Is it a cakewalk for a woman to start her business once she’s had children? No. Like all entrepreneurs, moms who start the venture of business ownership may face a bevy of challenges such as staying positive during the workday when the going gets tough. However, there are currently 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States and the trend is on the upswing. Make sure to plan well, and your decision to launch an at-home business will be one that’s respected and rewarding.
Do separate personal and professional fronts
This generation introduces the new stay-at-home mom—one who runs her own business from home. However, this means it is essential moms who work from home keep their work and personal lives separate. For instance, it’s probably not a good idea to join a conference call while giving your son a bath. Also, it’s not a great idea to constantly check your email while you’re at your daughter’s first piano recital.
Don’t neglect yourself
You have two time-consuming and rewarding jobs—a mother and an entrepreneur. It’s stressful, tiring and sometimes simply chaotic. Remember to attend to your own well-being and health.
Do treat your home office like one
When you work from home, it’s easy to keep pushing off tasks. You can’t let yourself fall into this trap of procrastination. Determine your goals and make a calendar of your tasks just like when you work in a physical corporate office.
Don’t forget to divvy up tasks
Utilize your spouse and children as partners if you need help. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks if you have more than you can handle. Even small children can help with chores around the house—it’s actually good for them.
Do be flexible
Unfortunately, your schedule doesn’t always come with a guarantee. Make sure you’re prepared for unexpected situations to arise. A flexible attitude will help you address changes with ease and in a positive way.
Don’t be afraid to say no
No business can say yes to every client, project or opportunity that comes at it. Frankly, some opportunities are a waste of your valuable time and hard work. Learn that it’s okay to pass up certain opportunities.
As you delegate household tasks to your family members, you also may outsource some tasks to other professionals. For instance, if you aren’t a fan of accounting or it isn’t your strong suit, select an accountant and outsource the task to him or her. There isn’t a secret to success. It simply boils down to sincere, hard work. As a mom, you learn the lessons of life, but never stop being a good mom when life deals you a setback. Follow the same rules as an entrepreneur and success is sure to find you. Looking for ways to start your business down a well-planned path of success?
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.