Tell us about your latest Mompreneur Moves!
Since the middle of March, I have been home because of the pandemic hit New York hard. At first, I had no idea what I was going to do. My children were out of state at the time visiting family and I kept them there for a whole month. I wanted them to stay safe. I was able to rock my Mompreneur skills to whole another level. This is a great time to help strengthen my homemaking skills during a shutdown. The first thing I did was clean up some clutter, I cleaned out the closets, donated some clothes, rearranged the cabinets, and then I started focusing on my self-care and my next book project. I started my layout designs for my line of Afrocentric journals. My children's school started the remote learning process, I had my girls on their daily schedule even while they were out of state. I started making my own smoothies, cooking healthier meals, I started to feel better, mentally, spiritually, physically, and intimately. I'm not going to let any pandemic stop me from doing what I do best. That's to take care of myself and lead my family.
How do you balance entrepreneurship with motherhood?
When I balance motherhood, I put myself in someone else's shoes as if something strange happens. How would you handle it? Then I realized, I'm a great mom. I had to teach my children that there is more to life than modern technology. My children were already organized. I let them know that their school work is a priority. I set boundaries, schedules, and we have become more creative with do it yourself (diy) projects. Then I focus on me. I let them know that they can come to me for anything. That my heart and soul is always open to them. As a single mother, it can be a challenge. I let go of my fears, now I tackle issues first hand. I live in a fast-paced big city. In New York, we can get caught up in so multiple endeavors. I have daily alarms to keep me up to date with my homework, business projects, and bedtime stories. I had to learn how to become more flexible, active, and lead by example. After all, it is said and done, that's when I relax and recharge.
What 3 steps helped you to become successful as a Mompreneur?
The first thing I do is make it a priority to manage my energy and not just my time. When I wake up in the morning I do my daily prayers and affirmations. I get into a good headspace when dealing with the kids while starting a new day.
The second thing I do is give your children support because they need it as well. They need to know that you are there for them because they miss their friends and family. Show them, love, have fun! We have Family Night Fridays, like movies or dance contests, and Tik Tok videos.
The third thing is when I feel overwhelmed, I speak with someone I trust. I realized staying home can take a toll on us. Especially, when you love to go out. I look for new creative ways to assist me in my entrepreneurial journey. I do something different every week, but stay focused and organized.
Any advice for mom's who are considering a pivot into entrepreneurship right now?
As a “mompreneur” is someone who takes on two jobs: one as a mother and as a business owner. Many mompreneurs would like to start a business that provides freedom and flexibility, and that you can do from home, like creating an online store, blogging, virtual assistant, personal training, reselling your old items and making homemade products. Before becoming a mompreneur, you’ll definitely need to register the business as a legal entity with the state and get a tax id number for your business. This will protect your business and personal finances in case of any legal issues. Keep in mind, when starting a new venture make sure it's something that you are passionate about and willing to put your heart and soul into it. "Many people start but most people never finish."
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