From Mom to Mompreneur The 10 Essential Traits My Kids Taught Me about Running a Business
Everything I know about being a Mompreneur I learned from raising my Kids
As a business owner I am sure you have experienced times when you felt overwhelmed, flustered, frustrated, desperate, confused and out of your league. Some of you may have wanted to give up. You may have thought that you were in over your head. This was not the reason you got into business. You pictured freedom to choose how you spent your time, being your own boss and having time for yourself, but this is not the reality. I am going to show you that you can have all those things if you just look back at what you learned from being a parent.
I have been thinking about how I learned to run a business, where I drew the wisdom from, what experiences helped me along the way and what drives me to continue even when things don´t seem to be working out. Every time I get the same answer; I learned it from being a mom. I brought up 4 children that were born within a 7 year span. During that time I learned how to negotiate, sell, market, manage my time and juggle multiple projects.
My experience with my clients is that they feel that they don´t have the resources that they need to run a successful business but in this article I’m going to show you that you have all these skills inside you. You have the power to reach within you and find those resources so that you can feel more confident in your business, become a more powerful marketer, feel better about rejection and learn to push through the chaos of daily life and do what matters.
While building your business you need to cultivate many skills. You need to be a one man show, marketer, sales associate, assistant, accountant, business manager and CEO. You have to be able to switch between roles quickly and efficiently. You need to manage your business while trying to ensure you still have work life balance. It’s tough, it is a thankless job and it is absolutely exhausting but it’s worth it.
Running a household and meeting the needs of children is challenging and requires constant patience. This is not a quality many of us are born with. Most of society requires instant gratification these days. Learning to wait out the temper tantrums, setting up sleeping schedules and learning to be patient with them while trying to get them dressed and out the door taught me to appreciate the process, especially when it all worked out and I am sure it has don the same for you.
Without consistency when raising children you have chaos. Kids need a routine in order to feel safe and that means doing what you say you are going to do, every time. Discipline does not work without consistency and so it becomes ingrained in every parent that wants to have happy, well-adjusted and confident children. Market with the same consistency you showed your children and you will get the results you want in your business.
Trying to run a household with 6 mouths to feed when you have little money to go around can be challenging. Sometimes you can only buy the necessities. You need to make tough decisions that will make life run smoothly while not breaking the bank. You learn to prioritize, cut the fat and make decisions that work for the family. Use your parenting eye on the money to budget for your business.
We can´t all afford the coveted paint ball gun, the play station or the fancy guess jeans that are marketed in the media. I am sure that as a parent you had to sell to your kids more reasonable choices. You convinced them that the Barbie house at Toys R us was the best choice, the Walmart jacket was way better than the one from West 49 and the shoes at the outlet would run faster than the Nikes. You were the bomb! You know you can sell ice to an Eskimo and you have done it so many times, go out there and get them tiger!
How many times did you have to tell your children to brush their teeth, comb their hair, clean their room or do their homework? I bet it was an endless task. I am also pretty sure you never really imagined that you would have to constantly remind them to do these things for so many years but you did. You persevered, you did it. Take that knowledge and use it to strengthen your resolve.
#6. Time management
Soccer practice, dance recitals, school plays, play dates, grocery shopping, baths, meal times, all these things have to be done within a 12 hour period. Had you not been efficient with your time you would have never gotten any of these things done and kept your sanity. You learned to be a great time manager. Use this wisdom to manage your time now.
You brought up amazing, well adjusted, healthy intelligent kids that know right from wrong. You did that! When you look back at that accomplishment you cannot help but feel good about yourself. You get self-confidence from knowing that your decisions helped shape them into who they are today. Embrace that in your business and use it to your advantage.
#8. The art of listening
The only way to really get to know your kids was to listen. It is a big part of being a parent just like it is a big part of being a business owner. If you don´t know what your clients want you cannot be successful. Use those skills in your business today to reach your customer.
Clean the house, play with the kids, do the laundry, go grocery shopping, these are all things you may have had to prioritize when your kids were young and you did. You mastered the skill of prioritizing. You need to remember that and use it to your advantage in your business. Do the high value tasks first and leave the rest for later.
You can’t do everything yourself, not today just as you couldn´t do it when you were raising your kids, so delegate. Yes the kids did a crappy job at making their bed in the beginning but they learned and became awesome. Do yourself a favor and delegate the stuff you hate to others, you will thank me later.
By looking back and remembering the qualities that you learned while parenting your children you can draw incredibly powerful tools to help you in your business eliminating self-doubt, fear, overwhelm, hopelessness, desperation and confusion. You know what you need to do and how to do it. You see it was all there within you all along.