*This article was originally published in 2015, and updated in 2022.
One thing our community loves to do is support small businesses! Charleston is full of small, local businesses, many owned and operated by moms! It is a full-time job to be a parent; mother or father sometimes even playing both roles. To do this and run a business is no easy feat.
I’ve asked some locally run, mommy-managed businesses to give us some insight on what they do and how they manage to do it while still being a mom at the same time.
In Season Catering James Island
How many children do you have? 2 — Kai (4.5) and Kira (1.5)
How do you balance your work and home lives? I balance work and home by not taking on too much. I’m a great multi-tasker but have taken on less work to be able to raise my kids. I do take my kids on Costco trips and to my work, so I have great flexibility to have them with me.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? I want other moms to know I’m here to help them with anything from baby showers, parties, kids’ school functions, or even nightly dinners. Order a lasagna and have dinner for a few nights.
MaidPure, Inc. Mt. Pleasant
How many children do you have? 3
How do you balance your work and home lives? This is a big challenge for me! I am constantly learning how to put energy into both, but I haven’t figured it out.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? My sister-in-law and I started this company with the intent to educate others about natural cleaning products. We are also providing a different kind of cleaning experience with our signature services and Home Spa Cleaning Packages.
Ragamuffin Sugarshop and Iron Dog Diner North Charleston
How many children do you have? 1 son named Brewer
How do you balance your work and home lives? It isn’t easy. I sometimes feel like I’m not balancing them at all. I do the best I can and hope that my hard work is a good influence on my son.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? I did this all on my own. It took me many years to realize that I didn’t need someone else to do it for me. Obviously, I had help and support; but in the end, it was all me. I was completely capable.
Amber Homes and Design Mount Pleasant
How many children do you have? 2
How do you balance your work and home lives? I make sure that I spend some quality time with my kids every day.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? That interior design does not always have to be a luxury. I believe that beautiful spaces can be created on any budget.
Out to Eat with Kids Online / Mobile App
How many children do you have? 2 — Jackson (12) and Hannah (10)
How do you balance your work and home lives? Fortunately, I am more productive when there is more on my plate. I faithfully use a calendar to schedule all of us, including playtime, dinner time, work time, and downtime. It’s been essential in keeping us organized and making sure everything gets done.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? Let me know what restaurants you would like to see offer a family “deal” or healthier options! Be sure to follow our blog for short-term offers and travel offers too!
Carol’s Balloon Art Wherever the party is!
How many children do you have? 2 — Anna Grace (18) and Charlie (15)
How do you balance your work and home lives? Well, my kids are older, so it’s a little easier. I set my own schedule, so I block off dates for school events on my calendar. Sometimes I have things booked and school things come up, but my husband and I tag team to their events.
What would you like other moms to know about your business? Carol’s Balloon Art makes amazing balloon art for all occasions. I love to create and perform for kids of all ages! I spend a lot of my spare time practicing new designs and bettering my craft. When I perform at a birthday party, I know the kind of person I would have wanted to hire for my children’s parties and I try to provide that! I’m fun and silly, yet I am responsible and dependable. Parties can be stressful; hiring Carol’s Balloon Art can help eliminate at least one area of stress for parties!