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OMG July Mompreneur of the month~ASK A NANNY

MAMAS July is my birthday month, I have been in negotiations with a fellow mama for a business venture, and I have come across two people in technology who have offered to be advisors for my technology platform… so as you can see I’m a bit behind this month with the post… SO SORRY.

This Months Mama is Stef Tousignant from Askananny.com-  I walked into her house and I thought I had gone directly into a beautiful little preschool, but also a very modern and stylish flat here in San Francisco.  I don’t know how she does it?  Everything was in place, everything clean and baby…. well he napped!  I honestly think it’s true, a nanny has super powers that make everything right!

Enter Stef…

Tell us about you and your business-to-be!

AskaNanny.com is an advice website for parents of infants and toddlers. Parents write in their question via email, FB or Twitter and I answer right away with helpful tips, developmental info and pages from favorite parenting books to read.

 What was your career prior to becoming a mompreneur

I was a nanny for 5 years and before that I was an infant teacher for 3+.

Why do you want start your own business? 

I love to be my own boss, my mother ran her own business my whole childhood and always had the flexibility to make us the priority, which is what I do now with my kids!

What makes you unique and makes your business different from anyone else out there? 

I am open to all parenting styles and understand that parenting is hard and you do what you can to get through the phase your in at that moment. I am not judgmental – I am here to help. I know infants and toddlers extremely well and am always available to help anytime a parent asks!

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your business so far? 

That I have built this business while raising my sons, setting an example of what you can do if you put your mind to it. I love to support my readers whether they are nannys or parents, it is a rewarding experience.

What do you like most about being a mompreneur?

I like and dislike the same thing in fact, which is that I can be a stay-at home mom and be with my baby every day and run this business – but at the same time somethings got to give sometimes and its always the business, so it can be slow going…

What advice do you have for other aspiring mompreneurs?

Get childcare even if its part time, otherwise a year or two to your business plan!

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?

Baby on hip, jeans and tshirt, probably forgot to brush my hair (as usual) nursing my one cup of coffee I am allowed a day (BFing!)

 

Do you each lunch?  Favorite food?

Yes I have to I am BFing but Im sure if I wasnt I would skip it….ice cream (trying to cut the nightly habit left over from pregnancy days!)

What time do you finally fall into bed at night?

1130/12 after pumping….

 

Oh, and also… open ended question… any insight or advice for other mamas?

Go out with your husband, find a good nanny you can trust and make part of your family.  Don’t expect quick fixes to work in the long run when it comes to parenting, it really does take hard work and a lot of time and patience! (and lots of LOVE of course!!)

Any challenges you’d like to mention…?

Prioritizing my daily life as well as tasks I have to do for my business….

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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. 

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