Some of our favorite places — like Nook in Fairfax and Chibis in Ashburn —- were created by local moms. These women saw a need and mom(preneured) their way to a better solution (the mother of invention, and all that!). Chances are, your favorite little beings inspire you in more ways than one; maybe they’ve even been the genesis of your next, big idea! If you’re thinking about creating a new business or service, check out these local resources to help set you up to be the best MomBoss you can be.
Photo: Roxanne Carne
Take Your Wardrobe From Playtime to Pay Time
Sometimes we all fall into the wormhole of motherhood. Maybe we find ourselves wearing maternity clothes way past our pregnancy. Or our go-to favorites become toddlerfied (you know: rips, snags and stains). You want to present a professional image to the world but, let’s face it, that takes time and dashing out of the house with little ones underfoot is challenging enough. Roxanne Carne, a D.C.-based personal stylist, can help you boost your professional confidence. She offers sessions that cover all things professional, from dressing for media and speaking engagements to the perfect outfit for an interview.
Showcase Your Head for Business with the Perfect Headshot
Whether you’re updating your LinkedIn profile or creating a website for your new business, you’ll want to include a professional headshot. Sara Hargrove of Sarandipity Photography takes headshot sessions to the next level with branding packages that include a headshot, images of your product or service and behind-the-scene snapshots of you busy at work. Sara takes a lifestyle approach to her photo sessions, creating beautiful, IG-worthy images to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit.
Get Internet Famous. Fast.
You don’t need to be a powerhouse (yet!) to understand the importance of virtual identity. Learn how to mold and shape a successful online presence with Elise Crawford Gallagher, the founder of Ringlet Studios. Gallagher specializes in working with female business owners to help them create a bold internet footprint. From creating an email marketing strategy to managing your social media platforms, Ringlet can help newbie bosses get online eyeballs and worthwhile clicks. Even if you’re not you’re ready to invest in your online game, Gallagher’s blog is worth a read with helpful tips and tricks for people who are just starting out and seasoned business pros alike.
Connect with Fellow Creatives
Whether you’re in the creative field (think graphic designer, photographer, writer, etc) or you’re looking to tap into some local genius for your business’s visual design needs, The Rising Tide (a national organization) offers a once-a-month regional meet up to discuss business needs, like budgeting for a start-up or improving your Instagram images.You can search for local meetings via Facebook, the following groups are local to the D.C. Metro area: DC/Alexandria, Leesburg/Ashburn, Frederick, MD and Woodbridge, VA.
Are you a DMV momprenuer? Tell us about your business in the comments below!