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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 Latisha of Latisha Brooke VA Solutions!
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! My name is Latisha. I am a social media strategist/manager. My specialty is Pinterest, but I also work with Instagram & Facebook. Do I really have to say my age? Haha, I am 30 years old, mom of 3 kids (they are all under 4 years old!). I am also married to an amazingly supportive husband!
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
Having three young kids is hard! I went from working full-time with my first, down to one day a week by my third kid. It wasn’t a lot but it helped us pay off some debt. Work started becoming — well — work. And a lot of workplace drama. I was getting tired of it (especially with me only being there one day a week). Then, one day, an ad popped up on Facebook about becoming a Pinterest VA. I hadn’t been looking for work at home opportunities, but there it was! I like to call it a God thing!
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
I’ve really come out of my shell as a person in general. I’ve had to come out of my comfort zone a lot! Even though a lot of it is online, there have been video discovery calls, having to sell myself, and having to market myself. I typically hate all of these things. I usually don’t like talking about myself. Also, building connections and relationships with people all over the world and in all walks of life.
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Just getting started. It’s not a magic pill and anyone who tells you different is lying. There are those who luck out and knock it out of the park on the first try, but for most, it takes at least 3-6 months to get clients and really get rolling.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could do this. I have PPA & PPD (postpartum anxiety & postpartum depression). They are slowly getting better, but I still have bad days. With 3 kids under 4 years old, who all wake up at least once during the night, it can be very discouraging. But, I just want other moms to know, that if I can do it, so can you!
When I first felt the calling to do this I kept coming across the Scripture that says, “God is within her, she will not fail”. Like literally several times within a week. I knew that God was trying to tell me that I was made for something more. I love my kids and I love being a mom. But, just because you’re a mom, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up being you or that you have to give up your dreams.
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
Does anyone really manage it all? I take it day by day. Some days are awesome and I get tons of stuff done. Some days suck and I don’t get anything done except the bare minimum.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Be gracious with yourself, and take self-care days! Make connections and build relationships. Take weekends off and at least one night during the week to focus on family. I typically don’t work on Sundays, because that’s family day. Find someone (spouse, sibling, friend, etc.) who will support you and set you on track if you start to freak out over everything.
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
My business name. I used my own name because I was having a creative block and I couldn’t think of anything else. Also, I probably would have started sooner!
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
Oh, I have so many plans! I want to be able to grow my business and add on team members so I can have a small agency. I want to use my business to inspire others and help them start their own businesses.
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
My favorite color is turquoise.
My favorite movie is Across The Universe.
My favorite ice cream is anything with peanut butter in it!
Where can we connect with you?
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- Make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
- You can still meet and network with new people, even as an introvert.
- Pinterest is an awesome tool, and you can grow your business with it!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of us Latisha!
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