This week I have teamed up with Ms Jennifer Pink, fellow Haute Mom, Entrepreneur and Superwoman! She is a single mom life coach, mentor, ministry leader, change agent and proponent for helping others GROW through what they GO through. She has 4 Amazon Best-sellers and is expecting Baby # 4! Her company is Sage Mentoring, her own brand is Ms. Jennifer Pink and next year her non-profit The P.I.N.K. Foundation will make a comeback!!
Today we are sharing what we recommend for any Mom who is ready to take the leap like we did into the entrepreneur pool headfirst! First up will be my suggestions, yours truly, followed by Jen!
Write An Actual Plan
Don’t leave anything out. Who you are, who your clients are, where you will find them, how will you bring them in, what you want to help them with and as many ideas as you can think of for how to monetize your services or brand.
Decide how much sidework you will do
There are times when all entrepreneurs have to take a sidejob or two to keep the lights on, but you to decide how much of your time they can take or they WILL unexpectedly become your full time thing.
Structure Your Time
Create time blocks so that you can work, eat, shower, run errands etc. like right now I am writing this post from the library. I gave myself a 2 hour block to write, edit and post. However tomorrow I have a doctors appt so I am grouping all my errands together to get them done while I am already out, next week I have a lunch date so I don’t expect to get much done creative work wise although I will be networking and brainstorming.
I structure my day in terms of rocks, paper and sand. The rocks are the things I DEFINITELY have to do, typically they are money making activities or things that will cost me if I don’t get them done by a certain time. Paper are the items that aren’t as important but I need to get done as some point or another. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but typically within a particular week or month. Sand are the things I honestly need to delegate to someone else or hire a VA for. They are chores I need to assign my kids or husband, or operational things for the business like scheduling blog or social media posts after I write them.
Understand the creative parts of your business will become the smallest part of what you do
This may sound surprising, but you will probably spend the least amount of time on the actual part of your business that excite you the most. The core functions of your business will become the operational things necessary to keep it running and they will take up 90% of your time, while the creative will happen in spurts and only be 10% of the time. So if you want to spend more time on the creative pieces see my last suggestion below.
Don’t be afraid to get things off your plate
In other words, get a team sooner rather than later. I can admit I hoover over all aspects of my business and want to control all parts, but when I hosted my 1st Pink Finance Brunch in 2016 I used a team and I mean the weight off my shoulders was amazing. Having other people step in and do what they are great at, helped me to be even better at what I’m great at! In the beginning you will be everything from the CEO to the Janitor of your business but the sooner you move the operational things off your plate the faster you will watch your business grow.
Ms Jennifer Pink
I mean what recommendations can I add LOL those are EVERYTHING!!! Mine are more focused on the emotional part of it… (which was equally if not more important if you ask me -CP)
Enjoy The Process
Russell Simmons once told me, the journey is actually even more important that the destination. People may be impressed with all his success, but they should see his failures if they really want to be blown away!
Are you ready to take the leap or know a mom who is? Share this post with her! What other questions or concerns do you have? Have you already taken the leap and have suggestions to add to this list? Drop them in the comments below!