Female entrepreneurship: how women can balance motherhood, a successful career, and happiness. Dana Malstaff started the Boss Mom Movement. She shares her entrepreneurial advice.
Dana Malstaff is a mother, business & content strategist, coach, speaker, writer, podcaster, brainstorm facilitator, and blind spot reducer. As the founder of the Boss Mom Movement she serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and starting/raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals. With over 10 years of experience in process & program development, graphic design, content development, sales, and marketing Dana has worked to create customized behavior modification tools for over 300 companies nationwide, and has created courses that collectively have over 2,800 participants and growing.
Think Like A Journalist
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money – when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” –Eileen Fisher, fashion designer.
Get really good at making sure you’re really solving problems as opposed to just addressing issues.
Recognize what you’re really, really good at and do that one thing. It’s your gift.
“I owe my success to my family environment growing up, which was one of creativity and action,” says Malstaff.
Dana comes from an entrepreneurial family. But she was working a career that consumed her life. Hear how she quit and started a family and entrepreneurship at the same time and succeeded at both!
When It Didn’t Work
Dana dealt with a tremendous amount of guilt when she was building her business. She questioned, “Can I love my children and my business?” Find out how guilt held her back and what she had to do to turn her business and personal life around.
Female Entrepreneurship: how you can balance motherhood, entrepreneurship, and personal fulfillment
Don’t always try to stay in balance. You won’t always have everything in balance. Understand that there will be times when you’re business will need you more or your family will need you more. Prepare for those times to alleviate stress.
Include your family in your business. Use your business as a tool to teach your children about entrepreneurship. Family and business can work together and overlap.
Develop a flex-schedule. Block your time based on “how much brain power” is needed for that block of time. Do you need complete isolation and massive brain power to get a task done? If so, solidly block times off.
Assess your business and change your routines. Know your growth strategy and how you’ll handle the changes that are need to further develop your brand.
Don’t get stuck in the learning phase: take action. Get things done. Entrepreneurs take action. They learn and then apply what they’ve learned to take their business to the next level.
Share what’s happening in your business. “The best way to build a community is to share what you’re doing in your business. If you’ve waited until you’ve created something to tell people about it then you’re way, way past when you should’ve started talking about it. It’s going to be much harder to build momentum for whatever it is that you’re doing,” explains Malstaff.
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