Amber Reid & Jenn Duby
Create The New School
What or who inspired you to start your business?
It came from absolutely loving being entrepreneurs and knowing how difficult it is to learn & master the ‘business’ aspects when all you want to do is dwell in the creative side of things. We wanted an inspiring environment to learn and to teach so we dreamt up Create.
What are your most popular products or services?
Our workshops for creative’s. Photography workshops—Beginner to Momtography to Photoshop are popular. Our Number Crunch workshops cover business tax information and our Social Media workshops make sure you are prepared for anything.
What do you love most about what you do?
That we can spend time with our kids during the day on our own schedule. You work hard having your own business but you can be there for your kids when you want & need to.
How do you balance being a mom and entrepreneur?
Busy, busy, busy! Our kids come join us for all of our team meetings so it looks like a regular playdate except we are discussing marketing & strategy. We may just train our toddlers to start tweeting!
What single piece of advice would you give moms starting their business?
It may not be easy… but it will be worth it! Be realistic with yourself about what you can accomplish. Know what you value and set your day and week accordingly. As entrepreneurs there is always more to do and the same with being a mom so we have to be smart about how to start & finish our days.
How do you relax?
Amber –walk, run, bike, paddle board, kayak or anything outside on my own.
Jenn- I relax by taking care of my garden
What place inspires you and why?
Amber – In Edmonton I love the river valleys or any of the Saturday markets and for two very different reasons of no people & lots of people.
Jenn – Sometimes I feel like a sponge taking everything in… I can find inspiration in ordinary and extraordinary places.
What is your biggest fear?
Amber – I work very hard at keeping work separate from my day with the kids. I want to be totally present when I am with them and I am driven by a fear that I will blink and these precious few years will be gone and I will still be working.
Jenn- small spaces
What is your motto?
Amber – One day at a time.
What motivates you?
Amber- my 3 beautiful little children! Also the possibility that something unbelievable is just around the next corner and if you just open the next door…
Jenn- An inner desire/want to live a full life & for my life to be a positive example to my daughter
What makes you GO?
Amber – Anyone who knows me knows that I just can’t stop!
Jenn – I agree with Amber… It is hard to stop… I think it is the potential each day has over the last.