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What is the #1 piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur who is about to be a parent?

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Do an audit of your personal time and prioritize. I bought a townhome and saved a good bit of personal time by having the HOA maintain my lawn. Just about anyone out there can look over their personal time and re-prioritize a solid 20% or better to focus on what really matters. If you have time for House of Cards, Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones, but your business is needing new sales leads, improvements on SEO, or you need to buy groceries for the week, you might want to consider re-prioritizing your time.

First of all, congratulations!! You have just been handed the most important job you will ever have in your entire life. My biggest piece of advice is to always remember to put your family first. Is it going to be a challenge to juggle your business with your growing family? Yes. Is it impossible? No. You just need to keep your priorities straight: family first, business second. Yes, this means working at odd hours of the morning and night, keeping family time work-free, and shutting off work-related communication on vacations. As an entrepreneur mom of 3, I can speak from experience that it is a ton of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Your life is about to change. You are now responsible for someone else so what you have to give in terms of time and money now has to be shared with your new child. Nights with little to no sleep, running errands, more house chores are just a few of the inconveniences that will now be occurring regularly that you did not have to deal with prior to your new child. I found that If I set aside time in the day or night where I could give myself 100% to my kids it worked better than when I tried to do work while being with my kids. If possible have twins because if you can raise twins you can do anything!