We’re all kinds of giddy to introduce our next SpitfireMom, global
goddess Jill Salzman. Jill is the creator of The Founding Moms, a collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs. There are Founding Moms’ Exchanges in over 40 cities around the world — and growing (like, as in 14 new cities in just the last two months). She also launched The Founding Kit — a bundle of services that entrepreneurs often desire to delegate so that they can better build their businesses.
Jill really is the Pied Piper of mom entrepreneurs (she’s already grown three businesses & two kids) and a do-it evangelist. Since we were in college together at Brown, she would say “Just dive in!” every time we talked about my pursuit of writing. Thirteen years later we’re still neighbors, moms, and yup, I’m writing. She lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband and two daughters where they utilize a familiar mantra for childcare: It takes a village. Says Jill, “Some days it’s daycare, some days it’s my husband, and some days it’s literally friends who live in my Village.”
Here’s what Jill had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
Since I had my children after I’d already launched my first company, I have seen some pretty big changes since having kids. For one, I’ve become much more organized, both in priorities and in time management which has led me to become much more productive. That productivity has led me to grow bigger businesses, and more of them. So I’m a much better manager with a much more nutty schedule than anyone would ever hope for.
Super bonuses? I’m also unbelievably forgetful, prone to incorporating a lot more Doritos into my day than I did before kids, and not getting nearly as many facials as I would like (read: zero.) At least I’ve stopped searching for that “work-balance” sanity that I now firmly believe is like the tooth fairy — it does not exist.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
Oddly enough, even though I run an organization called The Founding Moms whose membership is comprised of moms, I don’t talk about my kids. When I work I am a businesswoman. When I am with my kids I am mom. But supporting moms in business does not, at least to me, mean that I talk about them a lot — unless it comes up naturally, of course. I’m never afraid of having them in the background on a phone call (took me a while to get there, honestly) and I don’t shy away from being honest about why I sometimes have to move a meeting if it’s kid-related. But bringing them up out of the blue? Not my style.
We know a SpitfireMom like Jennifer has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I set the dinner table in the morning and put the ingredients that don’t need to stay in the fridge onto the counter. That way when I get home after work, I literally have to heat, stir and serve. Perhaps setting the table is not extremely time-consuming for you. But for me, there’s a mental shift that happens when the table is already set. Somehow it takes a lot of the pressure off.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
I’ve not mastered the art of finding the time to read a book from cover to cover. Too many other things to do right now that I enjoy. But I can’t wait to get back to that. In a decade.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Jill says:
Congratulations! There’s no need to be worried. As long as you can make your kiddo a part of your day/routine/work and not fight against it, you’ll be fine. Incorporating the kids is what it’s all about! Like any curveball thrown at an entrepreneur in the workplace, this one mayyyy keep you up a little longer at night and throw a few extra curveballs within curveballs, but stay organized, breathe deeply and know that it takes time to adjust to the new world of mom entrepreneurship. But thousands of us do it and you can too.
Julie & Heidi
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