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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.
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.
We had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Barbara J Ryan and she explained how perseverance is the key to a great life! Dr. Ryan is such an inspiration and we are beyond grateful to have her on our team – her attitude on family, her career and ability to help others is truly something to admire!
Was it a difficult choice to begin something new alongside your job as a surgeon to join the Moms Making Six Figures Team? What ended up being the deciding factor? Is Moms Making Six Figures your sole income now?
It was an extremely difficult choice to begin something new alongside my career as a surgeon – mostly because I was already exhausted from working 90 to 103 hours per week. But I knew if I didn’t make a change, my future would not change… and it HAD to change. I felt like I was drowning. My family needed me and, frankly, I needed my family. I wanted better life-balance with an income, flexibility to support my loved ones and my community outside of surgery. So, with much guidance and partnership, I replaced my income in about 1 ½ years. Working with the MMSF team has been my sole income ever since. Although, I still hold my active medical license and physician credentials.
What were some of the early lessons you learned in your business that have stuck with you? What has been the biggest factor in your success?
I sharpened my ability to persevere. What I mean is it doesn’t matter what others think of your life decisions if you carry yourself with integrity and pure motives. In my life, that equates to a lot of prayer and talks with God for guidance. Many questioned my decision to do something different. “Being” a surgeon comes with respect and some awe at times. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s more noble than another occupation. I don’t see my two careers as separate, but one blossoming into another where all my life experiences add to my current service to others. It might sound like a cliché, but you have to follow your dreams. Get laser focused on your goals and don’t allow others to dissuade you. Other people do not know the details of your life and they aren’t the ones paying your bills. Become the person you want to be and don’t question it when you struggle or others question. Because you will struggle, and some will question.
P E R S E V E R E!
It is equally important to know what fuels your perseverance. What fuels me is knowing I can truly help people create the life theywant. For some, it’s having the ability to pick their children up from school, attend the soccer game, or recital while still generating income. For others, it might be putting money aside for vacation and college funds or covering their monthly finances. I’m passionate about the work we do at Moms Making Six Figures. We have the power to build businesses without traditional overhead and startup costs to provide for an exceptional life. Being a part of this team and instilling the confidence in others to help create the income they need is beyond rewarding! Additionally, we help families and individuals live healthier lives, whether that’s losing weight, fostering safer homes or simplifying life and saving time to spend it elsewhere in a more impactful area. Who doesn’t want that?
Looking back, would you change anything about your journey with Moms Making Six Figures?
No. Could I have done things better? Yes.
What’s important though is to learn from the past to make the most of your future. My motto is “fall 7 times, stand up 8.” And never prejudge people as much as humanly possible. You never know how you can help someone, how they can help you and the impact only you can have upon others. As NIKE says, “just do it!”
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!
We recently caught up with Stephanie, who is another one of our beloved mentors at Moms Making Six Figures. Stephanie is one of the kindest, most genuine human beings that we have the pleasure of knowing. She has had great success with Moms Making Six Figures based off the personal brand she has built.
How did you know it was the right time in your life to partner with Moms Making Six Figures?
I was at a pivotal moment in my life. I had recently sold my business, relocated to a new state, and was a brand new “empty nester.” I was seeking new career fulfillment, as I love to help others. Moms Making Six Figures has given me purpose by doing just that, and so much more. I am truly blessed with living life on my own terms and my husband and I are enjoying becoming more adventurous, as he has recently retired from his full-time job. We are having such a great time during this phase of our lives!
How did you go about building your own personal brand and how would you describe that brand?
In whatever I do, my goal is to always provide value. No matter if it’s being a part of a networking group or volunteering for my community, I will always do my best to help others. My personal brand is that others know me as a giver and dependable. I am of the motto, “It’s much better to give than to receive.”
What are some things you do every day to help create your environment of success?
I love to engage with others. Because of my love of people in general, I’m meeting someone new every day. It’s amazing how you can change someone’s day by just providing a simple smile or a kind word. By motivating others and by genuinely caring, a fantastic platform for success is provided. Life is much better when we love what we do and know why we do it.
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.