Six tips To Be A Successful Parent Entrepreneur
Juggling parenting and being a business owner can be intimidating as raising children can also be classified as a full-time job. However, it can be gratifying when balanced well.
Being able to stay on top of both positions requires you to master some simple life hacks, so you don’t get consumed by the sheer amount of work needed to be done. To help with this balance, we have provided practical tips to help you navigate your time and workspace.
Rely on your support system
You can’t do it alone, and that’s fine. You’ll need help from people. The first step to becoming a successful parent entrepreneur is to acknowledge that you will need lots of support, from having family members step in when you are unavailable, to having help with sorting the basic chores at home and having good employees who are proactive.
Schedule Your Time
To manage your time correctly, we advise that you schedule everything. This advice goes to entrepreneurs, 9–5’ers and stay at home parents. Tasks written down have a higher possibility of being completed than those that aren’t. Make a to-do list that will help with not just your productivity but allows you free up time to spend with your family. Try as much as possible to stick to the schedule you created and finish up your daily or weekly tasks, so you don’t carry over any extra tasks.
While it may seem difficult to let others handle your business, it can help you create more time for yourself and your children. When you hire competent staff, all you need to do is delegate duties. That way, you are not required to do all the work. This also improves the quality of life. Get your children involved in the whole process as well. When they are old enough to start having responsibilities, hand some over to them. From helping with laundry to picking up their toys after playtime, this allows you to focus on other complex tasks and creates room for bonding.
When you delegate effectively, you have time to incorporate self-care into your routine, from taking a quick power nap to spending time at your spa. Everyone deserves some “me” time. It motivates you to finish tasks. At least 10 minutes a day of self-care can make a huge difference in your productivity levels. You can read more about the importance of parental self-care in this guide.
Be more organised
Know when to wear the parent cap and the entrepreneur cap. Try to keep work away from your resting place. For example, please don’t bring your laptop into your room, don’t take your work laptop with you on family trips, focus on doing quality work during your scheduled work hours, so you don’t have to bother about it while at home etc.
Take your business online
It’s 2022. You don’t physically have to be at your office/store to oversee the operations. With platforms like Slack, Notion, Airtable, and Google Workspace, communication between you and your employees is achievable. You can also choose to work from home to take time off when needed.
Being an entrepreneur and a parent has many benefits. The tips we provided can help you balance the two without feeling guilt for prioritising one over the other. Remember, you can be both a successful parent and a successful entrepreneur.