Welcome to the Mom Owned Business Spotlight. In each installment, I will feature a new Mom Business Owner. I am so excited to show how different each business is as well as how everyone has different experiences and lessons that go along with entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur that started my business when my daughter was born, I am passionate about business ownership, as well as honoring the mom experience while growing your business.
Today I am sharing my interview with Britt Hyatt of Home Sweet Hyatt.
Tell me a little about yourself. Who do you share your life with?
I’m Britt! I share my life with my incredible husband and my sweet three year old son, Justin.
How did you get into business? Did it just happen one day? Did you have an exit strategy from your day job? Do you still have a day job? I love to hear how women got their start in business!
I’ve been doing website design for almost 15 years. After working as a Business Consultant and Project Manager at my 9-5 gigs, it was finally time to launch my own business. I dreamed of it for so long and I just knew in my heart it was time. I was tired of counting the vacation days I had left to take for the year, especially when 100% of them were taken up by my little guy being sick. I was tired of the drive home from downtown in snowstorms and barely seeing my family before bedtime. I was so tired of being tired. All. The. Time. I launched my business officially on November 3rd, 2015. After many long, long, long hours of working at my 9-5, coming home and working when my son went to bed and on weekends, I left my 9-5 job on March 31st!
What makes you excited to “go to work” each day? What helps you push through the long days?
I absolutely love helping business owners bring their businesses to life on the web. I love working with them to understand their world and what lights the fire within them to be an entrepreneur. Long days are helped by networking with other business owners that “feel” the long day feelings, too. I’ve been fortunate to find many other business owners that I can just vent to and feed ideas from to re-light my own fire! And, long days are also helped by lots of coca-cola and napping on the weekends with my little guy! 😉
What is the hardest thing about being a mom and being in business for you? What tradeoffs do you make when trying to balance both?
The absolute hardest thing about being a mom and a business owner is not knowing if I’m 100% doing the right thing for my family. Every business has ups and downs financially, and in the moments of the slower periods, I worry that maybe I took the leap for “me” and not for “me and them.” — that being said, the stress that I had working at my previous job was DEFINITELY not a good thing for me OR my family. Finding the balance always seems to be the challenge!
Tell me about your business! What do you do/make? Who are your ideal clients?
Home Sweet Hyatt Studios designs visually stunning and user-friendly Squarespace websites for creative businesses to set them apart from their competition and show off their beautiful portfolio of work!
Where can we find your business online? Please include your social media links as well!
Where do you work geographically? Do you work from home, have an office?
I work from my home office in Cleveland, Ohio!
For someone considering starting their own business, what advice would you give them? How would you encourage them to start out?
– Have a nest egg for slower months. It’ll save your sanity and wallet.
– Talk to your loved ones about your business. It makes the conversation less scary later when you don’t feel like you’ve been hiding it from them. They may actually have some things for you to consider from their perspective!
– Have your business branded. What does this mean, exactly? Work with a brand strategist to determine your audience, your offerings and how you can stand out from your competition.
– Find other people to network with from day one. Learn from people and their wins/losses. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
What do your kids think about your business? Do they think what you do is awesome?
Justin doesn’t really know what I do YET – but he LOVES that I’m home now when he gets home from daycare. I get the biggest, most giant hug when he walks in the door with my husband.
Lastly, if you had to do it all over again, what change would you make, if any?
I would’ve networked with other business owners sooner! I’m learning SO much now from a marketing/content-related perspective that I wish I knew up front.
Thanks so much for sharing, Britt! You definitely have learned a lot since making the leap! Do you have any questions for Britt? Ask away in the comment section below! Thank you for checking out this installment of the Mom Business Owner Spotlight!