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Guest Post: Entrepreneur Mom on balancing family and a home business

Guest Post: Entrepreneur Mom on balancing family and a home business

I asked Claire Winson from http://entrepreneurmom.net/ to give Moms with new businesses or new families some tips on balancing family life and a home business and she came up with these great insights. My favorite tip is something I like to do…

Always plan out the following day the night before. Always.

She suggests to keep an A4 notebook and write headings on each page for various daily activities. Thats exactly what I do so I like her already!  Claire is… “a mom to the cutest (although I maybe biased) little boy, and a dog with issues. I’m a seasoned PR professional and writer, Nescafe fanatic, runner, wanna-be surfer, and the founder of EntrepreneurMom.”

She is also building quite an empire on her Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/EntrepreneurMomZA?fref=ts… please like and share her page and subscribe to her blog, there’s a wealth of information waiting to encourage new business owners so please support her!

Balancing family and a home business

One of the toughest things for a mama to do is to stretch herself between work and family. As the founder of EntrepreneurMom, an informative platform to helps moms start, grow and create awareness of their home business, the question I’m most often asked is how do I find the balance between earning money and taking care of my family. Can a true balance ever really be found?

Whether you have to work out of necessity, or because you desire the freedom, or just have a brilliant business idea that cannot be kept under wraps the answer, of course, is yes, you can have and do it all.

There may be moments in time that your schedule is not as you wish it to be, but remember, they are only snippets in time. Everything you do now paves a path of success for you and your family. So give your kiddies an extra squeeze and follow these few tips to help you create the best balance.

1) Scheduling

One of the greatest things about working for yourself is being able to schedule your work around your activities. Rather than being chained to a desk for eight hours, schedule work time in the early morning hours while your family is asleep, or get some admin done after your babies are tucked in bed. Just because it is ‘work’ and ‘business’ does not’ mean it has to happen between 9am and 5pm.

2) Ask for help

No one said that owning your business would be easy but no one said that you must do it alone either. Enlist help to keep your house in order; even just once a week or every other week, this can go a long way to keeping your sanity. Within your business, consider hiring a virtual assistant who can help (remotely, of course) keep track of your admin, bookkeeping, social media and more, which leaves your precious time to take care of your core business.

3) Let some things go

Your house does not need to be perfect, so choose what is most important to you (not someone else). Maybe the beds aren’t made until it’s time to crawl in them, maybe you work in pyjamas, maybe your child watches a move or plays by themselves for a little bit when you have a meeting. Choose your battles; you don’t need to get everything right all of the time, and let go of any guilt that goes along with it!

4) Plan

If I have one tip it is this: always plan out the following day the night before. Always. I have an A4 notebook and write headings on each page for various daily activities, for work, personal, and family life. That way, as soon as I get up in the morning I know what needs to be done rather than try to remember what is happening.

5) Prioritise

In my long list of things to do, I prioritise those activities which absolutely must be done that day, for example, events, meetings, and those items with a deadline. Then I mark off say, 3-5 other tasks that need to be completed. That way I know that as long as those specific tasks are done, the rest of my day can be juggled and planned accordingly, releasing any guilt for not having put in a 9-5 effort.

What is most important when trying to juggle family and your own business is not to follow anyone else: set your purpose and create your own rules.

Infertility

Infertility
Infertility

InsteadOfYourShame

This blog has changed so much since I started it and I think its finally moving into a direction where I can finally pinpoint what I am going to focus on. Even though it all started with my infertility, its now thankfully something of the past and I am focusing much more on motherhood now, so therefore I have decided to remove the page “Infertiliy” to a post on the home page so its still archived, but its not going to be one of the focus points anymore. Unfortunately its still only in Afrikaans and I doubt if I will have the guts to write it all over again in English but who knows what future may hold… for now, Afrikaans speaking friends… here is my Infertility Journey once again, just to archive. Thanks for your ever growing support! Read the rest of this entry

Stop Cyberbullying!

Stop Cyberbullying!
Stop Cyberbullying!

 

I grew up in a small town where you had to have the right surname to have the right to “belong”. I was about 5 years old when my group of friends realised my surname did not fit in with theirs… I roamed the playgrounds from my first day in grade one until one fortunate day in grade 4, and then some more in grade 6, again in grade8, 9 and 10. The truth is I never really belonged anywhere as the damage has been done in my most critical forming years. I don’t think I was always bullied… sometimes “they” would laugh about something and I would tell myself they laughed at me. To be honest I liked to play the victim, feeling sorry for myself became what defined me.

I felt like what they call “white trash”whatever that may be… like no one would want to be my friend. Once one of the hunks of the school asked me to dance at a party, with all his friends laughing and looking at me. I liked him a lot and he always stared at me in class, so I felt like cinderella for a few minutes, in the arms of one of the most beautiful boys I knew. Imagine the damage caused when the song ended and he stopped me in front of his laughing friends, and also the rest of the hunks in school, and asked loud and clear for Read the rest of this entry

Slaap soos ‘n baba… pfff!

Slaap soos ‘n baba… pfff!
Slaap soos ‘n baba… pfff!

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Ek moet eintlik die blog “The nursing notes” noem want dit is al wanneer ek tyd kry om te blog en ook net op my foon, so verskoon maar as ek soms kortaf is of foute maak… My rekenaar gaar stof deesdae en dit nadat ek op ‘n tyd dag en nag ge- design of -edit het!  Maar nou ja, so tussen die malheid wat ‘n tweeling huishouding is (oh my goodness ek Read the rest of this entry

Ek borsvoed ‘n tweeling, co-sleep en beoog babywearing… so sue my!

Ek borsvoed ‘n tweeling, co-sleep en beoog babywearing… so sue my!
Ek borsvoed ‘n tweeling, co-sleep en beoog babywearing… so sue my!

Hoekom het die lewe so moeilik geraak vir jong Mammas?  In die verlede was dit maklik… of was dit nou moeiliker?? ‘n Baba is vir jou gegee en jy moes maar sien en kom klaar sonder al die informasie wat ons vandag op die tv, internet en in tydskrifte kry.  Hierdie informasie is nou wel great vir my, maar omtrent alles is kontrasterend!

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My laaste blog… hopelik!

My laaste blog… hopelik!
My laaste blog… hopelik!

Ek het nou al ‘n paar blogs begin en elke keer word ek mismoedig met myself omdat ek nie gereeld inskrywings maak nie, of die rede vir die blog (soos gebedsgroepies om swanger te raak) word nie vervul nie en en en…

Nou het ek uiteindelik my rede vir bestaan gevind… die Moskabouters, my kleine twee Read the rest of this entry