She and her husband founded and run El Clasificado, a Spanish-language classified advertising publication. They started the niche business in 1988 and have worked and worked building it up to the fantastic success it is today.
I was already self-employed when my second son was born. I remember calling an editor the next day, to work on a piece I had written for the Los Angeles Times.
After a few pleasantries and congratulations, he suddenly stopped and said, "Karen, are you calling from ... your hospital room!?"
I sheepishly admitted that indeed, I was. He chastised me until I explained that I felt fine and this was as much down time as I was going to get for several weeks, with a newborn and a two-year-old at home.
Heck, the hospital was pure refuge! Other moms at the time were advocating for quick returns home or even home births. I was like, "Hey, let me stay in the hospital for a week, like in the good old days! Meals brought in (okay, such as they were), a private room, help at the push of a button and an entire staff to provide expert care to my baby when I need a nap. What's wrong with that!?"
This week I write about entrepreneur moms, only to find out that they're doing the same thing I did: Staying in touch with work even from the hospital, grabbing a few hours a day to keep up with the office. It's not really avoidable when you work for yourself!
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This is why I never, ever, ever agree to anything proposed over an unsolicited phone call.
Thanks to the Do Not Call list, I rarely get those calls anymore, though I have gotten a couple just recently.
But I have no trouble giving them a resounding, "No," or a "Send me something in writing and I'll consider it," when I do. Not surprisingly, they never follow up.
Shame on these charities for using deceptive tactics, and rather shocking, given how well-known they are. Bravo to Bloomberg Markets for an excellent investigative piece. Glad journalism is still digging in to things like this.