Now, before we dive into all the amazing benefits of having a business while being a mum let’s be honest, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows!
Starting a business is like having another child.
It needs time, attention & nurturing which takes up a lot of your energy and can put you into a tailspin if you’re not prepared for it. However, I do believe that the pro’s massively outweigh the cons.,
The top three benefits of being a mum & running a business Freedom of Choice
1.This is the biggest benefit I see for both my life and in my clients lives.
When you work for someone else the amount of holiday you get is dictated by someone else. When you can take leave, what work you do, the hours you work, how quickly you can increase your income, everything, is dictated by someone else.
When I worked in banking my son was in childcare 50 hours a week so I could work in a job that I hated. How crazy is that?! But I see women do it all the time because they don’t know of another way.
When you run a business YOU are in control.
You make the decision how much time you have off at Christmas.
You get to dictate when you take leave.
You get to choose whether or not you pick your kids up from school /attend sports day/choir practice/mummy meet ups/babygym class/assembly…
You get to choose and I wouldn’t give up that freedom for anything.
2. Unlimited earning potential
Now let’s face it, the world is still way behind when it comes to equal pay for men and women but a big factor of that is because we take time off for maternity and are often still expected to do the lions share of the parenting so how on earth are we meant to zoom up that corporate ladder without sacrificing everything I mentioned in point 1?
When you run a business you are in the driving seat of what money comes in. Whether you run an MLM, marketing business, art studio, coaching practice, wedding business or any other business you can imagine, there is no one but you limiting your earning potential.
No more waiting for your boss to finally see and appreciate your value and give you a pay rise.
I cannot tell you how liberating it is to know that there is no ceiling to your earning potential other then the limits you impose on yourself.
3.Permission to be Mum
I don’t know about you but when I worked in banking I felt almost apologetic about having children.
My work hours were 8.30 to 4.30 yet I’d be frantically apologising at 5.30 that I had to go and pick up my son from nursery. Then I’d battle my way through rush hour traffic before sprinting into the nursery again apologising because I was late and once again the last parent to arrive for their child.
Taking the decision to walk away from that madness when my second son was born allowed me to be mum when my kids needed me the most.
Raising children is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. My two boys challenge me in a way nothing else does but they also bring me more joy than I ever thought possible.
I can now be there for them when they need me. I can organise my work load around them rather than the other way around.
Being a role model to my children is vitally important and by starting and growing a business that allows time and financial freedom I am able to show my children that anything is possible.
As I said at the very beginning, running a business while bringing up kids is not all unicorns and rainbows but the benefits it brings are worth their weight in gold.
A Guest Blog from Heather Angell
Heather is a valued member of the Cheltenham MumBoss Club and a busy mum of two. She is a business coach who helps female entrepreneurs find the inner clarity they need to get the outer results they want. You can find out more about Heather and her Focused and Fearless offering on her website.
(Feature photo captured by Joseph Dart.)