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 Xandri who owns Noah Moccasins. Noah Moccasins offers beautiful hand crafted leather moccasins for little feet, made to custom design and fit each step your little one takes in their adventure of growing.
What gave you the idea to start your mom-owned business?
My youngest son Noah’s feet are growing by the second and we were already on our third pair of slippers that could no longer house his curious little feet, so I decided to make him a pair of moccasins from off cuts of leather that I had lying around. I posted the result on fb for my friends to see and the response I got was overwhelming. The next thing I knew, people were ordering left right and centre.
What is the greatest challenge of being a mom-owned business?
Getting out there, being recognized and people to taking notice of you and your product. I am always thinking of ways to be more creative and how to inspire others to do the same.
How do you overcome this challenge?
I market on Facebook a lot, but find that so many of the local pages seem to frown upon self-promotion. It’s very difficult and I am still trying to figure out exactly where to go and make it work. With regards to upliftment I try and encourage everyone I meet to not be afraid and let their creative side shine through. You never know where your God given talents might take you.
What is your secret weapon to managing the demands of being a business owner and mom?
Time management and an awesome support structure. I have a wonderful husband, nanny and mom-in-law who assist me when time is running out. Patience is definitely something you need to teach yourself and realizing that hard work and dedication really do pay off in the end.
What do you love about being a mom and business owner?
I love sharing my creative projects with my kids and hope that one day they will also share my passion for music, art and all things beautiful. I’m raising two strong beautiful boys who are aged 5 and 2, so it is a wonderful adventure filled with giggles and high energy activities, but without my loving and hands on husband who supports me in all my hobbies, I definitely wouldn’t be able to be where I am today.
What’s the one thing that you wouldn’t change about juggling these roles?
I wouldn’t change my sense of “freedom.” You really can have everything, it just takes time, determination, long hours. But in the end, I know that I am there for my kids when they need me and I can cart them around or attend school activities and spend more quality time with them. Some phone calls are me shutting doors closed, just so the person on the other end doesn’t have to listen to my two-year-old throwing a tantrum because he cannot keep a toilet roll on his head, I grin and bear it, because life is short and time is borrowed to us, and you never know what tomorrow might bring.
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 phone for emails, social media and calls. My 1945 Manual Singer Sewing Machine , as it brings a sense of nostalgia into my home and I can’t help but wonder what wonderful garments were made on this beauty, who owned it previously, and where did it come from. Beautiful materials to work with like leather and hides. I get too excited and carried away when I have beautiful things to make with even more beautiful products!
What’s your one piece of advice for moms who are thinking of leaving their day-job, to become a business owner?
Never look back, you won’t regret it. You are putting food on the table and loving your kids and setting an example while you are at it. Lots of people will encourage you, some will try to discourage you. But stay strong, your bank account might not have all those digits at first, but with hard work you will get there.
For more information about Noah Moccasins, follow them on Facebook.
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.