January 3, 2014

Featured Biz Mama: Rachel Teichman of OOGIAH

Filed under: Biz Mama — lidia @ 10:00 am
Biz Mama: Rachel Teichman

Photo credit (left): Tirzah Brott

Biz Mama columnRachel is founder of OOGIAH, a resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling in the US. It provides links to temples, schools, JCCs, kosher food and more. It also has a blog with fun ideas for crafting and cooking together. And a new gift shop sells OOGIAH branded t-shirts, jewelry and note cards.

Rachel and I met through a mutual friend (fellow blogger Candace of Luxe…With Kids) and she has also been a supporter of my baby & kids line, typebaby. We both agree that our kids inspire our work life.

Rachel Teichman of OOGIAH

 Tell us a little about your business/job responsibilities.

I have to stay on top of resources in the ten cities I cover. I connect with other start-ups and businesses and write about cool products and ideas on the blog. Developing the products for the gift shop was a great experience as well.

What are the ages/genders of your children?

My daughter is five-and-a-half and my son is three. They are proud of the site, and love to think of ideas too!

 Did you start your business before or after having children?

I started this business after having kids. I wanted to help parents who were moving or traveling with kids, as I have done both many times!

How did your business life change after having children?

You can’t spend every spare minute on it as you can before having kids. And you don’t want to either. So you need to carve out time for the business and time that is not for it. It doesn’t need to be a formal time organization process. You can take it a day at a time.

Describe a typical workday.

I will read through my social media posts and communications. I will write one or two blog posts. I will work on promoting the shop and any giveaways going on. And I have a running list of projects and ideas that I consult as well and work on implementing.

What is one tip you can share with other Biz Mamas?

Make goals, and publicize them! Tell a friend or family member. Or really make a goal public by blogging about it. I announced my shop’s opening date in press releases I had sent out so I had to make sure it opened on the announced date. Because I had promoted the info I made sure it happened! Otherwise I could have held off.

OOGIAH

Houston, TX
www.oogiah.com
Twitter: @OOGIAH https://twitter.com/OOGIAH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oogiah
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/OOGIAH
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rteichman/