My name is Stephanie and I am the creator and founder of SunDust Sunscreen. I decided to start my own business, after I was made redundant on maternity leave from my job in mining. I wanted to invest my time into my family and building a business of my own. On my business journey, I have been blown away by all the incredible women I have met, who have quit their 9 to 5 jobs to start something of their own. Women are taking the rains and stepping out as mumpreneurs. If I can do it, you can do it too.
Being a mum is tough enough on its own, but add running a product-based business into the mix, and you've got a whole new level of crazy. But fear not, fellow moms, it's possible to balance both and live to tell the tale. Here are some tips and tricks for juggling your little ones and your business.
Tip 1: Learn to multitask
As a mumpreneur, you're probably already a pro at multitasking. But if not, it's time to hone those skills. When you're on a call with a client, make sure your kids are entertained and occupied. This might mean setting them up with some coloring books or even letting them watch a movie. Remember, there's no shame in relying on a little screen time to get things done.
Tip 2: Set boundaries
One of the hardest things about running a business from home is separating your work life from your family life. It's important to set boundaries, both for yourself and for your family. Let your kids know that there are times when you can't be disturbed, and make sure you're not working all hours of the day and night. Schedule specific times for work and stick to them.
Tip 3: Involve your kids
Depending on their age, your kids might be able to help out with your business. Maybe they can help you package orders or write thank you notes. This not only helps you get things done but also teaches your kids about entrepreneurship and hard work.
Tip 4: Take breaks
Running a business can be all-consuming, but it's important to take breaks and recharge. Spend time with your kids, take a walk outside, or read a book. Whatever helps you unwind and destress. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup.
Tip 5: Embrace the chaos
Let's face it, when you're a mumpreneur, things don't always go according to plan. There will be days when your kids are sick, and you have to cancel a meeting, or days when your business needs your undivided attention, and you have to skip a playdate. Embrace the chaos and go with the flow. Remember, you're doing the best you can, and that's all that matters.
Being a mumpreneur is a balancing act, but with some patience, creativity, and a little bit of humor, it's totally doable. So, to all the moms out there juggling kids and businesses, you've got this!