This very busy mother of four decided to open up a new company before her twins were a year old. The company focuses on a natural style of parenting, promoting cloth diapers along with organic supplies, natural childbirth and breastfeeding. The doors opened in December; how did Sherri do for January?
Wow, what a wonderful first month in business! I am very excited that our store is doing so well, so early on.
Sherri credits much of her success to her husband, who has helped out tremendously with the children and household tasks.
I could not be doing all that I am doing if it weren’t for my husband! He has been very supportive and has taken on the roll of care-giver and mom when I am not home. (Not easy with 4 kids!)
Business is good, but Sherri observes that she’s having difficulty with time management skills, which I am certain we can all understand. It is tough enough to have a company or a job along with children – now, imagine having four kids and a brand new business.
If you are a business owner you know how much time gets invested in the beginning, when you are getting yourself off the ground.
I sometimes feel as If I am being pulled in different directions! My older kids aren’t used to me being gone so much, and my heart breaks when I come home and the twins are already in bed for the night. Often times, even though I am dead-tired, I relish in the joy that the babies still don’t sleep through the night. It is at these quiet moments that I can hold them , rock them, sing to them, feed them, and not feel so guilty.
Another obstacle? Letting go and letting someone else do part of the work:
Another obstacle I struggle with is delegating! My list of “to-do’s” just gets bigger and bigger but I like to have full control and do everything myself! I hate it when I am not at the store, I hate not knowing what is going on and what customer is walking through the door. I definitely need to work on relinquishing some control and trusting that others will get the job done. But will they get it done right? That is what I worry about.
This is another issue I believe many of us have, and it is one reason we become bogged down in the day to day things someone else could be handling while we take over more of the important tasks we really need to tend to. I posted about this recently, as I just hired someone for my company to do some of the work.
Sherri has had some incredible successes this past month! She had 13 women show up for her breastfeeding class that she hosted in store, and she says:
When I open the door and walk inside to my empty store and look around, I am elated that this is MY store, that this was MY idea, it is surreal sometimes! Every evening when I run the numbers and they reach my goal, I am thrilled.
In closing, Sherri writes:
I am already looking forward to the future, babies old enough to bring to work with me, a second store, and for our Web site to bring in orders as well. These are just some of the thoughts that ramble throughout my head when I try to fall asleep at night.
We will be getting feedback from our experts on some of Sherri’s struggles in a follow-up post. Stay tuned!