It isn’t easy balancing motherhood and business. Really, they’re two jobs and you’re only one person. And yet, you can’t neglect your role as a mom; nor do you want to give up a passion-driven career and end up sad and unfulfilled.
Fortunately, being a mompreneur who can combine family, career and time for themselves is not far out of reach … especially with the advent of mobile devices and new technology. There is an app for that (and if you’re like most of us, your smartphone has become an essential component for work-life prioritization.
So let’s look at 10 mobile apps every mompreneur can use to make life livable, your kids happy, and your business thrive.
Happy Kids Timer is a free parenting and motivation app that aims to gamify a child’s daily morning routines. The app offers a new approach to guiding your kids through their morning routines (waking up, making their beds, brushing their teeth, etc.), turning them into a funny game.
With it, kids can become largely self-sufficient in their morning routine, teaching them much needed life skills and it gives you the time you need to make that fresh batch of coffee.
2. Task Rabbit
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. In that case, outsource it with the help of Task Rabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that connects neighbors to get things done.
Fully vetted professionals contribute their time and skills to help busy people find extra time in their days to do the things they love. They’ll take care of tasks as grocery shopping, food delivery, yard work and house cleaning. A godsend in a pinch or if your business is booming.
Most busy moms are familiar with Amazon.com’s Prime service; free two-day shipping on millions of items. However, the expansion of Prime, called Prime Now, is a game changer. It gives Prime members FREE 2-hour delivery on more than 10,000 items, as well as one-hour delivery for around $8. Prime Now is in 24 markets across the U.S. and is the app you need to skip the trip to the grocery store for household essentials.
Need help around the house? Organize chores easily with Chorma app, an easy and fun way to organize chores with your spouse and kids. Through gamification, the entire family earns points and competes against each other to see who is the best helper. Oh yes, and you can finally figure out who does more – you or your husband.
AnyList offers users and easy way to create and share a grocery shopping list, meal plans, and organize recipes. So, instead of having to run off to the store, you can sift through the pile of resumes on your desk and start delegating your workflow like a pro.
Skip the lines at your favorite grocery store with Instacart. Their trained shoppers can pick the perfect produce and keep you from endless aisles, and the headache. An Instacart shopper will arrive with your order in as little as an hour and you can shop on your own schedule and order your delivery for now or for later.
CareZone understands firsthand what it’s like to manage personal and family health challenges. This fantastic little app will store a list of medications, dosages, and schedules and send you reminders, record doses taken, and track adherence progress over time.
Users can document symptoms for easy reference during medical appointments, record doctor’s instructions, and privately share updates with family members. And given our busy schedule, this app will keep track of medical appointments, therapy sessions, and prescription refills; syncing events with other calendars too.
Entrepreneurs are often on-the-go and the life of a mompreneur is no exception. TripCase is an itinerary management app that delivers the right information at the right time. Collect all the information about your next business trip – air ticket, hotel reservation, car service, etc. – in one place.
Last minute meeting request from a client? No problem! Find your community’s most trusted sitters and book instantly with UrbanSitter. See which babysitters local parents book again and again. View babysitter and nanny video profiles to get an even better sense of sitters before booking, and more. Best of all you can easily locate sitters with background checks, CPR training, and more.
Managing business finances can be a hassle, so your personal finances should definitely be hassle-free. Mint can help you organize your expenditures so you can easily view a dashboard to know what’s going in and out with ease.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Elaina Meiser is a freelance writer, graduate student and enthusiastic blogger. She started blogging 5+ years ago as a hobby and now her writing experience includes articles at ResumesCentre. Elaina loves creative arts, different tips & tricks guides, excursion and backpacking trips. You can follow her on Twitter @ElainaMeiser.
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