Summer and I are in a mini-mastermind group together and I quickly got addicted to the content that she shares. Not only is she a Pinterest genius (seriously, check out her free course all about using Pinterest) but she also runs a local brick and mortar pet sitting company (dream job!). Most (if not all, I’m starting to lose count!) of the past Day in the Life guests have run online businesses so I thought it’d be interesting to feature someone that runs both a local business and an online business.
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Day in the Life: Summer Tannhauser of SummerTannhauser.com
Hey everyone! I’m excited to be here today sharing a small snippet of my life as a wife, stay-at-home mom, and entrepreneur running 2 businesses.
To give a little insight into my current situation, I’m Mom to our 4.5-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, and I’m almost 6 months pregnant. It’s summer vacation time for us, so every day is different, and the one I decided to chronicle was a random Tuesday in June.
I’ve been an entrepreneur for the past 9 years, during which I’ve grown my first business, a local pet sitting and dog walking company, from a one-person solopreneur operation, to now a 15 employee run company. I started it when I didn’t have any kids and was still teaching elementary school, and since then it’s allowed me to quit that job, become a stay at home mom, and have plenty of time to focus on my online business passions.
While that pet business keeps chugging along in the background giving me a full-time income on about 1 hour of work per day, I spend my time growing my online presence at Lady Boss League (soon to be rebranded to Summer Tannhauser!), teaching others to market their businesses online and create income for their own families. I believe in a “Live More, Work Less” business model, so everything that I teach focuses on evergreen and passive income strategies that do not involve directly trading time for money. I like to work on my own time … not when others tell me that I have to. 🙂
So that’s me and my life in a nutshell. Now let’s dive into the details!
My alarm goes off for the first time. Last night we got home late after a swim party to kickoff swim team for the summer, and I just can’t bare to get up quite yet. I hit snooze.
Decide it’s time to get out of bed, and I head downstairs to make a cup of coffee and settle down at the computer.
This is prime getting work done time before the kids get up, and I check emails and scheduling for the day for the pet sitting business. Then I take some time to work on the website rebrand that I’m doing for LadyBossLeague. It’s one of the fun projects that keeps getting pushed to the end of my to-do list, so I’m happy to spend a little time on it this morning.
My son wakes up (this is actually late for him!) and we wave bye to Daddy as he leaves for coaching. He’s a teacher so he has summers off, but he is a summer league swim coach so his schedule stays busy.
I wake my daughter up, and it’s a crazy hour of getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, and packing up stuff for getting my daughter to camp. I grab a bowl of plain Greek yogurt with honey, strawberries, and granola for myself.
We’re out the door to nature + arts camp, and I drop by daughter off at 8:30 am. She loves it and can’t wait to arrive. I have a little time before our next thing, so I let my son spend a few minutes playing in the children’s garden area before we head off.
Arrive for Barre class. I attend fairly regularly 2 times per week, and they have free childcare so that works out great!
Barre is over (whew, it gets harder every week being pregnant!), and we drop by Starbucks on the way home to grab a cold brew for me and a cookie for my son. It’s a scorcher out today in the summer heat, so cold coffee is definitely the way to go!
I take a few minutes to get a load of laundry started and the dishwasher going before having my son down for a nap by 11:15 am.
Once he’s asleep I go straight to the computer and start working on responding to pet sitting client scheduling requests, voicemails, and emails. The summer months are some of our busiest ones for the pet sitting business, so I have to devote more time to that business today then I’d really like to.
My parents come over to take care of my son for the afternoon. They live about 1 hour away from us, and normally come over to hangout with the kids 1 day each week. Good thing they do, since my son doesn’t seem like he’s into napping today and ends up wakiing up after only sleeping for an hour. Normally I get more towards 1.5-2 hours of solid work time while he naps, but not today!
I make us all a quick lunch of a sandwich and fruit, and then get freshened up for a few podcast interviews. I know I won’t actually be on camera since they are podcasts, but in the one we do have the camera on at the beginning to chat before getting started, so I’m glad I take a few minutes to get “presentable”!
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My first podcast interview is with Tom Morkes for the In the Trenches podcast, where we talk all about evergreen sales funnels. It’s unusual for me to be doing 2 podcast interviews today, but in this case both of them reached out to me, and being able to batch both of them together when childcare is available is a perfect situation for my life!
I have my second podcast interview with Lyndsay Phillips on the Sailing to Success podcast, where I’m talking about using Pinterest as a way to market your online business.
I take a little time to prep dinner while my parents are still here with my son. We’re having Panko-crusted chicken with corn and BBQ-peach beans tonight, and I get what I can ready. Grandpa leaves to pick up my daughter from camp while I keep prepping dinner.
My daughter gets home and we all sit on the front porch for a late afternoon popsicle snack.
My parents leave, and my daughter gets to pick out a kid’s TV show to watch. She gets to pick one 30 minute show to watch each day, so I sit on the couch with both kids and check emails and browse social media while they watch Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
I start getting dinner on the table and by 5:30 pm we’re all sitting down together to eat.
My husband has evening swim practice tonight, so I go ahead and take advantage of a little time to myself before he leaves to take a shower and get into comfy sweats. Yes, I’m pretty much dressed for bed at 6 pm. Haha!
We go out on the front porch to wave bye to daddy, and the kids end up playing for a while with the sport balls out there.
It’s bathtime for the kids. They have a good time playing around in the water for a while, and we end up staying in there until bedtime. I normally browse and engage on social media for a little while sitting in the bathroom watching them.
Bedtime routine for both kids, and I try to have both in bed and going to sleep by 8 pm. I’m successful tonight!
I grab myself a snack of fresh cherries, and sit down on the couch with my laptop, while watching America’s Got Talent in the background. I do a final email check for both businesses, and then continue working on my website rebrand that I started on this morning. It’s fun work and I enjoy doing it while catching parts of the show. Since my husband is at swim practice I do this for the rest of the evening. On nights when he is home, we normally try to have all technology put away by 9 pm, and watch a show together. Right now we’re into House of Cards.
My husband gets home, and I head to bed! It’s been a full day, and the 5 am hour comes quickly tomorrow. 🙂
Summer Tannhauser teaches online entrepreneurs and bloggers how to increase their audience, influence, and revenue through the power of Pinterest and passive income strategies. She believes in creating a “Live More, Work Less” business model by utilizing the powerful combination of Pinterest and blogging strategy to grow your email list, increase traffic, and ultimately create more revenue for your business
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