Mama Minisode #2 bonus episode! I want you to hear directly from moms who are running successful online businesses.
In each Mama Minisode episode I’m asking my guests the same two questions:
1. What advice would you give to moms just starting out or in the newer phase of their online business journey?
2. What has your online business meant for you and your family?
Today’s guest is Charisse Merrill. She is a mom of 5 who has been teaching other busy mom entrepreneurs how to use Pinterest marketing in 10 minutes a day to see more website growth, grow their email list, and ultimately make more money in their business.
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[00:00:00] Melyssa: Hello, mama. Hey, I am coming at you with bonus episode number two today. This is another mama mini-sode. These are really important to me because I want you to hear directly from other moms who are in the business, who are a little bit further down the road than you. I want you to hear how it is that they are running a successful online business and what it means to them and their families.
[00:00:26] Melyssa: In today’s episode, I am introducing you to my friend Charisse Merrill. Charisse is also a mom of five like me and she teaches busy mom entrepreneurs, how to use Pinterest marketing specifically in 10 minutes a day. And as soon as I heard that about her course, I was like, check, sign me up. I purchased her course, I went through it. It is an amazing course. I learned a ton and we subsequently became business friends and we have yet to meet in person, but she also [00:01:00] lives in the same state, she just lives in a different part of Arizona. So hopefully one day I will get to meet her in real life. But today I wanted you to hear directly from Charisse, so here she is.
[00:01:11] Charisse: Hey guys, I am Charisse Merrill and I help busy mom entrepreneurs learn how to do it yourself Pinterest marketing in just 10 minutes a day so that you can grow your online business and not feel stuck engaging on social media all the time. As a mom of five, I have been on all the social media platforms and really struggled with all the time it took engaging. And then I learned Pinterest and how it was actually a search engine and how it could do all the heavy lifting for me. And I am passionate about teaching other mom entrepreneurs, how to utilize Pinterest as a search engine to grow your online business, get more website traffic, build your email list, and ultimately make more money in your business.
[00:01:54] Charisse: So Melyssa sent me over a few questions that I wanted to answer for you. And the first one [00:02:00] is, what advice would you give a mom just starting or in the beginning of her online business? So first off, I want you to know that you are amazing, even thinking about doing this because it is a big deal and it is going to be a roller coaster of a ride. You are going to grow in so many ways and it’s going to be awesome. There’s going to be highs, there’s going to be lows, but overall it’s going to be amazing.
[00:02:25] Charisse: And the thing I recommend is to figure out your niche and what you will ideally be selling or your plan is to make money. Will it be online courses? Will it be coaching? Will you be doing products? Like what type of way are you going to be making that money? And knowing your niche is one thing, but actually knowing how you’re going to make money off of your niche is another thing. This is something I see all the time with Pinterest clients. They get started, they have an itch, they get their profile set up, but then they start getting really frustrated because they’re not making any money.
[00:02:59] Charisse: And [00:03:00] when I really dig into talking to them, they haven’t quite figured out how they want to make money in their business. So get your business plan lined up. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to change in six months or in a year, but figure out your niche, who you want to help and what ways you’re going to help them.
[00:03:18] Charisse: Aside from the free value. How are you going to make an income off of that in that niche? Okay, then I’m going to of course put a plug in that once you know your niche and how you’re going to make money to get started on Pinterest. Like I said, Pinterest is a search engine like Google or YouTube, so it’s going to take time to get cataloged into the system to get seen, but the sooner you get on it, the sooner you’ll see results and you won’t have to wait as much time as you’re getting that business up and going.
[00:03:48] Charisse: Okay, the second question is what has your online business meant to you and your family? And truly the biggest thing is it has given me a purpose in my [00:04:00] life. As a stay at home mom, I mean, I went from working full time to being a stay at home mom and I never felt like I was doing something or accomplishing anything like I knew I was being a mom, but I just felt like. I needed to do more. I, where I wanted to do more because being a mom just wasn’t fulfilling enough for me. And so I felt like I had lost part of myself in a way, but starting an online business gave me that outlet to feel important. Again, I was teaching people. I love teaching people. I was connecting with other adults versus just young kids all the time.
[00:04:36] Charisse: And the fact that I was able to make money. Doing that and help support our income and help with that income was just even more amazing and the more confidence and happy that I am as a mom, the better I can carry that over into my family life. And that is what an all my business has done. I love teaching other women about Pinterest. I love helping them grow and that makes me [00:05:00] happier. And in turn, we have a happier life and a home, and that is the biggest thing that my business has meant to my family. Thank you so much, Melyssa, for letting me be on here. Let me know if you guys have any questions. All of my details are down before. I’d love to help answer any questions you guys have, and I will talk with you later.