Last week I put myself on video asking for mompreneur questions….thanks to everyone for watching me on the big screen (ugh) and commenting. I had one hell of a roller coaster week, and I thought that I would incorporate some of that into the answers. So, you want to be a mompreneur? – Here you go!
When I posted the video last Monday, there was no school for President’s Day. This was an expected day off, and I was planning on being with the boys. In fact, they each had a friend join us and we went to a movie fundraiser sponsored by a local kid. We even managed to sneak in a game of Monopoly,
and then it started to SNOW! I would say that this was where the roller coaster ride started. We woke up on Tuesday morning to 8 inches of snow and of course, NO SCHOOL!
I had a BIG DAY planned for Tuesday that included a meeting with creative 2 (as in creative 1 and creative 2). The creative meeting was downtown, and then I was to pick up a few prototype models, etc. from prototype guy for a different meeting on Wednesday. OK, peeps, there were 8 inches of snow, poorly cleared roads, no school for the boys, the big guy was off to a meeting, and I had places to go & things to do! Insert four letter, unprofessional word here. I am sure that you are getting the idea.
This is where I mention the question “Now that you’re this far in to the process, do you find the balancing of work and family easier?” On a day like last Tuesday, I would have to give a resounding “NO.” The balancing act between being a mompreneur and family is extremely difficult, and technically becomes worse as you get more involved with your biz/project. HOWEVER, I accept the challenge and say this: I believe that the juggling act will be worth it one day.
I will, hopefully, have something that I can call my own, my boys will be PROUD, and being a mompreneur allows me to schedule off on a day like President’s Day. We made Tuesday work somehow, I tackled the appointments on my list, and called it a day…..that is the ebb & flow of being a mompreneur. There is constant up and down, but that is the part that lets you know that you are ALIVE!
Now for the 60 million dollar question – THE PROTOTYPE! I know many of you wrote about waiting in suspense for the prototype. Guess what? ME TOO! This is an area that has been up and down for me, and it is crucial that my idea be appropriately translated into a working model…..this is a lengthy process. Beyond the actual prototype, I need to secure all the patent information. This is even lengthier. I know – you hate me, you want more information, it sucks! Think about how this sucks for me? It is very hard not to get ahead of myself, to stay on task, and not consume gobs of Hershey kisses daily while doing this.
This week, I was obsessing a bit over mass production. I was about 3 or 4 steps ahead of myself, and then someone reminded me that “timing is everything” and to SLOW DOWN. Do not worry, the thought of where I am going to produce a large number of these products still plagues me, but I am FOCUSING on just the prototype right now, and making a just a small batch. At Spark and Hustle, Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella and Dot, spoke of making the original jewelry at home on her living room floor. I need to get back to that kind of thinking (for the moment).
After Tuesday, the week continued in a crazy hectic fashion with lawyer meetings, several consults, my DEBUT on StartupNation, more snow, and basketball with the boys. Needless to say – I was full of stress and in need of MAJOR STRESS RELIEF. Whatever I tried, did not work. ** hint — stay posted for my great stress relief experiment…..
I will end with this – What I learned this week:
- A mom’s plans are only as good as the weather system behind them.
- In Monopoly, $2 million is the new $200 – which is scary for the boys to grow up thinking that $2 million is the average salary for passing go.
- Stay in the moment – Do not allow your excitement to take your eyes off the prize.
- Better to start small and grow big, rather than plan big and end up small.
- My current stress relief plan is not working.
I am open to any thoughts….RB