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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 Amy of Amy Byrne Media!
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?
Hello! I’m Amy Byrne & I am a freelance content creator + social media manager. I’m 30 years old & I have one son, Arlo, who is 4 months old. My husband is a freelancer as well, so obviously our life is far from normal! He’s a singer/songwriter and producer. We live in Nashville & he has a studio in the lower part of our house, so we both work from home.
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
I was interning in artist management and that was my dream job all through college. I distinctly remember a day that one of the big bosses told my co-worker who was in his 30s and had literally slept in the office overnight that he was going to make a great manager someday. It was kind of a light bulb moment for me.
I knew I wanted a family and that I couldn’t be devoting that kind of time to work in my early 30s. I continued in management for a while, but began freelancing on the side and gradually made the leap a few years ago.
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Obviously, successes stand out, but for me, the best experiences have come from the freedom of schedule. That’s a huge part of why I wanted to set my life up this way. My husband travels a lot for work and we spent a good part of our early relationship with him on the road a majority of the time while I was stuck at home going to work in an office.
By being my own boss, I’m able to travel with him and work from the road now. And having Arlo, it’s an even bigger benefit to being able to be with him as he grows and travel as a family. I can tell you which coffee shops are the best in a lot of random towns these days!
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Honestly, my worst experiences have been from taking on clients that aren’t a good fit for me or my working style simply because I didn’t want to turn down the income. 100% of the time it turns out not to be worth it. I’m not at my best when it’s work that I’m not interested in or don’t feel like I can do well. I end up dreading the work and feeling really defeated about it. It’s a really hard line to walk when you have unpredictable income, and it feels counterintuitive to turn away money, but in the long run, it’s worth it to only take clients that fit with my goals.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
As hard and unpredictable as it can be, I would not trade getting to be present as my son grows for anything in the world. I learned at a young age through a tragic accident that took the life of my best friend’s mom and eventually took my friend’s life as well, that we aren’t guaranteed any amount of time with the people we love. I personally see creating a life where I am present with my family to be more than worth any struggles.
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
I don’t. At all. My son was born in January of 2018, so I’m still figuring it all out. But I’m not sure anyone truly manages it all. On a daily basis, there is something I didn’t get done, and it’s usually many things! Arlo is so little right now that he really requires a lot. So I try to have three “top tasks” that I want to accomplish before bedtime. I try to get 1-2 posts written per day at a minimum. Then there’s usually an errand to run or a single cleaning task for the day. It makes me feel like I have a little more control.
I also totally believe in simplifying what you can. We take advantage of things like Walmart grocery pickup so that I can order the groceries & send my husband to pick them up. And we have plans to bring in a one-time house cleaner soon, plus hiring a nanny one day a week once he’s older. I think the way to truly manage it all is to accept that you can’t do it all on your own and that different seasons will require different things to be your primary focus. I am not working as much as I was before Arlo was born. That was difficult to swallow at first, but I now see that this is how it needs to be for now. My hours can pick back up as he gets older.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Definitely, know your why. It’s the root of everything & what you can cling to through bumps in the road. It also helps keep you centered around what matters. My why is my son & family, not money or success. So as changes were needed when he was born, staying grounded in that helped me make the right decisions for my personal journey.
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
I’d be more clear on exactly who my ideal client is and what services I wanted to offer. I cast a wide net in the beginning and it ended up making me resent the work. Content creation and writing is so much more fun when you like what you’re writing about!
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
I’m gradually making the shift over to more of the writing and content creation side. It’s been a natural shift as writing can happen late at night after my son is asleep. I want to continue to grow in that realm and gradually increase the hours that I’m able to work as he grows. Right now I’m focusing on one-off type jobs, but by the end of the year, I hope to be ready to take on a handful of regular clients again!
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
My favorite colors since I’ve gotten older have been earth tones. I’m loving buff yellow currently.
I’m a sucker for a good romantic movie, so Pretty Woman is my favorite movie with The American President as a close second.
My favorite ice cream is the So Delicious brand’s cashew milk ice cream in salted caramel cluster!
Where can we connect with you?
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- Being your own boss means creating your own schedule.
- Simplifying and outsourcing are totally acceptable and you should take advantage when you can.
- It’s important to work with the right clients, even if that means less money. Less stress for the win!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of us Amy!
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