Here at The Mommy Spot Tampa, we love to support local mom entrepreneurs so every week we will be featuring a new one. Juggling motherhood and your own business is always a challenge so we want to hear how all of the other mommies handle it. We are very excited to announce Torrie Jasuwan as this week’s Featured Mompreneur, take the stage Torrie…
What is the name of your business and what is your title?
Babycycle Diaper Bank, Volunteer Director of Services and Partner at the Jasuwan-Straight Real Estate Group
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
A 2 year old boy and a 3 year old girl!
Are you a native to Tampa Bay? If not, tell us why and when you relocated here.
I am a native of St. Petersburg and love my city! I moved away in Kindergarten and came back in 9th grade. I went to USF St. Petersburg and moved to New York City after college, I stayed there for a few years, then lived in Palm Beach and eventually came back here, met my husband and started our family in the city we both grew up in!
Tell us about your business and how you became a mompreneur.
Babycycle Diaper Bank is a non-profit that distributes diapers, wipes and other baby items to Moms in need. We work with about 30 non-profit agencies in Tampa Bay and give them items to give to those in need. After my daughter was born her baby items and unused diapers started piling up and I didn’t know what to do with them. I started asking around and realized there was no centralized diaper bank in Tampa Bay, so I borrowed a warehouse from my husband and Babycycle began! As for my real estate business, I grew up in a real estate family and it has always been in my blood. I love the challenge of finding a home for clients and selling a home…it’s the best feeling when someone moves into their dream home and you found it for them 🙂
What is the best part about being a mompreneur?
I think the best part of being a mompreneur is the freedom owning your own business gives you. I often work after my kids go to bed until 1 or 2 in the morning, but I can still take them to school, pick them up and hang out with them all afternoon. I never miss a recital or school event. But at the same time I work 7 days a week between volunteering at Babycycle and selling homes. It’s a wacky schedule, but it works for me!
What is the hardest part about being a mompreneur?
The hardest part about being a Mompreneur is scheduling and making enough time for you, your husband, your career and your kids! It’s tough, because I think most Mompreneurs are driven and tend to be workaholics and that is definitely something I struggle with. My husband often tells me- put the phone down, stop working!
How do you balance motherhood and running your own business?
I’ve learned over the past 3 years that sometimes you have to stop working and pay attention to what’s in front of you, because time flies when you have kids and every second counts! I take time to spend quality time with my kids, have date nights with my husband and go on vacation no matter how crazy work is. And coffee. Lots of coffee!
Any tips or advice you would like to offer other mompreneurs (or aspiring mompreneurs)?
It’s ok to fail! I probably failed at 10 businesses before I found the ones that were right for me. Take a break and enjoy life, enjoy your family and do what you love! If you love what you do you will be successful. It shows and people will want to work with you.
Where can we find your business?