Mom Boss Monday (Ashley Lange)Sep 14, 2020
This weekly blog post highlights women who are successfully running their online business while managing a household to #NormalizeTheShitShow that comes with the territory of “doing it all”.
These moms are going to share the messy side of running their biz & raising kids, what a typical day in the life looks like (does this even exist?!), how they deal with mom guilt and SO MUCH MORE!
You're getting a sneak peek into what their life looks like so you don't have to feel bad when you haven't bathed your kids in weeks & they have avocado in their hair as they lay in their crib (guilty 🙋🏼♀️).
This week we’re hanging out with Ashley Lange of Auburn Creative Co.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
I'm a Branding & Website Designer. I've worked with lots of smaller businesses focusing on lifestyle and real estate.
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
Soon to be 2! A 20-month-old son and daughter due in December.
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
I love working with other Mom Bosses. After working in the marketing industry for 10 years, I found myself loving the digital world. Bringing businesses online, while also making your digital world seamless.
When building a website, I love to hear all about your business. Your ideal clients, your sales process and how you will be managing the website after launch. If there is anything to be simplified, making your process or updates easier for you, we plan that ahead of time to set you up for success. I hope in the long run, this helps free up time for Mom Bosses to spend more time with her kids.
After launch, sometimes managing your website changes just isn't your thing. I love keeping a relationship with my clients providing support wherever they may need it. Giving moms more time for family.
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
Choosing between sending my son to daycare/grandmas all day or keeping him home so he can spend more time with me, but then having to ignore him half the time. 2 days a week is not long enough, he's growing so fast.
I've tried it, before COVID, working from home with the kiddo and it's HARD! To do my job efficiently, I need uninterrupted time. Then to mom efficiently, I need to unplug. I have found that blocked times work best for me, so I'm working on it.
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
Everything! Life is just messy. I hate cleaning the bathrooms, changing sheets and mopping the floor. How often should we be doing it, once a month? Every WEEK?! Let's get real, I only have time for that once a month, if that. Germs build up immunity, right?
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
We just transitioned my son out of his crib so....
Between 3-5am: I get woken up by my son, then I bring him back to his room and (hopefully) fall back asleep with him till morning.
6:30-8am: We wake up, have breakfast and get ready for the day. This is my mommy son alone time.
8-9am: I take him to his grandparents.
9am-5pm: I get back to the house and work.
5-6:30pm: If I'm caught up with work, I attempt dinner &/or clean up a little bit. As long as the dishes are clean I'm happy.
6:30-7pm: My boys come home and we have dinner.
7-8:30pm: Play for a bit & start our bedtime routine.
8:30-9:30pm: I lay in bed with my son till he falls asleep. (Otherwise, he'll get up out of his room)
9:30-11?pm: Hop on the computer to finish up any projects if needed, or fall asleep watching tv.
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
YES! Guilty that he isn't eating the most nutritious balanced diet every day. But then I look at myself and I don't eat super healthy either, as long as veggies are introduced every once in a while.
Or that I'm not spending enough time with him, but then I try my best to unplug and give him all of my attention(still working on it).
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
I've always seen myself in a career. Now that I work from home, I do set my schedule and if something comes up, I can put my family first.
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Don't stress if you realize you can't do it all. Sometimes that is okay. Take help where you can, whether it's having friends or family watch the kids for you, or outsourcing some of your least favorite business tasks. Focus on your strengths and keep going! We can do this!
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