So, this might be the antithesis to all business advice out there, but I’m telling you it’s ok if you can’t quit your job. There’s probably more pressure than ever telling you that you’re not successful if you’re not able to quit your job. But listen here, it’s ok if you can’t quit your job.
1️⃣ You can’t live someone’s narrative.
Most authors and lovers of literature are familiar with the unreliable narrator; you should be too. It very well may be the voice trying to convince you that you need to quit your day job. Be wary of stories coming from people who walked away from six-figure jobs to pursue their passion or those stories of people who catapulted to overnight success. Don’t let their story convince you that you’re not doing enough or doing it incorrectly, especially if you didn’t get all the details or the back end of the story. It’s okay if you can’t quit your day job.
2️⃣ Your bills have to be paid.
Bottom line. Point blank. Period. Your bills must be paid (and having health insurance is a plus). If you have young lives depending on your decisions and you paycheck you are not a failure, a punk, nor is your faith weak if you’re not willing to take the leap. If you can’t afford it, don’t push yourself into an unnecessary struggle or take on an extra dose of mom guilt. When Satan told Jesus to cast himself from the top of the mount for angels to catch him Jesus reminded Satan that we should not tempt God. Meaning, don’t purposefully put yourself into tricky situations just to see the word of God fulfilled in your life. You’re not doing anything wrong by starting a business and maintaining your full-time job until your business takes off. Really, it’s okay if you can’t quit your job.
Now, if quitting your day job is what you want to do:
Set a quit date.
Calculate how many units you need to sell per month to replace or exceed your monthly income.
Determine what you need to do monthly, weekly, and daily in order to start generating that type of income. That includes what type of content you’ll use to promote your business on social media.
Every mogul mama knows managing motherhood and business is no easy feat. I’ve received tons of questions about how I do it all and truthfully if it wasn’t for the grace of God I would have lost one of these kids in Target by now (okay, I did once, but it was for like five minutes). There a few tricks I’ve learned either from research, doing it wrong, or inspiration given to me by God and I’m sharing them every Monday.
This summer I had the privilege and opportunity to work from home. One third of the time it was sheer bliss, another third of the time I had a headache, and one third of the time I’m not even sure what was going on. The sheer bliss occurred every time I was able to get the kids involved in the work.
Here are 4 Reasons why you should get your kids involved too:
Getting your children involved in your business keeps them busy without damaging any brain cells. Boogie, 6 is my intern and Woogie, 10 is my assistant. They both have a task to execute while I’m working. It’s a great alternative to them watching YouTube or t.v. (don’t judge me we’ve all had to sacrifice a few of their brain cells for some peace and quiet).
The kids are gaining work experience that can go on their resume or school applications.
The kids can gain real world lessons. While shopping for flowers the other day Boogie and Woogie got into an argument which consisted of several, “You’re the worst sister in the world.” and “You’re a jerkhead.” However, it ended with a conversation about Human Resources and what happens when you disrespect people in the work place.
Don’t worry even if you’re kids are small you can have them throw away things for you, sort products for you if you have physical products, and of course ask them for their opinions. You can even use them as photographers. Check out my Instagram and see if you can figure out which photos my “oogies” took for me.
Have you ever tried involving your kids in the business? How did it go and what tips can you offer other mompreneurs?
While tuning in to my Christian Fiction shero,Michelle Stimpsonconduct an interview tonight I heard the song “Pause” by Lisa McClendon and it was like a double scoop of blessings. After having Michelle not only minister to my personal life and minister to my professional career as an author I then heard a song that not only captures the frustration that many women feel, but gives Cynthia, the protagonist ofBorn at Dawna voice. I shared this song with a friend on Facebook and she said “Pause” will be on the Born at Dawn soundtrack “when it is optioned for a movie” or the stage play should I chose to do that. Music is one of the minor characters in the novel and I can’t wait to share other songs with you, but for now please enjoy Cynthia’s anthem, “Pause” by Lisa McClendon and don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Born at Dawn