Mom Entrepreneur: Jenny Reed
Business: Our Cruise Planner
OurCruisePlanner.com is a full service travel agency specializing in family travel and Disney vacations.
What inspired you to start your business?
My husband and I took our first cruise the year we got married (15 years ago) and we were hooked. We decided to start our travel business about 8 years ago with the thought that having a home office would be ideal when we started our family. It certainly is!
How long have you been in business?
Over 8 years.
What did you do in your past work life?
I was a marketing manager and director in several industries including publishing, banking and technology.
Describe your ideal workday.
Breakfast with my son, several hours of solid client calls and emails, lunch, an afternoon making client follow up calls and all finished by 5 pm.
However, an ideal workday for me is one where I balance being a mommy to a toddler and booking travel for my clients.
What have been some of your major successes?
Consistently grew my business even after starting my business just prior to September 11.
What have been some of your major challenges?
Balancing work hours, being a mommy and continuing to build a successful travel business. The economy has certainly been challenging as it has for many small businesses.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
I just have to look at my son’s smiling face to know that having my home based business is the so worth every effort.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Always follow your dream.
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
A great support system and loving family.
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
I am constantly taking online courses to stay up to date on cruise line and travel certifications.
What is next for your business?
I am developing a travel blog and will continue to strive to build business.
Your two cents sales pitch?
It is not the destination that matters, its the journey. I am Jenny Reed, owner of OurCruisePlanner.com, an expert journey planner and travel specialist.
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