Mumpreneurs are not crazy, they are superstars!
Dearest Mumpreneurs… Are you tired of being stuck, frustrated that life doesn’t seem to get any better and then just as you take a step forward you feel like you’ve taken 100 back all over again?
This is tiring, imagine running a business, looking after children, keeping the home running, maintaining a social life, relationships and being there for friends and family as well as dealing with the frustrating cycle life seems to keep you stuck in! It can seem impossible can’t it? If you are a mumpreneur reading this, I know you can relate to this. Because you are actively doing it, SUPERMUMS are not to be underestimated. I was once asked, “well what do you do in a day you sit at home, on the computer and have it ‘easy’ ”
I won’t tell you what profanities came out of my mouth that day! (I’m only human). I thought to myself you know what, let me list everything I do in a day and then you can tell me I have it easy. So I did! I wrote down every task, errand, housework, meal, school run and nursery run, and meetings. The time my day started and the time my day finished. I can confirm it’s no wonder I hit burn out 2 years after this point.
I was so determined to push myself into the ground, by running a business and looking after everything else. To this day I still do not know how I managed to keep it all up. Some of my days would start at 5am and not finish til 2am.
How do so many mumpreneurs cope? How on earth is this living your best life? This sounds like a massive headache, that drains every inch of life out of you, until one day something gives. This can be your heart and soul, your business, your relationships, your social life, the home… but the children; well they are on a planet of their own, they have ten thousand demands a day. Mumpreneurs have to PLAN, ORGANISE AND SCHEDULE THEIR LIVES, without strategic planning they fall apart, or worse, go through burn out.
Are you the mumpreneur that can relate to this?
When you look on social media and people post so much about happy they are, how perfect their life is. How amazing their children are, these perfect shining stars that are just so clever and fabulous. Yet here you are scrubbing breakfast off the wall whilst booking that business meeting… I am deadly serious. This was how my life used to be! Having 3 children under the age of 8 and running a business was definitely one of my most challenging times in business. I’m very pleased to say my children are now older and the physical strain of raising children is definitely less. Mumpreneurs make it work.
Do I still juggle?
Yes of course I do, if I didn’t juggle and work around the kids, their clubs, their social life, they wouldn’t be happy and I would be pulling my hair out. I prefer to use the term ‘effective time management’. Mumpreneurs juggle so they can be there for their children and their business.
How do I manage it all?
Firstly I’m a mumprenuer – I make it work, as all mumpreneurs do. I pace myself, set SMART goals, sleep well and ask for help when I need it. As a single parent, you have to use effective time management skills, you have to plan everything strategically.
Key things to remember for all Mumpreneurs:
- You are human
- You need ME time
- It does get easier
- Little ones grow very fast
- Enjoy the now
- Pace yourself
- Relax and breathe
- Everything will all come together in time
- Give yourself a break