9.) Manage the troops. The key is to develop some sort of system that clearly delineates when you are in “mom mode” versus “work mode.” To avoid endless interruptions from children when working from home, try this… I recently read about a woman who gives her children a “visitor’s ticket” each morning, good for one visit to mom’s office that day. This encourages kids to save all their questions, stories, and woes for one visit, versus interrupting you every five minutes. Once they use their “visitor’s ticket,” they know they won’t be able to bother you until the end of the day when you return to “mom mode.” This is a great trick that will help you stay focused, but will also teach kids some good values – time management, encouraging resolutions of their own problems, understanding and respecting mom when she’s in “work mode.”
10.) Bone up on business education. The Small Business Division at Capital One and Victoria Pericon, founder of online resource www.savvymommy.com, have jointly created a list of tips on entrepreneurship to help guide mompreneurs who might not have a business background. To earn what they dubbed a MomBA, they suggest educating yourself in the following five areas: innovation, finance, marketing, the Internet (particularly the Web 2.0), and the art of multi-tasking. Thankfully women are experts at multi-tasking, so that leaves you with only four other principles to master.
There is a definite parallel between launching a business and raising children. They both need to be created and regularly nurtured. They both must take baby steps before they can run. Leverage your strengths as a woman, be it great organizational skills or relentless passion and enthusiasm. Be patient with yourself and those around you. Don’t lose site of who you are and what you want from your life. Boldly tell the universe what you have to offer. Spend less time worrying about all the things you have yet to do, and congratulate yourself for all that you are and all that you have accomplished already. Yes, you can have it all.