Today I’m sharing Jennifer’s story and what sparked her desire to start a non-profit in the Charlotte area!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family:
I am a mom of two, living in the suburbs of south Charlotte. Up until June of 2017, I worked full time as a software technical writer in the banking industry.
2. What prompted you to start a business?
I loved my job, but it didn’t fulfill me and I yearned to make a difference in the world. One day, I was walking my dog and listening to Rachel Hollis’ podcast. She was interviewing a woman who started a nonprofit that helps foster kids. At the end of the podcast, she mentioned that they were expanding to cities all over the nation. I couldn’t deny the pulling on my heart strings, so I contacted her on Instagram.
3. How did you decide on the name/brand of your business?
I am starting a chapter of National Angels, so our name will be Charlotte Angels. We are on social media as @CharlotteAngelsnonprofit!
4. Tell us more about your product/business and your role:
As Executive Director, I will receive all of the referrals to our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs and assign volunteers that are approximately matched. For example, a young school age boy might be matched with a older male that can be a good “role model”.
5. Do you have a storefront or do you work from home?
I work from home or my car! I’m out and about meeting people, raising money, and raising awareness each day.
6. What does a normal “work” day look like for you?
Every work day is completely different. I usually get the kids to preschool/school and then sit down to send emails, call and schedule appointments, schedule social media, or participate in coaching calls (it takes a community!). Late morning/early afternoons are spent contacting local businesses or individuals and/or meeting up with potential donors.
7. How do you handle work + kids? (what is your schedule? do you have childcare?)
My youngest is in part time daycare and my oldest is in 3rd grade. I spend time with each of them between 1-5 each day. If the weather is nice, we stay at the preschool playground and play for a bit and then we walk my oldest home from school.
8. How do you balance all of the roles that you have?
Time blocking! I dedicate my attention to one thing at a time. Otherwise, I’d go nuts!
9. What is the best aspect of having your own business?
Spending quality time with my kids and also showing them that your dream can really come true if you are passionate and work hard.
10. What is the hardest part about owning your own business?Boundaries. The pile of laundry or dishes catches my eye multiple times a day! Also, I have a bad habit of waiting way to long to eat and making poor food decisions!
11. What are some long-term or future goals you have for your business?
My goal is to support all 500+ foster kids in Charlotte through our organization.
12. What do you do when you’re not being supermom?
I’m really into healthy, non-toxic living and love to share this part of my life on Instagram/FB! You can find me at @intentional_healthy_living
13. What famous person would you love to have dinner with, and why?
Brittany Spears. I’d love to hear how she pulled it all together after her breakdown and managed to still be successful.
14. What are the best resources that you’ve found as a small business owner and mom? (podcasts, online or local resources, people, great vendors, etc)
I love podcasts! I mean, I found out about National Angels from one! Community is also everything. I’m part of an amazing group of health-minded men and women here in Charlotte, called the Simple Wellness Group. They inspire me everyday and cheer me on!
15. What is one piece of advice that you can give to a mom starting a business?
Listen. This is super important…NO ONE has it all figured out in the beginning. You just got to start! Take baby steps towards your goals and don’t let failures along the way stop you! ❤️
Go give Jennifer and her awesome non-profit!