Business Advice for Mompreneurs
You have a great idea, a plan of action and you’re ready to start your at-home business – so now what? Balancing a business and a family from home sounds great in theory, but it can get a bit overwhelming in practice. When you have work to do and the baby starts crying, your child gets sent home sick and you run out of milk, work might have to wait.
There is no magical way to achieve business success while raising your children and keeping your house sparkling clean. Different techniques will work for different people, so it might take some trial and error before you figure out what’s best for you. The following advice can help you work through even the most chaotic days.
Map out business time
Creating and sticking to specific working hours is the essential step in developing a strong work routine. Whether you choose to work for five hours at a time or carve out shorter blocks at specific intervals, it is essential to make your business a priority.
Having a schedule can also help children get accustomed to sharing you with your work. While your child is doing homework, you can get to work as well. Try scheduling working hours when your child has activities planned. Children often have an easier time adjusting to changes when a routine is worked out. Making your kids a part of the schedule can help make it easier on your entire family.
Make adjustments without giving up
Obviously, even the best schedules are not always possible to follow. Things will come up; plans will be delayed or ignored altogether. Setbacks are inevitable, but how you deal with them is important. Don’t let last minute changes derail you entirely.
If you are unable to get your work done as planned, try to reschedule it. If it is impossible to get it all done, figure out small tasks that you can get done. Every little bit helps, so take a few moments to return a phone call or send some emails. These small accomplishments can help you transition back to business mode when your schedule returns to normal.
Master the art of creating goals
Goals should not be considered an abstract hope for your business. You should create goals that have tangible outcomes. Create short and long-term goals that cover every aspect of your business. You can make goals about your schedule, sales, customer relations and work-life balance.
Monitoring your goals is a crucial part of the process. Keep track of your successes and goals that didn’t work out as you hoped. Measuring the progress of your goals can teach you a lot about your business. You can learn where your time is best spent and figure out how to keep growing. Best of all, you can celebrate the victories that come along with goal-setting.
Mend problems right away
Being your own boss means that every issue is your responsibility. Ignoring problems or putting off dealing with them will only hurt your business. Negative experiences can lead customers or clients to lose faith in your business. Word of mouth can spread quickly through social networks and undo a lot of your hard work. A website crash can deter potential customers. Make sure to address problems as they arise to keep them from growing.
Even if you are incredibly busy, take a few moments to make a call or send an email. If you can’t address the problem right away, you can at least assure your customers or vendors that it has been acknowledged and offer a timeline for fixing it. Think of business problems in terms of your children. If your children are sick, you treat them immediately. If your business is suffering, work on making it better.
Mentor other Mompreneurs
When your business becomes a thriving success, give back to others facing the same struggles. Offer advice, write a blog post or schedule a phone call. Networking is a huge part of business, so don’t ignore it just because you work from home. Not only can you help out your peers, but you will also benefit from their unique knowledge.
Running a business is a constant learning experience. Reaching out to help guide others can help you as well. You might find new business opportunities or arrange to trade services with another business owner. Making contacts with your peers can also be therapeutic. After all, no one knows the ups and downs of working from home quite like another Mompreneur. Being there for one another with empathy and advice can help make each of your businesses happy and successful.
Erin Palmer is a writer and editor for Bisk Education. She works with several top-tiered universities, such as Villanova University’s HR certification programs. Erin can be reached on Twitter @Erin_E_Palmer.
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