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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 Jordyn of Jordyn Leppard Business Support 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! I’m Jordyn Leppard, I’m a Virtual Professional, and I’m 29 years old. I have one daughter and she’s 16 months old!
How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
During my pregnancy, I didn’t like how I was treated by my employer. I had amazing coworkers, but the company didn’t value any of us. I knew there were better options, I just didn’t know where to find them.
It was important to my husband and me that our daughter be raised by us and not with a majority of her time spent in daycare. I decided to use my maternity leave to start a business. I already had a background in administration and knew I could offer high-quality virtual assistant services.
While applying for job opportunities and looking for clients, I filled any time I could find by taking online courses for all of the major programs. Eventually, things just started snowballing!
What have been the best experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Finding clients who value me, appreciate my work, and respect my opinion. It’s such a beautiful shift to look forward to logging in every day — all with the freedom of starting my mornings with early bike rides with my daughter and extended lunches at the park together.
What have been the worst experiences you’ve had as an entrepreneur?
Self-doubt. It creeps in often and always leads to bad decisions like working with a client that I know isn’t the right fit or lowering my rates beneath my comfort level.
Tell us something personal. Something that a boss mom would understand. Something that inspires a mom to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
Being a mom is the most amazing adventure and what I am most grateful for in my life, but it comes with so many changes. Leaving my career (something I had worked towards for years and STILL have student loans from) was a big decision and left me wondering who I am without it. I had gained the most precious gift, yet lost myself along the way. With a diagnosis of PPD (postpartum depression), I was struggling to find my purpose and what value I could provide in the world.
I initially thought my life could revolve around being the best mom I could. I was exclusively breastfeeding, cloth diapering, making everything homemade from food to cleaning products, spending my days on a timetable of tummy time/reading/outside activities/flashcards/etc. It didn’t matter. I still felt like I wasn’t enough, I was never going to provide everything my daughter deserved, I wasn’t proud of who I was.
Every day, I was sinking deeper and deeper into PPD. My business was the missing link. Launching my business has opened so many doors and given me a path to reach all of my goals and dreams. I’m still able to be present for my daughter and dedicate time for all of those activities, all while building my empire and showing her that women really can achieve their dreams. No need to choose family or career — We really can have it all, and that’s the best lesson I can teach her.
How do you “manage it all” as a mompreneur?
Organization allows me to stay on top of things and never let them get out of control. I use Trello religiously for work and home life. I meal plan and pre-prep whenever possible. I limit my phone use (with the help of an app) since that’s not as productive as I need to be. I schedule everything so that nothing gets missed whether it’s a meeting, play date, or our afternoon flashcard session.
What are some tips that you’d recommend to any mother getting her start in the entrepreneurship world?
Just start. It doesn’t need to be your end game. You can shift, evolve, rebrand, or start over whenever you want. Once your head is in the entrepreneurial space, more ideas will come. If you spend so much time overthinking things and perfecting, you might overwhelm yourself and delay. Just start. Think about what you are good at now without a ton of training. How can you market your skills?
What is one thing you would change if you could start your biz over?
Nothing. I needed every stone on the path to where I am today. It’s grown and evolved so much but I could never have foreseen the direction it took me in. Even the bad things have been lessons that I needed at the time.
What are your plans for your biz’s future?
Focus on my niche and become an expert community manager. Maintain a small clientele to focus on providing top-level service.
On to the fun questions! What’s your favorite color, movie, and ice cream?
My favorite color is coral.
My favorite movie is Crazy Stupid Love.
My favorite ice cream is Maple Walnut!
Where can we connect with you?
The Entrepremomer’s Takeaways:
- It is possible to finish your to-do list as a mompreneur!
- You can raise your toddler and run your business at the same time, even if it’s hard.
- You should never regret decisions in your business, use them as lessons.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips for all of us Jordyn!
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