A growing business is exciting! You’re making big sales. You may be onboarding more people to join your team. You might even be moving into a bigger office space. Good job! When you’re at this point in your business, it’s so tempting to dive right in and participate in all areas to witness your business growth in all its glory.
But, what if your family is growing just as fast?
I started my business in 2008, three years before I had my first child. It was an amazing time because I got to give my business all my time and attention. It was still manageable even after we had our daughter in 2011 and our son in 2012. However, between 2017 and 2020, my business growth skyrocketed at the same time as when our family of four grew to a family of six!
I was hitting 6-figure months, getting booked out every month, and having to hire more team members to help manage the client load. It wasn’t easy. Heck, I cried and thought about putting the business on hold many times.
My husband always reminds me of my vision for the company so I kept moving forward.
Here are ways I handle a growing business and a growing family:
I made my family my motivation.
Being a mom in business is tough. I have had to be extra creative when it came to finding time to work in between taking care of my kids. There were times when you’d find me working inside the car after school drop-off; or power-working while the babies napped. There were nights I sacrificed sleep to get projects done on time.
Whenever I feel like giving up the business or, on the other end of the spectrum, hiring a sitter to take care of the kids so I can focus on my work, I always go back to my why: my family. I didn’t just start my business for my clients and the women I employ. I started the business for our family. I chose to be in business so I can be present in my children’s lives while also contributing to our family’s expenses.
I Surround Myself With A Support System I Can Rely On.
When you’re a parent juggling business and raising a family, there shouldn’t be room in your life for toxic and unsupportive people. We don’t need any of that negativity if we want to power through business growth with a growing family!
My biggest supporter is my husband, who is always to the rescue whenever I need back-up, even with his busy schedule as a Fire Officer. He listens when I need to vent and gives advice when I ask for it.
I also have a close-knit tribe of women leaders who I go to for motivation, realignment, and business advice. It is one of the best investments I’ve made because, in the last two years of being part of that tribe, I grew my business immensely while also achieving alignment and joy.
People often ask how I do it all and my answer? Simple: I don’t do it all.
One of the things that parents – moms especially – get caught in is the idea that they have to do everything themselves. That is the quickest road to burn out, folks. I know because I’ve been there.
I learned that if I want to give my best both in my business and in our family, I need to learn to let go of full control and trust others who can help me achieve my goals.
I used to be a one-woman team in the business. The moment I realized I’m being booked out and working long hours, I knew I had to bring a team into the picture. It’s the best decision I ever made for my business (and also the hardest one because I’m a control freak). When I finally found my dream team, I was able to focus on what I do best and also get to enjoy my time with my family.
Delegation doesn’t just apply to business. I also delegate housework that I don’t have the time and energy to do myself – like doing the laundry. A load of laundry at the laundromat costs between P60-P100. That’s one thing off my to-do list and 2-4 hours of free time for a small amount. That gives me time for my family, time to recharge, and time to strategize and implement plans in my business, which are all worth much more 60 pesos. I say that’s a good deal!
I Take Care Of Myself.
Self-care is super important. I talk a lot about self-care whenever I share stories and tips on social media and it saddens me to see comments from fellow moms saying that they don’t have time for it or don’t deserve it.
Ladies, whether you’re a working mom, a mom in business, or a stay-at-home mom… you deserve self-care. I mean, how can you give from an empty cup? Besides, self-care doesn’t have to take too long or cost too much. In fact, my daily self-care practice only consists of 30 minutes of breathwork and journaling in the morning and another 30 minutes at night.
Total time spent each day? 1 hour. Total cost? 0.
Remember: We need to take care of ourselves if we want to give our 100% to our family and business.
If you’re looking for a supportive community where you can ask for advice or vent your frustrations, you’re welcome to join my group, Moms Who Mean Business on Facebook! See you there!