These days, with working from home being easier than ever, more and more moms are becoming "mompreneurs."
Today's interviewee is Megan Llorente. I have known Megan for about 6 months through Medium, a blogging platform. She is an editor for two publications there, and has helped me to fine tune my writing.
Megan also hosts a bi-weekly women's circle Zoom chat, which has been great to get to know a group of supportive women. It has been great to become friends with such an uplifting group. Megan works so hard at creating community, I am lucky to have met her.
I did a Q&A With Megan, and this is what she had to say.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your business?
I’m a mom of a lovely 3.5 year old daughter. During the week I oversee a large child care centre with my partner. I also actively write on Medium (200+ articles so far) and coach women on relationships, entrepreneurship and motherhood. How did you decide to start your business?
I started my career in corporate marketing. Over time I just knew I wanted to be my own boss. I ended up becoming a certified coach during that time and finally left the corporate world to coach full-time. Those few years were a thriving time for me and then I found out I was pregnant. So I tucked the coaching away for the future. When my daughter was born, my partner and I had the opportunity to take over the child care business from my mother-in-law who had been running it for 30 years. So there I was with a 4 month old baby on one hip and learning to be a business owner in child care. It was definitely a wild time until I found my groove!
How old are your kids? What are their names (if you want to share)?
My little Lirra is 3.5 years old.
Are your kids in childcare or at home full time?
I’m in a fortunate position where we run a child care centre so my daughter gets the best of both worlds. She has almost always been with me though since our centre actually starts at 3 years old. It’s only been recently that I’ve been able to drop her off without me. Otherwise I’ve been juggling being a mompreneur working and caring for my daughter at the same time from day one! How do you balance your work with your family?
It’s always a juggling act. There are many days when I feel like I’m failing my daughter and not spending enough time with her. She’s with me the majority of the time but I’m not always present because I’m on my phone or laptop. I have to continually set boundaries with myself because it’s easy for work to take over. And to be honest, I’m inherently a workaholic so a part of me prefers working over domestic duties. Every day is a new day for me to try to find that balance. Although just yesterday I said to my daughter and partner, “I feel like I’m a bad mom sometimes.” My daughter adorably replied, “You’re not a bad mom. You’re a good mom mommy.” My heart literally melted on the spot. Any tips for other moms looking to start a business?
Be ready to have your world turned upside down! Being a mompreneur will challenge every conventional way of doing things that you know. The business-side alone is already a big mountain to climb, then pair it with parenting and you’re suddenly climbing Mount Everest. At the end of the day, it’s worth it though. I know I’m role modelling for my daughter how you can do anything you set your mind to. Anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Remember that you are always doing your best. It’s easy for self-judgment to creep in - whether it’s imposter syndrome about being an entrepreneur or mom-guilt about doing enough. Find your ways to let go of the pressure and stress, and you’ll be more than fine. You’ve got this! Thank you so much!
Not only is Megan Llorente a mom of a little girl who isn't in school yet, she is running both the daycare and doing her coaching business. She is proof that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it!
You can find Megan online too!
If you have any questions for Megan on how she manages to do so much good work, ask away in the comments!
To read more about Mompreneur life, check out these other blog posts: