Mommapreneur Journey

Before I Was A Mommapreneur

I felt pretty secure working in an 8 to 5 job as a Community Outreach Director for a funeral home. Life was normal and stable and I was confident in my abilities to provide for my family as a single parent. I was making an impact in the community and customers were very grateful for the service I provided.

Over time, I started to develop insecurities in my job because I wasn’t getting any feedback from my boss. Our communication declined gradually and then I encountered numerous restrictions or roadblocks.

I had to get permission for executing all decisions with funding programs, donating to local organizations, and marketing. It became a problem when I couldn’t reach my upline for executing my community outreach programs. The feedback was either delayed or no response, thus causing a standstill in my work.

In addition to the lack communication, there was a lack of leadership. There was only a broad goal like increase awareness of our funeral home. There was no recognition given to me for the good work I accomplished. However, I did receive numerous compliments from my clients which motivated me to continue making a positive difference.

A year after stepping into the position with no mentorship or guidance from management, I was terminated from my position on Mother’s Day after a long day of working tirelessly for a Mother’s Day event. This was a sucker punch move and definitely an insult.

A year after stepping into the position with no mentorship or guidance from management, I was terminated from my position on Mother’s Day after a long day of working tirelessly for a Mother’s Day event. This was a sucker punch move and definitely an insult.

The Fears

I cried driving all the way home. I had all the emotional fears running through my head. “How am I going to cover these bills next month? How am I going to make my car payment or pay for gas? My credit cards are nearly maxed out. How am I going to buy food? How am I going to earn money now? What now?”

After being completely shocked from being let go, I spent the rest of the day holding my little girl and planned for a trip to visit my family for a month in California. This was the first time I was ever released from an employer and I felt rejected and angry. But the next day, I had to start over because there was no backup plan I jump online and started hunting for a new job and hope for the best.

This was the first time I was ever released from an employer and I felt rejected and angry. But I had to start over because there was no backup plan. After securing my travel plans to visit my folks on the west coast, I jump online and started hunting for a new career path.

Entertaining the thoughts of working on my own terms took root in my mind. I no longer wanted someone to have control over my financial means for earning a living. I wanted to take the ‘bull by the horns’ and run the show my way.

I heard of ways people made money online but where were those legit jobs? Scammers are out there but I couldn’t let that fear hold me from pursuing that lifestyle as an option. This stirred up more questions like, “What ways can I make a living from home? Which company offers flexible hours? Will these companies train a beginner like me? How quickly can I start earning money?”

All of these questions are valid concerns and you can be overwhelmed by the research. However, if you let your fears rule your life then you will never make any progress or take a chance on experiencing the possibilities. We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges. This is “Grit,” persevering for the long haul.

So, if you can accept a few bumps along the way and expect some failures while pursuing your dreams then no one can stop you. You have to change your mindset and learn that some mistakes are okay.

Don’t give up when you get stuck or confused. Seek the guidance you need from the right people who have the knowledge in the career you are striving for. Surround yourself with entrepreneurs or find a support group to keep you motivated.

What Is A Mommapreneur?

A mother, or a single parent, striving to be an entrepreneur. My journey started back in May of 2016 when I was let go from my employer. It was the worst and terrifying days of my life, yet it was a game-changer.

In my generation today, I am seeing fewer and fewer companies keeping their employees long-term until retirement. I was finally fed up living pay check to pay check and I didn’t want to work 40 hours per week anymore.

Becoming an entrepreneur is a change in mindset. You have to be willing to learn to improve, grow, a change old habits to become your own boss. I knew there was a better way to make money by not just surviving through life…but also THRIVING in it!

You need to ask yourself these questions:

  • Who do you want to become?
  • What is your motivation for change?
  • When do you want to start?
  • Where are the successful entrepreneurs?
  • How do you spend your time?

You need to ask yourself these questions and truly find at the core of your being why you want to shift gears. I wanted financial independence and the time or freedom to enjoy it.

My motivation for change was forced by the loss of my job. However, I felt the desire to change well before my employer let me go but they jumpstarted the journey.

Now, where and how do you learn to become an entrepreneur? First, you need to think like one. I recommend reading books like The Slight Edge, The 4-Hour WorkweekThe Miracle MorningLimitlessand much more.

Self-education is the key. Start following entrepreneurs and seek mentorship from them because they have access to…..SUCCESS. Their wealth is proof of their accomplishments (as long as it is ethical and morally right).

You don’t have to follow exactly in their footsteps unless you want to. Reading is the first step to enhancing your knowledge and awareness of the options around you. Ignorance is not bliss if you travel down the entrepreneurial path.

Gains Outweigh the Risks

There are many examples of individuals who did not complete their higher education but went on to achieve massive success in their respective markets. So if you’re considering dropping out of college, be confident and inspired that, with the right decisions, knowledge, skills, and luck, you can achieve great success.

In 1977, after building databases for the CIA, Larry Ellison created Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Five years later, this became Oracle Systems Corporation. Although he stepped down from his position as CEO of Oracle, Ellison’s net worth was an impressive $52 billion. And he gained all of this after dropping out of two different colleges.

My point is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or have a college degree to work and live the laptop lifestyle. You have the freedom and flexibility to decide how much work you want to do and when you want to do it. You can gain financial freedom with the extra income you earn online.

Get Serious

When my position was terminated from my previous employer. I knew I had to begin taking my goal seriously as an online blogger and writer. I remember driving home realizing that there was no more time to waste wishing and dreaming about working from home.

I had to give it my all to achieve my dreams. I worked around the clock, six to seven days a week, researching, learning and implementing my new-found knowledge to be successful.

If you want to leave furthering education in college, you, too, must get serious about internet marketing and dedicate your time and effort to making it a reality.

Experience is the Teacher

A lot of my education as a blogger and a writer did not come from my university at all! In fact, I had to teach myself and read about other bloggers and writers. I used their advice and examples to mirror their success.

You’ll most likely make some mistakes along the way, but that’s OKAY. Those mistakes will shape you and teach you how to do things better next time.

Hopefully, you can experience those hard lessons so it can make you better and more equipped to handle the unexpected. Don’t beat yourself up if you do make a few mistakes. Learning to fail allows you the opportunity to also grow.

When you have the right resources, use the right tools, and continue to expand your knowledge of becoming an entrepreneur, then your laptop lifestyle will bear fruit in time. Learn how I earn an income online and live the laptop lifestyle – CLICK HERE

 

Author ~ Maria Roark
Mommapreneur ~ Online Marketer