Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mompreneur of the month: March 2012

March Mama!
Mompreneur of the Month
Caroline, our mama founder ~ and mama to Jackson!
Tell us about you and your business-to-be!

In 2009 I started a recruitment consulting business focusing on non-profit and social entrepreneurial companies.  Shortly after going down this path I decided that running a business was like raising another baby.  And, I wanted to pursue my passion for nutrition and health for kids.  Although I loved being a mom and the idea of being a business owner, I decided that I was going to put my plans on hold until my son was a little older. 


What was your career prior to becoming a mompreneur?

Corporate Human Resources and recruiting – I started my career as a recruiter and worked for some fantastic companies like Gap Inc. and Charles Schwab.  Those companies provided me with so much training for the business world in a dynamic, bright, driven environment.    After a few years I decided that I wanted to be an independent consultant….a step toward entrepreneurship but not all of the way there.  Until I moved to NYC to pursue my passion for healthy food in schools.  For the past 8 years I have worked in NYC and SF with organizations dedicated to health and wellness for kids.  


Why do you want to start your own business?

I have always talked about having my own business.  I love the independence, the creativity and the ability to combine all of my passions.  When I was deciding onmy major in college, the only thing I said was that I wanted to have my own business.  I chose International Business because I also have a passion for language.  Here I am many years later still working on that dream!

 

What advice do you have for other aspiring mompreneurs?

Definitely take the time to write a thorough business plan.  Talk through your business plan with another accomplished mompreneur.  Make sure that your expectations about how much time it will take to run a business are realistic and in-line with your family’s goals/expectations.  But, otherwise – don’t think too much because you will always find a reason why you can’t do it!!  Take the risk!!!

If someone knocked on your door, and it was during business hours… (assuming you work at home) how will they find you?  Kid on hip, overalls… pjs?
Right now I do work from home supporting two mamapreneurs creating healthy food for kids!  I am fanatic about getting up, taking a shower and getting dressed for the day.  This makes me feel like I can get things done!

 

Do you eat lunch?  Favorite food?
My standard is fruit and frozen burrito. As I write this, I realize this does not sound good.  If I was going out to lunch, that’s a whole different story. Love all pizza and Vietnamese sandwiches – hotter the better.

 

What time do you finally fall into bed at night?
I do everything better in the morning…I go to bed early by 10pm. But have been known to get up at 3am for an hour or so and then back up at 7am. 

Just in case you want to read more…

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Talking Women2.0

Work it Ladies!

Women2.0.  Do you know of them?  Have you heard?  I think its super important for us ladies to, well, be talking… we need to talk about what we are doing in business, and to tell the world.  One place you can do that is at Founder Fridays.

Make a plan, get a sitter for the night!  GO!

http://www.women2.org/category/founder-friday/

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Are you local?

English: Entrepreneurial activity in the US - ...

WORK IT!

I was at one of those entrepreneurial conferences about two weeks ago and I found out about all of these companies that I had no idea about, and one of them is MANTA.  I am not doing business locally, I don’t have a storefront or a service currently but I can still use it for Living My Dreams.  I think it’s smart to check it out, and to make it better… there can be no cost involved, yeah!

check them out!

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I never thought I needed an Attorney

Law Library DVDs

who has time for law books and dvds?

Thank goodness I was at our meeting last night and listened!
There are so many details, that I honestly don’t have time for, but a seasoned, well
respected, (and a mom of two) business attorney sure will help when it comes to pressing contracts, details,
trademarks application, corporation status…agreements, AHHHH… I can go on and on here but I’ll stop, I think you get the idea, we need attorneys to cut through the fat of it all! Anyway I just wanted to say to MOD4LLP for showing up and helping us out last night!

Find them if you need them!

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Non-Profit?

Hey YOU!  Are you starting a nonprofit?  I came across this organization that may be able to help…

415 373 6767  http://WHOmentors.com

WHOmentors.com, Inc., a nonprofit public benefit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, offers articles of incorporation pre-cleared and pre-validated by the California Secretary of State, draft bylaws and 100 hours of consultation, training, and other forms of management assistance services to quickly incorporate a nonprofit educational and/or charitable organization Review: http://WHOmentors.com/fiscalsponsordirectory

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Our Next meeting… PLAN for it.

Remember we now have a permanent monthly meeting home… and our next meeting will be all about the Plan!  Do you have a plan?  Are you just beginning or need to refocus?  Our guest speakers are pros at details and all legal matters, considering they are attorneys for business!  Here is what they think: ( i love this!)

Do what you love.

Your business is what you love.  It might be engineering, writing, a restaurant, renewable energy, cupcakes, social change, phone apps, stationery, winemaking, literacy, games, cabinets, potato cannons, finance, aligned chakras, or oil on canvas.  Maybe you’re an expert in accounting, landscaping, Japanese poetry, building houses, transmissions, medicine, performance, insurance or massage.  Maybe you make the software that runs these other businesses, or the machines that make the software, or the cupcakes that feed the machines that make the software…you get the point.  You do what you love.

We’re lawyers.  We can work with you to understand the legal landscape surrounding you and your business.  We want to explain the legal side of where you’ve been, and give you the tools to make an informed decision about where you want to go.

I like that they say INFORMED.  Yes, I want to be informed… at every point of my business making process, don’t you?

Join us.  Mark the calendar.  February 16th 6:30-8:30  see you then!

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