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So many times qualified women holding decent positions in the Corporate world go off and have children only to find there’s no place for them back in the traditional workforce. They’re looking for more flexibility and more time off so they can be with their families and take care of child-rearing obligations like doctor appointments, school functions and birthday parties. Most of these women are college educated–many with Master’s Degrees–and can offer a ton of talent to a company. So what happens when these women just don’t fit the traditional employee pool anymore?
Some women, like the ones profiled on Entrepreneur.com go out on their own and start their own company. However, it takes a certain breed to become successful as the boss of their own venture. Do you have what it takes to be successful as a Mompreneur? Read on to find out how these successful Moms got their cake and ate it too!
Entrepreneur.com–by Lisa Druxman
Tell us what an average day in your life looks like, starting with waking up. I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and get a jumpstart on e-mail and my list of “to do’s” for the day. Kids need to be up, dressed, fed and out the door at 8 a.m. for the bus stop [She has two children. Only one goes to school.]. My 4-year-old gets shuffled along with me for most of the day. Some days he goes to a sitter and I teach my Spanish classes or have business meetings. Other days we participate in library story times, swim lessons and co-op preschool. I always try to squeeze in some kind of exercise, as well as try to stay on top of housework, laundry, doctor appointments, vet appointments, etc. during the day. We pick up my daughter at 4 p.m. from the bus stop and we’re off to skating, dance or Spanish class. Evenings consist of dinner preparation, homework, baths and bedtime rituals. I sit down to work after the kids are in bed around 9 p.m. until I am finished. Whew.
What’s your biggest challenge in being a mom entrepreneur? Balance, balance, balance. It’s a fine art of balancing life and work when you are a mom entrepreneur. I’ve had to make this a priority, especially with two young children at home with me as I have been building the business. Making specific “work times” is a must for me. Allowing myself a certain amount of time to accomplish work tasks and then being 100 percent with my children at other times has helped me stay balanced.
What’s your best tip for success as a mom entrepreneur? Finding reliable child care. The notion of working during nap time is a great concept but can’t always be counted on. With no family close by, I’ve had to be very particular and conscientious about finding reliable part-time child care. As soon as I got this issue ironed out, I was much more productive and in control.
Do you make time for yourself? How? Yes, absolutely. Not as much or as often as I should, but I do. Going to the gym is my own time and I try to make it a priority every day if possible. I do sporadic girls’ nights out and brunches with my college girlfriends.
If you could start over in your business, what would you do differently? I don’t think I would do anything differently. Each day is a learning process for me and, although I’ve learned so much in my journey, I’m very happy with the way I started my company and the way it’s growing.
What’s your favorite book?
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
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