No doubt about it, if you’re a mom you are an expert at getting things done. That’s what makes moms good managers. So why not channel that management skill into your own home-based business and become a “mompreneur”?
This is a Guest Post by Eva Benoit
According to Ryan Westwood at Forbes.com, moms are great at creating processes that get more done during the day. That’s true considering all that goes on in a household, from getting the children up and off to school, then to their various activities in the afternoon and back home in time for dinner, keeping track of doctor and dentist appointments, all while also keeping bills paid.
Whether they’re married or single, mompreneurs are mothers who are raising children full-time while also running a home-based business. And the businesses they create are definitely more than just taking in laundry or stuffing envelopes (which is apparently a scam). Many mompreneurs are former application developers, accountants, web designers, and other professionals who left the business world. And some of them are using their skill sets to create home-based businesses that allow them to raise their children and make some money.
It’s important to get all of your ducks in a row beforehand, including setting up a home office and repairing your credit if necessary. Should you need a loan to get things up a running, having strong credit will convince lenders to take a chance on you.
But before you create a stack of business cards and expect new clients to call you every hour, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do You Have a Good Business Idea?
Sometimes all it takes is that lucky phone call from a client of your former employer or a referral from a friend or former co-worker looking for that one thing from you that can get your business rolling. But if that doesn’t happen, what’s your other business idea? Jane Porter at Entrepreneur.com lists eight ways to come up with a business idea. For example, is it something that has value to someone or can it easily solve “pain points”? Or do you have a hobby or a craft that can create a product you can sell online? Regardless, make sure it is a skill or craft or ability that people want.
2. Do You Have the Passion to Create a Business?
As a mom, you probably already have the qualities of self-motivation and problem-solving skills anyone needs to run a business. But once you have your idea, it takes more than just wanting to pull in a few dollars each month to supplement your family income. Just like anyone who creates a small business, you need to have a passion for it. Can you give 100 percent of yourself every day to running the business and raising your children?
Bill Carmody, founder and CEO of Trepoint, states at Inc.com that your passion fuels your willpower to succeed and strengthens your ability to successfully start and run your business.
3. Can You Find Time to Work, Network and Balance Family Needs?
You certainly might have a great business idea and endless passion for it, but you will also need to connect with other professionals to garner business at networking events. You’ll also need to find time to actually do the work, have phone meetings with clients (or actually have on-site visits) and chase down invoices to get paid. You’ll need to do all of this while also taking care of your family. But like the good manager that all moms tend to be, you’ll need to find some help and delegate. If your business takes off, you might be able to hire some assistance for minor tasks or even with the children or housework.
Look for ways to maximize your work time and your family time. And don’t forget that it’s also important to schedule downtime for yourself to keep sane and productive.
If you can answer those three questions with a resounding yes, then you’re on track to become a mompreneur. It’s amazing how simple it is to go the mompreneur route and start a home-based business. The teachings, tools, and methods for learning are readily available, and chances are you’ve already got some of what it takes. You already know you’ve got the skills and the management expertise, now you just need to get the ball rolling. With a little elbow grease and a plan of action, your new career is on the horizon.
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This is a Guest Post by Eva Benoit