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Wish you could become a work at home mom ASAP but feel like it’s taking forever to actually make that dream a reality? 

I’ve definitely been there. It’s something that you want so badly but the reality of getting there turns out to be a lot harder than you imagined. 

In this article, I am going to share an inspirational tip that would’ve made my journey to becoming a mom entrepreneur so much easier if I’d heard it years ago. 

While it took me 4 years to get the courage to actually leave my career and pursue working from home, this inspirational tip will motivate you to reach your goals as a mom entrepreneur way faster.

So what’s this inspirational tip for mom entrepreneurs?

Earlier this year, I heard some advice that I really believe would’ve changed my entire journey to becoming a mom entrepreneur if I’d heard it sooner. This advice came from Brooke Castillo on her podcast, and she said “ What other people think of you has no impact on your feelings or your actions unless you let it

 

This may sound simple, and it is, but I’ve literally lived my entire life as a people-pleaser so starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur were not easy for me. 

 

When I had the idea to start making money online and leave the normal career path, I had a lot of resistance and hesitation. 

What would people think? Is this even possible? Am I crazy for leaving my career? 

I definitely held back a lot and let my fear of what other people think impact my decisions. 

There are so many ways this advice from Brooke would’ve changed my entrepreneurial journey if I’d heard it earlier and been able to implement it.

Here are some of the ways this tip can inspire and motivate you as you become a mom entrepreneur and grow your business. As you read these, I want to encourage you to be honest with yourself about how you may be letting other people’s thoughts dictate your reality without even realizing it. 

Less hesitation starting your business

Fearing what other people think can really hold you back from going after your dreams, especially if they are outside of the box. If you’ve had a ton of education or worked your way up the ladder in your field, then you might feel like it’s a little crazy to start a business.

I know I did. Here I was with a PhD in cancer biology and I was trying to figure out how I could make money online selling gently used clothes and shoes. If I had truly embraced this advice that what others think has no impact on me, then I would’ve started my business sooner and without hesitation or shame. 

Quitting your job might be easier

Even though it’s your life and your job, there’s still some sense of obligation or loyalty to your career. Maybe your boss has turned into a mentor or your previous mentor trained you in your field of study and you keep in touch. To leave your job and especially your career feels like you’re letting other people down somehow. 

I know this was the case for me. I felt like I was letting down my mentors, graduate school advisors and even my students. If I would’ve recognized that I was giving them that power and making assumptions about their thoughts, then I would’ve been able to quit my job much sooner. 

Easier owning your title as an entrepreneur  

When I finally did start a business, I didn’t really call it that. I just told people I had this fun way to make money on the side. Instead of recognizing and owning up to the fact that I was an entrepreneur with a business (no matter how small), I made sure to downplay it and write it off as some extra cash. Again, I was fearing what other people would think of me if I was really starting an online business and one that had nothing to do with my career. 

Embracing the fact that you’re an entrepreneur will help you adopt the entrepreneurial mindset faster and thus be more successful sooner. 

Taking risks in your business 

When you have a business, there is a lot of inherent risk of failure. I really didn’t want to leave my career and then fail at this whole business thing, especially when I had so many people questioning why I was doing it in the first place. 

Because I cared so much about what other people thought of my actions, I didn’t take many risks in my business for fear or it not succeeding. When, in reality, risks are very important as an entrepreneur and you have to be willing to take risks to figure out exactly what will work for your business and what won’t. 

Putting yourself out there more in your business

This kind of goes along the same vein as the last one, but this was more in terms of literally being seen in my business.

With most businesses, you’re going to have to market yourself or your products or services in some way. As a blogger, this meant showing up on social media on live video or putting out youtube videos or even straight up offering my services to people that might say no.

There is a lot that I didn’t do for my business because I was too caught up in what I thought others might think or say about me. And honestly, if they were going to say or think negative things, then they aren’t my customer anyway. 

 

 Worrying about what people will think of you and your ideas and your pricing will definitely prevent your business from growing. 

Mom guilt wouldn’t be such a big deal

Working a full time job and trying to run a business meant that I didn’t have a ton of time to spend with my son. Even though he was a big reason why I was doing the whole side hustle thing in the first place, I knew this was a sacrifice I had to make during this season. But that didn’t mean I didn’t feel guilty for it. 

If you really think about it, a lot of the mom guilt we feel is coming from what we think other people will think or say about us and how we are showing up as a mom. 

When we decide that what other people think doesn’t affect us, then we can show up as the mom we want to be that’s perfect for our family in our situation right now. 

So if you need to work on your business while your kids play in the backyard or go to grandma’s a little bit more than usual, that’s ok. You know what you need to do for your family to get it to a situation where you really can spend the time you want with them.

Until then, just remember that what other people think about how you’re showing up as a mom has no effect on you unless you let it. 

Fewer arguments with your spouse over business success

Being an entrepreneur can create stressful situations for your family both in terms of finances and time. When your business isn’t bringing in extra money for your family, then it makes sense that your spouse might start to question why you’re doing this business in the first place. 

I know my husband and I have had many conversations around this very topic. 

Recently, I started realizing that the root of these arguments came from my own insecurity with how he thought of my business.

How could he not believe it’s going to succeed? Of course I work hard on it! 

But I was getting defensive because I wanted him to believe in my business just as much as I did. I was letting his thoughts of my business and my success as an entrepreneur get to me. 

Then I realized that no one has to believe in my business or think that I’m doing a great job for me to actually be successful. All that matters is what I think and how I show up. 

So while your spouse may still have their concerns about your business success, if you’re coming from a place of truly believing in yourself, then your own defenses won’t be up and you can just calmly discuss the situation. 

Final Thoughts

These are the things that can happen if you embrace that piece of advice from Brooke. 

If you’ve been letting other people’s thoughts dictate your reality, then I’ve got great news: you can take back control. That one piece of advice from Brooke is all it takes. 

“What other people think of you has no impact on your feelings or your actions unless you let it

It’s not easy but it is simple. 

Repeat that every time you feel yourself doubting your ability to quit your job or actually scale your business or own up to the fact that you even have a business. Anytime you feel yourself feeling ashamed of your desire to be a work at home mom, remember this advice. 

Here are some things that just might change for you if you do: 

  • Less hesitation starting your business

  • Quitting your job might be easier

  • Easier owning your title as an entrepreneur

  • Taking risks in your business 

  • Putting yourself out there more in your business

  • Mom guilt wouldn’t be such a big deal

  • Fewer arguments with your spouse over business success

I’d love to hear the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that has helped you grow as an entrepreneur. Comment below to share. 

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About The Liberated Mommy

About The Liberated Mommy

As a mom wanting to work from home, figuring out which business to start and how to transition smoothly can seem overwhelming. At The Liberated Mommy, we cover everything to help you on your journey to working from home, including side hustles, starting and running an online business, budgeting and finances, parenting tips, reducing stress and overwhelm, and more.

Alexia Carrillo, the main author, has been writing about helping moms leave their 9-5 jobs since 2017. In 2018, she left her job as a scientist/high school teacher to be home with her son in 2018. She works from home as an ebay and Poshmark reseller and blogger and absolutely loves it.

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