They are called Super Moms for a reason. My stunning daughter is a full time mom as well as a full time career woman doing what she loves most – writing and working with people at PayProMedia. She described it this way at 3:00 a.m.
A Salute to Entrepreneurs From a Rocking Chair
By Leilani Squires
I’m supposed to be writing tips from women in business. But as I sit in my rocking chair, at 1:30 a.m., a fussy baby finally asleep on my chest, and I’m still trying to write this blog in order to meet my deadline, I realize something.
I’ve always had huge respect and admiration for you who make your dreams happen and start something from scratch. And now, I think I am able to identify with you entrepreneurs better than I ever have.
See, ten weeks ago, I got promoted to Mom. And it’s been awesome! And as I a continue to interview, write, and edit these articles, and reflect from my own business experience, I gotta say, I think being a mom is a lot like being an entrepreneur.
Let me explain. As an entrepreneur (and a mom), you…
1. Are never “ready.” I mean, honestly, is anyone really ready to have a kid? Just like is anyone really ready to start a business? But entrepreneurs don’t wait until everything is perfect. As much as possible, sure, but not everything.
2. Can never be prepared enough. I tried my best to do all my homework for pregnancy and birth. But just as in business, a lot can come along that surprises you and that wasn’t in your homework, and changes your game plan. I’m now thinking that the main part of the “preparation” is learning how to flex and keep going, no matter what comes along.
3. Don’t mind the hours. The weird, long hours aren’t a drudgery. Crazy, right? Some days are “normal working hours,” and some just aren’t. And even though it can get exhausting, these hours don’t feel like work. And You don’t need as much coffee as you thought you would.
4. Do two things at once. Talk about multi-tasking! Anymore, I rarely do only one thing at a time. And I see entrepreneurs do the same thing, especially when most of the work is all on your shoulders.
5. Bend over backwards to protect your baby. Wow, this Mother Bear heart is something else! And I’ve seen entrepreneurs do all they can to breathe life into their new business, and tenderly care and viciously protect it as it grows.
6. Learn to give yourself some grace. Sometimes, my body reminds me that I’m still not back to normal, that I still need time to heal. Sometimes I compare myself to other moms who are already back at work full time, or at least able to go to the zoo for a whole day within a month of giving birth. As entrepreneurs, it’s vital to resist the temptation to push too hard or compare to another’s success.
7. Need a support team. This isn’t something you can do alone… it’s at least vital to have a mentor or three. I’m very thankful to other moms who have come alongside with encouragement, no-nonsense knowledge, and laughter.
8. Celebrate every little development. Every little thing my son does is news worthy in my mind. Aunts, uncles, and grandparents have received way too many text messages, videos, and pictures of baby fingers, toes, smiles, coos, holding his head up, and more. As an entrepreneur, each success, no matter how little or big, is brag worthy and warrants celebration.
Yes, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are over. So today, allow me to send a salute and standing ovation to you, small business entrepreneurs!