I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since I decided to quit my job as a graphic designer to go full time with my business on Etsy. I’ll never forget the look on my husbands face when I told him I wasn’t going back to work after maternity leave. Y’all, his face was like 😱….😂. Not even a year later I was making the same money as he was and he’s a PharmD (check out how I make 6 figures a year on Etsy). So needless to say I think I made a good decision after all.
But, what is it really like to own a business as a mom? Well to put it simply: it’s extremely chaotic and rewarding at the same time. There are days when I wish I could have a 9-5 job back but then there are days that I take a step back to realize I’ve got the best career ever and I’m the luckiest person in the world.
After two years of “being on my own” I’ve experienced quite a bit. Owning a business is not all fun and games … it’s more like hustle and bustle. Here are the pros and cons of being a momprenuer.
Pro: I can stay home with my kids if needed.
When I first left my old job to go full time with my business I was dead set on being a work at home mom… until she turned 2 months old and stopped sleeping so much. I had to find some form of care for her and daycare seemed to be a good fit. Now both of my kids are in daycare full time. But if I need to keep them home if they’re sick it’s no issue. I don’t have to call out and I don’t need to worry about how many sick days I have left to use in the year.
Con: I can’t work if my kids are home.
It’s extremely difficult to work when my kids are home with me. My kids are both under 2 years old so my youngest is usually crying because she stood up and can’t figure out how to get down and my almost 2 year old is crying because she dropped her fork on the floor and can’t get to it. My kids are extremely high maintenance and I know that if I even try to work while they are home I will lose track of what I’m doing.
I also feel guilty working while they are home because my eyes should be on them at all times since they’re always getting into something. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to them if I’m distracted with work.
Pro: I pay myself what I want, when I want.
Financial freedom is a great thing. I’m on my own payroll and guess who decides what my weekly salary is? Me! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not swimming in cash but I pay myself double my previous salary as a graphic designer. If I ever go “broke” before my next payday I can always pull money out of my business bank account until then.
Con: The cash doesn’t always flow
As a business owner you will experience times in the year which business is slow which is usually in the summer time. If business is slow, guess what? I’m screwed that week. And if I want go take a vacation I’m not going to get paid either (because I haven’t hired any employees just yet). That’s right, no paid sick days, holidays or vacations.
Pro: I can work whenever I want
The ability to work when I want is definitely one of my favorite things about being a business owner. In the morning I usually drop the kids off at school, go to my workout class, come home and work a few hours, then I run and do errands for an hour or two then come back home to work some more if needed until I have to pick up my kids.
Con: I always have to work
Because it’s just me at the moment, there’s always something that I have to do. There’s either a message to respond to, an order I need to package, bookkeeping that needs to be updated, bills and taxes that have to be paid. It can be exhausting. Lori Greiner of Sharktank once said “Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week,” and that’s so incredibly true! I find myself working morning, noon, nights, weekends and holidays. 365 days a year. No sick days or paid vacations for me!
Pro: I don’t have a boss!
Every time I think of the general manager at my previous job I cringe. She was one of those micromanaging, everyone-is-beneath-me, talk shit behind your back type of general managers. Thankfully I don’t have to deal with that anymore! I am my own boss and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Con: I am the boss
Being a boss ain’t all sunshine and rainbows (if you know where that quote is from then we should be friends). Unfortunately I have to do “boss like” things like answering obnoxious messages, overnighting things on Sunday nights, paying IRS taxes, and approving my payroll. I gotta admit handling pushy customers is not on my top favorite things to do list.
Pro: I love Mondays and I love what I do!
I used to hate Sunday nights. The thought of having to go back to work the following day was dreadful. But one thing that I realized is that Monday’s don’t suck, it’s your job!
Now I actually look forward to Monday mornings. The kids go back to daycare and I can focus 100% on my business. I’m excited to work on new things for my business and build it up.
Con: I never turn “off”
My problem is that I never actually turn off. I don’t clock out at the end of every day, get into my car and forget about work related things like most people. Instead, I’m constantly distracted with work, even on weekends. There’s always something that pops into my head randomly. Did I ship her order? Did I log my gas receipt? When are quarterly taxes due? Sometimes I feel like it takes time away from my husband and kids, which can be frustrating.
Despite all of the responsibility that comes with owning my own business as a mother, at the end of the day I know I wouldn’t trade my life for anything at this point. I’ve worked so hard to get where I’m at today.
Have you considered opening up your own business online? What are some questions that you have about being a mompreneur? Let me know in the comments below!