You may have never thought that your parenting abilities would have anything to do with running your business. You may be surprised to learn that your parenting skills can actually translate into running your small business successfully.
While raising your kids is a full-time job with never-ending tasks like diaper changes, homework help, and teaching great values, your parenting skills can actually help you as a small business owner too.
The two have more in common than you may have thought, such as that the two both need a leader who has perseverance, between the ability to keep up with 1am feedings in place of more sleep and sticking it out with your business long-term despite bumps in the road with clients or down seasons.
Here is a look at how the skills you’ve learned as a parent will be the same types of skills you’re going to need to help your small business.
Being able to adapt
One area where parenting skills come in handy with a small business relates to being able to always adapt.
Parents go into having a child with good intentions, like planning on keeping the kids away from the TV and always eating healthy, but reality sets in when the child is cranky and his or her favorite TV show always brings a sense of calm in the house.
Being able to adapt to not being perfect or things not working out as you pictured will come in handy as a business owner. You may have planned to only work with independently owned media outlets for selling your ads and then it turns out that you are forced to broaden your targets in order to have success.
These little hurdles in parenthood and running a business will come up and it’s important that you focus on being able to adapt regardless of what your initial expectations and plans were going into something.
You may have thought you’d be the most patient father that you’ve ever met when that little one came into your life just like you planned on being patient with your team as you trained them on tasks you delegated to them.
Parents find quickly that patience is tested daily with children from the toys that didn’t get picked up to the temper tantrums at the grocery store. You have to be extra patient when it comes to your small business too despite the “temper tantrums” and “toys left on the floor” moments.
For example, your business may be running smoothly and then a bad review pops up online or a customer gets angry with your staff in the middle of your store.
Perhaps you are behind on sales this month and simultaneously, a repair is needed with your office. Sometimes bad luck comes and having the patience to work through these things, like you would with a toddler that’s acting up, is the key to staying tough through the storm.
You also have to be willing to prioritize like you would with the kids. When a day tries to catch you off guard with fires to put out here and there, being able to prioritize will take an impossible day and make it possible.
Delegate the tasks that you think you are the only that can handle it while in reality, one of your trusted colleagues would do a great job too.
Then when a situation comes up that is only meant for you, you can be available to handle it while your other problems are being worked on by your trusted team.
Be thankful that your new skills you’ve gained from the world of parenting are now overlapping into your business life and bringing you more success and less stress than ever.