As part of The Mom’s Guide, I wanted to create a platform that introduces and promotes local mom-owned business who offer services and products aimed at new and expecting parents. Meet the #MomBoss is a series where I’ll be chatting to all sorts of moms who own their own businesses, to find out how they manage to juggle their many roles and share their advice for moms who are considering doing the same.
This week, we are chatting to Mandi, who owns Millenni-Oil Rollers. Millenni-Oil Rollers are specially made essential oil blends packed into convenient roller bottles for easy application and on the go aromatherapy benefits. These roller bottles pack a powerful punch while still being gentle enough for your children to use. They are perfect for your nappy bag and conveniently work as a natural first aid kit. From an antiseptic-roller for bites and sores, to a calm-down-roller for tantrums, and even a sleepy-time-roller for tired moms and babes, there’s always a roller for you!
What gave you the idea to start your mom-owned business?
I’m a qualified aromatherapist and have been using essential oils for myself and my children for many years. Often mixing blends for friends who have complained about their babies not sleeping or struggling with tantrums. I decided to combine my knowledge, love of essential oils and passion for motherhood and make aromatherapy more convenient for moms and babes.
What is the greatest challenge of being a mom-owned business?
Time. I am a mom of 4. Having time to invest daily in my children and my business takes hard work and determination. I am with my children all day and usually get the baby to bed by 8pm and work from then until midnight, answering emails and sending invoices throughout the day whenever I get a gap.
How do you overcome this challenge?
By making lists! I have a notebook and pen which goes everywhere with me. It seems to work better than anything digital. I have lists and once I get to my desk at night and the kids are asleep, I get to ticking thing off my list one by one, until it’s done.
What is your secret weapon to managing the demands of being a business owner and mom?
Some days you just have to give yourself a little grace. I realize I can’t do everything every day. Some days are perfect and I get the balance just right but there are nights that the baby doesn’t settle and needs me to stay with her later or my bigger kids get sick, there are times that I head to my bedroom to fetch something and fall asleep from being absolutely exhausted. And that is ok! I do my best to get it all done but sometimes you just need to cuddle the baby a little longer or enjoy a full night’s sleep so you can tackle tomorrow harder and better.
What do you love about being a mom and business owner?
I am mom to my favourite 4 people in the whole world. I get to stay home and be with them and that is the best job in the world. My little business is my other baby and while it is very new and I’m hoping it does well, I’m mostly excited to get my products into the hands of other moms who would benefit so much from them. Essential oils changed my life and I know how powerful they can be.
What are 3 things that you can’t go a day without, and that help you juggle your role as a mom and business owner?
My *happy dance* roller is always nearby as I use it all day on my pulse points for a boost of happiness and even as a perfume, my kids also roll it on themselves. My shiny glittery notebook which has my whole life inside of it, including orders, oils recipes, courier tracking info, to-do lists and more. Lastly my iPhone, I use apps to invoice customers, track my packages, look up specific oils for certain ailments, and obviously to post pics and market on social media.
What’s your one piece of advice for moms who are thinking of leaving their day-job, to become a business owner?
If you are passionate about your product or service, then just do it.
If you’re a local #MomBoss that offers services and products aimed at new and expecting parents, be sure to fill in my online questionnaire and be featured in my weekly series, with a free listing in The Mom’s Guide Business Directory.