Sunday, May 7, 2017

12 Tips to Survive as a MOMpreneur by Tanya Barnett

When I began this MOMpreneur journey, I knew one thing and one thing only: I did not want to work for anyone ever again in my life. I had been fired twice from jobs because I put my kids’ health first. The last full-time job I had was with the federal government. I quit that job when I heard God say, “Pack your things. It’s time to go.”

Before and after leaving my final full-time job, I had various side hustles to help my husband pay the bills. Some of my entrepreneurial jobs were: owning a home daycare for years (including weekend and overnight care for military families), tutoring, selling Mary Kay, Avon, and Real Estate (I did well until the bubble burst).

Honestly, I did not understand how much time and commitment it would take. After numerous instances of forgetting to pick my kids up, to drop them off or to go grocery shopping, I had to find a way to manage all of this and stay engaged with my kids and husband. I had bouts where I was so overwhelmed that I would snap at everyone or eat excessively to cope.

Eventually, I ballooned to almost 200lbs. I had to make a change for my emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health. Hearing my doctor say the words, “You have diabetes” before my 39th birthday was my wake up call. I was not only failing myself, I was failing my kids too. I was fatigued all the time, which caused my husband and children suffered. I was even to exhausted to give 100% to my businesses as well.

In January 2011, I decided I could do both but I had to be smart about it. I started walking while my daughter was at cheer practice. On days she didn’t have practice, she would go to the track with me. This gave us time to spend together. By November that same year, I lost 53lbs and was diabetes-free before my 40th birthday. I became a better mother and entrepreneur because I put me first. I even started my nonprofit, Forever Free Books and my current purpose-filled mission, The Real Wife Movement. I know this was a direct result of implementing ways to take care of myself and my family.

Some other tools and methods I incorporated were:
  1. Purchase and use a planner
  2. Put my kids to work  
  3. Asked for help
  4. Switched some household roles with my husband 
  5. Gave my kids more age-appropriate responsibilities 
  6. Hired a cleaning service 
  7. Said “NO" to others 
  8. Said “NO” to my family members
  9. Resigned from community groups 
  10. Cooked larger meals 
  11. Began ride-sharing with other families
  12. Took time alone for me 
Being a “MOM”preneur can be stressful if you do not have systems in place. Find things that work for you and implement them. I promise, your business will thrive and your kids will thank you for giving them 100% of their mom.

Be sure to follow Tanya Barnett on Twitter @RealWifeCoach and check out her products & services at and 

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