I just finished reading the greatest book: The Entrepreneurial Mom by Mary E. Davis. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is not just a book for mom entrepreneurs – it is a book for every working mom and for every mom that is even thinking about starting a business. She has wonderful tips and a very useful overview of some of the initial challenges moms may face when starting a business – both large and small. I found myself wishing I had read this book a year ago, before I started The Mother List.
In particular, I found the organizational tips to be extremely useful. I loved the idea of prepping your office with things to keep your kids busy should they need to be there while you are trying to work. Yes, my office happens to be in my home, but that doesn’t mean that my son loves to hang out right at my feet while I’m working. If I have supplies to keep him occupied, I may, just may, be able to squeeze out an extra 5 minutes of work!
Not only is The Entrepreneurial Mom an inspirational book about business, it is also has fantastic parenting lessons. While reading it, I kept telling myself, I have to remember that, or I hope I can teach my kids the same thing in the future. One of the most impressive lessons that she has ingrained in her kids is to “always give people more than they expect”. Mary has built her business around that mantra and has taught her kids to do the same in everything they do. Seems obvious, but what a great reminder. We often get so caught up in the day-to-day fanfare that we forget the big lessons for our kids.
The extra bonus arrives at the end of the book, where Mary gives us her “101 Time Savers, Stress Reducers, and Inspirations for Moms”. There are tons of fabulous cleaning, organizational, planning, travel, etc., tips that are lifesavers. I feel like I should reread them every few months to keep them fresh in my mind!
Find it here: The Entrepreneurial Mom