In our new 1:1 series, we talk to women who are full members in our Pepperlane community about their business and how they use Pepperlane to learn, grow and solve business challenges.
Tell us about your business
My company, JBH Tutoring, offers writing support for students in grades 6-12. We also help high school seniors with their college essays. We work with students who want to improve how they articulate their ideas in writing to achieve better results in school, work and life. We also help high school seniors with their college essays. For help with school writing assignments and college essays, we support students through all parts of the writing process: brainstorming and idea generation, organizing/planning, drafting, revising and editing. For enrichment writing outside of school, we create customized writing projects tailored to each student's interests using high quality online resources as inspiration. We meet with students exclusively over Zoom. Our students live primarily in the Boston area, but we tutor students in other states and in the past have worked with students as far away as Dubai, Romania and Singapore
Have you always owned this business or what made you decide to start it?
Growing up and even into my college years, I never thought I would be a business owner. I had always loved writing and working with people, and I started my working life as a Boston neighborhood newspaper reporter. Part of my beat was covering the local schools, and I felt drawn to what I saw happening inside those old buildings. I decided to get my master's degree and worked as a classroom teacher at a number of public and private high schools and later as a tutor at a college writing center, tutoring privately intermittently. Then my life circumstances changed, and I suspected that starting my own tutoring business would give me the professional creativity I craved and the flexibility I needed then as a mother of two young teenagers. After almost a decade in business, my work continues to be wonderful and hard at times, but helping students and growing my team remains a joyful and rewarding experience.
I loved that the group was dedicated to understanding that you can acknowledge the role you play as a mother as a business owner; both are valid and critical to personal and professional fulfillment.
We like to say that everyone has a journey to Pepperlane. How do you use Pepperlane as a female entrepreneur balancing business with motherhood?
I joined Pepperlane in its earliest days. I remember attending an interesting meeting hosted by Sharon Kan in a Brookline restaurant with a group of inspiring women. The women gathered there that day were my people, even though they provided different offerings than mine. I loved that the group was dedicated to understanding that you can acknowledge the role you play as a mother as a business owner; both are valid and critical to personal and professional fulfillment.
What do you struggle with?
When I joined Pepperlane, my children were in middle and high school. Balancing their needs and the demands of my business were challenging. I was always forthcoming with the challenges I had of growing my business, and talked to them about how Pepperlane supported me. My kids (and spouse) were always cheering me on in my entrepreneurial journey and continue to serve as an informal advisory board in the running of my business.
How can someone best work with you and what is your core product offering?
The best way to work with me is to schedule a call to see if what I and my amazing team are a good fit for what your student is seeking. We help students who both love and hate writing.
Where can clients learn more about you or purchase a package?
The best way to find out is to call us, since we offer different pricing for our services.
What's your favorite feature of Pepperlane Membership?
I love the variety of services our membership provides. I love the opportunities for support as business owners, as well as the strong SEO of the platform, which allows us to be found by our ideal customers.