Exhaustingly long days, demanding customers, periods of insomnia, days that turn into weeks — sound familiar? If so, you’re either a mother or an entrepreneur.
Starting a business is much like having a baby.
First, the initial excitement of starting something new is quickly followed by an overwhelming rush of fears and worries. Then, preparation becomes your top priority. And yet, once you launch, everything you thought you knew goes out the window, and it seems you planned nothing.
Motherhood is just as daring and strenuous an adventure as entrepreneurship. In some ways, it’s even more laborious. According to a 2018 study conducted by Welch, working moms clock an average of 98 hours per work — roughly the equivalent of having 2.5 full-time jobs.
But it’s these types of challenges that have become the inspiration for many women’s businesses today. In addition, the experience of motherhood provides female entrepreneurs with a head start on what to expect in today’s demanding, fast-paced business world.
Devoting time to caring for your children doesn’t hinder your ability to run a successful business. On the contrary, it creates a unique set of skills that put you in good stead for the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship.