Jenny Benedetti is co-owner of iQ Cleaning – a growing maid and house cleaning business in Washington DC gives supermoms tips on how to be successful in entrepreneurship and parenting.
Both parenthood and entrepreneurship have several things in common. Both entail hard work, personal and financial growth, cultivating relationships, and helping others (including yourself) achieve success. For this reason, it’s only natural that many moms are also entrepreneurs. We love challenges, achieving financial independence, taking care of our families, and giving back to our communities.
However balancing the various challenges of doing both at the same time is not easy. Sometimes we have to balance business and childcare, not always successfully. We have a lot of financial variables to juggle, from daycare to health insurance for employees to how much to charge for our services. Sometimes we have to sacrifice sleep for getting that last project finished before the holidays, or making sure that proposal is perfect before sending it off to a large client.
We struggle to find time for our business while also trying to be there for our family members. To top it all off, those who are not entrepreneurs may not be so understanding of why our time is limited, or why just because you are at home working does not mean you are available for a drop-in amateur counselling session for your neighbour.
Here we have compiled a list of different tips to help balance parenthood and entrepreneurship to help you achieve your maximum potential.
#1 Seek out the advice of other mompreneurs
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Seek out other like-minded mompreneurs and find out how they make it all work. Whether they are in your same town, or an online forum, having other people you can go to for advice is invaluable. Knowing that other people know about your struggles and challenges can give you the boost you need to keep going and tackling those challenges head-on. Also, it might be a great chance to network.
Seek out other like-minded mompreneurs and find out how they make it all work. Whether they are in your same town, or an online forum, having other people you can go to for advice is invaluable.
#2 Develop a routine
Cut the chaos in business and family life by developing a routine and sticking to it. Every person will have a different routine that works for them. If you run a real estate empire, you might make certain days or times off-limits for showing houses to potential house buyers, and try to squeeze in a lot of your work when the children are at school. If you are a programmer, you will need long stretches of time to work, so daytime when the kids are gone might be the best time to get most of your work done. Writers may use the evenings to get work done when everything is settled down, and you have some quiet time to think. Time block for everyone on your team, from your clients to your spouse and children.
#3 Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It can be tempting to try to multitask and do it all ourselves. When we do that, we end up experiencing burnout, stress, and fatigue. Enlist the help of accountants, programmers, house cleaners, child care providers, loving spouses and doting relatives among others to help us accomplish our goals. According to a lead researcher at the University of Georgia, asking for help can be the difference between having a ho-hum business and a stellar business. Many people have the mistaken idea that asking for help is a sign of weakness, but the evidence points to it as a valuable skill in growing your business.
Rest doesn’t only include quality shut-eye. Anything that restores you to a calm, non-frazzled state counts.
#4 Rest whenever possible
In our work-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find time to rest, especially with so many responsibilities. It’s up to us to change this mindset, starting with ourselves. If you find that your main work time is in the evenings when your children are asleep but you still have to wake up early to send your children to school, naps may be the best solution to getting enough sleep. If you find a break in your work between projects, make sure you catch up on sleep.
Rest doesn’t only include quality shut-eye. Anything that restores you to a calm, non-frazzled state counts. Go out to eat with friends or your spouse, catch up on Netflix movies, hit the gym or spend some time outside in nature. Go to an art museum, music concert, or take a trip for a few days.
#5 Include your children in the business
Depending on the age of your children, there are a myriad number of ways that they can help with your business. Young children can put stamps on envelopes while older children can answer phones or help file paperwork. Teenagers can help deliver packages or work behind the counter. Teens can also be great social media consultants. Whatever your child does, be sure to thank them and give them some kind of financial compensation as a reward.
#6 Ready, set, go
You’ve already made it this far in your business. Now it’s time to really rock your business by networking with other mom entrepreneurs, getting a good work/family life routine down, asking for help, and letting your children get some hands-on business skills.
About the Author
Jenny Benedetti is co-owner of iQ Cleaning – a growing maid and house cleaning business in Washington DC. She is also referred to by those who know her as a true “Supermom”. After years of struggling to balance a full-time job and being a mom, she decided to pursue her own path and create the best possible lifestyle for her and her family. Entrepreneurship has given her the flexibility many moms dream of, and she hasn’t looked back.