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Ana L. Flores is co-founder of Spanglish Baby, the award-winning online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids, as well as co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. A bicultual and bilingual Latina born in Houston, Ana was raised in El Salvador and lives with her familia in Los Angeles. She shares more of her personal life and insights as a Latina mom and entrepreneur on her blog Madre Vida.

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6 Best Financial & Productivity Tools for Mompreneurs

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6 Best Financial and Productivity Tools for MompreneursI am living proof that the lack of money or financial resources should not be an excuse for any mom trying to start their own business. After my daughter was born and I decided to quit my career as a TV producer, the recession hit my house. As tough as those moments were, I am thankful for the motivation that hit my spirit. I was not going to allow our dire straits to bring us down now that we had a child. So with no money to spare or invest, and the debts starting to pile up, I turned to the internet for inspiration.

Four years later, I own one thriving boutique social media agency (the first of its kind), a successful blog that has even churned out a book, and several other business deals in the works.

Since everything I have done has had absolutely no funding or financial investment, I’ve had to be very creative and resourceful in how I invest my time and the money that comes in from the work that’s done. Bootstrapping your business — meaning you self-finance with the money generated from your own work and not external investments — has its joy in the fact that it all belongs to you and your partner, if you have one. But it also means that you need to be extra savvy in finding the right tools and resources to keep you productive, organized and financially fit.

Fortunately for Mompreneurs, the internet and mobile are beaming with free and useful tools to handle our finances and productivity.

I use so many tools that make it that much easier for me to keep track of it all. Here’s a list of 6 financial and productivity tools to get you started.

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6 Best Financial & Productivity Tools for Mompreneurs

Basecamp

Basecamp is really where all the action happens for us. This project management platform is amazing to collaborate between a group of people on different projects, giving you the ability to invite those you need for each one. It also features calendars, to-do lists, file upload and storage, progress reports, send-by-email options, and so much more. This is one tool that gets used all day long in my businesses.

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Ana L. Flores is co-founder of Spanglish Baby, the blog and online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. She is also the co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. Ana shares her personal life and insights as a Latina mom and entrepreneur on her blog Madre Vida. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ana's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “6 Best Financial & Productivity Tools for Mompreneurs

  1. Aela says:

    This is SUCH great info! I’ve always wondered about “the hows” behind getting things done for these kinds of endeavors. I’m not the savviest when it comes to researching these sorts of things, so this is just great!

  2. Wendi says:

    Love this! I passed it along to my husband’s friend who is starting a business because these definitely aren’t just for moms!

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  4. s@l-E says:

    I agree with wendi – these are great tips for any entrepreneur!

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