Being a mommy + operating a business

I love my business and working for myself. It has opened an entire world for me that wouldn’t be possible if I had a normal ‘9-5’.

Being a business owner is a lot of work. It seems like your entrepreneurial brain never shuts off from the time you wake up, through your day, and even in your dreams.

Becky + son Blake in the Rocky Mountains

Becky + son Blake in the Rocky Mountains

But I’m not just a business owner. I’m also a mom.

And it’s fair to say that I’m a business owner because I’m a mom.

When my first child was born, an overwhelming and unexpected urge came over me that I needed to stay home with him. To figure out how to help support my family while also raising my children the way that I wanted them to be raised.

This urge drove me to start my own business. I wanted to be able to be able to take my children to the doctor if they were sick, go on school field trips, pick them up from school, take time to go to the zoo and enjoy my family without having to cram everything into evenings and weekends or worry about whether or not I had enough PTO. I wanted to be in charge of my schedule and my life.

It was up to me to figure out how to create a sustainable business that allowed me these privileges. Which led to copious amounts of googling and figuring out how I could create a business using my technology and administrative management experience.

Operating my business as a virtual assistant and being a stay-at-home mom has been a fabulous solution for my family. But it also means that I have had to restructure things for my life a bit.

Since my business is completely virtual, I can work pretty much anywhere as long as I have my computer and internet. So if my family is going on a long drive for a trip, I can take that opportunity while everyone is occupied with coloring, reading, etc. to get some things done for my business or my clients.

And in those times where there’s unexpected quiet, that’s the perfect opportunity for me to have some good focus and mark off some to dos. Take now for example. My house is full of sleeping people while I’m awake planning my week and writing this post. With a 2 month old baby at home, I should be taking this opportunity to get some more rest, but I willingly sacrifice this rest (within reason!) to take advantage of the quiet and get some things done.

Ultimately, because my family comes first, I built my business around the needs of my family. It flexes and changes along with us and our needs.

Where there’s a will there’s a way and I think mompreneurs are specially equipped to make things happen.

Do you have a business that you’ve built around your family or lifestyle?