Nearly eight years ago, Heidi Bartolotta was finding it was an ongoing challenge trying to juggle full-time employment while caring for her two daughters. As a result, the former pharmaceutical sales representative and two other women decided to establish a company in 2009 that would provide financial stability and offer the ability to spend more time with their families.
The result was San Diego-based business Moms Making Six Figures. It has now grown to include more than 500 parents in similar situations; 150 of them are in San Diego.
"We essentially take women who come from other backgrounds and we mentor them on how to have success here," said Bartolotta, a resident of the Del Sur area in San Diego. "It's very different than what many of the women have done in the past but it provides a lot of freedom."
Those who are part of Moms Making Six Figures work as marketing representatives for a U.S.-based manufacturer of more than 500 consumer products sold online. Bartolotta said the high-quality wellness items are a great value and include healthy snacks, nutritional goods and safer cleaning products.
In addition to educating family, friends and others in the community about the products, team members spend time mentoring other parents as part of the business.
The women and men involved come from a wide range of backgrounds, including stay-at-home moms and dads, doctors and accountants. Many previously held successful jobs in the corporate world but longed to be at home with their children.
They all have a common goal: to create a lifestyle of balance to enhance their lives, be there for their families, and help others do the same.
"It provides a lot of ability to really be a mom," said Bartolotta. "Yes, we have all had successful backgrounds and we all need to be financially successful, but we really want women to have flexibility to be on the soccer field, the piano recitals and those kinds of things."
Bartolotta said that Moms Making Six Figures helps parents create a passive, stable income. There is no limit to their potential earnings; however, it takes commitment and dedication to be successful. She tells newcomers the importance of spending at least five to 10 hours a week to see results. Over the years, she has witnessed many of these parents who once had stressful careers, become happier and calmer.
Kara Lynch Guthrie, who lives in Carmel Valley, has been part of Moms Making Six Figures for the past five and a half years. Before getting involved, she spent 21 years in the media business, routinely working more than 50 hours a week.
"I realized pretty quickly after leaving the media industry that my life was really out of balance," said Guthrie. "There were a lot of things that were flying under my radar at home that I was just too busy to pick up."
She decided to take a year off of work to spend time with her two boys, who are now 15 and 13. When she was ready to go back to work, she realized that an eight-to-five job wasn't appealing. "The further away I got from the corporate grind, the further away I wanted to stay from it," said Guthrie.
She reached out to Bartolotta about the possibility of working with Moms Making Six Figures and was intrigued. After working with the organization for several years, Guthrie said it has really changed her family's life. "I love what I do every day," she said. "The idea of being able to help other parents, not just moms, and to have flexibility to be able to be totally present for my kids, was something that was really needed."
Guthrie has found that working at the company allows her to maintain a better work-life balance and be there for her kids, whether it is picking them up from school, dropping them off at a team practice or attending a game.
"Owning your own time makes you a lot more efficient and happier," said Guthrie. "Time goes so fast and you really need to be able to enjoy it."
Bartolotta agreed. "My vision is really to help other women to have flexibility," she said. "There's this amazing thing that happens with women when they're not stressed financially and they have the time to do the things that I feel like we really want to do as women, which is to invest in our families and other people."
For more information, visit www.momsmakingsixfigures.com.
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