I feel like I’m pulling my hair out trying to balance growing my business with taking care of my family. These tips I learned from other successful mompreneurs are life-savers!
There’s a new breed of entrepreneurs shaking up the business world: moms with innovative ideas and the drive to turn them into a reality. Here are five tips from successful mompreneurs for all those aspiring to juggle raising kids with running a successful small business.
1. Draw your boundaries
“Make sure you set times for work, family and me time so that you try to achieve balance in all areas of your life as best as you can,” says Itsabelly founder Melissa Moog. “Honestly, you’ll probably never achieve real balance but it’s a good idea to strive for a plan that will help you prioritize what’s most important to you.”
2. Take things one step at a time
“I think many people have ideas but few find the time and confidence to do it because the big picture is just so daunting,” says Kate Pietrasik, founder of the unisex kids clothing brand Tootsa. “Take it one step at a time.”
You can make your dreams happen. Just take some time to set goals, make a plan, plot work time in your calendar, and start to create daily routines to get things done.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
“There is a lot of help out there if you go looking,” adds Pietrasik, “and don’t dismiss people in your own circle of friends and contacts: I’ve been amazed at how helpful the people I know and have since met along the way have been. If it’s a good idea people will be enthused to help. And then pay it forward: it’s always nice to give the knowledge you’ve received on to the next.
It’s an overwhelming responsibility to try to do everything yourself. I thought I was helping my kids and my husband by trying to do everything. Only, it wasn’t fair to me…or them.
My kids need to learn responsibility and how to perform basic tasks. My husband deserves to be my partner, not just someone I would complain to when everything became overwhelming.
What’s the answer? Delegate! Here’s How to Delegate When You’re Tired of Doing it All.
“You have to make family a part of your business,” says Lauren Thom, who founded the New Orleans-based clothing brand Fleurty Girl. “I’ve always considered my kids to be my board of directors, whether we’re moving or having them share a bedroom so we can open a store in our house. Make them a part of that journey.” That’s what I call taking your kids to work!
I recall going to work with my mom, seeing her workspace, meeting her co-workers, and getting to see the “behind the scenes” part of her job as a customer service representative at our local power company.
I have enjoyed taking my daughter with me to “the office,” as she calls it. She’s only four, so she doesn’t fully understand what I do. But, she knows it’s where I go each day after taking her to school and where I return from when I pick her up in the afternoon.
I want her to know that she will have the opportunity to further her education in college and to have a career, just like I did.
5. Forget work every once in a while
“Have a special date with each child every week to ensure that you stay connected with your kids as individuals,” says Leana Greene, the brains behind the online parenting resource KidsInTheHouse.com. “You can keep it really simple, but they will still appreciate it.”
Written by MomBloggin