WORKING MOM SPOTLIGHT
This month’s Working Mom Spotlight is on Megan Burns. Megan coaches Moms embark on an entrepreneurial journey. In today’s post she shares how she made the leap from the corporate world to becoming a business owner. You can follow Megan on Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn and check out her website at www.thenaptimeceo.com.
I’m what you would consider an accidental entrepreneur.
To be honest, I’m the last person my family and friends thought would do this.
You see, I’m a very driven, goal-oriented person.
After earning my engineering degree, I joined GE and was quickly identified as a high potential employee. By the time I was 24, I was running a 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant with 175 employees and had my picture in Fortune magazine. With my goal set to become president of one of the GE businesses, I earned my MBA in the evenings.
I loved work and business, yet my husband, Ed, and I always pictured kids in our future.
The problem was I wasn’t sure I really liked kids and I had absolutely no desire to get pregnant.
So we did what most couples did – we got a dog.
Eventually, we did decide to try to start having a family and I got pregnant. Even then, I was not staring at other babies thinking how cute they were, instead I would say, “maybe we should get another dog.”
While I was pregnant, I changed jobs and moved back to Pittsburgh.
With the commute, we were both gone 12 hours a day; but, I loved working and never considered giving up my career. Okay, time to find a babysitter.
When our son was born in March of 2006, I didn’t have this overnight transformation or desire to be a stay-at-home mom.
What did happen though was a gradual change. During my 8-weeks off, I began to realize what it was like to be a mom and adore this tiny little person.
When I went back to work, I didn’t cry, freak-out, or even call the babysitter a gazillion times. I still loved working. But over the next month or two, I became more and more convicted that with our 12 hour days, this was no way to raise a child.
Let’s face it, when you wake a 10-week old infant up at 5:30 am to drop him off at the babysitters and you don’t pick him up until 6 pm, all you are doing is giving him a place to sleep.
This is where I began my entrepreneurial journey.
I knew I couldn’t be gone 12 hours a day five days a week, but I also knew myself well enough to know I couldn’t be a full-time stay-at-home mom.
With help from mentors and the encouragement of my husband, my consulting firm – Operations Strategy Consulting – was launched. Okay, honestly, I was scared to death, but despite the fear, I took the leap.
On Sept. 22, 2006 I left my career and became an entrepreneur.
What amazed me was how much I loved my life and being with my son when he hit all those milestones. Yet, during naptimes, I was building a business.
A year later we welcomed our daughter into the world.
Instead of having the pressure of returning to a cubical after only 6-weeks, I was able to take nearly four months off with her. Sure I had a few speaking engagements in there and lots of marketing and client relationship management work; but my children never saw that, they just knew their Mama was home to care for and play with them.
The year after my daughter was born, I made more money working two days a week for myself, than I did working full-time, being gone 12 hours a day, in my last job.
That did it – I was officially ruined for employment and could never imagine being anything other than an entrepreneur – A Naptime CEO.
Megan and I would love to hear from you! Fear and anxiety is common when making “the leap”. What things are under your control today to help you combat these emotions? Leave a comment down below and let us know!
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