We've celebrated a lot of holidays together, friends, but today is extra special. Why? Because March 26th is “Make Your Own Holiday” day and we’re doing just that by throwing our hands up for “Marvelous Mompreneurs." If you're not familiar with the term, a mompreneur is a mom (usually of young children) who sets up and runs her own business while still managing the day to day household tasks. So, basically a woman with more on her plate than a contender in a pie-eating contest.
While we consider all moms superheroes, for mompreneurs, finding balance and practicing self-care can sometimes feel like a third job. As our resident “marvelous mompreneur” we asked our founder Rana (mom to Emma and Riley) to provide a few tips to mompreneurs trying to do it all.
- Hey Rana, so when is the best time for a mom to start her own business?
Rana: When I launched Edoughble, I was working full time AND 7months pregnant with my first daughter, Riley. I know, crazy…but there’s never going to be a perfect time to start a business (or have a child) so, in my opinion, you just have to jump in and be ok with learning as you go.
Q, Just dive into that deep end. We love it! Any advice for a mom who needs a confidence boost to make the leap?
Rana: If you're like most moms, you're the CEO, COO, and CFO of your household all rolled into one. In other words, you’re basically already running a business! It’s important not to get bogged down in what you don’t know because here's a secret...the fact that you've never done anything like this before is a good thing. It means you don't have to build your business "by the book" but in the way that works for you.
- Yes! Mompreneurship can be great for creating your own schedule but do you ever get stressed out by the demands on your time?
Rana: Who doesn’t? I always say it’s ok to be a little insane! It's so important for mompreneurs to remind themselves that each day is a moment in time. Make sure you have clear goals (overall, annual, quarterly and monthly) and create the tasks that will get you to achieve those goals.
As far as balancing work and parenthood, I am hyper-focused on staying present, wherever I am. If that means I have to enlist some help with household tasks during busy times or limit my email alerts when I’m at home, then that’s what I do. You need support to give 100% at work and at home.
- Great advice. Last question…as women, we all beat ourselves up when things go wrong. Do you do anything specific to celebrate your "wins" as a business owner?
My team shares weekly goals at the beginning of each week, and we all check in on progress at the end. This way we can pause and celebrate accomplishments rather than moving on to the next big goal without at least giving those successes, no matter how small, some love.
Hope you enjoyed this chat with our fearless leader and fantastic mommy, Rana! Happy “Marvelous Mompreneur” Day to all our founders our there and treat yourself to something special today!