Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common: the ability to see opportunities and solve problems in new ways.
Sara Schaer was working at a big tech company and raising two young kids when she developed Kango, an app that provides safe rides and childcare for busy families. “There is definitely some symmetry between my career and my lifestyle as a mom,” said Schaer. “When I was creating the app, I drew inspiration from my own life challenges as a working mom, where I was juggling work, meetings and business travel with carpool, sports and other activities.”
Like many entrepreneurs, Schaer doesn’t really see her career as a “job.” “I love helping other parents, and am especially passionate about building a company that both services and employs other working moms,” she said. “When you build a consumer product where the target market is very similar to your own self, each problem you solve feels personally gratifying. I also use the app regularly in my day-to-day life to provide safe rides for my sons, which is another way my career and lifestyle are parallel.”
There’s no doubt that being a founder is hard work, and there’s not often much chance to switch off completely, but the payoff is flexibility both at work and at home. “I'm able to answer emails from my phone in between dinner and a family movie night, get some work done early before taking the kids to school, or I can work remotely for a few days while the kids are on spring break,” said. “Each side of your life accommodates and adapts to the other.”