I asked some questions over the weekend about mompreneurs who some of you look up to!
And of course you guys put me!
Like my ego isn’t big enough, but seriously mompreneurs are the REAL MVP.
They are suckling two babies, you know the ones who they have birthed and the other one who they have created, ha!
Being in this business life sure has its ups and downs, but the one thing I love to hear is people’s stories, you know, especially mommies.
So this month we highlight Ms. Debbie Ann Jolie, so that you can understand what it takes to be a Mom in Business!
Let’s Read shall we?
TM: Tell us about yourself and what you do.
Hey Folks! My name is Debbie-Ann Jollie and in a recent conversation with a colleague I came across one of the best words to describe me “Steele”. Personal and professional experiences have moulded me into an individual that will go after anything I want no matter what others think. I pursue my dreams and goals relentlessly and this is one lesson I want to pass on to my son.
TM: How has motherhood changed your perspective on entrepreneurship?
Motherhood has made me even more passionate and determined to make my business ventures a success. I do not only work for what it provides me but because I love marketing and working on something that I can say I have sacrificed to make it work. My son has been with along the entire journey and I want to leave a legacy for my son.
TM: How do you balance, is there anything called balance?
This is a work in progress for me. I am not sure I strike a work-life balance in the way that it should be but I live try to live by a concept of “The Juggler” that the Pastor T.D. Jakes once explained. He said that we are all jugglers, with each ball in our hands representing something important…..our jobs, relationships, children, businesses, health etc. As a juggler we try to keep all the balls in the air but at some point in time one might fall. The beauty of growth as human beings is not to keep dropping the same ball every time. ( I love that!)
TM: How do you deal with mom guilt?
Don’t really have it! Only got one kid with a great support system. He is a well rounded child, growing up with lots of love.
TM: Why did you decide to get into business, specifically this business?
I always wanted to start my own business and have always worked part time for others since I was 24 years old. I was always accustomed pursuing different things and being able to manage multiple things at the same time. Four plus years ago, however, I separated from a company I was working in for almost 9 years. I was forced to make something out of nothing so I took whatever money I had and opened my business.
TM: How do you balance your entrepreneur life, social life and family life?
Hmmm. I don’t think I do much of a balancing act. Business is 24 hours 7 days a week, I don’t really turn it off. At the same time, I think I just live very consciously. I enjoy the time I spend with loved ones and make a concerted effort to disconnect from other things when I am with someone. This doesn’t always work perfectly but I definitely feel connected to people every single day.
TM: Where do you see yourself in five years with regards to your business?
HashSpace should be regional, have a visible and positive brand image and be impacting people’s lives in a positive way.
TM: Name three things that your business has taught you.
- Don’t give up! – Its not an easy road.
- You can’t build it alone- You need help.
- Let people help you build your dreams – Some times people can take your ideas further than you imagine.
TM: Can you tell us one fun fact about you?
Well I don’t know about “fun” or “one”…but I will tell you three miscellaneous things:
- I have one huge birth mark that I will not disclosure where it is.
- I stammer.
- I am a super tall chick at 5’ 11” without shoes.
TM: What keeps you motivated, especially on the rough days? How do you keep pressing on?
My faith and my family. We all need to believe in something and if you don’t believe things can get better it won’t.
TM: What is the biggest mistake you would say you have made in your business thus far?
I waited too long to enlist help. You cannot build anything on your own. If you look at the great entrepreneurs ( Richard Branson or Oprah Winfrey) across the globe they all talk about the key people who have helped to grow their companies. I am certain, had I gotten the help earlier, my business would have been much further along and much more diversified already.
TM: What is your greatest achievement thus far?
It is really hard to pin down just one. I have experience lots of wonderful things in business over the years working for others as well as myself. I have travelled and lead companies, lectured for 13 plus years all the while overcoming a childhood stammer. I think my greatest accomplishment is not in what I have achieved but what I have learnt about myself because I simply keep moving forward no matter what.
TM: What is one secret of the trade that you are in, that you will like share with our readers?
There are no trade secrets! You can find out almost anything about your greatest competition these days. You need to be willing to do lots of research and be willing to adapt to changes in your business environment.
TM: What is the best advice you would give to a young entrepreneur, who wants to get into business?
Entrepreneurship is a commitment to something long term. If you are not willing to struggle, cry, spend more money than you have or want to then it’s not for you. You need to be very clear on what your business is and who your product or service offering caters too. Make sure you write it down first and flush out the idea before jumping wildly into it.
TM: How can some-one get in contact with you re: your services?
HashSpace is a personal and corporate branding company that is also a supplier of women’s clothing and accessories. You can find me on: https://www.hashspacemkg.com/pages/about-us
Call us at 675-3389 or whats app – 495-3552 and of course you can also find us on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.
My parents ain’t have shit,
So the shift started with me,
My mom took her money, she bought me bonds
That was the sweetest thing of all time
Legacy, legacy, legacy, legacy
Black excellence, baby you gon let ‘em see
Sean Carter 4:44
With Love and Hustle