One mom runs a successful business around her kids
Bridget Jones is part of a growing social group called “Mompreneurs”—a stay-at-home and working mom simultaneously. Here, she tells the View about owning a successful franchise and mothering two children:
Before Two Kids. Bridget was a middle school teacher when she had her first child. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer seven months after her daughter was born. “Because I had radioactive iodine treatment, I couldn’t even hold my daughter for a month,” she says. She decided to change her pace and quit her job.
Stay-at-Home Mom. About a month after Bridget decided to stay home, a local franchise went up for sale. Just Between Friends is an event-based franchise in which consigners can resell their unneeded baby, maternity, or children’s items. “It was the perfect time,” she says. “My kids still napped a lot, I don’t like cooking or cleaning…I wanted to do something meaningful and that I loved.” Within three months, she and her husband, a coach at Vandergrift High School in Leander, bought the business.
JBF. Bridget helps many families beyond her own through JBF. She supports other moms by allowing them to set up booths at her events. And she donates leftover products to Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties. Bridget’s franchise has tripled in size since she purchased it and she’s also won JBF Franchise of the Year
Mompreneur. Bridget often shuts herself in her office after putting the children to bed, and she may need to check emails during playground meet-ups. But to her, it’s worth it to support her family and make a difference in the community. She found community in online groups of other Mompreneurs called Austin’s The B.O.M.B. and ATX MOMpreneurs & WAHMs. There, she can share the experience of being a woman who wears the hats of mother and entrepreneur.
Williamson County Just Between Friends next event is October 5th–7th. There are early shopping opportunities for military families, first-time parents, grandparents, foster parents, consigners, and volunteers of the event. To consign or find out more, please visit www.williamsoncounty.jbfsale.com.