Baby-Proofing My Business
I'm writing a series about asking for help, and today's topic is how I'm preparing my business for having my third baby.
We all realise it takes a village, but it's harder to know what that village looks like for a modern day woman! The truth is there is no template - it's messy and complicated and every family is different. What works for me, works for me, you'll have to find your own path.
I've been pregnant for about 9 months so I've had some time to prepare! I've got 18 weeks worth of blog posts, newsletters and social media posts written and scheduled.
I've also had plenty of time to talk strategy with my business coach, and build and train my team.
My work is very important to me, and I am very aware, probably more than most, of what level of support I will need after having a baby in order to be the mum I want to be.
So nothing has been left to the last minute!
Many people are asking me why I'm shutting down some of most popular and best selling products and programs. I have to admit it's very hard for me to do, but if there's one thing I know, it's this:
"You can do anything, but not everything."
- David Allen
I've worked hard with my business coach over the last few months to identify which parts of my work are sustainable as the mother of a newborn, and which bits I have to cut loose. It's hard, it hurts, but I know it's the only way to truly and fully find peace and joy in motherhood. So it has to be done!
I'm closing out many successful products and programs and focussing on only three offers, the ones that fit in best around me and my family.
Build My Team
I already outsource as much as I an afford - both in my home and in my work.
When I found my assistant, Emily, I saw the David Allen quote above on her website and instantly knew we were a good fit. :)
She has now been working with me on Newborn Mothers for over two years now. She knows my work inside out and can easily hold up the fort without me when I am on maternity leave.
She'll be sending out my newsletter, managing my Facebook groups and responding to help tickets and emails whilst I am at home with my new baby - falling in love and learning to breastfeed.
The other team member who I have recently hired is Louise, an expert at automating my work. We are working together on pre-recorded videos and emails so that I can keep delivering great content to you, without me actually having to lift a finger. Genius right?
I'm not saying this is what every business woman should do when she has a baby. But this is what works for me. Let me know if you have any tips to add!
Stay tuned next week for how I am baby-proofing my life in general - I'll be releasing the details of my 10K postpartum!!