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 Roanna who owns Kulala Baba. Kulala Baba offers an organic baby hammock which has been thoughtfully designed with your baby’s sleep in mind. The cradling contours of the Hammock and the gentle movement of the spring provide a familiar, secure environment that soothes and settles even the most restless baby.
What gave you the idea to start your mom-owned business?
My desire to help other moms and dads who are struggling through the first year of becoming a parent. As rewarding as becoming a mom was for me, I also really struggled in the first few months as my son wouldn’t settle to sleep easily and always wanted to be in my arms! When I discovered the world of baby hammocks, they literally “saved my life” and I wanted to do the same for other parents.
What is the greatest challenge of being a mom-owned business?
It may sound cliché, but it is achieving the right work/family/mommy-time balance. No matter how I slice it, I always feel like I am not spending enough time with one of my babies – either my son, my husband or my new business.
How do you overcome this challenge?
I have tried to stay as flexible as possible and have also realized that I cannot be perfect at everything. Being “good enough” is the best I can do and that’s great!
What is your secret weapon to managing the demands of being a business owner and mom?
The help of those who surround me! I couldn’t do what I do without help – my mom helps by watching my 1.5-year-old son from 8 am to 2 pm each day; my husband, who successfully runs several of his own businesses, is my business coach and mentor; and my friends all encourage me on a daily basis. Without the support of these amazing people, I would be lost.
What do you love about being a mom and business owner?
I love the different challenges and rewards that come with being both a mom and a business owner – I like the balance it brings to my life. I also love being able to relate to my clients who are all moms in a similar boat to the one that I was in with Mason, when he was little – knowing I can bring some relief and comfort into their lives is so rewarding!
What’s the one thing that you wouldn’t change about juggling these roles?
The perspective that juggling being a mom and a business owner gives me. I find that I am constantly aware of how precious time is; with Mason, with my husband and growing my business. I feel like the juggle helps me to appreciate my time in each role more.
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?
Coffee – like with all moms of toddlers, sleep is not a given – I would struggle without my morning flat white!
My MacBook – being a small business means I manage everything from manufacture to marketing, finance to logistics. So, I am always on the move and I always have my MacBook with me so I can deal with emails, spreadsheets, orders, etc. wherever I am. It also allows me to get a little work done during afternoon naptime for Mason!
My Fortuner – packed to the brim with hammocks and stands, with Mason strapped into his car seat, my trusty Fortuner is a mom-mobile and delivery van all in one.
What’s your one piece of advice for moms who are thinking of leaving their day-job, to become a business owner?
It will always feel daunting, but it really is worth it! Surround yourself with the support you need and take the leap!
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.