There is a ton of information floating around regarding tips on time management for business owners, but today I wanted to give some insight and advice on single moms running their own business. When you are a single mom, you don’t get a pass on business basics or professionalism or consistency. We have to develop these qualities just like any other business if we want to be taken serious as a business.
In an interview with Rolling Out, Jhene Aiko gave some insightful tips for single moms juggling a career and motherhood:
“Be patient. Everything takes a little longer when you have a child. It’s small things like getting ready for your day. You have to factor in the extra hours because you have your child to get ready also. That goes along with your career. I’m a hands mother. Instead of being in the studio all night, I will only be in the studio for five hours because I want to spend time with my daughter. Because of that my album may take a little longer to finish, but its worth it because my child comes first. You have to continue to spend time with your child because you can’t get that time back.”
When you are a single mom sometimes it can seem like there is no time for much work and parenting all in the same day. So to help manage that more, here are some tips:
- Set up a block of time for you to complete tasks. Set aside 3-4 hours a day that you can consistently dedicate to your work. A time that your child is sleep or off playing is best.
- Don’t force time. When you do this, you’re frustrated and your energy is all over the place and in the end you get nothng done. If you have to force it, leave it for the next day.
- Calendar it in. Otherwise you are going to forget what needs to be done, who needs to be emailed and so forth.
- When you are parenting a child married or single, everything takes longer right? Feeding, dinner, daily prep for the next day, finishing your to-do- list. Practice patience. If motherhood teaches you nothing else it teaches you patience.
- Your kids will come first and that’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for being a mother. That is your sole reason for everything. Anything that makes your feel guilty may not be for you.
- Its okay to take a breather or some time for yourself when you feel exhausted or unmotivated or worn. You can’t focus or run a business that way. Do what you need to do for you and your sanity.
Running a business as a single mom is difficult or any mom for that matter, but it is very possible. Don’t give up.