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 excited to ask questions of Heather Kirtland about her art, family, and balancing both.
Tell me a little about yourself. Who do you share your life with?
I’m an artist, wife and mother of two children.
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 always painted since graduating with my degree. I have also always had a day job. I am self employed at my day job so essentially that’s
my own business too. Once I had my first child, I went to working part time and also devoted more time to my artwork. Then, turning that into a business as well.
What makes you excited to “go to work” each day? What helps you push through the long days?
Honestly I really love both of my jobs. I also love that the combination of being a mom, an artist and a hairstylist gives me a diversity in my days. I feel like I come fresh to each one. There are also times when it can be a bit crazy and a juggle too.
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?
Oh man. The guilt. Trying to make sure I am present no matter what my focus is. I try to give each task it’s “time”. I unfortunately probably trade off self care the most.
Tell me about your business! What do you do/make? Who are your ideal clients?
I paint in oil, acrylic and encaustic. Aside from offering original paintings, I also have prints, notecards and merchandise through Society6. I love working with clients to create custom commissions. Those paintings become a part of their house and their story as a family. My ideal collector is someone that has a connection to my work and gives me free reign to create a piece that speaks to both of us.
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 am near Baltimore. I have a studio space and a nook at home I paint in. My office is at my house.
For someone considering starting their own business, what advice would you give them? How would you encourage them to start out?
Do your research about what is required in your state to be a business. Reach out to people you respect. Find a mentor.
What do your kids think about your business? Do they think what you do is awesome?
They sure do. They paint with me a lot.
Lastly, if you had to do it all over again, what change would you make, if any?
I would of started this as a business earlier!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Heather! If you have question for Heather, please ask them in the comments below! Thank you for reading this installment of the Mom Owned Business Spotlight.