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I’ve only been a “mompreneur” for a few months now, but I’ve already learned a few things about running a business while staying at home with a baby.
1) Some Days You Can Do It All
Some days I feel like supermom. I can get meals cooked, laundry done, house cleaned, dogs walked, Baby cared for, and still have time for work. On these days it seems that I can accomplish just about anything.
2) Other Days You Can’t Do A Single Thing
Some days I can’t even manage to find the time to put the dishes in the dishwasher, much less read any work related emails. The last thing I can think about is my business.
3) This Inconsistency is Something People Don’t Understand
People without kids (or whose children have grown) don’t seem to understand the dramatic swing between productive days and non-productive days. They think that if you can get so much done one day, you should be able to do all of that the next day. Their expectations are all out of whack. But if you know that they won’t get it, it’s easier to just brush off any negative comments.
4) On Productive Days – Go All Out
When you’re on a wave – ride it. On days that I’m productive I just go, go, go. It’s fun and it’s satisfying.
5) On Non-Productive Days – Do Nothing
When Baby is extra fussy, pay extra attention to him. There’s time another day to work. He won’t be little forever.
6) Balance is Impossible
Someone once told me “you can have it all, you just can’t have it all at the same time.” If you’re staying at home with a baby, accept that balance doesn’t exist. (But I have learned a few tricks – so subscribe to Mom’s Money Jar to hear what works for me.)
Have you run your own business while staying at home with your child? What worked and what didn’t?