I decided to become a fashion retailer when my youngest son (of three!) was only six months old. Sounds crazy, right? I was feeling lost and lonely and like my personality was slipping away, leaving only “Mom”. So when I saw the opportunity to expand my world and knowledge, I jumped. Let me tell you some of things that have made the transition from stay at home mom to work at home mom easier.
This is a big one! I know it’s not always in the cards financially, but if it is–do it! The first thing I hired out was cleaning the house. It’s a chore I hate and it’s one of the easiest to outsource. I have saved myself so much time and energy having cleaners come in every two weeks. My big dream for this year is to get them in weekly! My toddler’s favorite pastime is dropping food all over the house…
During the summer, I also hire a babysitter to come in twice a week for a few hours. It is almost impossible with work with three kids under six running around and even just having six hours a week to get stuff done makes a huge difference.
I also have a virtual assistant! She handles a lot of the tasks I don’t need to personally oversee–follow up, inventory management, community moderation. She’s indispensable to my business.
Everyone always laughs when I tell them this one, but it’s so true. At any given moment, I have ten things/people clamoring for attention. So, I triage! Which fire needs putting out first? Usually it’s my kids. To help with this, I have made a list of “no miss” tasks (things that absolutely cannot fall through the cracks) and a list of “nice to have done” tasks. Check them out here.
Lower your standards.
This one is the hardest for me, but it has had the biggest impact. It took me almost a year in business, but I had to realize that I can’t have it all–at least not all at the same time. Some things will not meet my previous standards and that’s okay. Done is better than perfect!
Still struggling with this? Let’s talk! Come join my community (we talk about balancing our families and life often) or message me. I’m always happy to chat! Are you a work at home mom with tips for me? I’d love to hear them!