The Challenge of Building a Business as a Stay At Home Dad

The Expecting Mamas Network asked me to write this guest article.


Building a business under most circumstances is hard. We’ve all heard the not-so-encouraging statistics like, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs fail within the first 18 months. But that didn’t deter me.

A little over eighteen months ago, I started my business, WeMontage, the world’s only website that lets you turn your photos into large collages on removable wallpaper. So, yay, I got past the eighteen months thing, but I’m hardly out of the woods.

This past spring, the business ran out of cash and my investors decided to not re-invest to keep it going. Additionally, this past summer, the young lady who was watching our now 21 month old twins, Thaddeus and Zoe, decided to go back to school. In order to cut household expenses, I had to step in and stay at home with the twins every day, AND continue to work on WeMontage to get it going in a positive direction again. I also made sure I took out a home warranty plan, from somewhere like First American, because we could not handle anything important like the refrigerator breaking and having to pay a fortune to fix or replace the appliance.

Managing on limited money is very difficult but we have shown that it is doable. If you make sure that you have the right household plans and insurances then you should be covered for large expenses that could occur at any time.

As you can imagine, this has been a challenging past few months.

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  1. Hi James. My name is Max Mayer. I saw your bit on Good Morning Wisconsin and you mentioned being involved in either an accelerator or incubator program to help your business. I was wondering if you could give me some contact info about this program. I have pretty much everything in place except start up capital to begin my entrepreneurial career. I would greatly appreciate your help.Thank you.

    1. Hey Max, thanks for the note. The website is Let me know if I can answer any additional questions for you. Good luck.

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