Hello Hanna. You’re not only a successful entrepreneur, but also the mother of a two-year-old daughter, which makes you a so-called “mompreneur”. What does your typical day look like – or is there even such a thing?
Before I answer that question, I’d just like to say that, although I enjoy talking about what it’s like to juggle the roles of mother and entrepreneur or managing director, I think it’s important to remember that, in general, men are almost never asked about this duel role. In my opinion, this is where the problem begins. Because of all these questions and the “respect” that people express in this context, I sometimes get the feeling that I’m doing something completely absurd, or that I’m not a “normal” or good mother. It’s high time that this image of women be put to rest! It doesn’t matter which member of the family has entrepreneurial responsibilities or is pursuing a career – what’s important is that the system is stable, that the child always feels well taken care of and is surrounded by loving people (regardless of whether it’s daddy, mummy, grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle or friend). Is a child whose mother is a frustrated housewife who has put all of her dreams on hold in order to spend her entire day taking care of her kids and the household better off than one whose mother is happy and loves spending valuable time with her after a few hours of work? (The same applies to fathers, of course.)
Now to answer your question: You’re right. There’s really no such thing as a typical day for me. In general, I could say that there’s always a lot to be coordinated. Since my daughter turned two, there have been two versions of a typical day: Either I take Matilda to nursery school by bike and work from home so that I can pick her up again at noon, or my husband takes her to nursery school, and I go to the office earlier and stay longer. We take turns so that both of us have the same amount of time at the office and with Matilda. I think the main differences between the life of a managing director and that of other employees is that I’m not able to plan all of my appointments myself, that some things really can’t wait (not even a day), that I also have the occasional evening meeting and that I sometimes have to be gone for several days in a row. And this means that the whole family has to be flexible.