Whether you are a working mom tired of working for someone else, or a stay at home mom that needs a bit of income or just something part time for yourself, starting your own home-based business can be extremely rewarding. However, most moms will attest that juggling your own business and caring for your kids can be a difficult task. Here are a few tips that might help you in your juggling act!
Map It Out!
Unless you have no other choice, it’s best to take your time, plan, and get prepared. Take into account your kid’s ages, the number of kids, and just how much you can handle. If you bite off more than you can chew, you will regret it! Be realistic and decide on the type of schedule that you can keep. Create a comprehensive business plan to set yourself up for success.
Stay in the Moment
It’s tempting to always multi-task and at times you will need to do that. However, it is crucial that you try to separate your home life and business life as much as possible. When you are working on business stuff try to keep your focus on it. Most importantly, give your presence to your kids as much as possible when you are spending time and playing with them. Even on crazy busy days, carve out times to put your focus on the kids. Put away the computer and stay in the moment with the kids.
Healthy Habits Lead to Hefty Profits
Health and wellness should become even more of a priority when you add more responsibilities to your plate. It can be so difficult when being mom and CEO simultaneously, especially if you have a baby that still wakes up at night! Do your very best to guard your sleep, eat healthy fats and leafy greens, and move your body. Finding the time to workout can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be formal workouts. Go out and jump rope with the kids or simply take them out for walks in the stroller. Getting exercise and fresh air does wonders for your mental health as well! Being healthy will help you be successful in both business and parenting.
Even if you are only working on your business part time, it’s likely that you will need an extra set of hands to care for the kids. It’s almost impossible to do both successfully at the same time unless your kids are much older. This doesn’t mean that you have to send them to daycare full time. Find part time daycare, a babysitter or even a mother’s helper, depending on your needs and your budget.
Set a Schedule but Stay Flexible
It’s important that you treat your home just as you would an office, even when running your own business at home. Make sure that you keep a comprehensive schedule and a to-to list categorized from the most important tasks to the least important tasks. That’s because anyone with kids knows that you can be interrupted at virtually any time. If you have completed the important goals done first, you will have some more wiggle room on the rest of it when you are interrupted by the kids.
The truth is that you can have it all, absolutely. But, as hard working moms and business owners, you will have to be aware of the challenges that you face, plan accordingly, and face them head on!