Just because you’ve entered into the amazing journey of motherhood, does not mean you have to put your career ambitions to the side! Three Tampa Bay area moms are sharing their best advice to help you on your path from mom to mompreneuer! You can also catch their new Facebook Live show, Shop Talk Tampa Bay on Tampa Bay Parenting’s Facebook page where they dish on parenting advice, style tips and business advice for moms on the go!
Ellie Hirsch, founder of MommyMasters.com:
You are ready for the next stage in your life. But how do you begin your journey to becoming a mompreneur?
Get ready to work harder than you ever have before, realize you will be faced with roadblocks and doubt and identify your village, because you will need to lean on them.
One of the biggest secrets to mastering motherhood and being a successful mompreneur is the ability to embrace failure. So many women are scared to turn their passion into a reality.
But only you have the power to make it happen. You control your own destiny. It may take a long time, it may involve a lot of closed doors and it may even mean failure. All of these elements will create a destination that is tremendously rewarding for you. Discovering work and life integration is no easy feat, but it can be done.
I truly enjoy witnessing a mom’s dream come to life. At MommyMasters.com, we will be your tour guide to success, helping to organize your vision and delivering the tools to bring your vision to the masses.
You will soon be an inspiration to another mom who is afraid to take the leap into unchartered waters. Let’s empower and encourage each other, learn from one another and celebrate our accomplishments together. Let’s do this!
The following is written by Theresa NeSmith of TheresaNeSmithPhotography.com:
I always assumed staying home with my children would be the best option for me and that if I didn’t, I would feel guilty.
Before children, I decided to become a music teacher. I loved every minute of it. Then I had my first child, then second, then third. The guilt started immediately: “How could I want to be a mom and work?”
You might think I would enjoy summers off, but I was completely bored and very unhappy. I had always been interested in photography, so I began using the skills I learned in college for friends and family. I quickly realized I wanted to make photography my business. This business would create freedom and new opportunities. It would help me support my family while giving me flexibility to be there for them. Sure, I was fearful of the what-ifs: What if I don’t get clients? What if I can’t earn enough? However, the joy and freedom was worth the risk.
Being a mompreneur has made me a better mom. It isn’t for everyone, and that is okay. However, if you have a desire to start your own business, do it! There are a lot of us moms making it happen and we are here to support you! Dream big, sister!
Michelle Bremer, creator of RunwayTranslator.com:
As a child I truly believed I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. I had huge dreams of being famous, of being heard, of being on stage in front of an audience. As I got older, I began to doubt that these dreams would ever develop into reality. I began to experience fears that I placed upon myself based on the doubt that grew larger and larger as the years passed. I decided I no longer wanted to be famous because this was unrealistic; besides, how would I even go about something like that? I resigned myself to live a “normal” life because I am no longer a child, no longer a dreamer.
Then, I had children.
Now I am on a mission to show my children that I can do anything I set my mind to, and so can they! I’ve been a lover of fashion and style for as long as I can remember. I went to school for fashion merchandising, design and business. My career in retail as a buyer and manager spans over 20 years. And guess what, I DO want to be famous! I want to make an impact on people’s lives! I want to teach people how to present the very best versions of themselves to ensure their success, whether it’s personal or for their business. It took becoming a mother for me to be a dreamer again, for me to overcome those silly doubts and fears. I am pursuing my dreams because I believe anything is possible, and I need my children to believe that too—always!
Originally published in the April 2018 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.
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