Although there is a growing number of women who are in the world of business right now, the truth is that there are still a lot of women with potentials who are holding back. The biggest reason is motherhood. The moment they start having a family, they decide to put everything on hold.
Men don’t have to face this situation. Women are the ones expected to take on the responsibilities at home. If kids don’t perform well in school, mothers are blamed. If they don’t behave well in public, mothers are also blamed. This puts too much pressure on women so they end up forgetting all their career aspirations. They would rather be full time moms and take care of their kids than pursue a career.
If you face a similar situation, always remember that you can succeed both as a mother and an entrepreneur. There are things you can do to balance everything and not sacrifice something along the way.
Launch an online business
The good thing about running an online business is that you can do it even at home. In doing so, you can run the business without sacrificing the needs of your family. You can still take care of your kids, prepare them for school in the morning and attend meetings whenever necessary. You also have control over your time. Online businesses have tremendous potentials. You can harness this opportunity and pour out your creative juices to make the business grow big.
Do an even better job managing your time
Right now when you are a full time mom, managing your time is already a huge problem. It could get even more problematic if you also work at the same time. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t manage your time well. Create a timeline on what needs to be done the entire week and stick with it. If you are working for a company, let your boss know that there might be some days when you have to leave early or arrive to work late because you need to attend to your kids’ school activities. If you are the boss, find someone to help manage the business while you are not around.
Divide the tasks
You should not bear the burden just because you are a mother. Your partner should also take on some responsibilities. In fact, it is even sweeter when you succeed in parenting as a team. Create a weekly schedule together so that if there are activities in school or at home that you have to attend to, it is easier to decide in advance who will go. You can just give and take since this is what parenting should be all about.
Take a break
You might think that in between work and being a parent, you no longer have time for yourself. This is not true. In fact, even if you feel like you no longer have time left, you should still take some time just to relax and unwind. You need it. Take note that being overworked makes you more prone to stress. This will affect how you manage your time and deal with the people around you.
Just remember that it can be done. A lot of women have proven that being a mother doesn’t have to be an obstacle in succeeding in your chosen career. You just have to be persistent and brave.
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