Guest Post by Kathy Marie Howell
When I started in Network Marketing my children were ages 17, 11 and 8. I had always worked outside of the home but had flexible hours, which was important to me. I lived in a different town than my parents and siblings so local support was always scarce. I felt like my children spent enough time away from our family so when school was out I wanted to be with them.
I know that not everyone has that option nor do they desire to, and that’s OK. That’s the best part about owning your own business, you get to make the decisions, whether you like it or not. I have learned a lot over the years and I love sharing my knowledge. If you like what you read here and want a little more, check out my blog post The10 Top Lessons I’ve Learned in Network Marketing or leave a comment or question.
Here are the top 10 tips for aspiring MOMpreneurs in no particular order since they are all important.
# 1 Fall in Love
When you fall in love with a product or service you are much more likely to share it than something you are lukewarm about. There are so many good, quality products that need to be shared so try a few and see what’s a good fit for you.
# 2 Stay the Course
Anything worth having takes time and commitment. Figure out what type of income would make a difference for your family and set that as your goal. Have a business plan with realistic expectations and then work the plan. Most people quit because they don’t get immediate results. If you are learning a new skill, it takes time. If you get discouraged, and you will, talk to a person in your field who has already done what you are working for and continue on. I promise you, it’s worth the time it takes to be successful.
# 3 Work Part-Time
If you are reading this and you are a mom, you already have a full time job. Your job is to raise your children to be responsible, contributing adults and that takes interaction and time. You may even have a another job outside of the home which takes up your time as well. If you are looking to create an income by being an entrepreneur, schedule your work time. I know from experience that life will often get in the way when you are trying to work from home. Post your hours and let your family know you are serious about what you are doing.
# 4 Include your Family
I think this tip is one of the most important ones. When you have your family’s support it makes your life so much easier, but you already know that. What I have found is that by including my family in decisions they are more vested in the outcome. They don’t always see the big picture at first but over time they see how things are changing for the better for all of us. It can be hard, especially on little ones when they see you going on trips or having fun and they are not included. I choose to include my family any chance I get so now I have a very encouraging family.
# 5 Celebrate Often
This tip might sound silly but your children love to celebrate. Your celebrations don’t have to be elaborate but since you will be your own boss, you need to recognize yourself and toot your own horn. Our family often celebrates over dinner. It can be as simple as lighting candles at the dinner table or ordering out or going out for a special meal or ice cream. The great thing is your family will learn that your business venture is worth it.
# 6 Delegate
There are lots of companies that are set up to help entrepreneurs, use them. Have a budget that includes anything that you don’t have time for. There are income producing activities as well as non-income producing actives and both are important when running a business, especially when you work from home. You have to figure out what you are willing to let go of because you simply can’t do it all without burning out. If you can’t let go of the business aspect, you may want to delegate household chores.
# 7 Time Management
Have a calendar and stick to your schedule as much as possible. There will always be things that come up when you have a family that you will be needed for. No one can replace mom and only you will do. If you have a schedule of what needs to be accomplished every day, you often eliminate the worry of something hanging over your head. It’s very rewarding to have a list and check off your accomplishments for the day. Always make time for ME. It doesn’t have to be long but you should spend time with yourself everyday.
# 8 Support System
Your support system can be anyone with your best interest at heart. It is often your family and friends but not always. Have you ever heard the analogy about the crabs in a bucket? When one tries to climb out, it is pulled back into the bucket by the others. Life can be like that sometimes. When you are on a different path that you have been in the past, it can be confusing to those that are close to you. Be open to making new friends and you will find yourself in wonderful situations you only dreamed of in the past.
# 9 Be Organized
When you multi-task life can get crazy if you let it, especially if you have young children. If you have a home office, use it. You can set boundaries so that you work alone or you can set up a place where your children can join you in the office. It all depends on what works for you and your family. I have had it all over the years, from working out of tote boxes to having a beautiful office. The trick is having a place for everything and everything in it’s place. When you have limited time and energy you don’t want to waste it looking around for misplaced items.
# 10 Know Your Strengths
We all have them although sometimes it takes making a list to see them realistically. Now, work with your strengths to make life easier. Work on bettering yourself every day to develop new strengths. Be consistent in your actions and know over time your efforts will pay off, big time!
Really, it’s all very simple. Be authentic, be true to yourself, be passionate and believe. Do what is required of you and never give up. You have to power to make your dreams become reality.
About the Author
Kathy Marie Howell, 49 year old mother of three married to the man of my dreams. My story just goes to show you that when you seek passion in your life, you often find solutions to help your dreams become reality. I got into the beauty industry to develop my talents and to serve others never realizing the profound effect it would have on my future.
I have found my experience as a Master Cosmetologist, specializing in health and wellness and coaching over the past 25+ years, has well prepared me to help others find their passion as well. My intuition and deep spirituality have led me to where I am today… living a life of purpose and joy.
I AM a MOMpreneur and blessed to be one. I AM a coach and a cheerleader and will be your biggest supporter. I AM here to help you navigate through our changing world with confidence. I AM here to bring innovative and new solutions to the world and it starts with an open heart and mind. I AM here for you.