Today on the blog we have a guest post from Claire Adams, development expert and Human Resources/Employee Relations specialist.
In her post, Claire shares the inspirational story of a successful entrepreneur and working mother–her sister-in-law, Audrey. In sharing Audrey’s story, Claire highlights the challenges and triumphs of running a successful business while navigating motherhood.
Many thanks to Claire Adams for sharing her story!
One Mompreneur’s Road to Success: Audrey’s Story
Successful women have always been an incredible source of inspiration because they are amazing role models who have made important life changes to reach their goals. One such woman in my life is my sister-in-law, Audrey, a renowned mompreneur.
If you’re unfamiliar, a “mompreneur” is a woman who is both a mom and an entrepreneur. I’m so honored to know her and to witness her life in person, and I’m proud to share her story with you!
Entrepreneurship is not a 9-5 job
Similar to motherhood, entrepreneurship isn’t a 9-5 job. It requires a lot of time, effort, determination, and money. Some would even say it requires some blood, sweat, and tears, too.
Of course, as an entrepreneur, you establish set work hours, but what about all those hours before and/or after them?
My sister-in-law, Audrey, runs a successful hair salon in Sydney, Australia, and even though she has a professional staff, there are still many tasks that only she can complete.
Additionally, her kids are still young (3 and 4), which can make the workday a bit more difficult when they make a complete mess of her paperwork or download viruses to her computer (it happens!). That’s why she’s learned to take everything with a smile on her face, because no one said that it’s going to be easy!
Give your child the best possible care
Pursuing your career as a mom and an entrepreneur can be difficult, and Audrey knows this better than anyone. Her husband, my brother, Noah, also has a full-time job, which makes it hard for them to organize and care for their children full-time.
To accommodate their schedules, they worked to find an appropriate child care center that would offer everything their kids need to grow into smart and caring young people.
For them, this meant enrolling their kids in the amazing Young Explorers Learning Centre. It was exactly what they were looking for. The center helps children develop a unique set of skills and gain knowledge in a relaxed learning environment, which gives them peace of mind as working parents.
Discuss everything with your partner
Audrey believes that the key to success as a mompreneur lies in discussing every possible issue with your partner.
Having the same financial goals is essential, so be sure to have the same financial orientation as your partner.
It can be a bit difficult if you’re a saver and he’s a spender, or vice versa, so it’s always good to discuss all potential problems and threats.
Audrey and Noah always make sure to understand what the other wants so they can set their future financial goals. When you’re both on the same page, everything runs much smoother.
Once you’ve done that, Audrey advises coming up with a detailed plan to make your goals happen.
Creating a budget is the first step, so do that and stick to it no matter what. Besides that, you should always listen to each other carefully since successful communication is one more step toward achieving your goals!
Make sure your work area is well-organized
Finally, make sure you have an organized work area. When your work area is a hot mess, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be disorganized, too. That’s exactly why proper organization is so important and probably one of the most important steps toward becoming a successful mompreneur.
Start with organizing your desk and general office space, which can become easily disorganized with documents, files, and folders. This clutter can make you feel mentally cluttered too, so eliminating it is important.
Cultivate a creative and stimulating working environment that will help you be more productive. This is particularly important when it comes to your home office. According to Audrey, it can be tricky to sort everything out in the beginning. However, once you manage to do that, everything becomes much easier later on!
As you can see, being a successful mompreneur definitely isn’t the easiest task to manage; however, you shouldn’t get discouraged when you hit your first obstacle.
I hope Audrey’s story is one that motivates and inspires you. She is an example of a successful, enterprising woman who has managed to stay focused even when things have gotten challenging. You can achieve the same success.
Finally, remember to always keep your family close since they will be the best reminder of why you work so hard to accomplish your goals so fiercely!
Many thanks to Claire Adams for her guest post. If you’d like to contact Claire, she can also be reached at [email protected].
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