This month, we celebrate Mother’s Day. We celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, God mothers, aunts and motherly figures in our lives. Face it, being a mom is hard work. What about the mothers who also work full-time as business owners? How do they do it and what’s their secret?
Erin Whitty is a mother to three adorable little ones and a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. She earned her degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, has been part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand since 2001, and has loved watching the system grow and evolve over the years.
After working in the system for 12 years, Erin opened a franchise in downtown Atlanta, Ga., on May 1, 2013.
“It’s been my goal since joining the Norwalk, Conn., franchise, all those years ago, to one day become a franchisee.”
Erin’s hard work and success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Right now, she is in the process of opening up a second franchise in Houston, Texas.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to dig a little deeper to see how Erin finds the time to balance both her work and family schedules.
“If you’re fortunate enough to have a supportive family like I do (spouse, parents, etc.), they will help you achieve and maintain a sense of balance but you have to allow yourself to ask for their help,” said Erin. “It’s the only way I survive balancing a growing business and being a mother.”
Erin believes we are given the opportunity to influence the lives of the people that we encounter, specifically, our children.
“My hope and dream is that, as a mother and a business woman, I show my children a spirit of determination and self-discipline balanced by compassion and honesty they will want to imitate,” she said.
Whether you realize it or not, your children take in everything you do. Their minds are constantly absorbing and taking notes on your actions, work ethic, and demeanor. As a business owner, it’s imperative to teach your children about hard work, dedication, selflessness and much, much more.
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