You might be changing diapers or making bottles. You might be shuttling between soccer practice and ballet lessons. You’re a busy mom, and you can’t figure out how to fit one more thing into your day—but, you want to start a business.
There are approximately 10.1 million businesses owned by women in the United States, and a large number of them have owners who are moms. From minivans to living rooms overflowing with toys, moms are running businesses that allow both their families and their creativity to thrive. But how can you find the time for business and babies? How do you pursue your passion when there’s so much to do at home?
Although it won’t be easy, here are some simple ways to help you follow your dream of being a mom and a business owner.
- Find your support team.
Every mom needs a group to cheer her on. Whether it’s your spouse, your family, or a group of friends, it’s important to have someone in your corner, backing you up and celebrating with you. The saying goes that we are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so surround yourself with positive people who will lift you up. If you can’t find a supportive network in person, websites like LinkedIn and Twitter can help you form connections. The Passionistas are a group of women dedicated to encouraging and applauding one another in business.
- Develop a schedule.
While it’s hard trying to plan around 3 am feedings, having a set time each day to work will help you to get your business up and running. Even if you can only devote ten minutes each day to your business, you’ll be closer to your goal than you are today. Draft a business plan while cooking dinner, or answer emails when everyone is asleep. Remember, that although your business is important, so is your health. So, make time to rest and recharge. Prioritize and schedule your days around the things that are the most important.
- Let your passion lead you.
Starting a business isn’t something you should take lightly. Your time, dedication, and hard work will be spent on making your business successful, so make sure it’s something that motivates you. Late nights and early morning become easier if you are powered by your passion. The time and energy spent doing the work is more meaningful when you truly love your business. Enjoy what you do, and it won’t feel like work.