I previously wrote about how the challenges of work at home moms in the post How to Survive Life as a Work at Home Mom . But it is a topic very close to my heart as a work at home mom myself, and one that I like to revisit again and again.
I interviewed for Women Home Business Nicole Simons, founder of Fortunuts.com, maker of custom made walnuts with a dash of whimsy with its fortune sayings. Nicole gave a very real and grounded response to my question of how she is balancing the demands of a successful business, family and other interests that I’m sure many could relate.
What Nicole said, I think, is common among work at home moms running their own businesses. I’ve met one or two women who are able to perfectly balance domestic family life with business, bringing the kids to extra curricular activities to cooking meals while getting all business related tasks done for the day and still having the time to get their nails done! But they are a rare breed. I remember meeting a freelance marketing consultant and we got into comparing dark circles under our eyes – a result of working late into the night!
It’s called breathing deeply! As a mom of two toddlers I have to really break things up into bite size pieces.
That has taken some getting used to and still is a struggle to this day. When September hits – my life goes into overdrive and everything is “NUTS”! We really do most of our business in 4th qtr since we are such a great unique gift item. I have learned to organize myself better and to try to take on only what I can handle.
In all honesty, I am not a great role model on balancing to take care of myself! I have to be forced to go and get a mani/pedi and do things for me. Having 2 little boys has been very challenging- and I am usually putting their needs first (as most moms do). It’s my friends and family that remind me how much people love our product and that is always a nice injection of motivation! Also I do know as women we tend to be superheroes and it’s key to step away and replenish self to step back into the arena and be not only a better mom, but a smarter and focused business owner.
Read the full interview with Nicole Simmons: Home Business Success Story with Fortunuts