If you have ever dreamed of being an entrepreneur, but have gotten discouraged along the way, then this article is for you. There is so much for working moms to juggle today that it is easy to become overwhelmed. Many find it difficult to navigate career, life, and family. It’s mind boggling to think that there are working moms out there who aren’t just working but are creating their own products and businesses; women just like you and me.
While we often hear and read about mainstream mothers who are successful entrepreneurs, there are many everyday women who have inspiring stories. These working moms are showing that it is possible to achieve anything with passion and determination.
Kelly Lester, EasyLunchboxes
Kelly is the mother of three daughters, and she previously struggled with weight issues. As a result, she focused on providing fresh, nutritious school lunches, and for her, school lunches were not an option. She didn’t want to waste all the packaging that comes with using baggies.
Inspired by Bento lunches, she created a multi-compartment container. Sized to hold perfect portions, she and many others can now send their children to school with a great lunch that is quick and easy to pack and doesn’t leave a mountain of waste or dirty dishes. The idea is rather simple, and sometimes that is all it takes. You take a simple idea and put your passion and drive behind it. Also, Kelly’s website has lots of lunch ideas!
Nicole Gleeson, Little Mizz Kit
This is a mom that had a lot on her plate; her daughter was born with gastroschisis (a condition where a baby’s bowel developed outside of the body). For this reason, she set her mind on finding ways to build her daughter’s confidence. Realizing that confidence was a major issue for many little girls, she set her mind to making a product that would allow all parents to bond with their daughters and help them build their self-esteem.
She marketed a monthly subscription box that has activities centered around arts and crafts, life lessons, fitness, how to ideas, and nutrition. She hopes that her product will help give girls across the world the confidence to reach their goals. Part of the proceeds from Little Mizz Kit goes to the March of Dimes. Due to her family’s own experience, she is passionate about helping children who are born premature or with birth defects.
Lisa Greenwald, Chewbeads
Lisa was a mom, who after her son was born experienced the same thing that many other moms have, her baby kept grabbing her jewelry and putting it in his mouth. Being worried that the jewelry was unsafe for her son to chew she decided to make a line of jewelry for moms that was safe it a child did chew it. Knowing that other moms still wanted to wear jewelry without having to constantly take it away from their babies, she was inspired to create her own line of jewelry.
She made chewbeads out of soft, non-toxic silicone. The response to her product was great and led her to design silicone baby products such as plates, eating utensils, and even a travel bathing kit.
Lauren Thom, Fleurty Girl
Lauren was a single mother of three, and one year decided to use her tax return to start a business. As a New Orleans native, she opened a website selling New Orleans inspired t-shirts. After only six months, she opened her first retail store in New Orleans and moved her family in the back of the space.
Her shop now sells clothing, accessories, home items and other New Orleans inspired items. Best of all, many of her products are made in New Orleans by other New Orleans natives. Lauren now has four stores!
These are just a few inspiring stories of women who have created their own successful businesses, but I am sure if you look around you will find inspiring stories all around you. Have passion, have a plan, and have faith!