What Radishes Taught this Busy Mom about Business

You know, I am quite a busy mom with a houseful of kiddos. I help my husband in ministry work, homeschool, running multiple income streams and blog in three of my own blogs. I am also ghostwriting regularly for a client. The list goes on and on.

I am not complaining by any means. I love my life because there is never a dull moment that’s for sure.

Not long ago, I shared with you how Raising Chickens Taught Me about Business. Today I want to share with you what radishes taught this busy mom about business. All this talk of chickens and radishes, you would think I run a regular farm.

radishesDon’t get me wrong I would love to have my own farm. But for now I am happy to live in a city where we are blessed with with fresh produce we can buy.

The day before yesterday, a man came by the house selling his fresh vegetable, quite a common thing around here. It is nice to have front door service because it saves me a trip to the market, not to mention much lower prices if you can purchase directly from a grower.

Right now, radishes are in season here in Nicaragua. This fellow had the best looking radishes I had ever seen and the freshest too.

Turning a Mistake into a Great Opportunity

I immediately jumped on the opportunity and I bought two radish bunches from this man.

I quickly discovered a dilemma. My son Jonathan, the Writer Dude, no longer lives with us at home and it was he and I that really enjoy crunching these spicy roots. Our other children like them some but not as much as Jonathan and I do.

In all reality, even if my son was still living at home, there is no way we could eat all the radishes as they were way too many. Talk about feeling terrible. I really do not like waste food. So my brain started getting in gear and you know what?

For the first time I wondered if there was anything else that could be done with radishes. I have never eaten radishes any other way except raw with a sprinkle of salt.

Have you found yourself buying a product or a service just because it was such a great deal?

I know it happens. In fact it happens way too often. There is something about a great deal that is so hard to pass off.

Brainstorm, Idea and Plan

Let’s say you already made the decision and purchased something you figured could greatly benefit your business. What will you do with it?

First of all, I highly advice, that you take three basic steps:

  1. brainstorm
  2. get an idea and
  3. come up with a plan

Be sure that you implement these steps right away with your product. Otherwise learn from this, count your loss (which is not a real loss if you actually learn your lesson) and move on.

I can’t tell you how many times I have stewed over a decision I made. It literally became a total distraction. I also spent more time daydreaming rather than planning. In the end I neither used the product or learned my lesson. Which meant it was not long before I repeated the cycle.

So, my dilemma with the radishes was similar. And being it is a perishable product, time was of an essence.

You should always treat your business like every move matters and the more you delay your business begins to lose money. In a sense your business begins to perish.

Find an Expert’s Advice

My first thought with the situation with all those radishes was to seek advice from an expert. My oldest daughter, Sarah from Cool Cowboy Comics was the first one I thought of. She has a knack for being creative. She is just gifted that way.

Electronic comic books is not all she does, she finds creative ways to turn old t-shirts into nice looking rugs. She sews beautiful dresses and yes, is creative when coming up with great recipe ideas.

So, I turned to Sarah and asked, “Do you think you can come up with ideas of what I can do with all these radishes?”

She jumped on it right away very excited. She loves being a blessing with her creative talent. The first thing she did is jump on Google.

So, could I have done that?Experts offer great advice for busy moms.


But remeber, I am a busy mom and that would be one more thing on my already busy list.

Sarah was not only going to look up the information she was going to filter out the unnecessary material that would have taken me even more time to do.

If you are able then consider doing the research yourself. But there comes a time where you will need an expert’s advice.

Someone who knows right where to go, find the answers, orient you and even prepare you some valuable training to boost you in your business endeavor.

You can find this by way of joining a Mastermind group like I have. My mentor and coach is Carol Amato. Not only has she encouraged me to use what I have available she has helped me think some of my decisions through.

Carol has saved me loads of time. Which for me time is as valuable as money if not more so.

A mentor can guide you to find the recipe that is right for your business. You can even begin by simply patterning yourself after your mentor by using the valuable tools that make a person like Carol Amato successful.

Radish Recipe Ideas

I do want to share the wonderful find. Sarah came up with pickled radish. She made it with a little less honey than the recipe required and had to omit the mustard and red pepper seeds only because we did not have any.

As I mentioned I have not eaten radishes any other way except raw with salt. After trying these pickled radish I am hooked. They are great!

Thank you to Kate Taylor for posting your delicious recipe online. I love it :)

Sarah also took some olive oil and sauté radishes with garlic. That was really good too.

As a busy mom, I will also advice that whenever possible, council with an expert prior to diving into any product a decision on a product or service for your business. Another great thing about being involved in a Mastermind.

But if you already made that decision then research or seek expert advice on what you can do to make the most of it. You may discover your business endeavor is given a little spice that it did not have before.

To your success,
Ann Moore (Mom Internet)

To your Success, Ann Moore (Mom Internet)

About Ann Moore

Follower of Jesus Christ, wife and Mom of a houseful of kiddos. Ann is co-author of "How To Sell On eBay - Your Step-By-Step Guide To Selling On eBay" In addition to her home management and administration skills, Ann is an entrepreneur at heart who loves to write. Her passionate writing topics include: Christian faith and living, Internet Marketing, Home Business Tips and Ideas, Time Management, Self-improvement and Travel.
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  • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

    Hi Ann,

    I absolutely love the fact that you think like a resourceful mom and create a way to turn a mistake into a great opportunity. Well done! :-)

    I’ve never eaten radishes either except for raw with a sprinkling of salt…

    I’ve been there and done that – not been able to pass up a great deal and purchased too much of something…

    I like the concept of brainstorm, idea, plan and taking action right away. There have been times in the past where I’ve purchased something and not implemented right away, only to find months later, it’s sitting on my hard drive collecting virtual dust. Sigh

    Your concept of perishing business by delaying to take action is a good one, and I will remember it, so thanks!

    I think it’s smart to get the help of your daughter who has a knack for creativity as well as more time than you.

    It was super kind of you to mention me, Ann, and I really appreciate you sharing that I’ve helped. You’ve also inspired me in many ways, and I am so thankful the Lord allowed our paths to cross. Linking to my tools was a completely unexpected surprise, and I appreciate it very much.

    I’m so glad you found a way to utilize all the radishes you bought, that’s great! Loved the ending – “You may discover your business endeavor is given a little spice that it did not have before.” So true!! :-)

    Thanks for the thought-inspiring content, Ann, I really enjoyed it.

    Talk soon,
    - Carol

    • http://mominternet.com/ MomInternet


      Thank you so much for dropping by.

      It was my pleasure sharing your tools link. I want others to benefit from your expert advice. I trust your recommendations and I want my readers to know that.

      I also want folks to see that a mentor who really cares is going to share true value that benefits her readers.

      By the way, Carol, another expert advice I received concerning purchasing a product for your business was to give yourself a time limit.

      For example when you buy it be sure you implement it within four hours, give or take. Otherwise count your loss and move on. I am sure you can set more time but the idea is to incorporate it into your business right away.

      Now this is not a cure all, just a good rule to stick by. Now, I did exactly that with a recent WP theme I purchased and still found I bombed out.

      I would say the very best advice is to consult an expert before spending the money like I recently did with the theme I purchased. Had I consulted you prior to my purchase I could have been reminded, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it,” and not spent the money.

      Rather I could have saved the money and better invested my time into what really matters, creating content and networking.

      A costly lesson but a lesson learned. I am so thankful to have someone I can count on to help me along my journey of success :)

      Have a wonderful day,
      ~Ann Moore (Mom Internet)

  • http://JoyHealey.com Joy Healey

    Hi Ann

    Great suggestion to turn housewife skills into business skills. Running a home can be just as complicated as many small businesses.

    I currently have a glut of tomatoes gifted to me by a very strong wind flattening my poor nephew’s crop in the space of an afternoon. He was gutted but has generously shared them out with the family and I have tomatoes ripening on every windowsill and have eaten tomatoes at two meals a day for quite some time now. Happily with a few variations!

    I’m afraid I am guilty of purchasing products (Internet related and otherwise) then not making use of them. But luckily every so often I reach a plateau where I feel so guilty that I just ban myself. The trick is to make the ban stay in place longer!


  • http://www.writerdude.com Jonathan (Writer Dude)

    Hi Mom! I just read this post! Funny thing is you wrote it when I was just getting settled in here at college. I went to Walmart and bought groceries and I picked up a bunch of radishes on that day LOL What a coincidence hehe.

    Great advice shared!

    • http://mominternet.com/ MomInternet

      That is too funny, Jonathan.

      I hope you were able to enjoy your radishes as much as I did.

      Hopefully when we see you again we can swap radish recipes ;)

      Hey, by the way make sure you update your gravatar so your pic shows on my top comments area.

      You have a great week, son,
      Ann Moore (Mom Internet)

  • http://www.profitablemarketingtips.com/ Andrew Rush

    Hey Ann! First of all congrats for your site, it’s really nice and full of useful tips. I like the way you write and explain things, it’s different of what I saw till now. Keep up the great work!

    PS. You could check out my blog too and maybe we could exchange some links.