April Member Spotlight – ConsignMom

1. Tell us about your business and the service that you provide:

ConsignMom.com was created in the hopes of developing a safe online community for parents to buy and sell their new and gently used children’s strollers, car seats, clothes, toys, furniture and more.

2. How did you decide to get started?

I have used our local consignment store, but was looking for another means of trying to sell our unused son’s things (car seat, clothes, etc).  I have used sites like Craigslist and Backpage, but don’t feel 100% comfortable with the people and other listings on those sites.  That’s when I started to do some research and created ConsignMom.com.

3. What kind of background of expertise do you have in your field?

I love to shop online and read reviews for the various products that I buy, and have become the “go-to” person in my group of friends who look for certain baby and kids products.  In addition, I have bought and sold many things through consignment stores and sales.

4. What trends do you see in your current industry?

More and more people are becoming comfortable buying and selling things online, and this trend of online shopping (for both new and gently used merchandise) will continue to grow in the coming years.

5. What things do you find to be most demanding about your job?

Definitely just trying to get the word out at this point!  Since we just started up in May of this year, my focus has been around increasing user registrations and letting people know what we are all about.  The response so far has been great and people seem to think it is a great idea – I just need all of those people to tell ten of their friends J

6. What do you find to be the most rewarding about your job and your day to day routine?

I love the fact that our Web site allows parents to reuse perfectly good strollers and toys instead of throwing them out.

7. What advice would you give to someone else who is interested in starting a business like yours?

My advice for people interested in starting a business is simple – go for it and make sure you network!

If there are people really interested in starting up an online consignment store (similar to consignmom.com), we are actually interested in franchising out different cities.  With my home being Phoenix, that is the only market unavailable.  Feel free to contact me (kate@consignmom.com) for details on franchising if you are interested.

8. What are you most proud of as a parent-preneur?

I am most proud of being able to start something on my own (with the technical help of my husband) – but the idea and business model was really my own and that is what I am most proud of.

9. How have you been able to manage your time between work and your family?

Obviously raising our two-year old son is my first priority, and the amount of work related to the site hasn’t been too demanding since we launched.

10. What has been the most effective way for you to promote yourself?

Social networking has helped especially since it is an online business.  I am always on the lookout for other ways to promote the business locally through events, groups and other activities.

Finally: What does your “Milk Money” provide for you and your family?

Our “Milk Money” provides our family the support to raise our son and his soon-to-be baby sister (due December 3rd)!

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About A Wishful Thought

I am a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. I am an entrepreneur. At Villanova University I studied Operations Management specializing in Program and Project Management. I worked at various oil refineries honing my skills and ultimately opened my own consulting firm. I consulted on Environmental Restoration and defense projects including software development, satellite development and programming, phased array radars, helicopter and tank development, etc. I decided to take new direction in life when I became pregnant in 2000. I founded my own corporation, Wish Enterprises, Inc., to fulfill my own wish of being able to stay home with my son while contributing to the family income. With my husband’s full support, I developed and founded The Wish Place. I now also own Buy By Mom to continue to my mission of assisting parents who want to be successful in their businesses. I am the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the Colorado State Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics. I am a professional writer and blogger. I am the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Moms Examiner for Examiner.com. I write articles for work at home parents on my blog associated with The Wish Place. I review products produced by moms and dads and feature businesses run by moms and dads on my Buy By Mom blog. I write for various online publications and am also a political writer. My specialty is connecting people with great home business opportunities and providing unmatched one-on-one mentorship to those starting a home business. My passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children. To that end, I am a Legislative Advocate at the National and State levels to influence policy so that it is favorable to those in business.
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