It is obvious that moms have more than one role in whatever household situation they are in and are able to juggle more mentally and physically than most humans can.
If, as a woman, you think you have been juggling more than the average person, add children and you will realize that you can and absolutely will be able to handle even more. It’s almost as if children add that extra boost to your life even though they suck the energy out of you 🙂 . With a few tips and tricks of the trade, any mom can make extra income or turn their passion into dollar signs without losing the last few bits of sanity she has.
Find your WHY:
When I flirted with network marketing I learned that the core of my motivation would begin at my “why.” Why was I looking to build extra income? Why was I adding another job to my already full plate? Why did this matter to me? Most moms want financial freedom so that they are more present for their children, husbands, elder family members, etc. I remember wanting to see my newborn for more than one and half hours after work and a long commute on weekdays.
I wanted a flexible schedule so that one day when she is at gymnastics practice or ballet, I was able to attend practices and rehearsals without being tied down to a 9 to 5 job. The smile on my daughter’s face as she mastered a hand stand while I was present at practice was everything to me. I would not be able to afford those classes without my job, but I wouldn’t be present with it. There has to be a way to balance the two.
Do something you LOVE:
If you are like me, you most likely have a day job, a tiny human (or multiple) and a never-ending pile of laundry sitting on your couch. So if you are going to take the plunge into becoming an entrepreneur, you must find something you are deeply passionate about to create a business. Doing something you love will not only be fun but it will become so rewarding when you start seeing money roll in. But be careful not to make the financial goals the one and only end result. Continue to fall in love with what you are doing and the funds will eventually follow… and so will the opportunities.
There is no skill more important to master than the skill of organization. If time was ever a barrier for anyone wanting to start a business, I am almost certain with a little organization of time, there will be more time to devote to your business. Creating systems around the house with your children, housework, and spouse will free you up and create time blocks for what is important to you (like the gym). Things do come up and throw off your plans, but being able to organize your time at home will ultimately pay off in the end. I use Sunday nights to prep for the week, wind down and squeeze in an hour of writing, reading, and quiet “me time” before the craziness of the new week. If I ever miss my Sunday routine, I waste hours of my week catching up and being unproductive.
- Prioritize and minimize distractions: Nothing kills me more than hearing a woman talk about wanting to start a business but having no time to do so. That same woman is perfectly up to date with every Real Housewives’ names and life stories. These distractions seem trivial, but that time and energy wasted will never get you to your goal. Keeping your priorities in line and minimizing the distractions around you will pay off in the end.
- Set realistic goals: Not everyone becomes a success story overnight, in fact you may never become a huge trending success story – ever. You will become YOUR success story and the work and time you invest in your dreams will matter to you and your family. Do not set unrealistic goals and timelines. Be real with yourself, grow your business slowly and do not become discouraged when you hit roadblocks and setbacks. Most mom-preneurs run small businesses and are successful doing so because they understand their limitations and priorities. Do what realistically works for you. I started my business as a way to help pay off my credit card debt within the next two years, my goal was to make aggressive payments towards a credit card offering me zero interest on a balance transfer for a year. My paycheck was enough to help me live on my own, but not enough to help me become debt free in the short time I wanted it to happen without compromising my lifestyle. That became my realistic goal and it has helped me steer clear from overworking myself.
- Let it go: Be easy on yourself. Let go of the need to be perfect at everything. Chances are, if you do everything, you aren’t being perfect at it all. It is the cost of juggling all these wonderful roles at once. Don’t be hard on yourself if you have to slow down the business to work on a child who has been craving attention. Do schedule down time for yourself and for bonding with your family. Love what you do and the rest will follow.
- Girl power comes in numbers: It may sound cliche, and the men around you may roll their eyes, but believe me when I say that women feed off of each other’s energy more than anything. Surround yourself with like minded females who can encourage, advise, relate, and empower you. I connected with an old college mate who had started a similar paint night business to mine shortly after I launched. I could have tore her down, bad mouthed her, etc. Instead I reached out and we had a chat, she even taught me how to create a little watercolor bookmark to take home. I learned so much from her and got book recommendations as well as advice. Not only do we have similar target audiences but we both came to the realization that if we helped each other, we would both be better off. I also became active with local social groups for creative women, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, etc. I have met some amazing women that have uplifted me, not only professionally, but in every aspect of my life.