Fantastic Ways for Mothers to Succeed in Business
When I attended the 2015 MumpreneurUK Conference and Awards, I won the MumpreneurUK Voice Award. I really enjoyed the conference as it was educational and inspirational and I met a whole lot of wonderful business women.
The one thing many of us had in common was that we are all Mothers and we are all trying to balance family life and parenting with earning money and contributing to the family income.
Being a Mother in today’s world is a challenge on it’s own. Heck I had to have fertility treatment and even looked into donor egg options before becoming a mother.
Now I am a mum, I am super busy caring for a child. Never mind if you need to work, run a business or in my case write a professional blog. Life is always busy for any mother.
One particular speech I listened to whilst at the MumpreneurUK conference really stood out to me and today I thought it would be great to share the tips I learnt to help you succeed in business.
I hope you find them beneficial.
One: Set some rules that you never break
Managing work life with parenting is not easy. Set some rules, for example, not taking phone calls or emails before 9am or having a specific time each evening when you stop working and take a break.
Have a holiday booked or planned where you will not work and spend quality time with the family uninterrupted.
For bloggers this may be difficult. However I try to dedicate the hour before my daughter goes to school to helping Sylvia get ready when I’m well and I also take time out from 4-8.
Whilst I may check the odd tweet or message, this is quality time for the family again when I am well enough) and I go back to work once Sylvia is in bed.
Two: Always have a Backup Plan
It is a good idea when you have a business to have a plan A, B and C. There will be a time when something happens and you will need to drop what your doing.
A child may become ill, yet you may have an important meeting with a client, an investor or a supplier.
Plan A might be to reschedule at the last minute, plan b to have a emergency babysitter, helper, or plan C, (which always costs money) pay somebody to step in and help when needed.
As a blogger if I need to take time away from work which in my case is often due to my own illness, I simply take time off.
However there has been times when I couldn’t stop as I had a post due to go out and needed it would not be a good idea to reschedule.
On such occasions, I have a backup which is my husband. He will step in and alter my editorial calendar to reduce the posts going out.
He will finish off my photographs or feature picture, schedule my posts on social media and help me out the best he can.
I do however have a plan in the future when I am earning a good living to employ a virtual assistant to help out when necessary.
Three: Involve the kids
When times are busy and tough you can involve the children.
Ask them to do special jobs such as stapling or sorting paperwork. Having the kids help can help them to understand that what you’re doing is meaningful and important.
As a blogger, have the children do fun activities such as making movies or taking photos together. This can be fun for the kids and getting work done at the same time.
The people you network with can become very important and helpful. Joining your local department of commerce and signing up to the institute of directors can be very helpful.
Having friends and contacts int he right places can save hours and months of work. Joining Linkedin can be a useful tool to help find people with certain skill sets.
I find as a blogger building my own network of blogging friends had been both productive and meaningful not only in helping me grow my blog but I have gained some true friends which is something I had never imagined.
Five: Mentors Can Help Your Business Succeed
Find a mentor with good relevant background whom you can trust. This can add value to your business/blog and help you dealing with the emotional difficulties of running a daily business.
You will have up and down days, times when you feel like just packing it all in and times when you feel challenged and adversity.
Having a mentor to listen and tell you that you can do it can be very helpful. A mentor can bring out the best in you and be a positive voice amongst the difficulties.
Once you have peaked or reached your full potential don’t be afraid to thank your mentor and move on to someone with more experience and ability.
Six: Get the best Lawyer you can
Having a business can involve contracts and employment law. Having a good lawyer from day one will help ensure you set up in the correct way. As you grow you want to ensure you are legally tight.
As a business or Blogger there may be products or content you wish to patent or copyright. An NYC patent lawyer can help to protect your ideas.
Seven: Hire well to succeed in business
Don’t hire your best friend. Look for someone who has drive and is smarter than yourself. If you hire someone with few skills they will slow you down and make you lose pace.
Always look for talent with diverse personalities. This can be beneficial and help look at tasks from different perspectives.
If you do hire a friend have a tight contract. Often friendships can be destroyed when you go into business together. Find someone who can be an ally and a team member
Eight: Think Big in business
Women are often more likely to undersell themselves than men. Sometimes you need to fake it till you make it. If you don’t know how to do something, find out.
Fake it till you make it. Fake it till you feel it! Be passionate, dream big and be committed.
If your asked to do a job be confident that you can learn and pick up skills your unsure of and give it a go.
Nine: Information Technology
Use Technology. Technology becomes the heart of any business. Even if you start out small, documents, contracts, notes, expenses will grow.
Everything will need to be recorded on a computer. As you grow the business will grow. If you cant afford the best laptop don’t go out and buy it, find one which will fit your budget and work for you.
Seek advice and talk to a solutions expert to ensure your data is secure and customer, client, follower information is safe. Look for a system which works for you and get advice if you need it.
Ten: Enrol in a program
There is always room for growth and learning. Look for a program to help you with your business. Sign up to a free Entrepeneur program and get on board.
Find free advice, mentors, support and sound business ideas. Sign up to a course to improve in an area you need help with and remember you are a Mumpreneur.
I hope all these tips will help you to succeed in business as a mother! Enjoy!
Once again congratulations on the award.
Great post these tips are going to come in so handy as I am slowly rebranding my blog.
Thanks Joanna. i’m sure these tips will be useful for so many of us bloggers and women doing other types of business! 🙂
There are so many good tips here and some that we can use in everyday life not just in business x
Thanks Rachel. It’s true. these tips could work in lots of different senarios. Thanks for stopping by! Angela
Vikki Holness says
Fantastic advice and tips here, thanks so much for sharing hun! I think networking is key when it comes to making a success of something so glad to see that one listed! xx
Networking is key to the success of my blog thats for sure!
Ana De- Jesus says
Networking is definitely the key to success. I find that meeting up with other bloggers is a great way of building up your brand .
Yes meeting other bloggers really does help. It took me some time to realise this but bloggers are awesome and I have made so many fantastic online friends. It’s brilliant!
Miranda (Myrabev) says
Congratulations on your award, such lovely tips you shared. I think always have a back-up plan and hiring good lawyer these days tops my list.
Thanks Miranda. I’m glad you like the tips and yes a backup plan is key! I’m working on my backup plan for when i get unwell or need a break …often it requires money or big favours!
Random Musings says
Great advice, thanks for sharing it with us! I particularly like the one about employing someone smarter than you! It never fails to amaze me how many recruiters are intimidated by someone who can do the job well so they go for someone less skilled as they pose less of a threat. It’s your business, it’s not like they can overtake you!
Yes, I learnt some great tips and felt it would be great to share with my blogging community and readers.
Lizelle Cruz says
Thank you for posting those tips!! Those are really helpful, especially for me since I am also inclined to business! 🙂
I’m glad you found these useful! Angela
Sarah HP says
There are some gems of advice here! The thing that I’ve found helps me is to ruthlessly prioritise and be really clear where I can add value. I am very fortunate at work that I have a team of two people who work for me who are both fantastic – I know that I can delagate to them with confidence so that I can really focus on the things that I can do really well (I realised at some point that because I don’t have loads of time I better spend it doing stuff that makes an impact and not the day to day tasks that are best delegated).
Good point! i;d love to focus on just writing and engaging with my readers and other bloggers and have someone else help out with uploading pics/promoting/dealing with pr etc. That would be great..maybe one day when i’m doing good enough!
Emma T says
Some really useful tips here. That’s great your husband is able to help out when you need some.
It is really useful. I could not do this without his support! Not while i’ve been so unwell!
Thank you for this useful information and sharing with us.I love the idea of involving the kids. Congratulations on your award!!
Thanks Michele. Yes I involve Sylvia when I blog..which is easy as a parent blogger but she also enjoys helping with photography and setting things up and doing the physical tasks i find hard due to illness.
Hi, Congratulations on the award. Very well deserved. Thanks for this post. I particularly like the idea of getting the kids involved (ie, getting them to do some work!) My little one is only 15 months old but you can rest assured that he will be tasked soon enough. xx
Yes getting the kids to help is a great idea and one i try to do a lot!
Honest Mum says
Brilliant tips there, I take time out when my kids are home from school then pick up when they are asleep x
Me too! Well I try very hard to do this! It’s important to get some good quality time each day with one another!
Great tips!!! I`ve been struggling a lot lately with finding a balance between my work (which is also blogging!) and home life (you left a great comment on that post, thank you!) so these tips are definitely ones I`m going to think about. I definitely need to make rules and stick to them. I struggle not to do bits of work throughout the day coz my kids are little and at home all day, I do think that will become easier to manage when they’re older and at school so I can dedicate the time they’re at home purely to them – but in the meantime I always intend to leave the computer off and the phone upstairs at weekend yet somehow it never quite happens?! xx
I’m pleased you found this helpful! I’m terrible for finding balance and i think it is extra hard when the kids are home all the time and we are fighting hard to blog every day! 🙂 good luck hayley 🙂