Kate Belbeck is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Moffat, Ontario. She is the owner of Belbeck’s Family Farm featuring Rent the Chicken, helping families bring a simple food source (eggs!) closer to their table!
Kate aims to do this in the easiest possible way for our customers – with a short term rental of a complete set-up: portable coop, feed and hens all included! Education is really key; when clients are completely supported in their journey, it takes the overwhelm out of an experience that is very new for most. Kate teaches clients how to care for their hens, helps with any questions or concerns that could arise, and even helps beyond the end of the rental term. If customers decide to get their own hens sometime down the road, she will still be there, offering them the same great support! Kate also provides hatching rentals to allow schools, daycares, homeschoolers and private residences to experience the life-cycle of egg incubation, hatching and rearing chicks. The best part is that this program is only 5 weeks long and the chicks return to Belbeck’s Family Farm at the end of the rental period.
We are so excited to share Kate’s Success Story!
What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
The why behind my business is really all about community. Feeling connected to something is important to me and I want others to feel that support. There are a lot of ways that this happens – firstly, I get to have my family connected to my business! My husband and 3 sons are all involved in helping with various parts of our Rent The Chicken journey. The families that we rent to- get to experience the supportive community that Rent The Chicken provides. Additionally, they often see it within their own actual living community- having backyard hens or hatching eggs is something that draws people in and they want to be involved.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I’ve been an entrepreneur in one way, shape or form since I was 17 years old. My parents were both entrepreneurs so I think it just runs in my blood. It took me a long time though to find that thing that really fit, and that I was passionate about. After a period of time as an employee, I chose to start my current entrepreneurial journey when I did because I wanted to be home with my children more and have them involved in my business. After the unexpected death of my daughter in 2012, I really came to value that important time together even more as I learned firsthand just how precious that time is.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
By far the best part of owning my own business is that I am able to involve my family in it! That goes beyond just my husband and children. Even my parents and sisters have played a role in its success. I truly believe that many hands make light work and that even if you are solopreneur, you need to surround yourself with people that lift you up and support you.
What impact did other people/experiences have on you, and how did they help you get to where you are in your business today?
There are so many people and events that have led me to where I am in this journey. First and foremost would be my family. My parents for showing me that entrepreneurship was a great road to take even though there can be bumps in the road. My husband and kids for being involved in the everyday functions of the business and for being flexible to see me a bit less during our peak times. I also am extremely thankful for the ingenuity of Jenn and Phil Tompkins who are the founders of the Rent The Chicken parent company. Their brilliant concept has given me so much joy, and purpose since I took a leap and joined in, in 2015. They are some of the most supportive and giving people and that has truly allowed me to grow and succeed. Finally, I have to include joining the Mompreneurs community. Mompreneurs came into my life when I needed to feel like I had a community of support around me. I have never met another group of women who are champions of one another so much. Additionally, the educational and motivations resources are incredible and I wouldn’t be remotely close to where I am without everything Mompreneurs has provided.
What values do you believe in and live by, and how do they shine through when it comes to your role as a business owner?
In my life, I really value family and community. Learning the hard way that time isn’t guaranteed, really changes a person and makes you really think about priorities. My family is my highest priority and I think this comes through in my business as we are all involved. My husband helps with all of my deliveries and my eldest son is on most deliveries as well and really enjoys helping people get started. Life as an entrepreneur can be hectic, and sometimes we sacrifice time with our families, but I try to involve them as much as possible to balance this. I also love bringing people together and teaching them new things. I love helping people and I love to make them feel less overwhelmed when they are trying something that might be completely foreign to them. My role as a business owner allows me to bring all of those pieces that are important to me into a central place in my business.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your business/being an entrepreneur?
There are a lot of things that I am proud of but the one that tops the list is that my kids love to be involved and they want to do what I do one day. I’ve been honoured to win a few awards that I wasn’t expecting, including the 2018 Mompreneurs Momentum award and the 2016 and 2017 Rent The Chicken Top Performer award. I am very proud of these accomplishments and they have been really important for me personally to build confidence in my life as an entrepreneur.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
The future is bright for me and my business! I have some big expansions planned that will allow me to help more people, both with getting started with chickens, and getting started with business! I’m very excited for what is to come!
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
My advice to women thinking of starting a business is to just go ahead and do it! Take the leap! And it’s completely okay if it’s more like a hop than a leap. It’s completely okay to start small and grow in a way that best serves you and those around you. From my own experience, where it took a long time and many attempts to find my passion and the business that let me live it, don’t be afraid of failure. Each “failure” is actually a lesson and a step that brings you closer to your own definition of success.