I discovered the adorably cool clothes of our next SpitfireMom during my obsessive reading of a blog. That blogger regularly shared her obsession with Little Hip Squeaks. As I tend to do, I immediately went to the site’s about to see if a cool mom was behind it and LO! I learned about Amy Richardson, CEO slash Director slash Designer slash Bill-Payer at Little Hip Squeaks AND cool mom. I reached out to this natural SpitfireMom.
Amy shared that LHS is a small operation of her plus five part-time employees, so that means she wears a lot of hats (I’m sure they are cute hats). Her husband was able to start working from home when her son was born (he’s a writer) and, so, the two can be very flexible with schedules. A nanny helps with their 2.5 year old son with about 20 hours a week, and Amy takes off Fridays to spend with him solo. On work days, her husband puts him down for a late nap, and Amy gets home just about the time he’s waking up.
Amy shared that her business was completely inspired by her son, and he continues to be a driving force in the success. She never expected this to be a full time gig, and in fact, when she quit her busy job at a fashion magazine to do LHS full time, they prepared the nanny to have her hours cut since Amy would be working significantly less (spoiler alert, her hours increased).
Here’s what Amy had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
Being a mom and being a business owner is tough. There’s really no perfect balance, and it’s impossible to shake the feeling of guilt when I spend an extra hour at the office, or I leave for a week to travel for business. I try to remember that the money I earn makes it more possible for me to make special experiences for him—I try to make sure our Friday mom-son dates are indulgent, whether its at a $30 tots music class, or sharing a cupcake for lunch. I am definitely chronically late—but rather than coming late into work, I’m always texting my husband that I’m leaving in five minutes, and won’t get out the door for another 90 minutes. He’s learned to call my bluff.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
Obviously we’re pro-kids. I’ve had people bring their babies to business meetings, to interviews, to pop-up shops, and in the background at conference calls.
We know a SpitfireMom like Amy has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
Use SIRI to answer emails while you’re making dinner.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
How to grow my family and my business. I want another baby, but my husband keeps reminding me the business is a life-long newborn.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Amy says:
My shipping manager is expecting her second baby. I’m mostly just jealous!
To anyone expecting a tot or anyone who knows someone who is, a Little Hip Squeaks anything makes an awesome gift. In fact, fellow SpitfireMom Chandra of Oh Lovely Day shared her love for all things LHS on Momtastic just recently! Amy, thanks for making the SpitfireKids look so good. Our (many) hats are off to you!
Julie & Heidi
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