In this day and age, being able to make money from the comfort of your own home is easier than ever. That being said, it’s even possible for the full-time stay-at-home moms to become successful businesswomen as well, without having to sacrifice the time with their kids to pursue a lucrative business career.
However, there are certain things you, as a mompreneur, will have to take care of and organize before you enter the business world. Of course, choosing the right career should be your number one step, but there are other considerations that will require your attention as well. With that in mind, here’s a 5-step guide that will help you organize your time well and start making money from the comfort of your own home.
Create a schedule and stick to it
The first step you need to take care of when considering starting a job from home is creating a work schedule. This will allow you to get into the right mindset necessary to concentrate on the job at hand, which will help you perform better and reach your goals easier. It is best to organize the majority of your work around the time your kids are napping during the day, because this way you will be able to concentrate on the job at hand, without being constantly distracted by your little ones.
Reduce distractions as much as possible
To directly tie into the previous point, you should also make sure you reduce any distractions as much as possible. This doesn’t only apply to the little ones, but to virtually anything else that might hinder your business efforts. First of all, make sure you pick a quiet corner for your home office, to avoid getting distracted by other house members, the TV, telephone or the outside noise. Furthermore, if possible, and especially if your kids are already big enough to take care of themselves, you should invest in quality noise-cancelling earphones. Finally, let everyone know that just because you’re working from home, that doesn’t mean they can interrupt you to ask what’s for dinner or where their clean socks are.
Know what you want to do
Next, make sure you research your job options. Browse the web and see what some of the most profitable home business ideas are and how you can become a part of one – or more – of them. The beauty of working from home as a mompreneur is that, if you have enough time, you can do multiple different businesses and significantly boost your personal finances. For instance, you can choose to review things online or join a casino affiliate program and earn your income that way. Basically, the job selection should boil down to what you want to do and what you’re good at to make things as easy on yourself as possible.
Don’t be shy to ask for help whenever you need it
Additionally, just because you’re a stay-at-home mom who decided to become a mompreneur as well, doesn’t mean that you should do everything on your own. You need to understand that it’s ok to ask for help and that you absolutely do not need to be able to do everything on your own, without anyone’s help. If you’re dealing with a particularly complicated project ask your partner (neighbour, family member…) to watch the kids for a couple of hours so that you can dedicate your attention to the business project. If you’ve spent more time working than you’ve anticipated and you didn’t have enough time to make dinner, simply call takeout – it’s that easy. Moms tend to obligated to be able to do everything on their own, and that’s simply not humanly possible – no matter how “super mom” you are.
Know why you’re doing what you’re doing
Finally, we can all feel a bit blue and under the weather from time to time which can easily get us off the tracks when business is concerned. You may sometimes find yourself feeling too overwhelmed and like you just want to quit it all. In such cases, it’s very important to remind yourself why you’ve decided to become a mompreneur in the first place – to boost your income, ensure a safer financial future for your family and provide your kids with an excellent example of how you can still work and focus on your career even once you become a mom. The last point becomes even more crucial if you have female children because the society spent way too much time virtually brainwashing girls that once they become moms, that’s all that they can be.
Therefore, if you’re considering becoming a mompreneur, don’t let anyone discourage you and bring you down. Yes, it definitely won’t be a piece of cake and it will require you to make some sacrifices, but the example you set for your kids and all the other benefits that are sure to follow will be more than worth it.
Thanks, Emma Sumner for these excellent ideas.
Emma is a business strategist-turned blogger. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Emma is a passionate traveller and yoga aficionado. She is in love with coffee, interior design, books, and good vibes. 🙂 You can find Emma on twitter here.
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