The Softer Side of Selling is pleased to present a guest blog post by Leslie Campos at Wellparents.com, a mompreneur. Thanks Leslie for filling in while Don was on vacation! Not a mom looking to start or grow your own business? Show this article to someone you know who is.
Are you a mom with a dream of owning your own business? Do you have the motivation, skill, and work ethic required to take care of not only your children but also a company that, in some ways, is like a child unto itself? There’s no time like the present to get started with your own business and live that “mompreneur” life you’ve been dreaming of. Let’s take a look at how moms can start — and grow — their own sales business:
Choose your business model
Do you know what you want to sell? Maybe you make small crafts or knit blankets, or maybe you want to sell your skills as a tax preparation expert instead. Whatever your product or service, you need to make sure you can support it with good business practices. Becoming a successful mompreneur doesn’t happen overnight — it takes time, dedication, and a detailed business plan.
Your business model is, put simply, your plan for how your company is going to make money. In a more complicated sense, it’s a map of how value moves from you to your customers and back to you.
Form an LLC
Creating a limited liability company (LLC) is another business-related activity that you want to consider. LLCs offer several advantages to small-business owners, including pass-through taxes, personal asset protection, and flexibility when it comes to how your business should be run. Personal asset protection (i.e., limited personal liability) is especially important: Essentially, if someone wants to sue your company, your personal assets (e.g., house, car, etc.) cannot be taken from you.
Head over to https://www.virginiallc.net/ because a formation service allows you to avoid hefty lawyer fees. Just make sure you research the regulations in your state before moving ahead as rules can be different, depending on where you’re located.
Cultivate your selling skills
As you’re starting your business and getting your feet under you, you will want to make sure you build up several skills that will make your job easier in the long run. As an at-home salesperson, for instance, you need to be an expert at cold-calling potential customers — one of the things we’ll teach you at Secrets of the Softer Side of Selling. It may seem frightening but keeping your eye on the prize and picking up the phone to make initial contact is a great way to make sales.
Make a list of potential customers from your target demographic, write a script for what you’re going to say, and set aside several hours to make those calls. And if you don’t get many bites, don’t get discouraged — even one sale is better than zero!
Taking care of your whole life
Working from home is something else you will have to contend with — and working from home with kids at that. Taking care of your children and your business at the same time can sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Set schedules, make to-do lists, and make sure your children know you’re working at certain times of the day (if they’re old enough to understand).
The elusive work/life balance doesn’t have to be so. The key here is setting boundaries and making sure everyone is respecting them — including you. Focusing separately on family and on work at different times of the day is important. Devoting half of yourself to one and half to the other leaves a lot to be desired on both sides. Instead, fully focus on each at different times. This becomes easier if you have a partner or babysitter to share the burden of watching your children, of course.
Another way to improve work/life balance (and get your much-needed nutrition for the week) is to meal prep on Sundays before the work week begins. This serves multiple purposes. First, you’re getting your meals (or lunches, at least) done so you don’t have to spend time during the week cooking. Second, preparing food has been known to have meditative benefits for some — so this can be a time for you to relax, as well.
No time like the present
The hardest part of getting started is just that — getting started. Take these tips and incorporate them into your plan for getting your business off the ground. Then, all that’s left is to take the plunge and create your successful sales business.
For more tips, tricks, and key tactics you can utilize on your journey in becoming a mompreneur and sales expert, visit Secrets of the Softer Side of Selling and join the sales club.
Thank you! Leslie Campos from Wellparents.com for this article. All you mompreneurs, contact Leslie here firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and insights on starting your own business.