Let me show you how
This post has been written from the heart, I want to help mums in business because I am one too and I know how hard it can be juggling your business and your children in the summer holidays. This year though I am on a mission to find the balance that my family and I deserve and I invite you to join me.
Together, ladies, we can do this!
The Four Month Recovery
Last year I started the summer holidays with a bang. I was determined to do everything, I was ready to have my cake and eat it. The problem was I hadn’t done any organising or planning and simply jumped into the summer, both feet first.
Looking back, the first three weeks were a total blur. I tried to be the perfect mother, taking the children here, there and everywhere, doing crafts with them, and playing whatever crazy games they concocted. I spent the evenings working till the early hours, determined not to fall behind with my work. After all, as a self-employed mother, I rely on my income and couldn’t afford to let my business slip.
Suddenly, I hit the Mumpreneur wall.
I had literally burnt myself out. The last three weeks were a complete contrast to the first. I felt physically ill with exhaustion and stress so much so that I hardly did any work and even found playing with the kids difficult. I was afraid to go anywhere because I was panicking about money and the heavy feeling of guilt was dragging me down.
I had tried to do everything, but without preparation, I ended up achieving nothing.
What made this experience so much harder was it didn’t end it September. I started the new school year on such a back foot that I spent 4 whole months catching up! In my line of work January is always busy because it’s the month my clients compete have to complete their tax returns, this year I had to work incredibly long hours to get the job done and this was all because of my summer holiday fail!
I cannot and will not let this happen again but I know now that good will alone will not make this summer any easier. I have to take control and organise myself before the final home time bell rings so I have spent the last month researching and preparing and I want to share with you what I have learnt. With this new knowledge and the right tools, I feel empowered as a mum and a business woman and you can feel this way too.
To help both myself and other women like me, I have created The Mumpreneurs Guide to a Business Savvy 6-week Summer Holiday with 6 golden rules to follow that will enable you to have a fun, balanced and productive holiday so when September comes you are ready to get back on track and hit the ground running.
My number one golden rule is planning. Being organised doesn’t just mean planning your day, it means planning it realistically and efficiently. One of my biggest mistakes last year was over stretching myself; I didn’t plan for any balance. This is what led to burn out and my intention to not lose any business actually became counter-productive as all work was lost in the last 3 weeks!
This year I PLAN to work only between the hours of 9am – 1pm. This will give the kids the chance to have lazy mornings and then give us all a stress and guilt free afternoon. I may not be working my full hours throughout the holidays but organising myself this way will give me the opportunity to be consistent and long term I will get more done.
I have also created a holiday planner that I have already started filling it, I have blocked out my holiday days and marked off the time my youngest is in childcare plus my partner’s shifts so I know when he is available to ‘babysit!’
Keep Your Clients Happy
My 3rd golden rule in the guide is to keep your clients happy. Obviously, as a self-employed mum, customer care is essential. Retaining customers can make a difference between a successful and failed business. This pressure can cause stress and anxiety and is what leads us to work until we burn ourselves out.
The truth is though; we deserve a holiday just like anyone else. Giving ourselves a break and a chance to refresh makes us better at our job. Most clients will understand this and those that don’t are not worth worrying about.
Even though they will understand you still need to manage your reduced hours and holiday time and make your clients aware well in advance so they can adapt their expectations of you. I created a template letter that I personalised to my clients to inform them of my plans over the holidays. This has worked a treat and the response I have had back has been really positive.
We can do this
I had been feeling anxious about the holidays but as the summer holiday fast approaches, taking action has made me feel empowered. I have everything in place and have carved out time for everyone including me!
For just £4.99 you can be empowered too. My Mumpreneurs Guide to a Business Savvy 6-week Summer Holiday which is the result of hours of research and organisation.
What will you receive?
– A 22-page downloadable guide and workbook
– 6 golden rules to creating a stress-free and efficient summer holiday
– Summer holiday calendars
– Our best-picked childcare choices
– Email templates
– Checklists and summaries
– Weekly schedules and to-do lists
– Lots of fun ideas
My 6 golden rules are bitesize chunks full of advice, hints and tips and are all accompanied by a worksheet to complete so you put some structure into your summer.
For a limited time only as a launch special all of this can be yours for a small price of £4.99.