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The Top 5 No-Nos for Mompreneurs

The Top 5 No-Nos for MompreneursBy Holly Reisem Hanna

As a mompreneur I know how tough it can be to juggle a new business, family and your personal life – honestly there never seems to be enough hours in the day. But just because you’re strapped for time and/or money, it is not okay to cut corners and compromise your integrity.

Here are the top 5 no-no’s for mompreneurs.

Always Asking for Favors:

Don’t be known as “that girl”, you know the one that always asks for favors, but never lends a helping hand in return. People enjoy helping others in times of need, but if you’re constantly asking for things, you’ll start to turn people off and they will start ignoring your phone calls and emails.

In fact in Trust Agents, it says “In your business, you shouldn’t ask for anything almost ever. Asking for favors, getting people to blog things for you, these are things that make people go out of their way and that make them feel uncomfortable”. Instead be helpful and assist others when you’re able to, you’ll be surprised how people will want to help you in return and you won’t even have to ask.

Being Non-Responsive:

Do you immediately read emails and let then let them sit in your inbox, because you plan on getting to them later? Well, the next thing you know, weeks go by and your email inbox has over 500 emails waiting for replies – yikes!  Don’t let this happen to you, when you first open an email either immediately respond to it or file it away for future use. When you give a delayed response (or no response at all) it tells people that you don’t care about them and that you don’t value their time. Answering emails promptly can definitely make you stand out from the crowd and it’s an easy way to stay on top of things.

Forgetting Important Details:

I’m sure you’ve heard the story about the woman who asks the other woman when her baby is due, and low and behold she already had it! Don’t get caught with your foot in your mouth; learn to write down important details about your clients and employees. An easy way to do this by creating a note card with simple facts: name, birth date, kid’s names, married, divorced, etc. Not remembering key details is not only embarrassing for both parties involved, but it can also be hurtful and degrading. Impress your clients by remembering the small stuff – it makes a huge difference.

Being Rude and Disrespectful:

I’ve seen this happen a lot online and off – it is never appropriate to be rude or disrespectful to people. Situations can be frustrating, but in the end we are all humans and we deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Don’t let your frustrations get the best of you, take the high road and act with integrity and tolerance. As they say, word-of-mouth is the most powerful tool for consumers, make sure it’s positive.

Making Promises You Can’t Keep:

Sometimes you just have to say no. You want to help everyone but then you end up making promises that you can’t keep. Not only does this make you look unreliable but it can cause feelings of disappointment and resentment. Keep a detailed schedule so you know exactly what extra projects and tasks you can take on, and when you don’t have any more room on your plate, kindly turn down the offer. People will respect you more even though you’re telling them no.

By being mindful and avoiding these 5 simple business no-no’s you can be secure in maintaining your professional and personal integrity as a mompreneur.

What are some other practices individuals should be mindful of avoiding? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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23 Responses to “The Top 5 No-Nos for Mompreneurs”

  1. 1
    jen says:

    UGH. I am so guilty of #2 – I try and I try but I just can’t seem to reply in a timely manner to emails. Thanks for the reminder that it is IMPORTANT – my new *rule* is that I can’t go to bed until everything is answered!

    jen :)

    • 1.1

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for the comment. Email is a hard one to keep on top of, but once you get into the habit of answering emails right away or filing them away it becomes easier and you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Good luck!

  2. 2
    Nancy says:

    Details, details, details. Yes, I’ll need to write them down. Don’t know why I think I can remember so much – I can’t. The big picture is really in the details, they ARE the story.

  3. 3

    Hi Nancy,

    I know what you mean. I started keeping a small note-book in my bag at all times, this has been great for remembering details at meetings, new blog post ideas, things I need to do and important dates.

  4. 4
    Jen says:

    It always excites me whenever I see women put up their own businesses and become independent. Mompreneurs have great insights into marketing gaps and the effort they put in to juggle their time to balance home and business is really amazing. Cheers to all the mums who give it a go! I hope we will continue to see the rise of mompreneurs as future leaders of our businesses and communities.

  5. 5
    Colleen W says:

    The top 5 no-no’s are applicable to the 9-5 job aspect as well as to your typical “mompreneur”.
    Time management is important in that one needs to have “me” time.
    Accepting that it is ok to say “no” to additional tasks or projects.
    Get in the habit of taking notes, you will be thankful later.
    Keep in mind that although people may not know you in person, your email communication is representative of you and your business and if your email comes across in an unprofessional manner, then your business could suffer as a result. Word of mouth travels quickly, both in person, on social networks and via email.

  6. 6
    Tracy Bennett says:

    Hi Holly!
    Thanks so much for this! I am passing this along because I could use polishing on several of them!
    Tracy

  7. 7
    Elizabeth Saunders-Time Coach says:

    Holly-Excellent article for anyone in the professional world!

    I used to struggle with keeping up on e-mail but have found that for myself and my time coaching clients that it’s important to realize how you relate to e-mail and choose the right strategy::

    If e-mail is like candy (i.e. you want to answer it all the time), block in some important project time first before checking and responding to it.

    If e-mail is like spinach (i.e. something you prefer to avoid), make yourself answer all of your e-mail first before moving on to other projects.

    Here’s a post where I describe my method in a bit more detail: http://www.reallifee.com/e-tip-set-e-mail-expectations

    Have a brilliant day!
    Elizabeth
    http://www.ScheduleMakeover.com

    • 7.1

      Those are great email tips Elizabeth! I have the problem that I love to read the email, but often it takes me a while to formulate a response, so I would just let it sit in my in-box. Over time I’ve learned that my responses don’t have to be a literary master pieces.

  8. 8
    Rachel Blaufeld says:

    Great list. All very important….the email thing is key. I set aside 2 blocks of time to answer emails during my day.
    Along the same lines, as a mompreneur, I try to block out my day w a rough outline of what I am going to do because it is so easy to get distracted working from home. I need the outline to hold myself accountable.
    Rachel

  9. 9
    LaTersa Blakely says:

    I think these are some awesome tips. These tips can take you a long ways in your business …

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    Golda Smith says:

    These are great tips! I’m not sure which one I enjoy the most. I use a voice recorder feature on my phone to remind me of important tasks, especially when I can’t write it down. I’ve learned to breeze through email and I restrict my responses to 2-4 lines…cuts down so much time.

  11. 11
    AnaBear Boutique says:

    OMGoodness this has been so helpful! After reading these 5 no-no’s it seems like it would be common sense but I am for sure guilty of delaying a response from time to time and just recently have I learned that its okay to say no to avoid over promising! Thank you so much for this great list! – Melissa of AnaBear Boutique

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