If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are a work-at-home mom, just like me. And just like me, because for one reason or another you too decided to take on the roles of both full time mom and entrepreneur or business owner, we tend to find ourselves in very similar circumstances. So I’d like to share with you today some of the biggest mistakes we, as mompreneurs, can face, in order that we can fend off these obstacles, keeping our eyes on the prize.
1. NOT SETTING BOUNDARIES. This is probably the biggest mistake I’ve made in my career as a WAHM. If you have kids, you don’t need me to tell you what boundaries are… because your kids are pushing them! Am I right or am I right? Setting expectations with yourself, your family, and your clients lets everybody know when you’re available to them and when you’re not available to them. Boundaries=stress averted!
2. TRYING TO DO IT ALL YOURSELF. Asking for help doesn’t mean that you’re weak or that you’re not smart enough or good enough—which are some of the crazy conversations we have rattling around inside our heads. Trying to do it all by yourself is a recipe for burnout. If you are committed to the success of your business, your family and your life, get the support you need.
3. NOT BLOCKING YOUR TIME. All mompreneurs figure out sooner or later that the most efficient use of our time is not to steal a moment here and a moment there to accomplish everything from business emails to grocery shopping to laundry. Set aside specific times for specific tasks and then be committed to the task of the moment.
4. NOT FOCUSING ON YOUR MONEYMAKING TALENT. We all got into business doing what we do best. These are the things that make us money, and these are the things that need to be our top priorities. Do what you do best first and save the rest for last, or better yet, delegate, delegate, delegate!
5. NOT HAVING A BUSINESS PLAN. Just like you wouldn’t take off for vacation without a destination or a roadmap, if you want to reach your goals in business, you have to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Once you have a plan, it’s amazing how ambitious you’ll be at making your plan work and reaching those goals.
These are just a few of the top mistakes mompreneurs make, including some from my own experience. Maybe you have some “favorites” you can add to the list!
I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment!
Have you fallen into any of these traps?
What can you do right now to avoid or set right some of these common mistakes?