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On Being an EP (Entrepreneurial Parent): One Woman's Story

The workforce landscape is changing dramatically as more and more people opt to work from home and raise their children at the same time. These pioneers need resources to give them support and point them in the right direction.

© 1998, by Desiree Scales

I am a work at home mother of a six month old baby. I started my own web design company, Bella Web Design in October. When I went out on maternity leave in April, I never thought I would be starting my own business in six months. I got inspired by sites such as The Entrepreneurial Parent and knew I had nothing to lose.

I worked for Delta Air Lines here in Atlanta in communications. I designed and implemented the Airport Customer Service intranet from the ground up and got a lot of experience and skills out of the process which are benefiting both myself and my daughter right now. I have a degree from Northern Illinois University in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, so I have a lot of writing experience, both business and creative.

When it was time to return to work, I knew it would be difficult for me to leave Emily. I have a very supportive husband and family that were behind me all the way and supported my decision to stay home. I knew I wanted to do more than stay at home, and working on the computer upstairs while Emily was downstairs with a sitter or my mother-in-law would be an ideal situation. I even work at night when Rob is home to take care of her. It's nice to watch both my husband and daughter do some major bonding!

I know there is a need for web page designers out there and I wanted to use my newly honed skills to contribute to this exciting media called the Internet. It was the best decision I ever made as I have a new-found confidence I would have never had before.

I didn't realize how much work goes into running a business. The hardest part for me is the actual marketing and selling of my services. I am considering joining a business leads group to further expand my networking opportunities I also have many more ideas on the table to help my business soar.

I would like to contribute to EP because I really got a lot of help and support from the community. I think it is a wonderful resource for men and women such as myself who would really like a shot at having it all. The workforce landscape is changing dramatically as more and more people opt to work from home and raise their children at the same time. These pioneers need resources to give them support and point them in the right direction. I hope I can be a guide for those in similar situations and broaden their horizons as I did my own.


Desiree Scales is the Owner of Bella Web Design at 3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Suite 240-121, Marietta, GA 30066, email: , Phone: 770-509-8797, Fax: 770-509-9488 (if busy, call above number), web site: www.bellawebdesign.com.

 
 
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