What does it take to build a successful online business and be a full-time mom to 3 kids? Portia Jackson will tell you!
Portia Jackson is a financial life coach and a mom of 3 with a special needs child. She helps financial professionals generate client opportunities online using her signature 3C Framework (connections, conversations, and conversions).
Portia previously had a career in the aerospace industry (yes, she was an actual rocket scientist) but couldn’t find the flexibility she needed in her life. She then researched and transitioned to online entrepreneurship to better manage her career and family life while working from home.
Portia has learned how to properly manage her time between work and being a mom and shifting her mindset to create a fulfilled life. Learn how she was able to do it all and how you can too!
Can you explain what your current home/work-life looks like?
Portia: My husband and I have been married for a little over 10 years, with our oldest daughter (9 years old) with special needs, a middle daughter, and a younger three-year-old. It’s been a journey, but I’ve learned that everything happens for us not necessarily to us.
All my children are currently in school and have been going to daycare after turning 6 months. I drop them in school from 7:30 am and usually get back home at around 8:30/ 8:45 am, and for most days I’m able to work until about 1:30-2:00 pm before picking them from school.
Seasons in my life have changed a lot, but they all led up to what we have today, which is beautiful. Time management is about having and knowing a system that suits your life and learning to give yourself grace.
How did your life look like during Covid, and what is normal for your family right now?
Portia: From March to September 2020, I was just hoping to get through the day since all my kids were distance learning, which was especially difficult for our special needs daughter. Things have been stable since March of 2021.
Normal for us is doing the drop-off, counting on 3-4 uninterrupted hours of work time per day, for the most, part Monday through Friday, and taking care of chores involving the kids.
How has your mindset transformed from a couple of years ago compared to where you are today in your business?
Portia: I am a Christian which gives me faith, comfort, and peace even when I got my daughter’s diagnosis. I have also dived into manifestation and actualizing ideas where instead of just focusing on our habits or our environment, we focus on our identity and who we are as people for things to flow.
For a while, I had tied my identity to all the things I was accomplishing in life and business, which meant I could get there but wouldn’t stay there since I thought I wasn’t worthy. I had to do some work and realize that I was worthy of the success I was getting after hitting 7 figures in my agency.
When we work with our clients, we focus on online entrepreneurs and helping them create that financial foundation. We also have clients define their idea of a fulfilled life, which we break down into life domains like physical, spiritual, emotional and put a price to it.
Your target number should be tied to your fulfilled life and not a random number that got glorified and put on a pedestal online (you have to remember that $10k a month, doesn’t mean $10k take home).
The truth is, we’re not really going after a revenue goal even though it sounds like it, what we’re going after is the feeling we think that number is going to provide. You can, however, choose to start feeling whatever you think you’re going to feel when you hit that revenue target.
When you do this, it is going to make it a lot easier and put you in the state that’s going to bring opportunities to you more versus putting this random number on a pedestal.
What’s really happening behind all of these numbers behind the launches and what we’re seeing people talk about?
Portia: People work hard to create an illusion of success, which costs money. Also, when people have multiple 6-7 figure launches, they don’t always tell you the reality between their gross revenue, cash collected, and their take home.
At the end of the day, you have to figure out what your goals are and your definition of a fulfilled life, and what numbers mean to you to stay focused on getting there.
Social media is like a highlight reel of a movie where you only see the milestones and not the hard work that goes into it. Stop comparing your business and achievements with people who you don’t see behind the scenes. Also, get comfortable with having problems in your business because it means you’re growing.
Would you share one big tip for people struggling to manage their businesses to start implementing?
Portia: Take some time, be quiet and figure out what would be your ideal/fulfilled life. Think about the different areas of your life and what that looks like for you, and how much you need for that life to happen and go make it happen.
If that’s a far stretch from where you are now, break it down into increments and use that for your business. Learn to define success for yourself to avoid all the negative feelings that come with allowing other people to do that for you.
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