The Next Big Zing finds the most innovative products and inventors and tells their story through video. We then help these businesses get the word out about them through social networking, PR and retail stores.
I am a mom of 2 boys 14 and 9 and love that I can be home working when the school calls for a forgotten lunch or a bump on the head, both which happen too often!
What inspired you to start your business?
I too am an inventor, I loved the research and development, I could always get a great product produced, but stop short when it was time to take it to market.
So one day I was watching Oprah, and the creators of youtube were on, they had just sold for 16 billion dollars in stock options to google. I thought, I could take a piece of that.
So I created a concept to help other inventors through the power of video.
How long have you been in business?
I have been building content for 2 years and launched the site officially May 17, 2010
What did you do in your past work life?
Advertising and Marketing for The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, International Home and Design Magazine, and a radio station.
Describe your ideal workday.
Get up and get the kids off to school, checking my email when the coffee is brewing. Then I work for a few hours, and then take an afternoon power walk, then back to work and wait for the kids to come home, homework, dinner and back to the computer. I love what I do, so at times I reach for my computer too much and need to balance a little more!
What have been some of your major successes?
Getting my own radio show and being asked to be a contributor to an online magazine for moms.
Having people recognize me as an expert, and getting them to say thanks!
What have been some of your major challenges?
Getting the word out about these amazing clients. I know its only been since May, but I know they all need the press and sales.
Doing it all myself, I wish I could split myself into 10 parts.There is never enough time in the day.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
I remember the possible days, and when things are better. You have to keep going, if you don’t know one will do it for you. But I am a firm believer that if you don’t work hard, it won’t come easy!
Do you have a motivational quote?
no…I need one, any suggestions!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Do something you love!
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Working from home #1 the long commutes are terrible, and I did that before.
It adds 2 hours to my day that I can spend with my kids and hubby!
Turn off the computer when they get home, thats when they are the most talkative!
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
Facebook, I hate to say it, but I think it blows twitter away
What is next for your business?
I have already started the next step, and created another website for weekly “deals” called www.projectzing.com. Most deal sites are based on the local markets and restaurants and services. Project Zing is for the “gifts” you want to send off, and what do you know you get an amazing deal too! All the gifts are from www.thenextbigzing.com
Your two cents sales pitch?
If you are an inventor, artist,mompreneur with a great product, and you have a compelling story to share about the creation, The Next Big Zing wants to talk to you! We help promote your business through social channels, PR and the ultimate goal of getting into retail stores!
Are you a bizzie mom entrepreneur? Would you like to be featured and show off your product or service. Fill out our mom entrepreneur questionnaire and email 411 at bizziemommy dot com any images you would like to use in your post. Interviews are posted every Tuesday.