Interview With Business Mom Jill Salzman at The Founding Moms
I am so excited to be starting this interview series Business Mom of the Month! Each month I will be sharing an interview with moms like us who work hard (from home) and mom harder. Working from home can be difficult, but it’s so worth it to stay home with our kids. This month, we’ll be learning from business mom Jill Salzman.
In this series, I’ll be asking work-at-home moms what their secrets are, how they do it, and how you can do it too! I will be interviewing blogging moms and moms who find other creative ways to work from home so we can learn from the best.
I can’t think of a better mom than Jill Salzman to kick start this series. I’ve recently found Jill Salzman and have been getting to know this amazing momma, blogger, and entrepreneur extraordinaire!
And, she has quite the list of achievements! As an entrepreneur, Jill has been featured in countless national media sites both as a speaker and writer. and her Founding Moms site has been listed as one of the top 10 sites for women entrepreneurs by Forbes.
I love Jill’s hilarious sense of humor (don’t trust me? Try joining her email list!). We have a lot to learn from her! I recently interviewed Jill about her website and community The Founding Moms. Here’s what she said:
What is The Founding Moms all about?
The Founding Moms is a collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs to help them build better businesses. We offer video courses, accountability buddies, a buzzing Facebook group and loads of other opportunities for our members, as well as get-togethers in 62+ cities in 12 countries around the world.
How did The Founding Moms get started?
By accident. I was running two unrelated businesses — a music management company and a baby jewelry business — and I was pregnant with my second kiddo. Turns out, being very pregnant while working in a small home office with a toddler doing circles around you can cause a panic. So I panicked. And I opened a group on Meetup.com to invite any and all moms who had businesses and babies to join me for coffee. I thought 5 of them might show up. Turns out, there are a lot of us. That was 8 years ago. We grew from 10 women at our first meeting to 12,000+ members around the world.
What are the main benefits of joining The Founding Moms Community?
Some women join The Founding Moms Community (we call it “the FMC”) because they feel like they don’t know how to grow their business and make more money. So they join, take our courses, join in on our conversations and webinars and Facebook Lives and figure it out with us. Some women join us because they are looking for emotional support that they can’t find elsewhere. And some women join us because they believe in the power of community to build anything.
What would you say to a Mom who is on the fence about joining The Founding Moms?
I would tell her to ask herself if she is really ready to commit to building a better business. If she’s just thinking about it and wants a bunch of high-fives and doesn’t really want to work, we’re not for her. But if she’s hoping to make more money, make fantastic friends, and come away with tips and tricks she likely won’t find anywhere else for mom entrepreneurs, then she should join us. Who else understands her better than we do?
What tips would you give a mom wanting to transition to working from home?
Dive in and try it. If you have an idea that you want to test out, don’t sit and plan your way through the idea on paper. You won’t know if anyone will actually buy. And beyond that, you won’t know what it’ll feel like to sell the thing. So, talk to friends and loved ones and see how it feels even coming outta your mouth. Once you get going, if you like what you’re seeing, hearing, and feeling, then get to it. It should be organic and slow at the start — and it’ll grow as you and your business prowess do. (And if you want daily tips, my newsletter is full of them.)
As working moms, it can be hard to find balance. What are some ways you’ve found to help juggle work and family life?
Well, I don’t believe there is such a thing as balance. I’m not trying to find it. It doesn’t exist. Some days are full of work. Some days are run over by the kiddos. But that’s what makes entrepreneurship awesome. If my week is full of both and I figure out what makes everyone the happiest — whether it be sorting out the right schedules, working between naps, or not putting too much pressure on myself to get everything done — then we’re all better for it.
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Wow! Thanks Jill!
If you’re interested in joining The Founding Moms, or just want to check out the community, head over to her website to take a peek. I promise you won’t be disappointed.