Have you ever wondered what it really takes to be a successful mompreneur? I recently had the opportunity to ask 10 moms to share their secrets to growing a business while staying home with their kids.
Whether you are just starting your work from home business or you’ve been a WAHM for a while now, these tips will help you be successful both as a mom and a business owner!
1. Be Flexible
Throw your expectations out the window. It will be one of the best things you can do for your family but it can also be one of the most frustrating things. Set up a good routine but plan for flexibility and be able to adjust your day as needed. Set your priorities and stick to those so you don’t lose sight of what you want to do and your ultimate goals are.
– Merissa Alink, Little House Living, blogger and missionary and mom of 3 kids – ages 6, 4, and 1
2. Decide What’s Best For You
It’s possible. It’s a lot of work and it is stressful, but you have to weigh your options and decide what is best for you. In my opinion the reward of being able to watch your kids learn and grow every day while you continue your career substantially outweigh the work and stress that come with being a WAHM.
– Katie Charleston, Katie Charleston Law, A Professional Corporation, lawyer and mom of 3 kids – ages 4, 2 and 3 months
3. Know Your Goals
Know your goals. What are you trying to attain, what is your mission? Running your own business is a lot of work, and if “make money” is your only goal, you are going to burn out.
Liz Millay, Steadfast Family, author and blogger and mom to 3 kids – ages 6, 3, and 11 months
4. Involve Your Kids
Work while your kids are awake, and find ways to involve them in the process. Kids love helping, and it’s a great way to teach them amazing life skills at an early age. Now, it still may be more efficient to get a bulk of your work done when you have peace and quiet, but expose your kids to some aspect of your business. They love having a hand in the business and they’re so proud of you and your efforts!
– Meg Brunson, EIEIO Marketing & the FamilyPreneur Podcast, Marketing Mama Raising KidPreneurs! and mom of 4 daughters – ages 10, 7, 4 and 3
5. Find the Right Job
It is hard to weed out the scams from the legit jobs, but they are out there. There is a WAH job for every mom. It doesn’t matter your skillset or background, from teaching, administrative work, opening up an Etsy shop, customer service, IT, and graphic design, just to name a few. Don’t be discouraged.
– Amanda Altman, Magnolia Virtual Solutions, virtual bookkeeper and mom of 1 daughter – age 3
6. Follow Your Dreams
Follow your dreams wholeheartedly. I believe that starting a business while staying at home with your children is the best of both worlds. It involves a lot of planning, organization and structure but it is not impossible. Particularly in the younger years, it is crucial to be present for your children. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love daily which is running by business and caring for my son. So to all the women to want to become WAHM I say go for it. You get to watch your loves (business and child/children) grow together and it is extremely rewarding.
– Shaw Bernard, STRUT Model & Talent Agency, modeling agency owner and mom of 1 child – age 21 months
7. Create a Work Space
Create a “work” space, and try to avoid taking work to bed. If you let it, your business will seep into every part of your life and you want to keep parts separate or you’ll burn out. Creating a work area helps to focus your mindset to be more productive and also stops you focusing on work when you should be focusing on the kids! .
– Charlotte Ratcliffe, Silhouette Creatives, copywriter and mom of 2 kids – ages 6 and 11 months
8. Make a Plan
Don’t be afraid to try, you are good enough, smart enough and can do it! Make a plan and take steps to achieve your goals. Make an actual LIST that you can see and mark off things. This helps you not only stay focused but helps boost your self-esteem that you are accomplishing things.
– Julie Farrell, Odd Lot Paperie, online stationery shop owner and mom of 2 – ages 9 and 7
9. Don’t Do it Alone
Do not try to do it alone. The best thing I ever did was get a coach and accountability partner to keep me on track and help me to get success much quicker than I ever could on my own.
– Tiffany Charters, Tiffany Charters – The Ambitious Mum’s Coach, business coach to ambitious mums and mom of 2 kids – ages 4 and 3
10. Don’t Give Up
If you are passionate about what you are doing, stick with it! It may seem hard at first but if you give it 100% and don’t give up, you will get there! People may shame you or tell you it’s not worth it, but it is!
– Lindsey Edwards, Lindzzz Little Dreamers, infant sleep consultant and mom of 1, girl – age 11 months