This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating some local mamas around the Bay who are offering up inspiring insights into the delicate balance of work/family life and sharing with us what it takes to run a business (on top of it all). It’s important to note, these companies were launched with the help of little muses—nothing like a child to bring out one’s entrepreneurial side. From seasoned to soon-to-launch, read on for some sweet success stories on businesses you’ll want to bookmark for future visits.

Savvy Savers: Littlefund

Mimi Chan and co-founder Isaac Dressman are setting out to reimagine savings from the ground up after noticing that the financial options for families were antiquated, time-consuming, and limiting. At the same time, Mimi also noticed a cultural shift with Millennials, especially parents, more willing to contribute or receive monetary gifts instead of consuming more things.

Littlefund is a new savings app for families to build their children's financial journey with ease, starting with gifts. Instead of collecting more toys or stuff, create savings goals, and experiences on Littlefund and share it with friends and family. It's a new way to gift and celebrate goals together with our children as they grow. Sign up at Littlefund for early access to this awesome app! We're envisioning the virtual piggy banks to fill up quickly.

What's the biggest challenge of starting your own business with a young family?
The biggest challenge has been turning "Off" when I say I'm off while spending time with my family. In the early years, that's when they're really growing and changing so much so I want to cherish that "new" feel for as long as I can before my daughter won't want to spend all her time with me! It's a constant struggle that I'm working on to improve. It's too easy for me to get distracted with my professional to-do list, emails, or anxiety but I remind myself on a daily basis how important it is to ruthlessly prioritize my family (no, I really do have a "reminders" list I go through every night!). My promise to them is that there is absolutely nothing more important than the relationship I have with them and I have to do the work to make my actions match my words.

It's also just healthier for me to give my mind a break from work. I found the best way to do this is to simply put my phone away. Tough, but I have to do it. I've missed moments for the perfect photo of my daughter doing something really funny but even though it didn't make it on Instagram, that moment feels, even more real and intimate sitting in my own heart.

How about the biggest reward?
The biggest reward has been going through my biggest challenge! The liberation I feel being in the present and less tied to technology creates the mindful life I aspire for our family. It's a pretty cool feeling!


Know a local company inspired after the birth of a child? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Sommer Naffz

All images courtesy of the companies unless noted.