Being a mom is a lot of work. Of course, I’m sure you knew that.
If you’ve decided that you want to ditch the daycare and start a business from home, you should also know that being a business owner can be a lot of work, too.
While blog posts, courses and degrees may help you prepare for the world of business, there are just some things that you have to learn by fire. Through many ups and downs, and by trial and error, I have learned some very difficult lessons while working our business.
What it really boils down to is, how bad do you want it, and how hard are you willing to work for it?
Here are 4 things I wish I knew before starting my own business.
If you are going to start any business, you should first and foremost think of yourself as a BUSINESS OWNER. If you don’t think of yourself as a business owner, you will not have the confidence to tell others, either. For example, many network marketing companies will encourage their distributors to position themselves as just another product user and lover, “sharing” their experience. While this is a part of your business, to encourage buying but giving personal testimony, this does not complete the picture of owning a business…..if you want to make any money, anyway.
Make sure that you first explain to yourself, then your family and friends that you have started a business. Then, act the part! Act like a business woman, think like a business woman and people will begin to treat you like a business woman. While this may seem hard when you’re not turning a profit right away, it’s the right thing to do. One of the major confidence problems women who work from home have is they are not taken seriously. Show everyone, including yourself, that you are serious!
One of the most difficult things I face as a mompreneur, is that when I am working at my desk, at home, I can’t help but notice the chores that I need to do around the house while I’m sitting there. It’s already easy to get distracted, when there is a house full of work to do! This is one of my biggest challenges!
There is hope. Once you get your head wrapped around being at home, and working at the same time, all it takes is a little planning.
Here are some ideas to help:
- Set aside an hour or two on Sunday (or whatever day works best for you) and prepare for the week ahead. Use a calendar or daily planner to list both work and home stuff.
- Create a weekly menu with accompanying grocery list. Hint: Schedule time to shop for groceries.
- Save favorite recipes to a board on Pinterest, enter in an excel spreadsheet, or even print out to store in a binder for future reference.
- Create a cleaning schedule with hour-long group of tasks to complete per day. This will make you feel like super-mom and super-woman all the same time!
- Don’t forget to schedule/save time for your family!
Let’s face it. Being a mom, or a business owner for that matter, does not come with a rule book. Nor is it the same from one day to the next.
Remember your schedule must be flexible for a woman running a family and a business at the same time! Things will surely come up to knock the schedule off. It’s ok. No amount of planning will make your household and business run perfectly. We are not perfect!
If you cannot accept this right now, then you will understand that putting unrealistic expectations on yourself and your business will only hurt you, your family and your business.
Take Time to Step Away
When you are running a business, there will be an endless list of tasks to complete. It’s all about balance. Even though there is a list of things to do, it’s good for everyone involved to take time away to smell the roses.
Working from home has it’s own set of challenges and you need the proper rejuvenation time as much as the next gal!
Pack up the picnic basket, jump in the minivan and head to the park for some much needed rest and relaxation! The biggest lesson I have learned as a mompreneur is that you can’t get time back. Your little ones are growing so fast, and time is something you cannot afford to waste!