As a work at home mom myself, I really appreciate gleaning advice from other mommy businesswomen. How do they do it? Can you be both a successful businesswoman and stay at home with the children? For this month’s business spotlight, we have a special interview with Brittany Schultz, an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant- who strives to do just that while investing in other women. She offers some solid advice for those of us wondering where to find the balance.
Can you tell us a little about your company and what you do?
I am an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. I get to own my own business teaching women how to look and feel beautiful from the inside out! Mary Kay is rated in the top 10 for most favorite skin care and make up brand. We are the #1 beauty care direct sales company in the nation.
Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?
I was pregnant with my son and my husband and I knew we wanted me to stay at home with him. We searched for an opportunity that would allow mostly at home work. Mary Kay is not only a reputable company but also has earned plenty of recognition for their business model.
What do you find most satisfying about your job?
What I find most satisfying, is when I have taught a women how to take care of her skin, and the look on her face when she feels beautiful and comfortable in her own skin! I love watching her confidence level increase as I finish pampering her. Also it allows me to stay at home with my son- I get to enjoy all of his firsts. And while I am doing that I earn extra income for special events we wouldn’t usually be able to afford! That’s just to name a few.
Do you have any advice for work at home moms? How do you find time to balance work and family?
My advice for work at home momma’s is #1 Schedule your day! Before I go to bed I have a “Brain Dump” notebook, where I write all of those thoughts swirling around in my head on paper. Than I take the things that are “to do” items and schedule them into my day. For example: my son naps from 11-2 so that is my at home Mary Kay office time. I have that blocked out so I can make the most of my time with my little guy when he is awake. It negates the guilty feeling about not working, or ignoring my son. #2 set a limit for what you will work on in a day! When we work from home, there are endless job tasks that need to be filled. It is literally never ending. I write down a 6 most important things list for the day. And when I am finished with my list I am done for the day. You have to stop somewhere and celebrate what you have accomplished!
I‘ve noticed you are great at making connections! Do you have any networking tips for small business owners?
Networking tips….hhhmmm! I am really just one to meet new people wherever I am! Grocery store, coffee shop, restaurants! I intentionally look for people who are dressed sharp and look sharp. I often use compliments to spark a conversation with her. And then lead the conversation to “it was truly great chatting with you! I would just LOVE to pamper you with a free facial and makeover!” I explain to her my business and if she says yes I take down her number and call later to schedule an appointment!