How to be both a successful business owner and a present mother.
Having a baby is simple. All they do is eat, sleep and poop. They won’t get in the way of your business! However the overwhelm of having a new baby can affect you as a business person. Managing conflicting priorities and turbulent emotions. When everything seems so exciting, fulfilling and frightening at the same time. Now, when your baby needs you so much, is it possible to slow your business down or even rethink how you are operating it. Is it possible to balance the needs of your business with the needs of your baby?
The following is an excerpt from my book on this topic, When Business Meets Baby.
Think of it as pressing the “pause” button. It is not viable to keep the business in this mode for too long – business basics say that we need to continually develop, market and give effort to the business. You will most likely not want to turn yourself away from your business totally, and that is OK – although your baby will need a lot of your attention in this early stage of its life.
Here are some tasks that will help you maintain your business:
Employment of this strategy will depend on whether you have a start-up business or an established business. It will also depend on the funds you have available to invest. Here are my three top tips for implementing growth mode after the birth of your baby:
If you can’t afford to invest in people to help you, then you need to be in maintenance mode for a little while. Remember, too, that it’s OK to grow slowly – at the end of the day, you can only do what you have time to do.
Your business growth is dependent on the time that you can give it. If after your baby is born you want to be present in your babies life, then you will need to consider how you grow your business. It is possible to find balance between business and your baby. It is possible to be both a successful business owner and a present mother.
Rachel Allan, Entrepreneur and author of “When business meets baby”