Gayle Fulbright is the OG mompreneur who has been there, done that, and is building a business of her own. She is a business owner, influencer, mentor, educator, and a mom and has been for over 30 years! Today we talk to Gayle about her experiences of balancing a business and being a mom, why she loved being a working mom, the parallels between the business world and mom life, and her advice for moms who are wanting to start their own business. We also talk about the importance of community and support to your success as both a mom and a business owner.
What’s In This Episode:
- The fact that you can’t do it all & why that’s ok
- Living in the present moment versus always looking to the future
- Developing the skill of time management as a young mom
- Her struggles with balancing a business and being a mom
- The times that she wanted to be a full-time mom and why she ultimately loves being a working mom
- The positives that came from her being a mompreneur for her business, for her family, and for herself
- Gayle’s advice for moms who are wanting to start a business or who are in the midst of being a mom and a business owner
- How vital community and support is to your success
- The way society has changed over time and how it impacts working moms
- Creating time for yourself and time with your friends
- How her business impacted her children
- The transition of working in her business to working on her business
- The benefits of hiring a mom as an employee
- Why it is so important for her to give back
“We can’t do it all & we think we can”
“Don’t overthink it.”
“Nobody suffered, it just seemed like it at the moment.”
“Having a business is a struggle in itself and it’s still not over. It’s still a struggle.”
“Just be aware that there’s going to be glitches and it doesn’t run perfectly.”
“Instead of it being a bad thing being a working mom, it actually gives you that “me”, who am I, an identity.”
“To be a working a mom, because I was working before I was a mom, I used those skills a lot as a mom because working with a bunch of stylists, you learn how to mother them and guide them and advise them so it became really easy to put it into my mom stuff.”
“Being a mom is the biggest lesson in life. You learn so much about yourself and about giving to others first.”
“Find someone who is already doing it that you can learn from.”
“You need support. You can’t do this by yourself.”
“Never quit learning. Invest in yourself and be around people that are like-minded.”
“Speak to your children even if you don’t think they’re listening to you.”
“When my girls go on their maternity leave, they come back ready to work.”
“We’re always trying to do more but I think the best part of life is stopping and realizing what you’ve already done and reflecting a lot.”
“Enjoy the ride.”
Growing up in Michigan, Gayle started her career at the age of 18. It was 1976 when she left her home town for something bigger in California. She knew at a very young age that she needed to take risks in order to grow, so she did and eventually established new roots in a sunny suburb of San Diego, CA.
After working for her mentor at a salon in Encinitas, CA for 5 years she was provided an opportunity to purchase that salon at the young and ripe age of 29. When she took over the salon she re-established the business as “Headlines for Hair” where she managed and employeed 15 people, working 40+ hours a week at the chair on top of running the business.
Fast forward to the present day. Gayle’s daughter Haley is now 29 years old, and she also has a son Zack, 26 who has followed in her footsteps working as a stylist at her salon. Her salon has just celebrated 31 years in business and has grown to 38 employees! Gayle re-branded her salon as “Headlines The Salon” in 2011, and has been honored as one of Salon Today Magazine’s top 200 salons in America for 11 years.
In running a successful business Gayle believes it is important to give back to the community, and she, the salon and her employees have been huge supporters and advocates for CHILDHELP USA, an organization who works with kids who have suffered child abuse.
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