Robbin McManne is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Vancouver, BC. She is the Founder and Owner of Parenting for Connection, where she will help to support you with solutions that fit with today’s modern, complicated world so you have more peace in your family. As a Certified Parent Coach, Robbin can help you be a happier parent and achieve more harmony in your home and experience more joy as a family. We are thrilled to be sharing Robbin’s Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
For over 15 years I worked for a large company in marketing. I found that the harder I worked, the more I lost myself. I was almost hiding away in my work and my family was suffering, so much so that I had disconnected relationships with my kids (two boys now 10 and 13). I was unhappy and I didn’t have the time with my kids or the relationship with them that I wanted.
I had a strong desire to be involved in work that made a difference in people’s lives. I had thought for a while about starting my own business but I hadn’t found a fit…. until I found Parent Coaching! Coaching came to me after years of struggling to find connection with my boys. I hired a coach to help me and through the process I was transformed, and I knew I had found what I was looking for. Becoming a Parent Coach has allowed me to have the flexible schedule I want, and I help parents who are struggling just like I was. The coaching helps my parenting and my parenting helps my coaching – how perfect!
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I love that my day is my own! I set my hours and can include time to take care of myself without any guilt. I have more time with my boys and the best part is that I can do my job from ANYWHERE, so I can travel and still speak with clients. It’s an amazing feeling of freedom and empowerment!
Can you describe a typical day?
My day starts with coffee, always coffee. I try to get into my office by about 7am before my kids get up and plan my day out. Then my husband and I get out boys up and out for school and I settle in to my work once they are gone. My day is a combination of coaching my clients, writing which includes blogs, social media posts and presentations I deliver live and online. I also take time to manage my social media accounts. To keep my knowledge fresh and inspired, I take whatever time I have left in the day to read books from my favourite authors like Dan Siegel and and Dr Shefali Tsabary.
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
I have an amazing network of coaches I can reach out to when I need to. They help me with anything from a client question to a question on presentation topics that resonate with parents. At home, I have a wonderful husband who supports both me and my business. I am close with my mom and my sister who help us with our boys when we need it.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
When I first started my business I still had my corporate job so that meant I was spending all my extra time building my business. I sacrificed a lot of time being with my boys and my husband to get things started. It was temporary, and now I’m able to stop my day when I choose to stop it.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
Ha! There never really is a ‘day off’ but I really do try to carve out time where I can be truly in the moment with my family, my friends and on my own. The reality is that every day, I am either checking on my social media accounts, responding to a client, or on the phone with a potential client and that can be anytime; at night or on the weekends. BUT, if I have a day off, my ideal day is going for a walk with my husband, boys and our puppy Zeppelin, then stopping for a treat like ice cream, then going to a movie (or movie at home) and having dinner out. For me, my greatest joy is being with my husband and my sons, Parker and Aiden; I don’t even care what we are doing, as long as we’re all together.
Are you active in your community?
I offer many free talks in my community. I have been working with the school districts to offer free parenting talks on different topics from “Overcoming Anger” to “Understanding your Teen”. I am always working to build new connections and partnerships in my community. To me, supporting local means that I am in my community and giving back to my community regularly and it means supporting local makers by buying and sharing their prodcts.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
I admire entrepreneurs like Genicca Whitney who is a manifestation coach and business strategist. She has a great energy and passion for her business and for helping others (all while making a profit!). With that said, she is one of many I admire. I admire women entrepreneurs who embrace the hustle of business ownership and those that are willing to help and support others. We are in a time of great abundance so when I see others embracing abundance and supporting others instead of holding others down in the spirit of competition, I truly admire that.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
My future will include me finishing my book, booking more speaking engagements, and working with clients locally and from all over the world. I will build and sustain my business in the six figures AND still have time to be with my family and to take care of my needs as well.
Any tips for other women thinking of starting a business?
I think it helps to have a strong support system with a tribe of people who are cheering for you. There are a lot of ups and downs so it’s important to surround yourself with positive people.