I think it’s safe to say that I learn best by doing. I’ve always been the kind of person to jump in with both feet. Some would say that’s not the most responsible way to live, but I would say it’s the most fulfilling way to live! One of the perks of being a “doer” is the incredible and valuable lessons you learn along the way!
I’ve learned a ton of lessons as a Mama starting a business! I thought it would be a good idea to share a few of these lessons with you as I think it’s important to be transparent and upfront about what you are signing up for as a new Mama in Business!
Lessons for Mamas Starting a Business
Lesson 1: You’ll take one step forward, and two steps back
It’s just like Motherhood! Just when you feel like you and your baby have established a new groove, a schedule of sorts, or have conquered their latest developmental stage, they immediately go and change it up on you! [I’m looking at you 4 month sleep regression!]
The same thing happens in business. The second you feel like you’ve got it all figured out, the path changes. Take social media as an example. Every time you think you’ve mastered Instagram, the developers go ahead and change the algorithm on you! Just as your fingertips touch the tip of the dangling carrot, they raise it up a little higher out of your reach!
There’s two ways you can handle this. You can let this discourage you, frustrate you, and stop your progress altogether. Or, you can learn from it and reap the benefits that are sure to come on the other side.
Lesson 2: Show up no matter what!
You’ve got to show up even when it seems like no one is watching. I know that it can sometimes seem pointless to create your best content if no one is there to consume it. But if you ever want to arrive at a point where the masses are looking at you, then you’ve got to give them something to look at!
Show up for yourself! Show up because you want to produce content you can be proud of! Show up because you want to be of service! Show up because not showing up makes you unhappy! When you start showing up for yourself, people will take notice.
Lesson 3: Not everyone will be supportive
This is one of those things that you think will never happen to you until it happens. Not everyone in your circle will be in your corner. It’s likely that they won’t be interested in your content, your success, or your struggles. I know that sounds horrible, but here’s what you need to remind yourself – you are not here for everyone! The chances that your business aligns with every single person you know are pretty slim. Don’t get discouraged when your friends aren’t showing up. If you’re doing this business thing right, you’ll reach the exact people you are supposed to reach.
If you’re looking for a support system, I would recommend finding other Mamas in business who can totally relate to the lifestyle you’re leading. You want ladies who will celebrate your wins – both tiny and big, can relate to your hardships, and offer encouragement, motivation and inspiration when you need it most! [Shameless plug, I have a Facebook Group of Mamas in Business that can provide you all of that and more! We’d love to have you join in on the conversation and community!
Moral of the story? Being a Mama in Business is hard. Undoubtedly you’ll have to deal with setbacks and failures, you’ll have to push yourself to show up even when it seems pointless, and you’ll have to find a tribe to rely on. But if you learn these lessons early on and keep pushing forward, there’s sure to be a pot of gold on the other side of that rainbow. [FYI the pot of gold I’m referencing isn’t just financial success, but personal growth, happiness, fulfillment, and making a difference in the lives of others as well].
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