Mom Entrepreneur: Melanie Mayron
Business: Mayron’s Good Baby
What inspired you start your business?
My dad is this amazing chemist and I was trying to get pregnant twelve years ago, and was doing fertility treatments, and was looking around and at the time there were no natural baby products out there and I wanted to create some. My father has one of the patents on the time release tablet, he is pretty incredible, so he set to work to come up with the best diaper barrier cream out there. I think we did it. And we have these Good Baby Care Packages instead of newborn baby baskets that I believe are going to sell really well.
How long have you been in business?
Just 6 months.
What did you do in your past work life?
Well I was an actress and had a thirty year career in movies and television and some theatre. I was nominated for a British Academy Award for the film Girlfriends back in 1978 and I won an Emmy for my role on thirtysomething which was on for 4 years. Now i have been directing the last 20 years, some films and television. Most recently I directed episodes of HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me and In Treatment, and recently Lipstick Jungle, Greek, and 90210.
Describe your ideal workday.
Well, I think that would be “making money” but being creative.
What have been some of your major successes?
My acting career for sure. and then being able to move into directing and still be creative. With Good Baby I feel I can continue to be creative, coming up with product ideas that are unique and fun.
What have been some of your major challenges?
Getting Mayron’s Good Baby off the ground and getting the word out there.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
Having to pay for school for my ten year olds.
Do you have a motivational quote?
“Nothing is more important than this day.”
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Some time well spent with both.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Don’t give up. If you believe in it, you can create it.
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
Great people. You can not have a successful business without surrounding yourself with smart, motivated and talented people. Know what you don’t know and be ok with the fact that those around you know more about certain areas of the business than you do.
What is next for your business?
The Good Baby Care packages… and getting out the rest of the line. right now Our Best BArrier and Diaper Cream is out. and the diaper cream travel packs. we are coming out in the next few months with the baby oil, body milk, head to toe shampoo, and chapped cheek and lip protector.
Your two cents sales pitch?
just give us a try. we’ll “fix you up.”
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