Thanks to technology and new innovations, it is more accessible to start your own business. People are discovering new ways to start a business and creating new company ideas. As a parent, it may be difficult to have a good work/life balance. While kids do require a lot of attention, it is still possible to create a tidy schedule that can take on that hectic lifestyle. Here are a few tips that can help you maintain an organized lifestyle while being a mother and entrepreneur.
Keeping Peace Of Mind: The key to staying level headed is creating situations that put you at ease. The more you feel at ease, the better you can manage your life.
- Childcare: Make sure you set up a great childcare option. Whatever you choose, whether it be at home care or daycare, be sure that it fits your needs. Creating a checklist of things you need is a great way to stay organized and get the care you want. For example, a daycare with flexible hours may be a great option as it allows you to have a less strict schedule. One thing should always be on your checklist and that’s credentials and certifications. A daycare should have licenses that are up-to-date and background checks on all employees. These are all the things that are necessary to have on your checklist. If you’re hiring a nanny, it can be great to hire one that mostly takes care of kids in families. You can also hire a nanny with experience. It’s always good to look at the reviews a nanny has. If you are still having difficulty finding the right childcare option, you can consult family and friends.
- Create Your Time: Even if it’s 15 minutes a day, you need time completely to yourself. It can be overwhelming and a significant challenge for an entrepreneur to make everybody happy. You can read a book, or take a bath. Maybe you can blow some steam off on the treadmill. Either way, it’s important to do something you like to do for a little while. As you figure out your schedule more, you can increase the time so you aren’t as overwhelmed.
- Use Technology: Smartphones, laptops, and tablets have made life so much easier for any person who uses them. With these technologies, your work and family life can become less of a challenge. Make your entrepreneurial endeavor easier by taking advantage of other entrepreneurs inventions. Use timesheets on line to organize the work hours of any employees you may have or create reminders on your phone for special events for your kids. Technology can be a mini personal assistant for you.
- Don’t Expect Perfection: As an entrepreneur, things aren’t always going to go as planned. You have to create your own definition of work/life balance. If you try to fit others schedules, it’s more than likely won’t work out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, because it isn’t easy going it alone all the time.
A common issue for many entrepreneurial mothers is the guilt they feel for spending time away from their kids. Keep in mind, what you are doing helps your kids. Your business plan should revolve around what your goals are and your kids are surely a part of that. Don’t forget to set aside some time for you and your kids to bond. You can talk about their day and discuss yours. This way, everyone can stay involved and in the know.
Wendy Dessler: Super-Connector at OutreachMama
Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.