The fastest growing small business owner may just be the mom next door. Mompreneurs are savvy, creative, and highly intelligent — in other words, ideally suited to running a business. Is mompreneurism for you? Read on for one mompreneur’s take on what it’s like taking care of a babe and a business.
They’ve Got It Wrong About Us Moms
You’ve probably heard it before, that moms are great at multitasking.
I can attest to having good instincts paired with excellent reflexes. It’s what keeps the baby from getting scalded from the latte spilling when you jump to answer the phone. It’s also the amazing ability to soothe the baby as you answer a call to talk to a client.
OK, who am I kidding? It’s not possible to talk on the phone and soothe a baby at the same time. This multitasking thing is a myth — who can possibly to do two or more things at the same time, let alone do them well?
Being A Successful Mompreneur Takes More Than Just Good Reflexes
Just a week ago, if you’d have been a fly on the wall you’d have caught me encouraging my crying two year old son to settle in the closet so I could take a call. I know, it sounds horrible. Please don’t judge. This mompreneur game isn’t easy, and neither is holding everything together all the time — or at least appearing as though you’re holding it together all the time.
I think the truth about moms isn’t that we’re great at multitasking. We are skilled at the art of accommodation — the ability to see things coming and make way. Foresight, adaptability, flexiblity, and putting others first, in priority sequence, seem to come easily to us. Looking back, I did always prefer Tetris to Mario Brothers as a teen. My brother was the one striving to earn as many points as he could, dodging danger, moving forward as fast as possible.
I was the one trying to fit things together in tight spaces, just like I do now with time, snuggles, money, and patience.
Ready To Invite Another Baby Into Your Life?
If you’re ready to take the plunge with your eyes wide open, hurray! I’m thrilled to welcome another mom into the fold. For all the realism I’ve provided above (and will continue providing as I blog about mompreneurism for WIBN) I wholeheartedly love being a mompreneur. I believe that mompreneurism, in fact, may just be the best option for those of us who choose to work while our kids are young.
So before I conclude this article, I want to share with you three small bits of wisdom from the trenches — the most important lessons I’ve learned running my own little business from home around my family’s needs and schedules.
- Never forget who’s boss. You are in charge of your business and you’ve got enough on your plate already — so don’t tolerate people who make it any more challenging. Fire pain in the ass clients, don’t accept lowballers who won’t pay what you’re worth, and stick by the boundaries you set. Don’t let your business become a job you hate; protect and nurture it so it flourishes into something you love. One day your kids will be in school, and your business will still be there for you. Make it something meaningful and beautiful.
- Steal time. I mean it. Give yourself a break whenever you need it, or you won’t be able to be the mom you want to be or any good to your clients. Whether it’s a trip to the spa once a month, a weekly hike with a friend, a bubble bath or a nap, make whatever you need to stay rested, healthy and happy a priority.
- Forget the supermom mentality. You don’t have to buy it and you sure don’t need to compare yourself to other moms who seem to have it together. (Believe me, they don’t). Strive for happiness, be gentle with yourself as you learn, and remember that one day you will be an amazing mentor to your daughter, son, or another mompreneur for having made some mistakes.
Are you a mompreneur, or aspire to be? What’s your business? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!