Motherhood is a lifelong commitment that requires continuous learning. A mother who wishes to develop her professional path faces extremely complex challenges.
On the one hand, you have your beautiful home and inquisitive children, sleepless nights, homework, and diaper changes. On the other, you have business meetings, pitches to prep, a social media strategy to build, and a reputation to uphold.
While different lifestyles call for different measures, there are some common rules that every mompreneur can implement in her life in order to achieve success.
The 5 Elements of Success for Mompreneurs
1. Structure Up
Luckily, the modern era provides almost everyone with a chance to find their place in the business universe. To you as a mom, these digital perks will come in handy for organizing your business from top to bottom.
Outline your short-term and long-term goals, define your weekly schedule, and allocate an appropriate amount of time to every task at hand. Use your post-its and fridge magnets to place reminders and your phone alarm for your most important tasks.
Limit distractions during your work hours by logging out of your personal social media and turning off your phone notifications, and plan your priorities. You can apply the same structure to your home life, such as meal prep, to save time. Having a solid system will be your strongest asset in times of crisis!
2. Share The Commitment
Although you might be tempted to take care of everything between work and your children, unless you delegate some of the less crucial tasks, you will end up overwhelmed with challenges.
Your partner (or, if you’re single, a close friend can help too!) can pitch in to pick the kids up from daycare or school, and you can organize a rotating schedule of keeping up with home maintenance.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, on the contrary! If you recognize that moment when you need assistance, the best you can do for business and your mom-self is to ask for what you need.
3. Make Time For You-Time
As rewarding as it is to be recognized as a valuable professional in your community and as a great mom by your family, self-care is an essential segment of savoring your professional journey to success.
With so many intricacies involved in setting up a business while taking care of a family, it’s likely that you will start neglecting your own needs. Although it may seem benign at first, that can impede your progress on multiple levels.
Set aside a few moments of solitude to clear your mind, schedule your weekly workouts, or design your personal home exercise plan, and never underestimate the power of an occasional date night with your loved one – all of these seemingly small choices can help you soar in your career.
Mistakes are a natural part of the process, but if you have a habit of criticizing yourself constantly, you will eventually drain all the pleasure from your efforts. When you come across a problem, or you step into the unknown business turf, mold your mindset to perceive it as an opportunity to grow, instead of as a setback.
The same goes for being a mom – no one was born a brilliant parent, and as much as you wish to do what’s best for your little ones, it’s natural to err every now and then. As long as you gain something, there is no reason to doubt your worth.
5. Manage Your Expectations
When you are driven by your aspirations, and you constantly invest energy into dreaming big, you might get lost in the realm of unrealistic expectations, especially if you’ve had a strong start with your entrepreneurial actions.
Stay focused on your short-term milestones and motivate yourself with your step-by-step progress. Keep your enthusiasm alive, but steer clear of idealizations. Enjoy your ongoing advancement, but always think about ways to adapt and grow your business, instead of settling for your current situation, no matter how good it might seem.
Go get ‘em!
As you embark on your business journey, you will realize that building such a strong foundation for all your future endeavors will be worth your while – you will be a mom your kids will look up to and learn from with pride for years to come!