Running a business and being a mom has its challenges! I know that this business is something that God has called me to run and obviously God has also called me to be a mom. So today I want to tell you about my 5 secrets for running a business and being a stay at home mom!
1. Make a daily essentials list
There are certain things that I want to do in a day. I want to spend time with Daniel, spend time as a family, spend time with Isaac, write, read, learn, go outside, and spend time with Jesus. Isaac and I only made this list a few weeks ago and it's already made a huge difference. What brings you joy? Only things that bring you joy can go on this list.
2. Make a list of everything you have to do
The next list that we made included everything that I have to do. For a typical business this would include email, customer service, product development, errands, marketing, branding, and social media (because really, it's an entirely different thing)! This leads me to outsourcing.
This has become my husband's favorite thing to tell me. If it can be outsourced, he is encouraging me to do it! I now outsource my album design, editing, post office/bank errands, and (soon) my social media. Up next: Part of my email, packaging, and all business finances. I want to use my time for product development and loving on the people that I meet (that's the other part of emailing)!
4. Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help and hiring a nanny! Having someone watch Daniel for a couple afternoons each week helps me to knock out the majority of the work that must happen if I'm to keep my business running.
5. Create your ideal, but realistic day
On the strengths finder test, one of my top 5 strengths was Achiever. I love to accomplish things and I love to be ahead of the game. This also means that I have a tendency to try to do too many things.
Daniel will be 6 months this week and I have learned to understand that there is a difference between idealistic and realistic. There are only so many hours during the day and I cannot be everywhere all of the time. It's okay for Daniel to see me work but I don't want it to be all he sees! If I am going to work in front of him, I try to make it beneficial for him and interact with him even while I am doing it. I also only work in front of him if it has become an urgent task.
Be realistic about what can be done today and stick to that!
I know that this is a special season and I don't want to take it for granted. Right now Daniel is sitting in his bouncy seat and I am reading what I'm typing while he plays. The only other thing that I really do in front of him right now is prepare my equipment. He is only 6 months and I'm sure that this system will change even next week! Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm off to play with my boy!