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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is Nov. 14-20. Leading up to that week, the Hudson Hub-Times is featuring the story of one of our own Hudson entrepreneurs each week. A summary of the other GEW events in Hudson can be found at www.hudsonlibrary.org/global-entrepreneurship-week.
This week we meet Kara Jackowski, who opened the FIT4MOM Hudson, Twinsburg and Solon franchise in April, 2015. Their core program is a stroller-based fitness plan designed for moms with little ones. Each workout incorporates running or walking, strength exercises, toning, songs and activities. Jackowski welcomed a son on Oct. 8, and the classes are currently continuing with the help of two instructors while she recovers.°
°What inspired you to own your own business?
I opened FIT4MOM Hudson, Twinsburg and Solon to inspire and support mothers, cultivate healthy lifestyles, nurture connections, raise healthy children, and empower women. I sought to build a strong community in the way that I felt best-served mothers in the area, and I was determined to work in a way that was supportive of my own role as a mother.
°What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
I am a "mompreneur", an entrepreneur and the primary caregiver for my children (ages 6, 4, and infant). Balancing business demands and my children's needs simultaneously throughout the day can be stressful.
What do you find most rewarding?
The rewards of owning FIT4MOM Hudson, Twinsburg, and Solon are many. The biggest reward is helping moms be the best parent, spouse, and employee they can be. Watching my clients become comfortable in their own skin as mothers feels leaves me smiling everyday.
Describe your typical day as an entrepreneur.
I don't have a "typical day." When working with moms and their children, I can only be certain that each day will be special and exciting. °
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
In a typical workplace, I would not have the opportunity to be a successful businesswoman while being at home with my children full time. Although it's not easy to do so, my favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is the opportunity to raise my children, gain practical business experience, and promote healthy living simultaneously.
What is your advice for a budding entrepreneur?
Listen to yourself first. Go with your gut feeling; it almost always turns out to be the best decision.
What one word would describe your life as an entrepreneur?
Every day as a "mompreneur" is better described in two words- enjoyable chaos.