“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.“
Every week we ask a successful Mompreneur to share their success tips with us. It is a burning question that does be on most of our minds. Just How she does it all?
This week we asked Karen Bleakley from SmartsStepstoAustralia.com and Talesofatwinmum to share her tips with us. We ask a set of seven questions on this blog series. It is a fun way to a have a sneak peek inside each other’s life!
What is your one main Productivity tip that you can share?
At the end of every day, I spend a bit of time reviewing my to-do list so the next morning I can hit the ground running. When I plan my priorities ahead of time, I’m a lot more focused and get less distracted because I know exactly what I need to do.
What are your must-haves for successfully managing motherhood and your business?
Childcare! I can’t concentrate on work when my kids are around – everything takes longer, my kids miss out on my attention so I feel guilty and I end up making more mistakes. Childcare means I can get my work done quicker and means my time with my kids is a lot more fun. Also, an essential for me is having other mums in business around both online and in person who understand what I’m going through.
What are your success habits?
Getting up early and doing quick, easy tasks like emails and replying to social media before the school run so that once the kids are dropped off I can focus on meatier tasks. This only works when my kids are in good sleep phases though! When I’m getting broken sleep, I can’t drag myself out of bed at 5am and I don’t let myself feel bad about needing to go back to sleep. I also carry a notebook everywhere so I can jot down ideas for blog posts or remind myself to do things where ever I am.
What do you teach your children that you have learned along your Mompreneur Journey?
My kids are still only young (7yo twins and a 4yo) but we often talk about what Mummy does for a living. They understand the difference between working for somebody and working for yourself and the potential to create more wealth and freedom from running your own business. They also understand that if they earn more money they can use it to do good in the world which they really like the sound of. There is so much to teach them that they don’t learn in schools – I’m looking forward to encouraging them to set up their first business if I can get my boys to think beyond making YouTube videos like Dan TDM!
How has being a mompreneur affected your family life?
It is all-encompassing – instead of a job, this is my passion so I am always thinking about it, even when I’m not officially working. My husband struggles a bit because he values employment and stability but I’m very lucky that he is supporting me setting up my various websites and income streams as he trusts that I will make it work. The most positive advantage is that I can be around for my kids all the time. I do every school drop off and pick up and I can go along to assembly to see the get certificates or help with sports day.
What book has inspired you the most?
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Just for FUN in one word, characterize your life as a Mompreneur?
Karen Bleakley lives in Brisbane with her husband and three kids under eight. She is the founder of Smart Steps to Australia, a migration website set up to support families on their move to Australia. She is also a travel writer , author and founder of the Tales of a Twin Mum family blog.
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Website >> https://www.smartstepstoaustralia.com/
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