Finding the right time to go after your dreams might sound nearly impossible when you’re surrounded by task after task. In this MomViews segment, mompreneur Emma Bates shares her thoughts on how she’s been able to make the most of out the opportunities that have come her way.
MomViews: Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished so far. I love that you mentioned not having a college degree. Although I did receive a BA, I’ve always said that college isn’t for everyone, nor is it necessary for a successful life. You hit the nail on the head with this line: “I am creative and driven to achieve my dreams.” What are some of the ways you keep yourself focused on your goals?
Emma Bates: I love to make lists of my goals and break them down into smaller pieces to keep myself moving forward. This year, I created a free Goal Setting Workbook and shared it on my blog so others can work with me. I also started creating a vision board for a visual representation of my goals for the future. It is important to keep looking at the big picture and not get too caught up in the smaller goals.
MV: Although you share your accomplishments on your blog, you also mention your failures. Are there any lessons you’ve learned from the things that might not have gone the way had planned?
EB: So many lessons! Failure is one of the best teachers and I have had my share of failures! One of my biggest lessons has been to just keep moving forward. Don’t let a failure make you give up on your dreams, it might not work out the way you planned but that just means you have to rework your ideas and try something new. I tried to create an online canning supply store and the failure of that lead to my working as a VA and then to start my blog, so it was a good learning experience after all.
MV: What challenges did you face when you first started your VA services?
EB: Finding clients, being confident in my abilities, making sure I had appropriate contracts and pricing… so like everything! I was lucky that my first client was a relative so he cut me a lot of slack as I got things figured out. Now I feel pretty good about what I offer and have had some great clients who I have helped succeed in their own businesses.
MV: How do you define success?
EB: Success is feeling fulfilled in my work. I love helping other people and both my blog and my work as a VA is focused on helping other people build up their businesses.
MV: What tips can you offer other moms who are looking to seize opportunities when they reveal themselves?
EB: Do it scared! Don’t let fear stop you from seizing an opportunity. It is never the right time, you will never be fully ready, so just jump in and get started!
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