Yes, I am an entrepreneur. I’ve had been calling myself just a stay-at-home-mom who is working towards writing books and accreditation as a doula. It’s a slow process. But I’ve realized I need to change my mindset. I AM an entrepreneur and starting today I’m going to be calling myself that.
The definition of an entrepreneur, according to Merriam-webster is:
- a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money, OR
- one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise
As a mom and entrepreneur, I’m here to tell you this: Being a mother actually qualifies you more to become a successful entrepreneur. Creating your own startup is hard, and so is being a mom. I believe that as mothers we acquire many of the skills that are essential as we become entrepreneurs.Being a mother actually qualifies you more to become a successful entrepreneur. Click To Tweet
4 Traits of Entrepreneurs as a Work-at-Home-Mom
1. Entrepreneurs Invest Money, Time, and Resources
I have already invested money to pay for the course I’m taking to work on being accredited as a doula. There is a risk involved because once I am certified – that doesn’t guarantee I will have clients. But, even if I had not done that, I am creatively finding the time to work and investing my resources and time towards my business.
2. Entrepreneurs Creatively Work the Plan
I am a mom of two boys, age 2 and under. They keep me very busy and are not often on the same nap schedule. For that reason, I have to be very creative and efficient with the time I have to work on my business.
If you are in a similar situation, here are a few ideas of what you can do to find time to work on your business. (We have chosen not to send our kids outside the home for care. But there several other options):
- Trade babysitting with another mom. Watch all her kids so she can do something on her own, so then the next week (or next day) she can watch all your kids so you can work on the business.
- Hire a mother’s helper. Have someone come in the home and watch your kids, so you can have uninterrupted time to work on the business.
- Work on the business in the evenings or weekend while your partner or friend watches the kids.
- Go to bed early, then wake up to work in the middle of the night for a few hours before going back to bed. (I would advise trying this out first and only maintaining this for a short time.)
- Wake up early for a few uninterrupted hours.
3. Entrepreneurs are Persistent
When my plans or set hours to work fail, I need to work through the setbacks. As a mom of little kids, there will be times when I have a sick kid or two. Or one is going through a growth spurt and needs more cuddles. Or one is teething and can’t sleep. Or, you may have just worked out a plan for getting up early and then your youngest starts waking earlier consistently. There is always something changing, so you have to be persistent, to work through these potential setbacks.
4. Entrepreneurs Set Scary Goals
I want to be ready for opportunities that come my way. If you stay where it’s easy and safe, you’ll miss a lot of interesting and exciting opportunities. You will never reach your full potential. You will become stagnant. Here are some ways to evaluate how you make goals:
- Set specific goals: What income do you hope to make in a week, month, or year? What detailed projects do you hope to accomplish in _______(a specific time frame)?
- Where do you hope to be financially in a year from now? 3 years from now? 5 years?
- What do you need to do to make your idea work?
As a mom, it often seems like we do the same things over and over again. That can get discouraging if we don’t see the difference we are making. It’s hard to see progress in the midst of the sea of never-ending responsibilities. And it sometimes feels like we can never accomplish anything beyond just the day-in, day-out chores.As a mom, it often seems like we do the same things over and over again. Click To Tweet
If you are feeling like you are not really getting anywhere, never really finishing anything, may I encourage you to consider setting goals? You may have some great ideas and huge ambitions, but if you don’t turn those ideas into tangible, realistic yet somewhat scary goals, then you are setting yourself up for discouragement.
So now, I’m going to go check in on my goals for May!!
And, whenever someone asks me where I work, I’m not going to answer how I think they want me to answer, but I’m going to be bold and say I’m a full-time mom and entrepreneur and tell them what I’m working towards. How else am I going to make connections and see change happen in my life?