Let me start by saying, this blog post is not in regards to someone who is a part-time parent.
When I mean part time parentalpreneur, I mean full-time parent, part-time entrepreneur.
You see, I can’t really relate to people who only have their kids part time.
And, of course, I only teach on things I have experience with. Otherwise, who the heck am I giving advice to anyone else?
Anyway, most people who get started in this fantastic profession of network marketing, get started part-time.
The goal, of course, is to eventually build it to where you can tell your boss to S a D, and become full time from home.
Well let me tell you, it’s amazing. But, it’s not easy.
That’s where this blog post comes into play.
I want to show you how to build your business, part time, on the side of being a full time parent.
Because that’s exactly what I’ve had to do.
You see, I wasn’t always full time network marketing AFTER I became a parent.
I’ve had to get temporary work, side gigs, and projects to help pay the bills once I left my second company, and found myself business-less with a child.
It’s all pretty well documented in this blog, but the reality was that.
So, how’d I do it?
How did I get here on the side of changing diapers, 0 babysitters over the last almost 4 years, and running my businesses?
Organization was a very big help when it came to building business part time.
It doesn’t matter if you’re running one business, or multiple projects, organization is key. I tell most of my clients, one of their biggest problems, is they aren’t as busy as they think they are.
I know, it’s a weird concept. But, think with me for a minute.
Think about your day. Think about how it went.
What did you REALLY accomplish.
You see, there’s these times in-between things we have to do for the day, gaps if you will, that we literally don’t do shit.
Lets say you have a job, and you get home, knowing you have to make dinner at some point…
What do you do when you get home, before that next task?
Probably just sit down, watch a little tv, maybe hang out with the family, whatever.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with this stuff. But watching tv for a planned 30 minutes, and just sitting on the couch until you’re ready to get up, are two completely different things.
If you have your day organized and scheduled, you’re most likely going to be able to maximize what you do.
Think about the last time you sat and watched tv.
Was it a planned amount of time, or just sitting down and see what was on?
That’s the difference.
If you know you have 30 minutes of “recharge” time, or are trying to catch JUST your favorite show, you won’t spend all day on the couch. But, think of how many times we’ve turned on the boob tube, just to end up sitting there for 3 hours like it was nothing.
I know, binge watching Netflix is the shit.
But, it’s horrible if you’re trying to maximize your day.
For organization, it’s not only important to plan your day, but also plan your week.
When you ask?
Before it begins.
Monday, as you know, is the start of a new week.
New goals, new schedule, new deadlines, etc.
So, I usually tell people to plant their week, before it begins, when there’s not as much going on.
Yes, that’s it, Sundays.
I usually carve out time on Sunday night, where I can sit down, pull out a planner, and just schedule my week.
I start with the non-negotiables, such as work, daycare, extracurricular activities, etc.
Then, once that’s all written down, I fill in the gaps with appointments, weekly business events, webinars, all that fun stuff.
The key is to be truly busy, not to just spend your day, thinking about working.
Once you get in the habit of truly trying to be organized and maximize your week, you’ll be off to a great start on building your business part time, while being a full time parent.
Next up, is consistency.
Consistency is also very important.
A lot of times we think working really hard for a few days, taking all out massive action, or reading a full book in a day, is the way to go. Generally speaking, what ends up happening is people go hard for a day or two, and then fizzle out for a month.
This is not good.
Think of this… It takes 21 days to build a habit.
If you’re at the gym, and you go hard with the weights, and then don’t show back up to the gym for two weeks, are you in any better position/shape than when you first started?
But, if you didn’t work out quite as hard, but did it consistently 5 days a week, chances are you’re going to see better results. I’m not saying you’ll be built like Hercules, but this is definitely a better option than the first example. It creates a habit, and actually gives your body enough time to break muscle down, repair, and hit those same body parts a few days later.
The same goes with business.
Don’t blow your wad calling everyone on your prospecting list, or reading a book, or following up with people, and then go MIA for a month. That’s not how this works.
I usually advise, along side of being organized, doing at least two business exposures a day.
Because everyone can do two.
Think about it.. It doesn’t matter if you work full time, have kids, play sports etc.
Everyone can do at least two exposures a day.
Getting in the habit of two a day, being consistent long enough, you’ll find solid results.
The same thing with personal development. Read just for 10-15 minutes a day, or 20-30 minutes of a good audio a day, and you’ll find serious results. Bust out an entire book in a day, you’ll probably only process a fraction of what you read, and then go into hiding for a month… Not good.
You see, consistency is key.
To recap on that, expose two new people to your business a day, do 10-15 minutes of reading a day, and take that principle into everything you do. Be consistent with your health, with family time, with personal time, etc. Don’t just do it all in one day and then fall off track for the next six months.
Next, be committed.
This is tricky, because there’s two sides to this.
When I say be committed, I mean it. If there’s an event, go to it.
If there’s a convention you need to fly to, go.
If there’s a booked appointment you have with a prospect, be there, and on time.
You need to work hard, harder than most single/family-less people have to.
But, the other side to this is, do not neglect your why.
Chances are, if you’re a parent, your why is your spouse and/or kids.
What happens a lot, however, is that we work so hard trying to achieve our goals, we forget why we started in the first place.
So, in this case, if it is family related, make sure you’re carving out at least one day a week where it’s nothing but family time, with the consistent, smaller time slot EVERY DAY, so that they don’t feel like you’re married to a business or project.
I’m telling you to be committed as hell. Don’t miss meetings.
I’m also telling you to not neglect your why.
This goes back to not only being consistent, but also being organized and well planned heading into each week.
When you shut your eyes on Sunday night, after laying your head on your pillow, you should know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing at all times during the week, being super consistent, and being committed.
These three things will drastically change your business, and can be done while being a full time parent.
Remember, nothing I’ve mentioned in this post requires full time business building. It just requires planning.
The old saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Being a parent is tough, I get it.
Having a job is tough, I get it.
Doing all of these, while trying to juggle a business or multiple ones, is really tough, I get it.
But it can be done if you follow these steps.
Thanks for giving this a read. If this helped you in any way, feel free to comment below, or share it on social media.
Until my next post, peace out!
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