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 Nicole Santana as this week’s Featured Mompreneur, take the stage Nicole…
What is the name of your business and what is your title?
Party Paper Diva
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have 3 children Alyssa is 11, Anthony is 9 about to be 10, and Emma is 18 months.
Are you a native to Tampa Bay? If not, tell us why and when you relocated here.
I’m not, I moved from Massachusetts when I was 11 with my parents. I basically did grow up here in Tampa though! I currently live in Riverview with my husband and our children.
Tell us about your business and how you became a mompreneur.
It started with me wanting to wow my guests to my oldest daughters 1st birthday. After all first impressions are everything, right? Well, before I knew it I was designing invites for everyone and 11 years later, I still love creating designs and custom party decor. Family and friends have always urged me to start my own company, but the timing was never right. I was in nursing school, had 2 small toddlers, and a husband with a crazy work schedule. With the birth of our third child and deciding to put my nursing career on hold to stay home with her, the time felt right. So with another push from family and friends Party Paper Diva was born.
What is the best part about being a mompreneur?
That I am able to stay home with my daughter and being there when the older ones get home from school that is the best part. The flexibility, being able to share with other people their excitement of their upcoming event, and hey being the boss isn’t bad either!
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?
It goes back to time management and priorities, I always make sure my children’s needs are met first, then I try to schedule everything else around that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I always figure out a way to manage the time.
Any tips or advice you would like to offer other mompreneurs (or aspiring mompreneurs)?
If you never chase your dreams, you will never catch them. Take that passion and run with it.
Where can we find your business?
Check out Party Paper Diva in our Mommy Spot Directory here.
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