Your Guide to Becoming Mompreneur
When you decide to become a mother, it doesn't mean you cannot become anything or anyone else. Many women today are becoming more and more independent and are focusing on earning their own income. In fact, the number of mothers becoming entrepreneurs has increased throughout the years. If you wish to become a mompreneur, take note of the following tips. You can work both worlds as long as do you not lose sight of several important things.
1) Planning is Important
Becoming a mompreneur requires planning. Just as businesses need business and strategic plans, so is becoming the person who will manage it. You need to think about your business and how you plan on to manage it. Do not just rush into things just because you want to. Regardless of how much you wanted to become a business owner, your venture will not succeed unless you think of a business that can remain relevant and keep operating.
Remember, becoming a mompreneur means juggling family life and work at the same time. You need to have a good work ethic and a great sense of responsibility to do both. A successful mompreneur knows her priorities. You should decide which things should come first. Becoming an entrepreneur will test your ability to choose things over the other. You need to learn when to pass on doing something to make better use of your time.
3) Make an Inventory
Do a survey about your life. Take note of your experience, past jobs, education and even current resources. Think which business venture best fits you including your current living conditions and your responsibilities as a mother. A good business is something along the lines of your interest. You will find it hard to manage a business that you are not interested in. It's best do what you want so you will have the passion to pursue it.
4) Find a Mentor
Unless you have considerable experience in your chosen business venture, a mentor will do you good. A mentor can help you and advise you on what you need to accomplish. You will also have a better idea on how to run your business if you have someone with similar experience working with you. There are some things about running a business that you will not learn from books. People who have become part of the industry can give you the real deal.
Networking works well for any industry and venture. Networks offer businesses and individuals the chance to interact with fellow industry players. You can also meet a lot of potential partners and clients through networking. Interacting with other entrepreneurs and businesses also gives a good insight on how the market is doing and what you can do about it.
Beyond the conventional responsibilities as a household keeper, mothers today are trying to explore what more they can do. These tips are just some of the ways you can successfully begin your new endeavour.
By Grace Broadbent
As featured in Parents Avenue Magazine/Issue #001/Oct-Dec 2015/Sabah
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