God has blessed us tremendously to be able to serve as both moms AND entrepreneurs. As amazing of a privilege this is, trying to juggle both of these roles can sometimes be a challenge, especially if your little one is not in school or daycare. If the kiddies are home with you, you never know what the day will bring. You never know how your child will need you.
Will they be fussy?
Will they want extra hugs & kisses?
Will they be less independent?
Will they be loud and rowdy?
Will there be meltdowns?
Will there be a diaper blowout or throwing up?
I’m sure you can totally relate. While motherhood is one of the most beautiful things on earth, it is demanding and hard work. But we’ve also been called to business, which means that there’s other work to do as well. So how can we run the business while simultaneously existing in the mom role? The answer is to find support as a mompreneur. Because contrary to some theories, we are not superwomen and we cannot do it all by ourselves. We shouldn’t even be trying to do it all alone.
Let’s dive into some practical ways that you can find support as a mompreneur.
1. Identify your priorities
What I have learned in my short time as a mother is that priorities matter. If you do not have things properly prioritized, life will get crazy. With all of the responsibilities that we carry, it can be easy to throw the relationship with God on the backburner. But speaking from personal experience, this is the last thing we should do. Our relationship with God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit should always remain our number ONE priority.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV
It is through our relationship with God that we find strength, strategy and rest in the midst of all of our responsibilities. Now that God is in His proper place, it is important that you identify the things that are most important to you, as a mother. Do you only want to work a certain amount of hours per day so you can spend quality time with your child? Is it important that you are able to pick them up from daycare/school? Identify your mom priorities and make a list. Start with the most important and then rank them down to least important priorities. This list will serve as a sort of reference guide when it’s time to make business decisions. Anything that interferes with these mom priorities should, in most instances, be a no-go..
- 2. Be willing to accept help
When it comes to motherhood and raising children, be willing to accept help from those you trust, or your “village”. This may be difficult, as you’ll have to let go of some of the responsibilities that they’ve traditionally taken care of, but in this season of motherhood, be willing to accept the help. We should be seeking help with both mom duties and business tasks. Accepting help does not make you weak or less than. In fact, God designed life so that we are positioned to both give help and receive it. The Bible is full of verses about helping others and receiving help from the Lord.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 3:27 ESV
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Romans 12:13 ESV
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
Psalm 54:4 ESV
God is so intentional about us having help that He gave us Holy Spirit, whose job description includes helping. So the next time you might be reluctant to accept help, remember that God does not desire you to be without it. You might not have it right now, but pray and ask Him to send you some Godly help.
- 3. Set your boundaries
We’ve talked about boundaries in previous issues but in terms of business, what boundaries are you setting with your clients and yourself? Will you not work on weekends? Will you not take client calls after a certain time? Once you set your boundaries, communicate them with those around you and make a true effort to stick to them. An example of a business boundary is creating office hours and putting them in your client’s welcome packet so they understand that outside of those specific hours, you are unavailable.
Now that we’ve made it through these tips, take some time to make an action plan for implementation. I pray this has been helpful to you, mompreneur, as you seek to find support in your daily life.
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