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Jennifer Lynne Walker – Child & Family Therapist with Counting Butterflies

Jennifer Lynne Walker is part of the Counting Butterflies Wellness Tribe, offering her services as a Child and Family Therapist based out of Milton, Ontario. We are thrilled to be sharing Jennifer’s entrepreneurial journey and Success Story!

Mompreneur Jennifer Lynne Walker Child & Family Therapist in Halton


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
That’s a tough question, and one that I can’t narrow down into a simple one-word answer. Inspired is a beautiful word. Many things; experiences, friendships, opportunities, successes and struggles were woven together to inspire this new possibility. The thought of change, the desire for flexibility, and the cheers of a supportive family inspired the courage to go back to school, to pursue my passion, and to put it into practice.

What’s the best part about owning your own business? 

  • I work with a partner I chose!
  • I am more flexible and available as a mom.
  • I wake up excited ‘to grow my hearts work’ – rather than just, ‘go to work.’

Counting Butterflies Wellness Tribe with mompreneur Jennifer Lynne Walker, Child and Family Therapist in Milton, OntarioCan you describe a typical day? 
No – no one day is like the next, and I LOVE that. Some days I meet clients in our beautiful downtown Milton office space. My clients are typically children, and our work is rooted in interactive play and conversation – that’s a pretty fun way to spend my day. Sometimes, I sit with parents over coffee and we navigate their stories and experiences of parenting together – that’s a true joy and a privilege for me. I might walk around te pond with a young client, or attend a meeting at their school, or treat a teen to Dairy Queen in an effort to meet clients where they are most comfortable.

If I’m being honest, there are also days that I stay home and write, read, email, post and dream – all from the comfort of my own home. Other times it might be time to walk around Milton dropping off new business cards, thank you notes or seasonal wishes to community partners. I love that I work around my own children’s activities while remaining accessible to the busy families I support with flexible ‘office hours.’ A session can take place over the phone, in the community, at a school or workplace or in our beautiful office. I love that I can meet my own families needs first, almost every day, while extending that same level of support and flexibility to the families in our community.

 

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Erin Gleig – EMG Design

Erin Gleig is the owner of EMG Design, where she is a web designer and developer, based out of Delta, BC. We are excited to share Erin’s entrepreneurial story of success!

mompreneur Erin Gleig EMG Designs


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I was tired of being constantly pulled in several directions and feeling like I was sacrificing my family life in order to have a career. It made me miserable. I love calling my own shots, being responsible for my own successes or failures, and building something I can be proud of. I get to invest my time advancing my expertise in a manner that many employers might not have allowances for. I’m constantly learning and that keeps me motivated. It is by far the best job I’ve ever had.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The opportunity to meet incredible business people and listen to their experiences allows me to learn from them; what works, what doesn’t, it is a great opportunity. There are some really interesting businesses out there. The flexibility of setting my own schedule and still being fully involved in my daughter’s life is the best of both worlds, having a rewarding career and fulfilling family life. Continue reading Erin Gleig – EMG Design

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Michelle Callipari – MSC Business Solutions

Michelle Callipari has been a Mompreneur member since 2014, and is the owner of MSC Business Solutions, where she is a Freelance Administrative & Online Marketing Assistant. We are thrilled to share Michelle’s Success Story!

mompreneur Michelle Callipari of MSC Business Solutions - Virtual Assistant services


What is your business all about?
My business is about helping entrepreneurs and small business owners take back their time and regain control over the hours they spend working in their business. I help them delegate tasks that do not need to be doing themselves, so they can get back to doing what they love. I specialize in email marketing, online marketing, CRM and database management, document formatting, client appreciation and more.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My father has been in real estate for over 45 years. He is my entrepreneurial inspiration.  He created a wonderful life for our family without the security of a corporate job. I always knew  I was wired a bit differently. I was never satisfied working for someone else and being dictated to about the hours and days I was told to work. I have always craved flexibility. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to work. I work very hard, but now I do it on my terms, not someone else’s terms.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Flexibility and the ability to choose who I work with. I have met some truly incredible people through my business. Continue reading Michelle Callipari – MSC Business Solutions

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Dawn Mucci – Lice Squad Canada

Dawn Mucci is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Innisfil, Ontario. She is the founder & CEO of LiceSquad.com. For her Success Story, Dawn shares about the inspiration behind her business, the frustrations and rewards of starting a business from scratch and what sacrifices are required when you’re the head of a household and the leader of a successful company.

Mompreneur Dawn Much founder of Lice Squad


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I cannot recall what inspired me towards entrepreneurship. I possessed those traits as a very young child and as I grew up they became stronger. My favorite childhood game and pastime was setting up my play cash register with fake money and creating things to sell to my friends and family. At around the age of five or six I began selling lemonade and other items for real money from a stand on a busy Toronto street. I think I was hardwired towards entrepreneurship as it did not run in my family but I do believe that one can be inspired and develop the entrepreneurial mindset at any age. Continue reading Dawn Mucci – Lice Squad Canada

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Kelly Farrell – Teach Me Social

Kelly Farrell is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Toronto. Kelly is the Director of Teach Me Social, and she has been a member with Mompreneurs since 2012.

Teach Me Social seeks to empower small business entrepreneurs to take control of their online presence to maintain an authentic voice for their brand by providing training and support for social media marketing and digital media platforms. Teach Me Social delivers in-person and online training opportunities as well as full service digital media packages designed to help small business make the most of their marketing budget using a variety of online publishing and social media platforms. We are excited to share Kelly’s Success Story!

mompreneur Kelly Farrell of Teach Me Social


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
When I first discovered “Mompreneurs” in 2012, it opened my eyes to the possibility of adding entrepreneurship to my life as a way to build a new social life and work towards financial independence. I saw how other women were forging their own way and using their passions to create new opportunities for their families.

As a newly independent mother of a very spirited daughter, I also wanted to take control of our financial stability by finding new and exciting ways of providing for our family. I have always been inspired by the achievements of others and creating a business through which I could promote growth and success for my clients energized me to take the leap into entrepreneurship. I saw the opportunity to apply my passion for teaching to helping others understand how to navigate the quickly changing world of digital media.

What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
I believe in empowerment through education Teach Me Social was founded on these principles. It is not only education for my clients, but for myself as well. As a lifelong learner, one of my favourite activities is researching new technologies or apps and figuring out how it would help someone or be applicable to a client. I, myself, am empowered by the success of my clients and take great joy in following their growth on social media because of the support I was able to offer. I have discovered that my passions for teaching, learning and technology have found a shared purpose in enhancing the business opportunities for so many others.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The biggest perk of owning my own business is definitely the flexibility to set my own hours and spend more face-time with my daughter. I am also motivated knowing that my income is directly related to the amount of work I put into a project. No longer am I working to fill someone else’s wallet, but my success is entirely my own – for better or for worse. That sense of accountability is what keeps me going.  Continue reading Kelly Farrell – Teach Me Social

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Jackie Thomas – Breakthrough Canada

Jackie Thomas is an Elite Mompreneur member, and is the founder of Breakthrough Canada, a training, wellness and personal development firm offering dream building coaching and energy healing to groups and 1:1 clients.  She is an inspirational speaker and an international bestselling author.

As she is a trailblazer for following dreams and making things happen, she has recently joined forces with a family business, ValleyRauss Homes, as their sales representative. It is through her training and putting the skills she teaches to work in her own life, that Jackie has had the courage to move into real estate, towards a dream she has had since she was a very young girl.

mompreneur Jackie Thomas of Breakthrough Canada


What inspired you to become and entrepreneur?
I feel I have always had an entrepreneur’s heart. I always loved working hard to accomplish a project, working longer hours, and the feeling that I am really making a difference. Being an entrepreneur has all those perks plus I get to make my own schedule. I work more than I would at a 9-5 job, but I have the freedom to ensure my family’s needs are taken care of as well. The best part is the foundation you get to build in order to help others.

What is the best part about owing your own business?
I absolutely love being able to listen to my internal guidance system. I love being able to invest in the courses and with the people that completely energize me, so I can go off and be brilliant at what I do.

Can you describe a typical day?
Every day is different because my portfolio is expansive. Usually I get up, get the kids off to school, do my mini workout, hop on the computer to do my online work, and then I meet with clients and perspective buyers.

Who do you count on for help?  Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
My number one supporter is my husband. I secretly think he just loves to watch me shine. He loves seeing me gain confidence in what I do. He is there for help within our home, but most importantly he is there for mental and emotional guidance. Although I may not always appreciate his advice when I may not agree of course, he is a solid foundation for me to grow my dreams on. I have a few amazing friends, a kick-ass mother, and one heck of a sister that all support me as well, not to mention my little munchkins; when I am not looking they turn on the karaoke machine and pretend to inspire audiences just like mommy. Continue reading Jackie Thomas – Breakthrough Canada

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Cindy Williams – Red Card Blue Card Game

Cindy Williams is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Orangeville, Ontario. She is the creator of The Red Card Blue Card Game, a product that is the simple, stress free, sanity saving way
to survive parenting! We’re excited to share Cindy’s story…

mompreneur Cindy Williams of Red Card Blue Card Game

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Because I knew what I produced would make a real difference for people.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Feeling proud of my own contribution to the betterment of life for others.

Can you describe a typical day?
A LOT of creative thinking and promotion of my product so sucked into the white screen world of my computer often.

Who do you count on for help?
Some close friends have helped at times when needed, but so far I am a solo operation. Continue reading Cindy Williams – Red Card Blue Card Game

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Kara Morgan – Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions

Kara Morgan is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of the GTA. As the Founder of Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions and PlanIt Solar Blinds, Kara is dedicated to helping others to become more organized and systematic so that their businesses can thrive. We’re happy to share Kara’s Success Story!

mompreneur Kara Morgan of Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
It was a natural inclination. My immediate and extended family members are very creative, innovative people many of whom are self-employed or work in a field that allows them to be creative. My father is an Engineer and an entrepreneur, my maternal grandfather built and operated the first general store in the village where I was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my maternal great grandmother was a merchant who traveled to neighboring islands to buy and sell goods, so it’s in my blood.

Since I was in my early teens, I would come up with ways to improve products or services that I used almost instinctively. When I joined the workforce, I naturally found ways to improve processes and always found faster ways of doing things. At the time, it didn’t seem special, I thought everyone did these same things.

I started my first business over 20 years ago, after my first son was born. I sold Black History, multicultural and multi-lingual books at events and online out west. 

When my 2nd son was born, I started PlanIt! Outsourcing Solutions in 2012 shortly after resigning from a government job which I held for almost 9 years. In 2016, I opened Planit Solar Blinds, a new division which supports our Office Set Up service. Both now and 20 years ago, I needed flexibility in my schedule to raise my son and I wanted to use my skills and innovative nature.

mompreneur Kara Morgan of PlanIt Solar Blinds

 

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I really enjoy the flexibility that I can have in my schedule, with my priorities and when or where I choose to work. There’s nothing more enjoyable (from a work perspective) than taking a laptop or tablet to the lakeshore on a quiet weekday and doing work that you love while a warm breeze caresses your skin and an orchestra of birds sing jubilantly in the distance.

I love that I have the freedom to choose who I work with and who my clients are. I also like the fact that my earning potential is based on my performance, skills and knowledge and not some arbitrary or subjective variable.

Above all else, I wanted to set a good example for my boys. I wanted to show them how to dream and stand for something that you believe in. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it be team members or clients. I really enjoy solving problems people may have by showing them a alternative way of looking at things. And lastly, I enjoy all the learning that comes with being an entrepreneur. I have stretched myself in ways that I might not have had I worked for someone.

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Madelaine Golec – ECO Physiotherapy

Madelaine Golec is a new Elite Mompreneur member based out of Mississauga, Ontario, and as a Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, and owner of ECO Physiotherapy, she is passionate about helping others find their optimal health! We are excited to share Madelaine’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Madelaine Golec, owner of ECO Physio in Mississauga


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My family inspired me to become an entrepreneur. My dad always told me to go to school, get a good job and be independent when I was a little girl. Little did I know that would result in me being my own boss.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business is autonomy. The freedom to make decisions and implement new ideas.

Can you describe a typical day?
In the morning I am typically at home with my daughter. Besides playing with her, the morning and afternoon is centered round planning for the day, taking care of e-mails and my do list (both personal and business). Once I arrive at work, it is usually catching up quickly on any events or “to-do’s” then I start treating clients. Once I arrive home from work, it is family dinner time, jiu jitsu training, followed by reading or researching and finally finishing the day with mindfulness meditation. Continue reading Madelaine Golec – ECO Physiotherapy

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Julie Rock – Julie Rock Photography

Julie Rock is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Milton, Ontario. She is a talented photographer, specializing in newborn, portraits, and head shots professionally through her company Julie Rock Photography. We are excited to share Julie’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Julie Rock of Julie Rock Photography - milton photographer



What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Once upon a time ago, I worked in retail, which meant a combination of days, evenings and weekends which was ok, until I was denied a weekend off to celebrate my son’s 1st birthday. I then realized that I really didn’t want other people telling me when I had to work and decided to start offering daycare – I was able to set my own hours AND stay home with my son; it was a win-win! Little did I know that this was just the start of my journey and that 19 years later I would be a photographer!

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business is being able to set my own work days, hours and schedule those around my family!

mompreneur Julie Rock - photographer

Can you describe a typical day?
I don’t know that I really have a typical day! My days are different as I still run a daycare 3/4 days a week as well as my photography business, but a usual photography day is returning emails/phone calls in the morning before my kids get up, doing the morning routine and getting 3 out of 4 kids off to school/on the bus. I then spend the morning with my youngest who is still home with me, returning calls and emails and/or editing takes place in the afternoon before I have to go pick up the kids after school. Whatever I don’t get finished in the afternoon gets done at night after the kids go to bed. That is pretty much my typical day 🙂

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