Let’s get real for a moment fellow mamas.
Yes, I’m talking to you. The mom who desires to do or be something more than just mom. Whether it be to open a small business, to take that next leap in your career, or the mom who’s contemplating on being the career SAHM. At some point I was all of those things – or at the very least I thought about it constantly.
Today I want to reassure you that what you’re doing whether it’s starting a small business for the first time like me, you’ve been running a business for a while, or trying to do it all while balancing your family life – you can do it and be successful! Since literally opening my Etsy shop last week and jumping head first into the small business world, I’ve learned a few things and have heard some pretty great advice along the way. And today I am sharing a little bit of that with you.
Plus there’s a little giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to check that out – a thank you for reading this post as well as supporting small business owners and mamas like myself 😉
Acknowledge your passions.
The first step in becoming a successful mom-trepreneur (or entrepreneur in general) is to recognize that you have passions and desires that go beyond your role as a mother, wife, or woman; that you have personal and/or professional goals. Well, I’m here to tell you that the sooner you admit this to yourself, and not feel guilty about it, the sooner you can take that first step in accomplishing your passions.
Communicate them to your spouse.
The next step after you get real with yourself about what I will call your ‘passion projects,’ is to talk it out with your spouse. After all, parenting is a tag-team sport and in order for you to accomplish all of the goals you’ve set for yourself, you need the support of your other half. This comes down to being open with him about what it is your passionate about, what it will take to get you started, and what you’ll need from him in the process of it all. Starting something new will take time, effort, and money and those three things will affect your family so it’s crucial to keep your husband in the loop.
Plus he’ll make for a great cheerleader and be the one you can lean on when going through those peaks and valleys.
Get organized and good at time-management.
This one I can’t stress enough and is a bit of a no-brainer. Yes, be organized with your plan, materials, and process for maintaining your business. It could be your blog, an e-book your writing, establishing your photography business, creating something and opening an Etsy shop (like me!)…or practically anything else under the sun. Whatever you plan to do you want to be great at it, right? Well, that takes a good chunk of planning ahead and being prepared with your time.
This mama and fellow mom-trepreneur echoes a similar sentiment,
“It’s all about stewarding your time. A “schedule” won’t work if it’s too rigid, but a flexible routine will! Planning is absolutely essential.”
-Phylicia Delta, phyliciadelta.com
Maximizing nap time.
I have found success balancing my new small business, my blog, and being a mom and wife by planning out my day. Obviously while I’m at home with Greyson I have the time carved out for the creative stuff. Whether it be taking photos or writing for a blog post, drafting and publishing a print, or fulfilling orders from my Etsy shop, I can do all of this while he naps. Lately he’s been on a pretty good sleeping schedule during the day and I maximize that uninterrupted time by doing the things I otherwise couldn’t focus on while he’s awake.
Have your workspace organized.
For me as an Etsy seller who needs not only materials to create my products but materials for shipping, it’s vital I have a clear workspace to work in. This helps me keep my things in one place and allows me complete orders quickly – which time is of the essence when people are shopping from you. I take the time to purchase and set up everything I need in order to be successful. Taking this time up front will save me so much time in the end.
Clock in and out just like a regular job.
Working from home can make it so easy to have your time be filled with everything relating to your new passion project. After all, you’re filled with excitement about how successful it will be and are eager to reach that next milestone. Plus the majority of your first year starting a new small business is building an audience and that takes a lot of time and effort to do! But much like going to a normal 9-5 job, set timers for yourself when you need to clock out and be present with your family. Be sure to take a lunch break, put your phone down, and just get on the floor and play, go for a walk, or take your kid to the park.
Being successful in your new venture is an amazing feeling, but nothing is more important than being there for those moments with your family.
It’s also okay to say ‘no’.
When beginning a new business it’s easy to want to say YES! to everything. But as one fellow blogging mama and small business owner put it,
“I think the biggest thing that has helped me is realizing that I’m not a stay-at-home mom, I’m a work-at-home mom. While I definitely have a hard time working with a 4-month old, and I’m not able to get as much done as I used to. Being a stay-at-home-mom is a full time job and I’m doing that AND running a business. So it’s okay to say no to a new client. It’s okay to turn off my phone. I’m doing what I do so I can be home with my baby and because of that he is my #1 priority.”
-Lauren Grier, laurengrierdesign.com
So when you feel as though you’re beginning to develop an overwhelming schedule, pause, and take a break! Snuggle your littles or even step away from your business for a day. Keep your perspective and remember that you do your best work when it’s meaningful and you have the capacity to do it well – especially when it benefits your family in the end.
Be prayerful and faithful throughout it all.
Whether you’re spiritual or not, I challenge you to pray and be hopeful throughout this whole new process. There will be a mixture of excitement and some stagnant times ahead, but know that it will all work out in the end. How do I know? Well, it comes down to something pretty simple: you’re in charge of making decisions and those choices will have an outcome. However there is this gray area where no matter what you do, how much you network, or market your business…it all just comes together in time.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
As a THANK YOU to all of my friends both online and in person who have encouraged me to ‘go for it!’ with my new Etsy shop, here’s a GIVEAWAY just for you!
I am giving away ONE FREE PRINT of your choosing from my shop as a sincere thank you for your continued support. All you have to do is simply follow me on social media! Yep, that’s all. Fill out your entry form below!