Taking care of a husband, a child (or maybe children), and a house is next to impossible, especially if you do it all on your own. This is what makes mothers mom-derful, and their strength mom-umental.
Then, you add business to the mix! Seriously, how does a mompreneur do it?
Gone are the days when mothers are only supposed to take care of their husband, children, and the home. It is no longer a surprise or frowned upon when a mother works.
Now, it is just astonishing how mothers can pull this off. Mothers can think of a hundred ways to earn money; they’re full of ideas. It is no wonder why the term“mompreneur” has been coined.
But what does it take to be a mompreneur? Let me share with you some tips I gleaned from successful mompreneurs!
Be PASSIONATE About Your Idea
Most mompreneurs start their business from an idea they truly believe in. It may stem from a need they have at home. Also, most mom businesses (mombiz) do not start of boredom – it starts because husbands get laid off their jobs, they get divorced, or bills are simply starting to pile up.
Whatever the reason is, moms would surely prioritize taking care of their kids, but because moms are amazing like that, they would also take on another hat as the provider.
So, it is very important that you believe and are passionate about your idea because your faith in it will propel you to succeed.
Talk to Other Mompreneurs
If you have zero experience running a business, fret not because there is a huge network of mothers who have done it before and are willing to teach and support you. It is only natural to feel overwhelmed, but it is nothing more you cannot handle.
Talk to those who have done it longer than you, listen to them, and if you hear pieces of advice that work for you, then well and good. Remember, success leaves clues, so you don’t need to do this on your own.
3 Ps: PRIORITIZE, Personal and Professional
Mothers are natural jugglers.
I mean, I personally have seen my mother, cook, do laundry, hang clothes, and do business calls all at the same time. Crazy, am I right?
When you start a business, there will come a point where your personal and professional priorities interlap, or the other gets ahead. What you need to do is make a list of your priorities and separate them into 2 Ps: personal and professional. To stay on top of everything, know what needs to be done everyday – what’s urgent and what can be done later.
By starting a list, mom-preneurs also feel less guilty that they do not do as much as they used to being just mothers. I’ve also been told that the lists keep them sane, focused, and goal-oriented as anyone should be when running a business.
Home Sweet Home
Another tip suggested was to start small – as in start within the loving arms of your own home.
There is no need to immediately rent out a space and set up an office. It is also an easier transition from being a mom to being a mompreneur. Also, you won’t have to spend a lot right away. It will give you time to chart the waters and see if the business is a good fit for you.
Whether it involves you working from home or an online business, you can surely do it all within the comforts of your own home with your children in sight. There is no need to hire a babysitter or worry if your children have already eaten.
Being a mom and having to take care of others, neglecting yourself is a trap that is easily fallen into. It is important that you take care of your overall health: physical, mental, and even spiritual.
Always keep in mind that people rely on you, so you should make sure that your are in tip-top shape to wear the many hats you have. Get enough sleep, eat right, and make sure you also have your me-time (time away from the kids, from the household and business chores; the husband is optional).
Cut Yourself Some Slack
I think I can speak on behalf of all the children in the world: mothers have a tendency to be perfectionists. This is not a bad thing. I do not understand it, but it is not a bad thing. I feel this stems from wanting what is best for their children.
However, in their pursuit of what’s best for their children, mothers tend to be too hard on themselves. This tendency is heightened when a mother becomes a mompreneur.
Either they feel the business is not doing well enough, or they are not good mothers – time will come when you feel like you’re in a limbo and you can no longer identify who you really are – a mother or an entrepreneur? This is normal and you shouldn’t feel guilty. You are doing this for the right reason: family.
YOU DO YOU, MOM!
Do not be afraid to take your mompreneur journey at your own pace, own style, and own strategy. What worked for others may not work for you.
In this journey, just do what you think is right for you and your family. You will not perfect this overnight, but you will hit the right spot at the right time. There is no need to compete or race with other moms because you have your own timeline.
Motherhood is not easy. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have; how old they are – motherhood is never easy.
On top of that, most mothers are wives too. It is natural that they also have the desire to be their husband’s financial right arm, too. After all, they always want what’s best for their family, even if it means tripling their hard work and their strength.
But, if you ever need some help, outsourcing some of the work may just be the perfect answer for you, because we know that what mothers and mom-preneurs have done, are doing,and will do for their families knows no bounds.
Derek Gallimore is fervently passionate about business and outsourcing and is on a mission to help others with their outsourcing journey. He owns Outsource Accelerator, a multi-product platform designed to educate, support and advise companies who are interested in outsourcing.