Being a MOMPreneur
My father started a small Print and Copy shop in 1980. He was a math teacher at a nearby high school, but had the dream to open his own business. He found a small space 2 miles from our home and opened up Barrington Printing. He started out 30 years ago printing invitations and personal stationery, and he also had a copy machine (this was all way before Kinkos). My father retired from teaching in 1992 and made the decision to grow his small printing company. I loved watching my father work hard and truly be able to have full control over his business life. Owning your own company isn't easy, that's for sure... there's a ton of blood, sweat and tears... but, if you have entrepreneurial blood in your veins, it's there... and it's not going anywhere. That's my father. His company has now evolved into a commerical printing company and employs over 35 people. Not only that, he's turned it into a family business. My oldest brother co-owns it with my father and my other brother, sister-in-law and sister work for the company. It's a pretty incredible thing being an entrepreneur. My father's drive... it's where I know I get my drive from.
I always knew I wanted to start something. Create something on my very own from nothing. My father has always been my biggest inspiration. I never knew what exactly I would start someday... but I always knew it would be something I loved and it would be when the time was right.
I started MomGenerations.com in June of 2008 with my mother and my sister. We had been blogging for 2 years previous under the blog name, Pinks and Blues, but decided to make the switch to MomGenerations.com so we could completely change the direction of our blog. I wanted to turn MomGenerations into a business. I wanted it to be the place I "went to work" every single day. And so, I set out to do that... I became a MOMPreneur.
After working in the corporate world for 5 years, I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to be home with my children. My job was one of those jobs that had crazy hours and required me to always sort of be "on call." I didn't want to be on call for someone else, I wanted to be on call for me. I knew I didn't have the capital to open a store or a start a baby line or create a fashion line... but I knew I loved to write, I knew I loved fashion and knew a lot about it, and I knew I loved to create videos, so I knew blogging would be the best way for me to go.
The thing about being an entrepreneur or MOMPreneur... you never know what is going to happen. You have to be a risk taker. You have to be someone who can handle pressure and questions. You have to have the drive to keep going when everyone else has stopped. I knew I had that in me, I always have... so nothing was going to get in my way from going forward with this dream to create a space online for moms talking about fashion and beauty and motherhood.
It's now been 2 1/2 years since MomGenerations.com has been up and running. It has been a complete adventure... it's a ton of work, but it's work I love to do. I know I'm doing exactly what I was put here to do, and that's a pretty incredible feeling to have.
Not to mention, I can be home with my boys. Which... to me, was the very most important thing of all. And now my husband is working with me, as we try to keep turning MomGenerations.com into more and more of a family business.