Ally, a mother of two who lives in Los Angeles, left the entertainment industry for a life of parenthood and entrepreneurship. She started her company out of a desire to help work-at-home parents, and has been happily watching her business grow.
1.) What do you do?
I am the owner and operator of an organization called Our Milk Money. I started this company with a friend of mine based on a concept that we came up with to support parents who have chosen to work from home. Our Milk Money is a national search directory that lists ONLY self-employed parents. We are also a community resource dedicated to helping parents who want to stay at home find financial opportunities and support. Our institutional ethos is built around a common goal to provide for our children. In this society, the average family is faced with a challenge to provide for their families with no less than two incomes, and are sacrificing their commitment to raising their own children. As a result, many parents are forced to give the people they work for more of a commitment than they are able to give their children.
We envision a situation in which we are able to reinvent ourselves as parents and entrepreneurs, and where we are able to adequately embrace our family values and support one another by working towards a lasting solution. Our rationale is based on a concept that brings the community of self-employed parents together: by purchasing only each other's products and services and by promoting our unity as an organization. We wish to see a vibrant change in the choices we make as consumers, to appreciate the VALUE of what we purchase, and to support the parents who have a product or service to buy in support of their families.
2.) How did you end up in your current career?
When my son was 14-months old, I was laid off of my corporate job in the entertainment industry. At the time it was a bizarre turn of events since I only wanted to be a stay at home mom. But I knew that we were not going to be able to survive without my income. I cried every day when dropping my baby off at daycare. we also had a three hour daily commute, and those car rides were the only naps my son got. Once home, my son started flourishing and I realized I could never again leave him in daycare for 8 hours a day. I knew I had to figure out a way to stay home, and I figured why not use this passion to help others as part of my process? I really believed if I could get enough people together to support one another and purchase only each others product and services, that we would all thrive in our businesses.