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Episode 113: Routines, Nannies, and letting go while still working hard with Melanie Duncan

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Routines, Nannies, and letting go while still working hard with Melanie Duncan. In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Melanie and Dana explore what it looks like to start a business and grow multi-million dollar companies. Sponsored by the delicious Prep Dish!

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Melanie started her businesses before her baby was born.
  • Making strategic choices while pregnant and preparing for the baby.
  • Prioritizing a business with having babies.
  • Working after becoming a mother.
  • Transitioning in business.
  • Melanie’s tips with handling overwhelm.
  • Motivation from Melanie.

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Can I quote you on that? 

  • I wish I would have planned for my pregnancy more in my business. – Melanie
  • I am making strategic choices for what I want my business to look like. – Melanie
  • My daughter, as a baby, is not going to remember if I change every single poopy diaper. I don’t think as a mom, you should ever feel guilty about taking time to take care of yourself! – Melanie
  • 80% of the profits in our business are probably coming from 20% of our work. – Melanie
  • I created the programs I wished I had when I got started in entrepreneurship. – Melanie
  • In building a brand, I had to realize how to foster relationships and trust in people. – Melanie
  • The brand showcases all the things I can do because I’ve built my business. – Melanie
  • It’s important to surround yourself with people doing bigger and better things in life. – Melanie
  • What are the core things in my business? If I stray from those, I will experience overwhelm. – Melanie
  • Give yourself grace and gratitude at the beginning and end of the day. – Dana
  • It’s good to have something specific in life and business to keep you motivated. – Melanie
  • Give yourself grace as both a mother and an entrepreneur, and know that’s enough. – Melanie

More about our guest, Melanie Duncan.


Melanie Duncan’s diverse and comprehensive background is what sets her apart and provides a solid foundation in all that she do. Over the last several years, she have started multi-million dollar businesses in a variety of industries from fashion and home decor to online education. Because of this she is able to guide entrepreneurs towards growth in all kinds of industries from a place of practical, real life experience – and get people BIG results.
To find out more about Melanie, visit her website.

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Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff is the Founder of Boss Mom and creator Nurture to Convert.
She is a mother, author, speaker, messaging strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She believes that too many brilliant moms are struggling to figure out how to grow their business while balancing all that is required to be a good mom, partner, and woman. So many moms are trying to grow their business using trends that feel inauthentic and aren't realistic for their inconsistent schedules. She has helped thousands of women become known for their brain and not their dance moves

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