The Business Mom

Some mothers defy all definitions

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Owning a business is a full-time job. Being a mother is, too. Jennifer D'Zio does both. D'Zio has two children, Zachary, 12, and Emma, 10, and she's also a co-owner of Persnickety Interiors.

Jennifer D'Zio, who has two children, is a co-owner of Persnickety Interiors on Walton Way.    MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
Jennifer D'Zio, who has two children, is a co-owner of Persnickety Interiors on Walton Way.

As her own boss, she has a fairly flexible schedule that allows her to be present for awards ceremonies, field days and school events that other working moms often have to miss.

"It's the best of both worlds," she said.

It's not always perfect, though, and D'Zio said owning her own business becomes difficult when a family event comes up that interferes with a previous commitment to a client.

"Just like everybody else, we have deadlines here," she said. "Sometimes I have to schedule my kids in like clients."

One way D'Zio tries to cut down on schedule conflicts is to have a master schedule with her office appointments, work schedule and her children's school events all in one place.

Between 40-hour work weeks in the shop and her two children's busy schedules, it's not hard for something to overlap.

"That's the hardest thing, when I have an appointment that has been set for months and something unexpected comes up for my kids," she said. "I make it to a lot of things, but not everything."

Overall, though, D'Zio said she appreciates being able to make those decisions herself instead of having to ask off time from a superior.

"It's not like we have to answer to anyone else," she said. "If I need to shut the door 10 to 15 minutes early, it's not that big of a deal."

D'Zio has worked at Persnickety since 1994 and has been an owner, along with Sue Garland, since 2007. Garland also has children, and both women know what it's like to juggle work and a family.

In fact, sometimes D'Zio will bring her children back to the store after picking them up from school.

"We're all like family here," D'Zio said. "There are definitely benefits."


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