Listening in to this episode to know how to recognise and avoid burnout, most people experience burnout at least once in their life, some of us experience it more than once recognising the signs of burnout is important, so we know when to slow down and take timeout.
Being a parent and being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy, but things can get a whole lot harder if you are trying to balance being a single parent as well as creating your own enterprise.
That said, just like many things in life, simply because something is hard, it isn’t impossible.
With this in mind, we have put together some of our top tips for single parent entrepreneurs. Ways that you can effectively run your business, whilst still managing to look after your family.
Make sure you are organized
If you are running a business and taking care of your kids, then your diary is going to be your new best friend. Whether this is a virtual calendar or a good old fashioned write it down approach, you need to be on top of your time.
Realistically look at all the thing that you need to achieve each and every day, both at work and in your home, and use that as your organizational tool, planning out your time.
That way you can be sure to achieve more with the time that you do have.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Even superheroes need a side-kick and single parents who are trying to juggle their time will also need some support from those around them. Even if you are raising your children alone, there is a good chance that you will have a network of friends and family around you to lend a hand.
This could be occasionally picking the kids up from school when you need to attend a meeting, or even helping out with some admin tasks to keep your business on track.
Sometimes you just need to swallow your pride and simply ask for help.
Always try to be positive
There is a good chance that sometimes things will be hard. Try not to let these things get on top of you. Instead remain positive and keep your chin up.
We all face hardships, but it is how we react to them and pull ourselves through that shapes who we are. Remember all the great things that you have going on, and how much of an inspiration that you are for your children, and soon things will seem that much brighter.
Remember that things will change
Nothing stays the same forever, especially in the world of parenting and business. Your kids will get older, and therefore easier to care for and as your business grows you will see the success that you deserve, and you may even be able to expand with more staff members.
You should be flexible and adaptable to these changes and think of them as exciting developments for the future.
Just because you are a single parent, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have career and business aspirations. Instead, you can find a way to balance the two perfectly, giving you the best of both worlds.
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When you are a parent working from home and building a business, it can be a real struggle keeping your children occupied while you try and get some work done. For parents who choose to work from home, there are many pros and cons. Listen in to this episode for ways to get your children involved in your business.
When you begin to tire of working a 9-5 and dream about being your own boss, maybe it is time to consider trying out self-employment? One thing that puts people off running their own business is the initial set up costs.
For many, those start-up funds are completely out of reach, and it can be hard to secure yourself any financial backing.
Low funds don’t mean that you have to drop your idea of starting out on your own. In fact, there are ways that you can start your business, despite not having huge amounts of money to back you up.
We have put together some of our top tips for ways that you give your business idea a boost, despite not having a lot of money behind you.
Use what you already have to hand
Whilst you may have grand dreams of your own offices or a fleet of cars. To start with, you need to think small. Work from your own home, and use your own car. That way you are keeping the initial costs low, and allowing yourself to build up some funds ready for when you want to expand your enterprise.
Agree on upfront payment where you can
A great way to get some money behind you in those early days is to ask your customers to pay upfront. If they are not keen on this idea, perhaps a half now, half later approach is better. It just gives you the funds that you may need to get by.
Get a great price for the equipment you need
If there is some equipment that you have to have before you set up your business, it is a great idea to shop around and see where you can get it for a great price. You could always look out for second-hand deals. In those early days, the idea of saving a few pounds could be much more important than having something that is top of the range.
Be a one man(or woman), band
As your business grows there is a good chance that you will need some staff to help you, but in those early days, you need to try and do everything that you can yourself. This will allow you to keep the costs down. You may not be able to pay yourself a big salary to start with, so only having to worry about yourself makes things that little bit easier.
Keep your job
Along the same lines as the above, you should always try to hold onto your current job for those first months. You will be thankful for the wage coming in, even if it may seem that you spend much of your time running between the two jobs. You could always cut down your hours as your business grows, all with a view to quitting once you are off the ground.
You are never going to succeed if you don’t work hard and in the most part, you only have yourself to rely on to make it a success. This means that you will need to be as productive as you can. Make the most of the hours that you can put into your business, and you will soon see the rewards for all that hard work come back to you.
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Managing your own business is stressful, there are no two ways about it. Add into this the stress of having a family to take care of, and you could be left feeling a little frazzled.
Feeling overwhelmed is incredibly common, especially for those that are trying to balance the needs of these two separate worlds. Unfortunately, there is very little chance that you are going to be able to see any let up on the stress of your business (or your family, for that matter).
That said, there are better ways that you can cope with the stress that comes with being overwhelmed.
We take a look at how you can handle those feelings, and make sure that you are coping perfectly well with both your business and personal stress.
Work set hours as much as you can
The joy of running your own business means that you can work around your life. But the negative to this can also be that you find yourself slaving away when you should be hitting the sack.
Doing this can lead to burn out, so if you are feeling exhausted, try to make yourself work some normal hours, if only for a couple of weeks. You never know, you may find that you simply don’t have to work until midnight.
Separate the two worlds
One issue with running a business and taking care of a family is that the two worlds can sometimes blur. This is inevitable at times, but there are also ways that you can keep it separate.
When you are having family time, make sure you are focusing on them as best you can make working time when you knuckle down and crack on.
Take a bit of time for yourself
We are all guilty of spreading ourselves a bit thinly, but this can get even worse when you run your own business. One of the first things to go out of the window is taking time for yourself.
If there is something that you enjoy, even if it is as simple as having a long bath, then plan that in. Even taking one hour for yourself a week, you will soon see those feelings of being overwhelmed disappear.
Know what is a priority and what can wait
There is a good chance that you will be juggling lots of plates in your life. A good way to stop yourself from burning out is to try and figure out what things you have to do there and then.
Focus on those priority tasks, and then when they are done, you can move onto those lesser important things.
Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed by everything going on in your life. Take on board some of these tips and see what you can achieve. You may just surprise yourself.
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The internet is a wonderful thing. It has opened up the world and brings people from the four corners of the globe together. Our children simply do not know what life was like before you could simply Google a question.
Whilst this is a great thing, the internet is not without its drawbacks. The virtual world can be dangerous for our children, and you hear plenty of stories in the news about how it has caused some rather shocking repercussions.
This means that plenty of us parents are wary of allowing our children to access the internet. Well, thankfully, there are ways that you can make sure that your children can still see the wonder of the world wide web without having to worry about whether or not they are safe.
Here are our top tips on how to make sure that your kids are safe whilst they use the internet.
Understand what is out there
You can’t teach your children how to stay safe without understanding what your children will see when they are online. Take the time to explore the internet, either alone or alongside your child. Find out what websites they visit, what videos they watch, and you can learn more about how they behave whilst they are alone.
Talk to them about how to be safe
Children are not stupid, however, sometimes they simply need a push towards doing the right thing. No-one knows them better than you. So, take a moment to sit down and talk to them honestly about the dangers of the internet.
You don’t have to be particularly graphic or horrifying in what you say, but it is important to point out that things may not be what they seem, and it is down to them to be aware of that. Teach them that it is key never to divulge any personal information and that picture sharing should only be with friends and of images that they are comfortable with.
Set parental controls
There are plenty of ways that your web browser can work with you to set controls on what your kids can see. Make sure that you take the time out to discover the ways that you can restrict access to particular content.
You should also try and have your computer in a place that is visible to you. Such as in a shared room, that way, you can always keep an eye on what your kids are looking at!
Let them know that you are there
Sometimes kids may feel that they cannot talk to their parents, this is a sure fire way to cause problems. Why not teach them that you are there for them, no matter what the issue is? By creating an open and honest atmosphere with your children, especially around their internet use, you can be sure that they will come to you if they do find themselves in a bad situation.
The internet is a great place, but it can be dangerous. Find the ways that you can keep them safe, and they can enjoy the virtual world without finding themselves in any bad situations.
Last year to celebrate my 40th birthday, my partner and I went to the Seychelles for a holiday. I had always wanted to go to the Seychelles – here are 3 things I learned. 1. Worry less, It’s not until I left the hustle and bustle of fast-paced London that I realised just how much I worried. I can’t recall a time when I was at such peace; I knew that back at home in the UK our children were in the safe care of my mum. Seven days and nights in a 5-star all-inclusive hotel, with excellent weather – all I needed to worry about was what to wear on the beach and what to wear for dinner. What I learned was, things will always work out in the end, so why stress and worry about anything? By being away from my regular daily life routine, I had time to reflect on the things I would worry about and I asked myself what changed by me worrying about those things, yes that’s right, nothing. Worrying was robbing me of energy and impacting on my health in a negative way. 2. The importance of time out, It was lovely spending time with my partner in an amazing country, breath-taking scenery and great food (yes I am a foodie). It’s vital when you have a family and run a business that you spend quality time away with your partner; it’s so easy to get caught up with family issues or business problems that you neglect your relationship. The last time my partner and I went away just the two of us, prior to the Seychelles holiday, was in 2010 when we went to LA – way too long. Don’t get me wrong, in that gap we had been away on weekend breaks in the UK, but not abroad. 3. Gratitude and appreciation, When you’re surrounded by such beauty, you can’t help but reflect on life and the future. Prior to going away, there were times when looking back I had ungrateful thoughts, such as why things were not going in the direction I wanted them to quicker etc. There was this one day I was on the beach and I vowed to myself that when I got back home I would never have another ungrateful thought. To ensure I stuck to this, I took out my mobile phone and captured the beauty that surrounded me and recorded a message for my future self. Last week was the first time I had an ungrateful thought since the holiday, and I watched the video I recorded – believe me I was soon feeling grateful again.
I turned 40 last year and thought I would write a short but sweet post on the 5 things I reflected on during that time.
Gratitude. I am so grateful for all the experiences that life has put me through; everything I have been through has been a lesson. Sometimes the thing with lessons is that at the time when you are going through a rough patch, you can’t see what the lesson is. It is only when you come out the other side and reflect, you see what the lesson taught you.
Health. I have suffered from chronic migraines since the age of 13, and although at times they can be debilitating, I am grateful that my health otherwise is good. I know people who are my age that have worse health complaints than me.
Family. I could go on and on about how much my family mean to me. I am truly grateful for every family member – they have all had an impact on my life in some shape or form. My family has always been supportive of me, and my mum has been my rock – she always has my back.
Confidence. I am confident and happy with the woman I have become over the years. My confidence has grown and I no longer doubt my abilities. Of course, the odd doubtful thought has come to my mind from time to time but I know how to deal with those thoughts – I weed them out and sow positive ones.
Peace & Forgiveness. In order to grow and have peace of mind, I have learned to forgive and let go of things and people that add no value to my life. For me, carrying around grudges and bad feelings towards people is too much baggage to bear.
Told you, short but sweet, and may I add age is just a number 🙂
One of the biggest factors in any business succeeding is planning. This is especially true if you are self-employed, running a small business, as well as keeping your family in check.
Goal planning is particularly important, in fact, you may not realise it, but simply by having some end goals for your business, you could see a real impact on your success levels.
With this in mind, we have put together the reasons why goals are such a useful small business tool.
Goals keep you motivated
Sometimes running your own business alongside looking after your family can get you down. If you start to feel that your get up and go is getting up and going, then maybe you need to think about your end goals. There is no greater way to refill the tank than to think about how great it will feel to reach exactly where you want to be!
Goals mean that you can keep an eye on your progress
If you don’t know where you are supposed to end up, then how can you be sure that you are getting there? By having a goal in mind, you can keep an eye on your progress. That light at the end of the tunnel can be something that you aim for, and with every step that you take to get closer to it, you will know that you are heading in the right direction.
Goals ensure you know where you want to be
When you run a business, it is important that you have an idea of where you want it to go. This is especially true for small businesses that are just starting out. By taking the time to sit down and write out some long-term goals, you will get some clarity on just what you want to achieve in your business.
Goals help you to plan your time
Know where you want to go and how long you think it should take to get there? Having this vital information means that you can plan out your time. This is vital if you are running a business and raising a family, as it can often feel that you simply don’t have enough time to do it all!
Goals help you to succeed
Above everything else, having some goals in mind are a great way to ensure that you create and run a successful business. It is the drive, the passion, the determination to reach the end goals that will push you forward, even when the going gets tough.
Goal setting is a key business tool, no matter whether you are on your own or have some employees coming along for the ride. Make sure you set your business goals, and you should soon see the success that you are aiming for.
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