652 episodes

Welcome AMAZING BOSS MOM
We are so glad you found us because that means you have a burning desire to create something in this world...something that positively impacts people AND also makes you money.

You are in the right place.

Here at Boss Mom, we know all too well the challenges of raising babies and businesses at the same time and you need more than just great resources (which we have) you also need a strong support system (we have that too).

Just like all moms you need a simple business because life is complex and you should never have to apologize for having a sometimes unpredictable schedule. You can build a really successful (and profitable) business in 15 hours a week, you just have to know how (and we are going to show you).

We interview amazing ladies who share their struggles and successes as well as solo episodes where I guide you through our Nurture to Convert System designed to help Boss Moms raise their business and babies at the same time.

I'm Dana Malstaff, founder and CEO of Boss Mom LLC, and I'll be your host.

The Boss Mom Podcast Dana Malstaff

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 346 Ratings

Welcome AMAZING BOSS MOM
We are so glad you found us because that means you have a burning desire to create something in this world...something that positively impacts people AND also makes you money.

You are in the right place.

Here at Boss Mom, we know all too well the challenges of raising babies and businesses at the same time and you need more than just great resources (which we have) you also need a strong support system (we have that too).

Just like all moms you need a simple business because life is complex and you should never have to apologize for having a sometimes unpredictable schedule. You can build a really successful (and profitable) business in 15 hours a week, you just have to know how (and we are going to show you).

We interview amazing ladies who share their struggles and successes as well as solo episodes where I guide you through our Nurture to Convert System designed to help Boss Moms raise their business and babies at the same time.

I'm Dana Malstaff, founder and CEO of Boss Mom LLC, and I'll be your host.

    The Summer Switch: How To Tailor Your Business for Seasonal Success

    The Summer Switch: How To Tailor Your Business for Seasonal Success

    Summer is fun but let’s be real, it can also turn our usual routines upside down—especially for us Boss Moms balancing our businesses with family life.

    It’s super important to understand that our lives change with the seasons. There are ways to keep your business moving forward during the summer, all while making sure you still have loads of family time.

    How can we, as moms, plan our work around these ups and downs?

    In today’s episode, I share my take on seasonal shifts, my own stories, and tips on how to make the most of them.
    ”I have to be serious about what I can and can't do during the summer and I have to plan ahead for it.” -Dana Malstaff

    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
    -Rolling with the seasons
    Seasons affect our mood and schedule. What can you do to keep up with business when life gets busy or slows down with the kids?
     -Getting ready for summer
    Summer is fun but can throw your routine for a loop. What are some easy ways to plan ahead and get your business ready for the chaos of summer?
     -Keeping things moving
    Life doesn’t pause just because it’s summer. How can you tweak your work tasks so they fit better with your summer lifestyle?
     

    • 14 min
    Networking vs. Social Media: Why Moms Should Focus on Connections

    Networking vs. Social Media: Why Moms Should Focus on Connections

    While many people think being online all the time is the best way to grow your business, there’s a reason why the old-school way of meeting people face-to-face can be even better.

    Moms can use networking to make strong connections that really help their business, without making life more stressful.

    Even with your busy schedule, where can you find the right people to support your goals? Does networking really lead to more meaningful business growth?

    In today’s episode, I talk about why meeting people and making friends can help moms grow their businesses better than just using social media.


    Networking is about connecting with a series of people who would be a good fit for some aspect of YOU in your life or your business. -Dana Malstaff 

    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
     
    -The real value of networking
    What makes networking so effective at providing more support and growth opportunities compared to just being on social media?
     
    -Making networking work for you
    Without feeling overwhelmed, how can you network effectively?
     
    -The strategic approach to networking
    Make friends who really get what you're about and help your business grow. What are some easy ways to connect with the right people?
     

    • 13 min
    I Shut Down My 75k Facebook Group: What I'm Doing Instead

    I Shut Down My 75k Facebook Group: What I'm Doing Instead

    Since 2015, we have built our Facebook group into a thriving 75k member community. This year, I decided to shut it down.
     
    Walking away from something that’s “doing well” is scary, but if it’s not lighting us up, it’s the right thing to do.
     
    The Facebook group was working - even growing, but the truth is: I had started to resent it. I didn’t fall out of love with building community. I fell out of love with doing it on someone else’s terms.
     
    So, the BossMom+ app was born! We aren’t just building a village, we’re building a city where moms can grow their businesses without social media.
     
    When did I know it was time to walk away from Facebook? Why did I choose to build something totally different? In this episode, I share why we left our Facebook group and what we’re doing instead. 
     
    We need to feel empowered to make changes and not worry about what people think, because there’s no way to make everyone happy. -Dana Malstaff

     
    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
     
    -Community without social media
    Building community is what I love and what I’m known for. Why did I decide to shut down a Facebook group that was doing well
     
    -You can’t make everyone happy
    Not everyone will like the changes we make to our businesses. How do we handle the resistance and pushback? How will the right people react?
     
    -Go all in on what lights you up
    How did going to the movies turn into the defining moment that made me decide to close down the Boss Mom Facebook group?
     

    • 16 min
    Krista Lockwood Built a 6-Figure Business, Now She's Selling It: Here's Why

    Krista Lockwood Built a 6-Figure Business, Now She's Selling It: Here's Why

    As entrepreneurs, we pour ourselves into building these amazing businesses, the last thing we’d ever consider is shutting them down, especially when they’re doing well. Why would we choose to walk away from something that’s actually working?
     
    Well…that’s where Krista Lockwood found herself. After building a 6 figure business over the last 5 years, she has decided to sell it and move on.
     
    Our kids change as they grow, and so do we. What lit us up before might not be right for us now, and that’s okay.
     
    How did Krista make this huge decision? How do we deal with the guilt and uncertainty that comes with making a big move?
     
    In this episode, founder of Motherhood Simplified, Krista Lockwood returns to talk about the new chapter in her journey, walking away from a perfectly good business and why it’s important to align your career moves with your current life phase.
     
    Your business deserves to be loved as opposed to being run by somebody who just isn’t excited about it anymore. -Dana Malstaff

     
    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
     
    -How to know it’s time to pivot
    Most people would rather stick with a successful business even if it’s no longer making them happy. How do we know it's time to stop doing something even if it's going well?
     
    -Stop feeling guilty about change
    Why is it important to make sure your work fits with your family life? How can you handle changes without feeling guilty or worried?
     
    -How to avoid the temptation to keep scaling
    How do we check in with ourselves so that we can move on from the business before we start neglecting the community we’ve built? 
     
    Guest Bio
    Krista Lockwood, the founder of Motherhood Simplified, is a mom who has successfully decluttered her entire home. She doesn’t teach decluttering in theory. Instead, she shares practical tips and strategies that have worked for thousands of other moms. Krista’s approach is grounded in her own experiences, ensuring that she never asks you to do something in your home that she hasn’t done herself. Her mission is to help moms find the sweet spot of having enough but not too much, allowing them to feel less stressed in their homes. Through her platform, Motherhood Simplified, Krista provides resources, guidance, and community support for simplifying the journey of motherhood.
    Check out the Motherhood Simplified Website at https://motherhoodsimplified.com/ and listen to the podcast episodes at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/motherhood-simplified/id1439617120 
    Follow Krista on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/motherhood_simplified/) 
     

    • 38 min
    Marketing Wasn't Meant For Moms...Until Now

    Marketing Wasn't Meant For Moms...Until Now

    Today’s rules of marketing force us in one direction: be everywhere, all the time, non-stop.
     
    It’s all about more content, more entertainment, and of course - more virality. Here’s the problem for moms: this isn’t a sustainable version of marketing. It’s exhausting, guilt-inducing and unrealistic. Our life requirements don’t align with being online all the time, and we shouldn’t have to play by those rules to succeed.
     
    No matter what: our children will always be the dominant priority in our lives. Why not set up our business with this in mind, instead of forcing ourselves to market the way everyone else does? Can we do marketing on our own terms and still have success?
     
    We want to live in a world where moms don’t have to say yes to ridiculous unsustainable ways of marketing, starting now. In this episode, I talk about why moms can’t run their businesses the way everyone else does, and how to succeed on our own terms.
     
    The rules of business and marketing aren’t realistic or sustainable for moms. We need to stop forcing ourselves to be successful in the same way as people who don't have our life requirements. -Dana Malstaff 
     
    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
     
    -How to create a legacy of loving what we do
    Our kids soak up everything we do. If running our businesses leaves us feeling guilty, drained, sad and unsuccessful, that’s what they’ll believe about work. How do we change that?
     
    -Experts vs. content creators
    It often feels like if we’re not pointing, dancing or entertaining, we aren’t marketing. Could this viral, content creator approach actually be detrimental? Is there a better way?
     
    -Productivity isn’t just about time
    Taking advice from people who don’t understand our lives is dangerous. How do we see time management, boundaries and priorities from our perspective as moms? 

    • 13 min
    How to Be Cool with Changing Direction w/Marki Lemons Ryhal

    How to Be Cool with Changing Direction w/Marki Lemons Ryhal

    As entrepreneurs, there’s a ton of pressure to commit to one thing and stick with it, no matter what. Even though we’re constantly evolving, switching things up makes us think we’re wishy-washy, indecisive and uncommitted. Does that mean we have to sell and say the same thing forever, even when it’s no longer in alignment with us?
     
    Life's too short to stick with something that's not lighting us up just because we're scared of looking flaky. We shouldn’t be afraid of letting our businesses evolve like we do.
     
    How do we make a big change without feeling guilty? How do we shamelessly move toward what makes sense for us and our businesses?
     
    In this episode, speaker and bestselling author, Marki Lemons Ryhal shares real-life tricks to making big moves without second-guessing ourselves.
     
    It's about being an active lifelong learner willing to implement changes and own who you are, whether it could be a mistake or not. -Marki Lemons Ryhal
     
    3 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode
     
    -Why saying "yes" to change can be your best move
    How can saying "yes" to change transform your life and propel you forward?
     
    -Getting loud about what you love – why it matters
    Why does getting vocal about your passions attract the people and opportunities you truly want?
     
    -Jumping on new chances – how it's done
    How can taking a leap into something new actually be the best way to grow and feel alive?
     
    Guest Bio
     
    Marki Lemons Ryhal is one of 100 speakers selected out of over 1,300 to speak at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo ten times (face-to-face and virtually) with high program evaluations and an INMAN Closing Keynote Speaker. She is a licensed Managing Broker, REALTOR®, avid volunteer, Major Investor, President's Circle, Federal Political Coordinator, Podcast Host of Drive with NAR & Social Selling Made Simple, 30 times published author, and 6X International Best-Selling Author. Marki Lemons-Ryhal is dedicated to all things real estate. With 30+ years of marketing and education experience, Marki has taught over 1,000,000 people (face-to-face and virtually) since 1993.
     
    Be the first to see the future of real estate at https://www.markilemons.com/111-ai-prompts and stay ahead in the game!
     
    Connect with Marki on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/markilemons 

    Follow Marki on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/markilemons) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/markilemons

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

Tjerez ,

Reflect + recharge after every episode

Sometimes a podcast comes along that just makes you feel SEEN- as a mother, as an entrepreneur, as someone committed to “doing the work” on themselves. The topics are intentional and well rounded hitting on everything from business growth to growing your children up (both in ways that honor your values.) Love all the amazing women I’ve been introduced to through the show and now follow on Instagram.

Melissa Mom Life By Design ,

A Breath of Fresh Air for Busy Mamas

Not only do I leave every episode with practical ideas in motherhood and my business, I breathe a little deeper knowing I’m not alone. So grateful for all the ways this podcast pours into me each week!

Sam Denis ,

TBH, Amazing!

I know first hand that building a business and a family at the same time is not light work! I wish I found this podcast sooner because as soon as I did, I listened to three episodes and was hooked. Full of actionable advice and delivered in such a relatable way, this podcast is definitely for you if you want to get inspired and be reminded that moms are amazing and we can build it ALL!

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