5 Steps to Juggling a Startup and a Family

By Tibisay Vera:  Guest Author at entrepreneurhandbook. 


According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of women entrepreneurs has increased 9.6% during the past two years and it is estimated that 300,000 of these are mums. In fact it has been found that almost 90% of mothers would like to start their own enterprise. What does make “start your own business” so appealing to Mothers? Are Mothers looking to startup a new venture or are they looking to start a new sustainable, congruent life? And if so, how can mums juggle a startup and a family? Work and life balance is a mindset rather than a time set.

The transition from womanhood to motherhood is considered one of the deepest transformations in a woman lifetime. This transformation could even be deeper in career-oriented mothers who have planned their life based on promotions, life-style and career success.

As major changes occur at multiple levels at the same time, it is not uncommon for new mothers to loose their professional identity and to re-evaluate their career options. Motherhood offers a great opportunity to re-evaluate what “career success” means in terms of personal development.

Starting a new enterprise would mean starting something new from the beginning and therefore becomes so appealing to new mothers. The following are a few tips and lessons I learnt for changing careers and juggling a startup/ family.

1. Know your intentions

Ask yourself, what starting a new enterprise means to you. What are the benefits to start your own business? If you are looking for flexibility and life balance, are there any other choices that might also satisfy your intention? If you are looking for a more congruent and sustainable life that matches the “new you”, how sustainable would the new business be for you in the short, medium and long term. Do you see yourself running the business after your kids have grown up? Would you be passionate about your business idea after your little ones are not so little anymore?



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