Jacqueline De’Ath‘s inspiring story of taking a passionate hobby and turning it into a successful business is both inspiring and empowering. As one of our Elite+ Mompreneur® Members hailing from Surrey, BC, we hope that Jacqueline’s Success Story behind her company Homeworks Etc. Designs will encourage others to continue working hard to see their passion turn into actionable results!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
What’s the best part of owning your own business?
It’s got to be that I can create the evolution of my business. I can guide it to it’s utmost potential or just stay in the flow. Meeting other business owners and collaborating, learning and expanding is super awesome too!
Can You Describe a Typical Day?
I run a home based business so getting the kids to school is first. I then come home and begin my day usually filing orders – painting name plaques, personalizing growth charts with children’s names, assembling hooks on wood. I ship orders to their new homes, answer calls and try to get my emails replied by afternoon. Kids get home from school which is when I usually tend to my social media. I do the stuff that I can get back to if I’m interrupted, which is usually the case, but getting so much better now that they are older. My girls are 11 and 13 years old.
It’s got to be my husband. He’s my number one support, but he works really long hours during the week, so weekends is when I’m really productive to complete projects. He cooks, does groceries and really is hands on with the girls.
I’m getting better at setting boundaries and taking scheduled time off. I may pencil in a “manicure meeting” once in a while, or a “Family Day” that is non negotiable. Yes, I’m always “ON”, but stepping away can be hard with a home based business. Getting out everyday for walks, coffee meetings, and outdoor breaks is essential for sanity.
Yes, always! From supporting local businesses, attending local events and sharing resources with others in small business, we need all the support we can get to thrive. I’m active with a lot of online networks and local networking groups where I’ve established some great friendships as well.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
There are so many! Mompreneur Elaine Comeau from Easy Daysies is always an inspiration. Designer Sarah Richardson is so talented and I’ve watched her expand her business over the years; from interior design, to her TV series, to product development and book writing – an inspiration for sure! I also follow Arlene Dickinson on social media; her business advice is always top of mind.
Go for it and go along for the journey. You will work harder than ever to reach your goals, and amazing things will happen! Be vulnerable and put yourself out there. Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. Someone out there knows the answer and has the experience and expertise you need.