Vicky Lashenko has learned, first hand, that you can be both a fantastic mom *and* a successful entrepreneur simultaneously. It’s her mission to inspire and encourage other mothers to do the same. She does so this through the Mompreneur Show, a Facebook podcast that airs every Monday at 1 p.m. ET. Every week, Vicky and a guest host discuss various aspects of running a successful business while, at the same time, honoring family and serving the community.
Vicky’s friendly and unique personality shines through in her podcast. And, on her website, she shares fun facts about her life: She loves gardening and composting table scraps and laundry day is on Fridays.
Ready to tune in and learn more? Meet Vicky Lashenko, host of Mompreneur Show:
What was life like before the Mompreneur Show and what motivated you to quit your day job and start your own business?
I worked in the accounting department for a company in Portland, OR. I worked part time in the mornings and came home just in time for my husband to leave for his swing shift. It was really hard for the both of us as we had two very small children and chose to take care of them while each of us worked. After doing this for 3 months, something had to give. I made a choice to quit my job to be home with my babies while exploring different online business opportunities.
But I didn’t start the Mompreneur Show right off the bat. It took me 3 years to finally figure out the direction I wanted to go in. I started off as a Virtual Assistant, then moved into social media consulting, website design and business consulting. None of it was fulfilling to me so I had to eventually take a break and stop everything for about a year. Taking the year off and really digging deep was a huge next step for me—although I didn’t think of it at the time. But that’s how Mompreneur Show was born.
Vicky’s 3 pearls of wisdom for entrepreneurs:
- Schedule your priorities in before everything else gets scheduled. For example, date nights with hubby is a huge priority for me—even if it’s at the kitchen table with a cup of tea after the kids go to bed. I want to nurture my marriage and I do so by prioritizing it.
- Time blocking. I have a set time each day when I work on very specific things. Whether it’s writing, communication, client work—it all has a time and a place. The Pomodoro Technique has been my favorite way to work in time blocks! 25 minutes on, a 5-minute stretch break and repeat.
- Remember that “everyone poops.” Please forgive me for giving you that visual, but oftentimes we tend to put some people on pedestals. The fact is we are all made from the same stuff. The comparison game often gets in the way of our own success—I know it has for me. Start treating everyone around you like a peer, not as someone cooler than you because, let’s face it, there is no one cooler than you.
Describe the biggest challenge you’ve experienced as a small business owner and how you dealt with it.
The biggest challenge I’ve experienced (and still do) is having to do something on a regular basis that scares me. The Mompreneur Show is one of the first to use Live Streaming on Facebook with a side-by-side interview, so there are many technical challenges that continue to come up. Along the way, we’ve experienced several embarrassing glitches like having to start late or audio failure. In those moments, it would have been easy to throw in the towel and say “I quit!” But it’s also those times when you need to persevere. You will never get it perfect the first time. Just keep on going and you will be so happy you did! I know I am.
Share a story where you went above and beyond to solve a problem.
I’m a big advocate of the quote “knock and the door will open.”
When I was live streaming on Facebook, some of my shows were lagging. The audio and video were not in sync and my computer was running so loud it sounded like it was about to take off! No matter what I tried to do to fix it, nothing worked, but I would stop at nothing to find a solution.
What I ended up doing was finding a few people who worked for Telestream, the company that created Wirecast, by doing a Facebook search. I messaged a few of them and finally got a response from one. I asked him to Skype with me and help me figure it out because I had no one else to ask and had no other solution. Thankfully, he agreed to my request and got on a call with me. It turns out my recording settings were set too high. I’m so thankful for his help but also thankful to myself for my persistence in getting the answers I needed.
Moral of the story: You will never get what you want unless you ask for it, and continue to ask for it until you get it.
It’s a typical work day. Where can we find you?
At a local coffee shop here in Spartanburg, SC, my home office or a studio I rent to host the Mompreneur Show.
Inspiration or perspiration?
Definitely both! I get inspired by motivational Instagram posts, books and other people doing amazing things. First is inspiration, then it’s perspiration—the latter is what gives me the results I want.
Who is your role model?
My role models are two very dear friends Renee Harris and Leilani Orr. They are incredible wives, mothers, writers, entrepreneurs and amazing women all-around. They remind me of what’s really important in life and I know I can turn to them when I need wise counsel. I’m very thankful to have them in my life!
Do you have a motivational mantra or inspirational quote that helps you get you out of bed in the morning?
For business, it’s “shoot for the moon, even if you’ll miss, you’ll land upon the stars.” It reminds me to dream big.
For my life in general, it’s a question that I often ask myself: “How do I want to be remembered?” Meaning, at the end of the day, month, year—how do I want to be remembered by my husband, kids and peers? Asking this question has really helped work towards being the best version of myself.
Work-Life balance is *tough* for a small business owner. How do you stay balanced?
I wrote a book last year that I’m currently revising, called Scheduled Balance. My trick is to look at the week as a whole rather than trying to achieve balance in the day-to-day. For example, on Mondays, I work a full day. My husband usually picks the kids up from school, so I can finish up the show and get it up on the blog. On Tuesdays, I only work for a few hours because I volunteer at my kids’ school.
Some days I have a good work/life balance and not so much on others. However, if I look back on the entire week, it’s very well balanced and that’s what counts for me.
What’s next for the Mompreneur Show?
Monetization! Reaching out to brands and integrating them into the storytelling of the show.
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about the author
Amanda is a content editor at FreshBooks, writing and producing blog content to help small business owners achieve their goals and enjoy (yes, actually enjoy!) running their business. Amanda’s background in education and customer support makes her a natural communicator who loves empowering others to succeed. When she’s not writing and editing content, Amanda takes her dog, Jonny, on adventures searching for the best coleslaw in Toronto.