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 talking to Grace Pollak of Maker Mountain Fabrics.
Tell me a little about yourself. Who do you share your life with?
My husband, my 1 and 3 year old daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 8 chickens.
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 had been running my kid’s clothing Etsy shop mostly as a hobby, when I was laid off from my teaching job while 3 months pregnant. I decided it was the perfect time to try to make my business a real business. 4 years later I have shut that business down and started this new one I am so passionate about and having so much fun with!
What makes you excited to “go to work” each day? What helps you push through the long days?
The gorgeous fabrics I sell constantly inspire me to sew new things. My customers inspire me with the things they have sewn with my fabrics and patterns. And my desire to learn more and keep growing inspires me to wake up every day with a list of ideas I can not wait to get started on implementing.
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?
Time! I always want more time for my business and more time for my family. Kids’ sleep schedules always change, so right when I think I have a good routine going, it all changes on me again! We also have less time to do fun things as a family on the weekends because I need to/ want to work when my husband is home to take care of the girls.
Tell me about your business! What do you do/make? Who are your ideal clients?
I sell unique and gorgeous apparel and quilting fabrics as well as independent sewing patterns (soon to include a pattern I designed as well). My ideal clients are anyone who wants to create a handmade wardrobe for themselves or their children and who strives to create a one of a kind handmade home.
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?
From home! My girls share a bedroom so that I can have a dedicated sewing and fabric storage room.
For someone considering starting their own business, what advice would you give them? How would you encourage them to start out?
Just do it! Jump in! There is magic in taking action. You will learn and grow as you can along, but planning and planning and planning gets you nowhere. Just take that first real step today and see where that takes you tomorrow.
What do your kids think about your business? Do they think what you do is awesome?
They do think it is awesome. They love to play “craft fair” and sell things for “other people’s babies”. They also love looking at fabric online with me, talking about all the fabrics on my shelf and sitting on my lap while I sew. My three year old even has her own sewing machine she uses to sew millions of tiny pillows for her stuffed animals.
Lastly, if you had to do it all over again, what change would you make, if any?
There have been things I have tried for my business that didn’t work out, but I wouldn’t change any of it. Every step has been a learning experience and has helped me to get to where I am today. I am sure I will try plenty of new things in the future that also don’t work out the way I hoped, and I can’t wait to see what lessons they teach me!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Grace. If you have questions for Grace, please ask them in the comments below. Thanks for tuning in to this edition of the Mom Owned Business Spotlight!