5 Ways for Moms to Stay Relevant in their Careers While Raising Their Families
1. Computer skills are a must. Stay up to date on computer skills and new applications. This is easy for moms. We utilize our technology so well because we want to share our kids’ photos, find reviews and deals, and bottom line – we are pressed for time (all the time).
2. Read, Read, Read. Follow your former field and/or a new interest. Read what is new out there and keep your mind rolling on the subject.
3. Leave Regret Outside. Do not ever feel bad or regret any decision you made or make to stay at home, work here and there, or whatever your choice may be. Owning it breeds confidence.
4. Stay in touch with oldies but goodies. Make time to chat from time to time with former co-workers. It does not have to be all them time, but you never know how these connections may play out at a later date.
5. GNO, Date Night, manicure anyone? Escape now and again for some adults-only time whether it be with the ‘girls,’ your husband/partner, or simply by yourself. Be an adult for a brief snippet in time, it will do wonders for your spirit and mind!
GalTime: Is it possible to be a good Mom and an effective entrepreneur?
Rachel Blaufeld: Of course! Some days, I think I am a better mom and others a more effective entrepreneur, but more days than not, I can be both. I realized recently that multi-tasking usually comes back to haunt me. I used to think that it was productive to try and do something work-related while I was doing something relatively mindless for the kids. Now, I think differently. I am into chunking everything these days. There is work time and family/mom time and errands time, and I try to avoid overlap. Sometimes, it cannot be avoided, but I strive to keep better hours and close the home office door for time with the family.
I also find huge motivation in my family. Fear of disappointing them keeps me on the straight and narrow.
GalTime: Do you think having experience as a Mom enhances your skill set in the business world?
Rachel Blaufeld: Without a doubt, us moms, we learn to think quickly and make decisions with little time on our hands. We also learn to assess situations and read people’s feelings. Not to mention, we are pros at scheduling and calendar making.
These skills really translate to the business world and help us manage our calendars, employees, co-workers or other business providers, and be concise. These are all skills and factors that moms must consider when creating a linked-in profile or resume.
GalTime: What does it take to be a successful "mompreneur"?
Rachel Blaufeld: Passion, perseverance, patience, coffee and a supportive family (and not necessarily in that order).
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