mompreneur essential tips

I’m two months away from having my first child, and with all the joy and trepidation I’m experiencing, I’m also quite anxious about the transition it represents as a solo entrepreneur. What’s certain is that becoming a mompreneur will be quite a journey! That’s why a few months ago, I started pivoting my digital agency to offer more consulting and (eventually) online courses that will give me flexibility once my baby is here. 

Yet, to build a business that suits my dream lifestyle, aka a “mom entrepreneur who’s at the top of her game and taking care of her little one“, I know it won’t be a straight path. Thankfully, many women entrepreneurs have shared their experiences and wisdom with me!

Some advice I received is quite practical, like learning to type one-handed, with both hands, to be able to breastfeed and type at the same time. While others are more about mindset, adjusting your expectations, and setting up your day around your infant.

The tips I share below are the ones that stuck with me.

I asked around: the best tips for budding mompreneurs

Becoming a mother is a big transition no matter what we do for a living, but going from being an entrepreneur to a mompreneur comes with its unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Whether you’re just starting or already on your way, these tips will help you thrive as an entrepreneur and a mom in the making:

Stay true to yourself and your business

Amid the whirlwind of entrepreneurship and motherhood, it’s crucial to connect with yourself. Carve some time out to reflect and listen to your intuition, desires, and ambitions. Block out external noise and opinions, and focus on what you truly want your life to look like. Trust your instincts when making important business decisions and parenting choices. By staying true to yourself, you’ll build a family, business, and life that aligns with your values and aspirations.

Find inspiration in others, but skip the comparisonitis

Comparison can be a thief of joy, both in business and parenting. As a mompreneur, it’s essential you embrace your uniqueness and resist the urge to compare your path to someone who’s already gone through the whole experience. Remember that everyone’s circumstances are different. Other mompreneurs might seem like they have it all figured out, but they went through struggles and had to learn just like you are now. The only difference is that they are further along on their journey.

Instead of getting caught up in comparison, find inspiration, harness your strengths, and capitalize on them. Celebrate your individuality and the way you choose to balance motherhood and entrepreneurship. It’s beautiful and perfectly okay to do things your own way and adjust as you go.

Make a plan and be ready to change it completely

It’s great to make a plan of what your business and your days will look like once you’re baby is here, but you must be flexible about it. After all, you’ve never met your baby before and you have no idea about their personality. Especially if it’s your first child, finding out about the requirements of motherhood will literally happen on the job. So it’s quite possible, your entire plan will have to be adjusted.

Embrace the ability to adapt your timetable, pivot your business strategies, and find innovative solutions to challenges as they arise. This flexibility will serve you well as you navigate both roles simultaneously.

To gain insight into my baby’s personality and rhythm, I’ve been reading Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg. A few mompreneurs recommended this bestseller in which Hogg explains her methodology to understand and communicate with your newborn simply by listening to their cues and being gentle without fussing. I’ll definitely go over it again when my little boy is here to create a schedule that suits his personality.

Leverage technology and automation

If it’s not already the case in your entrepreneurial life, technology will become your best friend! Explore tools and software that can automate repetitive tasks, such as social media scheduling, email marketing, and project management. As a mompreneur, you should embrace time-saving technologies to optimize your efficiency and allow more room for family time. With the right tools at your disposal, you can navigate your to-do list with more ease.

However, think about this in advance, there’s a jungle of different tools doing myriads of things, and you need the right one for your business size and requirements. One that I love using and recommending is Later for social media scheduling and AI caption writing tool. It’s the best AI caption writer I’ve tested so far, easy to use, and affordable. It lets you quickly plan your social media ahead of time for platforms like Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Give Later a try, it will free up your time and mind so you can focus on other things.

Find – and hire – support

It’s crucial you create time for your baby, your business, and even yourself. There are a few different types of support that can help you as a mompreneur and each one has advantages and drawbacks.

First, figure out how the people closest to you can help you during the week. Grandparents, siblings, friends… Even if it’s just them sitting in your living room with your child, it can give you a few hours to focus on work or go out for a coffee. Asking for help isn’t simple for everyone, but others can’t read your mind, so be candid when expressing your needs, plus it’s the most cost-effective option.

Second, if you don’t have people you can depend on, hire a nanny for a few hours a week. It might be an investment, but if it gives you peace of mind for your business or your well-being, it’s definitely worth it. The advantage of hired help is finding someone with childcare experience that could possibly give you a hand with house chores as well.

Third, seek out like-minded individuals who understand the challenges and joys of both entrepreneurship and motherhood. Join online communities, attend networking events, and connect with fellow mom entrepreneurs. Engaging in conversations, sharing experiences, and seeking advice from fellow business owners going through the same experience will bring you comfort and help you find solutions. This won’t necessarily create time in your schedule, but it can be a great source of inspiration and strength.

Cultivate patience with yourself

Patience is a virtue that will serve you well on your entrepreneurial and motherhood journey. Learning to balance these two roles simultaneously can take time. Expect that there will be moments when you make mistakes or feel overwhelmed. Embrace this chapter in your life and be gentle with yourself. This is a new experience and creating your rhythm around a growing child whose needs are evolving isn’t simple. By cultivating patience, you’ll allow yourself the space to learn, adapt, and grow.

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Make space for at least a 6-week break

The benefit and challenge of being a mompreneur is that you get to choose when you go back to work! Depending on your business, it might be tempting to skip taking a break and go straight into juggling your work and your newborn. However, that would be really hard for you and your baby. So even if it seems complicated, plan for a 6-week maternity break at a minimum.

This period is crucial in more than a way. First, you need to get to know your child. They might not do much yet, but they definitely has a personality. Without knowing your little one first, it will be difficult to organize your work schedule later on.

Second, you need that time to rest and let your body heal while your mind adapts. You just went through an incredible experience; producing a little human is a big feat and you deserve to recuperate. So while you need to care for your child, you need to care for yourself just as much.

Finally, and this is something numerous mompreneurs told me, it’s a time for bonding as a family that goes by way too quickly. You need to be fully present, not responding to clients or DMs in between feedings. This period will impact your family dynamic for years to come, so while it can be daunting to take a break, it really must be a priority.

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Wrapping-up: My Mompreneur Season is Just starting

As you prepare to embark on the adventure of motherhood while managing your business, remember these tips and do what feels right to you. Listen to your inner voice and embrace your unique journey. With these insights in mind, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the beautiful and fulfilling path of being a mom entrepreneur.

I loved having these conversations with mompreneurs! I’ll come back to this article and share how it went in practice in a few months so stay tuned.

Good luck and do connect with me whether you have practical mompreneur tips of your own or are also going through this season of life!

Manouchka

P.S.: I only recommend products and services that I love and think you will too! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may get a small commission if you click on them and make a purchase.

P.S.: I only recommend products and services that I love and think you will too! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may get a small commission if you click on them and make a purchase.

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