Mompreneur Advice from Melissa Vroon

A Runner-up Winner of the YMC UPS Mompreneur Contest

All across the country, moms are raising families while running a business so YMC and UPS teamed up to find Canada's Most Inspiring Mompreneurs! Our panel of judges were blown away by the amazing submissions but finally narrowed it down to the six winners. Here's one Runner-up Winner's story and her advice for other Mompreneurs.

Family Fun Canada began in Calgary in 2008 as a place where parents could go to source information about family-friendly attractions, events, and issues relevant to their lives. When my business partner moved to Vancouver, we took it as an opportunity to expand by starting a site for Vancouver families using the same proven formula.

Family Fun Canada is our landing site for the city pages including Calgary, Vancouver and soon, Edmonton. It has also become a blog where we share stories, articles, recipes, and more.

How I manage to build my business while raising kids:

  I’ve learned that there is no such thing as a perfect work/life balance. As a business owner, I live in a constant state of swaying in many directions.

  I’ve learned to be flexible and to take advantage of quiet time whenever it comes.

  Because I work from home, I cannot always work during the day because I want to be an engaged mom to my kids. Instead I work in bits and pieces where I can. Some days this means waking up early before the kids do and other days it means working into the wee hours of the night.

  My smartphone is one of the best tools I have; it allows me to stay connected while waiting to pick my son up from kindergarten or standing in line at the grocery store.

Of course, there are also those days when my kids watch a little more TV than some parenting experts might recommend but on the flip side the nature of the website means we’ve had opportunities to go on some pretty cool adventures together and document the experiences.

My advice to new Mompreneurs:

  We’ve all heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child; the same is true for business. Get out of the house, go online, and meet people at conference and classes.

  Connect with other mompreneurs on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

  I have learned so much by chatting with other like-minded women in real life and online. Each tip, suggestion or piece of advice they have imparted has collectively helped my business grow. I also believe in being generous with sharing what I have learned with others.

Mothers are a force to be reckoned with and when we hold each other up, when we teach and are taught, there’s no stopping us.

Check out our Mompreneurs: Making it Happen section full of tips, tricks and advice from experienced entrepreneurs to help you take your business to the next level. You can even sign up for a 20% discount on all UPS shipping services to help you grow your business.

And you won’t want to miss reading about our inspiring YMC UPS Mompreneurs Contest winners. They may even motivate you to start a business of your own!


Melissa is a mover and shaker in Calgary. She is a social media maven, blogger and the go-to resource for moms in the city looking for great things to do with their children. After being frustrated with scouring what seemed like an endless mish-mash of bits and pieces of information on family recreation around the city, Melissa and her friend Voula started the website in 2008 to create a one stop source of community events and activities for Calgary families. Combining work with parenting, Melissa’s unfailing dedication to both proves that they are not mutually exclusive. As she roars through the city with kids in tow to attend yet another special event that she can share with her children, families around the city benefit from her first-hand experience. Whether a new mom or simply new to the city, Melissa has successfully engaged a whole city of moms, helping them combat the inanities of raising children through fun and humour.

In 2012 Melissa and Voula launched, the hub for family fun in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton (coming soon).

Follow Melissa on Twitter at @MelissaVroon