Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is the ultimate work-at-home-mom success story. She was divorced, a single mother to her young daughter, and living on welfare, and she received many rejection letters from publishers who refused to take on the first Harry Potter book. But she overcame these challenges: her books have taken the world by storm, and she now runs a business empire that’s worth millions of pounds.
Because of these, work-at-home moms and even other entrepreneurs can look to J.K. Rowling for wise advice. Here are some of the business lessons that we can all learn from the millionaire author:
Do what you love, and love what you do
Not surprisingly, J.K. Rowling has stated several times that she simply loves to write. According to her, “I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I’m sure that I’ll always be a writer.”
Her love and dedication for writing makes it easier for her to focus on what she’s doing and gives her the strength to push through the challenges in her way. As a work-at-home mom, you can apply this advice to your life by identifying what your passion really is and creating a business that centers on it. If you’re passionate about branding and marketing, don’t start a business in technology; you won’t get too far since your heart isn’t 100 percent in it. Instead, create a venture that allows you to help other entrepreneurs with their branding and marketing needs.
Imagine what would have happened if J.K. Rowling decided to set aside Harry Potter to focus on her day job and improve her financial situation first. She probably would have forgotten her story because she’d be caught up in her day-to-day obligations. Worse, someone else might have thought of the young-boy-goes-to-wizard-school idea, and Rowling wouldn’t have had the chance to get her story out.
This can be a great lesson for entrepreneurs: act now. When you get a brilliant idea, act on it ASAP. Don’t wait for tomorrow; don’t let a week or a month or a year pass. You don’t want to beaten in your own game by other people who’ve also thought of your idea but acted faster that you.
Use your time wisely
J.K. Rowling didn’t have lots of free time when she was writing the first Harry Potter book. She was working full-time as a researcher and secretary and, when she got home, she had her baby daughter to take care of. But she didn’t let her time-scarce situation stop her from completing her book; instead, she continued writing during her break time at work and when her daughter napped. It most likely was a tough challenge, but she was able to finish writing the first book and eventually get it published.
You can follow her example by managing your time wisely. Make the most of every spare second you have to grow your business and make it more lucrative. Don’t be afraid to burn the midnight candle; your hard work will be rewarded in the long run when your venture achieves success.
These are just some of the business lessons that work-at-home moms (and everyone else) learn from J.K. Rowling. To know more about starting your own business, just get in touch with me, Claire Barradell. As an entrepreneur, business coach, and fellow WAHM, I can guide you through the journey of getting your venture started and achieving success.