The Top Skills A Mompreneur Needs

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Howdy mamas!

Next up in my mompreneur series I will be writing about the top skills you will need as a rock star mompreneur. Read on to find out what skills you will need in your arsenal of awesomeness.

The Top Skills A Mompreneur Needs

Being an entrepreneur and a single mom is no easy feat. Both raising children and running a business are full-time commitments, and they have a lot of similarities. You have to nurture them to help them grow so you can be proud of them and yourself. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur in the modern world, you need to get yourself some tech skills. You might run a business selling knitted soft toys or all-natural bath products, but you need the technical knowledge to hold up the backbone of your business. These tech skills are excellent choices to learn if you want to be a better entrepreneur.

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Coding Skills

If you’ve paid any attention to the latest advice on skills for the future, you’ll have heard about coding. There are plenty of projects trying to get kids interested in coding, as well as some specifically aimed at girls and women. Learning a coding language can give you a useful skill, and learning two or more will get you on your way to a business. You might want to start off with some HTML training and begin building web pages. CSS is a good choice too, helping you with the design side of things. Coding isn’t too hard to pick up – it’s so easy that a child can do it. I took an HTML course in college and it was really cool!!! 

Accounting and Bookkeeping

These might not seem like particularly technical skills. After all, everyone can do a few sums if they need to. However, today’s accounting and bookkeeping involve not just understanding the concept of how to manage your accounts but also a lot of software and tech tools. As you grow your business, you might get someone else to run your accounts for you. But until you can afford to do that, you’re likely to have to do it yourself. Getting a firm grip on your chosen software, which might be cloud-based, will help you keep everything straight.

Graphic Design

Graphic design skills are by no means essential, but they can be very useful. When you’re just starting your business, it can get expensive to ask a professional every time you need even a small graphic made for you. But you don’t want to underpay somewhere, and attempting graphic design without the right skills can end in disaster. It doesn’t take long to learn how to make a basic image and develop some design skills. You can even find applications that make it much easier to put an image together. I highly recommend using Canva. 

Communication

Entrepreneurs need to be great communicators using a variety of methods. You might have to talk to someone in person or over the phone sorted, but the technical stuff is important too. From email and instant messaging to using various apps and making video conference calls, getting to grip with communication technology can do a lot for you as an entrepreneur.

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Single moms who want to be entrepreneurs should look into tech skills if they want to set themselves up for the future. You could go a long way with the right skills, whether you focus on one of them or use them as complementary skills. Another skill that is necessary but basically a no-brainer is social media.  You will want to be an expert in that department, no matter what your business is.

I hope this has helped you in continuing your mompreneur journey! Please share this post and make sure you’re subscribed to my sweet as sugar mailing list!

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Love, Jessxo

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

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Hey mamas,

Many of us single moms wish we could start our own business so we can have more time home with our children instead of leaving them to work outside of the home, we should not have to abandon our children to earn a living. Our place if with our kids and starting up our own business is just the way to do it. But how much does it actually cost to do this? Keep reading to learn to find out.

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

The main thing that puts people off starting a business is the amount of startup capital that you need. The general opinion is that you need a huge amount of money that most people couldn’t save, even if they stuck to a strict budget for the rest of their life, but that’s not actually true. In fact, most businesses startup with under $10,000 and a lot of them do with less than $5000. Heck, most mompreneurs start their business for nothing! I did! That’s a much more realistic goal but the amount of money you need is dependant on the type of business that you want to start. If you’re considering starting up your own company, here is a guide to help you work out how much startup capital you’ll need.

 

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Borrowing

 

If you’re starting a business that is fairly cheap to get going then you might be able to save up all the money yourself, but most people tend to borrow at least part of it. Working out how much you can afford to borrow will help you decide how much you need to save yourself. A revolving line of credit is probably the most sensible way for a small business to borrow money. The bank will set a top limit and you can withdraw money as and when you need it as long as you don’t exceed the limit. This is much better than taking out the loan as a lump sum because you’re only taking what you actually need. You can use a line of credit to cover a lot of your general running costs so you don’t need to save up as much money for that. A lot of banks and other credit unions actually have programs specifically for single moms!!! So definitely do your research and find the best way to go about this. 

 

Office Space

 

Hiring office space is one of the biggest costs for any business, so running the business from home is the answer. This is the best way to make yourself available for your kids 24/7. The rise of remote working and cloud technology means that your employees can often do their jobs from home as well, so you don’t need to factor in the costs of hiring an expensive office space. Boom baby!

 

Room For Growth

 

Room for growth is one of the things that is often overlooked when people are calculating how much money they need to save before starting a business. Most people save enough money to fulfil small amounts of orders for the first few months until they become profitable enough to cover all of their running costs. That’s fine in most cases but what do you do if you exceed expectations and suddenly get a huge windfall of orders? You need to capitalize on that opportunity but if you don’t have enough money to produce all of those products, you’ll miss out. You’ll probably end up borrowing more which isn’t a sensible move this early on in the business. Work out your production costs and then save some extra that you can keep aside just in case.

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These are the main things that you’ve got to consider when saving money for a startup, but one thing that people often forget about is paying themselves. You’ve still got to cover all of your normal living costs now you aren’t working so remember to factor in a wage for yourself. I hope this has helped you on your journey to becoming a mom boss! Share this post to help other potential mom bosses!

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Love, Jessxo

 

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

Hey there mamas, hope you’re having a fine day!

We as busy moms can sometimes lose sight of the small things, and forget how much the little touches we provide actually matter to our kids. So today let’s talk all about these important little touches. Read on!

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

For a lot of mothers who juggle with the difficulties of managing a business and the challenges of looking after a child, there is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your child complain about the lack of time you’ve got for them. Unfortunately, for a lot of mompreneurs, time is exactly what they struggle with on a daily basis. While every mother will tell you their child is their first priority and that they would always drop everything to look after a sick child, there are many situations where children may wrongly believe that your career is the priority. So it’s important to make sure that you’ve organized your life in such a way that your child knows he or she is what matters the most to you and that they are always in your heart. As a busy single mom, you need to be smart about how you show your affection, especially because your time is an essential part of your ability to generate the only income. With also being the only parent, your time is so much more important. 

 

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Their bedroom, their style

If you’ve been looking for an idea to treat your child, you can already forget about buying more toys or clothes. Indeed, you need to help them to create a space that is theirs at home, namely with a bedroom makeover. The bedroom can be a reflection of their personalities and tastes, and more importantly, it’s a way to show that you respect their choices. While you can surprise them with a fully planned project, it’s best to involve them from the early stages of the decor research until the selection of the furniture. As their mother, this will show them that you value their opinions. Read my post all about how to gift your kids with the best bedroom makeover ever! Click here!

 

Don’t let business trips come between you

Your career can sometimes take you out of town for a couple of days. If this is the case, and even though you know you can rely on a relative or a friend to look after your child, it’s important to plan something for each day. For instance, you could record your voice on a CD with professional sound mastering from a company such as Nationwide Disc for them to listen before going to bed. Or you could make a small DIY doll each time you have to spend a night away. Being apart from you is a big deal with a child, so you need to show that you still think of them. 

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Quality time every day

Finally, at the end of the day, you may just want to relax in peace. But you need to block in your busy schedule time to cultivate your bond with your child. Creating quality time doesn’t mean that you can’t work during the day. This is why working from home is always the best choice for moms, but it’s still important to remember that you just need to put aside your business and household duties every evening for one hour to dedicate this time entirely to your child. Your time together can become a routine. It doesn’t have to be long if you’re busy. But you need to maintain a bond through games, reading or simply a chat about your respective days.

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Bonding while busy with home business management is never easy. But you’ll find that showing your child that you value their opinions, maintain a connection even when you’re away and make a point of spending time together when you’re at home can go a long way. Finding the work/mom balance isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort, always. Give this post a like, or share and remember that on this crazy single mom journey, you are never alone! 🙂 

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Love, Jessxo

 

How I Make Working From Home As A Single Mom…Work.

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How I make working from home as a single mom work

So, confession time. Being a single mom is hard…like, super hard. I guess that isn’t really much of a confession, is it? I’m sure you yourself know quite well how hard it is. But, for me, it’s harder than I ever anticipated. When I was faced with the reality of raising my son on my own, without his father being in the picture I thought “ok, no big deal, we’ll be fine. Women raise kids on their own all the time. I’m strong, I can do this. Who needs ya!” But now as my son is getting older…I’m struggling to make it all work without much support around and  it’s not getting any easier, especially with a tough little stinker like my son.

Now add working from home to this and well….I’m sure you can already see my sanity flying right out the dirty window…but it’s a choice I made the moment I found out I’d be expecting this little bundle of….joy (in a sarcastic tone). I had always planned on being a work from home mom, it’s something I firmly believe in. I have always felt that mothers belong home with their children, and if a second income was needed or if she simply just wanted her own ‘thing” other than the whole housewife stereotype, then a little work from home business was the perfect idea. But I just never thought I’d be alone, with no husband to help support us. So…here I am, sticking to my guns and my beliefs about motherhood and after 7 years and many unsuccessful tries and wasted time on failed ideas, I now have my own home business.

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I love working at home for many reasons other than just my firm belief that it is the right thing to do as a mother. It allows me to homeschool my son, which is also a huge importance and it also gives us more time together each day and more freedom and flexibility to just live life and not worry much about schedules or me having to leave him with strangers. It is my job to teach him, raise him and help him grow. So, I have to make it all work. No matter how stressful, how difficult, how soul-crushing, headache-inducing or social life destructing it all is. Every second is worth it to know that I am doing what is best for my child by giving him me, all day, every day. So how exactly do I make it work? Let me break it down…or at least try to anyway…

Financially:

This is one of the biggest issues with working at home being a single parent. Without another person bringing home the bacon, it’s all up to me to provide for the two of us. Some months are not exactly worry free, in fact, most aren’t. But since we live with my parents, that helps a great deal in that department. I still have to pay for all our separate bills, food, clothes, and pretty much everything else. So pulling in enough income to keep us going is quite the struggle. My business is still new and growing, and I  have a long way to go before I can say I am a successful business owner, but with my super skills at budgeting, and finding all kinds of ways to save money and pinch those pennies I think we do pretty well. I hustle like a mama should, work hard and go after my goals. With time and plenty of sweat and tears, we will make it on our own and God willing be able to finally live in our own home. It’s a work in progress people. So as long as we have pizza and Netflix we’re good. ‘Cause…those are the important things, right? 😛

Time Management:

As for managing time for work, school and free time I have a pretty simple system. I mainly work at night. Partly due to having bad internet because we live out in the remote country and partly due to needing to focus on work with constant distraction to stop and scream at my rambunctious and sometimes seemingly possessed 7-year-old. So, every night I stay up long past even when most night owls have slipped into dreamland, and I get shiz done. Then during the day, there is more time for homeschooling lessons, daily chores, and even some writing. I also give thanks to using a day planner to creatively put down all the daily to-do’s, shopping lists, tv show schedules, appointments, reminders, and goals. I use fun stickers and washi tapes to make it something I actually want to take the time to do. Using a really well put together planner with lots of room and space for writing is a must for any busy mom or business woman.

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Plan Outings:

Another way I make it all work is by panning out the specific days to leave the house and run errands. Knowing what day you’re going out days ahead of time really helps. Usually once a week we make our trips to town, which for us is over an hour’s drive being out so remote in the country. We go grocery shopping, drugstore runs, pet store, department store, thrift store and everything else in one full day out. Then plan next weeks trip or decide we don’t need one and skip a week. It’s great to spend a day out remembering that I am in fact a human, that there are other people out there and feel how nice it is to not wear sweatpants for a day. It helps with so much!

Lastly, I make things work by my sheer motivation. I stick to my reasons for doing everything I’m doing and no matter what the obstacles, I make things happen and keep our little family going. I enjoy being a crazy mompreneur. Well…sometimes, and every sanity losing moment is well worth it.

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Much love, your girl,

Jess XO