If you are ready to be the next mompreneur it is important to have a little faith in yourself. There is so much potential to take something you love and turn it into a successful business where you have the freedom to run your business on your terms while still living the life you want.
But we bet you’re wondering how you would ever be the next mompreneur when you are a mom, right!? You’ve already got so much going on in your life that you feel as though you’re stretched from pillar to post, so how would you be able to fit a business on top of it?
I’m here to tell you that it is possible and I’ll show you how you could get started. Whether you decide to simply make a little extra cash on the side or turn your hobby into a full-blown income source; if you have the faith and the drive you can do this and still fully be involved with family life.
Get Yourself Some Space To Be Creative
There are many things to think about when setting up a legitimate business. You need to have a space to work, even if it means setting up at your dining room table temporarily. If you have the room, converting the spare room into an office can be worth it when you really start getting into the thick of it.
You’re going to need things like a desk, office supplies, materials for any products you are making, and more. You could also check out how to find the best laptop for you in your business as it progresses. It all depends on what type of work you were considering for your business. If you were to go for something simple such as photography, you could get a laptop that is built for image design. You also need a comfy chair, and to make sure the room is light and bright. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to work when you know you have an uncomfortable chair to sit on all day, and the room just seems so doom and gloom!
There are also lots of legal things to think about, like whether or not to set up an LLC, registering your tax information, setting up separate business finances, and more. Click here to get a free Starting A Business Checklist.
Think About What Your Passion Is
Once you become a mom, your life becomes pretty much focused around that. All you can think about is what you need to do to give your children the best possible start in life, and working does take a back seat. A lot of moms return to work only part-time so that they can focus on their children more. But if you’re going to be a mompreneur, you have the option to choose how much you want to work.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is while working at home might give you more flexibility to be home when you want to be, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easier, or any more entertaining than a normal job. That is unless you decide to do something that you’re passionate about. Pretty much everything out there can be made into a business, you just need to make sure you have the right mindset to do it, and you know how to turn a vision into reality.
For example, if you have a love for fine foods, who is to say that you can’t make your own recipe book and sell those. Or who is to say that you can’t make birthday cards and decorations if you love being creative. There are so many different angles that you can take, and all you have to do is have that business frame of mind, and have a passion for what you’re doing. Everything will fall into place if you have a passion and a plan.
Think About How You Will Balance Life
Life is definitely going to need some balancing. As if things weren’t hard enough, you’re now going to have to think about all of the responsibilities your business is going to give you as well. It could involve traveling which would mean being away from home sometimes, and even if you aren’t traveling, you will find that you’ll dedicate a lot of time to work when you’re at home.
It may not always be possible, but setting up a work schedule that you can stick to does help. If your kids are off at school during the day, plan to work while they are gone so you don’t have distractions. If your children are at home during the day try to take some regular breaks so that you’re spending a nice amount of time with them — I’m sure they’ll make sure you do anyway.
If you want to see how to balance working at home with small children check out this article: Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Make Time For Your Business
The Best Set Up
Finally, you have to make sure the foundations you’re setting your business up on are going to be the best. You have to know that this investment is going to be worthwhile, and the best way to do that is to do some market research to find out what the potential customers in your niche are looking for.
Armed with that information, you should be able to build good foundations for your business. You should also think strongly about how you set up your business financially and have a candid discussion with your spouse or anyone else involved in the financial decisions of your household.
Plan For Success
It wouldn’t make sense to go into a business without at least some type of plan for what happens when you grow. There are several things to think about before you even get started that will save you time, money, and hassle in the long run. Things like how to outsource, systems for training people, how to create and build your brand, and loads more that you can delve into on our sister site, Rock Your Craft.