Interview with Mompreneur – MJennings Designs, LLC

I had the opportunity to interview a wonderful work at home mom,
Melissa from MJennings Designs, LLC.  MJennings Designs, LLC
carries fantastic jewelry gifts for moms and her little princess.
But it goes farther than that, she offers bridal services,
religious gifts, and you can even host your own jewelry party
for some great rewards!  
Here you can read all about Melissa, her business and some tips on
how you too can follow your life's passion!
Hope Bracelet

MWAV: How long have you been a WAHM?
MJ: 1 year as MJennings Designs, LLC

MWAV: Tell me a little bit about your business and how you came
up with the idea. 
MJ: I make personalized name bracelets and beaded jewelry.
I started as a hobby when I was waiting for our adoption
to be final (my son was born in Guatemala) and after he
came home I "retired" from teaching high school to
stay home with him.  I decided to turn the hobby I loved
into a business and that is how MJennings Designs was born!

MWAV: What did you do prior to owning your own business? 
MJ: Taught High School
(Family and Consumer Sciences Education) for 11 years.

MWAV: How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
MJ: 1, Peyton (a boy) who is 3

MWAV: How do you juggle work and family?
MJ: I am very organized and I use naptime like a planning
period.  The second Peyton goes down I work hard!  I also
have a very supportive husband and bead into the night
to fill orders!

MWAV: What do you feel has brought the most success
in promoting your business?
MJ: Networking on Forums

MWAV: What has been your biggest challenge?
MJ:  Time management

MWAV: What are your 2008 business goals?
MJ: Expand my business with more avenues of advertising.

MWAV: Do you have any advice for other WAHM's just starting out?
MJ: Hard work and determination pays off!

MWAV: What are you the most proud of?
MJ: The customer thank you's and repeat business that I have gotten.

MWAV: What do you feel is the number one pro & number one con of
working for yourself? 
MJ: PRO-You set your own hours and work when you want too.
CON-It takes a lot of hard work to get the business going
and off the ground.
Melissa Jennings, Owner and Designer
MJennings Designs, LLC
Personalized Name Bracelets and Beaded
Jewelry Custom Designed For You!
Visit my website: www.mjenningsdesigns.com
Visit my blog: http://mjenningsdesigns.blogspot.com

Hope bracelet

2 thoughts on “Interview with Mompreneur – MJennings Designs, LLC

  1. It looks like Melissa’s managed to accomplish exactly what every entrepreneur should set out to do: she turned a hobby into a successful business. She’s also managed to find a balance between home life and work like, which can certainly prove to be the biggest obstacle a WAHM must face. Working from the home definitely has its advantages, but as she said, you need to be persistant, determined, and love what you do! It’s also important to network, and make your business aware to as many people as possible. One of the best means of going about this is delving into the wide market of the internet. For example, Microsoft just released Office Live Small Business, and it’s a wonderful, highly organized and comprehensive tool for any WAHM looking to take her business online. It’s a free service that includes highly organized e-mail capabilities, website traffic reports, and you can even design the page yourself with a completely user-friendly webpage designing platform. You don’t have to know the first thing about HTML to create a professional, legitimate business site.

    There’s more information at http://smallbusiness.officelive.com

    Office Live Small Business is a fabulous tool for getting any starting entrepreneur off the ground fast, easily and efficiently. Microsoft even hosts everything on your site for free! And to top it off, for no cost for the first year, you get a free customized “.com” domain name! Now, I work with Microsoft, so if you or any readers have any questions, I’m always around and would be more than happy to answer them for you! My personal e-mail address is k-rosenberg@live.com. Again, thanks so much for posting the fantastic interview! I’ll have to keep my out for some of Melissa’s pieces, they look beautiful!

    Best,
    Kimberly

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