We recently launched The Honest Company a family brand focused on diapering, cleaning, and skin/bath care needs of the modern household, and it’s been an absolutely tremendous learning experience getting from dream to fruition (and we’re still learning every day!). It’s also been really interesting to see how skills we’ve developed as parents have translated into skills for successfully creating a business.
Interested in becoming a parentpreneur? You are probably more equipped than you think! Here are three essential tips we’ve learned:
- Being a parent means putting your children and their well-being first, and having to put yourself second. It’s never solely about your interests; it’s about the company and every decision we make is from the point of view of how to best serve Honest. Therefore, being comfortable putting another’s interest above your own is something all parents and successful entrepreneurs have in common and both do on a daily basis.
- You have to multitask as a parent to get anything done…from preparing breakfast and lunch at the same time as you’re getting your kids dressed and leaving for school, to giving them baths at the same time you’re preparing for dinner, and more. When you’re starting a new business, you’re doing 50 different things at once and you’re wearing many hats (too many most of the time). Parents can’t stop halfway through making their kids lunch or drop them off half way to school, just like in business you can’t start 50 things and not complete any of them. Multitasking is key, and doing it well is an art we both dream of doing more effectively one day.
- Finally, we firmly believe that a huge portion of business is in the particulars of relationships. How you approach and manage the relationship with your child (with care, honesty, authenticity, grace, patience, fun, and yes professionalism) are all all key attributes in business too. People will decide if they want to do business with you fairly quickly, and a very large reason they’ll commit to the opportunity is based on you and how you positively manage that relationship. Good luck…and never give up!
What other parenting skills and experiences do you think translate to running a business or even being successful in any career?