Mom Boss Monday (Alyssa Gleason)Nov 30, 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 Alyssa Gleason of Savvy Collaborations.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
I help business owners in the trade industry scale their business! The two areas that I focus on is marketing and organizing the back end of their business.
The majority of my clients have little to no online presence. So, I start with making sure they are getting found online and then we move to social media platforms.
Another piece to the puzzle of scaling for my clients is getting organized! I implement systems and processes customized to their business so they are more streamlined and are focused on what they do best in their business!
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
I have a son named Eli who just turned 2!
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
I service an industry that most people are afraid to or may not have considered. I typically bring a different perspective to the table when talking to others that are in the VA/OBM community since my clients are men and work construction.
I'm always happy to lend a helping hand or be a good listener. I believe in uplifting those around you and the community you serve. You can always count on me to be extremely honest and have an upbeat attitude!
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
The hardest part for me is balancing my time between my son and running my business. My son does not go to daycare currently and it can be a struggle getting things done in my business when he is constantly at my feet wanting something!
I usually work a lot of nights to get things accomplished that did not happen during the day. I don't care what anyone says, being a work from home mom can be tough!
My son doesn't care that I have client work, he just wants to play trucks and be outside. LOL!
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
I'm pretty much an open book and my clients know it. There have been a few times when I am on a client call changing a diaper, cleaning up puke or taking my son and the dog for a walk because we are on the brink of losing our sanity being in the house all day.
Let's face it, motherhood is messy!
Thinking about it, I don't think I've ever had a client or discovery call sitting at my desk. I'm always chasing my son around!
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
A routine is key in my household! Sticking to a rather "strict" schedule is what works the best for me and my son.
But here is a snapshot of what a "typical" day is like for us:
7:00 - 8:00AM: Eli wakes up, we watch Jeep videos on YouTube, eat breakfast and I have my coffee
8:00 - 9:00AM: I go over the list of what I need to do for the day. Eli gets dressed and I debate if I'm going to wear jeans or yoga pants for the day!
9:00 - 11:00AM: I gave up early on in my business journey trying to work during this time. Eli and I are usually playing outside or talking the dog for a walk.
11:30 - 12:30PM: We are making/eating lunch. Eli is usually playing with his toy trucks and we are getting ready for naptime.
1:00 - 3:00PM: Eli naps, I start working on my client work for the day or do a training of some sort.
3:30 - 5:30PM: My husband comes home from work, Eli is up and running all over the place. I am finishing up work and starting to cook dinner.
6:00 - 7:00PM: We are wrapping up dinner and getting Eli ready for bed.
7:30 - 9:30PM: I work on client work. My husband and I watch TV and we are in bed before 10:00 because we are old and boring!
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
I used to feel mom guilt when I first started my business and Eli was attending daycare. I was working so hard on launching my company that I didn't feel like I spent quality time with my son.
A few months after I launched my company, I took my son out of daycare and kept him home with me. One of the biggest reasons I started my business was to be more present for my son.
When the days are tough having him home and juggling it all I tell myself, these are the years in his life I will never get back. Finding gratitude in tough or stressful situations is key for me to keep going!
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
I love the freedom and flexibility my business has given me! I enjoy the fact that I can work wherever/whenever I want.
I love being able to take my son places and give him experiences he would not have if he was stuck in daycare.
I also love the impact I am making on my clients businesses, watching them grow and achieve their goals makes me so happy!
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Running a business can and will be hard at times, but it is so worth it!
Everything doesn't have to be perfect all the time, roll with the punches and embrace the opportunity that is in front of you!
Hang out with Alyssa online!
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