At Masterly, we see you as the superhero and we make it our mission to be your sidekick as you aim to grow your business idea from a thought into one superhuman force that can be reckoned with.
If you’re running your own business from home as you care for your family, you may consider yourself a “mompreneur.” Naturally, there are challenges to both aspects — and burnout is a likely outcome if you’re not careful. How do you strike a balance between homemaking and childcare and the day-to-day work of your business?
Follow these tips:
The key to work-life balance is to carve out specific times and spaces for different activities. If you haven’t yet, be sure that you designate a work area for your business at home, and try to keep family activities out of it. Likewise, don’t let work bleed into the living room. Be sure to create boundaries in your schedule as well: Devote specific chunks of the day to work activities and other portions to family activities.
The organization is essential to your success. It helps you be more productive and encourages you to stay on task rather than letting daily chaos drive your schedule. Spend time every morning to plan your day and set goals. Also, once you lay out all your obligations in a cohesive to-do list, it’s easy to see which tasks you can pass off to other people.
Mompreneurs should outsource work as much as possible
You don’t need to do it all yourself — and trying to do it all can lead to burnout. Try to pass as many tasks as possible to those qualified to do them. Depending on the age of your children, you may not be able to delegate specific household tasks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t delegate work tasks! Consider investing in a virtual assistant or business solutions company to take some things off your plate.
Build a support network
Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being a mom is harder. In both situations, you need support. Reach out to friends and colleagues for this support, or join Facebook groups devoted to mompreneurs. Again, you may consider hiring a business services provider or a virtual assistant who can support your activities. This way, you can devote your energies to your great ideas and growing your business rather than your tedious daily tasks.
Mompreneurs can and should take advantage of all the tools and services at their disposal to offload some of their work. Work-life balance is important not only to your mental health but also your productivity and business leadership. As the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty glass! Fill up your glass regularly with rest and reflection, and be sure to let other people handle tasks for you whenever possible. This way, you can devote more time to your work and your family, rather than having to choose between the two.
So suit up, business owners talk next time! Your Masterly Team