Mom Boss Monday (Emma Fleury)Oct 12, 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 Emma Fleury of FleursFocus.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
VA + SMM + Workbook Creator for mums who have a business or want to start a business but feel they don’t know what to do or have the time around their children.
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
One child, little boy, Alfie, 7.
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
Not made much moves yet but I’m working towards it..
I really want to help mums with disabled children find a business they can run from home and get fulfilment from, being the mum of a disabled child doesn’t have to be their only identity.
I want them to be able to see that even with the little free time they do have they can follow their dreams.
Working on releasing a career mindset shift workbook.
Whilst being a VA to mums in business I can help take some of the workload off their hands so they get to spend more time with their kids!
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
I decided to start my own business for my little boy, he has multiple rare degenerative eye diseases, he was registered blind on day 2 of being born, 7 years, 30 operations and countless hospital stays later and he’s doing really well but still requires a little more help than the average 7 year old. He runs around, he plays with toys, he even watches YouTube. 👀
He has good eye days and bad eye days, his sight stays poor but there’s a lot of pain behind the eye that comes with his condition. Running a business on top of that is sometimes a little tiring, but it’s something separate just for me that brings me joy and I really think that’s important for mums to understand!
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
Some days I feel like I can do everything!
Some days I feel like I can’t move from exhaustion 😅
I haven’t yet found a true balance of work/home life 👀🤦♀️
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
Up at 5.45
6am coffee, 15 minutes reading (something I truly love to motivate me to wake up properly)
Emails, check social media messages etc
7am start to wake my little boy - very difficult he would sleep in very late if I didn’t wake him!
Eat breakfast with Alfie (usually porridge or toast)
8am - currently trusting my child to get himself ready for school in the morning and not waste time 👀 so I can also get ready at 8!
8.40 - leave for the school run. (Listen to books or podcasts in the car as I don’t get a huge amount of reading time)
9.15 - post items from eBay
9.30 - get home update eBay sales tracker (eBay is just a fun side income, I flip clothes I find in charity shops)
10am - 3pm - client work, coursework, housework
3.05 - school run
3.30 - 6.30 is mine and Alfie’s time, bath ,
Good, homework, films etc
7pm - Alfie goes to bed
7-9 - more client work
9-10.30/11 - time with my boyfriend!
(I didn’t realise TIL writing it down that I actually do manage to make my days look like this more often than not.) 😂
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
I put more energy into Alfie than I do anything else and on days he spends at his dads I’ll work double/triple the hours I would when he’s here to catch up.
After lockdown, I’ve spent more time with him than ever and I think he’s glad of a break from me 👀😂
I do want to gain more clients and put more work into building a mums of disabled children community of sorts and I do think that will take more of my attention and having less time with Alf is what is making it a bit more difficult for me to throw myself in to it even though I have all these plans for it!
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
Getting to do the school run both ways. Up until I lost my 9-5 at the beginning of lockdown Alfie was at breakfast club and after school club. He was quite uncomfortable there because the kids get a bit frustrated when it comes to playing with Alfie outside (ball games etc) as he can’t see and he misses the ball or doesn’t catch on to the games quickly. So, he gets left out quite a bit at kids club and I found leaving him there quite difficult!
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Just go for it. Starting is the hardest part but once you start (yes there’s lot of work but..) it’s so much fun. Working towards something you love and you are building is so satisfying and it’s healthy to have something to make you happy outside of your children and your relationships!
The most amazing part of all this is talking to mums like you and have a great community of support just through Instagram!
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