Being a Mom in Business is an amazing journey and one that I am so thankful each and every day that I get to be one! I am also grateful for the amazing people I have met along the way and the awesome tips and nuggets of value I have collected over the years.
We don’t start off on this entrepreneurial road armed with knowledge. We usually acquire it as we go, often learning from experiences (both good and bad), that teach us how to approach a task or situation in the future. Or sometimes we meet people who share practical, actionable steps that help to take things to the next level or some days just get through the day and get the kids to bed all while ticking things off our to do lists!
Over the years I have gathered tips from others and learnt from my own experiences all the while growing more and more comfortable in my role as CEO and Mom. If you are at a point in your journey where you have it figured, I want to congratulate you as you and I know it’s not been a breeze but if you at a point where things are not quite as they should be, fear not, I’ve got you covered. I want to share with you some simple tips that you can start to follow to help you on the path to success!
You don’t leave your home without knowing where you are going so why approach your business without a road map?
I suggest starting by setting some goals, whether it’s a weekly goal such as getting one blog post a week written, a monthly goal: attending one networking event each month, or yearly: taking a family vacation! I like to note down my goals and whenever I am having a tough day I spend time going over them which somehow thrusts me on to strive for what I want, not just for me but for my family too. I also happen to love stationery so enjoy writing in my beautiful notepad, making plans and noting down random thoughts to do with my business!
Once you have your goals nailed down it’s time to start planning. How are you going to achieve each of these goals? What are you going to need to do that is going to get you there? If your goals is writing a blog post a week, you are going to need to schedule in the time to do this and so your plan will feature scheduling a portion of your time away from the family to do this.
Having a plan will help you to understand what you need to do to move the needle in your business and also allow you to see how you are going to do it!
Stick to a routine
I am a bit of a stickler for a routine. I find having one keeps me moving day to day without feeling overwhelmed, I also find a routine helps to keep everything moving and always heading towards my goals, following my plan.
Some people don’t do routines well and that is absolutely fine too! If you are juggling lots of commitments or you have little ones at home then having a routine is going to be more difficult but if you can outline some kind of routine you will reap the rewards from it. Even if all you have set out is to work on your business or your client work from the time the kids leave for day care or school through till they come home, that’s a routine right there and one that will help you. Remember, small steps lead to big things.
Keep it in one place
I have already mentioned my small love of stationery and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I can’t stop collecting beautifully designed notepads, calendars and anything else that I see that I think would look fabulous in my office! Because of this I used to have a bad habit of making multiple lists in multiple notebooks or using several calendars at any one time.
I was explaining this habit to another Mom business owner one day who told me to quit, cold turkey, just like that! She pointed out that there is no way I can feel like I can have this Mom in Business journey moving forward in one go when my plans, thoughts, goals, tasks and anything else are not streamlined! She was totally right and there and then I vowed not to spread everything out.
Instead I now have one calendar which is color coded depending on what area of my business the activity or task relates to. I also keep all plans in one place and have a huge white board on my office wall with all tasks for the day, week and month mapped out so whenever I need to check in on my progress, it’s all there for me to see.
Get a biz bestie
Having a business besties / buddy / accountability partner can really help spur you on. I have always found the best accountability partners are those that understand your journey. So for me another Mom business owner works well as we can talk about our businesses but also about our families and how we manage juggling all the different ‘hats’ that come with working mom life!
An accountability partner will help you work through your goals and also hold you accountable to your plans. They are also great if you are having a tough day and need a shoulder to cry on! In return you do the same and together you can become a Mom in Business power house that have each other’s backs and help each other rise up to success!
If you want to buddy up with someone local to you, I suggest trying out some local networking groups and seeing if there is anyone there that you really click with. If you are not too worried about having a local partner you can choose the online route and get to know people in groups on Facebook or forums that are likeminded and also wanting to network. Mentoring Moms in Business has an amazing community of Moms from around the world and you can join the group for free by clicking here. We would love to welcome you!