“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles”
Starting a business is not an easy task for everyone. But in the case of mothers who have to balance a growing family with a growing business, it is the most challenging thing to do. It is rightly said by someone, “when there is a will there is a way”. Women with great ambition can achieve both personal & professional success. They also want to prove themselves as the master of work-life balance. Here are a few directives for working women, who are starting a business and family consecutively:
Don’t put all the eggs in one basket. Entrepreneurs usually make this mistake. They assume they can do everything themselves. Mothers who have the responsibilities of kids and households are usually susceptible to this mistake. “Knowing and admitting you can’t do it all and allowing others to fill in the gaps is important to succeeding as a Mompreneur” (Katz Glatt). Start dedicating things to others at your home, as well as in your office. Surround yourself with smart people.
Set your business as well as personal priorities. Being a Mompreneur, you cannot sacrifice your family life. All the struggling entrepreneurs sacrifice their sleep, health, and put all the effort into their growing business. But with kids, you cannot afford this. Categorize the early-stage goals of your business and indulge them with your family life. This is how you can maintain a work-life perfect balance.
Raise an entrepreneur. Involve your kids in what you love to do. Set a few office hours with your kids. Discuss business matters in front of them. Involve them in the discussion. Write a book together. Build a website. You will find them more involved in your business. You will inspire them and their friends to go out and follow their passions.
“Follow your dreams. Success will follow you”
Even though your kids, family, and business will always be your first priority, but in the case of working women, it is certainly most important to spare time for themselves. It can be spending time with your friends over the weekend. Plan a movie once a month. Pamper yourself and visit your beautician or spa at least once a week. Ultimately, you have to find a balance that works for you, your future, your partner, your schedule, and your kids. The bottom line is, you are doing this for yourself. If you love what you do and it gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride at the end of the day; It will eventually give you more power. Give yourself more priority than anyone else in the world!