Mumpreneurs Face Many Challenges

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The benefits of working from home have attracted an increasing number of mums as they turn from corporate employees to Mumpreneurs. Flexible working hours, potential for limitless income and guilt-free work are just some of the important advantages of work at home mums. But like most work options, a home-based business has its own share of challenges

Attitude towards work: A home-based business is often regarded as a hobby rather than as a serious job or occupation. Friends and family take the work flexibility to mean having more time to spare for telephone chats, extended lunch hours, and longer vacations.

This attitude can make it extremely difficult for Mumpreneurs to focus on their home-based business unless they practice time management. Mums still need to establish regular hours of work, set time limits for telephone conversations and involve the entire family by talking about work occasionally.

Unrealistic expectations: Mums who work at home are often surprised to find their weekends gone as work may spread out over the weekend. Others expect their home-based business to yield huge incomes immediately. New Mumpreneurs who are eager to make it big right away, seize every opportunity and promise to deliver within a short period.

Truth is, a home business still goes through a learning curve and incubation period just like any other traditional business. Focus and constant efforts at getting the business off the ground will eventually yield all the positive results that have made working from home popular.

Blending work and home activities: Young children require much more attention than older ones making it a challenge for working mums to juggle work and family life. Delegating simple tasks to other members of the household can help mums balance work and home responsibilities while still finding personal time off to recharge and unwind.

Mumpreneurs multi taskingExcessive multi-tasking: Mums tend to take on more work than they can handle, leaving them exhausted, their loved ones dissatisfied and the quality of their work deteriorating.

While mums love taking on the supermum role, it won’t hurt the family to delegate some of the household chores such as purchasing groceries, picking up the dry cleaning, doing the laundry and clearing the lawn. In business, the key to income growth is outsourcing and collaboration. Hiring someone else to do portions of the business enables mums to take on several projects and share in the revenues.

Challenges are ordinary events in any business and Mumpreneurs need all the home support that they can get to thrive and achieve a work/life balance that suit them, and their families.

Fiona Lewis

Fiona Lewis

Fiona Lewis is the author of Mumpreneurs Online: EXPOSED, and the founder and principal coach of the Mentoring Mums Online program. Fiona has put together an amazing free gift you can access immediately to discover the 3 Biggest Mistakes that most women make with their online business & how YOU can avoid them. To access this training, click here.

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30 Responses to “Mumpreneurs Face Many Challenges”

  1. Jan

    I really struggled with the work/life balance when I first started up my business. Setting up a home office really helped (no laptops on my lap anymore)! I think all mumpreneurs should have assistance – fortunately I have a great husband who helps out with the housework etc. But delegating and/or hiring someone to help you concentrate on your business is a great idea. Might have a chat with hubby about that one so we can spend more time together. ;-)

  2. Hi Jan… It’s fantastic that you have support from your husband! I think the main thing for me during my earlier days was to come to the realisation that I did not have to be ‘super mum’ and do it all on my own. Asking for help from other family members and friends can often result in the extra support your didn’t expect.

  3. Rebecca

    I agree Fiona. My own Mother has been a huge support to me. She takes care of the kids, cooks meals that I can pop in the freezer & gives me support when I need it. I never expected my “old fashioned” Mum to be so accepting and supportive of a mumpreneur!

  4. Kate

    As a mumpreneur I could not live without my cleaning lady, gardener & part time nanny. When you start feeding your husband baby food you know it’s time to call some help! (Yes I actually did that)

  5. Catherine

    I agree that is can be very hard to get the balance right when working from home. I have found that delegating household jobs to other members of the family can help to enable me to get required work completed whilst still having time to spend with my husband and children. I have also found it useful setting up a separate office within the home and I try to stick to set hours for being in that part of the house. I have not thought about hiring someone to help with work but this is something that may be worth considering, as it would free up some more time.

  6. Tracey

    I’m an up and coming mumpreneur and I am at that stage where I am not making enough to hire anyone yet. Family are my only support but they are fantastic. I love the idea of delegating tasks – I think my 10 year old can start pitching in around the house now!!

  7. Hi Tracey… Keep at it – The day will come when you can hire outsource staff and then your business will really fly, as you will have more time to work ON your business rather than IN your business…And yes – getting the kids to help out where possible is worth its weight in gold!!

  8. Hi Catherine – I totally agree with you re: setting up a home office and trying to have set hours. I have found this really helps me to be totally focused when I’m working and then be in the present moment when I’m with my children. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way… aas is the life of being a WAHM!

  9. Sue

    It was interesting to read this as I was feeling that I was the only work from home mum that faced these problems. I often struggle to get peace to get on with work due to family and friends calling and wanting me to go out when really I should be working.

  10. Monica

    I agree that starting a business from home can seem overwhelming. I think a lot of Mum’s forget to make time for themselves and accept all help that’s offered. As a woman and a Mom myself, I sometimes feel like I can take on the world, and other days I feel like nothing goes my way. I try to step back for a second and “count all my blessings” and that gives me the drive to keep pushing on.

  11. Zoe

    This was a very useful piece of information as I have just started working from home and have had problems with friends and family thinking I am free to chat and go for lunch.

  12. Jodie

    I have been working from home for the past few months and have found it very hard to get the right balance between work and family. I think I will give outsourcing a bit of thought, as it may be a useful idea.

  13. Katie

    Wow this information is very useful. Since I started working from home I have found it a constant battle to separate work and family life but this has really helped.

  14. Heather

    I started working from home about 3 months ago and totally understand everything that has been said. I have thought about setting up an office area and after reading this I think I will certainly do this.

  15. Rosemarie

    I totally agree with this post. I am a mum myself and works at home. It is really a challenge to juggle tasks from household chores to taking care of the babies and doing your work. It gets a little crazy. But at the end of the day, I certainly know that I will be able to do my tasks, both as a mother and as an employee. That’s where I find fulfillment.

  16. Adelle

    Keeping a work and family life balance is difficult, But I think management is the key. When you know how to prioritize and manage your tasks, everything will surely be carried out. But you cannot really do this without your family’s support. They need to understand what you’re doing and earn their cooperation.

  17. Jinny

    It is really great to know that amidst the difficulties you can always count on your family for support. Knowing they are there for you just means so much. It encourages you to do your duty as a mum and an entrepreneur.

  18. Sherah

    I really admire working moms. My mom is a solo parent and she works hard for us. She was able to raise us well. And I know how hard she has been through. To all the mumprenuers I know you’re doing a great job.

  19. Dora

    As a single mum I like the idea of working from home as it allows me to still be there for my childrenn.

  20. Alice

    Thanks for the post Fiona there is a lot of useful information on this site. Does anyone have any advice on outsourcing as I have tried this and had some bad experiences?

  21. Claire

    I feel that working from home, as been one of the best decisions that I have ever made, although I am still trying to get things established. Working from home allows me to combine quality family time with still being able to work therefore having the best of both worlds.

  22. Hi ALice – I will be adding more posts on this topic, including advice as to how to select and manage your team… Stay tuned!

  23. Kiana

    I was in the corporate world for 4 years before I decided to work from home to spend more time with my kid and be there in his growing up years. Initially, I found it very convenient. However, as time passed by, I gained more clients which meant more projects and more working hours. There were even times that 24 hours a day is not enough. i definitely agree that multitasking is one of the key strengths one should have to succeed in this kind of work environment.

  24. Ginger

    Being a work from home mom myself, one of the toughest challenges I had was balancing work and home activities. There are times that I have a lot of work at hand and deadlines to meet but still need to attend to our household. I was very fortunate that my husband is very supportive and would usually help out with cooking and the laundry.

  25. Lauren

    The greatest challenge in working at home are disturbances. There are things to do apart from your work and it’s really tempting.

  26. Virginia

    I am a mumpreneur and it’s really hard for me to work alone. Good thing my husband helps me. Soon, when we earn enough maybe I can outsource my business so I’ll have more time for my family!

  27. I am a working mum of four that has just launched my first website business in my ‘spare’ time. I have felt everything that you describe above and have learnt so much already. I have found the way to go is definitely to delegate tasks out to other small business women – my accountant is a wonderful source of advice, my marketing guru is a woman of many talents and I have finally let her do more for me – I have taken a while to realise I cannot do everything as well as I want to. I have also started to be more realistic about time frames as reality bites and I want/need to continue to make my gorgeous children feel like I am living in the moment with them and not the reflection of a computer screen. Thanks for the community that is gathering to share the ideas and difficulties!

  28. Sheryll

    This really gives a clear idea of what it is like to be a mumpreneur and I can just see how though it is. I am planning to be a mumpreneur and this gives me a realistic view of what I am supposed to be going in to. This way I can be prepared. Thanks.

  29. Hazel

    I admire mums who managed to do these things at the same time.! Great job!

  30. Dawn

    I think all mums who can do all these multitasking should be referred as Supermums. Its not an easy thing to do but its a wonderful opportunity for mums to work at home and look after the kids at the same time.

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