Amanda Harris, PJ Mommy Community
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Current Residence (City, State): Riverhead, NY (Long Island)
Education: Some College
Professional Background (brief, please): I have owned websites for about a decade now, Iâ€™ve owned NameNova.com a domain registration company for about 4 years now Iâ€™ve also bought and sold many webhosting companies and am currently creating another one however it keeps selling out before I have a chance to actually opening it!
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Biblical Anthropologist
What you are: I am a receptionist and a full time entreprenuer
Brief Summary of your Start Up: It is an online community for moms and mommy bloggers, we also try to get non mothers too!
Company Website? www.pjmommy.com
What inspired you? I am trying to create a family with my fiancÃ© however weâ€™re having no luck, so I figured this would help my spirits
How long have you been in business? We just opened upon the 2nd of May How did you fund it? My own pockets!
Do you have a Fairy Godmother (or Mentor)? No, but I guess the closest thing to a mentor I have is Ponn Sabra of EmpowerWomenNow.com (Ponn is a Fairy Godmother for Start Up Princess!)
Do you belong to any Business Organization or Networking Groups? No.
Current Business Challenge? Getting direct sponsors and corporate donations for promotional give-aways
What are you doing about it? I am contacting mom & pop shops trying to promote the smaller businesses in our give aways as well as the big corporations.
Favorite motivational quote: I really donâ€™t do quotes but something funny that actually is accurate about the little things in life that can inspire you is this quote: â€˜I opened up a container of yogurt, and under the lid it said “Please Try Again” because they were having a contest I was unaware of. But I thought I might have opened the yogurt wrong…or maybe Yoplait was trying to inspire me. “C’mon, Mitchell, don’t give up. Please try again.” A message of inspiration from your friends at Yoplait. Fruit on the bottom, hope on top. â€“ Mitch Hedbergâ€™
Family? I am currently engaged trying to create my own family while getting to know my Fianceâ€™s children.
If so, how do you balance family and business? n/a
Favorite book? Memoirs of a Geisha
What do you do to relax? Sadly, I watch Sci-Fi or play the XBOX 360 â˜º
What do you want to change most about your world? I want to have financial freedom.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of NameNova.com because I started it when I was still in highschool and it has over 1,000 clients with NO advertising just word of mouth. I just actually purchased a paid review for $10 dollars.. the first bit of advertising ever spent on NameNova â˜º
What advice would you like to offer other Start Up Princesses? No matter what your age is donâ€™t let that stop you. I am trying to create an atmosphere for moms and women who want to be moms and resources Iâ€™ve found a long the lines for new mothers since I am trying to create a family I think its really good and there is more information for established mothers and not new, so I wanted to bridge the gap. Even if you think youâ€™re idea is silly, go for it! You never know who will take you seriously and what will make you successful.
Favorite Magic Wand (tool/resource)? Actually my favourite resources are my friends they are what motivate me and help me. So I would like to give them a lot of credit Amy of E-Starr Webhosting (E-Starr.com) Jenny (thesocalledme.net) and Ponn Sabra (EmpowerWomenNow.com)
If you could design a tiara, what precious stones would you use? I would use diamonds. They are classic and never go out of style and go with everything.
Would you be interested in being a Fairy Godmother to another woman entrepreneur? (I am working on a secure system to do this, any ideas?) If someone would like me to teach them what I know and what Iâ€™ve learned, then of course. I am young granted, but I have a lot to teach! â˜º
What business subjects would you feel comfortable mentoring in? Monetization, First-Time entrepreneurs, First time website owners. Webhosting Companies and Domain Registration Companies.
Would you be interested in going to lunch with other women entrepreneurs for a â€œnetworking tea partyâ€? If they are local (long island/nyc) yes!