Do you want to start or grow your business? Then get off your bootie and go do it!
I love talking with moms who want to start a business, and there’s nothing better than seeing them get excited about the possibilities. But all too often, a mom gets scared and starts talking about why she can’t start the business now. The kids have been sick. They need to worry about their weight first before they can deal with a business. The house really needed reworked, so they’re focusing there for now. They just don’t have the money. They have five toddlers and no extra time to do anything else. They’ll start back up next month.
Whatever. Stop making excuses and get off your bootie!
Sorry, I know that seems harsh, and I’m not a harsh person by nature. But I see so many moms with potential who don’t move forward because they’re afraid, and that makes me so very sad and frustrated. I just want to encourage women to stop worrying about what-ifs and start making their dreams a reality. Look around the Mompreneurs site. You’ll see moms who had cancer, sick kids, financial troubles, death in the family, marital issues, no support system – and they all pushed through it and made a business work.
I have a little girl with down syndrome and celiac disease who needs therapy and a special diet, who had heart surgery at eight months. We could absolutely not afford for me to quit my job years ago, but we did it anyway – hubby took on a second job and we sold stuff on EBay and through second hand shops to make ends meet. And that wasn’t enough – we had hospital bills stacked a mile high, used check cashing places every week, and even scrounged through couch cushions to find enough change to go buy food for the day. During that whole time I was sick, and to make a long story short, I went through a lot of surgeries and spent a lot of long all nighters working despite the pain. We got through it though, developed a successful business, and now my hubby has quit his job to stay at home and help out.
Yeah, life can be tough. And starting a business when so much is going on in life can be really challenging. Believe me, I know! But it honestly is so rewarding – it feels absolutely incredible to say that you’ve made a go at a business and didn’t just let life pass you by. Plus, anyone reading this has an extremely valuable tool – a bunch of moms who have been there, done that, and are more than happy to help others who are having difficulties starting or growing a business. Check out the Mompreneurs Forum for inspiration and guidance, or just to vent about the troubles you’re having. But then – and this is the important part – use that help to actually get off your duff and take action, so you can start seeing results.
Remember, ladies, we are all in this together! Let’s work together as a team to help each other and encourage each other to reach our full potentials and make the most of our home based businesses!