Tuesday, August 23, 2011

When it rains, it pours

Doesn't it always seem like that when it rains, it pours?

Sometimes the rain can feel like a hurricane.  Like just when you get a family member on the road to recovery, another one falls ill.  Do you ever wonder where you will find the strength to tackle all of the challenges life throws your way?

My wish for you dear readers is that when the rain produces a flood that you find your most colorful pair of wellies and go stomp in the puddles.  Unleash your inner child.  Get wet.  Take a deep breath and know that after the rain, the sun will shine again.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Spotlight Entrepreneur: Shannon Gevero of See Baby Grow LLC

You know you've done it. You've flipped through an old photo album and wondered, "What year was that?" or "How old was our baby in that picture?"  Shannon Gevero turned her similar challenge into an AHA! moment which launched See Baby Grow.  Beautifully packaged products with a modern take on building a child's story from birth, See Baby Grow is a business growing before Shannon's eyes.

What was your inspiration for starting See Baby Grow? 
It was difficult living out of state from close friends and family when I gave birth to my son.  I wanted my loved ones to be able to see Ryan’s growth throughout the months, so I created signs that read, “I am ‘x’ months old!” and snapped away.  My friends and family looked forward to finding these pics in their inbox on a monthly basis.  This monthly tradition continued throughout his first year of life, as I was blown away at how fast time really does fly.  As he became more mobile, his photo shoots were becoming a bit of a challenge for us.  I knew that there had to be an easier way for parents to document these extraordinary monthly milestones.  Soon after, See Baby Grow, LLC was born.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We have just begun to work with some online retailers, which has been very exciting for us.  I hope that we will soon be in brick and mortar stores both on a national and international level.

What is your biggest daily challenge?  
At times it is difficult to manage my schedule and balance family life.  Like most other working moms, by the end of the day, I am exhausted.  Sometimes, I wish there were a few more hours in the day to get everything done. 

What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur? 
I enjoy many aspects of being an entrepreneur.  Primarily, I love being my own boss and calling the shots throughout the day.  I also love the flexibility that comes along with being in charge of the business.  It’s very empowering!

How do you stay motivated? 
It’s easy to stay motivated when you LOVE what you are doing and believe in your product. 

 What is your advice for women who are thinking about starting their own business? 
  • Have a plan and be realistic about it. 
  • Believe in what you are doing and ignore any negativity from others. 
  • Stay focused on your dream and good things will follow.
To learn more about Shannon's business or to purchase products from See Baby Grow, please visit www.seebabygrow.com.

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