In 2017 January, we welcomed our baby girl into this world. Ever since then, our life has been a rollercoaster ride. Don’t get me wrong, there have been ups and downs and as first-time parents, we learned on the job.
Life went on and things started getting a bit troublesome when I had to leave the comfort and security of my job in 2018. I was left in a dilemma whether to start hunting for another opportunity or branch out on my own. Out of these 2 options, I knew the later would allow me to curate the best life for me and the family in the long run.
Two years down the line and I’m grateful that I pushed through this path. I’m lucky enough to live by my own schedule and have the freedom and flexibility to spend time with my family. I want to follow my passion and set the example for my kids that fears should be tackled head-on and they should follow their passion when the calling comes.
So I thought of writing 5 tips which I think will be beneficial for aspiring dadpreneurs.
Don’t start a business for the sake of starting a business.
Think of the long run. Fix on your passion and create opportunities that will suit you. A good way is to do your homework on your idea first. Maybe do a SWAT analysis and see if you and your idea could sustain. A bit of good advice I got when I started my venture was, “slow and steady wins the race”.
Have a devoted workplace.
If you work from home and the kids are home from school, you need to have a dedicated workplace separate from where the kids play or watch TV — the more separate, the healthier.
If you don’t have the room for a dedicated workspace, consider a specific time frame that you are sure to be undisturbed. This way, you can work in peace and quiet at home and focus on being productive, without worrying about the kids.
When you first launch it can be an isolating experience. Trust me, there were days when I was setting up KIDSActive, I spent 12 to 15 hours a day and a countless number of sleepless nights; looking at a laptop and a whiteboard behind me was my whole life. You will surely come into experiencing a stressful environment when trying to stay with your deadlines.
Men, in particular, are at greater risk of experiencing mental health issues and not reaching out; so establishing a strong support network from the outset is critical. Luckily for me, my wife was also working from home and we both helped out each other as we both understood the ups and downs of working from home.
One thing I did was, I picked out and went for deliveries by myself for some of our orders. It was a great way to get out of the workstation and see the outside. If this is not for you, I could suggest you could get involved in a co-working space as it can be a fantastic and cost-effective way to meet new people who are on the same business journey as you; as well as providing opportunities to collaborate.
Take the weekends off
This is still something I’m also trying to master, to be honest. Running an E-commerce business and a business model that Sri Lanka is still getting adapted to and planning to taking on the US region and UK markets in few months, takes a lot of effort.
But it’s best if you could take this time to talk about your week, go for a bike ride, take the kids to the playground or read together so your brains recharge.
Being a dad doesn’t mean you have to entirely focus on your kids and give up creating a successful stream of income. But managing a better, healthier balance between your line of income and your family could be called a success in my honest opinion.
Don’t let your Ego get in the way
Last but not least, another very important topic. Fear of failure holds so many people back from following their passions. You have to be willing to take risks to reap the rewards!
It took several failed attempts for me to personally find myself with KIDSActive. You will find the competition cramping on you when you start venturing out. Tackle them with a clear strategy in mind.
One of the crucial questions you will have to ask yourself is “What if it didn’t work?”. When you (and you should) ask this question, be honest with yourself about what you have to lose and consider a backup plan.