68 – Advice from Work from Home Moms: A Baby Changes Everything in Business
December 27, 2019
Welcome back to the podcast!
Throughout the month of December, I’m sharing ways that I have prepared for 2020 and systems and processes that I put in place in 2019 that make me feel really good about how productive that I can be in 2020. Now, this is December 27. My due date for my first baby was the 1st. I’m recording this ahead of time so definitely by now I am holding my newborn.
How having a baby changes everything in your business and advice that I’ve gotten from work from home mom’s.
I put this question out on my Instagram which is @lydia.miller.mba and I just asked ‘Did you own a business when your kids were babies? Are you in that season of life right now? I’m putting together a podcast episode of advice on how to navigate babies and businesses. I’d love your input!
Here is the advice that I got that I want to share with you:
Reena Philpot said, “Block schedule and don’t try to do ‘all the things at once.’ Enjoy each thing fully.
Marta with Anchor Marketing Co says, ‘How exciting!! 1. Give yourself grace. 2. Determine what success mean to you at that time 3. Delegate 4. Work can wait but baby won’t wait to grow up”
Casey with Sugar Studios said, “1. Naptime hustle 2. Don’t walk away from your business while on maternity leave (I did and hit was a big mistake!)
Julie with Stock by Jewels said, “I totally did and been hustling ever since…always keep your eyes on the prize…but never forget to be present with the babes. They grow up way too fast…14 years later.
Amanda with Runia Resources said, “I was pregnant with number 2 when I started my business and now I have three kiddos, 4, 2 and 1. My best advices is to not multitask between kids and business at home (unless they are sleeping). Be fully present at each
Sarah with Sarah Stanley Inspired said, “My advice is to cherish each moment with baby. Work can wait.”
Kaycee said, “So I worked from home with my daughter was a baby. #1 I had to be very schedule oriented. #2 I couldn’t have done it without babysitters aka the grandparents. #3 I can’t emphasize enough time management because if you don’t, you’ll either feel guilty about not spending enough time with baby or guilty about neglecting your clients.
I’m not sure how 2020 will change with a baby but knowing that other women have been there done that is super encouraging that it can be done.
I started this business to be flexible as a mom while still making a good income and now it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. I’m so grateful for the years I’ve had in business without the responsibility of a baby because I was able to really find out what I wanted the business to look like and was able to figure out just how flexible certain things were and were not.
In 2020 my goal is to not have perfect balance, but like most of these women said, be 100% present where I am. Meaning if I’m with baby, not thinking about work and if I’m at work not thinking about baby. Easier said than done, I’m sure.
I hope you’ve had the best holiday season. I’m ecstatic for the content that I’ll be bringing you in the first quarter of 2020. Throughout the month of January, the podcast episodes will revolve all around how I’ve been analyzing my business, deciding on strategies, using my powersheets (those were some of my most listened to episodes in 2019!) and on my word of the year and how I’m using that all throughout 2020.
In February, March and April I’m going to deep dive into understanding your numbers and the things you have to have in place before you can do that. If you’d like to work 1 on 1 with me to learn how to understand and analyze the numbers in your business, I’ll be offering this starting February 1. If you sign up for a session, you’ll be given a worksheet you can print out month after month and I’ll walk through it with you and give you tips and advice on what you should be looking at for your business based on your goals. These sessions are meant to clarify for you how to understand and use your numbers.
If you’re stuck with your bookkeeping and you just need to know where to start, I want to invite you to a bookkeeping strategy session. Clients rave about theses. It’s a 30 minute call and I’ll ask you 5 open ended questions and 10 focused questions to get a sense of where you are and where you want to be. I’ll fill in the gap in the middle of what you should be doing to get your bookkeeping on track and the best way to do that. Oh, and those sessions are free. You can sign up by emailing me at email@example.com.
And the last thing! One of my goals for 2020 is to connect better with you! I’d love to do a coffee chat with you sometime in 2020 just to get to know you and your business. These are super casual and done via zoom. If you’d be interested in chatting with me, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it happen.
Alright, that’s all for this week. Please hit subscribe to not miss a future episode and I hope you’re having the best week between Christmas and New Year.