Browsing Category

Spotlight

Career Press Spotlight

The best business ideas are right in front of you!

Featured article from the Del Mar Times by Angie Gange.


Graduation is an exciting time for students as they transition into their next journey – college, grad school and their first jobs. And, this is an exciting time for their parents and families and friends.

It is a thrill for me to watch these young adults move from childhood to adulthood. I simply love seeing the numerous cap and gown pictures on social media.

On May 10, my middle son graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He represents the second generation of our family to graduate from USC. Both myself and his dad are USC alums, too.

As I looked around at the hundreds of graduating USC students, I began to reflect on my own time on campus.

What I remember most strongly from my entrepreneurial business education was a professor in my program. I still can envision him standing at the front of the class, sharing his experiences and offering guidance.

“The best business ideas are right in front of people’s faces,” he said during one particularly poignant lecture. He raised his hands and walked across the room. “But most people don’t see them.”

I sat in my seat twirling the charm on my chain necklace and thinking about what he had said.

A requirement of graduating from the entrepreneurial program was to develop a business plan. I wondered what idea was in front of me that I had not seen.

Then, the light bulb went off.

My roommate’s father was a jeweler and he designed his own tiny Tommy Trojan charm. What if I developed a business plan for these charms?

The business was a success and we were even won the award for “Business of the Year” in 1990.

But mostly, the lessons I learned from this graduation requirement have been invaluable.

Marketing – the right marketing – and a solid business plan are behind every successful business. As I have transitioned from an emerging businesswoman to a seasoned business leader, I have used my education and experience over and over.

The skills that I bring to the table at Moms Making Six Figures has produced enough family income to pay cash for my two older sons’ college educations. I am proud to say that I am paying cash for my third son’s college education as well.
One of the best parts for me is that I have earned this income while being a ‘total mom’, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and I do not have to devote 40-plus hours a week to my job. I use my entrepreneurial business education daily, work with dedicated, educated and motivated women and contribute financially to the family.

This is what teaming up with Moms Making Six Figures has allowed me to accomplish.

Moms Making Six Figures supports women as they start and develop their own business while maintaining flexibility.

 

Spotlight Success Work-Life Balance

Angela Gange featured by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce!

Angela Gange joined as a partner in Moms Making Six Figures, founded in 2009.  She and the company have continued to build supportive connections between women ever since. “We all have really different backgrounds, but we all really wanted to have flexibility around our families,” Angie said of the group, noting that members come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. “We really didn’t know when we started the company that we would be as successful as we are today. We just had an idea that there would be a lot of other women who were like us.”

Moms Making Six Figures represents a U.S.-based manufacturer. The marketing company is based in San Diego, but a number of the nearly 90 moms live in Orange County, the Bay Area, Nevada, Arizona, Chicago, and New York. Wherever they live, they’re able to replace or supplement their income while staying at home on their own schedules. About half of the members work at least 25 hours a week. Rather than a background in marketing, members need to be self-motivated to work hard and write their own success stories.

When Angie joined the business, her sons were 17, 13 and 11. She had worked in the mortgage banking industry, but she knew there had to be a way to support her family without working late and traveling away from her sons. “The corporate environment just isn’t very accommodating to moms,” said Angie. “They say that they are, but when push comes to shove, they’re not.”

She found her new path with Moms Making Six Figures. “There are so many moms like me,” said Angie. “Most of us need a dual income, especially in California. But when you’re a mom, you have kids, and you have all the responsibilities and activities that children have, it’s difficult trying to figure out a way to have a career and balance everything.” Now that Angie’s sons are grown and successful, happy young men, she is committed to helping other moms have the same success she had, owning her own business, and being a “total stay at home mom”!

 

 

Spotlight

Friday Spotlight: Courtney Sewell

I came to MomsMakingSixFigures from the corporate world in banking management. While I was successful in my career, I longed to be home with my kids as I had dreamed I would be when I was younger. Each day I could feel the window of time when my kids were still little quickly shrinking, and I gradually lost hope that having a life at home with them was possible. So, when I sat down with a woman from “Moms” and got some information on the company, I was intrigued. I jumped in and began building my business, and the hope for a life that I had thought was lost came back to me.

Since the day I got information and then got started, I have continued to fall in love with the company and what it’s providing to me. Working my Moms business has allowed me to be home with my kids, planning around the things I want to do with my family. Routine things like picking up my daughter from school, volunteering in her class and chaperoning her field trips are all things I previously was unable to do that have just made me so happy. And yet I still have a meaningful professional life and am working with the most amazing people in my business. The support I have received has been incredible and it is so nice to be passionate about my work because it involves helping others. Plus, the income I’m earning exceeds what I made doing banking management and the potential for growth is uncapped. I want anyone reading this to know that you CAN live the life you’ve always dreamed of, you don’t have to be stuck in that job that demands priority over the most precious things in your life. And each of us on the Moms team would love to help you achieve that thing in your life for which you’ve maybe given up hope.

Spotlight

Friday Spotlight: Stacy Fiske, 8 years retired from the corporate world and counting…

In 2008, I found myself an unemployed single mother of a one year old daughter, requiring a substantial six figure income. My story started years before when I graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Accountancy and began my career as an auditor with KPMG LLP. I spent six years at KPMG, during which I became a CPA and advanced to a management role serving retail and finance clients. I then spent the next 6 years at HSBC Auto Finance where I continued to climb the corporate ladder in a variety of roles and departments including fraud risk management, project and demand management, and product development. I spent my last two years at HSBC as the VP and Director of Product Development responsible for $6 billion per year in new originations. Throughout my 12 years at KPMG and HSBC, my primary focus was to be a top performer and progress through higher levels of management.

However, after 6 years, HSBC decided to close down their Auto Finance operations in the United States due to the struggling financial market and the US economy. In many ways, I am thankful for the turn of events at HSBC because it gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate the priorities in my life. I decided that the most important aspect of my next career was that it needed to be flexible enough to allow me to spend more time with my daughter and to be present for every important (no matter how small) milestone in her life. Because I had become accustomed to a substantial six figure income (and had the related mortgage and expenditures associated with that previous income), I knew that I needed to find an opportunity that would not only allow flexibility and control of my schedule, but also the opportunity to earn significant income. That is when I decided to build my own business.

Spotlight

Friday Spotlight: Kara Guthrie

 

Until being introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, I had spent 21 years in the media business in roles ranging from sales, marketing and ultimately, upper management.

During that time, I routinely worked 50+ hours per week away from home and, with today’s technology, was always tethered to the “electronic leash,” even when not at work. My husband travels extensively for business and we reached the point last year when we both decided that “something had to give.” As a result of Moms Making Six Figures, I have now found true balance in my life. My children are thriving because not only am I able to be there for them, but I am a happier, calmer version of myself. I have always loved being a mentor in business and now I get to show other women how they, too can have it all!

Spotlight

Friday Spotlight: Kerri-Ann

Very early in my working career I had trained as a Beauty Therapist then moved into the corporate world after getting married to my amazing husband Gordon in 1993. I was traveling around NSW visiting the different hospitals for the NSW Area Health Services as an account manager for a large medical supplies company. After our son Christopher arrived I moved onto working in the child care industry to give me more time with him then began my role as Key Account Coordinator for one of the largest educational resource suppliers in Australia. This was when I contracted a virus and became ill with Fibromyalgia, a non-curable central nervous system disorder. Because of the chronic pain I was suffering I could no longer hold down a full time position which was heart breaking for me as I am a very hard worker and take pride in everything I do. I didn’t feel as though I was finished and knew I still had so much to offer others.

In 2015 Gordon, Christopher and I all went on the trip of a life time to America where I was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures through one of my childhood friends Kelly Birkel who now lives in San Diego. I was so impressed with what these women had achieved by working from home while being available for their children and thought this would work well for me with my illness. Being able to work while in the comfort of my own home and on my own schedule was very important to me.

I am now working with likeminded people with the help and encouragement of Heidi Bartolotta, Jennifer Becker and the team at Moms Making Six Figures. The financial freedom and ongoing residual income I am achieving for my family means my husband Gordon, a Painter and Decorator will not have to rely on hard physical work, hour by hour pay rates coming into our senior years. I am also building a secure financial future for our son Christopher by creating ongoing residual income.

I am so proud to work with such an honourable team of women whose passion for family and success is evident with all that they do. I am pleased to be able to offer the same opportunities to other mothers here in Australia.