Mona Dauod Elkhatib is the founder of Comics Design House in Dubai, UAE. She is the mother of twin boys. Read the full storey:
We had the pleasure of sitting down with the inspirational Mompreneur behind one of Dubai’s business stars, Comics Design House, Mona Dauod Elkhatib.
Mompreneurs WW: Tell us about your company.
Mona: Comics Design House FZ L.L.C is a creative branding agency that empowers people and businesses alike through creating user-centered design and marketing activity that changes customer behavior.
Our core brand services are: Design & Creative Services | Digital & Web Design | Strategic Brand & Marketing Planning | Campaign & Communications Planning | Placement & Optimization.
Mompreneurs WW: How did the idea of starting it come about and who inspired you?
Mona: I have been always passionate about branding, the challenge that comes with studying the brand to come up with the best creative solution to create an outstanding brand personality is fascinating and rewarding. I have been in the industry for the past 13 years and my company was established 3 years ago, the birth of my twins and the death of my beloved hero and father were the drive for such step. They inspired me to grow and step up, to be an entrepreneur and thrive to making a difference.
Mompreneurs WW: What is the best part of what you do and the toughest?
Mona: The best part is getting to work on what is not only my job, but my passion and talent and the toughest is all the hard work and sleepless nights that come with it to shape and create my companies future.
Mompreneurs WW: How many kids do you have and how old are they?
I have 5 year old twin boys.
Mompreneurs WW: How do you juggle work and life balance?
Mona: That has been a challenge from day one since I have no nanny or helper, but I have learned to organize my time and make it as efficient as possible, I have learned to use the support that I have, when my husband is around he helps with kids, when my mom is around she does too. I don’t rely much on them as I consider my twins as much of an investment as my company and they both have to be well established to grow into something great.
Mompreneurs WW: What’s a book you always recommend and why?
Mona: There isn’t one book that I recommend as I read a lot of inspirational, self help books and books related the industry. The best advice would be to seek the books that can help you answer questions, grow and be inspired.
Mompreneurs WW: What advice would you give a Mompreneur who was just starting out?
Mona: I would say as difficult and overwhelming as it might seem and it is, just always remember the goal, the reward, and that all of this hard work, sleepless nights and efforts will pay off and it will be rewarding. After all if you do not work hard on your dream someone else will hire you to work hard for theirs.
Mompreneurs WW: Your favorite quote is…
Mona: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”