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6 Ways You Can Manage Raising Children While Building Your Business

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Building your business as an entrepreneur is an amazing opportunity, but one that can make you feel guilty if you have children. After all, shouldn’t you be giving all of your time and attention to them? Your career as an entrepreneur is important to you and you know it will be beneficial for your family in the long-run, but nothing comes above the love you feel for your children.

How can you strike a balance so that you can pursue your dreams while remaining a responsible, fun, and approachable parent to your little ones? Whether your children are just learning to crawl or are heading into high-school, these six tips for raising children while building your business will put your work-life balance in order.

1. Strike a Work/Life Balance

One of the first things you will want to do when you are raising children while building your business is to learn to create a work/life balance. This term should be taken just as it sounds. It means that you will create a suitable balance between how much time you are spending on work pursuits versus how much time you are devoting to your marriage, your children, and your extended family, friends, and other responsibilities.

Creating a schedule and prioritizing your life. Put this schedule somewhere you can visualize it, such as on a calendar. This will help you get a better idea of where you are spending your time.

Once you can visualize your schedule, you will then be able to prioritize your time. Are you going to spend the night at your child’s play or spend it doing social media marketing to help build your business? Decide what requires your attention and what honestly doesn’t during the week. This will give you a balanced view of how to use your time.

“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.” – Philip Green

2. Seek Reliable Childcare

The business world is not always conducive to raising children. If you are raising children while building your business and your mate is unable to take on the brunt of childrearing, it is in your best interest to see out reliable childcare.

Try and choose someone who your child is comfortable with such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or older cousin. This will make the transition seem more like a fun experience with family, instead of them missing out on time with you.

It may make you feel guilty, but there will be times where you need to take a conference call or business meeting with a prospective client that you will simply not allow you to stay home with your little ones. Having adequate childcare ensures that someone will always be there to pick up your children from school and make them dinner until you can come home and take the reins again.

3. Be Prepared to Work Whenever You Can

Being an entrepreneur means you have the flexibility to put your family first in your life. If you have to push back work for the day so that you can attend your child’s sporting event or parent/teacher meeting, you have the freedom to do that. Just know this means you need to be prepared to catch up on that work whenever it is possible to do so.

If the only time you can brainstorm ideas to build your business is between your child’s bedtime and 6 am, then you need to make it happen within that timeframe. Be prepared to work whenever you can to make your dreams a reality while making your family your priority.

4. Have a Realistic Timetable

In order to raise children while building your business, you’re going to need a realistic timetable. Growing your business is not going to happen overnight. It is going to take up a lot of your time and energy, which is why it is so important to prioritize your time.

Having a timetable will help you set goals and motivates you to work towards them before your due date for that specific goal arrives. Having your timetable visible to your entire family not only helps you remain accountable, but it also shows your family when you will be busy and creates an organized atmosphere in the home.

5. Quality Parenting Time

Your children need your time and attention in order to feel loved. They need to know that when they need you, you will be there for them. Creating a structured, safe environment is essential for your children to grow up feeling physically, mentally and emotionally taken care of. This is why it is important to carve out quality parenting time with your children.

This means being there for them at mealtimes, asking them about their day, addressing problems or concerns they have, as well as engaging in leisure time with them. Many families find it beneficial to designate one day a week to take time together away from their phones, friends, and jobs and focus on spending time together as a family. Play a board game, watch a movie, or head out on a local adventure. This time spent together will promote a strong parent-child bond and remind them that they are important to you.

“Kids are like a mirror, what they see and hear, they do. Be a good reflection for them.” – Kevin Heath

6. Don’t Pretend Your Family Isn’t There

When it comes to building your business, it’s only natural for you to want your clients and employees to see you in a professional light. But, that doesn’t mean you should be hiding your family in the background. The more open you are about your children, mate, and the needs of your family, the more understanding your clients and co-workers will be able you taking the time to raise your children.

Raising children while building your business isn’t always going to be easy, but it isn’t always going to be difficult, either. Learn to prioritize your workload, accept help when necessary, make time for playtime, and always let your children know that they have your undivided attention when they need it. These are the keys to successfully raising children while building a thriving business.

Rum Tan is the founder and CEO of Smile Tutor.  Rum and his team work hard day & night to maintain the most reliable source of home tutors in Singapore. His passion is to bring smiles to parents & students who are looking for home tuition in Singapore.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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