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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 Katie of Katie Goulet!
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?
Hey! I’m Katie Goulet. I have 3 boys (ages 8,6, and 2). My family and I live in Central Illinois.
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
I first started as an entrepreneur when I opened a boot camp fitness business in 2011. I wanted to be a personal trainer, so I got certified and I found that a boot camp format worked best for my lifestyle. I created a website and a blog as part of this business and it was through that that I realized I would rather update my website and blog than run a fitness business.
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
The best experiences have been my clients. I love expanding my circle and getting to know other business owners. I also love helping others achieve success. Whether it was achieving a fitness goal in my fitness company, or now seeing a business reach a new milestone or business success because of our online efforts. The days that I get emails about meeting goals are great days, and I think I celebrate as much as my clients do.
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Well… I won’t lie, I have shed MANY tears in my business. The contracting and collecting money side of the business is my growth edge. I have had to learn along the way how to contract well, and how to explain terms to clients in a way that they understand. Most of my business clients have never created a website before, so explaining the terms and how to best work together is a growing process for me.
One thing that I remind myself all the time is, “I cannot fail, only learn and grow.” Because every-time a challenging situation happens, I have to remember that I will grow from it. I change policies and language and I am better for it for the next client.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
This little business of mine is my dream. When I was 9 years old I dreamed of having a design studio. I would pretend to have clients and have binders for each of them. As I became an adult, the practical side of life always took over. I always chose the stable job and the “practical” choice for my career. But I was never satisfied.
I believe that sometimes dreams we’ve had our whole life, are part of who we are. You can choose other outlets and careers, but allowing your adult self to step into a lifelong dream is the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced. Even my worst days are better and more manageable because I know that this is what I was made to do.
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
Well, I would hardly say I am managing it all. I get help! I actually made the decision 2 years ago to hold off on getting a VA or business help and I got help at home instead. I have help watching my kids, and our care providers are great!
I also have help cleaning my house and doing the laundry. Having the help at home frees me up so that when I am done working I can fully engage with my kids and not feel guilty for not working on the house or laundry. The downside is that I had to wait to get help with my business. This past month is when I hired help for my business to hand off some tasks that I don’t need to be doing so I can focus more time on what only I can do.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Find other women that are business owners. The relationships that I have made with other women that are also starting or working in their own business have been lifesavers. I’ve found these women online and in real life. Both are equally helpful.
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
I would have gone “all in” sooner. I stayed in a part-time job apart from my business for a long time (years!) and it kept me busy and kept my business from growing. Having no “safety net” of other income has forced me to take my business more seriously and make better business decisions.
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
Well, this seems to change on a regular basis. Right now, my big goals for the summer are to launch my theme shop and a few Squarespace design kits for service-based businesses. I want to be able to offer some DIY or templated designs apart from my fully custom services. With this change, I am also rebranding away from my name and becoming“Fresh Light Design”.
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
My favorite color is yellow.
I don’t have a favorite movie.
My favorite ice cream is anything Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy!
Where can we connect with you?
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- You don’t have to do it all, but where you outsource will depend on your situation.
- Networking is essential in becoming a better business owner!
- It’s important to have the right systems in place to run your business in the best way possible.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of us Katie!
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