Not too long ago, I was exactly where you are now. In May 2016, I left a really good corporate job in Insolvency to face entrepreneurship full time. To be honest, quitting my job at that time was a reaction to an incident at work. I marched over to HR and gave my notice and then I freaked out about not planning it first. After freaking out, I started putting a plan together. If I had planned my exit, I may have stayed a little longer and made the job pay to set up my business. Then again, I didn’t have a clarity of purpose at the time so I would have been funding the wrong business. At the end of the day, I would say all things worked out the way it was supposed to. After all is said and done, I’m glad I launched out, took the plunge and employed myself. Nothing can really, fully prepare you for this journey called “Entrepreneurship”. Those times were though, I felt really selfish because my husband had to shoulder all the bills alone, without any warning really. I took a part time gig to help out but I hated it to the point where I started to get sick. I began to immerse myself in getting more knowledge so I can grow and cut short this painful journey. I didn’t want it to last long enough for my husband to resent me.
As I delved more into this world of entrepreneurship, I started thinking about what type of impact I wanted to have. I was already on Facebook live doing motivational talks, which I started randomly one night, hair looking crazy and all.
If you’re experiencing any of these right now, you are not alone. There are a couple of reasons why the transition from work to entrepreneurship gets rocky. I’ve found that people with great work ethics, the star employees, managers/ supervisors pet, etc usually slack off at their business.
You’re the Boss Mentality – you no longer have to answer to someone else. You’re on your own clock and watch.
Flexibility – Most mumpreneurs do not have set office hours. Hence you end up working throughout the day or spend time researching and prepping.
No formal work space – most mumpreneurs work from home and even if you have a work desk you sometimes prefer to work from your couch or bed.
No schedule/ Plan – most mumpreneurs do not have a plan for the week, let alone the day, so you end up breezing through the day and doing things as they come.
Distractions – you are open to a lot of distractions because you’re not in a strict work environment. You are open to distractions from the TV, Radio, Phone, Chats, Messages, Friends and Family Members.
No Accountability – you have no one to hold you accountable if you do not complete a task or reach your daily/ weekly goals.
Conversion – most of you may not have a conversion plan. If you set a certain amount you want to make in a month or from a specific product/ service, make a plan to make sure everything you do converts to reach that target.
Invest in your business because like I always say, it has your name on it, it’s your company.
If you’re struggling in any of these areas, create a system to address them.
Make sure you set office hours, and if you need to take any time off for a personal reason, make the time up like you would at work.
If you have to work outside of your office space, make sure you are productive.
Create a schedule based on your tasks. Avoid distractions, find an accountability partner or group and lastly, work on your conversion.
To address your conversion issue, a great tip I learnt is to build your audience and create contents, products and services that fit them so that you have a good conversion rate.
Now that you have identified your area of struggle and you know what to do to overcome it, go out and be great. I’m rooting for you!