Many people think that mompreneurs have it all: they run a business they love, they earn a decent income, and they have full control over their schedule. But, if you want to become a mompreneur, take note that it’s not a walk in the park. Before you can be successful, you first have to face and overcome a large number of challenges, such as the following:
- Finding time to focus on your work
Like many mompreneurs, you may decide to run your business from home since it’s cheaper and allows you to be with your family. Unfortunately, there are lots of distractions at home that prevent you from focusing on your tasks. Your children will want you to play with them, your neighbors may drop by for unexpected chats, and your household chores will sit there, waiting to be tackled.
These distractions will always be present, so it’s up to you how to navigate around them and ensure they won’t bother you. Explain to your kids that you need to work for a certain number of hours in day, and inform your neighbors that you are working and that you’d love to talk during your free time. Learn to be okay with having dirty dishes piled up on the sink — the dishes can wait, but your clients won’t!
- Stepping away from work
Another challenge you’ll face is knowing when to turn off from work. Doing this is important since it gives your mind and body some much-needed rest and provides you with the physical and mental energy to get going the following day. The problem that it’s easy to get absorbed with what you’re doing and it’s difficult to step away once you become too focused. You have to train yourself how to “unplug” once your work day is over so you can rest and enjoy some quality time with your family.
- Taking care of your kids while you’re working
This isn’t really a problem if your children are big enough to go to school, but it can be an issue if they’re still too young and need to stay in the house the whole day. If you work at home, you’ll need to work around their schedule so you can take care of them while staying on top of their deadlines. For instance, you can work on easy tasks like replying to emails when you’re breastfeeding your baby; once she takes a nap, get your laptop and start tackling brain-intensive tasks that need 100 percent of your attention.
- Keeping your finances in order
When you become a mompreneur, you’ll need to focus on two things: your personal finances and your business finances. It’s important to keep these two things separate so you can easily keep track of your expenses and protect your personal assets in case your business fails and has to be declared bankrupt. Consider using accounting software to easily tackle your accounting and bookkeeping tasks; if you don’t have time for it, or if you don’t trust your math skills, you’ll want to hire a professional accountant to do it for you.
Of course, it’s not enough to just make money; you should also know how to spend it wisely. Create a monthly budget for you and your family, and make sure to stick to it to avoid overspending on unnecessary things. Do the same thing for your business, and look for ways to keep your overhead low so you can maximize your revenues.
- Keeping yourself healthy
It’s easy to forget yourself and just focus on your family and work. But remember: your home and your business won’t be able to function without you, so you have to make your health a priority. Avoid eating too much takeaways; instead, make large batches of nutritious soups or stews during weekends, freeze it in small containers, and just reheat it to enjoy a warm, delicious meal during the weekdays. Carve out some time from your schedule for exercise, and make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep every day.
- Getting help when you need it
A lot of mompreneurs feel they have to go through life on their own, but this isn’t really the case! No one expects you to be Superman, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help when you need it. Find someone who can provide you with support and mentorship and help you get your business off the ground. If you really need to run after a deadline, hire a babysitter to watch your kids for a couple of hours while you finish your work.
Being a mompreneur isn’t easy, but you can make it less difficult by being aware of the challenges you’ll face and knowing how to overcome them.