on what has been accomplished in the last year. To be honest, 2015 has been a bit off the charts for the Ewalts.  I've had numerous major life changes this past year.  It feels like we crammed about 5 years worth of stuff into this one year.

I know this post is long, but if you’re curious to hear more about my story and how I pivoted, this is a good recap.  Grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine :)) and settle in.

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Decisions? Sh*t or Get Off the Pot!

Decisions?  Sh*t or Get Off the Pot!

It drives me crazy when people take forever to make a decision.  But even I get caught doing it.

When I was setting up my facebook page for Mother F'ing Preneur I had to choose a category to put it under.  You know, organization, business, place of interest etc.

All of a sudden I couldn’t decide which one to choose.  Is it a "company" or "consulting and services"? There wasn’t a clear "right" answer.   

I sat there for a while. Hmm, I think I’ll go check my email (procrastinating). Anything new on my Instagram feed? (distraction).   

I was wasting time because I wasn't sure what the RIGHT answer was.  

I was spending WAY too much time on a very minor decision.  I was annoying MYSELF.  T-t-t-t-tttoday, Junior!

We all make hundreds of decisions everyday. They are of varying degrees of importance, most of them minor.  

We have to become efficient at making decisions so we can spend our time and energy moving our business forward rather than stagnant in indecision.

There are two reasons it is difficult to make decisions:

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Can A Mom Have A Miracle Morning? Part 4

Can A Mom Have A Miracle Morning?  Part 4

Is waking up at 5am every morning worth it? Is it really changing my life?

First let's recap the past week:

My final week of my 30 day challenge had similar ups and downs of the other weeks with a few notable mornings.

Thanksgiving day I woke up, did my Miracle Morning routine and then walked 4 miles with a friend.  Yes, that is right.  I did my morning routine AND worked out on a holiday.  

I felt great about this because holidays/changes in routine are notorious times when my good habits fall to the wayside.

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, I woke up to my 5am alarm but was crazy tired and decided to give myself til 6am.  I got up, went downstairs and started my routine, however I was soooo tired that morning that I FELL ASLEEP during my meditation (sitting upright!).  

I decided to curl up on the couch for a little extra zzzz, waking up to the sounds of kiddos running around.  Needless to say this was not a miraculous morning.  I’m not exactly sure why I was so tired, but I have the feeling the holiday wine and extra doses of sugar may have something to do with it.

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Can a Mom have a Miracle Morning? Part 3

Can a Mom have a Miracle Morning? Part 3

Last week I was pretty blissful about my MM routine.   

Life wasn’t all roses this week.

Monday & Tuesday I started the week with a bang of optimism and productivity.  Monday and Tuesday went pretty well.  Not only am I rocking this 5am thing, but I’ve converted two “wasted” hours into productive ones.

I’m going to a coffee shop to get a little work in before most people have even brushed their teeth. Boom.  That’s right, I’m feeling like a rock star.    

These two mornings were sweet sailing.  I completed all my SAVERS (the acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing), got some extra work done and went on my merry way.

Wednesday I woke up thrilled.  Sam slept through the night, AND I DID TOO!!  All three kids were kind to me and I had a beautiful night’s sleep.    5 am alarm?  No problem, I’m practically jumping out of bed I’m so well rested.  

A nanny that I’m interviewing is supposed to come today and do a trial run with Sam.  I can't tell you how excited I am to get some work done while she and Sam hang out.  I’m need some limited childcare for a few days a week while the other kids are in school so I can get more work done.

So after waking up  feeling great, I complete all my SAVERS, including my wandering mediation, and am about to head off to the coffee shop and be a productivity maven.   

Before heading out, I have to wake Sam up to nurse!

That is when I notice that he was sick during the night and threw up in his crib.  

That sinking momma feeling sets in.  I get worried; what is wrong, how did he throw up and I didn’t hear it, is this why he slept through the night, how sick is he?  

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Can a Mom have a Miracle Morning? Part 2

Can a Mom have a Miracle Morning? Part 2

Day 8 Last night we ordered Thai (my favorite!) since I didn't feel like cooking.  But unfortunately as I was going to bed, I didn’t feel so great. I was up for a bit of the night with a stomach ache, ahhhem, if you get what I’m saying.  I admit I was worried about how I would feel in the morning. 

I decided to set my alarm for half an hour later than usual since I didn't sleep well. When I got up, I felt ok.  A little off, but feeling better.  I was glad that I was able to get up and complete my Miracle Morning routine.

I am liking my new book, “Crush It”  It is a quick read, perfect for these short chunks of time.  

Day 9 Another Miracle Morning with no kids, and I’m starting to settle into the rhythm.  I’ve changed up my reading and journaling and they are both working well.  

I'm now writing in a physical  journal.  That ‘s right.  I’ve gone old school using pen and paper.  That way I don’t get distracted by the computer and websites/email/social media.  

Today my goal for the day was to publish my Miracle Morning post part one on my blog.  Since I was rather long winded, the editing was a large task to accomplish.  I hit publish/email/post as I was about to walk out the door to pick up a kid.  

Please excuse the errors that I’m sure there are in that post. But it was my one thing. I had to get it done.  I decided it was more important to pull the trigger than to be perfect.  I do hope you understand :)

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Can A Mom Have A Miracle Morning? Part 1

Can A Mom Have A Miracle Morning? Part 1

When you say “Miracle Morning”, what exactly do you mean and how miraculous are we talking about?

I’m referring to “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod that outlines a routine for you to follow to “transform your life” and “reach your goals”.  

I first heard about this book on the Smart Passive Income podcast and was intrigued.   Here is a snippet from the book’s Amazon description:

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you've ever imagined—is about to begin. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential…"

I mean really, how do you say “Hmm, Naaa.  I’m not interested.”?  I’ll tell you how.  You love sleep.  And you have little children that are already disrupting your sleep.  So the idea of waking up earlier than you have to, is awful.

But all those words!

Promising amaaaaaazing things.

They keep gnawing on the the back of my mind, saying that I should really give it a shot. 

But the damn kids.  Especially that cute infant, only 5 months old.  He’s just so hungry, wanting to nurse again and again!  And now I’m entering the teething stage.  He sleeps ok, typically waking up 1 - 2 times per night.  But sometimes there are awful nights where he is fussy and up all the time and there is no way of predicting.

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Can Your Business Teach Your Personal Life a Lesson?

Can Your Business Teach Your Personal Life a Lesson?

The other day I was meeting with my nutrition/fitness coach, Allison.   I was having a roadblock implementing some changes she’s recommended for food.  I shared with her that I was feeling overwhelmed with life; new city, new workout routine, new baby, new family routines for school and such.  Everything was new!   I hated to admit it, but it just felt like there wasn’t room in my brain to change anything else.

She was great, listened to what I was saying and met me where I’m at.  

Why was mealtime dragging me down so much?   

Preparing meals is never ending.  It has to happen every day, numerous times.  When you’re just feeding yourself, popcorn or cereal can easily count as a meal.  But when kids are in the equation you feel an obligation to provide a well rounded “healthy” meal (hot dogs and baby carrots count as healthy right?!).  

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Community Concerts Dropout

Confession: I don’t like classical music. There, I said it.   

I was on the phone today with a childhood friend and the topic of symphonies and classical music came up.  We grew up in a small, rural town and there wasn’t much culture for us to be exposed to.   

When community concerts brought the big city symphony to town, our parents would dutifully take us to hear the music.  

I never enjoyed these concerts.  I found them boring.  It’s not too surprising for a kid to feel this way.  But I figured once I was an adult I would feel differently.  

Well, I’m an adult.  But it hasn’t happened.  Yes, I appreciate it.  But I admit I wouldn’t choose to listen to it.  

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Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

I’m sitting on the deck at my parents house, beautiful July morning, looking out onto bright blue Lake Superior, dotted with Madeline Island and Long Island.   As of about 9 am this morning the most valuable thing I own is my 2006 Prius.  I’m setting the bar fairly low in terms of using the word “valuable”, though I really love my car.  

Ten months ago I had a commercial mortgage, a few business loans, a house loan and owned a second car.  But the last of those items, our house, has been sold as of this morning.  

It is incredibly liberating and freeing to not be tethered to a place or institution.  

We are moving our family out west.  My husband, Jon is on the road with said Prius driving to Oregon from Wisconsin.  I am flying there with the three kids in 5 days.     

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Forget Balance, Embrace Happiness

Forget Balance, Embrace Happiness

I get annoyed when I hear people using this buzz word, “balance”, as though it is the ultimate goal in life.   For entrepreneurs, the reality is that your personal life is intimately intertwined with your work.  And balance isn’t something we see much of. My husband and I owned a coffee roaster and cafe for eight years.  In year two, we decided we should expand our space and do a renovation in our cafe….. ourselves…...while I was 6 months pregnant with our first child.

Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s buy our first house and move into it.

I figured it was better to get it all over with at once.  Luckily, ignorance and optimism were on our side.  Balance was not.

Then there were some *boring* years. You know, having a second baby, doubling our wholesale business, rebranding our entire cafe and packaging.  Just some minor things going on.

Things were going great.

But in typical form, I couldn’t leave well enough alone.

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The Most Powerful Word You Need To Use More

The Most Powerful Word You Need To Use More

We’re all told to be positive.  It is good for you in so many ways. Well F@#& that.

Ha!  Just kidding; I'm one of those annoying eternal optimists!

But there is one word that you positively need to say more in your business.

No.

It is a very powerful word. I realize it comes across as a “negative”.  As women we often say yes to way too much (especially us friendly and unoffending midwesterners).  It feels rude to say no.

Even my assertive self still had this midwestern inclination to say yes to everyone.  Until I started saying no….

When I owned a coffee roaster and cafe we were constantly bombarded by ideas to "help grow our business".   We had numerous areas that brought in revenue; coffee drinks, beans, bakery, made to order food, wholesale, and online sales.  We were pulled in too many directions and didn't have energy to do all the areas well.

We decided to complete our business roadmap and do an in depth look at what our business was and what we wanted it to become.  It brought some interesting things to light.

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The Heart of Your Business

The Heart of Your Business

Your business has a Heart. When I look up the word heart there are two definitions.  One is the innermost or central part of anything.  Another definition is spirit, courage or enthusiasm.  Your business has both.

Identifying the Heart of your business is one of the most important things you can do.  Once done, you can focus your energy and make decisions based on this one thing.

What is the heart of your business?

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