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Have you ever felt alone as a mompreneur? It’s a feeling I struggle with a lot.
When you’re working hard growing your business while raising your family, you may feel all alone. Or like no one understands what you’re going through.
But, just because being a mompreneur can feel isolating doesn’t mean that it has to be.
Speak Some Truth
First, speak some truth into your life. You are not alone.
I know it can feel like it at times.
But, there are plenty of other mamas hard at work, doing what you’re doing. They’re hustling to grow their business while combating mom guilt, struggling to keep the house clean, and worrying that they’ll never get it all done.
Connect with Others
The trick is to find those other mompreneurs. And start connecting with them.
You need to find your tribe of moms who get it . Who understand the lingo of your business because they’re speaking it too.
But, when you’re working from home with kids, heading out to network with these other mamas sounds impossible.
Especially when you live in the boonies like I do. Networking in person involves a long drive, or a flight.
So what can you do?
You look for creative ways to connect, build a relationship, and support each other.
Here are some ways to make it happen.
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Join a Mastermind Group
I’ve tried several mastermind groups over the years. The one I really loved closed over a year ago, and I’ve been looking for something to replace it.
And I recently found one!
Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom and Your Blogging Mentor started a blogging mastermind group earlier this year. I joined, and have really been enjoying it.
There are threads to connect with other bloggers, video blog critiques to help us improve, and two monthly mastermind calls. It’s such an encouraging group!
I know Crystal will be opening this up again soon, so if you’re looking for an amazing mastermind that’s blogging oriented, I highly recommend Your Blogging Mastermind!
But, don’t just join a group. Participate in it. Take time to read some posts and respond. Purposefully try to make connections and learn from others.
Watch the coaching calls. Participate in the challenges. Do something!
Otherwise you’re just sending someone a monthly fee, which is sort of like throwing your money away. Don’t do that!
Masterminds aren’t the only way to join other mamapreneurs. I’m in several Facebook Groups with other ladies doing incredible things.
If you’re looking to join a group, here are some I recommend. They’ve all been a great place to touch base with other moms who are in the trenches and encourage each other.
Of course, Facebook has a tendency to run away with your time. It’s easy to “jump on real quick” and suddenly look up and realize half an hour has gone by.
So be intentional with your time. I like to block out thirty minutes early in the morning for Facebook, and most of that is spend connecting in groups.
Give more than you take – if you can answer someone’s question, do it. These other moms are not your competitors – they are your coworkers. So help them out when you can.
Though I don’t often have the opportunity to meet other WAHMs, I enjoy it when I do. There’s something special about meeting offline, in real life!
Maybe you can go hangout at a park while your kids play. Or grab a quick cup of coffee.
I’m hoping to make it to a blogging conference in 2020, and am looking forward to making new connections!
Get Your Family On Board
In addition to connecting with other work from home mamas, you can combat isolationism in other ways.
There’s one group of people you are around frequently – your family. Don’t keep them out of your business. Instead, get them on board.
Trying to keep your work and your family completely separate is only going to add to your isolation. That’s because you won’t be discussing something that is really important to you with the people who are closest to you.
Your family can be a support network for you. They can help you brainstorm post ideas, do some basic tasks, and encourage you when times get tough.
If you’re married, you and your spouse need to be on the same page. I’ve discovered some great ways your spouse can support your business. Communication is key.
Talk about what you need. Talk about your goals and desires. Communicate together.
Spend Time on You
When you have no margin in your life, things get crazy. The overwhelm intensifies the isolation.
You begin to feel like you are doing so much and no one even cares.
Don’t let yourself fall into this trap.
Instead, find some margin in your life. Look for ways to cut your commitments. Say no to some things.
And take time for you.
Go for a quick walk.
Wake up before the kids and enjoy a cup of coffee while spending time with the Lord.
Streamline everything. Make a plan and be intentional with your time.
When you aren’t as stressed, you will have time to make connections and work on you. And you’ll be a better mom because of it
Be Content and Grateful
When you’re focusing on your blessings, it’s pretty hard to spend time focusing on your feelings of isolation.
Take time to count your blessings daily. What is going well? What are you thankful for?
My family and I gather twice a day (morning and night) for Bible time. As a part of that, we count our blessings. We sing the chorus of the hymn Count Your Blessings, and everyone says something they are thankful for.
Some are big. Some are small. But, I’ve noticed a huge difference in everyone’s attitudes since we started purposefully talking about the good things twice a day.
My husband and I just ordered Rachel Cruze’s The Contentment Journal, and we are looking forward to starting those next week.
Do You Struggle with Isolation as a Work at Home Mom? How Do You Deal with It?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
And if you’re a mompreneur struggling with isolation, I’d love to connect with you. You don’t have to go it alone! Find a tribe and make connections.