There are times when brilliant business ideas come to mind. These ideas usually come when you are quietly reflecting, or are in search for a certain product to fulfill your present need. It’s an exciting thought! Your mind shifts off to dreamland and you start to imagine all the potential that can come out of this beyond brilliant idea. A few minutes or days into it, you start realizing the details, work, time and research you have to put in just to begin the start-up venture, especially the big priority number ONE that you just cannot ignore.
As mothers to newborns, we all know how much of our time and energy our babies need. We are constantly at the beck and call of these tiny human beings and barely even have any time to bathe and eat decent meals in the first few months of their lives. So when a new business inspiration hits at a time like that, it’s likely that many would just forego the idea simply because it’s just not the right time yet.
In this fast-paced, overpopulated world, it is highly possible that the opportunity you set aside will be grabbed instantly. Seeing your idea come to life in the hands of someone else can hurt, knowing very well that it could’ve been you. So what can be done to pursue the opportunity and at the same time ensure that the needs of your family will be met?
Choose ONE worthwhile idea
Think fast and reflect if you truly believe that this opportunity will be worth it and if you think it’s really for you. This can be your motivator in pursuing the opportunity despite the demands of more important priorities. Remember to focus on that one great idea that you have and that you believe is worth getting up early to (or staying up late for). Treat it as one of your own, as one of your babies. As Steve Jobs said, “.. (Focus) means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.“
With information at your finger tips (thanks to technology), you can go all out on research whenever possible. Use your smartphone to study and explore the opportunity while you feed your baby or pump milk during nap time, or when you can spare time and hand over your baby to the nanny or grandma. Validate your business idea among friends in Viber or Whatsapp and get a feel if your idea has a potential.
Share the passion (and load)
Consider finding a potential partner you trust and will understand your current situation. Present your idea then come up with an agreement regarding the work load and set an estimated date on when you can start working on it full time. Your partner will put much confidence on your word and will probably be doing most of the work at first, so it’s very important that you stick to your agreement.
Before you know it, your little one will be not so little anymore and you will have more time on your hands to pursue the opportunity. By this time, you’ve already had a little head start and can proceed to building the start-up. In the event that you decided early on not to pursue it and end up seeing it in the hands of someone else, don’t beat yourself up about it. Opportunities are limitless and one will cross your path again sooner or later.