The kids are back in school, now it’s time for mom to get back to business! Here are some ideas on getting started in this story sponsored by Zarbee’s Naturals Drink Mixes. #DrinkForYourself #Zarbees #MadeToMatter
As a parenting blogger, I have the opportunity to talk to tons of mamas all the time. Lately everyone has been talking about the same thing, back to school. For most folks, school is back in session and there are a few others starting back next week. With the children out of the house for the day, a lot of moms are eager to get back to business. Ideas that have been sitting idle during the summer, projects that were put on the backburner, we’re all pulling them out and declaring that it’s time to get ‘er done!
I’ve been a work at home mom for several years now, but I’m just really at a place where I think of myself as a full-fledged entrepreneur. Being my own boss is awesome, but there were a few challenges that I had to nip in the bud in order to help my business grow. After implementing a few changes and restructuring things a bit, I’m starting to see my business flourish.
Whether you’re a brand new mama entrepreneur, or an O.G. who has been in the game for a minute, these tips for getting back to business are sure to come in handy.
1. Set (and stick to) office hours.
Now that Ayva is back in school, my office hours start at 8:30 AM PST. I’m a blog business coach, so that’s the time of my first appointment. I talk to clients in half hour increments until 11:00 AM. After that, I write and take care of other administrative taks like invoicing and answering emails. When I pick Ayva up at 3:00 PM, I have a couple of hours where I’m focused solely on her. I listen to her tell me about her day, read to her, and make dinner. Setting office hours is easy, it’s the sticking to it that’s the hard part. I’ve let Ayva know what my hours are, though, and if I try to get back to work before her time is up, she reminds me that I’m not supposed to be working!
2. Schedule eating, drinking, and getting dressed.
Eating, drinking and getting dressed might seem like givens, but if you’ve ever been knee-deep in business building, you know how easy those things can be to forget. Putting them on your calendar and setting an alert has definitely been the reason that I haven’t wasted away, yet. There were a few times when dehydration have put me in the hospital, and I definitely don’t want that to happen again. If you’re tired of drinking the same old water, try Zarbee’s Naturals Vitamin Drink Mixes. With different blends that do things like promote temporary alertness and calm, as well as support a healthy immune system and more, you’ll get more bang for each glass of water that you drink. You can find Zarbee’s Vitamin Drink Mixes exclusively at Target as part of the Made To Matter program.
3. Even if things aren’t perfect, start anyway.
I think a lot of folks would agree with me that the actual “work” part of being an entrepreneur isn’t the most difficult. The most challenging thing is getting started. I know that I have a tendency to try and wait until everything is perfect until I get started, and all that does is push my “win” date further out. If you have a great idea and an awesome product, don’t wait to launch. You can always go back and make changes later. Ship now, revise later. Let’s do it!
4. Celebrate your accomplishments.
Every single day, I reflect on the work that I did and celebrate my accomplishments. Not only does it give me a boost and energy to keep moving forward, but it helps me to keep my business in perspective and forces me to get off the work hamster wheel and take the time to reflect on what I’ve done for the day. Make the time to be appreciative and grateful, and watch your business grow!