Mompreneur: Yvette Segal
Company: My Kids Registry
What inspired you start www.mykidsregistry.com?
My son and my desire to be with him (plus 17 years in fashion).
How long has your business been in business?
About 1 1/2 years
What did you do in your past work life?
I was a Fashion Merchandising Executive. Lastly, I was the Director of Design and Merchandising for GSeries Handbags for Cole Haan.
What is your ideal workday like?
To have peace and quiet. No one is home. Make phone calls write one or two blogs, network and build website.
What have been some of your major successes and challenges?
My “successes” are still a work in progress everyday in the sense that www.mykidsregistry.com is still a baby in itself. I have a vision in my mind and it will be a few more months before it can be executed. Outside of that my successes have been building membership to where it is today and not giving up. Self educating myself on the ins and out of the :”web world”(still have a ton to learn).
My challenges : Being a full time mom to a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old and no child care assistance with the exception for 2 1/2 hrs of preschool a day for my 4 yr old. I am mom, the cook, the cleaner, play mate, story timer, wife, THE EVERYTHING and for me “mompreneur” in the making.
In addition, there are the financial challenges and now it seems like the majority of us can relate so need to dive into that one.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
When I receive an email from the unknown saying “I love your site and would love to be a part of it”.
Do you have a motivational quote?
The future belongs to those who believe in the Beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Start early, make sure you have the passion, don’t listen to negativity, believe in yourself, educate…educate…educate and if you want something done, make sure you know how to do it.
Network, NETWORK, NETWORK. Make sure you are having fun.
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
I am still learning everyday. My family is my priority…always.
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
social networking sites like twitter, workitmom.com, facebook and linkedin.com, mommymillionaire.com, and now twittermoms.com.
What advice would you offer to aspiring mompreneurs?
Talk to other mompreneurs. I have learned the most from them. There are so many inspirational women out there. From Bloggers to Web designers, to website owners, to inventors etc.. I have found that most moms want to help other moms succeed more than anyone else. They know what it is like to want to be home.
What is next for your business?
Still improving www.mykidsregistry.com everyday. I actually have one in the works but it is under wraps and it has nothing to do with a website but still involves kids.
Your two cents sales pitch?
www.mykidsregistry.com a place to share your kids wishes and pictures with family and friends.
You can also check out the blog, www.mykidsregistry.blogspot.com.