Are you haunting Google and Pinterest in your quest to start an online business?
Desperation has set in, hasn’t it, now that you’re a single mom and have so many challenges to cope with.
You know the only way out of scrimping and scraping to make ends meet is to boost your income with a side hustle.
You’re at the point where you’re researching the best ideas to start an online business from home. Your hope is that the extra money will allow you to treat your kids every now and again to a movie or a take-out meal. Things they were used to before the split with your ex.
But, as a single mom, you are practical and well aware that the odds are against you in starting an online store or service business. Your challenges are that you:
- only have a high school diploma
- lack business skills
- have no experience with running a business
- have no money to invest in the business
You’re not alone. So many moms want to quit their 9-5 jobs and work from home to fit around their children’s needs.
As much as you want to be an online business owner, you fear that you may not fulfill that dream.
This post shows you how to grow the right mindset and harness your current skills to gain the confidence to start your own online business.
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How to boost your confidence to start an online business from home
But just where do you start? You’re a single mom working a full time job, raising tweens and teens, not to mention juggling the housework, homework, and driving them to their after school activities.
1. Educate yourself about online businesses
Here are a few books that you can read to get more info on this topic:
by Shannon Belewand Joel Elad
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by Ken Colwell PhD MBA
by Emilie Pelletier
2. Focus On Your Current Skill Set
Silence that inner critic telling you you have no qualifications to start a business of your own.
Here are a few transferable soft skills you’ve gained due to your being a mom.
You run a household! Many would say that’s the hardest job that one person could do, and guess what, you’re already doing it.
On a daily basis you multitask as you feed the kids, make lunches, organize the children for school, and put the laundry on. Often, you cook dinner, while helping with homework. You’re used to setting up playdates, and squeezing in your weekly shopping while ferrying them to after school sports activities.
2.2. Money management
You also manage the household finances and you have to be creative to stretch your income to cover the family’s needs. This includes mastering the art of meal planning using seasonal foods and strategic shopping in sales.
2.3. Problem solving
As a mom you’re a problem solver gained from stopping a gazillion sibling fights. You’re the one who often has to come up with a plan to help your kids with their schoolwork. For example, you may teach them rhymes to help them learn how to spell tricky words or how to complete equations.
Your creativity is often seen in the budget friendly meals you make. But you also find ways to keep your kids entertained at home rather than going out. You coax your kids to be creative by encouraging them to start craft hobbies. Your creative streak is a great help with school projects and activities as well.
2.5. Time management
As a mom, you’re a rock star at time management. You have to get the kids ready for school, see to their breakfasts and school lunches. That’s in addition to getting yourself ready and reporting for work on time.
You see, you’re already displaying a lot of the skills needed to start an online business.
3. Network With Other Single Mompreneurs
A great way to build your confidence to start your online business is to meet like-minded single moms who are running their own online business, or who are looking to do so.
Search social media sites, especially Facebook, for groups you can join to connect with mompreneurs. This will allow you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of those who already have their own online businesses.
Connecting with other women who have been in your shoes will help you to gain insight into the business world. Take this opportunity to learn from their mistakes and seek their advice. You’ll be amazed at how supportive mompreneurs are.
Check out this YouTube video by Charisma on Command that gives you a few helpful tips on networking.
4. Work On Your Confidence
Do one thing that scares you every day. This doesn’t have to be a big thing. Maybe you struggle to strike up a conversation with other parents in the playground – do it anyway. What’s the worst that could happen? They nod politely and walk away as soon as they’ve picked up their child.
Sharpen your confidence skills with this YouTube video by Alex Costa:
Also boost your confidence by:
- reading books written by those who have overcome challenges and succeeded in business
- Listening to inspirational podcasts like the Boss Babe Podcast, The Side Hustle Show and The Side Hustle School
- Read blog posts, books, and articles online from authors and entrepreneurs who faced low confidence issues in their life, and how pushing through has enabled them to grow a successful business.
5. Keep a journal
This is one of the best things you can do to help you cope with all the challenges you face as a single mom. Journaling is a powerful way to deal with obstacles and can steer you to online business success.
Write daily in your journal about:
- your ideas for your business
- the fears you have about it
- the steps you’ve taken to build your confidence
- the business info you’ve gleaned
6. Research Your Business Idea
Take a course in your area of interest. There are loads of free and paid courses out there to help you understand your niche and how to build, and run, a business.
Sign up to newsletters of your competitors. Absorb the information they are sharing with their customers and use this to further your business knowledge.
Design a vision board of all the things you’d like to achieve. Pin quotes, affirmations, and pictures that inspire you. Visualize where you’d like to see yourself a year, two years, even five years from now.
Regularly look at your vision board and use it to encourage yourself, smile at the goals you’ve achieved, and look forward to the ones you’re about to take on. Appreciate your dreams and congratulate yourself on your growth.
Once you begin to gain a deeper understanding of your niche, your confidence will naturally increase. Learning about your competitors, the lingo, which products are already available, and what has or hasn’t worked for others, you’ll start to build a picture of the direction you want to head in. Again, this will help you to feel confident as you move forward in your ideas.
Confidence grows with time. If you wait until you feel confident then you’ll never get anything done, let alone start a business. So don’t wait until the time feels right
Your actions steps to take to start your online business:
- Saying YES to events
- Meeting like-minded people
- Sign up for courses
- Research your ideas
- Join online groups
- Journal your progress
- Read & listen to other people’s stories of overcoming self-confidence issues
- Do one thing that scares you every day
Remember, you already have a lot of skills. You’re a single mom running a household and organizing little people. Take those skills and talents and visualize yourself applying them in your business. This should help you to see yourself in a new light.
Trust the process. You’ve got this, mamma.
Do you have any ideas on how to start an online business? Share them in the comments below.
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Rebekah Louise is a women’s health freelance writer and content creator for hire. She has a passion to help women become the best version of themselves. If you’d like written content for your business you can contact Rebekah at RebekahLouiseWrites.com.