One of the most common questions other Mompreneurs ask me is how I manage everything with so much in my plate. 
 
As a single mom of 8 year old twin daughters, the owner of several businesses, and a woman with an active dating and social life, I have to admit, it gets tough sometimes to balance everything. I certainly won’t lie to you and tell you I’m the most organized person in the world either.
 
However, this ONE strategy that I have implemented in my life has eased my struggles tremendously.
 
That strategy is OUTSOURCING.
 
Outsourcing in my business and personal life has allowed me to win back my time and make more money while doing so.
 
Like many other mompreneurs, I outsource everything from meal preparation at home to graphic design in my business. 
 
(For a full list of tasks I outsource in my home and in my business, download 7 Tasks You Should Outsource Immediately If You Want to Make More Money In Your Business
 
Although many mompreneurs are outsourcing queens when it comes to their businesses, a lot of women struggle with feelings of guilt and shame when it comes to outsourcing their household responsibilities. 
 
While engaging my audience about the subject of outsourcing house cleaning, Elois, mom of 2 kids under 5, and co-founder of The Greenwood Project, a non-profit organization that introduces minority students to financial literacy said:
 
“Foolishly in the beginning I felt like a failure for not being able to clean up my own house while starting a business and  working full time and being a mom and wife. I quickly got over it.”
 
I’d be lying if I told you I never felt any of my own guilt about not having the time to clean my own house. Eventually though, the thought of coming home to a clean house that I didn’t have to clean myself completely outweighed my feelings of inadequacy as a domestic goddess.
 
Besides, when I leave this earth, nobody is going to remember me for domestic skills anyway.
 
Still feeling a bit of guilt, I “got over it” and hired my first cleaning professional to deep clean my house every two weeks four years ago, and the results in my life have been nothing short of AMAZING. 
 
I’m more focused in my business, I have more time to spend with my kids, and I’m not as grumpy as I used to be.
 
Total win! And you can be a winner too…
 
Mompreneur, here are 3 reasons why you should NEVER feel guilty about outsourcing your house cleaning:
 

Because your time is money

 

One average, it took about 6 hours of my time to deep clean my 3,200 sq ft house all at one time. And that’s WITHOUT laundry. 
 
If you make $10,000 a month and work a 40 hour work week, that is $62.50 x 6 hours which means you are SPENDING $375 of your business’s revenue to clean your own house. The numbers get even worse if you make more revenue per month or you’re like me and work more like 15 hours a week. Ouch.
 
(To learn how I was able to win back my time and only work 15 hours or less per week, click here to watch my free training)
 
If you want to make 6 figures plus in your business, you are going to have to learn how to invest both time and money so that you get the biggest return on your investment. 
 
When spending your time cleaning is no longer a smart investment… it’s time to outsource your cleaning.
 

Because time is an investment

 
When I first left the 9 to 5 world to be a full time entrepreneur, I left with the expectation that I would have more money, more time, and more freedom. 
 
I quickly learned that these things didn’t just appear out of thin air because I had started my own business. I had to make these things happen by prioritizing my time so that I could invest it to build the life that I knew my family and me deserved.
 
So, I created a list of 7 of my top life priorities. 
 
 
Click here to see what mine looked like 🙂 
 
These 7 areas are where I invest the bulk of my time. By quickly jotting these things down, I began to become more intentionally about my time and where to pt it to use.
 
Where will you invest your time?
 
EXERCISE: Take about 10 minutes of your time and write your own list. If after writing out your priorities list you find that household chores didn’t make the list, but you still desire to live in a clean house…get over that guilt girl and do what you gotta do!
 

Because you DESERVE more of your own time!

 
If you are waiting around for someone to rescue you from the loads of housework you have waiting for you AFTER you put in a full day’s work on your business…girl, don’t hold your breath.
 
According to an article on women breadwinners and household gender equality by theatlantic.com, married American mothers spend almost twice as much time on housework and child care than do married fathers whether they were the household breadwinner or not.
 
So, if your husband isn’t likely to pick up the slack (or if you are single like me), you need to come up with a plan that won’t include you burning yourself out trying to run your business AND do most of the housework on your own.
 
I have been outsourcing my cleaning for the last 5 years. For me, it’s a form of self care as it brings me great peace to come home to a clean house. Especially since I work form home and it really affects my productivity if my surroundings aren’t clean and organized.
 
In the time that it takes to clean my house, I can relax, go get my nails done or do something that I want to do without the thought of chores looming over my head.
 
My peace is priceless.
 
If you are still on the fence about outsourcing house cleaning, remember…a tired mom is a mean mom, and it is impossible to pour from an empty cup.
 
Do yourself a favor and invest in some help. Just think about it as one less thing to knock down on your already long to-do list.
 
You owe it to yourself AND your kids.
 
They deserve a happy, healthy mommy.
 
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