By Eva Benoit,
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Moms are often responsible for managing the nitty-gritty aspects of daily living and knowing what consumer goods make life easier. For this reason, they’re often brilliant innovators and inventors who create items that simplify life. If you’re looking to start a business, here are some ways you can get started and stay productive.
1. Set up the perfect workspace
Is there a spare room in your house? Take advantage of that and turn it into your workspace. You can use just a simple desk for organization and to direct your business from there. If you don’t have a spare room, you can work either in your bedroom or in another place in your house where you can focus.
Eliminate distractions, or at least minimize them. You can do this by investing in some noise-cancelling headphones or by keeping your workspace clean enough for you to focus. Make sure you have the right equipment that will give you the best results. If you have a product-based business, it’s important to have effective equipment that can help you produce whatever you’re creating.
2. Delineate work and family time
The thing about working from home is that it’s easy to blend everything together. Set a schedule specifically designed for when you are the most productive. Tell your family members that it is your time to work and that you can’t be interrupted during that time. This will help you focus more on the task at hand. Then, when you’re not working, you can put all your focus on your family.
Of course, this is easier said than done. It helps to give your children things to do, or to hire a babysitter who can take care of your children for a couple of hours while you work from home. Find different methods and don’t feel guilty about the time you put into working.
3. Share responsibilities with your partner
Your partner is there to help take care of your children. It’s a team effort, so communicate clearly to your partner what you want and share responsibilities. Your partner can help out with cooking and cleaning, as well as playing with your children and making sure they get household chores and homework done. If your partner has a day job, it will help if your partner looks after your children at night while you work. Your partner can help you maintain consistent office hours.
4. Set small goals
As you start your business, it’s important to set small, achievable goals to help you keep going in the long run. Set daily and weekly goals that can help you accomplish monthly goals and so on. The more small goals you accomplish, the more confident you’ll be in your business.
5. Source business ideas from friends
You don’t have to learn all the lessons of entrepreneurship by hitting roadblocks and learning hard lessons. According to the business magazine Inc, other moms who have their own businesses can give you excellent advice about setting realistic expectations. They can be a great resource to bounce ideas off of, and they will know how to help you best. You can talk with your own friends, but you can also find social media groups that are designed for “Mompreneurs” like yourself.
With your hectic life, you may not feel like you have enough time to start a small business. However, as you set office hours and make a workspace for yourself, you’ll be able to get things done and grow faster. Set small goals, share responsibilities with your partner, and set boundaries. It’s a balancing act for sure, but it’s a worthwhile balancing act.