What I’ve Learned During the 6 Years I’ve Been an Entrepreneur
a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
6 years ago I took the leap into starting my own online business after working for other people as a virtual assistant (an online personal assistant) and not making any tracks of my own. I had big ideas, some often too large, but still the same I wanted to be my own boss. I jumped in knowing the basics of blogging and social media which at the time is nothing compared to what is out there today and I decided to take the first step by purchasing my own domain.
Over the past 6 years I have learned so many lessons, some personal and others business related. I want to highlight a few things in hopes that the next Mom Boss who decides to take this plunge will be a little better equipped than I was.
First things first- Be Organized
I started by working from my couch on an old laptop that also had to work for college. I was juggling and it got really overwhelming. I had paperwork to keep up with, blogging tasks and other things that were literally piling up because I had no real work space. The best thing we ever did was make a designated place in the house for me to work. I not have an all-in-one computer that I use solely for work.
Separate Work From Family Time
The balancing act became a lot harder for me once I was married and had a child about 2 years after starting my own business. I had to then figure out how to be a wife, a mom and also how to work from home. It was really hard and I fully admit that I took some time off right after our now 4 year old was born. We had some very personal things going on in our lives and I just needed a break. At that time I did what some other bloggers call a re-branding. I purchased another domain (with a friend) and jumped in again. We now have 2 boys and the balancing act is not nearly as hard as it once was because I have learned there is definitely work time separate from family time.
It’s Okay to Have a Lazy Day
Some days I still admit that I am totally lazy. I spend time with my kids, my husband and I get zero work done. On those days I strictly stick to emails, but if they aren’t important I keep on going. I try to seize the day as much as possible with my family while still keeping a balance on work but I also keep in the back of my mind that the boys will not always be this little, my husband and I won’t always be this young and that the internet isn’t going anywhere so I just back burner my worn and keep making memories. So far this theory hasn’t failed my business.
In the future I would love to enter into the world of going to some blog events and see the trade show decorators hard at work. These blog events bring huge crowds and I know that they would help me to bring even more business for myself. I love that bloggers have a way to all join together and share their common interests.
If you have any other tried and true tips for being an entrepreneur please feel free to share them with us as we are always looking for ways to make work life easier, especially while balancing other family obligations.