Blog 1 of Top 25 Mompreneurs - 2012

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by Christine from MommyMatter

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What advice would you give a mom who wants to be a mompreneur?

If you're looking to become a mompreneur first decide what you want to do and how you'll do it. Whether you want to be a writer, have your own products/services, etc., you will want a plan of action to get to your goal. Another thing you'll want to do is schedule yourself. Have your work hours & your family hours, and stick to it. This gives you the opportunity to structure your life and your business, without letting either get neglected. Staying focused is easier when you have structure to hold that focus together. Being a mompreneur is a lot of work, but worth every minute of it! Don't give up, everything is possible if you try. One important thing every mompreneur needs to know, never be afraid to ask for help. There is always someone out there willing to help, so let them. Don't let yourself become overwhelmed, it's never worth it.

What tips do you have for connecting with other mom bloggers?

One of the smartest things we ever did was connect with other mom bloggers. Connecting with these women helps you develop not only a good support system in business, but also in life. When you are connecting with other mom bloggers don't just take, take, take. Give yourself to them as well and connect like they live next door to you. These women could become your best friends and life long friends, and be the best support system for your ventures through being a mompreneur. You'll be amazed how many other mom bloggers have similar interests as you as well. This could open the door for partnerships to not only help progress your ventures even further, but have a shoulder to lean on for assistance when you need it most. Make it a priority to connect with other bloggers, you will be happy you did.

How do you balance being a mom and and an entrepreneur?

I don't! Being a mom and an entrepreneur balances me. I've lucked out with my kids being very tolerant of the times when I have to work when they are home. They were raised with me home working their entire lives so it is the norm in their world. One of the most important things I learned is that being a Mom is always first, no matter how much I have to do. Every moment of my day is scheduled to help make things go smoothly and most of my work days occur now when kids are at school, but before they were in school they learned Mommy has to work or they don't get that new fancy toy they desperately have to have. Balance is important as a mompreneur. When I first started out I was determined to be the best of the best in business, but now I'd rather my kids think I am the best of the best and just be good in business. Family first, business second.

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