Entrepreneurial Advice from One Fierce Mom to Another
My mother has always told me “you can have it all, just not at the same time.” I live by these words. Raising four kids, moving multiple times and working a day JOB all the while starting Kick Like A Girl, Inc, this phrase is a daily reminder to me to be patient and to focus on the “here and now” whether it be family or business it will work out if you stay focused and organized.
I made the mistake of involving design companies in the beginning that did not “get it”- their intentions were good (I think, probably was more about the money I paid them, but I chose to remain optimistic as to their intent) but the group of individuals (all men) could not empathize with my company vision of female empowerment. I can’t blame them but have learned I need to work with like-minded individuals that have walked in my shoes or at least have a passion for the sport of soccer.
I know it sounds silly but trust your gut. We females have such powerful gut instincts, it is inherent with bearing children so make sure you always listen to your gut it will not lead you wrong.
This process is a marathon, not a sprint- enjoy the journey! Wake up every morning ready to take on the day but do not get discouraged when you get pulled in 10 different directions and cannot put the time or effort into your business that you intended. You may have to get an extra ice coffee after running your kid to soccer practice, so you can work after everybody is in bed. As a mother, my priority has and will always be to take care of matters at home and then focus on my business.
Stay positive, glass half full positive- even when your credit cards are maxed, and you are feeling almost sick to your stomach, stay positive and focus on the good in your life, your health etc. After all, you are still above ground! Make sure you have good credit when starting a business. This will allow you to have a few credit cards to work with. Also, be sure to pay at bit over the minimum every month on your balance to ensure your credit stays good. If you have to play the “transfer balance” game for a few years, it’s worth it since the amount of interest you save more than offsets the balance transfer fee.
Surround Yourself With Strong People
Surround yourself with strong people, don’t associate with “energy sucking” individuals. It is not worth your time- most individuals in the beginning will not be as passionate about your company as you, this is normal, don’t let it bring you down- surround yourself with the people that believe in you and your idea!
This entrepreneurial advice was authored by Jean Soehn
Jean Soehn, founder and owner of Kick Like a Girl, Inc. grew up as one of 6 kids and learned early on how to “survive.” As the 5th child in a large family, she earned a soccer scholarship at the University of Denver in 1989 and absolutely loved every minute of her time at DU. She met her husband in Denver and married in 1995. Her husband is also an avid soccer player, coach and GM in Major League Soccer. They currently live in Boston and have four beautiful kids, one boy and 3 girls and a dog named Sunshine.