Mamaprenista Megan McGowan, Founder of Lilvil, on Empowering Busy Parents
Hello Megan! Please share a brief introduction about yourself and Lilvil.
Hi! I’m Megan McGowan, Founder of Lilvil. Lilvil enables busy parents to outsource research, planning, and scheduling tasks and creates actual flexible work. All you have to do is select a request type on our website and answer a few questions so we can do the task just the way you want us to. In just 5 minutes or less, you can outsource tasks that generally take up to several hours such as party and meal planning, gift shopping, activity and haircut scheduling, and childcare research. Lilvil Experts, mostly moms, do the research and create customized recommendations and plans.
So Megan, what excites you about being an Entreprenista League member?
Supporting and learning from strong and talented female founders.
What made you take the leap to start Lilvil?
Parenting is HARD and current systems are not set up to fully support parents. When I came up with the idea for Lilvil, I knew this was a way to help make parents’ lives easier. I couldn’t turn down a chance to really help parents so I built Lilvil and quit my job to launch it.
So Megan, what was your background prior to starting your own business?
Before launching Lilvil, I led marketing analytics teams. My experience has helped shape my leadership style and has taught me how to make data-driven decisions. In my job, I advocated for women in leadership and moms in the workplace.
Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur as long as I can remember. I love creating new things from scratch.
Megan, as a mamaprenista, you have lots to be proud of. What accomplishment are you proudest of to date?
I’m most proud of taking the leap and launching Lilvil. It’s been exciting to see requests start to come in, and to know that I’m helping people have more free time and less stress.
Do you believe in work/life balance? What are some of your best tips?
I’m a mom of three under 4 who recently left a demanding career to launch a startup so my days are chaotic. I don’t believe each day will be in balance; it’s more that my focus shifts each day or even each hour. It’s really about being present with whatever it is I’m doing. We all know by now that multitasking just doesn’t work. Being present means I can get the most out of everything I’m doing.
What’s a piece of advice you can share that you wish you’d known when you first started your Entreprenista journey?
Learn to write! I was surprised at how much writing I have had to do to start the business – whether it’s for social media content, pitching, or writing articles, I have been surprised at how much time I spend writing everyday!
What have you achieved recently that you’d like to celebrate with our community?
I just launched Lilvil to help make parents’ lives easier!
Lastly Megan, what’s next for Lilvil? What can we expect to see over the next few years?
I’m currently hiring and am excited to continue to help more parents save time and stress.