Let’s recap a typical day as a mom. Maybe you got up, made breakfast, got the kids ready and off to school. After that, you might have gone home, done some chores, prepared dinner, picked the kids up and helped with their homework. Before bed, you might have cleaned the kitchen, made sure everyone has their teeth brushed and bed tucked.
You go to sleep and don’t think too much about the successes of the day. Often, you lay in bed making a list of all the things you still need to get done tomorrow. Sounds like any other day, right? That’s where you are wrong. It’s not just any other day. It was a day as a successful mom! You constantly work to make sure your family’s needs are met and then some. Let’s stop looking at it as “just another day.” Instead, think about your “mom win” before you fall asleep. You are the therapist, chef, the “Uber,” housekeeper, teacher, cheerleader and so much more. How on earth did you do all those things in one day?!Ladies, it’s time to celebrate yourself. Whether it’s taking an hour to go get some exercise, have a glass of wine and read a good book or whatever else helps you relax, you’ve MORE than earned it. You are a supermom and we see you! Now, it’s time for you to see it in yourself.
Meet Michelle! She left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her adorable twin boys. However, she was looking for a way to not only contribute financially in her family, but also make a difference in other peoples’ lives. By partnering with Moms Making Six Figures, she has been able to do both of those things, and more! Read on to learn more about Michelle’s story.
What was life like before Moms Making Six Figures?
Life before Moms Making Six Figures was good! I was home, raising my twin boys who were born in 2012, and just enjoying life with my family. I was happy to not be working in the corporate world anymore. Prior to having my twins, I worked in pharmaceutical research. I was working long hours, both during the week and on the weekend. I kind of felt like a workaholic. So, when they were born, I was very blessed to be able to resign from my corporate career of 16 years. I said goodbye to that job easily. It was a great job, but it didn’t really fulfill me. I never really felt like I was helping people, and honestly, that’s what I had wanted to do in my life.
So, I was raising my boys. As time went on and the boys got older, finances got tighter, and I really felt like I needed to contribute to the family. (Especially living in California!) I just didn’t know what, and I definitely wasn’t going back to a corporate career, working 60-hour weeks. I had always been a worker-bee and something inside me knew that I wanted something for myself, as well. I needed some kind of goal, or something to achieve, but also contribute to our family.
Why did you decide to partner with Moms Making Six Figures?
I was introduced to MMSF through Paula Gartin, Kellee Wip and Stacy Fiske, who were my neighbors. Paula lived on my street at the time, but I didn’t really know her that well. However, I really liked her. She had always been so sweet and invited me to various events she had at her house. The twins were in a part-time preschool at the time, so I was finally getting some time to myself. As much as I loved being home with them, a little time for myself was absolutely needed. It was around that time that I started to pray for the right opportunity to come along. Then I went to Paula’s one night to hear about what she was doing and MMSF literally fell in my lap. It was like, “yes, this is what I want!” I want a team, I want to work part-time, I want to be able to do it around the family, and I want to help people.
I had seen a lot of other work-at home jobs, but none seemed right. In my 20’s I had actually tried to sell cosmetics from a well-known, large company. A close friend of mine was selling it and doing well. She encouraged me to start selling and to buy a large starter kit. I spent $4000 on the largest starter kit of make-up! Looking back, I can’t believe I did that. I even went to the company’s convention! I did have some cosmetics parties, but in the end, the make-up just sat in my parents’ garage for years after that. I lost so much of money, I didn’t even want to look at the products sitting there. It made my stomach turn to see how much money was wasted.
The partners at MMSF are amazing women who support, encourage and care for each other. I know I can ask for help and someone will be there. They just want the same in life as any other mom. They want healthy, happy families and homes, along with the gift of time. They want to use their time to be with their loved ones, pick up their kids from school, be at their kids’ games and be present in their families’ lives.
What were your skepticism’s? How did you overcome them?
All my skepticism’s, concerns and fears have been about me and building my business: can I do this, can I reach those goals, will I succeed? There are times I felt I didn’t have what it takes to do well, to be consistent and have the confidence to make it work. We aren’t each other’s boss, so it’s really about being accountable to yourself while putting in the work. Whenever I start to question myself and ‘get in my head’, I call one of the partners at Moms. They help me through it and they help me see this is all part of the journey. Everyone has these same fears and questions at some point.
These four phrases help me overcome my skepticisms and fears:
-Persevere: Don’t quit, move on from disappointment. ‘Bless and release.’
-Be engaged: enjoy time with friends and business partners. Get out and celebrate the achievements and be around the women who know what you’re going through – talk to them and be vulnerable. Listen and laugh.
-This is a gift: What we have is a gift and don’t be afraid to share.
I didn’t just pull the four phrases above from out of nowhere. It’s all from the training with Moms Making Six Figures. Calling it great training doesn’t even come close to the level we receive, it’s phenomenal. I wouldn’t be where I am in my business without the women of Moms guiding, supporting and encouraging me all the way. Being around this group of women has really changed me for the better. It’s helped with my confidence, it’s helped me to have a thicker skin, and it’s helped me grow in character. Building my business was way out of my comfort zone, but now I know I can do it. And I won’t have to do it alone.
Talking with Angie Gange this week was an absolute pleasure! Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through in every piece of this interview. Even through the hardest times, Angie was willing to take a risk and build a business that worked around the life she desired.
What is your business background?
I graduated The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, emphasizing in Entrepreneurship. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to own my own business. I also wanted to be the first female US President. 🙂
But… a funny thing happened to me – I fell in love with my best friend, got married at 22 and had a baby at 24. Everything about how I was going to live my life changed. I fell in love with that little baby boy. Within six years, I had two more and my husband’s career was flourishing.
I had several businesses I started and ran from home – all so that I didn’t have to go “back to work” and leave my boys. For example, I did things like contractual marketing/advertising from other businesses. I was strong in mathematics, so I started a tutoring business for high school math classes. I am a “wanna be artist,” so I even started a personalized stationery business that my designs got picked up by Nordstrom and Hallmark. And I was fortunate enough to do all this from home.
When my third son was born, and my husband was making enough money for me to sell my business and stay at home, I did. Partly because I wanted to spend time with them and partly because I felt a huge responsibility to make sure I left his world with three really good men. I didn’t want to miss any part of their lives. When they got a little older, I did go back to school and obtained my Real Estate Brokers license. I started my own mortgage firm and was quickly recruited by one of the dads on my son’s baseball team to work for a major bank. It was a great job – four hours a day with a six-figure income, until the recession hit.
And I lost my job.
What happened then?
I was able to stay home until a year later when my husband was offered a dream come true opportunity to become the President/CEO and co-owner of a company. However, this meant that for at least two years he would make less income and would be in Los Angeles Monday-Friday. Our oldest son was a senior in high school and recently accepted to a 4-year university. The college funds we had saved all our lives were 1/2 what they were when he started high school, due to the recession.
We were advised to pay cash for his education for the first two years, as our CPA said he thought the funds would regain their value (which they did). So, I was given the challenge to bring in $2000/month – while raising three sons, alone, immediately. To top it off, leaning on my profession/experience in Real Estate wasn’t an option.
I looked at many other options – even considering stocking shelves in the grocery story in the middle of the night. Most “entrepreneurial options” required a huge startup fee, which I couldn’t afford, or travel, which I wasn’t willing to do. I looked at MLMs, but they all required me to invest $1000’s of dollars on inventory and I didn’t have any cash.
One night I remember my husband and I were both awake in the middle of the night stressing about money and I said to him, “do you ever just think that we did everything right and the economy just pulled the rug out from underneath us?”
In January of 2011, my friend, a retired naval surgeon, introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures. After talking with her, doing my due diligence, a little mini “focus group” with my friends and family, I decided that this was the best option!
Tell us about how it worked and what it has meant to your family?
That year, I had the fastest growing business in North America and I did it all from home. I was still the room mom, never missed a soccer, baseball, football game or music recital.
I was able to pay cash for my son to go to college. He is now 25 and college is also paid for now for both our other boys and – my husband’s company is thriving.
I’m proud that I have been able to help over 50 people start businesses, have generated 1.5 million dollars a year in sales, with 0 investment. I have achieved financial security and my boys, well, they are awesome!
Meet Margaret! Talking with her this week reminded us yet again the reasons we love our team and our job. Margaret left her job in the nursing field to pursue a career with Moms Making Six Figures in hopes of finding some time and financial freedom. Not only has she achieved more flexibility in her life, but she also helps other women do the same! Read on to learn more about the unique aspects of her job along with how her positive attitude and mental toughness helps her to succeed!
How would you describe your job?
In my job with Moms Making Six Figures, I listen to people, discover their needs, and find a way to meet those needs. My job is to help people achieve their goals! I mentor, coach and inspire others!
I truly love reconnecting with old friends, while at the same time making new friends! People really energize me; I love being around them, especially when they are positive! Helping others has always been dear to my heart, which I formally did working as a registered nurse for 17 years. Whether it is nursing or Moms Making Six Figures, at the end of day, I look for the satisfaction that I helped change someone’s life.
What is the most unique aspect of your business?
The ability to structure my own hours, work at my own pace and on my own time. I always dreamed of having a job where I did not have to clock in and out, and where I had control of my time. I never thought there was such a job.
In nursing, the 12 hour shifts at the hospital were far from ideal. It took a toll on me working every other weekend without knowing when I would be available to spend time with my friends and family. As my work hours changed monthly, it affected my opportunities to consistently attend and volunteer at my church, which is important to me.
When going into home health I expected to have more control of my time. Sadly, it was even worse because I was called in to work almost every day. Patients asked for me specifically and I felt guilty declining when the agency was in a pinch and needed my help. The guilt was greater when a patient needed care and no nurse was willing to go for the visit. I found myself working almost all hours of the day. When I was not seeing patients, I was doing paperwork. It got so challenging that I started working as late as 3:00am and starting work again at 8:00am. Many health issues resulted from me burning the candle at both ends.
Now that I have the privilege to make my own hours, I can take time off whenever it’s needed and prioritize what is important to me. Recently, my ability to take time off allowed me to take a 3-week vacation to Europe with my husband without any worry or stress! We travelled to 6 different cities in Europe (Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome and Madrid). A highlight was celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris! This was a bucket list item for me! It had been so many years since I could truly rest on a vacation with absolutely no stress (except for my husband giving me looks when I took too many pictures). It was amazing! When I worked as a nurse it was very difficult to take a vacation. Even during the time off, I was unable to relax.
How do you push through those days when working is the last thing on the planet you want to do?
No question that these days happen, just like at any other job or business. On the days I don’t feel like working I remember what this job has done for me, such as resolving long-term medical challenges. I have also reminded myself of all the people I have helped because of my business. On the challenging days, I call those I have assisted to hear their stories of how their lives have been enhanced, whether it be improved health, a safer environment for their family, or a better financial situation! This encourages me and reminds me why I chose this job and inspires me to look for more people to help.
Another way I push through these days is by keeping a consistent routine. I structure my work schedule every week and plan when I will work and when I take my days off. At other jobs, I certainly went to work regardless of how I felt. During my days as a nurse I went in to work even when I was sick.
At other jobs, people will go to work regardless of how they feel. Typical employees have a boss to answer to and do not want to risk losing their job. Although the uniqueness of my job at Moms Making Six Figures does not have these demanding factors, it is of utmost necessity to stay consistent in our work regardless of our feelings. The good news is there have been significantly fewer days like that with Moms Making Six Figures, compared to my past employment!
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
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.