BrandBacker Member A Latte and A Laptop with Vanessa from Mommy Needs Lattes

Her Latte, My Laptop: A Conversation with Vanessa of Mommy Needs Lattes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A big part of Working Women Wednesdays is getting a little more acquainted with the amazing women behind the brands and blogs we all love. This questionnaire came from things I want to know, things I'm still figuring out and things I've been asked myself. They are in no particular order, but they are designed to show you that you are not alone, nor do any of us have it all figured out.


Let's dive in with Vanessa of Mommy Needs Lattes!


At what moment did you know you wanted to start your own business?


In my senior year of High School, I found myself eagerly wanting to share latest beauty tips, life hacks, and other things I have tried and learned. It became a thing where I wanted to share it with anyone who would listen just because I think everyone should know of helpful things to make everyday life easier.


Do you employ or outsource any of the work for your business or are you a one-woman-show? How does this decision affect your daily life?


As of right now, Mommy Needs Lattes is a one-woman-show, although I do have my husband working the technical aspects. (So handy to be married to an IT!) But it is a tough act to balance the website, podcast, YouTube channel and the various social media accounts since each requires a bit of planning and organizing. So I will be looking for a virtual assistant in the future.


Would you recommend having a mentor vs starting a business on your own?


I truly wish I had started with a mentor, but I was very much convinced I could just figure it out on my own. Which took forever and I am still not convinced that I know what I am doing haha!


Were you always supported by friends and family?


My husband was very supportive from the start. Whereas my family was a bit more skeptical until they started seeing finished blog posts and YouTube videos, the positive responses and even products that were sent to me by companies interested in working together.


Who is your biggest cheerleader?


Definitely my husband!


Describe one failure you had during the startup process.


Within the first month of starting I had to take down the website due to technical difficulties, nothing seemed to flow well and I remember many long nights sitting in front of the computer with my husband trying to figure out how to make the website look good.


Do you have any regrets from starting this business?


My only regret would be not having sought out a mentor to help me start on the right path. I feel that I could have avoided a lot of hiccups in the beginning if I had not been so stubborn to do all of it on my own.


What's one book you recommend all current and future girl bosses read and why?


The book I would 100% recommend is "#GIRLBOSS" by Sophia Amoruso. It t