Are you ready to start this WAHM thing? A little secret is I didn’t really develop a hardcore business plan when I started my freelance writing and marketing business.
Don’t forget to KISS (Keep it simple, sister) your plan
I can get bogged down in planning and never get something off the ground. I had a sketch of what I wanted to do and what I was good at, but that was it. I like to jump in headfirst to projects, but being a mama has taught me a little planning is a good thing. Just don’t overthink it.
Start with a brain dump
If I could go back 12 years and tell my younger self a secret, I’d tell her to start with a simple plan. I’m developing some more formal planning tools for you to work through as you plan your work-at-home strategy, but the best way to get into the mindset of planning is to get the details out of your head.
Keep a planning tool with you at all times
I have a simple notebook from Walmart with colored page edges that I use to get out of my own head. One section of it is ideas for what I want to do with my business – blog posts, marketing opportunities, things I want to try or learn more about.
It’s purse-sized so I keep it in my briefcase with my laptop or in my big ole mama purse. When I have a few minutes, I jot down notes.
I do this while waiting for coffee to brew, as I’m dressing (I do a lot of shower brainstorming) or when my kids fall asleep for those few blissful minutes in the driveway.
Here are five questions I ask just about anyone wanting to do this home-working mama thing:
- What profitable skills do you have?
- What can you do to increase my skills?
- Why do you want to work at home?
- What are you willing to compromise to make time for work?
- What is your natural response to failure?
Notice I didn’t include anything about the income I need to make. You’re in the dreaming stages right now; not the practical. We’ll get there, I promise.
I’ll write more on these questions over the next couple of weeks to help you flesh out your big plan. Be bold and courageous, my friends!