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“Mom entrepreneurs” Erin Baebler and Lara Galloway want to help other mothers balance family and work demands. They talk, first, about ways to manage your personal life and then they cover your business life. The authors urge you to know yourself well before starting any business. They include a quiz to help you identify your values, and they outline the importance of planning and motivation. Chapters on time management and productivity are likely to prove the most useful to mom entrepreneurs who already know how hard it is to answer the phone and meet with clients while chauffeuring children, packing lunches, preparing dinner, paying bills and managing households. Sometimes a mom entrepreneur’s best decision is to say no so she can take care of herself without guilt. The benefits of “self-care,” the authors say, include confidence, better sleep, mental health and productivity. This easy read offers sound, practical advice without covering much new ground. getAbstract recommends it to working moms, especially entrepreneurs and other professionals seeking work-life balance.

About the Authors

Erin Baebler runs the Magnolia Workshop to help women in transition. Lara Galloway founded MomBizCoach. Both authors are coaches and public speakers.

 

Summary

Embracing the Journey

Being both a mom and an entrepreneur is a challenge that demands a unique balance from each woman who undertakes it. If you know who you are and what you want, and if you set up systems to help you, you can succeed. Embrace the journey.

Your business may grow by leaps and bounds, or it may progress in stops and starts. You might work long hours for two or three days in a row and then take a day off. Although you need a plan, accept that things won’t go smoothly. Many “mom entrepreneurs” jump in without first considering how running a business will change their lives. They start their own firms because they want flexibility and balance, but they often underestimate the amount of work involved.

Being a mom entrepreneur offers real advantages, such as gaining experience, being independent and maybe making money. Many moms already have the skills they need as business owners, including the ability to multitask, solve problems, remain flexible, adapt to circumstances and deal with challenges.

Part I – Yourself

Before you launch your business, conduct a self-analysis. This will help you avoid problems down the road. Consider the ...


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