Pregnancy No Longer A Speed Breaker To Your EntrepreneurialGoals
Being anentrepreneur means working through challenges. But running a business whilepregnant comes with a different set of problems. In the male-driven businessworld, female entrepreneurs already face many more hurdles than their malecounterparts. Finding out you are pregnant on top of that might seem like theend of your emerging startup.
Because whenyou are at the initial phase of your business, you have so much to balance. Youdo not have big company perks like a cushy group health insurance policy,someone to pay the salary of your maternity leave replacement, and thesatisfaction of eating cake in the conference room.
Here's howto manage a business and a pregnancy, from the "plus sign" to the fourthtrimester:
AcceptYou are not Superhero
Pregnancy isa joyful time but, it needs an adjustment in expectations and work routine.During the first trimester, you may succeed in pretending you are normal evenwhen you are nauseous and functioning at less than a hundred percent of yournormal capacity. As an owner, you are supposed to be the inspiring force ofnature and you are supposed to be working 12 hours a day and that is verydifficult for you to pull off in the first few months.
Once youreach your second trimester, you need to open up to your team about yoursituation and need to adjust your work to what your body was telling you itneeded in order to build a baby. Once you accept your ability and say beforepeople, you get a kind of flexibility to decide when and where you completeyour work.
Funding is avital part of running operations in any business. The major decisions to bemade here are whether to pitch during or after the pregnancy and how to bringup the elephant in the room.
Tounderstand their reactions, you can fix meetings with a few investors. Here,try to integrate your pregnancy into your pitch story and use your pregnancy asan example also address maternity leave in the roadmap.
You aregoing to be a mother. Although it will be very difficult but, it can be donewith patience and support. Let your confidence and patience shine through andtake it one step at a time.
Make sure tocreate a rough adaptable plan to use as a remainder of the pregnancy and monthsafter that. There is no such thing in the pregnancy that is set in stone. Doyour planning in advance to delegate tasks and prepare for your well-deservedmaternity leave.
Afterhearing the pregnancy news, how your team reacts varies from person to person. Fewmale employees can quit while valuable team members will stay. The people youhire, mainly the first ten members of your company, will bring a major impacton how the culture at your company develops. Try to hire those people who havean open mind and are passionate enough to work in any situation.
While youare in the initial stages of creating your startups, you should be thinkingabout company culture. When you have a clear picture, you will be easily able tohire the right people from the start.
Oneunexpected advantage of being pregnant while starting a business is how easy itis to let things go. Starting your startup gives you an incredible perspectiveon what matters. You should not stress about having every answer, closing everylead or the day-to-day setbacks that come from being your boss. Somehow,despite your Type A personality, you hold the ability to remain laser-focusedon the bigger picture; the fact that you are not only doing this for yourselfbut your family. Ultimately, what keeps you going past the tough days of earlyentrepreneurship is that hope that your kid will be proud of his or her mother,and maybe even start a business and a family his or her own one day.
When you arean entrepreneur your business is your life. It does not mean your family cannotbe part of this life. Try not to distinguish between work and personal life;working in your space you have the flexibility to combine both. A startupcompany is like a family, and that is one of its competitive advantages. If yougrow a strong professional and personal bonding with your team, you will beable to trust and rely on each other.
But thisshould be from both sides when you have great people who are helping you buildyour vision, you should give back by providing them a supportive and flexibleenvironment.
Planning toestablish a startup while raising a family or already have? Don't forget to shareyour experience in the comments below. Also, if you have advice for otheraspiring mompreneurs, share them in comment section.