Up Close & Personal with Founder of “Mama Cloth”: Meg Jeddore
Part 2 – Meg’s advice for starting your own business
Original Interview with DoTheGoodWork in February 2016.
By: Jennifer Ma
To view part 1 of the interview, Click Here.
7. How do you juggle between work and family needs when working from home?
This can be hard, but thankfully I have a very supportive husband who picks up the slack when needed. I also try to book all appointments and pick-ups during business hours. If customers can’t pick-up during those times, I usually offer porch pick-ups so that I can still be with my family but provide off-hour pick-ups for those who need it. I want to be 100% available to my customers but I still need to maintain regular family time with my husband and daughter, which is also important.
Most of my customers are also mothers and are very understanding of this. I also have a smartphone, which makes it easy to respond inquiries even while I am doing other things such as making supper or giving my daughter a bath. I’d like to think I’m a master at multi-tasking.
8. What’s your favourite time of day?
Bed time! Also right after supper when everyone can just relax and spend time as a family.
9. What would you say is the biggest challenge of running your own business?
The lack of down time. I work hard to maintain an excellent level of customer service and respond to inquiries as quickly as possible for my customers, which makes it difficult to go away on trips and take vacation. Eventually, I hope to get more friends and family involved in my business so that I can expand more. It’s a learning curve and my business is still only 3 years old, so I think I will get there eventually.
10. What is the biggest reward of running your own business?
I enjoy what I do for a living. I wake up and go to work, but it’s not really work. I’m doing something that I’m passionate about. Something that I want to do and not something that I’m forced to do. I get to help people make conscious decisions about the products they are using, reducing the impact on earth and saving them money.
I’m also around for my family. If the school calls me because my daughter is sick, I can easily pick her up and take her home to care for her. As a mother, I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at home and the flexibility around it.
11. What advice do you have for those who want to become a work at home entrepreneur?
I’d definitely start with looking at things you enjoy doing and base your business on it. I love sewing and I love fashion. I’m passionate about healthy living and the environment. It makes working so much easier when it’s based on something that you love and you’re passionate about. You’ll be more successful if you enjoy what you are doing and you’re truly passionate about the products and services you are representing. Some days will feel like work. For example, yesterday I had to count 4,000 snaps but most days, it’s like a fun hobby. I feel so grateful to have this business and wonderful customers that I get to deal with on a daily basis. I’ve met some amazing people.
12. Lastly, if you had one superhero power, what would it be?
Firstly, I’d be a healer (hands down!). I don’t like to see people suffer or in pain. I think as a mom, that just goes without saying.
My second choice is I’d like to fly. I don’t like sitting in traffic. I’m a typical Libra and not patient with traffic!