Mompreneur Curve Balls: How to Handle the Crazy Days of Mompreneurship
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Nobody ever said that being an entrepreneur was easy. Nobody ever said the being a mom is easy. Put the two together and you have a job that would compete with the difficulty of leading any country. (I invite the President to come juggle my littles AND my clients ANY day!)
As a mompreneur I often find myself juggling client phone calls with poopy diapers. But if I’ve learned one thing on this ridiculous journey, it’s that when life throws curve balls you need to give them your best swing.
I’m not saying that you should never get down. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t had my meltdowns.
More than a few.
Mompreneur curve balls come in so many different forms…
- Calls scheduled during nap time are interrupted by ear piecing screeches through the baby monitor from a kid who doesn’t want to sleep…
- A busy day becomes busier due to an ill child…
- The nanny calls off for the day, or school is cancelled due to fog (yes, in Ohio this has happened)…
- Completely tech-illiterate client decides to “fix” system but instead breaks it all…
- Neglect of self-care catches up with you and demands a trip to the E.R.
I’m not a fan of mompreneur curve balls, but I’ve learned to be creative at how I deal with them.
Tip #1: Crying Won’t Hurt Them
When I say “them” I mean the babies. On the rare occasion that my nanny called off or my husband got called into work unexpected, I have had to put the babies into their cribs and close the door. And you know what? They were fine.
Were they in there long? No. Twenty minutes tops.
Tip #2: Don’t Hide the Fact that You’re a Mompreneur
Random crises do pop-up with clients from time to time, and my clients know I will always do everything in my power to help them. But with that said, they also understand that I’m a mompreneur. Unexpected phone calls may be accompanied by background noise like Elmo or baby-nese. If you’re upfront with your clients about working at home with children, they’ll understand the occasional sound effects.
Tip #3: Take Time for You
I’m guilty of not taking enough time for myself. My husband often tries to send me out to work at a local coffee shop, however I’m too stubborn to pack up my stuff and lose time in the car, in line, etc. This isn’t healthy.
Ignoring my own self-care needs has caused HUGE health issues for me in the past, including a week-long stay in the mental hospital due to thyroid issues. Trust me when I say this is NOT a 5-star, week-long vacation, however for the price you pay for your stay, you could have spent a month in a resort!
Take your clothes off your exercise machine, buy some bath products, or schedule a YOU day into your calendar to make sure you have what you need to take time (and care of) you!
Tip #4: Make Friends with Other Mompreneurs
Facebook is a great place to find groups specifically for mompreneurs, and if anyone can understand what we’re going through, it’s others who are going through the same thing.
Here’s a few group suggestions to get you started:
- Chasing Dreams and Littles: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chasingdreamsandlittles/
- Proclamation of Power Moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/powermomsproclamation/
- Mom Inc.: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bossmominc/
- Mompreneur Zen Den: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1009332732430478/
- Mompreneur Community Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mompreneurcommunitymastermind/
Tip #5: Mompreneur Mantra
I know what my mantra is, do you? It’s important that we all have a powerful saying that we repeat over and over throughout the day to keep us empowered and encouraged. Mompreneur curve balls can be thrown at any moment, but with your mantra memorized and in your back pocket you’ll be able to swing your best swing and keep on playing.
Want to know what my mantra is?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Phil 4:13