Mompreneurs climb mountains every day. They may have been up all night with a sick child but after a coffee and a shower, they'll be ready to work a room at 9 a.m. As if balancing being a mother with the demands of running a business wasn’t enough, many mompreneurs are also working full-time. This presents an additional layer of demands and requires the mompreneur to be even more disciplined and organized with her time.
Here are some tips that will help you grow your business while still meeting the requirements of your full-time employer:
Schedule your time.
Plan out when you will work on your business and when you will be working at your job. Never do tasks for your business while you're at work. Respect the fact that your employer is paying for your time. It may require that you re-prioritize or that you get some help, but make sure that you are devoting enough time to both your business and your full-time job.
Allow for busy periods.
Sometimes you will be particularly busy with your business, and other times you will be swamped with your full-time job. During these busy periods, you may find that you are concentrating more on one than the other. While it's good to be flexible and focused on whatever is demanding your attention, if you are consistently neglecting either your business or your full-time job, it is a strong indication that you need to make some changes.
Demonstrate your commitment to your full-time job.
If your employer knows that you have your own business, it might make them nervous. They could be afraid that you won't put all of your attention into your work. You need to go a little bit further to show that you are committed to your job. Take every opportunity to exceed your employer's expectations and show that you're making a strong contribution to the team.
Being a mompreneur is difficult but balancing a full-time job on top of it is truly a heroic task.
Make a realistic plan.
What is your plan for your business? How many hours each week can you devote to it? How will you spend that time? If you don't have a clear plan for your business, it is unlikely to grow. Set your goals and lay out the steps that you will take to achieve them.
Being a mompreneur is difficult but balancing a full-time job on top of it is truly a heroic task. You will have hard days, you will get frustrated, and you will fall sometimes. Recognize that you have taken on an enormous challenge and when you get knocked off your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving forward.