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Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Jennifer Roberge.

What is your business?
The Eczema Company and It’s an Itchy Little World.

When did you start your business?
2011

What services/products do you offer?

At The Eczema Company, we offer natural eczema treatments for children and adults. Our mission is to provide the best products for eczema to soothe your itchy little world. Our blog shares my family’s personal experiences with battling eczema and we also offer advice from natural health care practitioners as well as success stories from other families. 

How do you balance family and business?
Well, I’m not sure it’s that balanced, but I try my best to work only when the kids are at school. But that can be tricky at times because I work from home and I find myself often jumping back to my office to return just one email or search for an idea that just popped to mind. The kids are really good at reminding me that they need attention and my work can wait J But no matter how balanced or unbalanced my work-life balance is, I do try not to judge myself for it and that’s what really makes a difference.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be times when you’ll work too much and that’s ok. Forgive yourself and move on. Just make time for your family and appreciate those amazing moments when you have them. Put your phone down, walk away from the computer and give yourself fully to your family.

How do your market your business?
We do a lot of work over social media and we love to work with bloggers. Email marketing does really well for us too, so we sent out two newsletters each month with information on our products and with posts from our blog.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeczemacompany/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eczemacompany/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EczemaCompany

Facebook: facebook.com/theeczemacompany/

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Your name and business name:

Hi! My name is Melissa LaHann and I’m the founder of a Chicago based company called LatchPal by Happy Fig Our product simplifies breastfeeding for new mothers.

When did you start your business?  July 1, 2014

What services/products do you offer?

LatchPal is a mom-invented nursing clip that converts a mother’s shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt into a nursing shirt within seconds. LatchPal eliminates the nuisance of a falling shirt and gives mom a clear view of her nursing child. LatchPal also frees a mother’s hands, so she can hold her child more securely & comfortably. Our simple solution is perfect for post-partum moms, pumping, and nursing in public. It’s a must have!

How do you balance family and business?

I’m a busy gal enjoying the role of mom, wife, friend, and entrepreneur.  I’m fueled by love, caffeine, and a desire to help new mothers.  Let’s face it, parenthood is tough and at some point most of us need a helping hand. That’s why we created LatchPal and it’s also why I rely upon a treasured network of family and friends.  They give me balance and inspire me to love more, live more, and enjoy each day.  It’s been said that a person is a reflection of their 5 closest friends and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded people who are driven by genuine passion, inspired to make a difference, and devoted to their families.  

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?

Everything will take longer than you think; anticipate, plan, & prepare.

How do your market your business?

We strive to get LatchPal in the hands of mothers who need it.  We love connecting with new moms, lactation consultants, hospital professionals, bloggers, and retailers at tradeshows and via social media.  The internet is a wonderful resource for sharing and caring; we enjoy sharing LatchPal testimonials, inspirational videos, and parenting resources on Facebook , Twitter, & Pinterest.

Where can we find you?

  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatchPal
  2. Twitter: @LatchPal
  3. Instagram:@LatchPal
  4. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwB15NjCHfPA-rNwSXIJUxA/feed?view_as=public
  5. Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Latchpal/
  6. Buy LatchPal: http://www.latchpal.com/shop/the-latchpal/

 

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Jennifer Erickson.

What is your business?
Children’s Directory

When did you start your business?
It was started by myself and a partner in 2007. In 2009 I took over full time and have been operating solo ever since.

What services/products do you offer?
We are a family resource guide promoting family friendly places, services and products that we think make life with kids so much easier! Behind the scenes of the blog we work with local companies, service providers and national brands to spread their message through integrated marketing campaigns and blogger outreach programs.

How do you balance family and business?
It’s tough being the only parent raising a rascal and balancing a career. My biggest issue is knowing when to shut down for the day. I tend to just put everything off between the hours of 3pm and 8pm Monday thru Friday, which is dedicated to the boy and his needs and then as soon as he starts snoring (he won’t admit it but he snores) I am back at it and have been known to burn the midnight oil ending up exhausted and a tad bit cranky by the end of the week! I am however very conscious of my need to fully unplug and have been making some pretty good progress lately!

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Enjoy your kids and family. I took 6 years off from my full time career and it was the best thing for me. I know it’s not for everyone but for me having that time to focus on family was exactly what I needed.

How do your market your business?
Social media is a big part of our strategy. Facebook and Twitter are our favorite platforms as well as a couple of blogging networks that have helped share our content. We are active in our community and maintain excellent relationships with the brands that we work with so really it’s all about building and maintaining the relationship with connections made along the way.

Where can we find you?

Facebook:: www.facebook.com/childrensdirectoryfanpage

Twitter:: www.twitter.com/kidsdirectory

Instagram:: www.instagram.com/kidsdirectory

Pinterest:: www.pinterest.com/kidsdirectory

We are also on Google + and Youtube more ways to connect are on our website: www.childrensdirectory.net

 

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Gina Almonte.

What is your business?
Refresh-a-Baby, Inc.

When did you start your business?
2012

What services/products do you offer?
Refresh-a-Baby turns water bottles and other baby beverage bottles like “ready-made” baby formula bottles and juice bottles into baby bottles, anytime, anywhere keeping baby hydrated and happy on-the-go! It’s 100% Made in the USA and BPA Free!

How do you balance family and business?
Very carefully!  I have to shut down a little while when my son comes home from school for homework time, snack, to hear about his day, and a little outdoor activity. It is very hard to do this when there are so many deadlines, but your child is only young once and I refuse to miss out on his life.  My work can wait a little for quality time needed with my son.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  There are plenty of resources out there and willing people to help if you just ask you’ll find it and it will make a world of difference. 

How do your market your business?
I have been mainly marketing organically via word of mouth and social media, but also through trade shows and occasional print opportunities.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/RefreshABaby

twitter: https://twitter.com/RefreshB

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/refreshababy/

youtube: http://youtu.be/S4JCOYiEixA

linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gina-almonte/59/626/597/

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Mary Bertsch.

What is your business?
Ind. Avon Sales Representative
Blogs:
http://beautywithmary.com
and http://thinkbeautytoday.com

When did you start your business?
2008

What services/products do you offer?
Avon sells beauty products for your whole family. Beauty and fashion bargains include Avon Anew, an Avon skin care product and Skin So Soft, an Avon bath product. Other popular products are Avon makeup, women fashions, women and men’s fragrances, kid’s clothes and bath products, Avon jewelry, home fashions, and breast cancer, empowerment, and inspirational products.

How do you balance family and business?
Avon is perfect for anyone who has a family. I work my Avon business while running errands. I also market Avon online when I am at home. I don’t even have to leave home to work. I also work my Avon business around helping my daughter and babysitting my precious granddaughters.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Work your business consistently. Never give up. Make yourself weekly goals. You will love the rewards you receive. Remember everyone started at the bottom. Be encouraged by top reps in your business.

How do your market your business?
I promote Avon by handing out brochures at different businesses I stop at. Everyone knows me as the Avon Lady at our local gym, where I leave Avon brochures. I also love to market Avon online. If you are active in social media, promote Avon to your friends. With Avon, you get a free website to sell to anyone in the US. If you love to write, start up a beauty blog and share the new products and brochures. Today everyone loves to shop online.

Where can we find you?

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/100218494201326145099

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mauvemary

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/avonskintips/

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/avoncatalog/

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mauvemary

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvonCatalogOnline

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Julie Mangan.

What is your business?
My Puke Pot by A Better Way, Inc.

When did you start your business?
We began selling online and in stores in 2012.

What services/products do you offer?
We manufacture and sell colorful buckets called My Puke Pot for those times when a loved one or friend is sick.  Our goal is to make illnesses a little more bearable by offering a comforting alternative to a germy toilet or trashcan.  My Puke Pot comes in a variety of bright colors and can be personalized with our decorative waterproof stickers.  We proudly make My Puke Pot in the USA!

How do you balance family and business?
I am the mother of 3 teenagers.  Luckily, I am able to spend my days working from home while they are at school. My evenings and weekends are all about family time.  Because we run an online business, there is a lot of flexibility in my schedule.  However, like all busy moms, I often have to juggle many things at once, so being organized and setting priorities is important to being productive.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
If you have a great idea for a new business, go for it!  Be sure to surround yourself with people who support you and offer exciting ideas and sound advice.  I have a wonderful business partner, Gioia Herrmann, who has been with me from the beginning and has been an invaluable asset to our business.

How do your market your business?
We market My Puke Pot through word of mouth, trade shows, various social media sites and donations to a local hospital. 

Where can we find you?

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyPukePot

twitter: https://twitter.com/mypukepot

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mypukepot/

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Valery Klassen.

What is your business?
Sun 7 Designs

When did you start your business?
After designing and sewing blankets as gifts for years; one day a friend of mine suggest that I sell them, so I did. I started my part-time business in 2008 and in October of 2012 I retired from the corporate world to focus on Sun 7 Designs.   A baby blanket is such an important part of a little baby’s world. Few babies become toddlers without choosing a favorite blanket to cuddle with. They love to take their blankets with them everywhere, as it becomes a special friend long past baby years.  My signature baby blankets are just the right size to snuggle up with or carry around, and being handmade, no two blankets are exactly alike. 

What services/products do you offer?
I custom design one-of-a-kind personalized Minkee baby blankets and have just recently added other personalized items to my product line.  All the items can be coordinated to match.

I offer a one-stop shop for the busy customer who doesn’t have the time to shop for the perfect baby gift.  The customer chooses the blanket colours, design and adds the option of personalization; I create the blanket, wrap it, include a personal gift card and mail it to the recipient on behalf of my customer.

How do you balance family and business?
I’m fortunate that my family is grown now and I can devote most of my time to my business.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not still “Mom’ to them and sometimes have to take time away to attend to family needs.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Dream Big and whatever you decide to do, do it with all your heart. Contact as many people that would relate to your product as you can.  Offer samples, giveaways, discounts and networking opportunities.

How do your market your business?
By far, customer referrals are my biggest piece of the pie in terms of selling my blankets.  Almost all of my customers come back for more; either because of their child’s response to the blanket, or the special compliments the blanket gets at the baby shower.

Social media has helped me grow my business at a much faster rate than I ever would have thought possible.  I have worked hard to grow my Facebook page, become a member of various networking websites, as well as set up profiles on Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Google Plus, 411, Yellow Pages etc.

Where can we find you?

facebook: www.facebook.com/sun7designs

twitter: www.twitter.com/sun7designs

pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sun7designs/

instagram: www.instagram.com/sun7designs

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Kim Fuller.

What is your business?
Fuller Life Concepts

When did you start your business?
I had my first official coaching client in 2007.  I left my full time job to pursue coaching full time in 2011.

What services/products do you offer?
I am a life coach to Solo parenting Moms who struggle with overwhelm and need more Me time.  I am a Marriage and Family therapist and solo parenting Mom and understand the struggle and tug of war happening.  I have created the Fuller Lifestyle System, a step by step system on how to get more freedom, make more money, and have more fun.  I also offer strategies on how to go from overwhelmed to empowered on my weekly radio show Change is Personal airs on Amazing Women of Power Radio Network. 

How do you balance family and business?
In order to find balance, I had to get clear on my priorities and schedule them into my life first. I schedule me time in the early mornings and my daughters activities in late afternoon, then arrange business around those.  If some business related activity conflicts with either of these times, I enlist help of loving family and friends to help me manage.  I realize that balance doesn’t mean I do it all and juggle everything, it means that I am not too rigid where I will break, and not too flexible and inconsistent where I will miss important moments. The most important factors for me is to get Me time and I often choose exercise.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Many of us Moms have most of the responsibility for raising our children while growing our businesses.  I have learned to ask for assistance.  I am the only reason I feel overwhelmed or frustrated.  I realize that independence is a double-edged sword.  It is necessary as a solo mom and entrepreneur, but it also can be crippling when fiercely protected.  Reaching out and asking for help is a lifesaver and being willing to accept the help that is offered is the rescue!

How do your market your business?
I market my business through social media (Instgram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook).  I attend networking meetings regularly.  I have found that maintaining communication with my contacts is very effective so I have a weekly ezine and I send out a monthly update letter by mail.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuller-Life-Concepts/186931154687947

twitter: https://twitter.com/KimFullerlife

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Bola Oyeyipo, MD.

What is your business?
Healthgist.com

When did you start your business?
Official start was March 2014 but my co-founder and I had been planning and plotting for a year before the official launch.

What services/products do you offer?
-Healthgist.com is all about better health for the busy women and we achieve that mission by publishing helpful health tips and information for the on-the-go woman twice a week that goes out (for free) to our email subscribers.

-Our premium offerings are digital downloads/home-study products answering the health questions women have. More information about our products are available at https://healthgist.com/healthgist-premium/

How do you balance family and business?
Family comes first. Being a virtual business helps with flexibility. Most of my work is done while my kids are tucked in for the night. I have learned to temper my ambitions with the reality of my present committments.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
-do something everyday, however small to propel your business forward. The commulative effect over time is what grows your business.

-start setting up your systems even if you are the only employee of the business. It will make the transitions easier when you start to expand and need more hands on the deck.

How do your market your business?
-We do a lot of collaboration with other complimentary businesses like hosting joint giveaways.
-Guest blogging and features on complimentary websites.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  https://facebook.com/healthgist

 

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Margaret Salmond.

What is your business?
DVA Virtual Assistance

What services/products do you offer?
I’m a virtual assistant who works with solo entrepreneurs providing them with administrative, social media and project management assistance.

How do you balance family and business?
Well Im a empty nester now so its easier then when my daughter was still at home.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
One, find a business that you would work even if you didnt get paid.  Second, find a plan that works for your family and stick with it.  On your calendar, mark off work time, family time, work out time, etc.  Once you come up with a plan, it will be easy to stick with.

How do your market your business?
Some online networking but I have found most of my business comes from getting out and going to networking events within my community.  And with that, referrals have started coming my way.

Where can we find you?

facebook:  www.facebook.com/dvavirtualassist 

twitter: www.twitter.com/dvavirtualasst