This post has been one I’ve thought on for awhile. I debated on how to approach this topic and how to make sure I was honest in every way possible. Working for yourself is not always rainbows and butterflies, but it sorta is rainbows and butterflies at the same time. I get asked often How to blog and mom, how to run a business with babies, how do you do it all with kids. I have my well thought out answer and it’s a good one. I don’t have all the answers, I don’t sing on mountain tops daily, running a business with babies is not for everyone. Running a business with babies is bonkers, y’all. I know what works for me and what did NOT work for me. So let’s get to the honesty; the pretty side and the not pretty side of how to run a business with babies.
Truth bomb. I cried for a month about my business after I became a mother of 2 under 2. I cried until I threw my hands up and hit the pause button on my business. I wanted to play with my kids and didn’t want to pause to work, I was terrified I would miss out on this precious time. *Now, I don’t say this to scare you because there are mothers of 5 littles making it work, I just want to preface this with raw honesty. I am an intense hands on mama that prefers to be hard core playing on the floor, running around the house playing Star Wars games, cutting lunch sandwiches into shapes, singing, reading, crafting, outside water balloon fighting, running off to Disney mid week type of Mom. I’m a preschool teacher that wanted to be a successful work at home Mama, but I couldn’t find the balance.
The guilt took over and we made financial adjustments for me to play with the kids 24/7. I took off 6+ months to just be Mom. I do not regret this decision but it did come with consequences. I won’t dive into the consequences here as I do so in depth in my e-course, but know it wasn’t easy coming back.
This blog post is a short synopsis. I have created a FULL e-course on business confidence where I touch on having a business with littles. For those interested in diving deeper into a weekly program to start, kickstart, or adjust their current home based business with babies at your feet this program is for you. The course will be available soon with limited spots as it’s an interactive course with a live session. Stay tuned and email me to be on the wait list.
How to run a business with babies requires dedication, your own level of balance, and giving yourself a schedule to follow similar to one where you work for someone else. You’re the boss, but you also have to let the boss know when you’re taking off. Remember when I said running a business isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, but it is rainbows and butterflies?
The rainbows and butterflies: You get to make your schedule, you get to be home, you get to do what you love, you get to be around your children often.
This isn’t rainbows and butterflies: You have to work wild hours (I’m writing this at 4:45am on a Saturday), you tell your kids “I can’t play” 45 times so that you can get 1 deadline complete, you’re criticized at a different level (more on that letter because this is why confidence is crucial).
So, how do I run a business with babies?
With patience, acceptance of the season you’re in, confidence, and even more patience.
Tasks that previously took me 30 minutes to complete can now take hours. It took me awhile to learn this required new level of patience and even longer to fully accept the season I’m currently in. While this applies to almost any task as a parent it can be a bit more challenging when work deadlines are at play. I give myself extra days prior to deadlines than I previously did in case I simply can’t get through an entire project.
My current season of life involves 2 toddlers under 4 at home with me 24/7. I chose this lifestyle. I prefer them home over full time day care for a variety of reasons. In just 1 year my oldest will be in preschool and my schedule will then adjust accordingly.
BEST THING: I don’t compare and my confidence is high. In all honesty I don’t have time to compare to what another momprenuer is doing. The comparison trap can pull you away from productivity like nothing else! I do see others that inspire me, but I do not allow thoughts of “I should do things like her” cross my mind. If those thoughts cross my mind I walk it out. Walk it out: remove myself from the situation, clear my mind, and/or unfollow the person I compare myself to.
Here’s the most important thing to take away from this message:
Run your business with your babies as you see fit. It will NOT be the same as anyone else. Things will ebb and flow within your home as your run your business. Your work from home life with babies on your feet does not come with a one size fits all business model.
*For more on this topic email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be on the August wait list for a 2 week session. The Confident Entrepreneur is a model I created with YOU in mind. This course has limited seats, involves one on one time, live webinar, and worksheets.