KAI-SAUN & AMBER ANDERSON
Kai-Saun and Amber are the founders of MORE. Amber is a strategist and owner of the business strategy agency Kayson. Kai-Saun is a photographer and the owner of Kai-Saun Photography. The two live in Phoenix, AZ and are the proud parents of a very special, and active, little boy.
Looking for a last minute gift for that parent and entrepreneur in your life? The team at MORE has pulled together a list of five things that every parentpreneur you know would LOVE to receive this year. None of them require you to go out in the cold. And, better yet, four of the five are free!
Five gifts that the parentpreneur in your life would love to receive this year.
The biggest gift you can give an entrepreneur is quality time. Time to think. Time to breath. Time to live. Being the end-all, be-all, person for a business and a family is a lot of responsibility. And the pressure is always on. One easy way to help is by giving them a little bit of their time back. Take the children off their hands or offer to help out in their shop on the weekend. Tell them that the time is for them to think strategically, to be creative and to plan for 2017. Tell them that this is their time to dream big. They'll love you for it!
When was the last time you called your friend, daughter, son or relative and just said hello and meant it? Most parentpreners appear to have it all together. They're smart. Tough. Logical and usually on point. The reality is, they're human. They have good days and bad days. And a little dose of encouragement goes a long way. Instead of giving them a gift this holiday season, provide them with a dose of encouragement. Tell them that you love them and that you're proud of them. Call out something of the AMAZING things that they have accomplished this year. Remind them that you care. It's isolating at the top. Let them know that they're not alone.
Not just any support. Genuine support. Ask what you can do to help. Tax season is coming up, and for most business owners this is the busiest time of the year. Ask them if they need help calculating their mileage or getting their receipts in order. Tell them you can take on data entry or assist them with packing boxes. Or offer to watch their children during winter break. There's plenty to do. Reach out and offer your services. And when the time comes to deliver, show up on time and ready to work.
Parentpreneurs are on constantly. If you want to help, offer to watch their children for a few hours so they can have some time to themselves or with their spouse or partner. And don't just put the children in front of the T.V., do something with them. Make cookies. Do a craft. Pick up a set of new books from the library. Create an experience. They work day in and day out to make sure their little ones are in good care. Keep the trend going by helping them enrich their child's experiences while you're with them.
As taboo as it is, entrepreneurs and parents need money. An investment in their business or a donation to their kid's savings account or college fund would be a godsend for most parentpreneurs. They are constantly thinking about money. They need it to keep their businesses open and to provide for their children. The number one reason most businesses close is that they can not afford to pay their bills. And the cost of college is higher than ever before. Giving money instead of gifts is an awesome way to help that parentpreneur keep their doors open, pay for health insurance or help cover the costs of school.
Dying to buy a gift?
Here are 10 additional gift ideas
Gone through this list and still want to buy a gift? Here are 10 additional, and fantastic, gift ideas.
- Glasses. Contacts. Dentist Visit: The cost of a doctor's visits can be a burden when you have inadequate or no insurance. Taking care of routine visits can go a long way.
- Date night: A dinner date with their spouse or partner. Time together is important. Help them make it happen.
- A massage membership. An excellent way to ensure they get quality time away, a massage memberships are great. Members receive at least one massage per month. Elements massage and massage envy are nationwide and offer month to month packages.
- Software subscriptions: A 6 or 12 months subscription to a technology service that they need to run their business. Ask them for a list. I'm sure they can think of a few.
- Tickets to a networking event of their choosing. MORE is holding a family-inclusive networking event, called Milk. Beer. Wine. in February in Phoenix, AZ. Ask them if there are others in their area that they would like to attend.
- Tickets to a business conference. Ask them which conferences they would like to attend. MORE holds a family-inclusive business conference every year. Ask them if they're interested. If they say yes, sign them up.
- A family photo shoot. There is nothing more important than the memories we share together. Help them capture more of them together.
- A professional headshot. When you look good, you feel good.
- A website redesign or new marketing materials. Offer to cover the price of a website redesign or get them new marketing materials. A professional presence is important for ALL businesses. If you need help finding a resource contact us and we’ll help you.
- A business coaching session or program. There are some wonderful programs out there that offer anything from one-on-one coaching to group sessions. Pamela Slim, an award-winning author and business coach, is kicking off a few great sessions at the beginning of January.