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July Mom Entrepreneur of the Month~Ashita of Slidelane.com

I just love it when I meet another mama who is just as ambitious as me, this month I had the opportunity to meet with Ashita Trikah of a new  site, named Slidelane, easy to remember as it includes my NAME.  HA.  She greeted me at 9am with her family behind her all looking perfect, I loved it. I arrived in my sweat pants and sneakers, quite a contrast!  Here is Ashita…

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

I’m a mom of two (3 and 18 months).  I’ve always been ambitious and hungry for challenges.  I love learning something new.   Physical, mental and spiritual balance is very important to me.

Slidelane is a social marketplace where new parents can find, recommend and share the best places and services in their neighborhoods.

The site (and soon to come mobile apps) replicates the word-of-mouth experience that parents can find chatting with other parents at the neighborhood park.  The content is both curated and community driven.  We wanted to make it a super easy and clean experience for parents to find stuff like the best baby boutique, meal delivery, music class, photographer or sleep trainer…and we have!

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What was your career prior to becoming a mompreneur? 

– I was in Corporate America doing hi-tech product marketing, management and strategy.

Why do you want start your own business? 

– I have had the burning itch since business school to launch my own thing.  Even in my corporate roles, I was always most passionate about innovation.  It’s the most exciting challenge I’ve ever had.  Most importantly, I love the flexibility it gives me to focus on my kids when I need to.

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

– We are two tech savvy moms that have worked in cutting edge web/mobile stuff but also understand  and care deeply about our target demographic.  We’ve both been there, and understand the challenges that new parents face.  Having these characteristics, along with the support, ambition and luxury to take time off from our corporate jobs to thoughtfully build a company is lucky.  I think we’re in a unique situation.

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

Launching our invite only beta, getting our first set of users, and receiving positive feedback.  Hearing from people that they love our site and found it valuable is unbelievably rewarding.

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What do you like most about being a mompreneur?

I love the flexibility both personally and professionally.    I also love that my skills as a mom are so transferable.  Multi tasking with two kids and keeping household operations moving makes you a ninja!

What advice do you have for other aspiring mompreneurs?

Lean on the support you have and follow your dreams.  It’s worth it.  Drink a lot of coffee. Sleep is overrated.

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?

skinny jeans, boots, and a comfy sweater drinking tea/coffee and on my laptop or phone

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Do you each lunch?  Favorite food?

I eat as I go through my day at least every two hours.  I do a lot of meetings over lunch or coffee and ALWAYS snack.

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What time do you finally fall into bed at night?

It depends how tired I am but 11:30 is pretty standard.

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

You cannot do everything.  There are only 24 hours in the day.  Prioritize, and it’s ok if some things slip.  I use the 10-10-10 rule.  Will this be worth it in 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 years?  It helps me figure out that a ballet class for my daughter may take precedence over a meeting.  It also helps me order out, and deal with a messy house so that I can focus on work.

Any challenges you’d like to mention…?

It’s tiring and like everything in motherhood you are torn between where you spend your time (your company vs. your family).   You work REALLY hard without a financial pay out initially, but we’re used to that as moms…aren’t we?

 

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June MOM Entrepreneur of the Month~Colleen Campbell!

 

Recently I had the immense pleasure of interviewing fellow momeprneuer, Colleen Campbell. She is warm, funny, and oh so business savvy!

 

Tell us about your business?

My business is called Ignite Your Potential, which is an online offering as well as a private practice where I work with smart women who want to achieve more in their careers, relationships, or other areas of their lives where they may feel drained or stuck.  Through a dynamic blend of life coaching and counseling, I help women get clear about what they want and need, strategize and negotiate to meet their goals, and ultimately create sustainable, lasting change in their lives.

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What was your career prior to being a mom?

My son Dax is 8 months old and I’ve had my practice for about 6 years, so even before I was a mom. Before my practice doing coaching and counseling, I was doing psychotherapy with clients in several different family clinics.

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Why did you start your business?

It was always my intention to work for myself. My business plan includes building my online presence and offering products that will creatively help clients be who they’re meant to be. Just like my clients, I am also an achiever-type and working for myself is how I will meet my own exciting goals. One of which is having a career that my passion. I believe that we can live into our own potential and having my own business is a part of that.

 

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

I’m different from other life coaches because of my extensive training, I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and my background in psychotherapy. I’m different from other counselors in the way the work is focused on goals and the active intention of creating change that lasts. Because I blend counseling and coaching I can meet each client where they are and help them get where they want to go faster.

I also offer phone sessions for those who cannot make it to my office and I offer a complimentary initial session to make sure we’re a good fit for one another.

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

I’ve had clients publish books, launch new products, start their own companies, move into high level leadership positions, and repair and grow their relationships. All of this makes me incredibly proud, not for me, but for them. The pride I have in my clients’ accomplishments is the pride I have in my business. That I can enable that for people is deeply satisfying for me.

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What do you like most about being a Mompreneur?

I’m so grateful, considering the hours I work, that my baby is nearby. I enjoy seeing him through out the day, feeding him, when he’s teething, soothing him. I can still feel connected to some degree even though I’m working. Of course I know not all Mompreneurs can be at home. And it is a double edge sword in the sense that there are times when it can be distracting.

I also believe that it is good for children to see their parents accomplishing things in the world. And I look forward to one day teaching Dax, if he’s interested, about running a business.

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What advice do you have for other aspiring Mompreneurs?

Delegate is my biggest advice. This takes refinement and it’s always changing. But in your personal life and in your business, what are you laboring on that someone else can do? And maybe you can’t afford to delegate all those tasks…but make a prioritized list of what get’s handed over next as your budget allows. I help my clients think outside the box in terms of what they want/need, what can be delegated, and how to negotiate to achieve these ends.

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I usually dress in professional clothes when I work, it gets my head in the game.

 

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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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Some of our lovely mamas!

A growing list of our successful mom started businesses!  Find them!

http://www.kidsyogastories.com/
http://www.cherrybranchsf.com
http://www.fbacadesign.com
http://www.momiloop.com
http://www.freshbabybites.com
http://www.adorelaviedesigns.com
http://www.mymilkcarrier.com
http://www.amindfulfamily.com
http://www.oneloudermarketing.com
http://www.sidewalkskincare.com
http://www.strollerspa.com
http://www.speakuppowerfully.com
http://www.leslunes.com
http://www.lanekennedy.com
http://www.askananny.com/

Want to be on the list?   Just let us know!

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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. 

Just in case you want to read more…

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Are you local?

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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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What do you do when you don’t want to work?

Oh no, it’s one of those days, a day when I amexhausted after a night of insomnia and hot flashes!  Yes, I love hormones.

I have a list in front to me go through, to check off, to complete, and honestly I just want to go back upstairs, pull the shades and snuggle up with my son… BUT that is not an option.  I have to push through. I must, I must, I must…

So, my question to you mamas is, what do you do on these days… do you have a favorite motivational app that sends you reminders on you phone every hour?  Or a business/life coach who you call, to ask for help?  Or maybe you are the type that decides to go to an afternoon movie?  Who are you?

Today, I think I’m the type who will go outside, walk to the corner store, grab the best cuppa coffee I can get, and then contemplate in the sun, why it is that I’m mompreneur…

Why are you a mompreneur?

Until next time!

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thinking.

The value of a CFO/COO is measured by looking back at their careers. The value of a CEO is measured by how far they can see into the future.

Simon Sinek — Start with Why

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