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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.

Clothing?

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

 

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May SF Mompreneur Anne-Marie Kavulla!

This months featured mom is Anne-Marie Kavulla of Pirtti Handwoven.  I met Anne-Marie last year when she landed in San Francisco, and I instantly took a liking!  She has splendid taste, which I completely identify with, and appreciate!  Here is a bit more about her, enter Anne-Marie…

Tell us about you and your business!

My business is called Pirtti Handwoven. I design and produce handwoven scarves on a floor loom in my home studio. The scarves are made in small numbers, most being one-of-a-kind or limited edition and released for sale two times a year. (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer)  (WOW~ no one else will own my scarf… I love this!)

 What was your career prior to becoming a mompreneur?

I danced professionally in NYC for many years. I started in contemporary dance, and then went into musical theatre, competitive lindy hop, acting, print modeling…

Why do you want start your own business?

I decided to leave the performing world behind right before I had children. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and then the babies started coming. I knew that the world was going to keep moving while I changed diapers and I didn’t want to be lost and without skills when I was ready to go back to work. Considering I have taught almost everyone who I have met in my life how to knit, I figured it was time to focus on fiber arts as a career. I chose weaving because it was something I was interested in and gave me a reason to keep the 36″ floor loom that was taking up a lot of space in my home.

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

What makes me and my business unique is my process. Not many people weave on floor looms these days. I love color and the relationship color has with light and texture. I focus on a level of quality and care that makes the scarves very special. All my scarves are done by hand. The warp is measured by hand, all the striations are done by hand (as opposed to using pre-dyed variegated yarn), all the actual weaving, fringe twisting, label sewing is done by hand.

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

Despite my small production, I have gathered a loyal following. Once my scarves are listed, they usually sell very fast. One time they sold out in 5 minutes. I was completely shocked and very, very happy.  (Now that is a great issue to deal with…)

What do you like most about being a mompreneur?

I can take my time. My main focus is my children. They are very young and they need me. My business gives me an outlet for creativity. If I can’t work for a week because I’m doing activities with my kids, then so be it. The downside is, my business is moving very slowly. So, I’ve worked that into my business plan as best I can. I consider now my time to learn my business inside and out. Right now I handle everything – design, weaving, photography, shipping, etc. When I am ready to grow my business, I want to know exactly what parts of the business I love and want to stay a part of, and what parts I am ready to hire help and outsource.

What advice do you have for other aspiring mompreneurs?

Get to know all the bells and whistles on your calendar and keep a tight schedule. A great babysitter is a necessity.

If someone knocked on your door, and it was during business hours… how will they find you?  Kid on hip, overalls… pjs?

Workout clothes and no makeup. Sad truth!

 Do you each lunch?  Favorite food?

I love to slip out to the Warming Hut for a tuna salad and take in the view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

What time do you finally fall into bed at night?

11pm

Any challenges you’d like to mention…?
A lot of mompreneur businesses are a one-person operation. It is extremely helpful to use groups like ours and surround yourself with people who can give you feedback. It’s hard sometimes to see the forest through the trees. Meeting with fellow mompreneurs has been extremely helpful to me.

(So. Now go on, sign up on her list!  And get one of those scarves!)

carry on ladies, until next month.
Remember if you would like to be featured, please contact me, Lane Here!


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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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Caroline is testing the waters….

more to come!

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