Five Guidelines for Productive and Happy Work-at-Home-Moms

By Allison Rice

More and more studies are emerging regarding the best way to incentivize employees to make them more productive and happy. From rewards and recognition programs to bonuses and perks involving both time and money, the simple truth is that the more motivated we are, the harder we work.

And who exemplifies self-motivation and hard work better than female entrepreneurs and professionals who are also work-at-home mothers? Whether you are blessed with a career that allows flexibility to work from home or are just starting your own business, there are certain principles to observe if you want to conquer the dual arenas of “work life” and “home life.” Here are five fundamental doctrines of the most productive and happy professional moms who work from home. Continue reading

She’s Mom, Incorporated: Sonal Gerten, Tumblewalla

Minneapolis mom, Sonal Gerten, founded Tumblewalla, an Indian-inspired line of brightly colored organic cotton play wear for babies and toddlers, which she runs out of her home while caring for her now three-year-old son. Serious about play, she also created the Tumble & Tickle Movement, a philanthropical arm of the company that donates 5% from every item purchased to global nonprofit partners that make play happen for children around the world. 

MomIncorporated: What inspired you to start Tumblewalla?
Sonal: When I was pregnant with my son, I, like most moms, wanted to find distinctive, colorful and cozy clothes for my baby but everything for boys was in brown and blacks or had skulls and cross-bones on it – not what I was looking for!

At the time, I was intrigued by this nugget of a business idea but it didn’t feel right in my gut yet.  It wasn’t until after I gave birth when I found it incredibly difficult to just enjoy the moment, laugh and be playful with my son, that I realized I could stand for something bigger than just the clothes – I wanted to help families be more in the moment and celebrate the whimsy and joys of being a child. This led to the beginnings of Tumblewalla and our Tumble and Tickle Movement.   I strongly believe every child has a RIGHT to play and enjoy their childhood no matter where they live or their economic situation and this belief is the vision that fuels my work each day.

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She’s Mom, Incorporated: Dee Wanger, Ridekick International

For almost two decades, Dee Wanger has pursued her career mostly through entrepreneurial endeavors, using her home as a primary base. A mom raising two daughters, Dee founded her regional science museum (now – www.fcmod.org) while also working from home as a publication production professional.

After teaching elementary school while her daughters were in high school, Dee is now one of the founding members of Ridekick International, an innovative company that makes a motorized trailer that attaches to any bike and pushes the bicycle up to 19 mph for a distance of 10 miles. 

MomIncorporated: Tell us about Ridekick International and your role with the company.
DEE: We make motorized trailers that attach to and push bicycles up to 19 mph for distances of 10 – 30 miles.  It’s perfect for people who want to use bicycles for transportation and recreation (commuting, errand running, taking kids to activities) but aren’t strong enough, have physical limitations, or don’t want to arrive sweaty.  The Ridekick Child Trailer is our newest product that we’re excited to bring to the market.

I serve as “The Queen of Caulk” – filling in wherever there’s a need.  This can mean banking, marketing, office manager, sales, customer service, order fulfillment, purchasing, and janitorial staff.  My overarching role is as the culture development and assurance officer. Continue reading

Stop striving for balance: It’s a JUGGLE

(excerpted from the book Mom, Incorporated)

We’ve talked about time issues and money issues, but what about those elusive “balance” issues? Right now, you might be waiting for us to swing down from the heavens with the
SECRET to Work/Life Balance.

So here it is . . .

There is no such thing as perfect balance –
and the sooner you embrace that fact,
the more “balanced” you will feel.

Danielle on Balance:

For the longest time, the word “balance” felt like a bad word to me. I was certain
there was a secret handshake — a code word even — that allowed only the most
special of mothers into the mythical world of balance. I was certain if I could just
be strong enough, smart enough, organized enough, I would crack the code. But it
wasn’t happening. And the only success I saw was the successful failure to balance
my work and home lives. Until one day it hit me: Balance is impossible. Continue reading

Mom, Incorporated Wins the Gold

No, this isn’t news of Olympic wins – although for us, it is pretty darn close!

The influential publishing world magazine and website Foreword has selected our book – Mom, Incorporated – as the Gold Book of the Year Award (BOTYA) winner for 2011 in the category of Career. We’re over the moon thrilled. This recognition was unexpected and incredibly validating of the long, hard work we put into the book content. We are grateful.

Ask any serious author and they will tell you that they pour their hearts and souls into each book they write, and for us, Mom, Incorporated was just that – filled with our own stories and the stories of many other women, all from the heart, honest and revealing. We worked hard to make sure that the more technical chapters – like the ones about finances and taxation for new businesses – had personality and soul so they were more compelling to read. (No easy task!)

We’ve heard from many of our readers that our book is not only inspiring them but that they keep it right at their desk and refer to it frequently. This is incredible for us to hear because it is what we set out to do and only dreamed would happen. We wanted to create a holistic, realistic guide to starting and growing a business from home with a baby or kids in your midst that would become an indispensable resource for women. And by adding the stories of dozens and dozens of moms across the country with thriving home-based businesses, we also set out to make our book more timeless and lasting.

We’d love your support getting the word about about Mom, Incorporated. We want to help more women with their dreams of starting a business from home. Here’s how you can help: Click here to tweet out a message. Or share our Facebook Page or posts with your friends. And if you haven’t picked up our book yet, you can do that here!

Thank you to everyone who has supported our book so far! We look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.