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SmallBizPodA couple of weeks ago when Ponn Sabra guest posted her article “The Top 10 Mom Entrepreneur’s Empowerment Tips” here on eMoms at Home, I received a wonderful surprise in my inbox - Alex Bellinger from SmallBizPod wanted to interview both of us for his UK based podcast. SmallBizPod is the UK’s first small business podcast. It offers interviews and practical advice for small business, startups and entrepreneurs podcast to the UK and the rest of the world. It’s also one of the top rated 5 small business podcasts in the UK.

Alex’s 41st episode featured Ponn and myself, as well as UK expert Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation. Both she and Ponn dedicated some great discussion to outsourcing work as a solopreneur. And I must admit, this is an area I myself need to learn more about (thanks for the push, Jeri!).

Ironically enough, the conversation got really interesting after we stopped recording, in which the three of us discussed why work at home entrepreneurialism, or “homeworking” as it’s called in the UK, is truly a phenomenon borne out of necessity vs. a desire for luxury. Since a successful career track in the United States typically doesn’t allow for much work-life balance, most work at home parents really start their businesses out of a necessity for flexibility and to create our own opportunities where none exist.

On the flip side of this, we also discussed the family-friendly culture of the EU, in which an employee in France, for example, need not work more than a 35 hour work week. As we Americans envy the governmental infrastructure that allows for more family and relaxation time, Alex also noted the cost of this kind of balance: namely that it can also hinder a country’s overall economy.

Fingers crossed, we can get that conversation on tape in a future broadcast. Thanks to Alex and Ponn once again for a really enjoyable talk - hopefully you’ll enjoy Alex’s delightful podcast as well!

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On March 5th, 2007 at 3:50 pm, Alex Bellinger said:

Wendy it was great talking to you and Ponn and you’re right we should have kept the tape rolling so to speak!

Perhaps a sequel at some point down the line will be on the cards.

On March 5th, 2007 at 11:11 pm, Jeri said:

I’ll have to give it a listen! I usually don’t go in for podcasts or vblogs. I’m a fast reader and can skim and skip about text & image content for what I’m looking for - but on some occasions it’s a nice change of pace and helps make the point.

And… thanks for the mention… creative delegation is an area I have to work on all the time.

On March 6th, 2007 at 7:38 am, Dawud Miracle said:

Wendy, it would have been real cool to have the conversation recorded after the interview. Oh well, perhaps another time. I’m heading over right now to pull the podcast. Thanks for the update.

On March 6th, 2007 at 11:27 am, Ponn Sabra said:

It was a pleasurable experience Alex & Wendy.

I agree the issues discussed after our taping was interesting and helpful.


On March 6th, 2007 at 12:24 pm, Ponn Sabra said:

Don’t know where my comment went…

Anyways, ditto to Alex & Wendy to a informative interview and after-recorded discussion!

Now, delegate baby!

“Don’t waste dollar time on penny jobs.” - Mary Kay Ash

Nobody wants you to stop sharing your blogging expertise.

More here:
~ Ponn

On March 6th, 2007 at 1:38 pm, Dawud Miracle said:

I really enjoyed the interview. I love what you had to say about empowering women. It seems that somewhere in the past 50 years we’ve all, both men and women, lost something of our own personal power. Today it’s more about status then real, true inner strength. I could go on, but I’ll save you the diatribe.

On March 6th, 2007 at 3:41 pm, Ponn Sabra said:

Hi Dawud.

I’m glad you enjoyed some of my quick empowering women tidbits. I was curious if this got lost in the message of networking and outsourcing.

As a Type-A personality, it was only after a near-death car accident, and now living with my symptoms of my brain disorder (disabled with partial paralysis) that I know as an entrepreneur the true value of outsourcing, delegating, and that as a solo-preneur, we are all mortal and REplacable!

Without clear center-ness, self-actualization, and faith, all one is doing is working in a job that you created yourself(your business), instead of managing your business as a business owner.

As entrepreneurs, we must all have a goal to be profitable business owners running the business, and not employees running around and within our business.

My humble opinions,

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