I am truly blessed as a WAHM with a fun & fulfilling position. As hard and frustrating as it can be to work for a Start Up company (especially in today's economy), the excitement and promise that lie ahead helps you propel forward. In my corporate life (before kids), I had jobs. Professional jobs... but they were just jobs. It was easy to leave those "jobs" to be a SAHM for 3 years. When my husband and I decided last year that one income just wasn't enough anymore, I started to look for "a job". Something to punch a clock, make a steady paycheck and possibly find a new layer of socializing. In the meantime, I figured I would do contract work for some friends who needed website, marcom assistance, etc. Things began to get very stressful. I was spending a good portion of my daycare time on the computer job searching. The consulting work was a good filler but there just wasn't enough time in the day to do that and search for "the job". Therefore, I was paying to find a job that I NEEDED not necessarily wanted. This last a good 3 months before I decided I need to cut the daycare back. I explained the situation to my daycare/preschool provided and that is when my position as the Marketing Manager for Scuba Jack fell into my lap.
Beth Costanzo, owner of the kids preschool, had heard I had cut the kids hours back and mentioned her educational video The Adventures of Scuba Jack (www.adventuresofscubajack.com) had been filmed and they were looking for someone to work on the Marketing. Everything fell into place from then on. The relationship between Beth, her business partner Melanie and myself was instantaneous. We could go into a meeting with a list of to dos and not only leave with a sense of accomplishments but have had some good laughs in the meantime. We were and are a good balance for each other.
As a previous Disney employee and a parent of preschoolers, marketing a children's product only came natural. It is something that I always wanted to do but never really knew I would have the opportunity. Not only do I love the everyday tasks, but the hours are flexible to meet the schedule of 2 children, the product is fantastic and will benefit other children, most of my meetings are at my child's preschool (talk about convenient), and the management is fantastic. To sum it up, the best part of my job - is my job. Although the money is not what it would be if I worked 9-5 in the city. Although I am limited to getting paid a maximum of 10 hours a week (for now) until we build up the company. Although I still have a lot to learn with all the new social media outlets. I could not have asked for a better situation. I still feel like I play a major part in my kids lives and I am contributing to society. Life is good!