Top 50 Mompreneurs, 2011
They cook, they clean and, between naptimes, they run kickass companies. For those who run their own mom-centric firms, the responsibilities of motherhood are only half the battle. Babble is running our first ever salute to the top 50 mompreneurs who pull all-nighters, suffer enormous financial set-backs, and balance business and baby every day to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Here's how they did it.
- Christina Couch
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Dr. Heather Manley | Human Body Detectives
Company: Human Body Detectives
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Children: Two daughters, 8 and 12 â¢ Age: 43
Inspiration: When her kids were in elementary and preschool, Manley, a naturopathic physician, would visit their classes to talk about the digestive system and nutrition. “The kids just loved it,” she says. “Talking about all of the goopy goop in the body and fluids and farting, they loved it – especially the boys.” Manley was inspired to search for more kid-friendly information on the digestive system but came up short. Then it hit her one morning. “I was flipping pancakes for breakfast and I had that ‘Aha!’ moment,” she says.
Perspiration: Manley joined a local writers group and spent the next two and a half years creating a series of stories about two girls, named after her daughters, Merrin and Pearl, who go on adventures traveling inside the human body. Manley says the struggle came in finding time to write while raising two daughters and seeing patients. “At first, it was exhausting,” she says. “Now, I have a system where I write down five things I need to do the next day, then get up at 5 a.m. every morning to do them.” Manley also clocks in extra time with her girls by incorporating them into family business. The real Merrin and Pearl voice their characters on the audio CD version of the books.
Success: Human Body Detectives launched its first title, A Heart Pumping Adventure, last year (check out the book trailer). Two more titles were released this year, along with an HBD iPhone app.