You can be a stay-at-home parent and entrepreneur – here’s how
Being a stay-at-home parent is not easy. Chasing kids around all day, feeding them, changing them and taking them on trips to the library and museums will have you worn out by the end of the day.
Add to that being an entrepreneur while taking care of the kids and, well, things can get a little crazy.
Forced to be a stay-at-home dad of twins
In my case, being a stay-at-home dad was not something I signed up to do; it was done out of economic necessity.
I'm an entrepreneur, founder of WeMontage, the world's only website that lets you turn images into a large montage on removable wallpaper. I completed a tech accelerator and raised capital, but when the business ran out of cash I had no choice but to come home and be the primary caregiver of my then 18-month-old twins, Thaddeus and Zoe.
And I had to figure out a way to turn the business around in the process.
Here's an old pic of the kiddos:
Turning the business around while watching the kids
I'm not gonna lie, trying to get work done while taking care of the kids is not easy. Naturally, I get lots of work done while they are taking a nap, and even while they're eating and watching their favorite show, Dora.
Thank God for Dora!
But it gets interesting when customers call. My son, and now my daughter too, like to play a game when my cell phone rings. The game is called "start laughing as loud as possible, run over to the sofa and begin climbing over the sofa and beyond the baby fence in the living room."
Did I mention, while laughing as loud as possible?
Thankfully, most customers find it adorable and maybe feel sorry for me, and they buy more of my stuff. But either way, it's very distracting for me and makes it harder to do my job as an entrepreneur.
Despite these challenges, through focus and determination I was able to improve the business after coming home to watch the kids, and I raised another $100,000 of capital to keep WeMontage on its path to success.
How to start a new business while being a stay-at-home-parent
If you're a stay-at-home parent and are unsure about how to start a business at the same time, Riche Holmes Grant, founder of the uber-cute baby gear line BambiniWare and contributor to Martha Stewart, offers six great tips for how she launched her amazing product while being a stay-at-home mom:
- Begin with the end in mind.
- Draft your master plan.
- Be realistic with your to-do list.
- Take back your time.
- Re-define your work day.
- And seek wise counsel.
You can read Riche's entire article here.
Remember, anything worth doing in life is not going to be easy. But if you want to be a stay-at-home parent and an entrepreneur, you can do it! You just have to commit yourself to making it happen and be sure to find time to recharge your batteries; meditation works wonders for me.
Cheers and good luck!