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Being a mum in biz means you are juggling many different roles and managing them all can be extremely stressful. Just how do you juggle kids, housework, cooking, school/kinder runs, after school activities, play dates and run a business? It takes hard work and supreme organisation and flexibility.
Read on for our tips on how to make everything fit so you have more time for business:
Get your kids to help
Get your kids to do more around the house with a schedule/routine/reward chart to help them with the structure.
Believe it or not, kids actually like routine. If you talk openly with them about how much you value their help and what it means when mum can get more work done (depending on their age of course), they will likely be very accommodating (even more so if you add a reward at the end of each job). If you make a daily routine, new habits will be formed and they will start to do their jobs without being asked.
Outsource the Household stuff
Consider using outsourcing sites to get jobs done around the house that you’ve been putting off. You can get everything done from your windows to the gardening to cleaning services from Airtasker in Melbourne by simply placing your ‘job ad’ and having people bid on it.
I didn’t have time to drive around with my boyfriend when he was learning on his L’s so we found someone on Airtasker for $20 an hour to do it! Time is money and there is always someone willing to do a task you have been putting off if they are being rewarded financially.
Outsource the Biz stuff
Outsource your admin/bookkeeping/easier tasks to a VA. They can take care of all of those “do later” jobs you have been putting off such as accounts/admin but countless other tasks such as manage your social media, diary, non-important emails and even take phone calls!
You will be surprised how much time having a VA can save you and because they are specialists at what they do they will jobs done in half the time you will!
Take on an Intern or Staff Member
If a VA isn’t for you, consider using a friend looking for work, a school mum or an intern. Your local university or TAFE is a good place to start to find someone in your field or a wanted ad on Gumtree or the like. Use social media to reach out to people as well. You never know who might know someone suitable on Facebook or LinkedIn.
This arrangement is win win as you get extra time to spend on your business and they get practical experience in their field.
Get a Cook
Get a cook. There are many businesses that now deliver meals to your home, or food and recipes for you to cook yourself.
Or you could be like me and pay a friend/school mum to make meals for you. When my chef mum cooks for us, she simply makes more of what she is cooking for her family – so it works for everyone!
If you can’t let go of this job, make sure you meal plan and do some big cook ups and freeze your meals so all you have to do is defrost, heat and serve. Thinking about and preparing dinner on the day is guaranteed to take up much needed time.
Get up earlier
This one won’t work for everyone (i.e. me), but getting up just one hour earlier each day means you are on the front foot and can get in some solid time before the kids wake. If your kids wake early, use the time to get them ready, engage with them or have some family fun. That way you won’t feel guilty later for spending extra time on your business.
It is virtually impossible to do everything yourself when you are a mum in business. Fortunately, there are many ways you can free up a few hours a week by outsourcing some simple jobs. Don’t be afraid to let go of the reins a bit. You will be a much happier mum and your business and family will benefit.
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