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Turning an Idea Into a Mission: Announcing My New Business ‘Play, Work or Dash’

Have you ever had an idea that took hold and transformed from more than just an idea, but instead into a mission? A mission to create something completely new and different? A mission to solve a problem for others? Well, I have been walking around with one of those for quite some time now. And after a very long and sometimes arduous journey, I am thrilled to announce that I am opening a new business that builds on everything I have learned as a mother, entrepreneur, child care professional and blogger. In January 2016, I am opening Play, Work or Dash, LLC -- a collaborative work space targeted to families. Put simply, I am opening a place where parents can work uninterrupted and/or host meetings while their kids are taken care of in a separate room by trained childcare givers. Play, Work or Dash is meant to be a place (a community) where parents who usually work from home can spend time on a proposal, catch-up on email or meet with clients without distraction. It is an answer for parents of young children who may not have full-time child care, yet need to spend time working. It is an answer for parents who try to squeeze in work during nap time or after their kids go to bed at night. It is also the answer for parents who simply need a break or adult interaction. One way I explain my concept to others is that Play, Work or Dash is like a gym with an onsite daycare that you can depend on for a few hours each day, but instead of working out, you plug-in your laptop and get work done. I believe that parents have been waiting for something like this for a long time and I want to be the person to bring them this new, different and flexible alternative for parents of young children. I want to take all that I have learned as a child care provider and apply it to this new child care option. I want to create a community that supports parents and embraces everything I have always believed about balancing your dreams or ambitions with … [Read More...]

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