The AusMumpreneur Award Nominations are now open until June 30th 2017.
The co-founders behind AusMumpreneur, Australia’s number one online community for mums in business, Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner share their tips for mothers trying to run their own business with kids in tow.
The ladies have been awarded for our work in the community and in business, with Peace receiving the Australia Day Citizen of the Year award and Katy being awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Katy Garner states:
"We have 7 kids between us. We understand the challenges women face as mothers starting and running businesses and are passionate about ensuring women feel supported to find success through our online community, business school, events and awards."
When you have babies and young children it’s not viable to be working long hours so it’s important to be realistic about how much you can do and be mindful of not taking on too much work. Be ok with saying no to some opportunities, ideas or projects. When setting timelines for client’s work to be completed give yourself some extra time in case things go pear shaped during the week. Technology is here to help you so make the most of it by automating as many aspects of your business as you can. Automated website systems can help to ensure that things can happen without you having to be there all the time.
Do what you love. Choose a business idea that you’re passionate about. When you’re doing something meaningful or enjoyable it doesn’t feel like work.
Which things are you doing in your business that are a waste of time? Writing a list of everything you do and crossing out everything that doesn’t have a good return on investment for your time or money can help you find more free time. Think about things you can simplify in your business to create less work but still achieve the result you need. Regularly re-assessing and re-evaluating what’s important and what isn’t is essential will help you create the life you want.
When you need help, ask for it! No-one expects you to be wonder woman so call on friends, family, fellow business owners and your partner to help you whenever you can. I’ve found that asking for help really makes a difference in how much I can achieve and my happiness levels too.
The most important thing is to remember to breathe! Your babies are only little for such a short time so don’t lose sight of what matters, spend time with your children when you want to, take breaks whenever you need to. The work will always be there when you’re ready to go back. Downtime is important. Don't feel guilty for taking time out and changing your plans when you need to. It's your business and it should work for you. It’s essential to look after yourself so that you can be the best you can be for your business and your family.
Peace Mitchell exclaims:
“I believe women are the key to changing the world. By empowering women to embrace their full potential we can create change for women which then helps their families and communities and in turn flows on to the whole country with social, emotional and economic benefits for everyone. I believe we can change the lives of women everywhere through education, empowerment and entrepreneurialism.”
The 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards are accepting nominations until the 30th of June 2017.