SAHM into Mompreneur, adjusting into this new role in life

SAHM into mompreneur, adjusting into the new role

Being a mom is hard. Throwing the mompreneur in there...that takes it to a whole new level!

My husband and I have 4 smart and beautiful little girls. Before our precious daughters came along we knew I would stay home with them. While it works great for some, we didn't want to put our babies in daycare. So, a week before our oldest made her debut I quit my job as a hair stylist and then spent the next 10 years being a SAHM. Over that time we welcomed 3 more daughters into our lives and let me tell ya, I don't regret not going back to work for one second!

I am so incredibly thankful I got to be the one to take care of them 24/7 while they were babies. I got to be the one to change all the dirty diapers, clean up the puke, pick them up from preschool and the one to be there for all their classroom parties. I wouldn't trade it for a career working for someone else, those days are so precious and I will cherish them always. 

Fast forward and here we are running a brick and mortar/online business! How on earth did that even happen? I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought this dream would come true. This kind of stuff doesn't happen in real life. In real life moms don't turn into mompreneurs. In real life moms don't chase their dreams. In real life things like this just don't work out...or do they?

Since I was little I dreamed of owning my own craft business. Crafting and DIYing has always been my life.  When my business was just a hobby I did little craft shows here and there {one craft show in particular I actually did 3 days after we had our 3rd daughter! Who does that??!!} and had my creations in some local boutiques. It wasn't till we were pregnant with our fourth daughter that I knew I could make a real business out of this whole "crafting" thing. Other people did it why couldn't I? And so our journey on Etsy began. I do have to admit that I sat on that Etsy shop for MONTHS before I got the courage to actually list anything.

I'm still learning every single day of what it's like to be a mompreneur. It's all trial and error, trying to find your own rhythm. What works for one family won't necessarily work for another.

Here are my tips to help you and your family adjust into the mompreneur life.

  • Communication with your spouse. This is KEY for any successful business. If your aren't sharing with your spouse your dreams and goals, more than likely you won't achieve them. There is something about saying them out loud that makes them real.
  • Set your hours. This can be during the day while the kiddos are at school, a few hours in the afternoon, or late at night while the rest of the house is sleeping. Whatever your hours are be sure you show up! When you show up you are proving to yourself that your business WILL be successful.
  • Leave the housework alone while you are working your business. I'll admit this one was hard for me. I would start on order then while paint was drying I would put in a load of laundry then while putting it away I would notice the dishwasher needed to be loaded...before I knew it it was time to pick the kids up from school. Don't do this to yourself. It's so tempting but your business will suffer.
  • If your kiddos are old enough and they don't already have chores, set up a chore chart. This has been life changing for our family. Before I would have our girls help with things but it wasn't till this past summer that I realized we have way too much laundry and way too many dirty dishes every single day. So I set up a chore chart and it has made our girls think twice before they get yet another glass down for water even thought the one they had an hour ago is still clean. Or before they change their clothes for the 10th time for the day and throw them on the floor...
  • SCHEDULE, you need a schedule to keep your sanity. I struggle with this I admit. I was NOT a schedule kind of mom before having our business. But now I'm finding that I feel better on the days that have a schedule. I don't feel like my head is going to explode on those days. Our online business has developed into our brick and mortar and while I'm still adjusting into that life there are things that I have down. We are only open 4 days a week. On the other days I do our grocery shopping and our business runs. I do all the cutting and sanding on certain days and don't do anymore the rest of the week. If we run out of certain bases for our walk in crafting I don't replace it till the next week. At first I did but that got to be too much so we decided we would just have a certain number of projects for the week and once they were gone they were gone.
  • SELF CARE I'm not talking about going to the beauty shop to get pampered. I'm referring to getting enough sleep, eating right, drinking enough water, and feeling your best. I know for me there are days I forget to eat or drink enough water and my brain is fogged and I can't find the words I'm trying to say. On the days where I try my best to get enough self care I notice a big difference in myself.

I hope this helps another momma out there go after something she's been dreaming of doing. Just remember, this mompreneur thing isn't easy. You'll have good days and bad ones but at the end of the day it's worth it.