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Top Business Owners in Advertising, Marketing and PR

Copyright 1995-2003 Idea Cafe, Inc.


June 23, 2003


SECTION: Spotlight on Top Business Owners in Advertising, Marketing & PR


Company Name: MotionTemps, LLC

Name: Carolyn Moncel

Location: Courbevoie, France, Metropolitan

Type of Business: Virtual Assistance, Project Coordination, Marketing and Public Relations


Q - What does your business do?


A - MotionTemps provides office support, marketing and public relations consulting services to home-based professionals, non-profits, and small to mid-sized consulting firms. When and why did you start the biz? MotionTemps has been in business for almost two years. The company started in a spare bedroom in a Chicago apartment. I started the business because I wanted to spend more time with my daughter, who was in pre-school at the time. Having my own company has become even more important since my husband was transferred to a job in Paris. Instead of giving up, I just brought the company with me. Now I spend two months out of the year working in Chicago, and the other 10 working in Paris.


Q - How Many People are in your Company?


A - I am MotionTemps! Where's your office? MotionTemps now has two locations – Chicago and Paris. In Chicago, MotionTemps is now located in my mother’s basement. In Paris, my office takes up half of my dinning room, and I have a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower from my window on a sunny day.


Q - What's the toughest part of running your biz?


A - Finding American clients in a country where everyone speaks French. Trying to explain to French business people how the virtual assistance industry works and how it can improve their businesses – especially having an assistant whose mother tongue is English.


Q - What's the most fun part?


A - Working virtually and being able to talk to my clients while walking around in my bunny slippers. I love being able to complete projects while my clients are still sleeping. It’s been great holding on to my long-time clients in Chicago, and love it when they say, “Carolyn, you did a terrific job!” Every time one of my clients says “thank you,” I just want to go out and help even more people.


Q - Anything you would have done differently?


A - I would have held on to my day job a little longer. I got so excited by signing my first two clients right away, that I thought I could make enough money and devote all of my time to expanding MotionTemps. I was wrong, and you need to evaluate your growth opportunities very carefully, taking into account changes in the economy, marketing, etc., before making the leap and leaving your full-time job.


Q - What's next on the horizon for your biz?


A - Growing my company so that it truly becomes a multinational corporation. We will return to the United States on a permanent basis in a few years, and I don’t want to miss a beat during the transition. I want to acquire clients in France as well as in the United States.


Q - What advice do you have for others?


A - Find a niche for your business. Really take the time to research your industry and your location to discover what truly make you different from the competition so you can showcase your talents. Study your competitors and pay attention to what they do well, and try to learn from their mistakes.


Q - How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?


A - I value all of the small-business resources and articles that are available here at Idea Café. While researching my business, I stumbled across the web site, and the information I found here helped me a great deal in formulating my business plan. When you work for yourself – particularly as an independent contractor, you spend a lot of time working alone, so you no longer have the ability to stand around the water cooler and talk. I get that here at Idea Café.


Q - School (where, still in school, degree)?


A - Loyola University Chicago, B.A in Organizational Communications; Minor in Political Science


Q - Prior jobs or business?


A - Communications Manager, Marketing Manager, PR Coordinator and Account Executive, Political Campaign Strategist, Executive Assistant, Community Relations Manager


Q - Favorite Food?


A - Mexican and Chinese


Q - What are your pets' names?


A - Bo (French Shepard); Poeme (cat)


Q - Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?


A - Having more time for my daughter and the opportunity to become my own boss were the main reasons why I decided to work for myself. Before starting the business, I worked in corporate communications and my hours were very long. When I decided to go out on my own, I worked to create a company that allows me to use my talents and work on the types of projects that I personally enjoy, plus the flexibility allows me the opportunity to spend more time with my two daughters, ages six and eight months.


Q - Anyone you publicly want to thank?


A - Thanks to my husband, the rest of my family and friends for their unyielding support.



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