Today, a lot of moms don’t feel comfortable leaving their kids to go back to work, so they decide to work from home either on a freelance basis or by starting their own business. While it’s great that so many women want to work from home to spend more time with their children, it’s not a lifestyle that’s suitable for everyone, and it’s important to realize that.
Sadly, not everyone is cut out to be a momtrepreneur; you need to have the right skills and mindset to have any chance of success. You also need an understanding of what running a successful business takes and what mistakes you need to avoid making. On that note, below are five mistakes that mompreneurs commonly make but shouldn’t do, so that you know what to avoid doing.
1. Not focusing on one task at a time
The fact is that when you’re working around your kids, you are going to have to multitask from time to time. While it’s okay to multitask, what you don’t want is the quality of your work to suffer because of it. So it’s important to ensure that when you’re dealing with an important task, you do your best to focus solely on that. Perhaps you could save the most important tasks for nap time or when your children are at daycare.
2. Failing to outsource
A lot of freelancers and small business owners make the mistake of failing to outsource, thinking that outsourcing is made for larger businesses when that’s not the case. It’s smaller businesses and freelancers that tend to benefit most from outsourcing because it saves them money and ensures that they don’t lose clients due to poor-quality work. For example, a lot of small businesses don’t want to outsource their tax and insist on doing it themselves, leading to mistakes being made and the need for a tax audit. The fact is that actually, outsourcing can be highly beneficial for businesses of all shapes and sizes and when it comes to things like tax, can save you a whole lot of hassle.
3. Not having set work hours
When it comes to working from home, whether that’s as a freelancer or as a small business owner, you must set work hours. Yes, it’s perfectly fine to take a morning off now and then, but you still need to have set work hours. To ensure that you can complete all of your daily tasks on time, you need to have a set period that you work each day. Otherwise, the day will just slip away from you, and before you know it, it will be teatime. So, set yourself hours that you work each day and for the most part aim to stick to them – you will be more successful if you do.
4. Working too much
This may sound like a bit of a strange one, but the fact is that working too much can be detrimental to your success. You see, by overworking yourself you will end up feeling stressed out and exhausted, this will mean that you struggle to focus and may lead to a lack of quality when it comes to your work. So, you need to be able to shut the door on your work at the end of the day, to ensure that you’re not overworking yourself.
So, there you have it, the four mistakes that mompreneurs commonly make but shouldn’t make, as they can be seriously detrimental when it comes to their success.