This year marks 9 years as a mom for me. I like to describe mom life using a term I coined called the Three C’s: cooking, cleaning and of course children! This juggling act requires all of my attention to keep the cycle balanced. Thankfully, a few smiles and hugs from the kiddos tugs at my heart strings and I keep going…. cooking, cleaning, children. Repeat.
Just when you think you can’t possibly add more to this cycle, you do – because you are a a business owner, or entrepreneur – or as they like to call mom entrepreneurs, a ‘Mompreneur’.
That part of your life is equally as demanding. Driving a business to a successful and profitable state requires an enormous investment of time and energy.
Clearly parenthood and being a business owner both have their ups and downs! But this hasn’t stopped moms from taking the entrepreneurial road. In fact, according to Score.org, in 2018, women-owned businesses made up 39% of the 28 million small businesses operating across the United States and is continuing to rise.
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This infographic presented below and on Score.org shows that 23.2% of the women entrepreneurs surveyed decided to start a business at the same time that they were starting a family. It seems like a bold decision to make, but flexible hours and the ability to work from home are a huge benefit when you have young children.
So how are women entrepreneurs balancing their business goals with mom life? Here is what 15 moms do to get it done.
Make Family Time a Priority
Robyn is an independent contractor and also the author of the blog A Dime Saved.
“The most important thing is to have some times that are non-negotiable family time. Bedtime is a time for each kid to get a book and I lay down with them for a few minutes. No matter how busy I am – bedtime is always bonding time.”
Tiffany L. Thomas
Tiffany was previously a math teacher and is currently the author of the blog Saving Talents.
“Put your kids first and fill the rest with work.”
Marie is author of the blog Mommy Makes Money Online.
“When I was first pregnant, I thought that once the baby was here I could still run my business when my daughter was asleep and on weekends.
Then I quickly realized that kids need your undivided attention. Now I have a strict schedule I use to plan out what I need to do and when to give her my undivided attention.
I work 2 hours every morning and an hour after she’s in bed. I set realistic expectations of what I can and cannot do.”
Samantha is author of the blog RecipeThis and creates recipes with her husband Dominic.
“My number #1 tip is to work around the kid’s hours and be flexible about when you work. I have 3 kids and my youngest two are in preschool. My husband and I work on our online business while they are at preschool and then do leftover work when they are in bed on a night. It gives us lots of time with them and we are still able to grow our online business. Prior to this when the kids were at home we worked shift patterns. I would work one week and the hubby would work the next and this worked very well for us too.”
Keep an Organized Work Schedule
Dr. Rubina Tahir
Rubina is a Chiropractor, writer, and co-founder of The Positivity Charge, a national wellness conference.
“I use google calendar reminders – or else I don’t know where I am supposed to be half of the time. Take business calls with your toddler in the room. People are understanding of hearing a LOT of background noise and support the goals of the Mompreneur.”
Darcey still has her day job and is in the process of getting her coaching business off the ground. Darcey has also been a blogger for several years.
“It is a balancing act, but I try to pick a different task to focus on each night after my daughter goes to bed. For example, on Sunday night, I’ll schedule my Facebook and Instagram posts for the week. Then I’ll use the theme I chose and on Monday nights, I’ll take an hour to write a blog post. The next day, I’ll edit and look for images. Another day, I devote to coaching calls. I have found that focusing on one area each day feels less overwhelming.”
Donna is the author of the blog Whole Food Bellies.
“My main thing which I have really honed in on this year is to work hard when you can, so you can truly be present for your family when you are together.
I batch work and schedule in advance a lot more so I can really and truly be there for the kids on weekends and school holidays.
This way I know I am being true to myself in how hard I am working on my business and I don’t feel mom guilt as I know I am making quality time for the kids (and hubby).”
Shirley Crumbie Wood
Shirley is author of the blog Intelligent Domestications.
“My kids are grown and I am very active in my grandkids lives. I make myself available when my daughters need me. I’m still a busy Mompreneur. Keeping a schedule written is key for me. I also share my schedule with the family so that everyone else knows what to expect of my availability.”
Jennifer is author of the blog Healthy Happy Impactful.
“I use a block schedule to separate my mom life and my business life. It works because it keeps me from multitasking myself to death with three kids at home. I have times that my family gets my undivided attention, and times when my business gets my undivided attention. I try not to mix them if possible. “
Kallie is author of the blog One Fit Mamma.
“My best tip is to make sure you make time for family and do some self-care. Find the best time for you to work and stick to it every day. Don’t let yourself get distracted or else it will take forever to get done!”
Find the Best Blocks of Time in the Day to Work
Alice has a shop on Etsy and is the author of the blog Mommy to Mom.
“We’ve been remote learning since school started this year which has really thrown my schedule off since I have to help keep my kids on task. One thing I’ve found that helps is making sure everything is prepared the night before school. I have them make their lunches the same as if they were going to school. This allows me to work during their entire lunch break, rather than needing to make food for them. I also make sure they have their work set out for the next day so things are organized and they are able to work more independently.”
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Teralyn is author of the blog New Mom Vibes.
“My tip is to wake up earlier than your kids. I find that waking up 1 to 2 hours before my kids and focusing on my top to-dos helps me get my most important things done and also makes me feel like I accomplished something for myself before the kids wake up. It also gives me time to be really present with my kids in the morning without trying to multi-task during breakfast time.”
Samantha is author of the blog Evidence-Based Mommy and has a PhD in Chemistry.
“Find activities that your kids want to do independently. Novel toys or activities that you can set up quickly and then put away after your work can be really helpful at buying you time.”
Set Reasonable Expectations for Yourself
Lily Bo is author of the blog The Matbakh.
“My best tip as a mompreneur is to set expectations reasonably and with compassion. Identify exactly how much time is spent outside of your business, so you can have a realistic gauge of how much time you actually have to work on your business. Whether that’s 10 hours a week or 30 hours a week, then it’s possible to start setting reasonable expectations. Also, I set expectations that are within my control- i.e. number of blog posts, keyword research, etc, then use indicators like traffic, engagement, email opens to guide my actions.”
Sarah is author of the blog Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream.
“My biggest tip is to manage your expectations. Pick what’s important for the day and get that done. So some days the dishes can wait while I smash-out that killer recipe, others I turn off the computer and spend the afternoon in the sunshine with my boys. You can’t do everything all the time and you will burn out trying.”
Being a Mompreneur requires a commitment to a lifestyle that often demands the highest level of organization and time management. Being able to find those blocks of time to work around family eventually becomes second nature. Set reasonable expectations for yourself of what you can accomplish, taking it one day at a time.
Finally, celebrate the fact that being a Mompreneur fulfills two dreams, experiencing the blessings of motherhood and being your own boss!
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