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If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

Startup Parent Sarah K Peck

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

    Am I Missing The Motherhood Gene? — Shama Hyder, CEO of Zen Media

    Am I Missing The Motherhood Gene? — Shama Hyder, CEO of Zen Media

    #163 — What do you wish someone had told you about motherhood and being a CEO? Shama Hyder is a digital strategist, speaker, and bestselling author. She is the CEO of Zen Media, a global marketing and digital PR firm. She also has a 1-year old at home.

    She gives us an honest accounting of how much work motherhood takes, and how many people it takes to run her business and her team while at the helm of a 30-person award-winning digital strategy organization while also having a one-year old at home.

    She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company. Shama has also been honored at both the White House and The United Nations as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country.

    As the CEO of Zen Media, she and her team help both B2B and B2C brands to make meaningful connections with the modern-day customer via influencer marketing, experiential and digital storytelling — and then turning those into bottom line results.

    In this conversation, we talk about how she got her start in business at the rise of social media. At that time major companies weren't paying attention—so she started her own company focused on the power of moments in galvanizing media attention.

    She also tells us honestly about her experience of motherhood and parenting, including:


    How it took a while for her to really fall in love with her kiddo and get to know them—it wasn't an instantaneous jolt, like she thought it would be.
    She's always been a night owl, working late and sleeping in late. Children? They get up early. After a few months with her newborn, she and her husband decided to figure out a way to make it so that they could still do do the night work they prefer. Today, they have a nanny who comes in at 7am and they (the parents) sleep in until 11am most days and work late, keeping their night owl schedules.
    Her plans for maternity leave, what she expected to do, what actually happened, and why there were differences.
    How she thinks about social media and content creation, and how she batches and repurposes things to get the most leverage for her online work.

    Get the show notes and episode sponsor at startuppregnant.com/164


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    • 43 min
    Giving Birth Without Your Loved Ones Around — Megan Hale

    Giving Birth Without Your Loved Ones Around — Megan Hale

    #162 — When coronavirus first happened, many of us were adjusting to figuring out the shut down. How long would it last? Would this just be a week or two? What were the next steps? Then a month passed, then another month, and we realized we might be settling in for the long haul here. For some people, that meant adjusting to work-from home; for others, they were essential workers very much in the day-to-day work of fighting the virus.

    For many of you reading this blog and listening to the podcast, you have also been trying to figure out your birth plans. How do you give birth in a pandemic? What do you plan for, when everything keeps changing?

    Giving birth in a pandemic
    It seems that every week, the guidelines are changing. The stress on birthing mothers and parents is unparalleled. So many of you are figuring all of this out in real time, and I know it's nothing like what you'd hoped for or planned for. Many of you are also wondering if now is still a good time to get pregnant and whether your family plans still make sense. All of us are still asking: what will this year bring?

    All of this reminded me of a friend of mine, whose story I heard about last year. She went through a challenging birth situation that in some ways, parallels what people are going through now. No, she didn't give birth in a pandemic—but she did have her family get the flu the week before her due  and she had to be quarantined from her mother, her husband, and her little son and figure out how to give birth without the two people she wanted to be in the room with her. Today we get to meet Megan Hale and hear her story.

    For full show notes, episode sponsors, and quotes: 

    www.startuppregnant.com/162


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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Preview: Ask Sarah Episode #008 — Side Hustles, Personal Branding, Exercise After Pregnancy

    Preview: Ask Sarah Episode #008 — Side Hustles, Personal Branding, Exercise After Pregnancy

    Should you start a business on the side while you’re employed full-time? What are the risks and complications—and are you obligated to let your employer know? This is a tricky question, and a lot depends state to state. I dig into the things you should know about corporate contracts, employment agreements, inventions and assignments agreements, and why getting a lawyer to look at your contracts is a really smart investment (and shouldn’t cost you more than a few hundred dollars).

    Today’s episode of Ask Sarah is a hodgepodge of questions, and the questions I’m covering today include:


    Is there ever a strategy or strategies to keep a business clandestine before launch? As an example, I am currently employed by a large corporation, and would also want to reach out to potential clients.
    Do you keep your personal writing separate from Startup Pregnant as business entities? When have you observed good decisions or regrettable situations on different streams of income (writing books versus consulting, as an example)?
    What are some ways you’ve seen people make great decisions about investing in different streams of income, and watch failures have you seen? Any advice for a newbie?
    How did you get back into exercise after you had a baby and what was it like?

    To listen to this podcast episode, become a backer on Patreon. Backers get exclusive access to every monthly episode of the Ask Sarah podcast and you can ask me any (yes, any!) question you’d like. This is a teaser of what we talk about and why we have a bonus podcast series. Enjoy!
    Find all the past episodes at startuppregnant.com/ask-sarah


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    • 10 min
    Running and Facilitating Online Group Experiences — All About Masterminds with Tara McMullin

    Running and Facilitating Online Group Experiences — All About Masterminds with Tara McMullin

    #161 — A few weeks ago, Tara McMullin invited me onto her podcast to talk at length about mastermind programs—how we run them, how the pricing breaks down for each tier, how they're organized, how many people are in them, and more.

    This episode is a very detailed, behind-the-scenes look at both of our online programs and how we've designed our mastermind communities.

    Tara McMullin runs What Works, a podcast, community, and network for small business owners. She has three different levels of her community program, and in this episode, we both walk you through the pricing, offering, and design of the programs and how we've set them up.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    What masterminds are for, and who joins them.
    The invisible role of the facilitator, and the specific tools and structures we both use to design for better connection and depth.
    Why it's less about having "the right answer" delivered to you by an expert or a leader, and more about having people ask you the right questions, and follow-up with you to see why you're not doing the work you say you want to be doing.
    Why it's so hard as a small business owner to find people like you, to challenge you, to inspire you, and to truly support you in your vision of what you're trying to build.
    How we structure our sessions and our weeks for the best support and outcomes.

    Other resources: 


    What Works Episode 134
    What Works Episode 279
    Startup Pregnant Episode 37

    Full show notes: visit startuppregnant.com/161 for all the quotes, excerpts, and sponsors for this episode


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Day In The Life: Agency Owner Kelsey Kerslake

    Day In The Life: Agency Owner Kelsey Kerslake

    #160 — A Day In The Life with Kelsey Kerslake of Pinegate Road
    You all have been asking to hear how other moms and small business owners are navigating the pandemic right now. I’ve been interviewing working parents about how they’ve been affected by the pandemic. Today we take a look at Kelsey Kerslake, the founder of Pinegate Road. She runs a design agency as well as a coaching business, and has a young kiddo at home. Her husband is an essential worker, so she hasn't had a minute of childcare or backup help throughout all of this.

    A year ago, Kelsey became a mom for the first time. Today, we talk about her experience getting pregnant, the challenges with IVF, dealing with postpartum depression, getting support as a new parent, and finding her rhythm as a business owner who adores working and loves her job. Then, we dive into how the pandemic has shifted her work schedule and what's changed—and how she's dealing with it all.

    In this episode:

    The signs and clues of postpartum depression, and how she and her doctor talked about recovery.
    How she wished she'd prepared for motherhood and the postpartum period, knowing what she knows now.
    The breath work practice she learned before having kids, and how she leaned on the breath and bodywork to help with some of the most intense experiences of early motherhood.
    What a day in the life of the business looked like pre-pandemic, and how she's shifted her schedule and work around now that her time is extremely limited.
    How long it took to build the business, how much money she started with, and what the financial picture looks like today.

    Show notes, episode sponsor, and quotes all at startuppregnant.com/160


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Preview: Ask Sarah Episode #007 — My Apple Trick To Build Healthier Habits

    Preview: Ask Sarah Episode #007 — My Apple Trick To Build Healthier Habits

    How do you make space for healthier habits when you’re exhausted by family and work? That's the question I got on this next episode of Ask Sarah, our bonus podcast that goes out to everyone who supports us on Patreon. Not yet a backer? Help grow and back this podcast at $7/month and get exclusive access to the monthly series where I answer any and all of your questions. 

    In this episode, I talk about why the structural and systemic problems affect us all, and why I get so frustrated when people talk about “having more hustle” or “willpower” as a way to get things done. But more than that, I talk about a strategy I use (my “eat an apple” strategy) that is effective, simple, and kind. At the root? Love. Listen in.

    To get access to this episode and every episode of the bonus podcast, go to patreon.com/startuppregnant to become a backer. You'll get every episode we've ever made, plus a brand-new episode every month. You'll also be able to ask me any question you'd like to know more about.

    This is a teaser of what we talk about and why we have a bonus podcast series. Enjoy!

    Find all the past episodes at startuppregnant.com/ask-sarah


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Iluvcharley ,

Entrepreneurship AND Patenting = Awesome

What a relief to hear from mothers who are entrepreneurs. Hearing their business stories and parenting journeys is all something I could resonate with. This podcast is a MUST for any mum in business. What a life saver!

ThisAppGirl ,

Part parenting, part business

Half the podcasts I listen to are about parenting. The other half are about business. And this is the only one that talks about it all in one, without making parenting/work a discussion that makes the case for "special episodes".

It reflects the challenges that parents face when they start to grow their family while working in a start-up or self-employed background very well. I love the variety of guests that have been on the show, especially since on top of each having a special message to say, they also have simple, real stories about managing parenting with their work life.

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