After reading Mom, Incorporated, Dena Mendelsohn took the plunge and made the decision to launch her small business, Right-Hand Woman, earlier this year. As a professional Jill-of-all-trades, she provides emergency support to start-up and growing businesses with a gap in their skill set or their staffing. She shares with us what she like most about running her own business and some of the lessons she is learning along the way.
MOMINCORPORATED: What inspired you to start your own company?
DENA: I really enjoy working in a variety of workplaces and with new challenges. Starting my own company gave me the opportunity to meet new people, constantly address new problems, and of course steer my own ship. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can help businesses with a variety of needs while being my own boss. Continue reading
It’s Annie, your Mom, Incorporated Community Mom, here. On the MomIncorporated.com blog, we tend to focus primarily on business. We interview successful mom entrepreneurs who are running their own businesses and we provide tips and resources that you might find helpful in running your business. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought it might be nice to pause and focus on the Mom part in Mom, Incorporated for a moment.
Nashville stay-at-home mom blogger, Scarlet Paolicchi, started the Family Focus Blog in 2011 when her kids were just 4 and 6 years old. It has now turned into a Top Mom Blog with upwards of 63,000 page views per month, bringing in revenue through advertising and featuring family-friendly companies.
Mom, Incorporated caught up with Scarlet to talk about blogging, social media and some of the secrets to her success. Continue reading
Catriona Wallis is the Founder and CEO of Colto, a developer of mobile games that teach language to kids. We caught up with this globe-trotting mother of two to find out how she transformed her background as an English teacher in Europe into an entrepreneurial adventure in mobile technology.
MOMINCORPORATED: Where are you from originally? What motivated your move to Italy?
CATRIONA: I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. After a 10 year career in television, then working in business development in the Arts, I became seriously ill at 32 and had to stop work for 4 months. During my recovery, I decided to do what my heart had been telling me for the past few years and move to Europe. I sold everything and used the funds to travel to Italy to study Italian, eat pasta and drink red wine while I regained strength in my life. I was interviewing for career jobs in London at the time but in my heart I was falling in love with life in Italy. Then I met and fell in love with my now Italian husband and never considered moving to London again! Continue reading
In the first two parts of this series, we shared how mom entrepreneurs could benefit from working with a mentor and gave some tips on selecting the right mentor for you. In this final post, we will go over the best ways to get the most out of your mentoring relationship.
So, you’ve made the decision to work with a business mentor. Congratulations! That is the biggest step. Then, you researched your options and signed up for a program or asked someone you know to become your trusted business advisor. Now what? The purpose of having a mentor is to help you become a better businessperson. No matter how much or little experience or knowledge you have, your mentor is there to make you even better. Follow these five strategies for making the mentorship relationship work for you. Continue reading