Balancing the entrepreneur-ING way
I do not share much in regards to my family life because it does not really crossover for me though I have seen some similar types of small businesses that make their children a part of it – one such company recently sent a constant contact like newsletter featuring prominently an ultrasound picture of the baby to be born this summer.
I knew when I started this company in July that I would not be comfortable sharing my children with the business. It was my choice as it is other's choices to include their children; I do not judge them at all. I think it is a great way to showcase the business person in different ways and can lead to more clicks. My kids are very good promoters, too. Whenever we are out and about somewhere, if they see other business cards on display, they ask if they can put my business cards out, too. They give out my books to anyone who visits us at home, too - even delivery people (find out more on my Amazon Author Page). That being said, with all I "teach" about social media to the high school set, I was not comfortable putting my kids on the map of social media at their young ages regarding my business.
To be open about my business planning, though, I need to make this post about “balance” as I prepare for the upcoming spring break AND summer vacation, too. In everything I do, I try to balance so that I can focus on my business and also be there for the kids (like all working parents do). This balance, though, was a big part of the reason why I became an entrepreneur. I can build my own schedule and balance around events and activities that I have planned for my personal life. I think this is important for everyone, though, even those without children. Everyone wants to be able to feed their soul to do something that means more than the 9to5 routine. At times, though, it is hard to do this to balance it and to make it work.
As I juggle my multiple “side gigs” with my full time gig as an entrepreneur and my home life, this hits home to me. I do not want to be a “mommy” blogger but that is involved with being “mom-trepreneur”. For instance, I just received an email asking me to speak or partner at an event happening in Europe and it made me think of the times when I would hop on a transatlantic flight for a long weekend or go to Singapore to run projects (even two weeks before my wedding). I am a different type of business woman now. I want to build my business and to be successful but I must do it on my terms and if that means missing the opportunity in Europe right now, so be it.
I am spending time now planning how I will manage my to-do list through holidays and summer vacations, which involves using my PMP project management professional status to know that I can use hours of each day as efficiently as possible. I hope to spend many days at Breezy Point using some wi-fi while we play in the pool and surf! I am considering summer camps for the children to give them a routine and me more “office” time.
Kids are not kids forever – they grow quickly and need more in different ways. I am honored to balance being a mom and an entrepreneur and working through the challenges of spring break and summer vacation are like a fun puzzle for me to work out. I want to keep building the momentum of my business but as someone with many years of experience, I know the summer months can be quite quiet in any industry so I am not considering the summer break as being too disastrous to my aggressive scheduling. I have tons of meetings and events sprinkled through the next few months though that might lead to a trickier puzzle to figure out.
What do you think about balancing kids with entrepreneurial pursuits? I will say that if I worked full time in an office somewhere, I would have more “off” time theoretically in that I run my business 24/7. I know a lot of corporate jobs are like that but when it is your business it can be harder to put the iPhone down, to stop writing that blog post and to stop networking for more opportunities. I am always thinking and planning and working on content and other initiatives as I do with my business but having the luxury to do that while also multitasking on home and life events is key to why I chose entrepreneurship. What about you? Are you interested in being your own boss? Happy hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen