It’s coming up to a year since I left the workplace and started life as a mumpreneur. That’s 12 whole months of a daily commute from my bed to the sofa and now my multipurpose desk.
12 months of one woman planning meetings
12 months of late nights and early mornings
And d’you know what? I’ve loved every cotton picking minute of it!
I’ve given it my all and managed to make working from home a success. I knew I’d come to a natural end in my previous job, I’d lost my mojo and was dreading my maternity leave ending. Knowing it wasn’t just the thought of leaving my boy, I had an opportunity to trust my instincts so weighing up the pros and cons, my mantra became
you just don’t know until you try it
Having a back up plan
Now don’t go thinking this lady’s a serious risk taker, I always have plan B! With a family to support and mortgage to pay I have to play safe with my big ideas as well as making sure I have the full backing of those closest. The tipping point to my latest adventure was the desire to be at home with my family, see my boy grow up as I’d done with his older brothers and not have the stress of arranging childcare (and paying for it.)
And I’m not alone, I recently stumbled upon a story in the Telegraph dated back to April 2014 and titled the ‘Rise of the mumpreneurs‘ It told how the rise in childcare costs meant more and more mums were considering becoming their own boss or mumpreneur
– a stay-at-home mother who keeps one eye on the children and another on a fledgling business.
So I handed in my notice in and joined the mumpreneur army. My renewed enthusiasm for ambition and desire for success giving me the kick I needed to get things off the ground. First off, was to rekindled a personal blog, initially to keep my mind busy in the fog of new baby days, but I soon realised that I could actually make a living doing something I’d come to love.
My sensible head knew I needed a steady income as my ‘bread and butter’ so set up a business which I could use my professional training and experience. I had short term and long term goals. If you’re embarking on a new business you need to know where you’re taking it in order to allow it to flourish. And simmering away in the back ground were my plan b’s and c’s. The ones I would fall back on if things went belly up and the ones which I might up following.
One thing I picked up along the way was that as much as goal setting and planning is vital in business development, being prepared for change and opportunity to progress in other areas is also a key.
The story so far….
And that is where I’m at now. While I close the door on one adventure, I’m opening a much bigger one. I still have my plan B should things stop gathering momentum but that’s the beauty of being a mumpreneur, or self-employed anything, there is no one saying “wait till I’ve checked with so and so” you just go for it!
There are good days and bad, it’s just the bad aren’t really that bad at all, more mediocre and there are still those who step in your way simply because they don’t like the cut of your jib, don’t think you are up for the job or just a general pain in the bum, it’s just now I’m not sitting opposite them in an office! (saying that The Toddler can get pretty feisty, pre nap time some days)And I’m not saying that being your own boss is easy, far from it. I still find it hard to define working hours and tend to work much longer and later than I intend and then bow under the guilt when I’m not ticking off my to do list.
The house isn;t as tidy as I like it to be and I get a lot less sleep and downtime than I did as an employee but also get the buzz of seeing results, meeting new people and seeing my efforts pay off.
So as I type this with my faithful spaniel at my feet and the toddler stealing kisses with his arms wrapped piggy-back round my neck, making the mumpreneur switch has been the best life changing decision I have made.
(And a sneaky little thank you to the people who nominated me for a second year in the Mum and Working Parent Blogger of The Year awards! You really shouldn’t have, but I’m so glad you did!)