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Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

As small business owners, you are job creators and economy drivers. Your creativity, grit, and determination have got you this far! But it can be hard to avoid the feeling of burnout from time to time. For that reason, we asked Hello Alice owners for their go-to advice when they need inspiration. Here are the motivational quotes for entrepreneurs they shared to bring fresh, positive energy to your small business. “The difference between a hobbyist and an entrepreneur is a plan."  - Emma Mann, Hello Alice owner, Soap Cauldron  It is possible to transition a hobby into a successful business—it’s even recommended by highly successful entrepreneurs. In 2005, Steve Jobs told Stanford’s graduation class, "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."  But it’s not enough to love it. To Emma’s point, running a business requires commitment, goal setting, and focus—specifically on profit-making.  "Definitely have mentors, but you can't listen to everyone." - Sarah Glass, Hello Alice owner, Sarah Glass Ceramics You may find that starting a business is accompanied by a lot of unsolicited advice. Choose who you confide in and trust wisely and know who to (kindly) dismiss. Media pioneer Cathy Hughes famously said, "[Don't] let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn't do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it." While it’s important to have a support system, it’s also important to listen to your inner voice above all.  "Don't block your blessings and accept the good things that are going to happen." - Terrance Williams, Hello Alice owner, Terrance Williams Designs As we kick off 2022, the Year of Small Business, stay open to the success coming your way. While the journey of a small business owner can be long and winding, remember to look to those who have conquered the road, celebrate their success, and celebrate your own hard work and perseverance.  Looking for more small business inspiration? Create a free account on Hello Alice to access our guides or subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more insights.
Jan 3, 2022 • 2 min read
Life Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Business

Small businesses are the key to our economic future. When it comes to starting a business or side hustle, there is no time like the present. Whether you have a desire for a creative outlet, a mission to change the world, a need for supplementary income, or the desire for more flexibility to work from anywhere, you can start a business, become an entrepreneur, and be your own boss. Here are five compelling reasons why you should start your own business. 1) To have financial freedom.  If you’re in college, have been working for five years, are a stay-at-home mom, or are even a well-established professional in the world, you might have a job — but can it support your lifestyle? Whether you decide to pursue a business full time or just want a side hustle, there is no good reason that you shouldn’t at least consider another independent stream of revenue.  Yes, it’s true, not all businesses make money right away. But for those of you who are ready to jump in and become a student of the world of small business, there are opportunities to earn additional income so that you have more financial freedom and uncapped earnings. So why not give it a shot? 2) To solve a problem and do it better than anyone else.  Whether there is a void in a specific industry, a broken business model, or a product that doesn’t yet exist, you may be able to create something that fulfills an unmet need for consumers. These types of endeavors are usually very successful because businesses that solve a genuine pain point are often able to achieve product-market fit and growth.  After all, if nobody else is doing something, then shouldn’t you fill the gap? 3) To pursue your passion and purpose.  Do you feel like you don’t know what your purpose is yet? Are you still on the journey of self-discovery?  As the world slowed to a stop over the past year, many of us are asking ourselves these questions. Starting a business is one way to get you a step closer to finding your purpose by simply sharing your passion with the world and doing what you love.  Whether you are an at-home pro-baker, a yoga teacher, technology genius, master marketer, or writer extraordinaire, you may possess unique talent to deliver a product or service that people need. By starting a business, you have an opportunity to share your gifts and fulfill your life’s purpose by creating a legacy. 4) To have a flexible work schedule.  Flexibility is a term that resonates with all of us. We can thank the millennial generation who have spearheaded the flexible work movement demanding more control in their schedules. Our traditional work environment isn’t always suited to mothers, either; more than three-quarters of a million mothers dropped out of the workforce during the pandemic due to lack of childcare.  Today, you can work from anywhere with a laptop, and when you are your own boss, you can create your own schedule. Starting your own business may be the perfect avenue to create that work-from-anywhere lifestyle that you need and desire. 5) To give back to the community and make an impact.  Perhaps you want to focus your efforts on social responsibility and build a business based on giving back. Making a difference in the world is always a worthy cause. But, even if your venture is not a charitable one, 53% of people say shopping at a small business gives back to their communities and gives them more purpose in their shopping habits. By simply starting small and creating a product or service available to your community, you can make a positive contribution that goes far beyond yourself.     Is there a risk? Perhaps. But is there a reward? Definitely. You can start BIG, you can start small, but in 2022, we think you should take the leap, invest in yourself, and create something you love. We’re with you. Let’s make 2022 the year of your small business!
Nov 9, 2021 • 3 min read
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How To Succeed as an Entrepreneur and a Mother

Belinda Givens wears many hats. During the day, she’s focused on supporting her children and their remote learning. At night, she’s busy running BVG SLP, a teletherapy business that provides digital speech-language resources for children. About Belinda Givens A speech-language pathologist (SLP) by training, Givens left her salaried job in fall 2020 to focus on her children’s remote schooling. That’s also when she turned her side hustle into a flourishing, full-time business. “When I realized that the boys were not going back to school at a full-time, face-to-face capacity in the fall, I knew that they needed me present for them,” Givens says. “My husband and I had that conversation and knew that it was something that we needed to do for the sake of our family. Having the side hustle allowed me, from a financial standpoint, to be able to say, 'This is something that we need to do for the family.'” It's a story that should sound familiar to many women: The pandemic has pushed thousands of working moms like Givens to become “accidental entrepreneurs” who leave their careers in favor of the flexibility that small business ownership can offer. Tips for Entrepreneur Mothers Hello Alice spoke with Givens to discuss her top advice for other women learning to juggle entrepreneurship and motherhood. 1) Find Your Support System — and be a Support Syste For many working moms, running your business while focusing on your children can be challenging. Having a support system around you — family, friends, mentors, or fellow entrepreneurs — is vital to the success of your business and your wellbeing, especially during COVID. “My family has always been my rock,” says Givens. “My husband, my parents, and my siblings — I have such a strong family connection, and we always support one another, especially during difficult times.” The support doesn’t have to end there. Givens encourages other SLPs as they transition into teletherapy through helpful YouTube videos, blog content, and answering questions over email. Sharing knowledge and providing advice to other owners and people in your field can be rewarding. After all, the best lessons are taught by our mentors and other founders before us. “Despite the fact that I was going through challenges of my own, I took to my YouTube channel, I took to my blog, I took to answering hundreds of emails coming in every week just to be a source of support for fellow SLPs who were put into a position that they felt overwhelmed,” she says. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyBmrQDU9Go 2) Really Take Time for Yourself “Self-care is extremely important, and you do have to carve time out for yourself as hard as it might be,” she says. “For me, being outside is so relieving. It brings the stress level down, even if it’s just going for walks or it’ll be the boys riding their bikes. We might ride around the cul-de-sac, and while they’re riding their bikes, I’m walking with them.” If you worry about finding time to destress in your busy schedule, Givens advises moms find something that both you and your family can do to decompress. “It’s a balance where you try to do things that your kids enjoy, but things when you can also take a breath and enjoy yourself,” says Givens. “One thing that we do regularly is we take field trips, so I’ll tell the boys, ‘OK, we’re going to plan a field trip this week.’ Wednesdays are their early release days, so they get out early, and I recruited my oldest into planning those trips. It’s nothing extravagant. We practice social distancing, and it may just be to a local park.” 3) Don’t Be Caught Up in The Mistakes “I know a lot of times, so many people hesitate, myself included, when you think you’re going to do something and you’re not going to do it right. I’ve learned that you should look at them in a way that’s not a mistake. You should learn from it,” says Givens. She adds that repositioning her thinking has helped her learn from any missteps. “So many people will get to a point where they allow obstacles or things that don’t go their way to prevent them from moving forward. Instead, you should say, ‘OK, why did this happen? What can I do differently? What can I learn from this to prevent that particular thing from happening so that I can move forward and excel in my business?’ We as humans have that tendency to stop ourselves from moving forward by being afraid to take those risks.” 4) Find a Schedule and Stick With It Juggling duties as a mom and business owner is not easy, but setting a schedule can help. “Family, for me, has always come first. I focus on them throughout the day because my boys have a traditional bell schedule,” says Givens. “The day really starts with focusing on the children first and foremost, and then my business is something that I generally do after hours. I’m a night owl, and because it’s a passion and it really doesn’t feel like work, I spend a lot of time with the business at times where the boys are asleep.” 5) Don’t Be Afraid to Take Your Business Full Time Her biggest advice for any mom looking to launch their business is to not be afraid to take risks and devote yourself to your business. “As hard as that is, every business owner or anybody who tells you that it’s easy is not telling you the truth — it’s hard to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s hard to do something that you don’t necessarily know is going to be a success,” says Givens. “But the sooner you step outside of the comfort zone, the more inclined you are to grow.” And whenever she hits a wall, Givens reminds herself that her hard work is what will create a future for her family. “Having your own business and being able to create or build a legacy for your children is phenomenal. It’s such an incredible feeling. And I frequently say that I’m on a mission to create generational wealth for my boys, and I know it starts with me,” she says. “It starts with me being able to show them that you have to take chances, you have to take risks, you have to put yourself out there in order for you to take it to another level.” Follow the steps in our Identify Key Priorities guide to learn how to maintain focus and prioritize the actions that will best help your business grow.
Mar 25, 2021 • 4 min read
Life Advice

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Taking Care of Themselves

March 11 marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 crisis a global pandemic, and psychologists say that feelings of sadness, grief, and burnout are a normal reaction to this kind of milestone. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we know that this week also means it’s been a full year of woman entrepreneurs assuming duties as educators, caregivers, and mothers in addition to running their small businesses.⁣ We asked on Instagram what rituals and strategies have kept you going over the last year. For some entrepreneurs, activities like meditation and journaling have kept them grounded. Others have gotten more creative, integrating something called “medi-ccinos” into their daily routines. We’ve collected some of your best responses below. Hopefully, one of these suggestions helps you through the day! 1. Physical Activity Many responses focused on physical activity as a way to create routine and stay connected to their bodies: For me, exercise has helped me so much. Exercising daily is about the only routine I find myself consistently sticking too and it goes a long way to have that outlined daily. I think it’s important to have a routine to help with our well-being whether it’s daily goal setting, reading, etc.Geena Toscano of Social Sellers Academy Waking up before the rest of my family and meditating, exercising, and making my list for the day. Life can get pretty hectic and that provides me an opportunity to spend some time investing in myself before the rest of day gets the best of me. @megglesmac11 Every morning, my hubby and I take turns playing with our dog outside. Whoever isn't on fetch duty is on coffee duty! It's a nice way to center and start the day on the right foot. @sophiazisook Walking is a big one for me — forces you to go slowly and really look at things. An overly indulgent coffee ritual. Stretching. @jo_layne_s 2. Mindfulness Practices Other community members set aside time each day to set intentions, reflect, and recharge: Find something that you really enjoy that takes you away from your business and just be with yourself. For me personally, I get massages at least once a month. I meditate every morning for five minutes. Building self-care into your daily routine is what has helped me. Ashley Roberts of Competitive Edge Basketball Training For me, it’s journaling each morning. Helps me clear my head and start my day calmly. @danielleana Meditation is what keeps us grounded and puts things into perspective. @madamegabrielabeauty We implemented medi-ccinos! Which is every day at 3pm the team and I take an espresso break and then meditate for 5 minutes! ☕️?? This helps us to relax (even if it’s just for a few minutes) and have energy for the rest of the afternoon. Tiffany Dominguez of Taudrey Jewelry 3. A Resilient Mindset For some, the best advice is to keep going and to stay optimistic after a year of uncertainty: In 2020, instead of slowing down, I put things in overdrive for my business. I've been trying to recharge over the past few month and just recently found a second wind. Now, we are elevating and shifting again for the post-pandemic surge and managing growth. The increased risk that now exist in overextension will be a challenge for many and I don't think they see it coming. Vernon Logan of Logan Ventures Keep creating. Keep giving and sharing. Keep walking. Keep baking. Keep building and growing. Keep believing.  Elizabeth Gadbois of The Body Lounge For more small business tips and inspiration create a free account on Hello Alice or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
Mar 10, 2021 • 2 min read
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37 Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

Are you feeling more anxious than ever? We sure are! This is a time of global uncertainty, with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) upending all routines and sense of normalcy — particularly for small business owners. As part of our COVID-19 Business Resource Center, Hello Alice is gathering as many resources as we can to support the mental health of founders as they face unprecedented challenges in their roles as bosses, employees, parents, spouses, friends, and simply humans. We’ll update the page regularly, so be sure to check back for additional resources. Do you know of a resource that should be included? Complete this Google form to recommend an addition, or post in the Business for All Community to get the word out among fellow small business owners. Bridge Club Virtual Support Meetings | Tempest Organized by Tempest, Bridge Club is a community-led peer support group for women, LGBTQ+, and gender non-conforming folks who are sober or interested in sobriety. Their mission is to empower individuals seeking connection and building meaningful relationships that support a sober lifestyle. Bridge Club typically offers monthly in-person meetings, but due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, they will bring all of their local groups online. Tempest is also offering a virtual meeting for people who don’t have a Bridge Club in their local area. Coronavirus Anxiety Crisis Counselor | Crisis Text Line There’s no way around it: The world is really scary right now. Everyone is afraid for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. People all across the world are pinching pennies to make rent and support their families. Parents are forced to put their work (and potentially income) on hold to homeschool their kids or provide childcare while keeping up a job. And everyone everywhere must stay away from social situations. It’s scary. And isolating. And lonely. If you’re feeling anxious and lonely during this pandemic, Crisis Text Line and their crisis counselors are available to help you through this time for free at any time. Coronavirus Anxiety Support | Sanvello The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone grappling with how to navigate this difficult time and manage our mental health. There is much beyond our control, but Sanvello is providing on-demand help with reducing stress and anxiety. This healthcare solution app is offering premium access to all of their content, coping tools, and peer support for free to help you through the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources | Mental Health America As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the associated anxiety. For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, Mental Health America has compiled a range of resources and information for those affected by the mental health effects of the pandemic. COVID-19 Meditation and Resources | Calm Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis. The meditation and relaxation app Calm wanted to offer some content to support your mental and emotional wellness and stay grounded during this tough time. They are providing free access to the resources and content on their COVID-19 webpage free of charge. They’ll be updating these resources regularly. COVID-19 Mental Health and Emotional Fitness Classes | Coa Coa provides expert-led classes and groups for proactive self-growth, mental health, and emotional fitness. They're bringing their latest classes online and focusing on those who are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Class topics range from reducing anxiety for founders during the crisis to discussing all things worry, remote work, isolation, community, and the unknown. COVID-19 Parent Support Group | Coa Working from home and taking care of kids amidst a global pandemic is no small feat. That’s why Coa, a mental fitness community for mental health and self-growth, is offering a free COVID-19 support group for parents. Join this therapist-led discussion alongside other parents to find support and build community during this difficult time. COVID-19 Resources and Information for Women and Families | Maven In times of uncertainty, misinformation, heightened anxiety, and a lack of access to medical experts to answer questions and discuss concerns, Maven, a women’s and family healthcare company, is evaluating how they can make the biggest impact to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Their network of providers is available to evaluate risks for you or your family, discuss concerns, and help you understand what this means for your other care — whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, taking care of an infant or young child, or navigating fertility treatments. They’ve also gathered information and resources specifically for women and families impacted by the pandemic. COVID-19 Self-Care Video Series | MotiSpark MotiSpark, a video platform dedicated to health, created a mental health support series to help you make coping with the COVID-19 crisis a little easier. You’ll get humor, evidenced-based behavioral psychology, and the power of your own stories through this series. It’s free and designed to keep people informed and motivated through this global pandemic. COVID-19 Support Meeting | In The Rooms In The Rooms provides recovering addicts a place to meet and socialize when they’re not in face-to-face meetings. During the COVID-19 outbreak, they know that recovery relies on communication and connection, even as social distancing and self-isolation become the best practices to prevent spreading the virus. That’s why In The Rooms is organizing coronavirus support meetings specifically to those concerned or stressed about the pandemic during their recovery. COVID-19 Telepsychiatry Support | Genoa Healthcare Genoa Health provides telepsychiatry support in which patients see providers remotely over video conferences. To support patients during the pandemic, they are offering services for behavioral and non-behavioral telemedicine care free of charge until June 15, 2020, at minimum. Empower Work Text Line | Empower Work Having a hard time working during the pandemic? Empower Work’s text line is free and immediate, supporting you at critical work moments. Discuss work issues confidentially with a trained peer counselor during this difficult time. Free Access to Sleepio and Daylight for Employers | Big Health Isolation itself can be distressing, but it also means that those in need are less able to access mental healthcare services. Combined with the general anxiety around the impact of the virus, this is likely to be a challenging time for the mental health of many. Due to the impacts of the new coronavirus, Big Health is offering employers free access to their digital therapeutic products for employees — Sleepio for poor sleep and Daylight for worry and anxiety. COVID-19 Virtual Wellness Classes | Gold Wellness Circle The Gold Wellness Circle is devoted to promoting the importance of physical and mental health. During COVID-19, they are offering virtual meditation and yoga classes, as well as online wellness check-ins to help you through this challenging time. Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Training | Happinss In these times of uncertainty, fear and chaos dominate the environment, and you need to take control of your mind and body to be able to navigate the world with a clear head, make better decisions, and help others. That is why Happinss has made available through its app a mindfulness program to help you weather the coronavirus storm while also boosting your immune system. Headspace COVID-19 Meditations | Headspace There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. To help support you through this time of crisis, Headspace is offering some free meditations you can listen to anytime. These meditations are part of the “Weathering the Storm” series on their app, which include sleep and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Holistic Success Institute Virtual Life and Business Coaching | Holistic Success Institute Holistic Success Institute provides virtual life and business coaching to help you weather the coronavirus storm and create a healthy version of life balance. They also provide online group coaching programs to help you reduce stress, reclaim your power, and create your future. Their upbeat programs focus on helping you reduce stress and burnout and include meditations and centering techniques to help you stay grounded during the time of coronavirus. Innermap App | Innermap Founded by mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh, Innermap is an app with easy-to-access tools, stories, meditations, and frequencies that anyone can use, anytime, to snap out of autopilot and wake up to a richer, saner, and freer life. In light of the pandemic, they will be offering a free three-month subscription to help you through the COVID-19 crisis. Lights On with Mitra Manesh Podcast | Innermap Hosted by mindfulness educator and Innermap founder Mitra Manesh, this podcast coaches you in all aspects of a mindful life — from your home to your work and many places in between. Mitra is a mindfulness expert, storyteller, coach, executive trainer, and UCLA teacher at the Semel Institute School of Neuroscience and Human Behavior with more than 35 years of experience. These sessions are taken live from Mitra’s keynote talks, classes, and some studio recordings. The podcast addresses real questions, real answers, and real challenges people are facing. Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic | Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic The Lomi Clinic is providing therapy to clients via phone and video meetings. These tools are invaluable for addressing both ongoing mental health issues and the anxiety that is arising in this very uncertain time. The Masters of Self Virtual Therapy | The Masters of Self The Masters of Self is a group of coaches who are experts in relationship, emotional, mental, and emotional health. They offer online coaching and therapy on Zoom with classes, topics, help, and support customized for you. Members also have access to 24/7 access to hundreds of teaching videos. Meditations for Coronavirus Anxiety | Simple Habit The meditation app Simple Habit is providing free access to meditation designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus crisis. Topics include self-care, easing fear, mindful communication with family, mindfulness for kids at hom e, and guided yoga. They’re also offering free Simple Habit premium memberships to all people who are financially impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time. Mindlight | Mindlight Mindlight is a personal and professional development company offering emotional mastery tools for you and your business. Mindlight is offering free and paid online training and private sessions to help you regulate your nervous system, manage stress, and ultimately feel how you want to feel no matter your circumstances. Online Recovery Meetings | The Temper Whether you’re house-bound because of sickness, a pandemic like COVID-19, or any other reason, you still need to be able to focus on your recovery. While there are things you can do to stay sober when you can’t leave the house, one of the things that is needed more than ever is continued social support. For many in recovery, this usually means in-person meetings. But that’s not possible right now. However, The Temper has compiled a list of recovery groups bringing the meetings to the online space. Real to the People — Response to COVID-19 | Real This New York-based mental health studio is bringing you free digital therapy groups, check-ins, and events during the COVID-19 crisis. Join a digital group salon, or therapy group for support around a core life experience, from juggling parenting and working from home to adjusting expectations after a major event was canceled. Check-in with their team of licensed therapists and attend a digital event featuring therapists and subject matter experts to help you grow, connect, and flourish. Real-Time Mindful Tools for Real-Time COVID-19 Life | Innermap Real-time situations need real-time discussions, practice, and healing tools. Join mindfulness educator and Innermap founder Mitra Manesh in this 4-week online video class to learn, explore, and practice mindfulness tools to help you through these unusual times. Each class is 75 minutes long and consists of a lecture, practice, and Q&A on Zoom. Scholarships are available for healthcare workers, grocery workers, and emergency workers. Resources for Coping with the Coronavirus | Lyra Health The coronavirus outbreak is prompting employers worldwide to determine how best to protect and support their workforces in the face of this public health concern. Lyra Health, a mental health network for employers, has gathered practical guidance from their clinicians to help you aid employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. Find guidance on helping your employees cope with anxiety from the pandemic and encouraging healthy habits while working from home. Restore: Online Sleep App For Insomnia | Magellan Healthcare It may be hard to fall or stay asleep with all the talk about COVID-19 in the news. That’s why Magellan Healthcare is providing their online sleep program and app, Restore, for free to U.S. residents. This confidential online program helps individuals who are experiencing insomnia or other sleep difficulties sleep better through their easy sessions, techniques, and practices. SuperBetter COVID-19 Resilience Game | SuperBetter SuperBetter is a gaming app that helps players build resilience — the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of change and difficult challenges. They are turning the original SuperBetter into a game that helps people around the world successfully manage the stress, disruption, and uncertainty associated with COVID-19, while supporting public health strategies to inhibit its spread. The game will help players build mental, emotional, social, and physical resilience as they follow World Health Organization and CDC coronavirus guidelines. This version will be available for free in the SuperBetter apps and website. Supportiv COVID-19 Mental Health Resources | Supportiv In these uncertain and isolated times, connection is more important than ever. Assisting someone else in need can help you cope and get some distance from your own worries when necessary. And if you’ve got a good handle on your own COVID-19 stress, now is a good time to pay it forward. Supportiv has compiled resources for those wanting to help a friend, coworker, partner, or family member impacted by the mental health effects of the pandemic. They also have a peer support chat for anyone to dump stress and get some clarity despite this era of unprecedented uncertainty. Talkspace Coronavirus Anxiety Program | Talkspace In light of the COVD-19 pandemic, clients are seeking support from their therapists as they manage their associated anxiety symptoms. During this emergency, Talkspace is providing a coronavirus anxiety program free to all users — to calm nerves and improve mental health outcomes — all a part of their mission to broaden access to care and provide safe and effective therapy.  To help you find relief, they're also offering $100 off all other plans. Talk Therapy | Pearl Behavioral Health Looking for mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic? No need to travel, walk into a psychiatrist’s office, and sit in the waiting room. Pearl Behavioral Health uses video to provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality telepsychiatry health services in New Jersey and New York. These services include psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and therapy talks through insurance and affordable subscription plans. Tempest Recovery at Home Program | Tempest Physical distance doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Join Tempest for a four-week program with lessons, support, and a private community specially designed for folks who are looking to stay sober and c onnected during this difficult time. Each week, you’ll get a new lesson from a Tempest expert full of helpful activities and resources you can use at home. Join the private community to connect with others going through the program and access weekly, live Q&As with subject matter experts. Tobacco and Vaping Cessation Program in Response to COVID-19 | Quit Genius As the world comes together to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and employers are recognizing the important role digital health is playing in minimizing exposure whilst delivering continuity of care. Quit Genius is a digital therapeutic program for tobacco and vaping cessation, and they’re offering employers access to their program at no cost for members signing up in March and April 2020. Vibrational Energy Coaching with Amy Grace Lam | Amy Grace Lam Are you looking for holistic energy healing and clearing during this challenging time? Intuitive energy coach Amy Grace Lam is providing vibrational energy healing and coaching that offers energy psychology support based on Chinese acupressure, flower essences, and vibrational energy science. Lam provides free holistic self-care remedies on their website, as well as 25% off on telehealth services during COVID-19 pandemic. Wise Mind Hypnosis | Wise Mind Hypnosis Are you feeling stuck, scared, angry, or worried during this pandemic? Working with Donna M. Bloom of Wise Mind Hypnosis can give voice and understanding to your feelings. Wise Mind Hypnosis offers private online hypnosis and mindfulness services to help people cope throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Working Bravely During COVID-19 | Bravely The COVID-19 outbreak changed life at work overnight, bringing a host of unexpected challenges. That's why Bravely created a daily email series, "Working Bravely During COVID-19," for quick tips and reminders to help you face the new challenges of coronavirus head-on and build yourself a better life at work. They are also providing a free coaching session to those signed up for the email series.
Mar 25, 2020 • 10 min read
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How to Make Working From Home Work for You

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live, from how we catch up with loved ones to the ways we get our work done work. Case in point? Most of us are working from home in an effort to contain the virus. That includes Team Alice; two weeks ago, we temporarily relocated our work spaces to our own homes. Some of us, including our founders, are parents and with school closings, we have to juggle not only work, but also our kids’ childcare and schooling. The transition to remote work isn’t easy. But Hello Alice’s chief of staff Jillian Benvenuti says there are ways to make remote work feel like you’re back at your office. One easy way is to exchange those pajamas with your office attire. “I find that getting ready for work is still important when working from home,” says Benvenuti. “I don't mean dress up in full business attire, but definitely change out of your PJs. Not only will it get you out of comfy mode and into productivity mode, but it will also ensure you are video-ready for those random Slack calls from your team.” Slack, among other teleworking tools such as Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom, allows you to facilitate video conferences and communicate with your coworkers remotely. “I’m still collaborative with my team,” Benvenuti says. “Using Slack or picking up the phone allows us to communicate with coworkers.” And working from home doesn’t mean you can’t have those water cooler conversations with your coworkers. “We created a ‘Work from Home’ channel on Slack where people can still connect,” she adds. Having a clean work environment is also an excellent way to make the transition to remote work easier. But Benvenuti recommends leaving the house chores for after work. “When you’re home, it’s easy to be distracted [with house needs] because you’re working from your house,” she explains. “I work better in a clean environment, so after I log out, I’ll clean my space.” While the pandemic has affected the team’s operations, it’s also impacting founders and business owners in various ways. That’s why we’ve created a COVID-19 Business Resource Center to help you and your employees get through this crisis. As Benvenuti points out, “We’re all in this together during this challenging time.”
Mar 23, 2020 • 2 min read