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 Storm who owns Protea Doula Agency. Protea Doula Agency’s goal is to help introduce expectant parents to the amazing Doulas in our country. They aim to help educate parents about the benefits of Doula Support and provide useful information and advice regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.
What gave you the idea to start your mom-owned business?
I wanted to create this little business to not only help expectant parents but also to help the Doula community. As a Doula myself, I understand the hard work involved in marketing yourself to potential clients, and how difficult it can be to help people understand the benefits of Doula Support. By creating this platform, I’m hoping to help both the Doulas and the parents.
What is the greatest challenge of being a mom-owned business?
So far, support has been the biggest challenge! I think many people are unsure of new ventures!
How do you overcome this challenge?
This is a daily struggle, but I’m learning to lean on other inspirational entrepreneurs. I find that connecting with people in my field is also extremely helpful and inspiring.
What is your secret weapon to managing the demands of being a business owner and mom?
A sense of humor! It’s the only thing that will keep me from losing my mind!
What do you love about being a mom and business owner?
My favourite part about being a mom and a business owner is the simple fact that I am setting an example for my little ones. I want them to know that following your dreams is ok, advisable even!
What’s the one thing that you wouldn’t change about juggling these roles?
The fact that I choose my own working hours. This way, I can spend quality time with my children where I couldn’t really do that working a regular job.
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 pens: I have a stationary addiction. My pens come in handy, whether it’s for me or to occupy the children!
My notebook: I use this as a diary, an art journal, a to-do list, children’s drawing book… the list is endless!
My kettle: because without coffee, I’m not awake!
What’s your one piece of advice for moms who are thinking of leaving their day-job, to become a business owner?
Go for it. It will not be easy, but it’s worth it. Remember, you are capable of anything you put your mind to.
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.