Starting up a business isn’t always easy but things get a whole lot harder when you’re a parent starting up. With this in mind I have put together 5 things you need to know as a start-up. Whilst still managing to look after your family.
This episode covers, the importance of theming your time. When running a business and looking after your family it can sometimes be easy to allow the lines to become blurred. One of the biggest challenges parentpreneurs face is time management. Listen in to how I theme my time and how you can too!
This episode covers, entrepreneurial loneliness it can be one of the biggest drawbacks to working alone but rather than simply living with the loneliness, there are things that you can do to help combat the loneliness so listen in.
This episode covers, 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. When running a business and looking after your family it can sometimes be easy to allow the lines to become blurred. One of the biggest challenges parentpreneurs face is the guilt and trying to keep up with it all listen in to these 5 top tips!
Brenda Gabriel is a UK based publicity and business strategist for Gen-X game changers who challenge the status quo and want to make a huge impact in the world. Brenda helps clients leverage traditional and digital media to gain publicity, reach a wider audience and become the industry go-to enabling them to make their difference in the world.
Brenda combines her experience as a consultant, business strategist and project manager for the civil service, with PR and social media marketing expertise to help clients get results.
Employing the strategies used to build her own business from scratch from whilst a stay at home mum of three Brenda works with clients to get the exposure needed for them to increase their authority and explode their business.
Lucy Parsons is a mother of 2 an academic coach who empowers 15-18 year olds to get the top grades and into the best universities. Lucy was a straight-A student, she attended Cambridge University (where she studied Geography and obtained her PGCE) and has worked as a teacher and A Level examiner. She is the author of The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take (John Catt, 2017).
Starting your own business can be tricky. However, if you add kids into the mix then you may find yourself faced with a seemingly impossible task. This episode covers 6 traits that are important within business, purpose, self-reflection, courtesy, resilience, integrity and honesty.
If you have the passion and drive to succeed, then you will get there, you may just need a helping hand or two! In fact, if you are careful with what you do and the approaches that you take, you can have harmony at home and a thriving business.
Running a marathon is not easy. It takes months and months of training and plenty of determination to get you across the finish line. Sprinting, whilst still being hard work, is more about pure physical strength then stamina.
When it comes to running a business, the trick to your success is to approach it the right way. Some people have an idea that they can sprint out of the blocks, plug everything into their business and then run out of steam long before the finish line.
We believe that to run a successful business, you need to approach it as you would a marathon. So, with this in mind, we have put together some of the ways that entrepreneurs could learn from marathon runners, to make sure that they reach their business goals.
Know your goal
Signing up for a marathon means that you are committing yourself to one of the hardest things you will ever do. You are visualising yourself running across that finish line, and getting your focus on that end goal.
Starting a business can have the same process. Knowing where you want to be in 1 year, 5 years or even 10 years time will help drive your forward when the times may seem a little tough!
Plan, plan, plan
Training for a marathon takes plenty of planning. You will need to look at rest days, pace times and how far you can run. You will need to make sure that you have the same intricate level of planning when you are running a business yourself.
The best way to approach this is with a business plan. This plan will include your end goal as well as smaller aims that you can hopefully reach along the way.
Take some rest days
Runners will tell you that days off are important in order to give your muscles a break. Days off are key for entrepreneurs as they give their brains a chance to recharge, as well as their batteries. Make sure that you take time for yourself, no matter what you do, it could be a bath, a walk in the park or maybe just a couple of hours without worrying about work, all of these things can have a real benefit on how you feel.
There are going to be times during a marathon that you will feel alone and that you really can’t go on. This is where the crowd will really come into their own, cheering you on and getting you over the finish line. In business, you will often feel the same, so, when you are struggling accept any help or support that you are given. This could just be someone to lend an ear when you want to sound off or a friend who is happy to man the phone for you for an hour, help can really get you towards your end goal!
Whilst running a business may not mean that you need any running shoes, it should definitely be approached as a marathon, rather than a sprint. Take your time, set the pace and you will soon see the finish line creep up. Otherwise, you could burn out and never get to the end goal!
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When you choose to become an entrepreneur you choose to put your heart and soul into making your business a success. This means that you will often find yourself not taking any time for you.
You may think that this is for the best, after all, focusing on your business will really drive you forward to success.
The truth is, that your self-care is just as important as any other part of running a business or maintaining family life. But, it is still something that plenty of entrepreneurs seem to forget about.
We are here to encourage you to take a little bit of time for yourself, away from the hustle of running a business, and the strain of taking care of your family. All by telling you why self-care is the best thing for an entrepreneur to do!
The benefits of self-care
It is normal for us all to feel stressed out at times, especially if we are faced by an overwhelming situation. However, as an entrepreneur, chances are that you are going to find yourself in these situations on a regular basis. Taking time for yourself can really help to reduce those stress levels and make sure that when things really do go wrong, then you will be able to take it on the chin!
As people, we are only designed to be able to focus on something for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time. No matter the task. So, if you feel that you are lacking in focus, then the time has come to take a break. Just 10 minutes away from the computer can work wonders, and this just shows that self-care can be a quick fix when you are busy.
How to work it into your daily life
If you are busy, then it can be hard to let yourself have some me-time. Mainly for fear of not getting other important tasks done. But, the idea behind self-care is that it doesn’t have to be huge chunks of time.
One great way to ensure that you take care of yourself is to actually schedule it into your day. That way, you won’t have any excuse not to do it. Have a 15-minute break pencilled in during the morning and afternoon, and that way you will be having at least 30 minutes to yourself every day.
Don’t forget when you go to bed, that is the best time to indulge yourself a little bit. Rather than checking emails or replying to texts, make sure that you grab a book, or watch 20 minutes of TV. Whatever you love to do to unwind and get ready for some much-needed sleep.
Self-care is important for us all, but it becomes all the more vital for those that are spreading themselves thinly between career and family. The truth is, you can never have or do it all, so make sure that you look after yourself, and everything else should fall into place.
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