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Being a mom can feel like a full-time job at the best of times, so it’s only natural for many busy parents to write off starting a side hustle. But there’s no reason why you can’t fulfill your dreams of being an entrepreneur while also giving your little ones all the care and attention they deserve. If you’ve been feeling stuck or too scared to start, this blog can help you take those first steps. It doesn’t matter what industry you want to go into, it’s all about changing your mindset and committing to getting your business off the ground.
There’s no point in jumping headfirst into a side hustle before you know what you’re doing. If you’ve never been an entrepreneur before, you’ll need to not only learn about how to start a side hustle, but also understand what it takes to succeed in your chosen industry. Put in a bit of time to find out whether you need any new qualifications and calculate some of the costs involved. While this can be off-putting for some parents, take everything one step at a time rather than trying to tackle an entire mountain at once.
Find the time
This step is easier said than done, but it can be done. Children take up a huge amount of your day, but all you need are a few pockets of time to work on your side hustle. This could be while they’re at school, after they go to bed or when they’re all occupied watching cartoons on the TV. It will take a while to get a good routine going and some days will be easier than others, but if you make the rest of your day more efficient, you’ll be able to get household chores and side hustle work done in no time.
Ask for support
Many moms feel like they have to do everything themselves, especially if they’re staying at home with the kids while their partner works. But it’s important to reach out for support when you’re starting a side hustle because it’s all too easy to become burnt out. Can your kids go and stay with another mom for one afternoon? Or maybe your partner can take over the bedtime routine on some nights to give you a chance to catch up on your small business. Reach out to your loved ones and find out whether you can share responsibilities with them to reduce your load.
Having the self-belief to keep going is one of the biggest challenges moms face when starting a side hustle. It’s easy to give up before you’ve even set up shop, especially if you can’t see your business or potential profits taking shape. But side hustles can take a little bit of time to set up. Remember, it is ok to take a break or to make progress more slowly, but stopping completely will mean you’ve failed before you’ve even begun.
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