WORK AT HOME
WORK FROM HOME
Work At Home - Why are
you not succeeding?
|I have been a work at home mom nearly six years
now and from park to play-date the statement I hear most from other
mothers is “I would love to work at home”. Why is it that so many savvy
moms start businesses only to see their dreams piddle away to “something
they tried once”?
Let’s look at what keeps most moms from successfully reaching their goal
of working at home:
fear of the unknown
fear of selling something
fear of failure
fear of rejection
fear of fear
Lack of time
Even against such challenges the solutions are not unreachable!
Fear – a great foe in realizing any goal. You must realize first
that fear is a motivator, good or bad. Once you recognize the fear you
must then figure out where its origin is. Then you must take it on –
nose to nose.
Fear of the unknown. This will never be conquered by sitting in
your easy chair watching the soaps. Take the remote by the horns and
toss it aside. You are capable of taking it on – heck you taught a kid
how to use the potty!
Fear of selling something. While this is not true for every
at-home business, it is for a great majority. The easiest solution to
overcome the fear of selling is to LOVE YOUR PRODUCT! I
mean how many times have you been swinging your kid next to another mom
and get into a conversation? How many times have you recommended a
product or service that you used and loved to that mom? It’s easy to
talk about something you actually use and benefit from. And to get right
down to it – selling is talking!
Fear of failure. Been there, not the fear part so much as the
failure part. You must come to terms with the fact that every business
comes with an element of failure attached. But it also comes with a
terrific element called SUCCESS. What is that wonderful saying? “Nothing
ventured, nothing gained.” It couldn’t ring more true than in today’s
market place for women. As mother’s we have a unique bond to each other.
We trust each other and we want to help each other succeed.
Fear of rejection. Isn’t it silly that we still carry this middle-school
mentality around with us into our adult lives? Get over it! Not everyone
is going to love you, your product or service and that’s just life. Too
bad for them cause your business is super and you are even cooler! Just
move on to somebody #2!!!!
Fear of fear. Did you read anything I wrote above? Don’t let your fears
keep you from you joys, rewards and ultimate success. Life’s momentary
opportunities are waiting for you to jump on for the ride!!
The unsupportive spouse. This one is tough. While we want to be
independent women with our independent business the fact is we are wives
and mothers first. Believe me when I say no business will be a success
when you and your spouse are at odds over it. So how can you get the
spousal backing you need? Start with a well built plan and a lot of
enthusiasm (remember if you love it so will everyone else). Explain how
you will set you priorities and “fit” the business in rather than
fitting the family in. You may suggest involving your dear husband in
the business as well so you can share your business triumphs as a team!
Give him time, start slow and as he sees the results he will be more
likely to give you the extra encouragement you need.
Lack of time. I think as mothers we know the value and impossible task
of time management. I have no formula for what works. I know that when
something is important to me I make time for it. Simply if you want your
venture to progress past your day dream you have to give it some time.
Re-evaluate where you time is going. Can you get your husband and
children involved in other household tasks to free up some of your time?
Can you get up an hour before the kiddos for some focus time? I don’t
know where you “extra” (I know you are laughing out loud right now) time
is, but IT IS THERE! Buy yourself a day planner and book some business
Missed opportunity. Boy if this isn’t the biggest on my list! Haven’t
you ever come across some nifty product that you thought of 2 years ago?
“Man why didn’t I do that when I had the chance?” you say to yourself.
You missed the proverbial boat! Do not sit on your ideas, dreams and
aspirations! Whether it is to sell the latest kitchen wares at a hostess
home filled with friendly ladies or to write the great American Romance
novel; your opportunity if floating by.
Unrealistic expectations. You must set goals and dream big. However be
reasonable with the measure of your success. This isn’t the lottery and
more than likely you won’t be the lead sales consultant or pictured in
entrepreneurial magazines the next month. Give yourself and your work
at home business time to get through the first stages of growing
pains. If you set your goals beyond the practical from the get-go
something will burn out fast. Could be your family, your house, your
business and/or you. This is not to say you should not hope and dream
for your business’s long term achievements; without those we have no
vision. Keep your vision, visible and you will be able to stick to what
Tiffany Davis is a veteran work at home mom. As
webmaster of Mommy Mission she is helping moms in the pursuit and
promotion of real work from home. See www.mommymission.com today! Or
contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org