3 Months as a MomPreneur – Lessons

I was talking with a friend this morning, reflecting on the 3 months I have been in business. It was a long conversation, but I’ll try to summarize it here.

And yes, just to clarify, a MomPreneur is a Mum who is also an entrepreneur, whose main focus is family; but she also has the ability and skills to generate income for her family and still pursue other professional goals. A Mompreneur is also defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Benefits

  1. Being present at home in a meaningful, wholesome manner
  2. Attending to housework as I handle business and therefore having a balanced day
  3. Choosing the clients I’d like to work with
  4. Choosing the projects I’d like to work on
  5. Choosing to work on the most profitable and fulfilling projects
  6. Regulating my work hours most of the time
  7. Ability to rest at will
  8. Having more peaceful time with family and friends
  9. Flexibility to go out during off-peak hours and days and get great prices and service e.g. at the movies

Challenges

  1. Being conned by both suppliers and clients
  2. Extremely demanding projects that have a negative impact on the quality of life
  3. Getting minimal profit because of not knowing the real source
  4. When alone, it is easy to get discouraged

Lessons

  1. Learning to vet both clients and suppliers for the best possible business and experience
  2. Learning the best, most affordable sources and methods so that I can give my clients high-quality, affordable products and services
  3. Growing a thick skin – resilience, determination, hope, inquisitive nature, go-getter attitude and not giving up
  4. Failing in some areas at the beginning means that I will not have an unrealistic view of business. I know the pitfalls and I can see them coming and evade them or handle them appropriately.

Successful Projects So Far

  1. Speaking engagements for Amazing Girl Mentorship Services
  2. Book sales for Amazing Girl Mentorship Services
  3. Mentoring girls and mums
  4. Cool Media Company Branding – Logos, letterheads, business cards, pens, notebooks, mugs
  5. Publishing – Book editing, design and printing
  6. Business consultancy and registration
  7. Creative, mutually beneficial partnerships
  8. Website management – design and content development
  9. Business Expo

In a Nutshell

  1. God is the provider. There is no need to be in a frenzied panic. If something doesn’t feel right or has too many problems, it’s okay to drop it because:-
    1. God’s blessings do not come with added sorrow
    2. It is God who gives the power to make wealth
    3. His yoke is easy and His burden is light

We should therefore trust God and whatever we find to do, do it with all our might. We should demonstrate our trust in God by choosing His path even though it may seem tough.

  1. Pray about all engagements – marketing, production, delivery, client relations. Follow the path of peace and integrity. Anything else is excessively costly.
  2. Choose projects that improve the quality of life, not take away from it. It might be hard at the beginning, but once I learn to do it, we are more relaxed and able to provide better services to the next client and also to seek more opportunities. However, with a clenched fist, insisting on one project, there is no open palm to receive better, less stressful opportunities that we do not have to cling to so much.

For more info, comment or email me at info@amazing-girl.org or info@coolmedia.co.ke

 

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