Entrepreneurship for Moms
In the current job market, it can be difficult to support a family on a single income. If you are a stay-at-home mom, you may want to contribute to your family’s monetary situation, but without leaving home or sacrificing your time with your children. Thanks to the internet, though, it is possible not only for stay-at-home moms to supplement their family’s income, but to create a thriving small business as a ‘mompreneur.’ Here are some ways you can get started.
Examine your strengths
The first thing to do is to examine your strengths: what are you best at? What training or education do you have that might help you narrow down your entrepreneurial goals? If you love music, art, or anything similarly creative, you could become a private teacher. Similarly, if you prefer a particular school subject, you can tutor children. Most importantly, are you more comfortable working for yourself than you are working for someone else? This can be more difficult than you might think, as it requires determination to follow your own hours and follow through with each day’s required amount of work, as well as the ability to balance your work and home lives.
Develop a business model that suits your needs
Some gigs require more time than others, of course. Marketing, social media management, and advertising can
all be done at home with the proper know-how, but require organization, meetings with clients, and enough time each week to prepare your strategies. You may also have to be on call at odd hours or on the weekends if your clients require coverage of a particular event. However, since online marketing generally gets planned and programmed, this also means that you may be free during the hours your children are home. Your availability should be one of the main considerations when you decide which entrepreneurial path to take. Service-based gigs or online sales can be done at any time you like, as long as you accomplish them by the deadline. This can be useful if you’re a night owl or early riser, as you’ll have time to work before or after your children are asleep.
Keep track of your work/life balance
One of the trickiest things about working from home is maintaining the balance between your work life and your home life. While normal work-life balance issues, like running out of time to enjoy yourself or to engage with friends, are still present, these problems can be exacerbated when your house is also your office. Several mindfulness techniques may be useful in separating these two parts of your life. Try taking a warm shower or bath in between your work and personal hours. While this may necessitate a slight shift in your overall schedule, it can help to reduce stress and help you ease into family life. Make sure to schedule meals and follow through with them – nutrition is critical. If you can, take time to eat a sit-down meal with your family each morning and night.
Create a dedicated office space
It may be helpful to create a dedicated office space in your house. By designing it properly, you can help divide up your work/life balance even more while improving productivity so you can get back to your family more quickly. Choose a room with large windows and plentiful light. Studies repeatedly show that exposure to natural light throughout the day improves productivity and significantly increases contentment and sleep. If there isn’t a room with windows available, make sure to go outside frequently to re-energize yourself. You can help divide your spaces by choosing a room with a door and making sure that your family knows that if the door is shut, they should knock before entering. You can also help discourage distractions by keeping unnecessary devices, like televisions, out of your office. Finally, invest in quality equipment and WiFi to speed up your overall performance.
Working with kids can be difficult. However, the internet has made it much simpler to be your own boss and take care of your children at the same time. Remember to establish a schedule and stick to it – a healthy work/life balance will help foster a healthy home.
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