Running a blog (whether it's part-time or full-time), while also being a full-time mom is an effort that can feel impossible at times.
There were many instances that I considered quitting my creative pursuits and simply focusing all my attention on “mommying”. But I knew in my heart that I needed a creative outlet. That's what running a blog is for me–a creative way for me to share my talents, passions, and interests with the world…and get paid to do it!
One of the things that inspired me to keep going was reading about other mompreneurs. Listening to their stories to hear why they started, where they struggled, and how they found success was just the dose of encouragement I needed to keep going.
In the spirit of inspiring more moms, I'm highlighting a different mompreneur and her story every Monday for the next few months.
These women are hardworking, amazing mommas who are balancing family life and creative business life. They are at varying levels with their blogging business. Some are just getting started. Some have been blogging for years.
Each mom offers a different perspective on what works (and doesn't work) for her when it comes to being a mompreneur.
Take a few minutes to read the mompreneur stories each week and find the inspiration you need to move forward with your own mompreneur journey! Be sure to check out the resources they recommend, take a closer look at their blogs, and signup for their mailing lists to keep in touch!
What do you blog about?
My blog is Margin Making Mom, where I write about finding simplicity and space in motherhood. This often includes tips for budgeting and becoming debt free, tools and recipes for simplifying meal time (including my love of pressure cooking!), and suggestions that help moms take care of themselves or otherwise simplify life. I’m passionate about providing practical solutions that allow moms to create more margin in their lives.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I also love that blogging provides an opportunity to earn an income on my own terms and in a way that fits the season of life I’m in.
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have three children, ages 5, 3, and 18 months. My life is basically a circus right now! Having three kids in 3.5 years is an adventure, for sure! Honestly, they don’t understand what a blogger is. They just know that Mommy has to get work done sometimes. 🙂 I get most of my work done in the early morning or during their nap time (because any attempt at working with three small kids around will quickly be thwarted by the latest injury, squabble, or snack request!), so they don’t actually see me working on my blog most of the time.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the flexibility that blogging affords. You can decide what you want to blog about when you want to do it, and then you get to connect with others who can relate! There are so many possibilities with blogging. Writing can be a fun creative outlet, and sometimes, as a mom, it’s just nice to have something that’s “mine,” you know?
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
It can very easily feel like your work is never done. There are so many different aspects to blogging, from tech stuff to creating content to strategizing and everything in between. There is always room for improvement, so it’s hard to feel like your work day is complete when there’s always something else that could be done.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
My favorite tool that’s more specifically related to blogging is probably Boardbooster. It’s so inexpensive and is hugely helpful in managing Pinterest, freeing up my time to work on other things! I think the return on investment for that tool is awesome.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Don’t be afraid to start, and then don’t be afraid to make your business fit into your life, instead of making your life fit into your business.
So often, I feel like it’s easy to look at other successful mompreneurs and think we need to adopt their exact strategy if we want to be successful. But what they did to rise to success may not be feasible in your current life season, and that’s ok. Make your journey your own.
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
Lemonade. Mostly sweet with a little bit of sour—but nonetheless a cool treat that makes you feel right at home. 🙂
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