Monday, April 6, 2009

WAHM Interview - Amy of Denver Diaper Co.

Ever wonder what life is like when you own a diaper business? This month I was able to interview Amy of Denver Diaper Co. Keep an eye out... a storefront is in the works!

Visit Denver Diaper Co.

Q. How did you first get interested in cloth diapers? Did you always know you wanted to use them, or did you come around to them?
A. I did want to use them before I had my daughter. I needed to find a way to save money after she was born, because I wouldn't be returning to work.

Q. Tell me a little about the beginnings of your business. What made you want to sell cloth? Do you have a background in business?
A. At the time that I started my business, there was nowhere near me that I could go to get hands on experience with cloth diapers. I decided to fix that:). I really don't have a business background. I was in the medical field before this.

Q. How do you manage to run a business and balance family life?
A. Balance? What's that, lol?!? It's really hard and I don't succeed nearly as well as I would like to. I'm still figuring it out. I'm not sure that I ever will. I am trying to get better about prioritizing. So what if the carpets don't get vacuumed or the dishes done? As long as everyone gets fed, has relatively clean clothes, and gets teeth brushed I feel pretty good.

Q. If you had $1,000 and an entire day to yourself to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
A. SPA!!! I love massages and all that girlie stuff, even though I'm really not that girlie, lol! Then I'd probably go raid Barnes & Nobles. I love reading.

Q. What is your very favorite part of being a WAHM?
A. I get to be with my daughter. I would have missed things if she had been in daycare.

Q. What is the hardest thing about being a WAHM?
A. I feel like I'm always working. There's always one more thing I could do before I quit. Since my office is in my house, I really can't ever get away from it.

Q. What is your favorite meal?
A. My husband is an awesome cook. He makes several things that I just love! His version of Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken is soooooo good. Better than Applebee's actually (I know because I used to work there, lol!).

Q. In addition to being a wife and Mama, how many hours do you put in each week on your business?
A. Boy, I honestly don't know. It has to be full time or more. I work when she naps in the afternoon, several hours most evenings, and then several hours each day on the weekends while daddy watches her. I check email a lot during the day while she's awake and with me, too.

Q. What have been your happiest moments as a business owner?
A. When customers who came to me, either still pregnant or with a little one, with no cloth diapering experience and totally overwhelmed, tell me later how glad they are to be using cloth diapers. I like helping people figure out what diaper system will work best for them and their family.

Q. What have been your happiest moments as a mom?
A. Wow, there are so many! Lately, it's been when Morgan says new things and the way she says them.

Q. What do you have in the works at Denver Diaper Co.? Anything new and exciting?
A. We have some VERY exciting things in the works! We are currently working on opening up a storefront in the Denver area. We hope to be open sometime this summer.