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What makes some women successful mompreneurs while others can never seem to make any traction?
Are successful mompreneurs just lucky, or is there something else going on?
According to this New York Times article, 95% of blogs are abandoned. Wow–let that number sink in for a minute.
95% of blogs are abandoned
That’s a whole lot of people who started in one direction and then just stopped.
But we’re not talking about those people today.
Today, we’re talking about the ones who kept going. Who continue to add quality content to their blogs, grow their business, and carve their own definition of success.
Successful mompreneurs share many character traits. These traits keep them going when times get tough. They inspire them to keep going, and not to give up.
Let’s examine five character traits that successful mompreneurs share.
1. They Persevere
Now how does that idiom go? Oh yeah…
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Successful mompreneurs don’t stop blogging when they realize no one is reading their posts. They don’t stop looking for gigs when they don’t land the first couple they apply for.
These women don’t give up. They keep going.
Of course, they know when to change things up. Because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.
But, successful mompreneurs don’t look at the lack of traction and decide it’s just not meant to be. They analyze the data, look at what’s not working, change it up, and try again.
They keep trying. And keep shifting. And try some more.
They believe in themselves and know they have what it takes to make it happen.
2. They Rise Above Fear
Fear will stop a mompreneur flat. There are so many things to fear.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of success.
And even a fear of messing something up.
If you can’t get past your fears, your business won’t grow. You will become your own worst enemy.
Remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear. We do not need to be afraid to try new things.
So write down your fears. Then face them. Think about the worst thing that can happen.
If you pitch someone the worst thing they can say is no. (Or just ignore you.) The world isn’t going to end because you tried and failed.
Fears will probably always be there, even if you are successful. But you don’t need to let fear stop you.
Successful mompreneurs have learned to not let fear win.
3. They Are Responsible
Mompreneurs who make it have a sense of responsibility. They keep track of their deadlines, and make sure to meet them.
They break down large tasks into manageable pieces, and know the importance of getting their work done. Their clients trust them to do the job they agreed to do.
These women keep their clients in the loop if something comes up. They know the importance of communication.
But, while they’re rocking their business, they don’t ignore their primary responsibility. These mamas are taking time to engage their kids while they work. They let their kids help them whenever possible, taking time to give their kids an entrepreneurial spirit of their own.
Successful mompreneurs own their responsibilities and know how to balance diapers and deadlines.
4. They Have Integrity
Successful mompreneurs demonstrate integrity. When they need to write a blog post, they don’t pick one they like off another website and use a thesaurus to rewrite it.
They don’t copy and paste someone else’s work and try to pass it off as their own. These women aren’t the ones running scammy Pinterest accounts full of stolen content.
No, successful mompreneurs do their own work. Even when it’s hard. They know how to ask for help and give credit where it’s due.
5. They Maintain a Sense of Self-Worth
There are lots of people out there looking for the cheapest work they can get. Companies that pay a penny or less a word are a dime a dozen. They’re everywhere.
Successful mompreneurs believe in the value they offer. They may start off writing for content mills, but they don’t stay there. These moms know if something is going to pull them away from their home and family, it sure better pay more than pennies.
They know they’re worth more than that. And they’re willing to put the effort in to find gigs that don’t consume their lives.They confidently stick to their rates even when it takes time to find those clients.
But, while they know their worth, they aren’t stuck up and hoity-toity. They save their paid work for clients who pay a fair wage. And they spend some of their time building a community and making connections with others.
Networking is an essential part of building a thriving business, and they know the importance of sharing their tips and ideas.
They Aren’t Perfect
Mompreneurs are pretty awesome! They rock a business and their family life.
But, they aren’t perfect. No one is.
These mamas know what to cut out. They know where to focus their energy on, and what to let slide.
And by proactively making these decisions, they end the mom guilt. Which is a good thing, because no one has time to waste feeling guilty about not being perfect.
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This post was original published on my site in March of 2016. It’s been revamped and updated.
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Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.