Don’t we all dream of owning our own business and being able to determine our own hours and lifestyles? Well, at least most of us do. But do we realise the implications and realities that go hand in hand with being a working mother?
Moms are amazing! We don’t know how they do it. Moms who run their own businesses (like a boss) are real, modern-day superheroes. We chatted to some of these mompreneurs to get the inside story on what it’s really like being a business owner and a mom. Here are a few lessons they have learnt:
Dilshaad Dalvie, Cape Town
Franchisee Dilshaad Dalvie, is a single mom and has 5 Montagu stores in Kenilworth, Cavendish, Meadow Ridge, Belvedere Square, Rondebosch Village. She has two business partners and together they own and run these franchises.
Dilshaad mentions that she gets satisfaction from being able to choose what her week looks like. She says that this does come with a whole lot of responsibility to her child, staff, shareholders, suppliers and customers.
Anyone who decides to venture into entrepreneurship will agree that you learn with every decision that you make. “This is no doubt a steep learning curve and a valuable one at that,” says Dilshaad. Excellent work and play ethic is must. Work smart and find a regular hobby or activity to do with your family. This could be gardening, cooking, adventure golf, etc.
Watching your business grow is very exciting while watching something go wrong can be equally as disheartening. The only thing to do is to get right back up on that horse and keep going. The extreme satisfaction when things go oh-so-right is unfathomable and worth every moment during which you felt challenged.
“The beauty of the Montagu store design, the manner in which the franchisor and franchisee work hand in hand, and the investment for the future are only three of the best reasons I can give for other mommas to venture into the brand,” says Dilshaad.
Owning your own time
We believe time is valuable and it’s something no one seems to have enough of. The opportunity to make your own timetable and decide your own priority is priceless and a major reason why investing in a Montagu franchise is such a great idea for everyone, especially moms.
Lisa Taylor, Garden Route
Franchisee and working mom, Lisa Taylor, owns Montagu stores in: Garden Route Mall, St. Georges Square (George), Knysna, Plettenburg Bay, Mosselbay (2). Together with her husband Paul, she shares some valuable lessons and principals she has learned from being a working mom.
Enjoy healthy activities with your family. Like Nippers over the weekend where the whole family gets together for a swim or a couple rounds of touch rugby. “Our weekends are mixed with a bit of work and lots of family,” says Lisa.
The recipe to a healthy work life is one of self-discipline, effort and hard work mixed with a whole lot of positive attitude. And the same goes for a healthy family life. This is where balance is attained, by putting an equal amount of effort into both. If you need to choose, choose family.
Work can be fun
Working with a great product, having support, a great business model, learning new skills all the time and choosing your own time is really fun and very rewarding.
So there you have it from the horse’s mouth. With so many reasons to buy a Montagu franchise, why wouldn’t you consider becoming your own boss and managing your own time?
We’ll leave you with a final cheat sheet on running your own franchise:
- Do it for yourself, even when you are faced with the difficulties of life.
- Make something for yourself, even when others think you cannot.
- Be patient, even when you feel like shouting at the world.
- Love people even when they don’t deserve it.
- Persevere, even when you absolutely cannot any longer.
- Succeed, even when things look like failure is on the horizon.
BUYING A FRANCHISE WITH MONTAGU:
Montagu runs a highly successful franchise network nationwide. We have over 140 franchises established countrywide that sell more than 2,500 tons of dried fruit and nuts products every year.
Montagu is passionate about the further development of the Montagu brand by establishing a national network for those interested in buying a franchise. This network provides franchise opportunities through various products from the town of Montagu.
The focus of the Montagu franchisor is to assist the Montagu franchisees with administrative systems, marketing and national brand visibility.