Mums Guilt

Mums Guilt

MUMS GUILT

Running a business is a pretty impressive feat. There is so much preparation, stress, time and money that goes into running your own business. Oh and don’t forget the tears. There is always a few of those. What makes running a business an even harder and yet even more impressive feat is if you are doing it as a parent.

I am sure you have heard the word ‘mumpreneur’ floating around. This is the term used for a mum that is also running her own business. It is a very exciting step for a mum to take. It gives her a chance to not only provide for her family but in many cases be able to do it from home and spending more time around her children. However it is not always sunshine and roses. The thought of running a business from home and being able to spend your days playing with your children often does not end up a reality.

In many cases mumpreneurs also suffer from mum guilt. The guilt comes from realising that sometimes it is going to be harder than working a job outside of the home, that the hours can end up being very long and in the beginning phases you may not get to spend as much time with your little ones as you had first planned. You may also feel the guilt towards the business. That you are not spending enough time on it, that it is not getting your full attention and that you could be doing more. 

Mum guilt is a very real thing and something that many mumpreneurs suffer from at one time or another. There are ways to help with this guilty feeling and help you to push through them and shift your focus back to the reason you started your business.

Have a daily routine

We all know as parents that a daily routine normally doesn’t go to plan. There is always something that goes wrong, runs late or just doesn’t happen as per the routine. However it is still very important during your time as a mum in business to create a routine and try your best to stick to it. Break your day up into different areas. Give the business the time it needs when it is needed and give your children their time with you as well. If you are using a routine to schedule your day you are more likely to be more productive during your time working on the business and more focused on the children during your time spent with them. 

Accept help

I know, easier said than done right! Although it is something that you need to learn to be able to do. If you are offered help; whether it is by watching the children for an hour or two or a hand tidying up the house or cooking a few meals for you – than accept it. Life is going to be hard enough running both a business and a household and it is okay to need help to stay on top of everything. Even if you are not offered help but you know you need it – ask for it. You will be surprised at the number of people who are ready and willing to help you. All you need to do is ask.

Make your time count

If you have scheduled in 3 hours of work on the business during the day – make these hours count. Have a plan for what you are going to achieve during this time and work towards getting it all done. When you are spending your time with the children, plan fun things to do, give them your full attention and enjoy yourself. 

Making yourself aware of the time you have for each thing will help you to make the most of the time.

And lastly, be easy on yourself. You are doing such a lot and it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the beginning but remember what you are doing, why you are doing it and focus on the future benefits of it all. 

Mum guilt should not define how you spend your time. Be relaxed and help yourself to shift past the guilt and bring yourself into a happy and positive state. 

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Going from a Hobby to Business

Going from a Hobby to Business

What we do in our spare time can say a lot about who we are as a person. Having a hobby or multiple hobbies is not only good for your health but it can also be beneficial for your social well being and in some cases it can also turn into a financial benefit for you as well. 

There are a lot of hobbies out there that over time can become a financial gain for you. Whether you are making a product, using skills you have collected during your hobby to sell a service or simply turning your love of doing something into a financial gain – you are on your way to beginning a business.

So when do you go from a hobby to a business? How do you know it will be a good move?

How do you know it is will be successful and worth wild?

Where do I start?

This is the first step of turning your hobby into a business. First you need to determine if your hobby is something that is in demand and that will have a monetary benefit for you if you turn it into a business. Look at your hobby and see whether it is something that you would be able to make money off. Do you create a product that is sellable? Have you learned skills that you can sell within a service space. 

After determining whether or not you can make money off your hobby, the next step is to decide if you want to.

How do I know if I should do it?

This is a question only you can answer. You need to decide if running a business is something that you really want to do. Whether you have the drive and strength to start a business and run it from the ground up. You then need to decide if you want to turn your hobby into that business. A hobby is something that we do for fun, to create a bit of down time for ourselves and give us a break from our every day lives. Will you still be happy doing your hobby if you are doing it for business over pleasure? It means that the drive behind your hobby will change. It will become a lot more professional and you will be creating the products or providing the services for business and not pleasure. 

Is it a good idea?

This again is only a question you can answer. You need to do your research before jumping in and starting the business. Find out if there is a demand for what you are offering. Is there a market saturated with the same products or services already? Are you in a position where you will make money from the business. 

Starting a business can also take a financial toll on you, so this is another factor you need to think about before turning your hobby into a business. Do you have the back up funds to purchase enough stock to start the business. Do you have a means of selling it and marketing it.

What are the benefits of starting from a hobby?

The benefits of starting your business from a hobby include the fact that you already know what you are doing for a large part. You may not know the ins and outs of running a business but you know how to create your product. You know how to make it look good and you know how much time and money goes into creating it. This is a great leg in to running a business. You are already familiar with the product and essentially just need to find a mean in which to sell it. 

Starting your journey as a business owner from a hobby is a great way to start. It is something that you know how to create, something you enjoy creating and something that you think others would want a chance to be a part of. If you are unsure on whether or not to turn your hobby into a business, don’t rush into anything. Take your time to decide if it is a step that you would like to take and if it turns out it is – than go for it!

Invest in yourself and your business to grow your income

Invest in yourself and your business to grow your income

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When it comes to running a business there are many things that we strive for and aim towards as goals. One of the main ones is to create a high income from the business. Really, making money is one of the main reasons that a person goes into business. However in order to grow your income you need to do more than just sell a product or provide a service. Growing your income can take time and one of the most important things you can do to help with this process is investing. 

I am not talking about investing large amounts of money into the business (although in some circumstances this can help a lot). I am talking about investing in yourself and investing in your business.

What does it mean to invest in yourself?

Investing in yourself is the first step towards a successful business. When you invest in something, you expect a return from that investment right? Well the same system applies when you invest in yourself. If you are investing in yourself it means that you are going to expect a successful return from yourself. It helps to push you past your boundaries and make things happen. 

When investing in yourself it means that you are putting a wager on yourself. You are giving yourself a reason to push forward and to create success.

How do I invest in myself?

There are a number of different ways in which you can invest in yourself and help you to create success within yourself and your business. You can use your spare time to read books or blogs or listen to podcasts that are going to help you within your business. A way to learn new aspects of business  that you can then take back into your own business and use them. The same goes with going to events or listening to speaker who can assist with growing your business. 

Your knowledge of wealth will not only help to grow you as a person but it will also help to grow your business and to grow your income. 

Another way to invest in yourself is by investing in your future, whether it is by opening up a savings account or term deposit or by signing up for a course or a degree. By doing either of these you are looking into your future and looking for a way to be able to set yourself up in the future. 

Other ways that you can invest in yourself is by hiring a business coach to help you to work out your goals and how to achieve them, investing your time into focusing on your health and well being or by simply giving yourself a break from the business stress and concerns for a few days so that you can relax and come back fresh. 

How does this help to grow the income of my business?

Investing in yourself helps to grow the income of your business because it is helping to grow the person behind the business. Without you, there would be no business and then there would be income.

Investing in yourself shows that you are confident and driven to make the business work. You are investing not only your money but your time into growing yourself and in turn growing your business.

If you are in a more positive mindset, confident about the things you are doing, confident about the plans forward for the business and in an overall relaxed and focused mindset you are more likely to want to spend time within the business and push yourself to create a positive flow from it. 

When you hear the word invest, chances are the first thing you think of is money. From now on when you hear the word invest look past the financial side of the world and think about how you can invest yourself in order to make something happen. 

The power of a strong willed business owner can be a lot stronger than a large cheque of money. 

Invest in yourself and see the effects take place in and around you and your business.

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