I’m so happy to be working on Mommy Works again and building toward a better improved version of our prototype office in Orange.
First off, thanks so much for your patience as I try to find my work baby balance with a baby and toddler now.
I’m doing my best to think, plan, and strategize about the best way to relaunch Mommy Works, while trying to keep up with Max at the park and Gage who is crawling everywhere he shouldn’t be.
So, since we are all limited on time, let’s get to it!
The Mommy Works prototype office had a few problems that I hope to resolve this time around.
First, there was an awareness problem in the community. Many times moms would come in or call and say they had no idea we existed. Some even said they lived in the community we were located in and that they didn’t know about us. I realize now I need to do a much better job of getting the Mommy Works name and concept out in the community.
The other problem we had, which was to some degree related to the lack of awareness–but not entirely, was a problem with overhead expenses. With few customers, we didn’t generate enough revenue to cover expenses.
I’d like to try and address these problems and here’s one idea to do it:
To address community awareness I’d like to see if it’s possible to create Mommy Works Mobile where we would gather in free public spaces, like various parks in Orange County, to work and play.
To address expenses I’d like to see if it’s possible to organize a cooperative work system where moms would trade time supervising kids on the playground for work time at the park.
I’m envisioning a shaded area, a playpen for babies, and special Mommy Works aprons that the supervisors can wear while they are on duty watching the kids on the playground, and the kids can wear a sticker or bracelet to indicate they are a part of our group.
Basically trade supervising time for work time. Bring your laptop or just work on your phone.
This is just one idea. While outdoor working is not as glamorous as an air conditioned office with private conference rooms, this (for now) at least gets the Mommy Works concept out in the community and can offer a lot of us a solution to balancing work and kids.
I think we have to think about baby steps we can take now to get to our long term goal of creating a new and improved baby and kid friendly office that will be as resilient as the moms who work there.
Let me know your thoughts!