What Inspired You To Start Your Business?
When my oldest son was 9 years old, it used to break my heart when he would ask me, "Mom, do you have to work today?" When I would say yes he would cry. I was working two jobs, one full time and one part time and going to college full time. Being self employed for me was about being able to be a Mommy full time and still being able to support them financial. This has always been my major goal for wanting to start a business. Now, my oldest on is 15 and my youngest is 8 ( he will be 9 in May). My business is still a dream but my inspiration still remains the same, I want to be available when my children need me.
Since my mom worked full-time in the early sixties, when I was growing up, which was almost unheard of back then, I really wanted to stay home with my kids. So when my first son was born, I told my job that I wouldn't be returning, and that I was going to start something at home. Their reaction was one of disbelief, and they told me I'd be back within two years. Well, it's 22 years later, and I'm still working at home. I started a transcribing business, and still do that occasionally. But after 21 years of doing that, and hearing everybody's bad news all the time (there's not much good news in doing lawsuits), I decided I wanted to do something that made people happy, and decided on my pillowcase business. I had been sending them to friends for gifts, and their reactions were so good to the pillowcases that I decided to start my business.
This is a fun thread to read!
When my second daughter was 1, I finally decided it was impossible to work from home and concentrate with 2 toddlers craving for attention. So I took the plunge, quit, and started MotherTongues. The idea behind the t-shirts have kind of grown from just untranslatable words, to untranslatable words with a deeper meaning - peace, justice, unity, community, caring for the earth... It has been a fun journey, with each t-shirt changing me in the process as I learn about different cultures & outlooks on life.
Being a dietitian and advocate for the prevention of childhood obesity, I was always really good at doling out advice! My idealistic vision was quickly shattered once I actually became a mom and started "walking the walk" - not just talking the talk! I was overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles I encountered with my own children when it came to cultivating healthy habits. My greatest challenge was when my twins (around 3yrs at the time) caught on to the whole snack phenomenon - begging incessantly until I caved!! Then I resorted to bribery and threats before realizing that I needed to do something. That was the biggest lightbulb moment of my life. I knew I had something really big here - and have since developed a "continuum of prevention" beginning as early as pregnancy and throughout childhood. I am launching my first product (in a series) this February at Toy Fair. It is appropriately named, "The Snack Time Survival Kit" - keeping to my idealistic vision of cultivating long lasting healthy habits, however with a pragmatic approach that will actually make mom's life easier!!!