Believe it or not, this is my sons’ LAST week of school, and then summer has officially started in this household. I am sure that I struggle with a lot of the same issues that you do in the summer…mostly keeping my cool when everything around me is swirling, changing, and burning up. – R
I am so excited to feature Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet, on How Mompreneurs can keep their cool during summertime:
For kids, summer is a time of freedom and relaxation. For their parents, it’s exactly the opposite, especially for all the mompreneurs out there!
Every summer brings a certain level of challenge for mom entrepreneurs. From planning activities for kids, taking them where they need to go, feeding them lunch and keeping the household together, all while responding to the needs of your customers, it can get hectic.
Here are a few tips on how mompreneurs (starting with the biz end and ending with the ultra-important personal end) can better manage their business affairs during the summer months while keeping the kids entertained:
- Get your legal ducks in a row (before school is out!): Have you incorporated your business, formed an LLC or other corporate entity? If not, why not? There so are many benefits to making your business “official” by forming an LLC, S-Corporation or other corporate structure. Incorporating a business is an ideal way to minimize your liability and protect your personal assets from the worst-case scenarios of being in business, while also making you potentially eligible for significant tax benefits.
- Reshuffle your schedule: I am a working mom and have to work in the office away from home, so during the summer, I change my work schedule to better align with the needs of my kids. Instead of working an 8-hour day, I work in bursts of 2 hour blocks: 2 hours in the early morning while the kids are asleep, 2 hours in the middle of the day when the kids are at day camp, 2 hours in the afternoon while they are at extracurricular activities and 2 hours at night after the kids go to bed. This kid-friendly schedule helps reduce my stress level and keeps me more engaged with my kids while I am with them, instead of worrying about work issues
- Work summer hours: Some companies institute “summer hours” during the slower summer months – why not do the same for your business? For example, during the summer I work a 4-day week instead of a 5-day week. One day each week, I religiously leave the office behind and take my family to the beach. You’re the boss of your business – why not work the hours that you choose?
- Make time for Me Time: When you’re a busy mom entrepreneur, it’s all too easy to focus on taking care of everyone else while letting your own needs fall by the wayside. Even though your kids are home from school, you still need to carve out time in your day to take care of yourself (so you can run your business and take care of everyone else). Even though I’m the CEO of CorpNet, I still make time each day to practice my fitness routine, whether it’s CardioBarre® ballet or kickboxing classes. Whether you’re a fitness junkie like me, or just need to make time for yourself to step away from the kids, pick up a magazine, lock yourself in the bathroom with a good book, whatever it takes, you need to keep yourself SANE while the kids are home.
Summer should be a time of peace and enjoyment with your family and friends, but with all the demands on mom entrepreneurs it’s no surprise when this season brings extra stress. Keep your cool this summer by getting a head start on managing your business needs and managing your time to better suit the needs of your children and most of all, yourself. You can best take care of your kids by taking care of yourself first – give yourself the time and energy and inspiration that you need to keep your business going strong so you can stay strong for your family.