Entrepreneurship with children: advice for entrepreneur mothers and fathers – part 1

This post is dedicated with special affection to enterprising mothers and fathers, but although at the moment you do not have children (nor the intention of having them), I think that you may be interested.

You see, it turns out that creating a business on the Internet, already in itself, is a colossal challenge .

Doing it part-time – devoting eight or ten hours a day to a “normal” job while your business takes off – is even more difficult, but it is still feasible if you make the most of the time and learn to multiply your productivity .

When we add the extra responsibility of caring, educating and raising one or several children – the triple inverted corkscrew – the dream of creating your own online business may seem unattainable .

In fact, many entrepreneurs stand behind their children to justify what, in reality, is nothing more than their own inability and lack of initiative . For many entrepreneurs – more or less consciously – their children are a stick in the wheel ; an unfortunate obstacle in the already complex race towards business success.

But do you know one thing?

If your online business ends up failing, it probably will not have anything to do with having children. It may be a convenient excuse , but not a compelling reason.

Since I started my professional career in the world of digital marketing 17 years ago (I did not have children at that time and now I have two ) I have helped thousands of ordinary people to build extraordinary businesses on the Internet. And, it’s not for nothing, it turns out that my best work , my most creative ideas and -in short- my biggest business successes (for example the sale of my first startup for several million euros) came when I had children.

Unfortunately, many other people (with wonderful ideas and fabulous potential) do not even dare to try – especially if they have small children – because they are convinced that they do not have time . That of being enterprising mothers and fathers sounds too complicated.

Entrepreneurial parents: the facts are the facts
If you have children (or are planning to have them), it is normal to be disturbed by the lack of time . It is one of the main challenges of the entrepreneur, let alone the entrepreneur mothers and fathers.

With how difficult it sounds to create a business , how are you going to do it with a full-time job , and also one or several churumbeles demanding your attention practically twenty-four hours a day?

I also had that concern at the beginning, and it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that the real reason you do not end up in action is because of them. But in reality the only obstacle is you .

What is really relevant is not that you have one, two or five children, but how you spend your time and, above all, where you have your head at each moment of the day . The key, once again, is the focus .

When I launched my first blog about the theme parks of Disney back in 2007, I had a full-time job , my own company, two newborn twins (two babies at home at the same time!), Devoured all the marketing books online that fell into my hands, I was a professor of part-time marketing in a major business school, helping other entrepreneurs, we had to move from home …

What would have happened if I had not had children?

Well I do not know. I confess that on occasion I also have shielded behind them to justify any of my many failures, and I too have mounted mental movies about everything that perhaps could have gotten if he had not been an entrepreneur father .

But the truth is that the question is irrelevant and does not contribute anything, because there are things that simply are as they are and can not be changed.

Do you have children and want to start? Do you want to build your own business on the Internet, but do you happen to have or want to have children? Well, those are the facts , now get organized.

Personally, I can not complain . In the end things have not gone so badly, and I do not see why you can not get to start with children you too.

I do not have time to start with children
We all have ( or believe we have ) many things to do: you, me, the neighbor of the room and the most popular digital entrepreneurs in the world. But that does not mean that it is impossible to start with children , or that children have to be an obstacle to consolidate your business.

Do you think that those digital entrepreneurs who managed to build multi-million dollar businesses in the network did not have to study, work or have children under their care when they planted the seed of their business on the Internet?

Do you really think that all successful entrepreneurs had the luxury of dedicating themselves exclusively to their business from the beginning?

Of course not.

Time is a scarce commodity for everyone . You will never have enough time to do everything you would like to do ( or whatever you think you should do ) … regardless of whether you have children or not!

Each and every one of us has many things to do, but only twenty-four hours a day to fit everything . Magic happens when your desire to achieve something -in this case building a business on the Internet- is more powerful than your time constraints.