It is possible to be both a mother and an entrepreneur. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There are plenty of mompreneurs out there. And if they can do it, so can you. The trick, according to many, isn’t to work hard. Of course, you’ll have to work hard, but we all only have so many hours in our day and that won’t change. Instead, you’ve got to work smart.
Here is how you do that.
One skill you learn from raising kids is how to do and keep track of ten things at the same time. That’s an incredibly invaluable skill when you’re an entrepreneur. You see, there are two ways that you can try to do what you’re doing. The first one is to grind it out and do everything yourself. This obviously is a lot harder to do when you’re a mom as well.
The other way is to delegate, outsource and project manage. Now, if you have any experience at this moment thing, then you’ll be a head start at that already. You’ll know how to delegate, what to watch out for and how to make sure that you don’t end up with a complete disaster at the end of it.
Use that to get the things that you can get other people to do done. Just remember to not use too much of the mom's voice when you’re telling people what to do!
Note that there are many ways that you can outsource and delegate. It’s possible in both of your walks of life. For example, you can outsource home chores through such services as Hello Alfred, which can do a lot of the stuff at home if you don’t have the time for it. Alternatively, hire the professional – like resume expert – done by an external service as well.
It’s already hard to keep family and business separate when you’re working a regular job. It can be near impossible when you’re an entrepreneur. So don’t. Instead, bring your family into your business by asking them for advice and discussing ideas with them. If they understand what’s going on and why you’re doing the things that you’re doing, then it will become much easier to explain why plans change.
Even better, they might just give you that insight you need but couldn’t find – what’s more, by getting them involved from an early age they’ll understand the business better than anybody else around them. This will give them a serious leg up in the years to come when they’re trying to make it on their own.
Yes, you’ve got kids and you’ve got a business, but you’ve got something else as well. And that’s your own happiness. Don’t forget that third leg of your life, because if you do then very quickly you’ll find it reminding you in no uncertain terms that you can’t ignore it. What’s more, making time for yourself creates so many beneficial knock-on effects that you’d be crazy to not do it.
In fact, there are some very strong arguments that in modern life we’ve put the cart in front of the horse in terms of happiness and success. It isn’t the latter that leads to the former, but the other way around. Happiness makes us more successful. So give yourself time to be happy. That will make your business run better, your children feel appreciated and your life feel like it has the meaning.
And there is something to be said for any three of those things (and if you can take them all together, then that’s worth shouting about).
The trick to being a great mompreneur is not to succeed at one despite the other. It is to succeed at one because of the other. Only if you can make sure that the different sides of your life work in synergy with each other will you succeed.
So focus your attention there. What can you do to make your family and your business help each other? How can you make sure that all sides understand the importance of everything else you’re doing? Only in that way will everything click together.
And that has to be the goal, right?