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Momentrepreneu by sossitter founder


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Everybody has heard the term “momtrepreneur”, but what is it really? What lies behind it? And most importantly is it as good as it sounds? Paulina Podgorska, Founder of and, shows the REAL life of a Montreal mom entrepreneur, the challenges faced and how to overcome them, the winning strategies and common mistakes, as well as resources to help in the journey – and it is a very rewarding journey!

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Momentrepreneu by sossitter founder

  1. 1. by Paulina Podgorska<br />Mother & Founder <br /> /<br />January 2011<br />HOW TO SUCCEEDas a Momtrepreneur<br />
  2. 2. My Story <br />Leon - 5<br />Paulina - 30 something...<br />
  3. 3. Founder of<br />
  4. 4. Founder of<br />
  5. 5. Summary<br />Definition<br />Demystifying Myths<br />Benefits<br />Pillars of success<br />Challenges with tips to avoid them<br />Resources<br />Conclusion<br />
  6. 6. Definition of a Momtrepreneur<br />Momtrepreneur<br />=<br />Mom FIRST<br />Entrepreneur SECOND<br />
  7. 7. Demystifying some Myths<br /><ul><li>It’s a REAL job
  8. 8. Not utopia
  9. 9. Not the holy grail
  10. 10. Not a job you can do with kids in the house
  11. 11. Professional experience IS necessary
  12. 12. Success NOT guaranteed</li></li></ul><li>Benefits<br />Master of your destiny<br />Freedom of your own time<br />Sense of accomplishment<br />Less costly<br />Magnified creativity<br />Time spent with kids<br />Decreased Mommy gilt<br />
  13. 13. Pillars of success<br />Good Foundations<br />Good <br />Idea<br />Good <br />Attitude<br />Good <br />Working Method<br />
  14. 14. Success = Good Foundations<br />Financial means for daily life <br />Child care<br />Family support<br />Your personal motivation<br />
  15. 15. Success = Good Idea<br />
  16. 16. Success = Good Working Methods<br />Self discipline – important! :<br /><ul><li>Stick to your working hours
  17. 17. Complete task on time
  18. 18. Switch personal phone & emails off during most of work hours
  19. 19. Do non-work tasks on non-working hours</li></ul>Be organized – personal & professional life:<br /><ul><li>Establish daily tasks with priorities
  20. 20. Let family know when are your working hours & respect that
  21. 21. Work overtime when it is OK with family members</li></li></ul><li>Success = Good Working Methods<br />A proper working space: <br /><ul><li>Not shared by anyone but you
  22. 22. Quiet
  23. 23. Clean from house stuff</li></ul>Be resourceful:<br /><ul><li>Google is your best friend
  24. 24. Community/forums great to find answers
  25. 25. Have an IT person for emergencies</li></ul>Learn constantly:<br /><ul><li>Establish 30min of your day to learn something new everyday
  26. 26. Follow professional blogs & news
  27. 27. Participate in professional discussions</li></li></ul><li>Success = Good Attitude<br />Perseverance<br />“Success in business is 10% idea, and 90% perseverance”<br />Trust in self<br />You are the greatest asset of your business<br />Positive thinking<br />The thing that will keep you through the tough times<br />Acceptance of mistakes<br />Mistake = learning<br />
  28. 28. Challenges<br />Uncertain financial future <br /><ul><li>Have financial support for the first 2 years (Partner, savings, part-time job)</li></ul>Fear of mistakes & setbacks<br /><ul><li>Right mental attitude (see slide before)</li></ul>Isolation<br /><ul><li>Network physically and virtually</li></ul>Limited social life<br /><ul><li>Plan one outing at regular intervals</li></ul>Mommy guilt of not spending time with children<br />
  29. 29. Mummy guilt – Tips to tame it<br />Do not Compare yourself to other moms<br />Do not allow anyone to make you feel bad<br />Be realistic - Accept that you cannot give all your time to kids<br />Spend QUALITY time with your kids – no Blackberry or PC nearby<br />
  30. 30. My Word to YOU<br />DO IT – be bold and go for it. You are the king of your destiny.<br />GET FAMILY SUPPORT BEHIND YOU- essential if working from home<br />GET CHILD CARE – no kids during working hours<br />If you do make mistakes, it’s good – you are learning<br />USE ALL SUPPORT YOU CAN GET – mentor, networking, government bodies<br />
  31. 31. Resources<br />Entrepreneurship:<br /><ul><li>CDLs (Centre de development Local) (
  32. 32. Yes Montreal (
  33. 33. Service d’aide aux jeunes entrepreneurs (</li></ul>Momtrepreneur:<br /><ul><li>The Mom Entrepreneur (
  34. 34. Mom Entrepreneurs Network (
  35. 35. Les Supermamans(</li></li></ul><li>Can you be a Mom entrepreneur?<br />Key Questions to ask yourself:<br />Is your family supportive of you working for yourself?<br />Can you survive if business fails?<br />What will you do with the children when you work?<br />Why do you want to do this?<br />The stronger your answer is, the firmer your foundation<br />