Become The Boss of You: What You Need to Know About Entrepreneurship as a Single Mom

Feb 27, 2022

If you’re a single mom with a passion you want to pursue, there is no time like the present for starting your entrepreneur journey. Although it can seem intimidating, there are actually a lot of great reasons to turn your passion into profit and build the career of your dreams as a single mother and a business owner. If you’ve been thinking about making the leap, here are a few things to consider:

The Perks of Solo Parenting and Entrepreneurship

#1: You can design your dream job (and schedule!) 

Although there will inevitably be some sacrifices to be made, running your own business actually has a lot of benefits for supporting your family’s needs and lifestyle. By starting your own brand or company, you can enjoy more flexibility than you’ve ever imagined because you will be able to create your own hours and systems for success. Say goodbye to 9-5 schedules and turn your efforts into a business that works for you.

#2: You’ll inspire your entire family

Children learn by watching their parents learn, grow, and succeed, and few things show more initiative than starting your own business. While there will, of course, be challenges along the way, entrepreneurship is a great opportunity to lead by example. Your family will have a front row seat to watch you succeed as you model hard work, demonstrate perseverance, overcome obstacles, and build something from the ground up.

 #3: Single moms make some of the best business leaders

If you think about it, no one knows more about multitasking, managing finances, and remaining objective in the face of adversity, than a solo parent. These are all incredibly valuable skills for anyone in business, meaning single moms actually have an extra advantage by knowing how to balance it all.

A Few Tips for Success Starting Out

Tip #1: Build a strong support system 

An important part of solo ventures and entrepreneurship is being connected to the right resources. By linking up with fellow business owners, mentors, and other members of your community that uplift your efforts, you’ll be more likely to succeed and less likely to burn out. Don’t be afraid to network and seek support where you can. The results will be life-changing.

Tip #2: Delegate where you can

When you’re just starting out, it can be tempting to try to control every single aspect of your business, but the truth is that you don’t have to. Wherever possible, it’s a good idea to seek outside help, whether it’s for your business or just running your home. Hire experts, or consult with them, to make use of the experience all around you. Your time is valuable, so a good goal is to hire helpers as soon as you are able. If you can’t afford a staff right away, consider taking on an intern or allowing older children to be part of your endeavor, in any capacity that makes sense.

Tip #3: Focus on progress rather than perfection

Of course, part of the beauty of entrepreneurship is the journey. For all the good days, some days will be harder than others, but what matters is not giving up. Remembering that no successful business was built overnight. Allow yourself the grace to make mistakes - and then learn from them. Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate even the smallest successes. You’ve worked hard for them, and you deserve it!