I spent 15+ years in corporate America, and I can honestly without hesitation say that being a stay at home mom is one of the hardest most rewarding jobs I have ever had. When I decided to start my own business from home and add entrepreneur to my list of duties while juggling motherhood, things got interesting! If you are a mom you can relate to the many hats we wear through out the day: lunch maker, storyteller, super hero, driver, teacher, play mate, coloring partner. Add a business to the mix and you find yourself rocking out business calls with your hair in a powerbun and jelly on your shirt.
Its not easy but there are a few ways to juggle the beautiful chaos a little easier.
TIP #1: DEFINE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AS A MOM AND BUSINESS OWNER
You can become easily overwhelmed with everything you want to do and everything you need to do. Your duties as a mom will often overlap with your business and you will have days when things do not go as planned. If you are a perfectionist personality type this will be an even greater struggle so set realistic expectations upfront to save your sanity.
TIP #2: COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY
Don’t fall in the trap of comparing yourself to other moms and business owners. If you are just getting your business off the ground and are a one woman show, you can’t expect to be getting the same results as someone who has been running their business for the last 2 years and now has a personal assistant. Focus on and enjoy your personal journey while supporting and celebrating others in their successes.
TIP #3: CREATING BALANCE
This can be a tough one but striving for as much balance as possible will keep the peace and harmony in your home. Having set hours for when you will work and when you will NOT work is key to having as much balance as possible. Communicate this to your family so they know when to expect you working and when you will be unplugged. When you are working be fully present in that moment so you are more productive and when you are spending time with family, be fully present in those moments of quality time.
TIP #4: MAKE TIME FOR YOU
Self care is a must to running a successful business and household. As a mom of two boys, I get the struggle to find time for you when life, family and business are demanding so much of your time but its so important to do the things that bring you joy, peace and clarity. Whether its gardening, reading a book or spa day, make time to recharge the batteries of your soul.
TIP #5: TRIBE OF SUPPORT
Surrounding yourself with like minded women who are striving for the same goals and having similar struggles will give you an invaluable support system. There are endless resources for connecting with women and moms locally and online: Creating relationships with other moms through your kids activities, church, school and play groups; meeting up with other business minded women through local networking events; online MOMpreneur communities and resources
TIP #6: HAVE A SET DAILY ROUTINE
I love the flexibility of working from home, not having an alarm clock and working where I want when I want, but there is something to be said for having a routine. Create a daily action plan for running your household and your business. I have a daily marketing plan for my business as well as a list of “chores” to keep my house running smoothly. Knowing what I need to focus on daily helps me to be more productive and less overwhelmed.
TIP #7: BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN
Its okay, you can say it….”I ROCK at being a Work From Home Mom!” Was that affirmation hard to say? Don’t let it be. Get good at giving yourself a pat on the back. Its so important to have positive self talk, to appreciate yourself, to love who you are. Write yourself love notes and post them as a reminder of how far you have come! Be true to yourself, take care of YOU so you can be healthy in mind, body and spirit. Nurture all areas of your life so you can be happy and ROCK at being a mom who loves her family and working from home!