Being a business owner is nothing new to be (My event management business made 3 years this past July, YAY!) I remember when I found out that I was pregnant and I could not have been happier! Moreso, I looked at my situation a lot differently than most young business owners. I didn't think my business would be neglected. I didn't feel that I wouldn't be able to focus on my goals anymore. In fact, I thought the complete opposite! I took this as my push to do more and go harder for my business. I was working FT at the time but was let go a couple months after I returned from maternity leave and event with that, I saw the light within that situation and took the leap of faith to become a FT entrepreneur and a stay at home mom.
I just knew I'd have so much more time during my maternity leave to focus on my business. I'd be able to work while babygirl was sleeping and her father would be there in the afternoons so I could work even more. I wouldn't have to leave the house. There were no other obligations. The PERFECT setup right?!.....WRONG :)
Motherhood, in general, is a full time job- You work 24/7, with no lunch breaks, no PTO, and no benefits! Now, don't get me wrong motherhood for me was A BLESSING! It lit the fire under my ass to go 100% for all of my goal but motherhood and entrepreneurship is one very stressful combination. However, with the right preparation and navigation, it can be done and will be very rewarding!
Theres so much I wish I would have known before I took that leap of faith. Not that I would have decided to not go FT mompreneur BUT I definitely would have prepared differently.
It's been a little over a year since I've been a mompreneur and I must say I am so super impressed and proud of how far myself, my daughter, and my business has progressed. So here are my tips and hacks on the mompreneur lifestyle. Whether your new to motherhood, entrepreneurship, mompreneurship, thinking of taking that leap or if you've already taken that leap but are finding a hard time balancing life- THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU! Here's everything I wish I would've known!
Hi, I'm Ashley!
I am a Southside Chicago native, mompreneur, and lover of all things social! I love to travel, meet new people, and practice my role as a self proclaimed food critic & Rosé connoisseur here in the City!
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