During one of my most recent, mind numbing Pinterest scrolling sessions I spotted a quote that said, “Success is not counted by how high you have climbed, but by how many people you have brought with you.” I immediately thought about our MomSource Network Founder, Courtney Jones. I decided that, in honor of National Entrepreneurship Month, I would dig a little deeper into exactly what it is that made Courtney think that she could start her own company. As we all know, entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. I believe Courtney would agree that you eat, sleep, and breathe it.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Courtney for a Q&A session to find out what keeps her motivated and why she is so passionate about the MomSource mission:
What ignited this spark in you? What made you think, “I can do this.”?
It wasn’t as much that I knew that “I” could do it as much as it was a realization that it was important for women like me that someone take the initiative to start conversations with employers about the value of flexible employment and how there were some amazing candidates that they could begin reaching if they offered more flexible schedules. I talk with so many incredible women (many of which are candidates in our Network) who share with me that they have had this idea for years before I did. I wanted flexibility for myself and my family and wanted that for everyone.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
One weekend I while I was working my husband took my kids swimming with some friends. When one of the other parents asked my son where his mom was, he responded that she wasn’t there because “She is an entrepreneur!” I was so proud of my 5-year-old for knowing that word. Even though I probably work more than I used to, I get to talk with my kids about how the work MomSource does helps other families be able to have more time with their children too. Even though I work more, I still have the flexibility to make my own schedule and prioritize my family when its important. That’s what I always wanted out of my work-life blend.
How important have good employees been to your success?
Our team is the only reason that we’ve been successful. I’m always in awe of the amazing people that are willing to join our team. It’s chaos and challenging but ultimately exciting and supportive. Each member of our team brings their unique experiences, strengths and wisdom to the business and I believe that person we hire has value to add not just to their individual role but ultimately to longevity of our company! Our team is our business.
What motivates you?
I’m motivated by our candidates. Seeing them have opportunities to grow professionally and still prioritize their families is a huge motivation. I’m also motivated by our internal team and doing everything I can to ensure that they can realize their potential at MomSource. I’m motivated by the desire to make my family proud. And I’m motivated by the possibility of a glass of pinot noir after a hard day’s work ☺
How do you define success?
Success is knowing that we have helped people, helped our community and operated a fiscally sound and thriving company.
What would you say are the top 3 skills necessary for being an entrepreneur?
Resilience, being comfortable with the uncomfortable and ambiguity.
Starting a company is not for the weak of stomach. It’s constant ups and downs, wins and losses, questions without answers and unanticipated challenges. The important thing is committing to staying the course and learning from your experiences.
What advice would you give someone interested in starting a business from the ground up?
Do it. It’s never too early or too late. You don’t have all the answers but don’t worry because neither does anyone else!
Like I said, if it were easy everyone would do it, but if you are sitting on a great idea and just waiting for the “right time” we all know that time will never come. Just do it! Just make sure you are bringing great people up the ladder with you.