Blogger and author
Mary Ostyn has a work-life juggle that would leave most of us breathless. A writer who works at home while parenting and homeschooling 10 children, her first book, A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family, was released this spring; her second, Family Feasts for $75 a Week, is due out in September.
Tamara Monosoff started her first two businesses when she was just 9 years old. Now the CEO and founder of Mom Invented, Monosoff lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their 8- and 6-year-old daughters. She took some time recently to share her wisdom with Work It, Mom!
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Naomi Dunford, Founder of Itty Bitty Marketing
Founder of Itty Bitty Marketing
Naomi Dunford spent 10 years in marketing and corporate communication for Fortune 500 companies, but decided to find a way to work from home when her youngest son, Jack, now 1, was born. The 26-year-old mom of two (son Michael is 8) became a microbusiness marketing consultant, working from her home near Toronto, Canada, blogging at ittybiz.com and running her company, Itty Bitty Marketing, which caters to people with very small businesses. Work-at-home-moms, take note!
Freelance Director at a PR Agency
Beth Avant is a freelancer with a PR agency in San Diego, where she lives with her husband and three year-old son. Beth transitioned from working full time in PR to working on a more flexible schedule and then to eventually working as a freelancer. In this interview she shares some great perspectives for how to organize your life if you are freelancing, how to deal with feeling overwhelmed at work, and why she sometimes has a hard time relating to other working moms.
Founder and CEO of Barefoot Books
Nancy Traversy is the founder and CEO of Barefoot Books, a wonderful and independent publisher of children’s books and gifts that operates in the UK and the U.S. She has managed to create and run the company for the past 15 years while being a mom to four (yes, four!) kids, who are now 10, 11, 13, and 14! In this honest and revealing interview, Nancy talks in depth about the inspiration for creating her company, the many challenges that she and the team have faced over the past 15 years and what has helped her overcome them, and why she thinks that having a mom who is an entrepreneur has been a positive influence on her kids.
Author of The Anti 9 to 5 Guide
Michelle Goodman is the author of The Anti 9 to 5 Guide, a great book for women who want to run from the corporate life and strike out on their own as freelancers. This book is smart, easy to read, and most importantly, filled with practical tips that can actually help you succeed in building your own freelance business. Michelle was kind enough to share some of her insights with us - if you're a freelancer, small business owner, or are thinking of becoming one, don't miss this interview.
Author of "Birthing the Elephant"
Karin Abarbanel runs her own one-woman marketing communications firm, Abarbanel Communications, but her true love is writing. She describes her newest book, Birthing the Elephant, as the What to Expect When You're Expecting of small-business books. "It gives women an emotional road map to the first 22 months of their venture," she says.
Freelance Journalist and Food Critic
Rachel is a freelance journalist and restaurant critic. She lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, with her 13 year old daughter. Rachel is a single mom who left her fast-paced job in the Internet world to have more flexibility and time to spend with her daughter. In this interview, Rachel shares her ideas about finding balance between work and family, how to edit things out of your life (not just your writing), and when a great Cabernet can come in handy.
Freelance Writer & Blogger, Author of Brazen Careerist
Penelope Trunk is a freelance writer and blogger. Her book, The Brazen Careerist, has just come out and it's filled with refreshing and unexpected career advice from which we can all learn something valuable. She also writes one of our favorite career blogs; its tagline is "Advice at the intersection of work and life." Penelope lives in Madison, Wisconsin (where she moved to from New York City without ever having visited before), with her husband and two kids, ages two and five. In her revealing interview, she talks about how being in the World Trade Center tower as it was collapsing changed her life and her career, from a software executive to a freelance writer. Penelope is also extremely honest about the challenges she consistently deals with while juggling work and family and why using a coffee shop as an office means that sometimes you have to cover more than just your own tab.
Member Close-Up: Sonyareads
Runs an Internet book store and waits tables at night
Sonyareads is a mother of three who runs an Internet book store and two other business from her home in Alabama and also waits tables on the side.
Writer & Blogger
Laura Zigman is a writer who lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts with her husband and six and a half year-old son. Laura is the author of several books, including Animal Husbandry, on which the movie Someone Like You was based, and her latest novel titled Piece of Work. In her interview Laura talks about her path to becoming a successful writer and reveals the not-always-rosy reality of making a living by writing books. She talks candidly about the pressure of being the primary breadwinner, the challenges of working from home, and why jungle gyms may forever remind her of her worst experience as a working mom.