Mompreneur Monday: A.W.E - Handcrafted Jewelry

Welcome back!! I am super excited to introduce you today to Deb from A.W.E Handcrafted Jewelry.

Her designs were alongside mine at the GBK Productions Emmys Gifting Suite, and I have been seriously obsessed with owning a pair of these. Aren't they just gorgeous!? And I see that they're available in sterling will be going on my Christmas list, poste haste!

What do you do?

I design and make jewelry from sterling silver, bronze, and copper

How do you maximize your time as a busy mom running a business?

I struggle with organizing projects and am always on the lookout for a great task management system (that I'll actually use :). Right now I have a notebook ToDo list and I keep a ticket system (restaurant style) for my big projects and keep them pinned on my wall above my desk.

I also make myself quit working when my son gets home from school. I was feeling so guilty and stressed when I was trying to work while he was doing homework and such. Now I totally focus on him and actually manage to get some laundry done while he's working :)

What do you see as your greatest challenge being a MOMpreneur?

Definitely balancing family life. I'm kind of a work-aholic and can really get caught up with work. I don't ever want to feel like I've missed out on family time because I'm too busy. Oh, and limiting my computer/social time is a challange also. I feel it is very important for business, but sometimes I forget to actually make anything.

What advice do you have for other moms looking to start a business?

Create systems from the start for receipts and record keeping! When your business starts to grow and it's actually important to track everything, your systems will already be in place. I didn't do that and am regretting it now, it's much harder to figure out what you've done and organize it than to just set it up correctly in the beginning. (this is a "boring, but important" task!) Also, make sure you really love what you do because you're going to spend a heck of a lot of time and effort doing it.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I'm participating in the Golden Globes with gifts for the press and in the Oscars with display and swag gifts for the celeb bags and press. Oh, and my big claim to fame... Nia Peeples wore my earrings in an episode of Pretty Little Liars! Yay. :)

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