The term “Work-life balance” may be used so much it can start to sound a little cliche. It’s not easy to be perfectly balanced between your physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental health all the time. On top of that, we have to take into account family and for some of us, our work balance. Look, it’s hard to balance it all. Usually one or two things have to give a little so the others can have the attention they need. Every woman handles this differently, especially when children are thrown into the mix. Hannah, owner of Madly and Love Blooms is one of those women who’s got a business, a family, and is just a cool lady. We recently did a shoot in my studio and got to talking about work-life balance. She had some great insights and strategies for other mom business owners I wanted to share, because who doesn’t want to know the strategies to others’ success?
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For me, floral design is so fascinating and beautiful, but it is often poorly done or executed without much artistry or emotion. I received those tired bouquets with the fluffy bows one too many times. Instead, I wanted to try my hand at creating something beautiful with those same flowers, minus the ugly bow and dollar store vase. There was an industry that had a big gaping hole wide open for a newcomer and I knew if I, the consumer, was disenchanted there had to be others that felt the same way!
Taxes, paperwork, and failure. Taxes have ended up being okay, but I have to always keep that in my mind when spending money out of my company account. Am I keeping enough back for taxes? I always get a sick feeling each quarter when state taxes are due, but then it ends up okay.
The best thing to do if this worries you is to set up something like Quickbooks Small Business. It will keep your invoicing and spending in one place. I can even track my business mileage on the Quickbooks app. The fear of failure is always looming if I let it. I’ve adopted a very open-handed approach to my business. I see all of its success as a gift from God. If it fails that is also a gift, though it might not look like one at first and I am happy with whatever gifts He gives. I truly believe He works all things out for good in my life. Yay, for not feeling that pressure!
My tip is to keep your priorities in order. In my life, my husband comes first and then my kiddos and then my work. If that gets messed up, everything gets off kilter and our home doesn’t flow well. If a job doesn’t work for me and makes me have to put it before my family, I’ve learned to say no! Find what works for you and your family and don’t sacrifice that balance for your business.
To-do lists really help me make it all work. I no longer just try to remember things, I just put them on a list and check them off. If I have it on a list, I can stop stressing. I list things like “grocery shopping”, “organizing ribbons” or “looking at bills”, etc. If I need to do it and I am slightly stressed, I just put it on a list. I just make sure to check it off as I go through my day. I simply use my phone notes as my list taking since I can be on my phone during my kids nap time or while I’m out. That way, I don’t have to carry around a physical list of paper and pen!
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