Mompreneur Journey: From Rookie to Master
I thought I’d be successful overnight. I sure hoped that was true.
Seriously, I thought I could have an idea, tell my family and friends and people would be lining up to work with me.
Then my dreams would be answered and I could provide for my kids, own a house, buy a car, take vacations, have nice things, buy them Christmas gifts without worrying about over drafting my account, and most importantly, be there with them.
That was a big (and quick) wake up call. Cause it certainly didn’t happen that way.
And not every mom who reads this is going to be cut out for what being a mompreneur entails.
Don’t get me wrong, being a mom and owning my own business is the best decision that I ever made and there is no turning back for me.
You shouldn’t turn back either.
However, it is full of ups and downs, trial and error, success and failure, tears and sleepless nights. And plenty of shit you will not learn (or take seriously) until you get your feet wet.
It’s not all pretty and it takes a lot of hard work, commitment, resiliency and drive.
Many clients ask me, how long it took me to get to where I am today.
I can see desperation in their eyes and hear it in their voice. Don’t worry, that was me too.
I get it. I totally get it.
We want to know how long we are looking at before we can actually feel free (from money anxiety, panic, and any other unhappy place) and land exactly where we want so bad to be.
For some reason, we fixate on the length of time. We want to skip to here we believe life will get much easier for us.
The thing is, business isn’t candy land. Its anything but…
It took me 7 years to get to where I am today. Seven long years this shouldn’t move you in any direction. Here is why.
My journey cannot be duplicated. Yours cannot either.
You have your own definition of what success it and I have mine.
My point…never base your projected journey off of someone else’s timeline.
While I am grateful of all that I learned throughout my seven year beginning, I know now exactly what it is I was missing.
You see, I made many mistakes and caused plenty of hiccups along my own journey.
When I started my first business, I was a 25 year old single mom of two little ones. I worked full time and put myself through school full time.
The struggle was so real. My fight to provide for my kids was real.
My purpose and drive never wavered.
I wanted it (success) so bad. I was in complete desperation mode even.
My dream was to provide a life for my kids and actually be there to enjoy it with them.
The funny thing about this dream was that it actually started to haunt me.
For a long time, I was waking up worrying panicking about how I am going to pay my rent.
My hourly wage at that time was around $10.00. You know that doesn’t stretch far or put food on the table.
And waiting for someone to decide if I am worthy of making more or if they could pay me more was extremely agitating when you want so much more in life.
I began with the only thing I could think of and buried my head in business start-up books and researched those already making a living on their own.
Ideas kept flowing too me…way too many ideas. I was basically caught in idea overload.
You need more than the knowledge about how to start a business.
You need more than an idea. You need more than a book…
I cannot tell you how long it will be for you to be successful. What I can do is share everything I learned along the way.
Here’s what you need to do now:
Share this with a mompreneur friend and help spread the message to other moms that they too can live their dream.
Today, I am sharing with you four very important elements to the business hustle that no one teaches you at business school or even in the “start-up” books.
- Believe — Believe that it is possible. Believe that you are worthy of success. Trust yourself.
- “Do everything with a F***ing purpose”.
- Get clear on who you are speaking to (ideal audience)…very clear as if they are one exact person.
- Show up — Show up each and every day even if no one is listening. Show up and deliver value to your ideal audience. Consistently.
Say them out loud. Write them down in your notebook. Keep them close to you. If I can do this, you can too.
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