“6 Questions with…” is an opportunity for women and girls everywhere to share something about their passions and lives. (It’s also a fantastic excuse for me to be really nosey and learn from of the some amazing women I’ve met.)
This week I’m putting Julienne DesJardins in the hot seat. A working mum, Julienne has achieved the dream that is turning her side hustle into a full-time business. She’s already got my respect so I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you come from. Paint a picture of yourself.
I was born and raised in a big, Italian family in Buffalo, New York. I went to elementary school with the guy who is now my husband, and we have a 1 and ½ year old little boy. I had a fairly typical American upbringing, I’d say.
You managed to take your side hustle and turn it into a full-time business. What inspired you to take this leap?
I was always attracted to the idea of time freedom. My parents were both in public service, but they did not have 9-5 schedules. (Mom was a teacher with summers off, and Dad was a firefighter who slept at the firehouse some days and then was off other days.) I always saw entrepreneurship as a way of gaining that flexibility. When I grew up, my husband and I were trying to pay off student loans and I started freelancing to earn extra money for that. A few years later, a business had grown out of that – and now I’m full-time.
One of your posts is about being an introvert and a business owner. What are the the best parts about being an introvert business owner?
Interesting question! I guess I’d say that virtual assistant work really takes some self-starting and independent work. And I’m naturally bent toward hunkering down and getting the work done, so it’s a good match for my personality. That’s not to say that I don’t like working in a team, but it does take solitary effort sometimes.
You describe yourself as a ‘mompreneur’. What exactly is a ‘mompreneur’ and why did you choose to be one?
There are challenges that are definitely unique for work-at-home parents. For instance, it’s difficult for me these days to hit a flow state. I work during nap time, so it’s easy for me to get interrupted in the middle of a project. But, overall, it’s very rewarding. I didn’t miss the first laugh or first step. I was there for every minute. What a gift.
Your blog has quite a few tips on how best to use different social media platforms. Which is your favourite platform to hang out on?
These days, I most prefer Instagram or my Facebook group. It’s so much fun that Instagram allows you to get a glimpse into the daily lives (and lunches!) of the people you follow. I really like that. And my FB group lets me learn more about a really, tight-knit group of people. I like that.
You list coffee as one of your favourite things on your ‘About Me’ page. So what is your favourite way to have your coffee?
Coffee is best served warm! (Cream, no sugar.)
You can find out more about Julienne over on her website: juliennedesjardins.com