Being a single parent is difficult, and being an entrepreneur is hard. So what do you get when you combine the two? You’ll have a life that’s incredibly challenging but also highly rewarding, both professionally and financially.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. A lot of single moms want to start their own business, but they get discouraged by the challenges they have to face and think they can’t make it. But, if you’re a single parent, you have to realize that it’s not that hard. Yes, you’ll most likely experience a lot of difficulties, but you can make things easier by using these strategies:
Use your support network
One of the hardest things of being a single mompreneur is that you don’t have a spouse or partner to back you up, so you have to do everything by yourself. But you shouldn’t let this stop you from starting your business and achieving your dreams. Even if you don’t have a spouse or partner, you can still get the support you need from the people around you. Parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, fellow mompreneurs — rally up anyone who’s willing to help and allow them to help you.
You can even find support from people who are not within your immediate social circle. For instance, you can get in touch with me, Claire Barradell. As a business coach, I have helped many single mompreneurs in achieving success, and I’m more than willing to assist you.
Take advantage of nap times
Babies and toddlers usually take long naps so, if you have one (or several), you can work around their nap schedule. By doing your most brain-intensive tasks while they’re asleep, you can enjoy rare peace and quiet and have the chance to focus on your work. When they wake up, switch to easy tasks that you can perform even without paying too much attention, such as answering emails, checking your social media, and replying to comments on Facebook and Twitter.
Pay attention to your health
Your business and your children highly depend on you. If you get sick, you won’t be able to focus on either of them, which can lead to financial problems for your business and physical and emotional neglect for your kids. Because of this, you have to make sure that you’re always in good shape. No matter how busy you are, make it a point to eat healthy food, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest and sleep.
Cut back on volunteer work
Like many moms, you probably volunteer in your children’s school. There’s definitely nothing wrong with this, but make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Remember: your children and your business are your first priorities, so you should take care of their needs first before you take on any other projects.
Team up with other single mompreneurs
As mentioned above, it’s important to use your existing support network, but it won’t hurt to create another one from scratch. Specifically, create a network that’s made of other single mompreneurs in your area. By doing this, you’ll have people who fully understand your situation, know exactly what you’re going through, and give you excellent advice.
Use these strategies now to achieve success as a single mompreneur!