Paula, Professor Pocket and Raising a bilingual baby

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Praise for the juggling act and the supermom… September 9, 2008

Filed under: Personal — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 8:58 pm
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My super entrepreneur, super mom business partner Nathalie often refers to herself as Juggling Act when posting on blogs or websites. It’s an appropriate name for someone who handles two kids, a new business, a husband and a household!

 

For the past almost four years I’ve had my own juggling act with a full time job, Professor Pocket, a husband and a household. I am starting to get a bit nervous about adding newborn baby to my existing juggling act.

 

I plan on taking four months off of work to spend with Baby G so we can get to know each other and all our little habits. I honestly can’t wait to meet the little girl/guy and it’s pretty much all I think about these days. But given all the wonderful things that come with a new baby, I’m also thinking about how I am going to do it all. The first four months I can handle, it’s just Joe, Baby G, Professor Pocket, me and the house. But what happens when you throw in full time job in there? A full time job, by the way, that requires an hour commute to downtown LA each day.

 

In a perfect world I would be able to stay home and just focus on Baby G and Professor Pocket. But of course the reality of a mortgage, and funding a small business makes it nearly impossible. Plus in this economy, I have to say I am lucky to have my full time job and to be able to pay the mortgage and fund a business.

 

I have two things going for me though. My employer is great, they are very open and flexible with moms and I am working with them to try to work from home a few days a week. Just taking out the commute a couple days will help. I am also extremely lucky to have lots of family just minutes away already offering to help. My mom, who by the way is the official SUPER MOM of all time, has already offered to take care of my little one. My sister, who has three kids of her own and a part-time job, has offered to take Baby G on the days she doesn’t work. I have to thank my lucky stars that I don’t have to take on the cost of full time daycare.

 

So this post is for all you super moms and super entrepreneurs and super working moms who do it all and somehow survive it! I hope I can live up to the challenge!

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Entrepreneurs and creative funding! August 27, 2008

Filed under: Personal — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 12:53 am
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Front patio Taco Bell style

Front patio Taco Bell style

Invasion of the front yard

Invasion of the front yard

As small business owners the issue of how to fund our growing business is one that is always front and center. Early on in the creation of Professor Pocket my business partner Nathalie and I considered accepting outside funding for the business. As we developed the first CD and all of our characters, it became clear that it wouldn’t be as easy as we thought to give up a piece of what we had spent so much time creating. So we made a pact, we’ll figure out how to fund this on our own. And three years in, two CDs later, we have done just that. Not to say that it’s been easy, there are days when I am at my full time job (which is one of my ways of funding Professor Pocket) when I don’t see direct returns from the business and it can get discouraging. But then we’ll have a breakthrough, usually a small one, that keeps us positive and motivated. It’s all the little breakthroughs that will one day lead to the BIG ONE…you hear me Oprah!

This all leads me to my creative funding method. As entrepreneurs we have to be creative in every aspect of the business, product development, marketing, sales etc. Financing the business is no different. My husband and I are lucky to live in a beautiful 1954 Cliff May Rancho mid-century style house. A friend of mine (a fellow entrepreneur!) who had connections with a location casting agency suggested we list our house for rent for movies and commercials. Joe and I thought, well why not, it can’t hurt! They recently shot a Taco Bell commercial in our house. The shoot was two days, and I’ve got to say for the minor inconvenience of having your house completely redecorated by Taco Bell, we made great money and not only did Joe and I benefit, but so did Professor Pocket!! Any extra money coming in, Joe (my super supportive hubby!) and I put towards Professor Pocket. We know one day it will pay off!!! Yo quiero Taco Bell….