All posts tagged: entrepreneurship

Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs: Turning A Little Bit Of Nothing Into Awesome Sauce

It’s Monday and I’m already feeling drained and overwhelmed for the week ahead. But it’s important to put my mind and heart at ease, knowing that running your own business takes time and many many attempts to get it right. Nothing great was built over night. And these are just some lessons I’ve learned from Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs. She’s an incredible woman with great tenacity, inventiveness and resourcefulness. All the makings of a good entrepreneur. She got her start in entrepreneurship by selling candy and cd’s in high school. Since then she has started 5-10 companies. It is my pleasure to share my interview with her. A side note: I’m thrilled and honored to know that she and I share the same love for HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. When did you start your first company and what was it? My first “business” was in high school. I sold candy and CDs in high school and had two part time jobs. I didn’t care at all for high school. It was never a priority …

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

17 Tips On Starting Your Own Business From 9 Women Who Did It.

Today’s post was inspired by some real questions I had a few years ago when I started my blog and still continue to ask today as I start a new freelancing career. How do you start your own business? And what does it take to become successful? The funny thing is, I never asked anyone for advice on how to start my own business. I googled, I tried things, and did my research, but I never actually talked to anyone about how to start one. So I finally did. I asked nine talented female entrepreneurs in the decor, kids and fashion space, about THE best things they did when starting their own businesses. And what I learned was absolutely golden and not to mention diverse. All of them are truly inspiring and I’m so fortunate to have crossed paths with them, whether in person or on Instagram. If you’re thinking about making that leap, get ready because you’re about to get proven, solid advice on how to successfully start and grow your business from nine different women who did it. Decor …

How I Overcame Self Doubt And Decided To ‘Just Start’ Freelancing

It Takes Time To Warm Up To The Idea Of Working For Yourself For my entire life, I never thought about working for myself. I always thought I’d be working for someone else for the rest of my life. But circumstances changed. I had my son and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It took me a few years to get over the idea that I needed to go back to work right now and it that it would have to be a full time job, working for someone else. Anything else just seemed inadequate. But gradually, I warmed up to the idea of working for myself and being a freelancer. It’s not for everyone. This post is about how that happened for me, and if you are trying to figure out your next steps in life I hope this will help you weigh your options! This was my path: About 2 years ago, I picked an area I felt I had a lot of interest in. For me it was digital marketing (I …

What’s It like To Be A Full Time Mom Who’s Trying To Re-Invent Her Own Career Path

There’s no shortage of examples of what I’m about to say. I’ve written and interviewed a number of women who fit the description in my title. They’ve been a source of inspiration for me. But today I’m going to share my own personal side of the story (a small rant) and how I’ve been trying to carve out a new career for myself while being a full-time mom. Many people might start with a few assumptions about being a blogger. But people in the business know the truth. First off, it’s a business. And like any business trying to get off the ground, it’s tough. I think I can relate to other entrepreneurs because I feel the pressures of selling something you believe in to a crowd or not even a crowd of people who don’t get it. You face a lot of negativity especially in the beginning because your hopes are so high. Add to the fact that you’ve got another full time job (24 hour one in fact), being a mom and home maker. …

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

Why Writing A Blog Isn’t Enough And Why I’m Building A Community Instead

  “I finally came to the conclusion that a blog, while a great media platform, is not the same as a community. And thats what we really need. It’s what we might spend 2 precious minutes of our time for.” Here’s my problem from a bloggers stand point. My blog aims to cater to newly minted moms (like myself), and quite frankly, it comes with one minor issue: Mom’s don’t have time to read blogs. They simply don’t have the leisure time to sit there and get through a single blog post. They can barely return a text some times. A text is less than 100 characters! And you’re expecting them to read those 1000 word blog posts and then leave a comment? For who? I’ll admit I don’t like commenting on posts either unless it’s asking a specific question that I feel I can answer. Reaching a mom is like trying to communicate via morse code to an alien in outer space. Aliens all just trying to keep their sh*t together. 😉 But you know what they will make time for? A play date, meeting up with …