Organize for Success: A Busy Mom and Home Business Owner

Apr 8, 2013
"Real people, real organizing"
Organize for success is a blog series which takes a peek into the lives of people in various situations. These people have managed to find systems and routines that work for them and/or their families, and allow them to experience success in whatever they've chosen to do.

Today I'll be sharing a little interview that I did with my friend Vicki who lives in Kentucky. Vicki is a mom to three young children and though she'll be the first to tell you that she is "not a fabulous organizer," she also runs a successful, home-based cake business. Here's how she keeps it together:

1) You’re a busy mama! What made you decide to start your own business?
Having children definitely influenced the path and vocation I've chosen. I started baking with my mom when I was a kid, then as a grown-up I fell in love with the artistic part of cake-making. Between that, I worked as a TV producer, a store manager, a teacher, and a nanny! I developed PattyCakes, LLC because operating a small business allowed me to have my children with me at all times. When I look back at the progression of things, it seems to make sense that I do what I do, but I never would've guessed it!

2) What’s a typical day like for you?
My typical day...the baby is our little early riser, so the day begins around 6, then we're all up and off to school by 8:15. I spend the begining of every week catching up with laundry, stocking up supplies for the upcoming weekend, and returning voicemails and FB messages. Allie (my youngest) and I head to carpool at 3, then the big kids usually have after school stuff (boy scouts, choir, soccer...). A lot of times we drop off orders while we're still in town, then we head home! Dinner, homework, bedtime routine, and if I have baking to do, I do it after the kids are tucked in for the night!

3) How do you keep yourself organized with a family of five and a home business to run?
I rely on my order book (a big old-fashioned 3-ring binder with detailed order forms for every request), and I have a huge task board (it's a white board where I write daily orders in chronological order) in my utility room. Getting all of the right info requires going over texts, emails, voicemails, and FB messages...that's the tricky part!

4) What are your favorite organizing tools?
My favorite organization tool has to be my iPhone!!! I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. I also love my task board, and my old fashioned order book.

5) What advice would you give other women who feel overwhelmed with life and work?
Advice? Well, feeling overwhelmed with life and work happens! For me, learning to say "no" to customers has helped me avoid getting in over my head! You've got to know your limits and not push yourself too far. Also, prayer and good sleep!

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