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The business of being a mum and running a business

I am in awe of my wife.  As we celebrate our third year in business, I look at her with huge respect and admiration.  Quite frankly I could not have done it without her.

Like many women out there she wears a dozen hats in a day – real estate agent, business owner, mummy, chef, teacher, friend, nurse, referee, IT professional, wife, chauffer, cleaner and laundry maid – to name a few. Despite her constant juggle she maintains a positive outlook and always finds time to don another hat.

I have been trying to work out what makes her so successful and I hate to admit it, but I think it is because she is a woman. And a woman that means business!

I think that because she is adept at juggling so many balls, she has the ability to relate to people of all walks of life. She somehow finds common ground with everyone she meets and quickly builds a rapport.

As I try to fine tune my life, I ask Hannah how she does it… Her top three tips.

1. Get real with your expectations. When you are a mum, there is no such thing as working 9am-5pm. If you choose to be a parent, expect to be woken at 3am and give cuddles to a little person.  And enjoy them.

2. Balance. Make time for yourself, your family and business. Use a diary and set dates, plan fun times around work so you have things to look forward to. Make use of your wider support networks to allow you to do this.

3. Celebrate. Having a business and a family has its ups and downs - focus on the ups and give yourself a pat on the back for every win – not matter how big or small.

Since the inception of Proppy I have come across many women like Hannah, in fact it has struck me that when it comes to decisions like homeownership, mums hold much power.

When a bloke comes to an open home, he typically sees a house on a section with so many sqm… and will be looking for a man cave. A woman sees a home. They have emotional aptitude and can instantly imagine themselves living in the space. They spotted the playground down the road as they drove to the open home, they scan the backyard and carve out the play area in their mind, they’ve quickly identified the adult only area of the house, they can see themselves entertaining from the kitchen and know where they will park their car for easy taxi services! This business of being a mum is sound knowledge and often seals a deal.

I dedicate this blog post to all mums out there in business. I take my hat off to you. 

For more on Hannah click here. If you would like to talk directly to Hannah feel free to email her at hannah@proppy.co.nz.

 

Cheers,

Tyson