We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Monfre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
At first my idea for the business was to simply have side money as a teacher. I thought having an extra $1000 a month would be nice. After my sister passed away, my thought process changed. I wanted to create something that would change lives including my own. I wanted to inspire other women and teachers who had a desire to start something of their own but were afraid. Afraid to fail. Afraid to succeed. I wanted my business to be impactful and to create lasting change.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a lifelong teacher. This year I finished my 14th year in the classroom and my 20th year in education. I have had the awesome privilege of teaching students all over NYC and Washington DC. I am most proud of seeing them graduate. Yet, there is so much more to me than “just being a teacher.” I wanted to create something of my own, a business where my impact could be felt beyond my classroom. As a teacher, I never thought I could create a six figure business. I thought that was for other people.
I am most proud that during a year of virtual teaching, losing my sister to breast cancer, and working through a BRCA1 diagnosis I launched my business. Not only did I launch a business that brought in thousands of dollars a month, I created a six figure business that has helped so many female entrepreneurs launch six figure offers, get massively visible on social media, and grow their network and their net worth. This business was one I imagined, but struggled to see as a reality. Now that I have created it, I know that if I can do it…so can others.
Teachers can create new streams of income and still teach. Moms can create new opportunities for their families and for themselves. Therapists and social workers can still serve and be paid. My work with service entrepreneurs reminds me that we can do good in the world while making good money. We don’t have to be martyrs. We can be inspirational and live the lives we desire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I call Brooklyn home and love the rooftop I manifested with my business. So we are definitely spending time there and taking in all of the NYC views. We are also visiting the beach from the Hamptons to Long Beach. The sand and the ocean are my favorite places to just be…plus having a cold frose sounds like all the summer joy a teacher can have!
Now that Broadway is ready to reopen, hitting up a show is also on the list. I studied dance in college and am married to a professional contemporary dancer, so the arts is huge. From catching Battery Dance Company at a dance festival to seeing Hamilton, a show is a must do. I’m grateful for the arts and love to support my friends on and off the stage.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t have started my business if it hadn’t been for my sister. Her breast cancer diagnosis led me to take control of my own life, my health and my business. While she is no longer here, I hope that a little bit of her sassiness and fight is evident in my business.
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