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Mom Entrepreneur Lessons: 12 Things I Learned in 2012

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Another year comes to a close. Another year of growing, learning, reaching, falling, hoping, failing, dreaming, aspiring, loving, laughing, crying.

Yes, 2012 was all of this and more for me as a mom, wife, home manager, entrepreneur, blogger and of course, woman.

Here are the 12 lessons I learnt as a mom entrepreneur:

 1. Community is Everything

Every single day, I am thankful for YOU. I’m deeply grateful for every comment here on the blog or on Twitter and Facebook. I appreciate every one who trusts me and subscribes to the site or purchases an eBook or sponsors a post. I value every minute of your day that you share generously with me and my writing. My community is YOU. And that I learnt is everything.

 2. Make Multiple Streams of Income, Baby

Yeah, you should never, ever put your eggs into one basket when you’re a mom entrepreneur or work-at-home mom. 2012 was a year when we set up multiple streams of income. There were eBooks, writing gigs, social media management, SEO services, coaching and consulting, sponsorships and maybe a few other things I’m forgetting right now. But the fact is that in no one month were we dependent on ONE thing for income.

 3. I CAN’T Do Everything

This is probably one of the key lessons I learnt early on in 2012. I can’t do everything. I shared this when I talked about hiring household help, and then about outsourcing my stress as business grew here and here and now, tell everyone who’d listen that YOU can’t do everything and that’s okay. Find what you really want to do and love to do, and see if you can give up the rest.

 4. Time Management is Fluid

It is. What works for you in this season of life may not work in 2013. What works for me, may not work for you. There are a few basics that you must follow and everything else can be adapted to your life, your needs and your challenges.

 5. Reaching Out is Fun

Oohh.. this was something that took some courage and stepping out of my comfort zone to do. But it is SO much fun. I made new friends, learned new things about myself and absolutely loved it. You should totally try this in 2013. Send an email to someone you really admire. Ask a mom you meet at the play school over for a play date with the kids.

 6. Facebook and Twitter are Fine, But My Blog is My Baby

That’s right. This is my baby and no one can take that away. Social networks are fun and good to be on,  but they come and go, what remains constant is this- my content, my blog.

 7. Having an Only Child Does NOT Make it Easier for Me

Yep. It doesn’t. I know I don’t have the challenges that moms of multiple kids have, but I have my own unique challenges. I shared how I deal with them here and here.

8. Organizing Does NOT Have to Cost Money

That’s right. You don’t need money to get organized and streamline your life. What is really needed is the will to put things in order and get my act together! LOL. I shared how I get organized without spending a penny here and then in my free productivity toolkit.

9. Being YOU is Important

Well, this is a lesson we all know but it bears repeating. The reason I re-learnt this lesson is because of a copycat blogger who began simply doing what I was doing. And while imitation may be the best form of flattery, I’d rather not be flattered. Plus, I was deeply concerned about that blogger’s sense of self-esteem and so, I shared the power of being you in this post.

10. Take Action. Start. Move

Planning is great. But if you don’t take action, you aren’t going to get anywhere, any time soon. It may be scary. It may seem tough. But you have to take action. Whether it is building your business or saving money, take action.  I’ve applied this in many areas of my life, especially, working at home, but I still need to put it in practice when it comes to my health, which brings me to the next point.

11. My Well Being Defines My Business’s and Family’s Well Being

I’d shared how I really need to get healthy and fit in July. Well, **shamefacedly**, I haven’t done much since. I did learn though {thanks to my loving husband} that if I’m not healthy, my family and my business are both going to take a beating.  My first goal for 2013, therefore, is to take action and get healthy. Hold me accountable for it, will ya?

12. There are No Mistakes in Entrepreneurship or Parenting. Only Lessons Learned

Both parenting and entrepreneurship are things I have learnt as I have gone along. I didn’t go to B-School for business and I don’t have a parenting coach. But I do know that when we make mistakes and they impact us, we cry a little, learn from them, grow a bit and move on. Everything that you do may not turn out the way you want it to. That’s okay. Just do your best.

 What lessons have YOU learnt in 2012?


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  1. Perna,

    You are such an inspiration. I hope in 2013 I have this same kind of list to tell my audience.
    I do agree, you cannot do it all on your own and community is the key to blogging and online business success. My community has been growing and it makes me so excited!

    2013 will bring great things!!!


    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Allie! Lovely to hear from you and thank YOU for your kind words.. I’m excited to see what 2013 has in hold for all of us.. and kudos that your community is growing! Lovely!

  2. Well it sounds like you have learned an absolute TON in this last year! I think I am learning just to be me; not to feel pressured to blog more than I can, simply because it’s how you’re “supposed” to do it; just to live my life as me and not try to fit into a mold of what I think a publisher might *want*. It kind of reminds me of when my kids were in high school and simply pursued the clubs and sports that interested them, instead of being concerned about building a resume to please some college. We really don’t need to worry about pleasing the world, just about being who we are made to be. Sappy, but it’s what I’m learning 😉 Best of luck in all your many business ventures. And good for you, for hiring that household help.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Lynn! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.. LOVE how you’re focusing on being YOU. That is vital. I think you’ve put it perfectly when you say, “We really don’t need to worry about pleasing the world, just about being who we are made to be.” Thanks again Lynn and wishing YOU all the very best in everything.

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