This is a guest post by Evelyn Wiseman,a doting mother and personal assistant to two wee children. Beyond this role, she comes with over a decade of experience in community building and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. She is currently Director of Community Growth at Subkit. If you are a Community member with a unique story to share let us know.
Being a mother and a small business owner can be extremely difficult, but we’ve found an incredible powerhouse that has managed to balance the best of both worlds. We interviewed Barb Kaill, founder at Lucky Penny Provisions about her baking business and journey to motherhood. Check out her story:
Tell us your name and business name.
Barb Kaill, Lucky Penny Provisions
Tell us about your business.
This summer, after five years in business I made the decision to close my cafe, Lucky Penny Coffee Co., and reimagine the brand. The spin-off was originally developed as a Covid pivot, to get us through three lockdowns and sixteen months of reduced capacity, and limited service. Now, Lucky Penny Provisions provides three subscription packages and operates popups and an online bakery & pantry with local delivery by eBike.
If you're comfortable, please describe your journey to motherhood.
Four years ago, single at 34, I decided to get on with the show and become a mom on my own. By way of donor and IUI, I am now a proud and happy single mom by choice to a joyful and energetic three-year-old.
How does being an entrepreneur blend with being a parent?
Truthfully? It doesn’t always! The ways in which it doesn’t can be frustrating: never “really” being able to put your work away, doing payroll while in labor... But, I am so thankful for the ways in which it makes my parenting life better: writing my own schedule, doing work that I love (kids should see their parents HAPPY!) It can be a tough balance between family life and work-life, but I am so thankful my son is growing up watching his mom making things happen.
What are the biggest joys about being a mompreneur?
The first time N said, “Mom, can we go to Lucky Penny today?” my heart melted.
Why does a subscription model excite you as a mompreneur?
It helps to manage that life-work balance! Knowing I have a certain, guaranteed number of orders coming in each month, means I can focus my energy on other parts of the business, and have more time for after-work fun!
If you’re a mom and you feel ready to get back into business, here are a few ideas to help you make extra income as a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur. Or check out Subkit to launch the subscription business you’ve always dreamed of.