Being parentpreneur isn’t easy. Finding a balance between being able to run your business and look after your family is hard. Stress is inevitable, but whilst it can’t be avoided, you can find ways to manage it better.
So, want to make sure that you don’t sink into a pit of despair due to those feelings of stress? Here are our top 3 tips for parentpreneurs and how you can deal with stress.
Create a bonfire in your mind
One of the main reasons that a parentpreneur feels stressed is due to being overwhelmed because of all the things that need to be done. This can lead to a lack of focus as well as motivation too. You can also feel that your mind is too full of to-do lists, some of which may not actually need to be done there and then.
A great way to try and combat these feelings of being overwhelmed is to set up a little bonfire in your mind. Think about those to-do lists that are not actually a priority to get done and see if you can add them as fuel to the fire. Not only will it make you sit down and think about the things that you really need to do, but also you will feel that you have a clearer mind and less overwhelmed too.
Set yourself a goal for the next day at bedtime
If you are the type of person who lies in bed thinking about things and wondering about the day ahead of you, then this is a tip that you are definitely going to benefit from. If you find that you have thoughts going through your mind which are stopping you from going to sleep, then maybe it is time to make a decision or set a goal.
Worried about a big decision? Tell yourself that you have to make it tomorrow morning when you wake up. Thinking about things that you need to do. Let your brain know that you will write a to-do list first thing. Sounds like a simple tip, but this can really be a huge benefit to those people who are feeling stressed out about the things that you need to think about.
Talk it out
We have already covered how important it is to make sure that you have a good support network around you when it comes to running your own business. This means if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, then use them.
Find someone who you can talk to about the way that you are feeling, and make sure that you ask for their advice. You may be surprised by the ideas and approaches that they can recommend for you to try out and even if they don’t have any sound advice for you, you may find that simply getting things off your chest makes you feel better.
Stress might be something we all feel, but that doesn’t mean that you should ever let it get on top of you. Think that you need some help when it comes to feelings of being overwhelmed? Why not try out some of these ideas for yourself?
Jessica Yarbrough is successful marketing strategist and a leading business coach and success mentor for female entrepreneurs. She helps women create high ticket programs so they can easily make six figures a year without working more hours than a part-time job. She brings more than a decade of marketing experience to her programs. She currently resides in San Diego, California with her energetic 2-year-old, Dasia.
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Starting up your own business can be a scary time. Not only are you likely to worry about the future and whether you will make a success of your business. But you will also have the worry of financial issues and pressure on the rest of your family.
Some entrepreneurs may decide to keep themselves to themselves, rather than burdening other people with their worries or concerns. But this isn’t always the best approach to take. In fact, one of the best things that you can do as a start-up business is to make sure that you have plenty of support around you.
Not sure that a support network is something that you need? Why not take a look at the benefits of a supportive network for your startup business?
What is a support network?
A support network for your business can come in a variety of forms. For some, it is their family, their relatives and their close friends. For others, this could extend to professional contacts too, this could include investors, former business partners, suppliers and maybe even some employees.
It is a good idea, if you can, to make sure that this network is made up of diverse people, as this means that you will always have someone to turn to when you need advice and will have a variety of outlooks and perspectives. It is also a good idea to not only have people that will cheer you on when you need it, but also those that will be able to offer criticism when you need it.
How they can benefit your start-up
There are a variety of ways that a support network can benefit a start-up business. One of the simplest ways is that they are there to provide you with guidance and insight into running a business that could prove invaluable in the long run.
They can also be a sounding board for any ideas that you may want to try out and if they are happy to give you constructive feedback, then this will allow you to make the changes that you need to make sure that the approaches that you take are going to be the right ones.
Another great benefit for having a support network is that they are going to be your champions, they will be there to support and cheer you on, getting you through some of the harder days as well as making sure that everyone out there knows how great you are.
How to maintain your support network
Once you understand that a support network is going to be valuable for your business, it is time to think about how you can look after it. One of the simplest ways you can maintain this network is to show that you appreciate every piece of advice that you are given. Make sure that each and every person in your network knows that you are grateful for what they can offer you and that, if you can, -+you will be able to give something back to them too.
So, if you are starting up your own business, make sure that you have a good network behind you and you might just be surprised by how far it can go!
No one said being an entrepreneur would be easy and the best advice you’ll get can come from anywhere, it may come from a coach, mentor, book, parents or even a movie.
Inspiration and motivation are tricky, as you never know when or where they might strike. They rarely hit you when you need them, coming instead at random times and from random sources. I tend to get my best ideas when I’m cleaning, ironing, out and about, and engrossed in something totally unrelated to my business.
Movies can help revitalise your goals and rekindle that ambition that got you started in the first place. So whether the movie is a heart-warming tale of adventure, an irreverent comedy or thought-provoking documentary, a movie can inspire and motivate you.
With that in mind, here are 5 movies that every parentpreneur should watch:
Why watch it? As a Parentpreneur you will get an understanding of how to make a start-up succeed by exhibiting such qualities as flexibility, resilience and how best to execute a business idea.
The Social Network is a great movie that every parentpreneur should watch. Based on a true story of the world’s youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and owner of Facebook. It shows the brilliant rise of a man who took a simple idea and turned it into one of the most profitable businesses to date. He starts off as a Harvard student with huge potential; he creates a new social network based upon the most prestigious email address in the country, the Harvard email address. You’ll see how he did it and the challenges he faced along the way, including splits with his co-founders.
Why watch it? No matter what adversities and setbacks you face, never give up on a dream. Chris never gave up on his dream. It shows that passion and sacrifice is something every parentpreneur should be willing to embrace.
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, it is one of the most heart-warming and motivational films for parentpreneurs to watch. This inspiring story of a man who believes so passionately in a product that he can’t sell that he ends up losing his house, his wife and his money, being left with just himself and his son. An important lesson to be learnt, but it’s the steps that he takes from here that really shape him into who he becomes. This powerful motivational true story sticks with you as you face your own personal struggles in business.
“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
― Pursuit of Happyness
Why watch it? The movie will teach you not to sell yourself out for the sake of money. Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about being rich and famous.
The movie follows the life of an ambitious young stockbroker, Bud Fox will do just about anything it takes to succeed, and for him, that includes a little bit of insider trading. See what happens when the desire to succeed takes over your life and the motto of ‘Greed is good’ directs how you do business. But what happens when you’re pushed to your limits and asked to do something you can’t or won’t do? Suddenly everything comes to a head when Fox is asked to help do something, not only illegal but morally reprehensible.
The follow up to this movie is Wall Street Money Never Sleeps it teaches you to seek out what no one else has done before. And when others don’t believe in your vision use that as fuel to succeed even further.
Why watch it? We learn how important it is to treat your clients and your co-workers with respect. Giving people you come into contact with more personal attention will help you succeed in business which will, in turn, help you make more money. When you’re following your dream, everything else will fall into place.
This is a story about a man who’s at the top of his game, beautiful partner, the biggest clients, lots of respect and living the dream. But then he decides to step back and question it all and proposes his new thoughts to the rest of the company, which ultimately ends in him losing it all. Everyone turns their backs on him, except for one, very volatile client, Rod Tidwell. Jerry embarks on a journey to regain everything he’s lost.
Why watch it? Any good entrepreneur follows their guts and sticks to what they believe in. Like Erin, hard work will eventually get you the result you’re after.
In this Oscar-winning legal drama, based on the true story of an unemployed single mother Erin Brockovich who, against all odds, almost single-handedly brings down a power company in California accused of polluting a city’s water supply and jeopardising its residents’ health. Winning the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit.
Paula Haubrich is a Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Speaker, and Owner of Lead Your Way Coaching. She supports owners and senior leaders in small businesses lead themselves, their people and their business to success by being great communicators and empowering leaders. She is passionate about seeing individuals and teams reach their full potential, and has made this the focus of her career and life.
When she’s not working away at her business, she’s enjoying the simple joys of walking her 6 year old son Bennett to school, watching 4 month old Maria roll around on the floor, or at the hockey rink with the whole family that includes her fiancé Chris. She loves music, culture, and sports of all kinds, and has used her knowledge, experience and talents in volunteer roles for many national and international sporting events, sports teams, and non-profit organizations.
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One of the hardest things to consider when you are a parent who has to head out to work is how to get the right work-life balance. Spending enough time with your family and enough time focused on earning money is hard.
This is particularly true if you are an entrepreneur or you run your own business, where you will need to spend plenty of time focused on making that a success.
It doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to achieve a good level of work-life balance. The first thing that you need to do is to set better mental boundaries for yourself. But how do you do this? How can you make sure that you set better mental work-life boundaries and get the best of both worlds?
Think about your priorities
Planning your time isn’t always the easiest or the most fun thing to do. However, if you want to set yourself some workable work-life boundaries then you need to think about your priorities. The best way to do this is to plan it week by week, but we know that isn’t always possible. Ultimately you are thinking about things that you have coming up in that particular time period such as family celebrations, things with your kids or perhaps planning a holiday.
Once you know when these things will be and how much time they will take, you can look at your working life. Don’t take on any time sensitive projects if you are not going to be able to deliver them, as this will just lead you to be stressed out and working longer hours than you normally would.
Establish these boundaries with others
Having boundaries in mind is one thing, but actually implementing them is another. You need to start by trying them out with other people. This is particularly true when it comes to life boundaries in your work. Explain to your partner or family members that you are going to be facing a rather tricky time in your work or business, and that your focus will be there. Whilst this may not be the thing that they want to hear, they will at least know that it is coming and can accept it.
Understand that sometimes you are going to fail
Despite the best planning, there are going to be times where you will fail. The trouble with failure for some of us is that it leads us to give up and throw in the towel. You need to understand that in life, there are going to be times that you will fail, and you will need to make sure that you feel able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. If you fail on the same thing more than once, then maybe it is time to rethink this particular boundary and see if there is a better way to work!
So, there you go, three ways to set your own boundaries and try to achieve that work-life balance. Figure out what is important for you and then make time for that in your life. There really is no better way to make yourself and those around you happier.
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Now you can make sure that you set better mental work-life boundaries and get the best of both worlds.
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Being a parent isn’t easy. If we had our way then perhaps we would want to spend all of our time focused on our children and raising our family. However, the truth is that we still need to make money and be able to pay our bills.
This means that we have to head out to work, which is hard enough to do when you don’t want to be away from your family. If you don’t enjoy your job, then it can be even harder, leaving you feel stressed, down and a little bit negative.
It is this feeling that leads plenty of parents to become entrepreneurs instead. Having your own business not only means that you can, in the most part, work the hours/days that you need or want to, but it also means that you can do something that you enjoy.
Thinking that this might be the ideal option for you? Why not find out how you can make sure that you turn something that you love into something that you can earn money from?
Always research first
Having a passion for something is a great start for any business, but you still need to find out whether it is going to be a legitimate business idea and work. This means that you are going to need to carry out some research before you get started. Speak to other business owners, stockists, accountants, potential customers. All the people that could have a bearing on what you want to do and whether or not it is a success.
Get it going
Whilst you need to put aside some time for research, the last thing that you should do is to wait around until the “right time”. Sometimes you just need to get going and start. If you don’t make the effort to kickstart your business plans, then you may never find the motivation, and before you know it you will be left hanging behind! It is going to be scary, of course, it is, but you can do it with a bit of positivity.
Don’t be afraid if your passion isn’t your experience
Passion and talent is very different to experience. You may be a trained chemist, but you really love floristry. If this is true for you, then you may worry that you don’t have the right experience to set up your dream business. However, this isn’t the case. Whilst you may not be the most experienced florist out there, your dedication and pride taken in the job will really shine through, which is a sure-fire way to attract customers.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a passion that they can turn into a viable business idea. Which means, if you are, then why not pursue it? Not only will it mean that you can wake up every morning and be happy about heading to work, but you can also make sure that your business works around your family.
We already know that what you focus on you attract fear and negative thinking allow the mind to focus on things you don’t want. This episode covers tips on how to overcome fear and negative thinking. Listening in and eliminate fear negative thoughts.
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Breanne Sutton is a mum of 3 (4 year old twins and a 1 year old) Breanne has an M.A in Clinical Counseling and is a Massage therapist Breanne made the transition from a regular 9-5 day job into owning her own business, while also raising 3 children.
Breanne is a multitasker and is a firm believer in the law of attraction. In this interview Breanne shares advice and tips for parents who want to make the transition from 9-5 to business owner. Links to Intuitflow website and social media can be found in the show notes.
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If you are a parent running a business, then chances are that you are not going to have that much time to spare. Both aspects of your life are going to keep you busy, and you are likely to find yourself feeling that you have been spread too thinly at times.
There are a variety of ways that you can try to help yourself, and one of these is to hire a virtual assistant. But what ways can a virtual assistant help you and how will this have an impact on your family life as well as your business?
They give you time
One thing that we all feel that we could do with more of, is time. Having more time, particularly to spend with our families is one thing that many people say inspired them to set up their own business. However, it isn’t always that easy to free up time when you are running the show alone. There are a variety of tasks that you do, which will take up time. So, why not see if a virtual assistant could to them instead?
They are likely to be experienced in a variety of admin and customer service tasks which means that they can tackle the small stuff whilst you focus on the bigger tasks and also spending time with your family.
They help you to be less stressed
The last thing that you will want is to find yourself getting more and more stressed. Whilst running a business is stressful at times if this is overflowing into your family and home life, then something needs to change.
What are the things that are making you feel stressed out? Are they tasks that could be completed by a virtual assistant? If they are, then perhaps it would be worthwhile sourcing one to help you with them. This will keep your stress levels down and make sure that any time you spend with your family, will be stress-free.
They can even help organise some aspects of family life
Whilst the main reason for hiring a virtual assistant is to help out with business tasks, that isn’t the only things that they can do. There are plenty of virtual assistants out there who are able to offer support and perform family-based tasks too. This could be booking a holiday or perhaps organising a child’s party.
You may find yourself surprised by the things that a virtual assistant can help you to do, and best of all, they are usually available at an affordable price. They often work on a freelance basis, which means that you don’t have to worry about employing them, rather you just hire them as and when you need them and pay them like you would any other service.