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Are you a mom having difficulties in setting time boundaries between family, work, and self-care? Does dropping your kid in a daycare run a gamut of emotions? If so, you need to hear Rebecca’s story and insights.
How Rebecca’s Journey As An Entrepreneur Started (01:15)
Rebecca started her entrepreneurial journey back in 2003 when she was laid off from her job two weeks after returning from maternity leave. She disliked taking her son to daycare, and looking for another full-time job was not an option; instead, she started off her consulting firm by translating the skills that she was using in her full-time job into a profitable venture. Finally, she was able to earn and take care of his son at home, as she desired.
A Hobby That Turned Up To Be The Most Successful Venture (03:00)
When we move to discuss about Rebecca’s most successful business venture, she explains how everything started from a hobby to a profitable business. Rebecca worked in her consulting firm until 2007 when she decided to look for a new challenge. By this time, she was doing small craft projects as a hobby with her two boys at home, and it started going viral; mum’s begun showing interest in their practice and products.
She built a website and a Facebook page for it, and before she knew it, what she thought of as weekend fun turned into a profitable venture. The craft designs were entirely her own, and what was amazing was that they did them all using their hands. The business took off most, more demands were coming in, and she got additional staff to the team to help manage the business.
How Closing The Successful Business Venture Taught Rebecca Self Care (10:11)
Craft kid’s project started as a hobby, but it started growing faster than Rebecca had imagined. At its peak, she ended up giving up her marketing clients to work on the project full time. However, its joy started depleting, and it became a stressful endeavor for her and her family. According to Rebecca, the project was initially meant to be a fun time for her and the two boys, but as time went by, they were excluded from the project.
In addition to this, She found herself working twice as many hours as she worked in her full-time job. What she feared most was becoming her reality; the business had taken over their lives, there was no time for her family, self-care, and her marriage was suffering. From the trajectory, the business could have grown further than it was, but Rebecca found that the best decision for her family was to shut it down. Time with her family and children is important than any business she could ever run.
How Rebecca Discovered Her Passion In Helping Moms Work and Be With Their Kids (16:05)
Rebecca shares her experience after closing the craft kids’ business and how she was able to rise to where she is now. After closing the business, just like any other entrepreneur, she struggled with the guilt of letting go of a business that would have grown to something huge.
Ultimately she went back to her marketing business, where she discovered her passion in helping other moms start simple online businesses that will allow them to be with their kids. Her experience with the craft kids’ business and self-care was the stepping stone, and it transitioned to her current role as a business and marketing coach for moms desiring to work from home.
What You Must Know Before You Start A New Business (19:05)
Most aspiring entrepreneurs get stuck about what their new role and business have to look like. According to Rebecca, it’s okay to shift from what you started with to a different thing along the way. As we grow, age, and experience wisdom, we also grow as entrepreneurs, and our interests and skillsets change; the best thing is to hone in that, move forward, and grow your business as you desire. You need passion to be successful in what you are doing.
Why Setting Time Boundaries is Important For Your Business (21:17)
Most entrepreneurs love to work, but setting time boundaries between work, family, and self-care is critical, especially if you are a mom like us. Rebecca explains how difficult it’s, but she is very strict with herself; when it is time to work, she is working, and when it’s time to be with her kids, it’s family time.
From her experience, she knows the ramification of violating time boundaries, and time boundaries are non-negotiable. Having little ones at home made her even more strict with time, but from her perspective, sometimes it gets easier, and at other times it gets harder, but the best thing is being able to be at home in those important moments and still be able to work.
Selfcare and why It’s Different from Work and Family Time (28:47)
To Rebecca, self-care does not come naturally, but in relation to her business, sometimes she views working as a self-care practice. Her passion and love for work make it an escape from everything else. However, she found that for authentic self-care, she had to turn off her entrepreneurial spirit and focus on herself. Rebecca explains how house self-care practices drew her into taking better care of herself, setting more time to focus on herself, and ensuring her body is healthy and robust.
According to her, such practice needs to be outside her business and family. It’s not easy, and it doesn’t have to be perfect, but one thing that makes her successful is putting it in her diary, doing it, and get family support.
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