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Hey everyone! So I have a fun new series that I decided to bring to the blog. After researching on how to “do it all” and be productive as an entrepreneur, I came across something that I realized wasn’t cool… and that’s that every single article was devoted to entrepreneurs who were single, with no kids, and who had a huge support system around them.
While that’s totally okay, I wanted more. I wanted to know how someone could balance life with kids, a significant other, responsibilities, and a business that they had to build from the ground up. Where were the articles and blog posts for THOSE people? I didn’t come across too many of them, so guess what? I decided to write them myself.
I’ve now teamed up with some incredible women all over the internet and globe, so they can share with you what it’s like to be your everyday entrepremomer, a woman who not only takes care of her family, but that runs her business as well. These are REAL women, mothers, and business owners that are figuring it all out as they go, and I hope their stories, tips, and tricks inspire YOU to be the best mompreneur you can be.
Some of these women will also be sharing a week in their lives, so you can see a breakdown of the what, when, how, where, etc. Those posts will be published separately, but you’ll be able to access them as they become available. Just as a disclaimer, these ladies are sharing their stories and lives as a way to encourage and inspire, so let’s make sure they feel welcome!
Now, let’s get started with my first interview with Devan McCabe of Nimbi Creative!
Let’s start with the basics. What’s your name, what do you do, how old are you, how many kids do you have, etc?
Hi! I’m Devan McCabe, and I’m a graphic and user experience designer and artist (basically if it’s creative I will likely do it). I’m 34, almost 35. I have 2 little girls (4.5 years old and 2 years old), and I’ve been married almost 3 years. We are living in Portland, Oregon!
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
I’m pretty sure I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was about 5 years old. I would find all kinds of ways to earn money or sell my art projects. As an adult, I began with branding and doing logo’s for friends and family. I then moved on to illustrating children’s books, which led to designing Young Adult book covers. That moved to creating wedding invitations and other creative things for weddings on Etsy and in my local wedding community. Eventually, I went back to graphic design and just stuck with small business branding and website design. I had always worked in the corporate world, so my business was always a side-hustle. I decided 2 years ago to go full-time.
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
The best things have truly been all of the amazing people I’ve met, and the connections and relationships that have been built. I also would have to say that the working from home in pajamas or without makeup isn’t half bad either.
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
I’ve realized how much I have to do to be a successful entrepreneur. I have to wear literally 20 hats! I never wanted to be a bookkeeper, marketing expert, lawyer, blogger, social media expert, or any of the things required to get your business seen. I just wanted to create – so realizing how much time the business side of a business takes has been less than fun.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
If you’re home with kids – you are going to have to figure out your schedule. Whether that means you get up earlier than the home, or stay up later, you have to be flexible but allow yourself time each day to focus on your business. There is a lot to do. With littles running around a day’s “plan” in your pretty paper planner can change to getting NOTHING done in the blink of an eye. So allowing yourself more time to accomplish your goals, and to balance time for your family and, most importantly, yourself to have a break and rest. If you don’t take care of you, how can you possibly help take care of your family, home and business too?
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
I don’t. I mean the expectation of doing it all isn’t realistic. I do as much as I can. I over estimate my time on projects and under estimate how much I can get done in a day, so that I never feel too defeated if things change. It’s all about balance and having realistic expectations of yourself.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Get organized. Don’t follow what everyone else is doing. Stick to your gut. Stay focused on your goals. Allow yourself the grace to let things go, have a break or to just be a mom. Nobody is going to die or catch on fire if you don’t do that 1 thing right this second in your business.
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
I don’t know if I would change anything. I’ve learned so much in the wins and failures that have made me become who I am right now. I think I would just try to stay focused more and worry less about what everyone says you should be doing (i.e. sales funnels, newsletters, social media marketing, etc.). Yes it matters, but you gotta get your business in place first and that other stuff can come later.
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
I’ve recently decided to make my business a passive income for me. I am going back to a full-time job to have a steady paycheck, and I’m working on creating templates for business, like website templates, designing fonts, logos, and other downloadable things that people can buy from me and that I create as I feel inspired, so there’s no pressure or custom project stress, which will allow me more freedom when I’m home at the end of the day.
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
Navy blue is my favorite (but I love teal/robin egg blue too).
Labyrinth w/David Bowie (also my favorite!), Star Trek, Vertigo.
Ummm my favorite ice cream is ICE CREAM! I’m addicted to ice cream! I love chocolate/cookie dough/oreo/peanut butter flavors a lot!
Where can we connect with you?
You can also check out The Together Experience!
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- Connections and building your tribe are always a smart way to go.
- Whether full-time or part-time, entrepreneurship is obtainable for everyone.
- Getting organized and balancing home life with your work life are keys to success when it comes to entrepreneurship.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of the us Devan!
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