This week we talked with Katie! She used to run an in-home daycare and knew working for herself was the right fit for her life. With Moms Making Six Figures, Katie has the freedom to work for herself, put family first and earn an income. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!
How did you find MMSF and were you skeptical to seek more information? What ended up being the deciding factor for you to join the team?
I was introduced to the Moms Making Six Figures Team through an acquaintance on Facebook. She invited me to learn more about a referral program and it honestly sounded too good to be true.
My friend invited me to an event where I could learn more, and I realized this team could be perfect fit for me. I was excited to change my family member’s lives! Not to mention, I could also help other women to change their family’s lives, too. Joining the team was a no-brainer!
How do you decide how much time to give to your business each week?
It depends on what is happening in my kids’ lives. I have a 6-year-old son and 7 1/2-year-old daughter. I am room mom for both classes, on the PTA Board, at every ballet class and I substitute teach a few days a week.
I love that I can schedule my hours around my kids. I used to run an in-home daycare. I opened it when my daughter was born, and I have worked for myself ever since. I cannot imagine going back to an 8-4pm, 5 day a week schedule. I love not having to ask permission for time off if my kids are sick, have a special event at school, or need me for any reason.
There are some specific things that I do for my business each week, but they can be done when I have the time. I always put my family first!
Have you ever had a moment of wanting to give up? How do you push past those feelings and doubts?
Yes, doubts creep in regularly. Working for yourself isn’t easy, but SO worth it. If it weren’t for the incredible leaders on the team I probably would have given up on myself and my dreams.
This week we spoke with Paula! She gave us the run-down on what it takes to be successful when building your business from the ground up. Enjoy!
Between balancing a successful business and being a full-time mom, how do you do it? (No, really! We want to know – what’s the secret!)
My Village! That’s my secret.
When I first started my business, I didn’t let any opportunity get in my way. That meant I had to lean on my village constantly. When you have $111.00 in your bank account and your husband works 70+ hours a week, you’re determined to change your situation. I listened to my business partner and got to work. I didn’t make any excuses and didn’t allow my crazy busy life interrupt building my business.
I think most people would look at my life and think “how do you fit it all in?” I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to change people’s lives, save them time and help change their financial situation. I attended every in-home, business lunch, celebration dinner, company trip, launch, convention, super Saturday and training available. I kept my children always as my priority. However, the truth of it is sometimes I had to miss soccer and baseball games, dance recitals, school luncheons, etc. But guess what? I had my Village for support and they were present for my family in the beginning stages of my business. Now, I can be present for my Village and the payoff is awesome!
What motivates you each day?
It’s simple… My children! My family! My health!
What do you hope your kids learn from watching you build your business?
To see that hard work pays off! Having a strong work ethic is a must to success. In life, nothing worth having comes easy. I love that my kids get to see me work hard and still be their Mom!
Paula mentions the importance of her “Village,” or her support system. Having a strong support system is crucial in the beginning stages of starting a business. Reflecting on her story makes us even more grateful for the team we have built at MMSF! A big “thank you” to Paula for shedding some light on this very important aspect of being a #Mompreneur
This week, we caught up with Dana! She has found amazing success with Moms Making Six Figures and gives us a more in-depth at what a day in the life looks like for a #Mompreneur!
Why did you decide to start a career with MMSF?
I started a career with Moms Making Six Figures as my husband wanted to further his career in the medical field. At the time, our kids were 1, 3 and 5. I had been a personal trainer for a few years, but I did it part time from home, so I was always around for my kids. With him returning to school, it meant he would be working less and never home. I needed to figure out a way to bring in a much bigger income; yet, I need to do that without working 40 hours a week. My goal was to always be around for my kids. They grow up so quickly and I don’t want to miss a moment or have them be raised by someone else. I thought finding a job where I could work in the evenings would be impossible, so I planned to return to work full time. Right when I did that, I met one of the amazing women that works with Moms Making Six Figures. Within my first month, I was able to earn more than with my personal training business and work fewer hours. Now, I’ve replaced my husband’s income. He can work part time while in Nurse Practitioner school and is home on the weekends. In eight years, this is the first time he hasn’t had to work weekends!
What was your biggest struggle when you started? How did you overcome it?
My biggest struggle when I began this job was probably finding the time to make it work. As a Mom of 3 kids, my schedule was jam packed. I was the only parent home most evenings so bedtime, or kids getting up a gazillion times, completely fell on me. I found ways to stay plugged in with the team calls, trainings and resources. Over time, I learned how to fit this career into a busy schedule. Instead of working every single day, I did a lot on the evenings my husband was home, or when my youngest would nap. My schedule has changed many times, but the wonderful thing about this job is it is doable during all stages of life. I have had times where I’m barely working 5 hours a week and now with all 3 kids in school, I am working 10-15 hours!
Another struggle of mine I have overcome was getting outside my comfort zone. When I became a mom, I lost a little bit of “me” and all my focus was on my kids. I didn’t do anything for myself. I did not spend money on myself, take trips, etc. (I am sure many of you reading this can relate!) With this career, I’ve done so many “firsts” and it truly allows me to be a better parent! I want my kids to live life to the fullest and push themselves to be the best they can. As a mom, I need to lead by example. I didn’t do anything outside my comfort zone in the past. Now, I am doing something different every single day. I am a much happier and successful person since stepping outside of my box.
Can you take us through “a day in the life” of being a full-time mom and an entrepreneur?
Right now, my days begin around 6am by helping get my kids ready for school. My husband is gone all day Monday-Friday, so a flexible schedule is a must! I take the kids to school around 8am and I absolutely love the time in the car where we can chat, pray and spend extra moments together. I usually get back home close to 9 and enjoy going for a walk at the park with friends or one of my 3 dogs. I love being out in nature, it’s calming, and it gives me an energy boost for the day. I begin my work day around 10am which can consist of things like Zoom calls to help people I work with or teaching those that are brand new how to get started. I might meet people that are local for lunch… or my favorite, coffee!
Around 2:30 I leave to go pick my kids up from school. I’m one of those moms who get there almost an hour early simply to be one of the first to get my kids. After school we normally head to gymnastics or karate. If it’s an off day from one of those, we head home and complete homework before going out to play in the pool, ride bikes or jump on the trampoline. In the evenings, I don’t usually work since I am the only parent home, but I love the fact I can if it’s needed!
My schedule being flexible is an incredible blessing. This summer was tough on my kids since they are used to having their Dad around and he began his first semester of Nurse Practitioner School. He leaves at 6am and does not get home until midnight. Thanks to my schedule, they have enjoyed swim lessons, been to the zoo multiple times, the aquarium, bowling, have plate dates with friends, and play in the pool every day. All of this was possible because I could work less and focus on them. The kids didn’t even notice when I would squeeze a little work in!
Mom’s Making Six Figures has been life changing for my family. We no longer live paycheck to paycheck. In fact, we are debt free! I get more time with my kids and still have the fulfillment of a successful career. Most importantly, we are helping many others change their lives’, too!
A big thank you to Dana for sharing her story! She is truly an inspiration to all moms. We are so fortunate to have her on the MMSF team!
She is not only one of our mentors at Mom’s Making Six Figures, but first and foremost, a dedicated mom to her two beautiful daughters. We asked Jennifer if she would be willing to share some advice as a successful working mom. Because whether you are a new mom, or a seasoned-pro, work and home-life balance is something that we are all in search for.
What is one thing you wish you would have known before you had your first daughter?
I have always enjoyed working and having a career. I envisioned myself as a “working mom” because my mom worked my whole childhood as did her mother with her. I had no idea how completely in love I would be with motherhood, I hated missing anything new. I wish I would have thought more about a career path that would have allowed me more flexibility in my schedule. I was always so envious of my friends that were teachers and had the entire summer off with their children.
What are the most important things you are currently teaching your girls?
Currently I am focus on teaching my daughters respect, simple things like helping someone reach something off the shelf at a grocery store, always greeting someone with a hello, please and thank you is a must! I want them to be self-sufficient, they help with things like laundry, cooking and cleaning. We set goals as a family and break down what it takes to achieve them.
One piece of advice to give to other working moms?
Do the best you can with what you have. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Be present with your children when you are with them. They want your attention more than the latest trending toy. One on one time with each children is important. Most importantly, make sure your children know they are loved by you.
In our conversation with Kaitlin this week, she shared her journey with Moms Making Six Figures and shed some light on how her attitude of “where there’s a will, there’s a way” can truly be all it takes to make a major career and a lifestyle change. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!
Was a career as an entrepreneur something you had always wanted? How did MMSF come into the picture?
While growing up, I remember my mom had a shirt she would wear that read, “Every mom is a working mom.” It really must have left an impression on me, because I believe that phrase really shaped the course of my life. She was a stay at home mom to the four of us kids. She was also a registered nurse (and still is) yet chose to be home with us. It was her hard-working example that taught me no matter what I decided to do with my life, even if that meant staying home and raising kids, to never let the label “just a mom” make me feel like it was any less important of a calling than any other job title.
My high school sweetheart, Mike, and I got married at an early age and then we put starting a family on hold until we both finished college. A few months before graduating with my BSN and passing my boards, we became pregnant with our first child and my priorities shifted. No longer did I desire to chase the dream of working outside the home as a nurse because I had just been given the dream job of being someone’s mommy. So, with that we just said, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Fast forward almost 5 years to 2017 – we had 4 boys, under the age of 4. Along with the decision for me to stay home with the kids, we also wanted to figure out a way for me to supplement our income and take the pressure off Mike since our family had grown quite a bit. I have little spare time as it is, being the mom to four amazing (and very active) boys, as well as homeschooling them and truthfully, I have never had the desire to sell anything, so I ruled out any and all business ventures having to do with carrying inventories or being a “distributor” of any sort. I had heard about Moms Making Six Figures, so I reached out and someone from that group, who also happens to go to the church we attend, shared with me how she was able to make a huge financial impact in her family’s finances without having to work for anyone else or sell anything. She was able to work from the soccer field while her kids played, and she could schedule her work around her family, rather than her family around her work. This made sense. This is what our family needed. It has been a year since I partnered with Moms Making Six Figures and the impact it has made on our family and the ability to help others do the same has been an incredible blessing to say the least.
When you started your journey with MMSF, who was your biggest support system?
It was my husband, Mike, who encouraged me to reach out initially and it has been him all along that continues to encourage me on a daily basis. He told me that he noticed a difference in me when I partnered with MMSF, like something had awakened in me. I now have the drive to not only be the best mom for our boys, but also to help others find a way to do the same thing.
We all know that being a mompreneur can be one of the most challenging and most rewarding jobs out there, but everyone needs a little R&R at some point. How do you recharge so you can keep being a fantastic mom, wife, and boss lady?
Being a busy mama, wife, and having my own business means that the little time I get to myself is few and far between. When I do get that time, I try to do something outdoors. We live on a small farm in Southern California, so everything that comes with taking care of the land and animals has become a passion of mine. Being raised as a city girl, I never thought I would say that milking a goat is relaxing and enjoyable, as well as learning the art of cheesemaking, and gardening. Along with homesteading, I have also made it a point to learn how to operate every power tool on our property should I need to help fix a fence, repair a roof, or construct raised garden beds. I want to be a living example for my boys that you can do anything you set your mind to. Other than that, if I’m not covered in soil or sawdust, I also enjoy going on weekly dates with my boyfriend (who also happens to be my husband – I still see him as that high schooler I fell in love with over 15 years ago), and hosting family dinners with our extended family at our ranch.
Another great week, another great story coming your way! We recently chatted with Stacy, who gave us the inside scoop on how she overcomes any obstacle and she gives us her reasons for building a career with Moms Making Six Figures!
Was there ever a time that you doubted your choice to change careers and join MMSF? If so, how did you work through those feelings to get where you are today?
There are always times when I question or second guess my choice to build a career here because like anything in life, it is not always easy. That said, the doubts are typically short lived as I always go back to remembering the amazing foundation I must work with here in terms of the company, the team, and the flexibility. I know from personal experience in previous careers that working with Moms Making Six Figures truly is a one of a kind opportunity and I won’t be able to find that amazing combination elsewhere.
What is your “why” with MMSF and has it changed at all over time?
To be the one who takes my kids to school and picks them up every day so that they aren’t raised by aftercare programs or other people. Since that has now been the case for 8 years, it has evolved a bit to also help others realize that same amazing lifestyle.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given (so far) as an entrepreneur?
Treat your business like a business that has an open and closed sign that you hang on the door. This will ensure you work enough hours to produce the results you want but will also ensure you turn work “off” from time to time, to have the family time and work life balance you were searching for in the first place. As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to get into a mode where you are “thinking” about work all the time, but never truly doing the income producing activities or never truly taking time off from that thinking to enjoy your life!
Stacy broughtup a very important point during this conversation. Managing your time is crucial as an entrepreneur. Getting caught up in the cycle of working too much, or not enough can have a negative impact on the quality of your life. Like Stacy, you must find your “why,” make a realistic plan, and go for it. There will be highs and lows along the way, but the journey to a life of freedom and flexibility is worth it.