Meet The Gem City Mama, Samara Muntzinger

In the next installment of my Mom Boss series, I’ll be chatting with Samara Muntzinger. Samara recently launched her own social media management and has shared tips, products, and experiences on her Dayton-based motherhood blog, The Gem City Mama. Read all about Samara’s Mom Boss journey below.

Samara of The Gem City Mama | Dayton Mom Blog

The Gem City Mama at Work

How long have you had your own business/worked for yourself? I’ve been working for myself in some capacity for the past 5 years. I did a couple MLMs, dabbled in the influencer/blogger world, and have finally landed in the realm of social media management.

Explain what types of services you offer, and your target market. My company, Dark Moon Social, is a social media management company. Our current service offerings range from simple social media strategy assistance, design, photography, and full-blown account management.

Where is your business located/operated? My business is wherever I am. The beauty of social media is that it’s mobile and everything I need to help my clients is literally at my fingertips via my phone or laptop. To be more specific though I’m located in the Dayton, Ohio area and work mainly from my home office.

The Gem City Mama Dayton Ohio Blog Samara Muntzinger

Running the Show with Kids in Tow

How many kids do you have? Ages? I have two daughters age 11 and 4 as well as two bonus kiddos!

How has being a mom shaped your work/life balance? It’s forced me to really look at what’s important in life and adjust accordingly. Sure I have emails or some design work I could be doing at any given time of day but if my girls ask me to snuggle for a bit or take time to have a meal/snack with them I’m going to do that first. They won’t be little for long and those moments won’t be available to me forever. The work will still be there.

What are your biggest challenges being a small business owner who’s also a mother? Time. I wish I could just get an extra hour or two a day sometimes. We’re an active family and my husband also works remotely and shares office space with me so between his schedule, mine, and the kids I’m all over the place. All I can say is thank goodness for google calendars, I don’t know what I’d do without them.

The Gem City Mama’s Advice for New Mompreneurs

Do you have any organization or mindset tips for “making it all work”? Write down all the things. I have pens and paper all over the house because getting stuff into my calendar/notes on my phone doesn’t always happen at the moment. I also do this so I have a way to write down ideas or questions I may have about one thing or another throughout the day as well. Technology is great but there’s something about writing things down that makes it stick in your mind a bit longer and gives you something tangible to look back on.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for new moms or first-time entrepreneurs? Just go for it. I spent a lot of time being scared of the what if’s instead of just diving in and making things happen. Don’t let your mind hold you back from something that could very well be life-changing for you.
Where can our readers find you online? You can find me on Instagram at @thegemcitymama or @darkmoonsocial as well as my website
Samara Muntzinger of The Gem City Mama
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xoxo, Ashley

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