Being a mum is hard enough, but being a mum and an entrepreneur? A mumpreneur? That takes a special kind of woman. So if you're feeling pulled in two different directions, know that you can have it all; you just have to be strategic about how you go about it. Here are five tips on following your dreams and still being the best mum possible.
Tip #1: Get Organised
The first step to successfully juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood is to get organised. This means setting up a schedule and sticking to it as much as possible. Of course, there will be days and sometimes weeks when things come up, and your schedule gets thrown off, but if you have a general plan in place, it will be easier to get back on track.
To get started, sit down and map out your ideal week. Include time for work, time for your family, and time for yourself. Once you have a plan, do your best to stick to it. This will help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Organisation tools and apps can also be helpful in managing your schedule and tasks.
Tip #2: Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
If you want to be successful in business and in motherhood, you need to learn to delegate. You will need to learn the skill of letting go of the need to do everything yourself and trusting others to help you out. When it comes to delegation, there are two key groups of people you can rely on: your team at work and your family at home.
At work, delegate tasks to your employees or contractors. If you try to do everything yourself, you'll quickly become overwhelmed and start making mistakes. At home, delegate tasks to your partner or older children. Everyone in the family should pitch in so that you're not shouldering all of the responsibility yourself.
Tip #3: Set Boundaries
In order to be successful in both motherhood and entrepreneurship, you need to set boundaries. Therefore, you need to set limits on how much work you're willing to do outside of regular work hours and be clear with your family about when you are available and when you are not.
It can be difficult to stick to these boundaries at first, but it's important that you do. If you don't set limits, you will quickly become burned out, and that's not good for anyone. Set boundaries in your business and your personal life. This means making time for exercise, eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks from everything when you need them.
Tip #4: Only Do Something You Love
When it comes to entrepreneurship, it's important that you have passion for what you do. This will give you the motivation and drive to keep going, even when things are tough. And being a mum is definitely not always easy. So, make sure that your business is something you truly love. Passion is what will help you succeed and make all the long days and stressful nights worth it in the end.
If you're starting a business, make sure it's something you are truly passionate about and not just for the sake of making money. For example, if you are passionate about children's parties, start a children's party planning business. Don't start a business just because it's a popular trend or there is high demand.
Tip #5: Create A Workspace At Home
One way to make it easier to juggle motherhood and entrepreneurship is to have a designated workspace at home. This will help you stay focused and productive during work hours and also give you the ability to easily transition into being with your family when necessary. When setting up your workspace, make sure it's comfortable, has all the necessary equipment and tools, and is separate from where your family spends their time.
For example, you will need a private space where you can attend to your business needs without affecting your family's safety. If your business requires you to use and buy helium gas cylinders, make sure it's stored safely and properly. Also, be sure to schedule specific work hours so you can balance work and family time efficiently.
In conclusion, being a successful mum and entrepreneur can be a challenge, but it's definitely possible. There's no need to put your dreams on hold because you're starting a family; there are so many ways to make it work; you just need to find what works for you. By following these tips, you can follow your dreams and still have time for your family.