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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Hannah Keeley | HannahKeeley.com
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Children: 7 children, ages 4 through 17 â¢ Age: 42
Inspiration: Married with kids, Keeley was depressed, out of shape and in debt. “I was pouring myself into being a mom, but I was neglecting everything else,” she says. “I needed to get my life together.” So she did. She dressed more professionally for her “professional career as a mom,” developed a payment plan for the family debts, created a schedule for her kids and carved out personal time for herself. Then she noticed other moms who were just like the Old Hannah. “I could feel exactly what they were feeling, watching them do the shopping cart shuffle where they’re leaning over, barely pushing the cart because they don’t have any energy,” she explains. “I knew I could help.”
Perspiration: Keeley says balancing her work with personal obligations (she homeschools all seven of her kids) is the most challenging part of her life. “When I allow business to come before family, I notice I’m exhausted, overwhelmed and I’m not meeting my goals,” Keeley says. “When I have my priorities in order, the business glows. It’s an act of God.”
Success: Hannah’s blog has branched out into books, TV appearances, a mom coaching service and a reality show called Hannah! Help Me!, where she teaches moms how to get it together.