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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Styled by HarpersLove

We are getting ready for the fall and taking this popular look and making it a bit more sophisticated. 

Jean Shirt, Red Jeans by JCrew, Bangles at Bloomindales, Shoes by Michael Antonio, Bag by Louis Vuitton, HarpersLove customizable pendants, horseshoe and wishbone.

 

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Launching a Business and Being a Full Time Mommy

Last Friday, I had an opportunity to be interviewed on FoxNewsLive about the role of Mommy-Prenuer. This is a term I call myself because it best explains how my time is spent every day; raising young children and still launching/ramping up a young business.

See Video Here: http://magazine.foxnews.com/at-home/jewelry-ceo-michelle-mullman-being-mommy-preneuer

After I left the corporate world at the end of 2011, I made a decision to pursue an idea that I had. I did not know it then, but what I was doing was Leaning In on both fronts; family and career. A year and half later, my children and I have formed an amazing relationship and my family life, although hectic, feels calm and blissful. My career continues to take twists and turns and I have enjoyed putting myself out there and being uncomfortable, scared, creative, energetic and completely emotional.

 The truth is every day I am learning about what next steps to take and what ways to improve my business and my children’s lives. I have met so many other women who are in the throws of this balance and have approached it uniquely. These women continue to be my supporters and have been an amazing source of energy for me.

 My dreams for HarpersLove live on and I continue to take baby steps to make it a reality. I do not have the luxury of loads of venture capital funding and time to do what others can do when launching a business. Perhaps that is why HarpersLove will be a different kind of success and it will come with time.

 I was asked recently for advice on getting started as a mommy-prenuer.

  • Make sure your business idea is something you are passionate about because you will need that passion to keep you going
  • Write the idea down including how you will market it, who your customers will be and what the operations will look like
  • Share this idea with friends and family – verbally pitch it. Get feedback + make sure it makes sense to you.
  • Once you have nailed down an idea – pursue it – research the competition and what they are doing. Figure out the mechanics.
  • Every couple months, keep returning to your written idea and start putting together a formal business plan.
  • During this time, figure out how much time you can devote to this every day. 1 hour – 2 hours consistently each day will take you far. Be consistent!

 If you have a great story to share about how you or someone you know launched a business while raising a family, please share. What tips can you add?

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