“Busy mom” and “starting a business” somehow seem at odds with each other. If you’re reading this, you must be one of those crazy ladies – like me! Welcome! No, we can’t do it all. We can be all God has called us to be!
When I became a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, I thought a lot about what I could do to make a part-time income. Simply thinking about going back to nutrition counseling or life-style coaching made me feel tired. Then I felt guilty, because I knew it was good work that would help others. Then I read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Finally I understood where my angst was coming from. My introverted self was not energized and did not do the best work when surrounded with people all day. Add that to my duties as mom, with kids talking in my ears 24/7 and the thought of going out to be chatty to make a few extra bucks was not motivating.
What would I do? For one thing, I prayed a lot. Then I began to evaluate what I really wanted my life to look like in keeping with the many mom responsibilities God had already given me.
That’s when I began to explore what kind of work could I do from home, in my “semi-quiet” office (when I could keep the kids quiet) and still be a blessing to others. Blogging or some kind of on-line enterprise seemed to be the right fit for me. One that would be a blessing to others and add value to their lives.
Your temperament is unique to you. You may need to interact with lots of people to re-energize. What works for me will be quite different from what works for you. However, the process of exploring our options will be similar.
Here’s the process I went through in deciding what business to pursue. Answering the following questions will help you focus on the best business for this season of your life.
The First Questions to Ask
Ask yourself the following questions. Be honest and write down your answers. Writing my thoughts down helps me to focus.
- Do I feel energized working with lots of people or do I enjoy working alone?
- What gives me energy and satisfaction?
- What natural talents do I already have? What do I do well?
- What are my personal goals for this season in life?
- What are my long-term goals for a business?
- What kind of business would match my big picture goals for this season in life?
- Why do I want to earn more money?
- How much money do I want to make?
- What type of personality do I have?
- What business would match my personality and talents?
- How can I bless others with a business?
You have God-given talents and personality traits that are just right for what He wants you to do!
Setting Personal Goals
Set some personal goals for this season of your life. What are your priorities. Here are questions to spark the process.
- How much time do I want to spend with my spouse and children?
- Are my kids in school or am I a homeschool mom?
- What is a realistic amount of time I can commit to nurturing a business?
- Do I want to provide home-cooked meals for my family?
- How clean does my house need to be to maintain my family’s sanity?
- What extracurricular activities are essential for my kids and what could be dropped?
Here are the goal statements I wrote down. Write down your own goal statements!
My big picture goals for this season of life are:
- homeschool my children 4 hours/day
- be a supportive homemaker and wife (cook healthy meals, spend time with my family, keep a clean house, etc.)
- stay healthy
- start a part-time business that could eventually make a full-time income utilizing “passive income” streams.
I want to spend time with my family, be able to have a flexible schedule, set my own hours, be able to take time off if need to, have time to homeschool, cook, take kids to music lessons, and go on dates with my husband.
By setting personal goals first, I made sure my business goals would not infringe on my top priorities. The last thing I want is for a business to take over my life and ruin my family relationships.
Setting Business Goals
Next set business goals that will not infringe on your personal goals. These are big-picture goals. The implementation will come later. But the framework is necessary to begin the planning phases later. Here are questions to assist you in the process.
- How many hours a week can I spend on a business?
- What can my life handle during this season?
- How much money do I want to make?
- Why do I want to make money?
- What is my end-goal?
Remember, don’t compare yourself to others. Your goals will not look the same as a man who does not have the responsibility of cooking and cleaning or homeschooling children. They will not look the same as another woman whose kids are grown. What are the goals that fit your season of life? Right them down!
Goals for my business
These are the goals I have for my on-line business
- Work on a part-time business about 10-15 hours/week. This is the max my life can handle at this time.
- Make $50,000/year.
- Create products or services that add value to others lives. Be a blessing!
- Give priority to my ministry blog www.revelationforkids.com before posting on this fruitful journey blog.
Why put a monetary goal? In doing so, it focused my attention on monetizing strategies. If I’m spending the time on a business and not making money it is a fruitless enterprise and then I’m just spinning my wheels. Making money is not my end goal, but making a significant amount of money would allow me to reach my primary goals which are:
- Go grocery shopping without having anxiety at check out.
- Cover medical expenses without incurring debt.
- Take some pressure off my husband as primary provider
- Pay for household repairs when needed.
- Maximize my efforts on my ministry blog (pay for design, tech help, etc.)
- Take my family on mission trips
- Give generously to others
- Be a blessing to others
While this does not define my business idea concretely. It is a fantastic process to set the ball rolling in the right direction and set the parameters for what business ideas I will consider going forward.
I hope this is a fruitful exercise for you if you’re another crazy mom wanting to do more and make a positive difference in the world.
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