Featured biz mama: Megan Coleman of Megan Coleman Design

Featured biz mama: Megan Coleman

Megan Coleman of Megan Coleman Design creates beautiful, easy-to-use websites for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She has been providing friendly, reliable service to satisfied clients for more than ten years.

Megan and I met over 10 years ago in a local networking group. We have collaborated on projects, though now we find that most of our “business meetings” include our little ones.

Megan Coleman of Megan Coleman Design

Tell us a little about your business/job responsibilities.

I run my own business designing and building custom websites (mainly in WordPress). Being a one-person shop, I am the project manager, designer, developer, marketing manager, and financial person at my business.

What are the ages/genders of your children?

My son is 14 months.

Did you start your business before or after having children?

I started my business seven years before having children. Quitting my job and taking the leap to start my business was difficult, but the stakes were lower when I didn’t have anyone depending on me financially.

How did your business life change after having children?

I only work part-time now, so I am able to spend most of the week with my son and a few hours on work. Working a few hours a week is difficult because I have so much less time to get things done, my time is less flexible than it used to be, and I can’t take on as many projects as I used to. I also can’t work at home anymore, so I typically work at a local coffee shop, library, or co-working space.

Describe a typical workday.

Spend the morning with my son. The nanny arrives after lunch and I head to a nearby coffee shop for a few hours of focused work time! Typically this includes: designing/building websites, checking email, making calls, occasionally meeting clients. Come back home for dinner and bedtime routine. Once the kid is in bed, have dinner with my husband and an hour or two of personal time.

What is one tip you can share with other Biz Mamas?

No matter how well your baby is sleeping, don’t schedule calls during nap time. Unless you can afford to reschedule them last minute!

Megan Coleman Design

Chicago, IL