Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto from Mom, Inc. Daily are experts in running a successful home-based business. Here, Cat tells her story of managing her creative business while pregnant and shares an excerpt from their new book, Mom, Inc., about creating your “Mom Statement.”
During my third trimester bedrest, I held office, ate most meals, and slept on one poor cushion of my permanently lopsided couch. While many of my friends call this time period “nesting,” I remember feeling panicked and uncertain about how my stationery business would function after the birth of my son.
As the owner of a small creative business, I could not afford maternity leave. Instead of resting as my doctor recommended, I plotted spreadsheets for client projects, cranked out extra designs for licensing callouts, and drafted posts weeks in advance for my blog. I was basically trying to nail down doors and shutters to face the eye of a hurricane.
Looking back, I realize I was facing the culmination of business and motherhood with a defensive, “dukes-up” kind of attitude. One tool I’ve used for creating balance between the needs of my business and my family has been my Mom Statement.
Here’s an excerpt from Mom, Inc. about how to create your Mom Statement:
“Since you are a mom, you might find it helpful to also put together a “mom statement” that coexists with your business’s mission statement (see Mission Statement, page 137). Think of these statements as two parts of a whole — the yin and the yang — that enable you to have both a successful business and a fulfilling family life. As you would do in your mission statement, you need to describe your core values and goals as the entrepreneurial mother you hope to be. Do you endeavor to be present, active, and patient? You may even go a step further and plot out real-life scenarios that fulfill those adjectives: Will present mean being able to attend your daughter’s tap classes every Thursday afternoon? Will active mean running for a board position at your son’s co-op preschool? Next, determine what needs to be done to fulfill your goals. If patient means having extra time to sit down and help your eight-year-old with his homework, will this mean ending your workday at three o’clock or finding a part-time employee to take customer service calls in the afternoon? View your mom statement as a guide, reminding you to factor your family into your business decisions.”