By the time she was 25, Snowe Saxman was a millionaire.
She had graduated with an accounting degree despite an abusive marriage, a baby, and a divorce. The construction business she had started with her second husband was doing great, and the phone was ringing off the hook with requests for her consulting. It seemed she was living the life she had always dreamed of, but something was missing. ” I wasn’t passionate and “in love” with what we were doing,” she says. “There were a lot of “negatives” and not a lot of freedom in owning a traditional business.”
She felt led to make a difference in women’s lives. She wanted to empower them and make them feel good–so she opened a beauty salon. ” I was SO excited about helping women feel better about themselves and about doing something more “fun”. To make a long story short, it didn’t work out and we lost about $100,000.”
After purchasing another failing business, Snowe felt she’d hit rock bottom. Bankrupt at 35, she knew something had to change.
Searching for meaning, she began a journey of healing and self discovery. After exploring the pain of her past and working with a coach to determine how fear had held her back, Snowe found success as a Sales Director at Mary Kay, but knew her life had a deeper purpose. Today, the mother of seven and grandmother of two helps empower women to live emotionally, spiritually and financially free. Building an “authentic brand based on purpose,” her life and her business are guided by the same three principles–God first, then family, then everything else.
Her website boldly declares her belief that “making God your #1 priority will liberate your business, finances, and life.”
Through one on one counseling sessions, Snowe helps women to walk away from their 9-5 in order to have more money, more choices, and more time with their families. Because she understands “being broke, “stuck”, full of shame, having low self-esteem, feeling like you’re on a roller coaster in your business, being totally frustrated that you’re not achieving your goals, and waiting on God to just do something!,” she’s able to empower women to take charge of their lives and their finances.
“Women used to work in their homes,” she says. “We got equality and fought hard, but we also need and want family time.” According to the Department of Labor, almost 70% of moms with children under the age of 18 work outside of the home–a statistic Snowe believes has a direct impact on our children. “Their primary influence is mom, it starts at home,” she says. “They crave acceptance & guidance, and can end up looking for those things in the wrong places if we’re not around. Having quality bonding time with our children allows us to have a strong, positive influence on them.”
She hopes to give more family time to women by helping them build “soul-based” businesses. Snowe encourages moms to take inventory of their gifts and talents as well as their education in order to figure out where to start. With the internet, she says, the world is at your fingertips. “the internet gives us opportunity. It’s almost too easy to start a business. That’s why she says moms need a business plan. “Take three to five days to plan. It’ a roadmap for your success. Figure out where you’re going, what your goals are, who your market is, and what action steps you need to take. A plan gives your mind direction.”
If you currently work outside of the home and don’t feel like you have the time to take on a new business, Snowe suggests a weekly plan sheet. Figure out where your time goes each day in order to find the extra time to start your business. “A short term sacrifice leads to long term gain.” Another way to figure out your business and work style is to figure out your personality. “For introverts, that can mean blogging instead of a video series,” Snowe says. “It’s less stressful. In business, do what feels aligned to you.”