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Why putting your family first matters

Meet Allison! She is a mom of two and one of our wonderful team members at Moms Making Six Figures. Before having children, Allison was a teacher. Now that her kids are 14 and 18, she has time to dive into a new career. Moms Making Six Figures ended up being the perfect fit for her… We are excited for you to read on to learn how her business has grown and fit into her life!

What drew me into working with Mom’s Making Six Figures? 

Before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. I always knew once I had children, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was fortunate to be able to do that. I loved being a stay-at-home mom but as my children grew older, I knew I needed something more than being a mom and volunteering. Instead of always giving to others, I needed something of my own. Moms Making Six Figures provided exactly what I was looking for. I like knowing my teaching credential is still being used, but instead of educating children and teaching them how to read and write I can educate families on how to live healthier lives!

What does my weekly schedule look like? How do I determine where my attention goes?  

Working from home is everything to me. As much as I wanted to work again, I also didn’t want work to be too disruptive to the life we were used to. I still wanted to be the mom who could go on field trips and take my kids to school. Being able to work from home and set my own hours allows me the flexibility to still put my family first. Each week I schedule out my time based on drop-off and pick-up times as well as volunteering and appointments. The beauty of this job is that I can work while my children are at school. A typical workday for me starts around 9:30 and ends around 2:00.

How has your business grown since the beginning? What has been the biggest factor in its growth?

When I started my business five years ago my children were 9 and 13. There were many days I couldn’t spend any time on my business because I was helping with a school event or going on a field trip. Now that my son is 18 and a freshman in college and my daughter is 14 and a freshman in high school, I can devote much more time to my business which has been the biggest factor in its growth. I’m not needed as much; which is why I appreciate having Moms Making Six Figures and the camaraderie this business brings. That being said, I am still able to be present for my son and daughter and not miss these precious moments that go by way too quickly.

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Is there more than an ‘either, or’ career?

Meet Lyndsey! She is a mom of three, a military spouse and an awesome mentor at Moms Making Six Figures. Lyndsey realized she needed a career with flexibility, but also wanted something she could be passionate about. Like many other women in her position, the question of there being more than just an ‘either, or’ career flooded Lyndsey’s mind. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures met both her family and career needs!

Why was a career with Moms Making Six Figures a fit for you?

As a military spouse and mom of three, my schedule needs to be flexible and movable, literally and figuratively. My career experience is in mental health. However, when I moved to California from Florida, I transitioned to a very rewarding career in the commercial and military diving industry. During this time, I met my husband, who is a Navy Diver. 

Fast forward to now, where we manage deployment schedules, training trips, moving to different duty stations every few years along with the normal time management of raising three young children and managing a household.  Following the birth of our second child, we decided the value of having me at home with the kids was worth more to us than a corporate income. I would never change that decision, but it has certainly been challenging personally and professionally.  I trained and partnered with a great financial company to trade stock options at home the last few years. While it afforded the time freedom I needed, I hated it.  

Enter Moms Making Six Figures.  

My career with Moms Making Six Figures has afforded me time freedom AND everything else I enjoyed in my corporate positions (namely the human interactions, haha), but nothing I disliked about those same corporate positions. (Such as employee management, inventory and production management, etc.)  Instead, I get to focus on client relations, goals and problem solving. Everything I enjoy with the time and location freedom to meet the challenges of my life as a mom and military spouse.  

We’ve featured some of your awesome family vacation pictures on our Instagram and Facebook! From hiking in the desert, to adventuring in your own city, does work ever interfere with family time?

Quite the opposite, actually!  My work with Moms Making Six Figures is so organic. It fits right in our lifestyle, from daily interactions to extra adventures near and far.  My career goes where I go, I don’t punch a time clock, and I don’t need anything other than my computer and phone.

We all know there is much more to this career than just the fun times that are often highlighted. In what ways have you had to step out of your comfort zone in order to be successful in your business?

I am an introvert by nature, meaning simply that I need (and often prefer) my quiet space to recharge.  That is my comfort zone.  To be successful with Moms Making Six Figures is no different than my other corporate careers in that I must be willing to step out of my comfort zone and build relationships.  The difference is with Moms Making Six Figures, the nature of the relationships we build are genuine and helpful.  We offer such value to our clients. Although I do have to step out of my comfort zone, at the end of the day my job is extremely rewarding. Unlike my corporate experiences, I’ve found working with Moms Making Six Figures doesn’t drain me.

 

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If it’s worth it. Don’t walk away from it.

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.


 

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Finding balance in your life!

This week, we had the chance to chat with Kellee! She is a wonderful mom, friend and mentor! With a hectic schedule, she knew life would pass by way too fast if she did not make a career change. Fortunately, Kellee found Moms Making Six Figures and was able to achieve the balance she craved. But, with every career comes a challenge of prioritizing what is truly important – read on to see how Kellee manages this task in her life!

So, we know you went to Europe this summer with your kids for vacation! Can you tell us a little bit about how you coordinated that with work?

This summer I took a three-week trip to Europe with my family.  Luckily, I don’t have a boss, nor do I need to ask for time off.  This allowed me to be extremely flexible with my travel dates and find the best deals for the summer.  While I was there, I chose to work a little.  The time zones made it a little difficult to do too much, but that is where our team comes in.  Although, I don’t have a boss, I do have an amazing network of women who are amazingly helpful. I was mentoring a new business partner and didn’t want to wait my travel to keep her from connecting with the team and making progress.  Stacy and Heidi were both quick to jump in and assist.

As a working mom, it can be easy to over-commit and take on too much at once. How do you find the balance between the commitments you’ve made to your kids, your work and yourself?

After working in a career that required me to work 70+ hours, I was adamant that I wanted to conquer the dream of work/life balance.  I’ve learned quickly it is ok for me to say no, but more importantly it is also ok for me to say YES. It is all about priorities and calendaring my time. I use an old school planner.  In pen, I lock in things that I am committed to, whether that is allotted time for work or a competition/game for my kids or the gym for me.   When it comes to work, I have very specific goals each week that I complete no matter what! Around that, I have flexibility to live my life and achieve my goals.

What is the most rewarding part of your career with Moms Making Six Figures?

It’s going to sound insane, but the most rewarding part about my career with Moms Making Six Figures is that my children know who I AM! My kids are amazingly talented, smart and funny. I’ve been given a gift.  I see them grow up, I help them develop and grow. We have time to laugh, play and learn together.  Prior mornings were chaotic and rushed getting everyone ready and out the door.  I often found myself yelling and frustrated because they were moving at a child’s pace and I needed them on turbo drive, so I wasn’t late for a meeting.  We now listen to music, enjoy breakfast together and make it to school with smiles on our faces.  Every time I look at my kids, see how well they are doing in their lives, it makes me so grateful that I took a leap of faith and pushed hard to have what I do now.

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Own it Mompreneurs!

We had the opportunity to talk with Melanie this week! She had some awesome pieces of advice for other Mompreneurs everyone that can take something from. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!

What is your favorite “perk” about being on the Moms Making Six Figures team?

My favorite perk about being on the MMSF team is having a true work “family.”  Like many of our business partners, I have had other jobs outside the home. No matter how great the job is, no other working environment truly provides the family feel we have at Moms Making Six Figures. Working with our team has provided a nice balance of business partners who provide support and push for success, but at the same time love you like family. Our team gets to know each other at a much deeper personal level and will stick with you through thick and thin.

And… if I could have a second favorite perk, it would be the amazingly diverse team we have access to.  Our different backgrounds are wonderful resources not just for building a business, but also for all of the new customers and business partners we meet.

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give to other aspiring Mompreneurs?

  1. Have realistic expectations.  If you are a mom with little kids still at home and not in school, you may not be able to dedicate full time hours, or even part time hours.  It is OK! It is the benefit of being your own boss!  Decide what kind of schedule works best for you and know that you can revise your goals and your time commitment each year.
  2. Regardless of your time commitment, be consistent.  Unless you are simply looking for a hobby, the on-again off-again doesn’t work.  It is a hard lesson I’ve had to learn.  Being a consultant Dietitian, I’ve taken on contracts that required more of my time than I really wanted.  The result was a significant amount of time taken away from Moms Making Six Figures halted my momentum and as you can imagine, my paycheck took a big hit. I realized working hard for someone else, away from home, missing out on the job and income I enjoyed the most.
  3. Own it!  Being a working mom is tough. Working from home and building a successful business takes some serious organization, time management, flexibility (those kids don’t always cooperate with our plans!) and dedication.  Be proud of what you accomplish!

With any job, there will be somewhat of a learning curve. What was that experience like for you? Do you ever wish you could go back and change anything from when you first started with MMSF?

There definitely is a learning curve with this job. I’d say it’s a continuous learning curve! Life changes, the people you encounter are always unique and there is always a need to learn to adjust.  When I first began working with MMSF, my life was a bit hectic to say the least. I kind of flew from the seat of my pants with my mentor, Stacy Fiske taking the lead.  I’ve grown so much from this job. I have gained more courage to reach out and talk with people, I am more confident speaking/presenting to groups and I have become far more self-sufficient.  What I wish I had learned sooner (and sometimes I am still learning) is to embrace confidence.  I am good at what I do, I have knowledge and information that people need – and so do each one of our team members.  We all bring something valuable to the table and should never doubt that!

 


 

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