It seems crazy at first, deciding to run a business and adding more to your already full plate, but crazy comes with the territory of being a mom so we take on the challenge, trying to find a fair enough balance with managing a family and our businesses. Admittedly, it can get overwhelming and really frustrating, but with the mindset shifts I share below, I have been able to run my business, take care of family and keep my sanity.
1. YOU ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE.
As a Mom your natural mother instincts is to care, you may want meet every client where they’re at without putting into thought the direct implication of this on our time and energy. Understanding and accepting that your time is extra valuable will go a long way in helping you Niche down on who you want to work with, and how you want to work with them so that your business is more focused and there’s no need trying so hard to be everything to everyone.
2. YOUR SELF CARE IS PRIORITY.
It’s easy to get caught up with all the things we have to do, handling the clients, leading the team, raising the kids and simply being an adult that you let life slip by. Week after week, focusing on the next big goal and never really stopping to check in with yourself. Self care goes beyond a shower and a monthly mani-pedi, also ensure your mental health is in check, take some time off work to recharge, remind yourself to eat, make some time to get fit and even protect your energy by surrounding yourself with people of the right energy; network, team, clients, family and friends alike. When you care for yourself, you’re ensuring that you’re in turn able to show up in the world as the best version of you.
3. DELEGATE WHAT WEARS YOU OUT.
If you truly want to step into those leadership pants and take the drivers seat in your business while still raising a family, it is imperative that you are functioning in your strengths most of the time.
Hiring professional help doesn’t only help you become more productive, it helps increases the efficiency of your business. Another aspect of delegating also involves using systems and softwares to take care of certain tasks like payments, reoccurring invoices, payroll or appointment scheduling to save you hours of busy work, so you can focus on the things that matter.
4. A SUPPORT SYSTEM IS AN ASSET.
Entrepreneurship can get so lonely that sometimes a network of people on the same level as you, who understand your challenges and are ready to cheer you on to bigger success is all you may need. Join a mastermind, attend events, take retreats or vacations, remember that if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.
5. SET THOSE BOUNDARIES
It’s easy to set boundaries for your clients, but be sure to set some for yourself too. Set negotiables and non-negotiables to hold yourself accountable to your own goals. Where does family take priority, when does the business take priority? I personally set work schedules and routines to ensure I am using my time wisely & spending time productively.
It may seem like a lot if shifts to start implementing at a time, so take it a step at a time, as Moms and passionate entrepreneurs, our jobs are never done so take it easy, master one shift if you have to before attempting another. Cheering you on.
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