I confess that when I was running the rat-race and being all things to all people when working full-time (and more) in the City of London for many years, I often wondered how the Mums who started their businesses functioned.
In that, I mean, was it as stressful for them as I felt working the hours I did? I knew what hard work was (and have never shied away from it) but surely it must be refreshing to work hard to purely benefit yourself rather than others?
Making the Leap
Whether it is circumstantial or the realising of a dream, Mums have got to get over the hurdle of change and knowing what they are about to embark upon is going to be life changing. Even if things don’t work out the way they expect, it is often the journey that teaches them everything they need at that time in their lives.
The Real CEO
Unknown to many, all Mums are CEOs and running their own companies already –merely by being the head of the household.
With no disrespect intended to the men in our lives, and without the intention of being wildly stereotypical, most Mums run their loved ones’ lives: encouraging people to get up in the morning, preparing breakfast and packed lunches, supervising toothbrushing and washing, dressing, etc as well as managing household bills, organising household matters by liaising with trades, showing diplomacy when too often people see Mums as ‘her indoors’ that don’t do much, coordinating social events, crisis management when it comes to homework and exam preparation, counselling when necessary (and often)…. the list is endless.
Mums are programmed to deal with anything that is thrown their way – using a calm, logical and selfless approach to every task and project so that peace can remain and the household can continue.
The main carer to their children, the wife to their partner, the cook, the cleaner, the chauffeur, the housekeeper, the peacekeeper, Mums are the Chief Executive Officer.
So with all the above in mind, Mums are the perfect candidates to successfully juggle all that is and all that they want it to be, both in their business and personal lives.
They can easily transfer all the skills they are equipped with in running their homes to making a success of their business. The only thing necessary for them to achieve this is support and confidence together with an occasional shoulder to lean on and an ear to bend – just like the rest of anybody in this fast moving and unpredictable world.
How Can You Help?
Not only can you help by smiling at that really busy looking Mum, rushing to and from the playground – they are often, after all, doing their best in all that they do, over-stretching themselves to make a better life for their ‘pride’.
Helping goes further too. You could share a story they have published, buy something from their shop, comment on their article on social media, introduce them to someone that might boost their business, talk about them positively to others and generally do all the things that people used to do in the ‘olden days’.
Traditionally, people helped others who needed help.
A CEO is Nothing without its Workforce
That said, and flipping the anonymous quote around: “Behind every successful woman, there is a great man”.
To all the full-time working Dads out there, especially those that are so supportive of their partners launching their own business, I salute you unequivocally!
I feel fortunate that because of my career, being both a Mum and a Virtual Assistant have given me more than enough experience to juggle the balls, keep the plates spinning and complete any task seamlessly without showing that ‘I am in the weeds’.
Mums were born to be unflappable, regardless of what is going on and what needs to be done. They make excellent best business owners and are here to succeed.
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