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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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The day in the life of 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!

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Make sure your children know they are loved by you!

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.

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The joys of being available!

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.

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Thinking of changing your career?

Making a career change can be scary and extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes, fear of the unknown can be enough to keep us from aspiring for something different and chasing goals. This week, Kara explains to us some of the challenges she faced when making her career swap from the Media industry over to working with Moms Making Six Figures.

Is there anything you would change about your career path and where it has lead you?

I do not think I would change a thing. I had a great career in the media industry. The only thing I can think of is that I probably stayed in the industry a couple of years too long, but no looking back now!

What has been your biggest obstacle since making the transition from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur with Moms Making Six Figures?

At first, I struggled with leading people instead of managing people and understanding why people did not always do what they said they were going to. In media, my employees worked for me. With Moms Making Six Figures, my team works alongside me. It was also challenging to get used to truly scheduling business hours. There are so many distractions that can come up when you work from home. You need to know how to prioritize your time.

What are the most important life lessons you are teaching your sons and how has being a stay at home mom impacted your relationship with them?

The biggest life lesson I am teaching my boys is showing them you must work hard to accomplish your goals. You must have a plan and be accountable. I don’t like to say I’m a stay at home mom, rather I work from home around my children’s schedule. For the last seven years, I have been a very present working mom. It has been a blessing.

We are so inspired and can completely relate to Kara’s experiences. She said it best: “you must work hard to accomplish your goals.” At Moms Making Six Figures we have found that one of the hardest (but most rewarding) parts of pursuing your dreams is pushing past fear and facing any struggles head on.



 

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Who and what comes first in life?

Being a working mom comes with a ton of challenges, that is no secret. Prioritizing who and what comes first in life is one of the toughest challenges of them all. This week, we are catching up with Michele as she answers some of the tough questions that many working moms face while she also offers some fantastic advice about putting family first.

Did you ever have any doubts about making a career change and partnering with MMSF?

I never had any doubts about my decision to leave my corporate career and partner with MMSF. While I enjoyed my successful, corporate job, I needed a way to put first things first. As my life evolved and my family grew my corporate job was squeezing out the truly important things in my life. Since joining the team at MMSF I’ve been able to put my family first, find professional and intellectual satisfaction for myself, and match my income from corporate America.  I am reminded of the parable of filling our jars with rocks first (family and friends), then gravel (professional goals and achievements), and then pouring in sand (the small stuff).  I used to fill my jar with gravel, day in and day out and there was no room for the rocks, the truly important people, in my life.  MMSF gave me the power to control how I fill my days so I start with the rocks in my life and then everything else.  It’s amazing how much better life is when you follow that order!

As an entrepreneur and a mom, have there been any significant barriers you’ve had to overcome?

We all have a sad story we can tell, and I have mine. But life doesn’t wait around for us to get over our hurts. What I love about MMSF is that we are real people with real lives, who would rather move forward than stay stagnant. While what we do is simple, it isn’t easy.  Yes, I have to schedule creatively, my husband and I have to juggle family duties, and there are never enough hours in the day.  But before bed when I reflect on my day, I am glad that what I’ve done is meaningful and that I’m helping real people move forward in their lives.

Who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by the woman I want to become.  This woman is brave, loves fiercely, and shows up when others need her. She laughs deeply, believes the impossible is possible and rises through her fears to accomplish great things.  In this vision lives memories of my beautiful mother, other strong women and professional mentors, all of whom drive me to be a better me tomorrow than I am today.

This statement resonated with us for many reasons. Being inspired by who you know you can become is such a powerful feeling. Embracing who you are and not fearing change is what we are all about at Moms Making Six Figures. We are so grateful to Michele for her thoughtful answers to the questions we had for her. She truly inspires us with her strong and beautiful approach to life.

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