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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!