Is it really even possible to balance business and love?
In a world that wants us to think we can’t have it all, I refuse to believe we have to choose between having money and having a honey. Judging from social media and reality TV, you wouldn’t believe it was possible to be happily married at all. Add running a business to the mix and it sounds like a recipe for disaster.
So we took to the streets to find women who have it all to find out how they manage it all. They were eager to share the secrets that help them balance business and love. Here is part two of our four-part series.
Meet Mrs. CEO: Trina Small, creator of BabyShopaholic.com:
Do you believe there is such a thing as balance when it comes to your role as wife, mother and entrepreneur?
Having balance is tricky. The balance between wife, mother and entrepreneur is never even. Sometimes you can be hustling your little heart out and then all of a sudden all your energy shifts to your family. Family comes first and business has to be put on the back burner.
Do you involve your spouse in your business? If so, how?
I do involve my husband in my business. He is my photographer, my editor, my coach and my cheerleader. I run everything by him first. He is very smart and I appreciate all of his tips and advice. If I wasn’t his wife, I wouldn’t be able to afford that type of help.
Do you believe you have to take off the boss hat when you come home or is there a place for it in your household?
My business involves my family, so I keep my boss hat on quite a bit. I try to incorporate my work into our daily schedule so my kids won’t know the difference because we are still having fun together.
Is your spouse a business owner as well? If so, does it help or hurt to have two entrepreneurs in the home?
My husband worked for himself for several years and that led him to secure an executive role at a major company. In the past, I was the one that had the security of the 9 to 5 and now the tables are turned. Even though no job is guaranteed, it gives me a peace of mind to not have to chase down invoices in order to pay the bills. I know my husband loves being an entrepreneur and I appreciate him letting me do my thing.
Share one piece of advice for any woman who wants to follow her dreams and her heart.
One piece of advice I would give any woman who wants to follow her dreams is to communicate with your spouse and come up with a game plan together. Before I quit my 9 to 5, my husband and I talked about [it] and made a plan and timeline. If I [had] left him out of the equation, I wouldn’t be where I am today with my business. Things work out better when you work together than apart.