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Want to Become a Mompreneur? Here’s How You Can Get Started

The perfect work/life balance is a dream for many. If you have already found the career of your dream, you may have learned that discovering and making that dream career come true isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. You will still have to deal with the highs and lows of the non-career-related aspects of your life such as family, friends, and your other extra-curricular activities. Just because you’re living the dream job, it doesn’t guarantee the eradication of all of your life’s worries.

As a writer who still have to hold down a non-writing day job (this taking the “life” role while writing is my “work”), the struggle to find that balance is indeed real. Some days are good, some are worse. Sometimes, the non-writing parts of my life take over leaving very little room for me to squeeze writing in a day. It’s a matter of reason and practicality though. I can’t ignore my day job responsibilities as that employment is the biggest contributor to my finance. At the same time, my heart hurts with each day that passes when I feel I haven’t done much towards my dream.

Our guest today, Eva Benoit, knows the story. In this special article she’s generous to share with us, she gives aspiring mompreneurs (mother + entrepreneurs) tips and sound advice on how to start that career path and deal with the work/life balance challenge that comes with it.

 

Want to Become a Mompreneur? Here’s How You Can Get Started

by Eva Benoit

 Photo credit:  Pixabay

Photo credit: Pixabay

Launching a successful business as a stay-at-home mom isn't all “hugs and kisses,” but it can be done if you do what you love, are super-organized, and are mindful of the importance of a healthy work/life balance. If you want to learn more about how to become a successful “mompreneur” from your own home, keep reading. 

Getting Started

The easiest part of starting your own business from home is to get all the ideas floating around in your head down on paper or into an electronic list. Next, narrow your list to things that you love to do. It’s difficult to maintain two full-time jobs -- that of home parent and business owner -- if you don't love what you do. 

Research business models in order to decide how you will operate your particular business. A business model is basically a plan of how you intend to operate your business; there is a good article on the various types of business models from HuffPost. Once you’ve decided on how you plan to operate your business, find the funding (plus a little more as a small business often takes time to turn a profit) and draw up a business plan

Look at your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you love making one-of-a-kind things, an Etsy shop might be a great place to start. Technologically challenged? Either learn the skills before you start or begin selling at local shops and retailers while you learn the skills to grow your business online.

Organization is Everything

Working at home with small children can be a challenge. But it can be done with organization, planning, and a commitment to your business dream.

  • Consider starting your business part-time if you can. 

  • Take advantage of “found moments” such as waiting at the dentist or at a child’s piano lesson to make phone calls or deal with email, quick research, or planning. 

  • Schedule your days to incorporate blocks of time for both work and family. Block out times for “work” and times for “family” and stick to the schedule. When you are with your children, be 100 percent with your children, not busy checking work emails. 

  • Create space in your home for your business.

Design your Space for Maximum Productivity

You may be starting your dream business on a shoestring budget, but it is important to invest in quality equipment from the outset. In business, the old adage “time is money” is like a mantra -- don’t invest in inexpensive office products only to have to spend time replacing or repairing them. If you can, place your desk in an area with natural light. If this is not possible, consider purchasing a natural light lamp. Natural light helps with creativity, body rhythm regulation, and mood.

The best way to minimize distractions when working from home is to have a designated workspace. Ideally, this would be a room with a door. Older children can be taught to respect the workspace and your work time. With younger children, take advantage of naptime and an early bedtime to grow your business. An added benefit of clearly defining work/living space is that it helps you maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Achieving a Work/Life Balance

It is important to maintain a healthy work/life balance -- for you, your family, and your business. You need time to take care of you -- to exercise, eat healthy foods, and to spend time with friends and family. 

  • Delegate tasks that can be done by someone else. Hire a part-time housekeeper, nanny, or assistant if you can afford it.

  • Schedule everything.

  • Make planning a priority. Carve out time in the morning and evening to compile to-do lists, mini-task lists, and assign priorities. 

Anyone who successfully juggles home, family, and work is an amazing person. A mompreneur takes amazing to a whole new level by balancing the challenges of motherhood, chores, and various day-to-day tasks with innovative work. By reading the list above, you are all set to get started on your very own business while still being the mom you’ve always wanted to be. 


This article was written by Eva Benoit. Learn more about Eva and her book The 30-Day Plan for Ending Bad Habits and Improving Overall Health on her website.