How did it all start?
“After studying different aspects of this business especially concerning food safety, I started by cooking fresh baby meals from home and started my catering journey. My first client was my brother’s friend who recommended another friend and so on.”
“The circle started to become bigger and the word of mouth has helped to spread the news of my new business.”
Jennifer later had her own website and Instagram page. Business started to grow. “We then moved to an equipped kitchen, with 5 kitchen staff and 4 drivers that deliver all over Lebanon,” she explained.
Jennifer now handles the marketing of her business, her team and of course overall business performance.
To the question, “do you think that work-life balance is realizable?”, Jennifer answered: “you can’t reach a work-life balance easily, a mother always has this guilt toward her children that she’s not spending enough time with them.”
“It’s been always a challenge but, I always manage to make it up for her by taking a day off or leaving early when I can.”
“How being a mother impacted your performance and personality at work?”
“When I was handling my husband’s restaurant, I was more loose, after becoming a mother, I learned that the smallest mistake can impact others’ life, that’s why I became much more disciplined, stricter and way pickier.”
“Handling a business is similar to running a home with a family, and I can’t let anything impact my family and equally my business including my team, especially in baby’s food industry where small children’s health is at stake.”
Answering the question, “what did motherhood teach you?”, Jennifer answered, “motherhood made me a totally different person especially when it comes to running my business, raising a child is identical to growing a business. You have to be way more responsible, more dedicated and more passionate in both cases.”
Finally, Mansour stated that she tries her best with her daughter and her business; work might take her sometimes from her daughter but it doesn’t it for long. Spending few hours of the day with her baby is what keeps everything together and always reminds her of her purpose in life.
Another example on how women challenge life barriers and put them in confrontation with both work field and family life is Mrs. Helene Elias the owner and founder of Pause Café.