Life as a mompreneur is a not to be taken lightly.
For many women, being a mom is the best job in the world. Being an entrepreneur is incredibly rewarding in all its flexibility and freedom.
Many of us do both jobs and find they require a lot of sacrifice and are riddled with challenges. If you’re like a lot of moms, you feel that both worlds are intertwined and there is no escaping either for any length of time!
So, what happens when your mom-life and entrepreneur life collide in a not so graceful way.
For some, we run and hide. (Seriously, where’s the closest closet?)
But it’s not the time to lock yourself in the bathroom until the you hear little voices and little fists tapping from the other side of the door. It’s time to put on your rockstar boss mom panties and roll with it.
Becoming a rock star boss mom
So, how is it that some women seem to manage both roles with ease, grace and undeniable style?
They have some secret weapons and I know what they are. So, grab your coffee, roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive into these 5 secret weapons of successful rock star mompreneurs.
1. Be flexible
As a mom, you get used to the idea that things aren’t going to go as planned. One day your kids could be bouncing off the walls full of energy and the next they may be running high fevers.
As business owners, we have to learn to adjust and go with the flow sometimes. It’s okay if things don’t work as they should and whatever isn’t finished for that day can be moved to the next.
There’s no fighting it as energy bursts and high fevers usually win out. Better to be flexible and not get stressed.
2. Plan ahead
Plan meals, play dates, snacks, breaks, and don’t forget to plan your lunch. Plan everything!
Planning and creating a schedule keeps us on track and focused. Keep in mind that you can always move things around if need be, but having a plan for your day and meals helps you to stay on track.
It takes the guesswork out of the question and allows you to flow between tasks and mommy/boss roles with more ease. Check out these apps for starters.
3. Stay focused
We run kids to practice, take them to school, change diapers and feed babies in the middle of the night, and often don’t get enough rest, let alone actual sleep!
It’s easy to get knocked off our game, lose focus and not accomplish anything. We get distracted by television, social media — the UPS guy dropping off our Amazon Prime package — and when we look up time has passed and it’s time to pick up the kids or fix dinner. Not good!
Instead, cut off as many distractions as possible while you’re working. Limit time on social media and only check your phone every 30 to 45 minutes. Uninterrupted productivity is key to getting things done.
4. Trust your process
Building a business shouldn’t be like pulling teeth, but there will be some bumps in the road as you grow. You have to trust the process that you’ve put into place for building your business.
Your schedule, client work and marketing should all function in a streamlined manner within both your business and your family. You’re a mompreneur because you didn’t want to miss school events, put your kids in daycare, or have to take time off for your kids’ dentist appointments.
With the right structure and support, growing your business can work around your family and not require your family to work around your business. But the structure in place and trust the process around it to work.
5. Remember your why
Most moms say their why is their children. They wanted to be present in their kids’ lives and not have to sacrifice working in a 9 to 5 over their kid’s school play. Others say they want to be fulfilled as a mom and in a career that’s based on their passion.
Whatever your reason for becoming an mompreneur, remember it daily (especially during the hard moments) and celebrate it during your triumphs.
Your why will always outweigh any challenge or situation that you’re going through. Allow it to come into full view as the reason you are walking this entrepreneurial—the mompreneur—path .
It’s not easy being a mompreneur. We should know this.
Being a mom isn’t easy.
Being an entrepreneur is no walk in the park either.
We put them together. What did we think?
I’ll tell you what—we thought we could “have it all” and I’m here to tell you that with the right structure and support (and these secret weapons) we most certainly can have it all!
This article has been edited and condensed.
Alicia Henderson is the empire building business and visibilty strategist who loves to help others succeed in business. She helps women services-based business owners gain clarity to confidently build an empire that attracts dream clients and outrageous paydays with ease. Alicia is the CEO of Alicia Henderson Enterprises and the founder of The Empirenista Business Success Academy™. Alicia is a wife to a Marine Corps Vveteran, mother of 2 girls. Connect with @Empirenista_AH on Twitter.
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