Becoming A Millennial Mompreneur

Becoming A Millennial Mompreneur

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I’m sure that you’re wondering, what the heck do you mean by becoming a mom and entrepreneurship. Well in order to become a Mompreneur, it starts with being a mom first. Sometimes the roles are reverse when pursuing entrepreneurship and mommyhood. When I started my consulting business, I found out that I was 9 weeks pregnant! Being pregnant while pursuing my business gave me the drive to work hard and to make my business a success.

When planning for motherhood, here are a few tips to consider for beginning entrepreneurship.

Plan accordingly: During my pregnancy I worked until the day I had my daughter. I think I had more energy while I was pregnant compared to now. I planned my events and appointments arounded my pregnancy. Being a millennial mompreneur has definitely changed compared to 10 + years ago. You can raise your little one from the comfort of your home, chilling in your pj’s. Plus if I had an event come up my husband and I would team up to spend time with our daughter as I worked.

Ask for help: I know as mothers we are able to conquer great task, but that doesn’t mean you should stress yourself out and take on motherhood and business on your own. If you are comfortable with outsourcing child care, then you should go for it. My mother in law and my mother are very supportive when it comes to my daughter, they love to spoil her.

Don’t Give Up: When things get tough we can’t run away from the issue, you must find the balance. When I am searching for balance I usually make a list of the things that I want to accomplish and prioritize them around what I can get done before my toddlers nap and what should be done during nap time. Plus you always have the time when everyone has gone to bed and you have that grand moment of peace and quiet. Considering putting your social media platforms into the hands of a social media strategist or virtual assistant. Make things easier and not hard, ensure that your business model fits the lifestyle that you want to have.

Find A Outlet for Stress: One of my favorite things to do when I get stressed is to go to yoga. Honestly I go to yoga even if I’m not stress out. Yoga gives me the opportunity to clear my mind and come up with new ideas. Another outlet is that I love shopping for things that will help my business, such educational books, planners, and desk nic nacs. I also love to go church which is a constant outlet in which I can pray and worship with my friends and family. I encourage you to find something that will work for you.

Becoming a millennial mom/mompreneur definitely comes with its own reward because you are able to become involved with other like minded mompreneurs through social media groups and do more adventurous things such as living abroad running your business rather than staying home. Just because you become a mom doesn’t mean you have to stop living your best life. I love you go to mompreneur networking events and meet so many like minded moms. I hope this has been an awesome read for the millennial mompreneur looking for guidance.
xoxo

Donna P.

It’s My Birthday!!!

                                

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28 Business Tips for Mompreneurs

In spirit of my 28th birthday, I thought I would compile 28 tips for the Mompreneurs. As mompreneurs we are always researching ways to improve our businesses or even tips or tricks to starting a business.

 

It’s never too late to start a business: I pretty sure that we have all wanted to be entrepreneurs, but we couldn’t get up the courage to give it a try. Well there is no age limit on when you can start a business. All you need is time!

 

An Idea: It all starts with an idea, this motivation had to derive from somewhere.

 

Motivation: The only way you are going to want to start a business is if you are motivated to try something new.

 

Business Planning: A business plan can be one page or 30 pages, it is best to organize your thoughts so that you know which direction you intend to take. Especially if you are needing investors on your team.

 

What type of business? Who are you are going to be? A bakery, MUA, Childcare Facility, Medical Facility?

 

What is your business structure? Are you looking into sole proprietorship, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnership, etc.

 

Finding the Funds/You don’t always need money to start a business: Not all businesses cost money! Usually when you are providing such as business consulting or public relations you are able to start the business from little to nothing.

Do your research!: There are so many laws out there that you don’t want to break. Also there are are tons of competitors that you need to set yourself apart from.

Know Your Product: You need to be able to sell your product to a complete stranger and have passion for what you are selling.

Build a rapport: Become knowledgeable about your vendors, customers and other businesses. You want people to remember your business and what you stand for.

Social Media: In this day and age the only way to get in touch with your customers is through their Iphone. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and various other apps are where your customers are.

Don’t be afraid of failure: The only way is up, things will definitely get hard but it is up to you to dust the failure off and try again.

Hiring/Team Building: As a new business you don’t always need to hire a staff. Starting off it can be you and family or a close friend. If you do hire someone make sure that they are reliable and trustworthy.

Customer service is key: It is important to meet the needs of your customers. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about how awesome your company is!

You are your investment: You have to invest in yourself before you expect anyone else to invest in you. Meaning it’s okay to buy that business book or go to that educational MUA seminar, just make sure that you are doing something that will benefit your business.

Branding: You need to set yourself apart, if you are a blogger you need to find the niche that makes you stand out. As a photographer you have to have the best photos and editing software.

Trademark/Copyright: Protect your brand, if you aren’t copyrighted or Trademark someone can steal your work and there will not be repercussions. So do yourself a favor and do your research to protect yourself.

Know your product: Don’t try to sell something that you don’t have a clue of what you’re talking about. If you are selling baby skin products then I need you to be able to tell me everything that is it in it and how wonderful and beneficial it is for my toddler.

Manage your time wisely: You have to make time for your business. I know we get distracted by our day to day life but if you want this entrepreneurial thing to work, then you need to manage your time wisely.

Plan accordingly: Get A Planner! The only way you are going to be successful is if you know what your day to day looks like.

Be Organize: Have a space where you know where everything is and everything has a place. As moms we may live in chaos but we need that chaos to be somewhat organized.

Set Deadlines: If you set a deadline then you won’t procrastinate in getting stuff done. A deadline is good for keeping you on your toes!

Remove Distractions: I know our kids are our biggest motivation, but when it comes down to business we need to limit any distractions. It may be best to work early morning, nap time or even when they are in child care/school. Find time for you to make your dream come true.

It’s okay to make mistakes: If you don’t mistakes how else do you expect to learn from them. Don’t get down on yourself because something didn’t go right, there is always time to make it right.

Minimize debt (no debt): Protecting your credit/ or business credit is important because you shouldn’t break the bank to break even. If you see that you are going into debt then it is time to strengthen your financial plan.

Network Network Network: Go to the events! How do you expect people to know who you are if your not putting yourself out there. Not everyone is going to be on Facebook or Instagram. Go to the events or tell people that you meet about your business.

Monetize your talents: DO NOT give your talents away for free. That college education wasn’t free nor was your product/service you are selling. Do not sell yourself short, if the customer is not willing to buy your product then remember there is another customer that will.

Make it a family affair: If your family works strong together and get along then include them in the product. My husband and daughter are my motivation to succeed and they give me great ideas towards my business. So pick your families brain, this will benefit them in the long run.
I hope that you enjoyed my birthday business tips! If you have a birthday in January :HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Self Care For 2018

2017 has come to an end and it is time to embrace 2018. I’m pretty sure that this past year has been an interesting roller coaster ride. This year my primary focus has been set on my family, which is not a bad thing but I didn’t set time aside for me.I didn’t do much to my hair or makeup, and I decided that I’m going to set more time for me.
So I am encouraging you to focus on Self Care.

If you can’t afford to do some of the things on your self care list here are a 10 tips to practice self care in 2018.

Here are some tips to make sure that you are taking care of yourself:

Coffee-time: I know that we all have experience the “don’t talk me until I have my coffee”. Coffee-time for me is sacred and it definitely gives me life. I mostly drink our coffee in the morning which gives me the opportunity to reflect on my day and to figure out what adventure my daughter and I would embark on.

Massage/facial: Getting a massage or facial can definitely relax the body and relieve stress. It also releases the toxins and leads to recovering with muscles pain and it releases endorphins & enhances your mood.

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Bubble bath w/ aromatherapy(essential oils): My favorite essential oils are Eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass; they hold the healing properties of muscle aches, colds, anxiety,and mood swings.Enjoy a large glass of wine and soak those worries away.

Mani/Pedi: If you get the opportunity to leave the house for a few hours take the time to get a much needed mani/pedi. You need to relax, relate and release; you can’t expect to be helpful to your family or those around you if you don’t take time for yourself. Do you!

Yoga/Meditation: Yoga and meditation has definitely changed my life, especially when I get stressed out or I just want to be healthy in my mind and body. With meditation I am able to reflect on the things that may affect me whether it is parenting or balancing entrepreneurship. I love how I am able to strengthen my body through yoga and use meditation for self awareness.

Journal: Journaling is definitely something that I encourage everyone to do. You are able to be creative or you can write about your troubles to help let them go. I know that we all have moments where we feel that no one understands what you are going through, but if you write it down then you are able to free yourself from that burden.

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Lazy Day: Recently I took the time to do almost absolutely nothing, I was determined to relax and not to run myself crazy. Having a lazy day gives you the opportunity to take care of yourself and to do less as possible.

Vacation: Pack you an overnight bag and get you can an Airbnb and go have fun. Take the time not planning your getaway.

Get dolled up: Recently I’ve got back into makeup and I decided to make this my mandatory mommy-time. I am loving how I am able to be creative and enjoy the time to myself. You can get dolled up and you don’t have to go anywhere.

Binge watch movies/shows: During this holiday season I’ve been binge watching everything HallMark. I love a romantic Christmas story, especially when they have an adorable story line. Hallmark is so great even when they have the same story line but it gets addictive.

Some of my favorite sites to use for finding discounted hotels, spa, hair packages, and etc is Groupon, Living social and Airbnb.Check them out! (This is not sponsored)

I hope that my 2018 Self care tips are helpful to you. You have to remember that you need to make time to slow down and make time for you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!