How to Be a Successful Mompreneur
As the name suggests, a Mompreneur is a woman who is both a mother and entrepreneur. These motivated ladies don’t choose between family and career. They strive to be a great parent and business owner.
More and more moms are starting their own businesses. Raising a child is hard work but it’s also empowering. The experience can make you feel like you can accomplish anything. It also gives you the desire to provide your kids with a great life and do whatever you can to make the world a better place for them.
Also, many 9-to-5 jobs aren’t as accommodating as they should be to mothers. The gender wage gap still persists in many companies and flexible work schedules can be hard to come by. These realities combined with the fact that it has never been easier to start your own business makes being a Mompreneur an appealing endeavor.
In this business guide, you’ll learn how you can conquer the challenges of running a business and raising a family.
Tips for being a successful Mompreneur
Motherhood and business ownership on their own require serious commitment. Combine both responsibilities and there is a lot that has to be organized, managed and cared for.
That being said, it can certainly be done. Here are some tips that can help you have a thriving business and happy family.
- Be efficient & plan ahead – Look for every little opportunity to save time and make things easier. Take smart shortcuts on the way to school and in your business. Try to end everyday by making a to-do list and getting everything arranged for the next day. Use a master calendar to keep track of all your personal and professional obligations.
- Stay healthy – Many entrepreneurs prioritize their business over their health. But moms know one sick child can bring the entire household to a sudden stop. Keep healthy habits and don’t worry about taking a break if you or your child is coming down with a bug.
- Get your kids to help – If your kids are young, put them to work doing little things that keep them busy and help you out. If they’re older, why not give them serious responsibilities that help you run your business? You’ll get help will your business and teach your children valuable life lessons.
- Get help when you can – Many moms want to do everything on their own but the most successful business owners delegate and outsource what they can. Many communities offer a wide range of resources to working mothers, such as childcare, housing assistance and educational opportunities. Look into what’s available in your area.
- Take on the serious problems first – Moms don’t ignore the most important problems facing their family but this urgency doesn’t carry over to business for everyone. Be sure to tackle the primary issues before the menial stuff. Balancing your books or responding to customer questions might not be as fun as designing business cards or writing Facebook posts – but these tasks are more important to your business’s success.
- Give yourself something to look forward to – Have you ever offered your kids a reward for doing something they didn’t want to? Why not do the same for yourself? Whether it’s a glass of wine at the end of the workday or a night out at the end of the week, giving yourself something to work toward can help keep you motivated.
- Focus on one thing when the time comes – Multitasking is important for Mompreneurs but at times you’re going to need to focus on one specific task. That might mean hunkering down in your office and getting work done. Or ignoring email for an hour or two to enjoy playtime with your kids.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself – There will be times when you feel you're not paying enough attention to certain parts of your life. Don’t feel guilty. You’re motivated for the right reasons and are striving to do what’s best for yourself and your family.
These tips can help you get started at being a great business-owning mom. There are also active communities of Mompreneurs online that share great ideas and offer support. It's also worthwhile to see what organizations in your area can help you connect with like-minded women.
Lessons learned from both sides of being a Mompreneur
You’ll learn a lot on your own as you gain experience as a Mompreneur. There are many lessons parenthood can teach you about running a business – and running a business can teach you about parenthood. Here are a few examples:
- Learning on the go – Few parents and entrepreneurs have all the answers when they start. But if you have the best intentions and work hard, you tend to figure out the best way to do things.
- The workday doesn’t have fixed hours – Owning a business and being a parent means you’re never off the clock. You’re the leader so you have to put in long hours and be available anytime.
- Personal sacrifice is required – There are some things entrepreneurs and parents have to give up in order to do the best job they can. Letting go of bad or selfish habits is easy when you have more important things to focus on.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone – You’ll have to do things you don’t want to do in both endeavors. But afterwards, you’ll be glad you took on the challenge and became a more well-rounded person.
- Self motivation – You won’t have a boss telling you what’s best for your kids and business. That’s up to you to figure out and make happen all on your own.
- Relying on support systems – Moms and entrepreneurs have access to plenty of supportive people and resources. Learn what you can from others and be open to the support they offer.
Remember why you chose to be a Mompreneur
There will be times when you feel stretched too thin. You might think about giving up on your business and getting a 9-to-5 or focusing completely on your family. When you get to these crossroads, think about what inspired you to become a Mompreneur in the first place. Whether you made the decision for your kids, yourself or both, don’t lose perspective.