Welcome to the Stay at Home Moms That Inspire Series! This series spotlights moms that follow their passion in business while being a full time mom. Here’s the question, what happens when the plan changes? What happens when you are juggling full time mommyhood and your business, managing it all pretty well, then decide things will change yet again. I am excited to share today’s mom with you because she is able to give both perspectives. She was a stay at home mom for several years, even as I initially interviewed her. After our first interview she returned to working outside the home and in addition also continues her side business. Busy lady!
Terese Roberts is a wife, mother, skin care rep and engineer. Like most of us mothers, she is juggling and wearing many different hats daily. We relate to this, don’t we moms? Today we talk about being a stay at home mom, following your passion in business and what happens when you return to your previous career. Let’s talk to Terese:
Tell me about your career/business:
“I own my own skin care business by partnering with the same doctors that created Proactive-Dr. Katie Rodan + Dr. Kathy Fields. They have now created their own antiaging line of skincare. I am also about to go back to my chemical engineering job part time.”
How many children do you have and their ages?
“I have one child who is three years old.”
How long have you been a stay at home mom?
“Since 12/23/14-but now I will be going back part time to my engineering job as well as representing my skin-care line.”
What made you decide to get started and how long did you think about it before you did?
“I was looking for something to bring in some extra income with flexible hours that I could work from home. With the R + F business model, and my love of skin care, it was a perfect fit for me. I can work from home, on the go, and as much or as little as I want. If I want to go back to work 9 to 5, I can still keep my skincare business, and it gives me options. We have moved a lot and I also really like the fact that I can do it from anywhere.”
Why are you passionate about it?
“I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and helping people get great skin!”
Do you have any tips/advice for a fellow mom getting started?
“Just do it! It can be scary at times and you have to step out of your comfort zone, but being able to work when you want is an incredible gift! It’s worth it to try something new even if you are afraid you will fail. If you never fail, you have never tried.”
What challenges have you faced?
“Sometimes, it is hard to let people know what you are doing. Since you do not have a storefront, the only way is to let everyone know on social media or in person.”
What have you learned about yourself or your business along the way?
“I’ve learned there could be rewards in doing something that you may never have thought of yourself doing, but it has become just what I needed. I never would’ve imagined myself selling skincare 10 years ago, but I really love it! You can change your plan of what you think you are capable of along the way and that’s OK!”
What are some benefits of what you do?
“I am able to work from home (or on the go) whenever I want. I can work more one week and less the next depending on what is going on that week. I also really love all our products, and love to see how much people love them!”
What are your goals as you continue?
“I would love to expand my business by adding more customers and business partners.”
Why part time instead of full time time, why was this right for your family?
“I initially only wanted something that I could work from home doing or after my son went to bed so I could spend time with him during the day. I decided I wanted something for myself and I also contribute to the household finances.”
What would you want your child to know about why mommy does what she does?
“I want my son to know that there are many ways to be a good mom. I want him to know it was my CHOICE to stay at home, not something that was expected, or I had to do because I had no other choice.”
“My husband and I made the decision for me to stay home after he was born. The reason I started R + F is to enable me to keep the choice to stay home with him, or go back to work as an Engineer, or both. The great thing about this business is it gives me options.”
Best memory of a successful moment doing what you do:
“I have a friend who tried our products and message me how much she liked them, and her face never felt better. I love to hear that! I have not been in the business for that long, but receiving my first paycheck with R + F was pretty great too! If feels good to have something for myself again, and be able to contribute to our household finances.”
After our interview Terese did in fact return to working in her previous profession. I touched base with her see how it was going. She is now a chemical engineer and reentered the workplace with a company that she worked for before she had her son. She is working part time 25 to 30 hours a week but has an hour commute in each direction so that is a challenge in and of itself. She says going back to work has been good but has also had his challenges. I’m going to share some more of what she said for any moms who might be making this transition as well.
What she had to say:
“Going back to work has been good, but it has also had its challenges. I started back to work in mid-May and quite honestly I did not realize how much I had forgotten from my old job. But I am getting back and working with great people that are understanding. I do miss being with my son and taking him to his classes, play dates, zoo, aquarium, etc. I miss seeing the other moms too, as we do not have as much time to do those things except the weekends now. Luckily my husband really helps a lot getting my son ready in the morning and dropping them off at school so I can leave for work earlier due to my part-time day. We’ve been eating a lot more take out though!
I do see my son becoming more independent by being at school every day (which I love and hate at the same time). I am fortunate that he has a great preschool that we love. It’s good for him to have the structure he really enjoys at preschool. He is still adjusting a little to me not being there all the time, but I ultimately think that’s a good thing for him.”
I want to say thank you to Terese for talking about not only being a stay at home mom with a business but following up on the transition we she returned to work. She was able to give both perspectives from her personal experience. Terese is still also in business with Rodan + Fields and has offered a free gift with order for any readers interested in trying these products. You can find her on her website https://tereseroberts.myrandf.com/.
Thank you for joining me to visit with another great mom in business. I’ll hope you’ll come on back next time to meet the next woman in the series. Janet