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!!!
Just in case you want to read more…
- For Mompreneurs, Failure Is Not an Option (entrepreneur.com)
- Successful Life & Time Management for Work at Home Mompreneurs (theworkathomewoman.com)