Why Working Mums Are The Best For The Job
Why Working Mums Are The Best For The Job
Guest Article on Mums of Brisbane by Rosie Shilo of Virtually Yours Network (More info about Rosie at the bottom of the article).
Working Mums – the only species that is asked to do it all but look like you’re only do one when you’re not doing the other.
When you work – forget the kids. When you’re with the kids – forget you work.
But I’m here to say that the fact that women are able to juggle so much information in their heads at any given time, sometimes with vomit running down their back, highlights how absolutely incredible they are.
But hey, even though you’re incredible, how about your give yourself a bit of a break?
We all know that raising kids is a full-time job. We know that a job is a what-ever hours job. Why not allow yourself the ability to bring them together when and if that works for YOU.
Not everyone else – YOU.
That’s what I do. And I do that by being the boss. Running my own show.
Sure, I have to show up at times and put ‘adulting’ clothes on, but I’m the one calling the shots. If I need to work with my kid crawling on the floor beside me or drawing on the underside of my desk with my lipstick, then that’s my prerogative. Side note – why is it always the expensive lipstick?
The best thing about working for myself is that I also chose who I work with. And guess who I work with most? Yep, other mums. And do you want to know why? Well here’s my top 5 reasons why I think mums are the best for the job.
They have limited time so they make the most of it.
Mums are super busy. And that’s why they get stuff done. I found that when my own time was cut down from ‘whenever I wanted to work’ to just 2 days per week, I actually achieved MUCH MORE. I am less likely to get stuck down rabbit holes or distracted by other random things because I have to get it done. And not only that, because I’m not doing my work all day every day I actually ENJOY IT! This year as my youngest has started pre-school I actually have 3.5 days available to me and I feel kinda giddy about it all.
They know how to manage things.
Whether you realise it or not, as a mum you are managing multiple lives every single day. You are juggling household stock management, team diary management, financials, menus, household maintenance and all of the various add-ons that come with it. Granted, I have plenty of moments where I suck at it but that’s because that gig is 24/7. But those skills I can apply to my business easily.
They want to fill their heads with awesome new learning
I’ve found that mums tend to love to learn new things. Maybe it’s because they support the ongoing learning for other beings, but they also need something for themselves. So they learn stuff that is completely not family related, but business and hobby related instead.
Mums have a sense of humour
OK most people have a sense of humour, but if mums don’t have a sense of humour they’d most likely cry. Maybe it’s the warped sense of humour of a person deprived of sleep and quiet that I find so appealing. But they do get it – the crazy, the juggle, the dreams.
Mums love to show their kids that the world is their oyster
Rather than slogging things out day in and day out doing something that doesn’t inspire them or ignite the fire in their bellies, mums realise that when they chose to do something for themselves, something that is challenging and rewarding, they are showing their kids that they have the choice and ability to do that to.
Why I love working with Mums
In my business, I work with mums all the time, but my core support team is a group of 3 mums who run businesses that allow them to shine in their own ways. Mon loves to write, Kym loves to manage and Korryn loves to create.
My favourite thing in business is to show other mums that the world really is their oyster. It’s not an easy oyster but it’s theirs. Specifically, I love working with mums who have the skills to create their own Virtual Assistance business and to make it something they love to do. Something they call the shots on. Something they can do with the kids nearby, or from a coffee shop with endless lattes flowing.
So to the mums out there who maybe don’t realise how much value they have sitting right there in their very own laps – this is for you. You can do it. Because you kinda rock.
Since creating the Virtually Yours Network for Virtual Assistants, Rosie Shilo has become one dedicated businesswoman. Currently, Rosie owns and runs ‘Virtually Yours’, a network for over 190 Australian Virtual Assistants which she founded in 2004.
Rosie has mentored many new and experienced VAs in their business and seen them overcome many hurdles to achieve amazing goals. This inspired her to write not one but 2 successful business books with another one on the way!
Her most passionate project is the 10 weeks to a Stellar VA course which is run in small groups online and supports up to 20 women at any given time to create the VA business of their dreams.