Many of the successful businesses today that are being run by savvy mompreneurs all started with a passion or hobby
There’s never been a more exciting time to be both an entrepreneur and a mother. While others may see it as a recipe for sleepless nights and constant stress, some have achieved a perfect balance of work and family life that’s both admirable and fulfilling.
Many of the successful businesses today that are being run by savvy mompreneurs all started with a passion or hobby. For people who already know what their passions are, things are a bit simpler.
But if you’re currently stuck wondering what it is you’d like to pursue, or if you think you’re lacking in drive or interest to launch a business idea, then you may be suffering from a lack of passion.
What is Passion?
We could recite verses from long-dead poets about passion and never really arrive at a definite answer. That’s because passion can mean different things to different people.
To some, it could mean a strong enthusiasm for something they’re engaged in, while others may describe passion as an uncontrollable emotion for a person, thing, or idea.
As a mompreneur, passion should be what lights the fire under you to chase after your dreams. So if you’re having trouble finding out what that is, then it’s about time you give it more thought.
Start by asking the right questions.
One great way of finding out what your strongest interests are is by asking self-reflective questions. You may think it’s too ‘zen’, but it works and has worked for so many people before.
Here are example questions to ask yourself:
- If money, time, and energy were not an issue, what would I be doing?
- Is this something I’d be willing to pursue even if people tell me otherwise?
- What would I be willing to do to make this a reality?
- Would I still be happy doing this 10, 20, or 30 years into the future?
Think of more questions to help you clarify what your passion may be. If a part of you isn’t quite sure you’d still like to do it in the future, it may not be a good idea to pursue it.
The truth of the matter is that passion is indeed what sets the balls in motion, but it doesn’t keep the wheels turning. You need to hold on to that passion for as long as you can because it’s inevitable that you will lose some of the love you have for it along the way.
Prepare to experience a loss of love.
It would have been wonderful if pursuing your passion meant everything would be smooth sailing all the way. This isn’t the case at all.
All mompreneurs eventually go through a moment when they start questioning why they’re doing what they’re doing. It’s inevitable, much like death and taxes.
Many passions slowly die out when reality sets in and people are faced with the demands of actually running the business. And before you know it, you’re now there with a list of the nitty-gritty things you need to do to, such as the following:
- Raising money
- Designing products
- Researching the market
- Creating a brand
- Creating a website
- Designing the website
- Dealing with site traffic
- Getting a good content delivery network (CDN)
- Doing the accounting
We wish it ended there.
This is why it’s important to really dig deep and find out what your strongest passions are. It needs to be powerful enough to help keep you going when others would quit.
Get inspiration from others.
There are plenty of social groups you can join that will help you in either finding a passion or pursuing it.
Or if you aren’t too keen yet in networking with other mompreneurs, start off by reading as many articles as you can that can about starting a business. Alternatively, you can check out stories about other mompreneurs who have achieved success in their chosen niche..
Dealing with multiple passions
So, you went from finding one passion to discovering you had quite a few. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and in some cases, it may even work to your advantage.
It’s possible for a mompreneur to be incorporate her different passions in the business she creates. Perhaps you have a thing for graphic design and baking. Why not offer a package deal where people can get made-to-order birthday cakes that already come with a dozen or so specially designed invitation cards?
Sometimes all you need is a little creativity to be able to hit two birds with one stone.
On the other hand, if you think your passions belong to two completely different niches, then you may want to focus on either the passion that’s easiest to achieve at the moment or the one that will make you feel the most fulfilled.
Dealing with no passion
If, even after giving it your all, you still haven’t found something you would consider a passion, it may be a good idea to just go with what interests you the most at that moment.
Because although having a business idea you’re passionate about is wonderful, it shouldn’t lead you to wait too long to start something. Even a strong interest or enthusiasm can be enough.
After all, there will come a time when all that keeps your from throwing in the towel is the self-discipline to finish what you started. Many people who have started off with passion were only able to make significant progress because they kept on working hard, even when they didn’t want to.
To summarize everything, passion is a great help when starting your dream business. But to say that it’s the only thing you need to make the business a success wouldn’t be true.
In any case, it does benefit mompreneurs to try and find out what they are passionate about. Not only will it help clarify what you want out of life, but it will also help determine what the realistic approach would be to making your entrepreneurial goals a reality.