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As you know, I’ve 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.
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!
Let’s get into my interview with Megan Schuett of Captured Elegance Design!
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 Megan Schuett, and I own a design and content marketing business (Captured Elegance Design) where we help photographers & creative entrepreneurs up-level their brand and stand apart from their competition! I am 31 years old, live in Cleveland, OH with my husband and two kids; Lila – 3 1/2 and Cameron, 9 months!
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
I think I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit in me. I came from the corporate world where climbing the corporate ladder was the norm amongst my colleagues. I remember always thinking that I wanted more. I wanted freedom, I wanted to be able to create a life I wanted. I dreaded waking up for my corporate job each morning and knew that I wanted more for my life.
When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter in 2014, I started thinking more and more about how difficult it would be for me to leave her in the hands of a stranger at daycare as a mere newborn. Life took a different turn for us, though. At my 30 week ultrasound, they discovered an issue with my placenta. It was life-threatening to both her and I, and just days after that appointment, we made the decision with our doctors to have a C-section at 30 weeks. We spent the next two months with her in the NICU, fighting for her life.
At that point, we knew she was too high-risk to be in daycare and that we needed to figure out another way. I was offered a demotion at my current job, with a position that would allow me to work from home. I continued to work full-time at home while watching my daughter for two years. To say this was difficult was an understatement, but I was able to build my design and marketing business in the meantime and eventually was able to leave my full-time corporate job behind!
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
I love that the sky is the limit. I don’t have a boss telling me what I should or should not to. I’m able to take charge of the game plan and execute! I also just adore my clients. There is nothing better than creating a custom design for them and just seeing how much this has elevated their brand! To see their work in print is indescribable!
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
I think it can be difficult for friends and family to take you seriously as an entrepreneur. Since it is so different from the corporate world, there are a lot of people that think you are such doing a hobby and really not making any money as a business.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
The days are long. Sometimes, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are trying to work on that blog post or send out that email in between feedings and tending to your little ones. But, it is so so worth it! I always think about how my children will view me as they grow up. I really want them to see what I am working on and trying to achieve and be so proud that their mom built a business from the ground up. Being able to spend time with my children every day and not miss out on those milestones is everything. Is it easy? No! But looking back, I will be 10x happier knowing I built a business alongside building my children into wonderful human beings.
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
I use to think I had to do it all and be “on” 100% of the time. I’ve realized that it’s okay to ask for help. You need a tribe to support you and you need some time to work on your business. However that looks for you, don’t be afraid to ask for what you need to make it work. I’ve also come to appreciate the time I do have set aside for my business and when I have that time, I work FAST! It’s so important to have a game plan of what you want to achieve each day ahead of time.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Take it slow! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to make your business work overnight. Successful businesses take time to grow and building that business alongside being a mom, is 2x the fun! Yes, it may take slower to build than a business owner who does not have children, but that is okay. This is your journey and you need to move at a speed that is right for you!
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
I think I would really try to dig deep and plan better for the future. It’s tough when you are caught in the day-to-day weeds of working, but it’s so important to dream big for your business.
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
I really want to incorporate working with fellow mom entrepreneurs into my business. My heart lives here and I think it’s such a unique job that it sometimes takes a fellow mom to understand what you are going through!
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
My favorite color is blue.
I love A League of their Own.
I’ll eat any ice cream, but if I had to choose a favorite, Mint Chocolate Chip!
Where can we connect with you?
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- Being a mompreneur is AWESOME, but not everyone will understand.
- Working with other women who understand you is always helpful.
- You CAN build a business while working for someone else.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of the us Megan!
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