Being a mumpreneur isn’t easy. The reason why? Well, it’s right there in the title. The word “mum” is the only word you need to understand why along with a bunch of others like; book keeper, administrator, messenger, designers, copywriter… and, the list goes on.
THERE’S NONE OF THAT IN MY HOUSEHOLD…..
When I tell people that I run my business from home whilst I look after my boys I receive comments like “must be nice to not show up when you don’t want to” or “at least you can rest when you’re tired”. Have you met my boys? And, rest? What is that? I actually had to look it up. According to the Oxford dictionary it is, and I quote “to cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength”. There definitely isn’t any of that going on in my household. In fact, I have only slept through the night a handful of times in the last 6 years. I kid you not. I don’t even need two hands to count the amount of times this rarity has occurred.
A FAVOURITE OF MINE…..
My favourite remark goes something along the lines of “yes, I remember that all too well only I had to deal with that and work full-time”. It’s been said to me on more than one occasion. Any working mum will tell you how hard it is juggling a job, the kids and the household whilst trying to look good, feel good and take care of herself. I think those around me forget that I was once a working mum. The difference between being employed and self employed is that being employed means that you get rest days. When you are self employed and running a business these rest days are fairly scarce. You’re busy being mum and taking on the roles of most, if not all, of the job titles mentioned above and usually all at the same time.
BEING A MUMPRENEUR IS THE HARDEST JOB I’VE DONE…..
In all honesty being a mumpreneur is the hardest job I have ever had. I don’t get to switch off my computer at 5pm and head home for the weekend. Quite often I can be up late into the night because something needs my attention. Family time is sometimes interrupted because I have to do something business related. A lot of the time I am answering business emails whilst cooking dinner or replying to questions from customers as I rock my little one to sleep. Being a mumpreneur is like working 2 full-time jobs made up of 7 day weeks with 24 hours shifts.
Having said that, it is the most rewarding job I have done for the following 2 reasons;
- I get to stay home with children
- I love what I do
DRINKING TEA IS ALL WE DO, RIGHT?
Yes, I do have the ability to choose when I work but this isn’t as straight forward as it seems. Being your own boss is one the most disciplined roles you’ll ever take on in your life. I am sure that it would be easy to just decide not to work every day. I mean, that’s what mumpreneurs do right? We sit at home, drink tea, relax and watch the pennies role in. Far from it. That was just sarcasm. It’s not easy deciding to take time off. The business I am working hard to grow and and nourish is part of our lifeline. The business I produce provides an income for my family. I work hard, just like everyone else, to provide for my families. I put my heart and soul into everything I do so that my children can aspire to be just like me – a hard worker.
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS…..
Just because I don’t have to put on work attire everyday and rush out the door by 8.30am it doesn’t mean that what I am building for my family isn’t worthy. I know I speak for most mumpreneurs when I say that we have put blood, sweat and tears into our businesses. I have worked hard to make Little Chiqui Paperie a success to the point that it now provides us with a regular income. Some might think that I “just” design and sell planners and dairies. Let me tell you that one planner can take anywhere from 10-20 hours to brainstorm and a further 30-60 hours to design. Aside from brainstorming and designing I also do my own accounts, administration and business registry filings. In fact, I do everything for my business.
SUPPORT IN PARENTHOOD IS THE VITAL…..
I mentioned in my previous blog post just how vital it is to have support whether you’re a stay at home mum, working mum or mumpreneur. Without support in parenthood the journeys we embark on in life are sometimes burdened by guilt and slowly we allow our hopes and dreams die. With support in parenthood ANYTHING is possible.