I didn’t choose The Mompreneur Life, The Mompreneur Life Chose Me, Or Did It?
My name is Allison. I am a Mompreneur Hustler and I am thrilled to have you here! But how did I get here? How did I become a Mompreneur Hustler? Living the Mom Life, the Entrepreneur Life and the Hustle Life?
Let’s go back to the beginning, about 10 years ago. I was an administrator for a home builder in 2007. I loved my job, and who I worked with. After all, home building and construction was in my blood, I grew up around it all because my parents were in the construction business. I worked for a great company and had a great position for a then, 21 year old just discovering what adulthood was like.
By 2008 I was pregnant with Nugget #1 (yes, I will be referring to my boys as Nugget #1, Nugget #2 and Nugget #3, so get used to it) and we were preparing for what life would be like as a family of 3. Unfortunately, by the November of 2008, I was a victim of the economic crash that effected so many. It sucked, I didn’t know what to say to my (then fiance) when I got home but after a lot of tears, a long discussion we decided it was a blessing in disguise and I would become a SAHM to our first little Nugget.
May of 2009, we were officially a family of 3! I loved being home with that baby Nugget and I didn’t want it to end, but soon came time for me to do something else, get my career, or A career back, so off I went to persue the Nursing degree I had started after high school. I completed and passed the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) program, and quickly discovered that the Nurse Life was no longer the Life I wanted to pursue.
In 2011, I managed to work for a few home builders, both of which I was let go from. Thank you still shitty economy! It was after the second lay off of the year that we decided it was time for me to get my ass back to school and finish my Associates degree. Only for something other than nursing. So after about 8 years of being out of school, there I was, a 25 year old back in College. It was scary, I felt so out of place but I was determined to make it my bitch, no matter what life threw at us.
2012 was an amazing year, I was kicking butt in school, my soon-to-be husband and I chose to follow Jesus Christ together and be baptized together, our Nugget #1 was growing and making life so interesting, hubby and I married in June and by the Fall we were preparing for Baby Nugget #2!
June of 2013, we became a family of 4, life was crazy and we navigated it as best we could. Even still, I was going to finish that degree in time for Nugget #1 to start Kindergarten. So, in the Spring of 2014, I was walking across that stage receiving my Associates Degree in Business Administration. One of my proudest moments. I did it all while being a SAHM to two awesome, yet needy, Little Nuggets. I only took off 1 semester during the whole process, but I did it, I was a college graduate!
Finally, things were starting to work out as I had “planned.” Nugget #1 would be starting Kindergarten that Fall, Nugget #2 would be off to daycare and Mommy would be getting back in to the work force! Life was on track…or so I thought…
Later that summer we found out that in 2015 we would be becoming a family of 5!! Holy shit! What?! It was so unexpected as we were actively “preventing” any future little Nuggets, but apparently God had other plans for us. We quickly realized however, that daycare for 2 would be expensive and that I would be lucky to make enough to cover the costs, so what’s the point I said? Why should I go back to work, add stress to myself, my hubby and our Nuggets to bring home a few extra dollars? Stupid, right?!
Well, instead, I thought starting my own business would be a great alternative. I could stay home, make my own hours, be available for my hubby and our Nuggets and generate a little extra income. I was and have always been, crafty. I loved making beautiful things so why not turn that love and passion in to a business? It all sounded great, seemed easy enough and faily cut and dry.
So, that Fall, 5 months pregnant with Nugget #3, 1 Nugget in school and the other testing my very being, Purple Owl Designs was officially opened. Looking back, I was so crazy. Who in their right mind wants to start a business with three children, 2 under the age of 2 no less, and 1 just getting used to the School Life?! Yea, I’d like to tell you, “not my smartest decision” but that’s just wrong – it was THE best decision!
That first holiday season trying to sell handmade wreaths and other home decor items was rough, but I worked hard, made NO money, worked some more, made NO money and worked even harder and yet, I made NO money. I took it as a sign, learned a lot and decided to take some time to prepare for Baby Nugget #3 and regroup with this whole “running a business” thing. But I was not giving up on it. It was happening and I was determined to be successful.
By March of 2015, Baby Nugget #3 was here and we were officially living the crazy life that is being a family of 5. It was tiring and amazing and tiring and awesome and exhausting but fullfilling and did I say tiring? But by late Spring, I was back to Hustlin’ in my business and it felt amazing! I was starting to put myself out there, step out of my comfort zone, advertise and spam the hell out of my FB friends. I started to get orders, creating things people not only LOVED but spent their hard earned money for! It was the best feeling and I knew this was IT, the Mompreneur Life was IT, Mompreneur Hustlin’ would be my “job.”
Fast forward 2 years and I have 2 Etsy shops (www.purpleowldesigns1.etsy.com & www.snarkybean.etsy.com) with over 1000 combined sales and about 300 sales made through Facebook and now this blog. I am not “raking it in” by any means, but I am Hustlin’ hard to build my name, my brands and something that will be mine for many many years to come. Most importantly, it’s something I LOVE doing. I love designing and creating but most of all I love the freedom that comes with being my own boss.
Having the freedom to be there for my Hubby who works so hard for us, my 3 Nuggets and anything in between is the most rewarding part of what I get to do as a Mompreneur. This Mompreneur life isn’t for everyone. You have to be willing to survive on little sleep, sacrifice some or most things and Hustle like you’ve never Hustled before.
Shed some tears, but quickly wipe them away, feel that frustration that you quickly turn in to motivation and never give up, quitting is NOT an option! It’s not the fuck ups or the “bad luck” that define you or make you successful or not, it’s how you pick yourself up from those fuck ups and that “bad luck” that define you. Your actions, or inactions, can make you successful or make you one giant ass QUITTER! Quitters are not successful, quitters never win, they never learn and they just suck. Don’t be a quitter!
What can you expect from The Mompreneur Hustle?
This blog has been something I have been dreaming of for the better part of a year. After becoming a part of quite a few Facebook groups centered around handmade sellers and Entrepreneurs, I saw the need to show others they are not alone in the daily struggles of the Mompreneur Life.
It felt good, in a way, seeing others with the same questions, struggles and issues I had and still have. I was not alone, and I want you to know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We all have struggles, triumphs, pains, questions and advice we could give, why not share it?
My goal is to be REAL, what you read is what you get. I’m not here to sugar coat shit. I am here to share my experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. As well as some advice or ways you could improve your Mompreneur Life, from my own experiences, fuck ups or the rare occation when things do go according to “plan”.
I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m not here to tell you HOW to become a Mompreneur or what business you should start or a business platform to join so you can free yourself from “the man”, I am just a Mompreneur who’s still learning and ever changing. And along the way I just hope that someone can relate, someone can realize they are not alone, that being a Mompreneur (or just and Entrepreneur in general) is fucking hard ass work! It takes time and hustle and tears, oh there have been lots of tears. But it can be done, it is possible. You are a Mompreneur, and you WILL rock the Mom Life, the Entrepreneur Life & the Hustle Life!