I’d also add “And Why It’s All Worth It” to my title, but you know I like to keep headlines short. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll be inspired to become (or keep being) an entrepreneur and push past the stresses.
I’ve been seriously blogging and working on growing my business for over three months now. After an eight month hiatus, it feels good to plan and steadily work on what I love.
Although it’s been enjoyable, I’m not going to sugar coat the process. It’s hard work. I’ve dealt with five stresses more times than I can count. However, I feel like I’m gaining control and better managing them along with motherhood and everyday life.
Let me know if you relate to these and how you’ve handled stress in your motherhood entrepreneurial journey.
When I discuss time, I’m not only dealing with making time daily to focus on my blog, but I’m battling the guilt that comes along with it.
I’ve had to say “no” to watching Netflix with the hubs, “no” to handing out with people, and “no” to myself when I want to go to sleep after a long, long day.
Then I feel guilty for not spending time with those I care about. It’s a sacrifice, but one totally worth making. Building a business from the ground up takes time. If you have to say “no” a lot just tell your loved ones why you’re doing this. You can hang out once you’re a lady boss making a bomb income doing what you love.
2. Investing Money
I used to stress about money all the time. Living off one full income, one part-time income, supporting a child, saving for a home, and paying student loans is stressful. We’ve managed to make it work for now and still have an amount to spend on my business.
So, you don’t want to spend any money or as little as possible on your blog or business? I get it. I was right there with you. Then, I read some great advice from a fellow female entrepreneur who runs her successful business online. If you think of any start-up online or not, businesses need to spend money to make money.
I spent a little money for a nice theme. I spent money on self-hosting and a domain name. I’ve spent money on a couple courses. I’ve accepted this fact. I need to invest in my business in order to see growth.
The key is invest what you can afford. Don’t go overboard. You know your limits. Keep in mind the money is going toward your business, your overall success, and your dream.
3. Second Guessing the Business/Blog
You will have doubts. You will get so overwhelmed about learning new things, making enough time, and spending money that you’ll wonder if it’s all worth it.
Trust me. Your entrepreneurial journey is so worth it. You will learn new things, accomplish new goals and be successful if you keep working.
There will be times when you wonder if you’re reaching anyone at all. Once you get that first positive comment or first sale, then you’ll feel it. All of your hard work and time coming into fruition.
If your business helps one person, then you’ve done it. Now keep moving forward.
4. Learning Curve
Technology is tough if you haven’t dealt with creating a website, selling a product online or building an e-mail list. Creating a business is a learning process. Learning new things will cause plenty of frustration, but believe me it gets easier.
I had no idea how to buy and set up a domain name, design a blog or set up an e-mail list. I learned from helpful posts online, and I called support plenty.
5. Fear of Failure
I failed my blog when I didn’t write for 8 months. I failed when I didn’t work on building an e-mail list. I failed when I wasted time watching television and whatever else.
I didn’t let my failures control my future actions. I learned from failures, and I grew. The stress of failing no longer effects my business.
I know deep down that success is around the corner. As humans, fear is the number one emotion that stops us from pursuing our dreams.
I choose not to let fear run my life, because my dream is what’s keeping me going. The dream I’m chasing is being able to stay at home full time with my daughter while helping people with my business.
Fear of failure has no place setting in my entrepreneurial journey.
These are the five stresses I’ve experienced while starting and maintaining my entrepreneurial journey.
If you can relate, drop a comment below and tell me part of your story (or your entire story). I’d love to connect with you.
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer