Have you ever considered trading your 9-5 to becoming a wahm? It has to be really refreshing to stay at home in your yoga pants or your pjs. I love it!
When I decided to become a sahm/wahm it initially happened because we had just transitioned from Georgia to Miami. When we live in Georgia we had awesome childcare and I am hoping in the months to come my daughter will return to school.
Once we moved in and got settled , I was pondering the idea of returning to the corporate world or continuing my consulting from home. As you may have read in previous post, I am business consultant and I help start-ups or established establish a solid foundation for their businesses. I also develop and host networking events throughout the year.
Being a sahm/wahm definitely has its pros and cons, when I do get a chance to get any work done it is around my daughters schedule. Nap time is definitely the best time to get any work done. I even do my cooking and cleaning while she is asleep because things are a lot calmer then.
In 2014 I became fed up with the corporate world and felt that it was going to be my way or nor way! This may sound like a corporate take over but it’s not, I had my mind set on being my own boss and living my own rules. So I started by hosting networking events, expo(s), and having one on one consulting meetings with my awesome clients.
Business is a constant and sporadic industry, you must be a go getter because we live in a dog eat dog world. You have to decide if you are going to sink or swim.
If you are considering becoming a WAHM, then you need to consider these steps before you take that leap.
- Save Save Save- You can’t really start too many businesses without the funds. Plus you need to make sure your personal funds. There is nothing wrong with keeping your 9-5 to fund your business.
- Organize your life- Being home with your kids is definitely going to throw you off of your game, but you must figure out what methods will work for balancing the kids and the business. There are some wahm who send their little one’s to day school and that is definitely okay.
- Have a creative space- A home office or space in your living room can definitely work to oversee what your children may be doing.
Being a wahm can definitely lead to endless possibilities, and him your children are home with you then you are saving a ton of money.
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Business and Spirituality
Statistics say that 90% of all businesses fail within the first 10 years. There are many different reasons for this a few being: Poor management, insufficient capital, and bad Location. Which are all the reasons why my first two business failed very quickly. I had no real plan, no real money, and not a lot of education about entrepreneurship and what that meant. There was a time when I was so embarrassed by those “failures” I went into a deep depression, feeling as if I could never start again. I was also surrounded by people who never followed their dream(s) so in turn made me feel as if my dreams were very immature thinking. It is said that “Failures are our Greatest Teachers”. I have come to know this so deeply. It took me almost 15 years to every believe that I could start another business. During those 15 years, I work in retail, a doctor’s offices, cleaned houses, an assistance, a waitress, hotel clerk, baby sitting and a factory. I ended up either quitting or getting terminated from all these jobs. I know it sounds very dramatic. I finally just decided to go to college. My thought was maybe my lack of education was what I was missing. I had no clear intention for my life. I was raised to find a “decent job” and stick with it. In my heart, I knew that would never be enough for me in my life. With ever “failure” ( or gift as I choose to call them) negative thoughts came to my mind, that would allow me to question id I should just give up. I also believed that the jobs I was working also “gifts” was not what I wanted to continue doing in my life. I’m not saying anything is wrong with working a “9 to 5” if that is your gift, but for me it was just not in my heart. It never brought me true joy. After finally completing college. I decided I would never work another profession I did not enjoy. I truly believe that many times we spend more time working than we do at home or with family so it is important to enjoy what you do. Have you ever gone into a store or restaurant and sensed the person helping you absolutely hated what their job? Not only is it annoying to customers and may hurt business, but very sad for that person in their life. I realized that my life strategy truly had to change if I ever wanted to live the life I dreamed in business and personal. First I had to embrace the “gifts” yes, I’m talking about the failed attempts in business. I had to realize I was being directed to what I was truly meant to do. I started with answering a few questions:
1. What is my life intention?
a. Which for me was to be able to help others through a business, by using my gifts.
2. What is my intention for the money I make?
a. To take care of my love ones and create beautiful memories. (travel, gifts, help them with their dreams)
3. What am I will to give to make this happen?
a. Time, Effort, And Open mind, Patience
These questions seem simple but these are the answers that will keep you focused on the most challenging days ahead in creating a business. Nothing happened over night and you will have your ups and downs when trying to obtain success with your business. Whatever your intention is, that’s where you will land. That will be your focus. What you focus on expands. Have a morning spiritual ritual. This is not religion at all. It just away to connect to your spirit in other words keeping you in tune with your inner guide. Your inner strength. Your morning ritual can be whatever you are comfortable with: working out, prayer, mediation, yoga, reading affirmations, reading your goals or simply feeling grateful about life. Most successful people have morning rituals which start between 5a.m. and 8 a.m .
Be mindful of what you give your energy to. Its important to remember that what you listen to, read , watch or even your circle of friends has great effect on your attitude. One needs to stay positive when embarking of the journey of entrepreneurship. Can spirituality guide success? I believe so spirituality is defined as “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” (n.d.) If only money is your only goal, that alone will not be enough to keep you inspired. Knowing that you are truly living your dreams and using your gift(s) as a gift to the world, connects to your spirit or spirituality.
Written By: Guest Blogger- Ilonda Clayton IG:@therealilonda Follow her blog.
The title to this blog post came to me suddenly and I am in the development stages of starting a new business. I am truly inspired by new things and living out my dream. It has become very popular for aspiring entrepreneurs to get involved in the fashion and music industry; even getting into the business industry is becoming a common desire for entrepreneurs.
I feel that if you are going to start a business that is very common to have, do something different that will set you apart. Being different can really catch your prospective customers attention. In order to be a successful entrepreneur you must know your product and market.
The definition for Bandwagon is a particular activity or cause that has suddenly become fashionable or popular. So if your going to jump on the bandwagon, make sure that you stand out and set yourself apart whether it is through your brand or through the product(services) you offer. BE LEGIT!
Prepare yourself for the blood, sweat and tears! Nothing is going to come easy, make sure that you have your ducks in a row, because things are going to get hard before they get easier.
Jump on that bandwagon of living out your dreams. You can either aim for getting rich or focus on being happy. With me a little bit more money will not hurt, no one has never said no to I don’t want more money or be my own entrepreneur. GO do you!!!
BANDWAGON LIFE !!!!