創業路上 – 你永遠不會孤單 The road to entrepreneurship – you are not alone

作為媽媽,每天要處理百樣事情 – 家中的大小事務,小朋友的活動/飲食安排, 都要一一處理, 很多時候忙得不可開交, 能夠分身去創業 ,很多時都要等到夜闌人靜的時候才「開工」, 當另一半和小孩在熟睡時,自己才頂著睡意工作,有時候不禁會感到孤單, 感到氣餒,甚至懷疑自己 – 「這麼辛苦,為什麼呢?」

Being a mother, it is always restless everyday, taking care of household chaos and meals arrangement for the kids, leaving no room for ourselves not to mention starting our own businesses. Our business hour is often late when the children and husbands are sound asleep, leaving us working in the dark silent nights all by ourselves. Sometimes we have doubts, feeling depressed and wondering why we need to deal with all these.

是的,我們都會疲累,我們都會有負面情緒, 有時我們都會覺得寂寞, 覺得自己創業沒有人欣賞, 但事實上,我們背後是有一班人,默默地支持我們, 來看看他們是誰吧。

Yes, we do get tired and we may be filled with hopeless thoughts. Sometimes we may feel lonely and worried what we have done are totally wasted. As a matter of fact, there is always a group of people supporting us throughout. Let’s take a look who they are:

1) 工作夥伴

Business partner

一個完美的工作夥伴能夠和你互補不足,各展所長,他/她會陪伴你經歷創業路上所有高潮低谷, 一起面對所有挑戰和難題, 分享你的快樂,分擔你的憂愁, 有這麼的一個戰友,你一定不會覺得孤單吧!

A perfect partner is one of the key success factors in running a business – he or she can be good compliment to our own shortfalls and can also walk through any ups and downs with us. A good business partner facees all the challenges with us and shares all the joy and worries. Having a companion to work closely together, you are not alone.

2) 良師

Mentor

創業沒有一條既定的方程式及路線圖, 創業的時候,我們會離開自己的舒適帶, 進入一個充滿挑戰, 不穩定性的地域, 我們需要一個良師甚至一位伯樂去指導我們, 透過他們的經歷和經驗得知創業的苦與樂, 甚至可以減省很多冤枉路呢。

There is never any formula or fixed route in the path of entrepreneurship. Very often we are leaving our comfort zone when we start our businesses to enter into an area full of uncertainties and challenges. We need a mentor to coach us along, share their experiences with us and often helps us avoid any possible traps along the way.

3) 家人/朋友

Family and friends

家人和朋友永遠都是我們最強勁的後盾,在創業路上,或許表面上他們沒有參與很多, 但他們一直都在用其他方式支持我們, 例如長輩會幫忙照顧小朋友, 朋友會向其他人談及你的創業等。

Family and friends are always the strongest back up. While you are starting your businesses, seemingly they do not get involved but they are indeed always supporting us along the way. Often the parents would help taking of the kids when we are tied up while friends would always spread the words out about our businesses.

4) 兒女

Children

或許你認為小朋友太小,不會明白創業的事情,又何來會支持自己?非也, 當他們看見你很認真地做一件事情的時候, 他們會在一旁默默的看著你,學習你的認真,學習你的堅持, 慢慢地明白工作是什麼一回事,更體諒父母工作的辛勞,小編的兒子就是幫小編 「執頭執尾」, 是個稱職的小幫手呀。

Our children may still be very young and do not know a thing about running a business, how would they be supporting you? While seeing us focus at our works, children do learn from you by observing you along the way. They learn about your dedication and persistence and gradually understand what works are all about then share your feelings too. My toddler is always by my side to help me with all the little tasks and he is definitely a very helpful little man.

5) 另一半

Better half

創業由零至一絕非容易, 有時少不免要犧牲照顧家庭的時間或精力, 另一半的體諒和支持是十分重要, 創業前與另一半好好溝通,創業後好好協調,他一定是萬二分支持你的! 就讓他偶然做個 “全職爸爸”吧!

Starting a business from scratch is not easy and we do sacrifice our family time, so having the support and understanding from our better half is extremely important. Before starting a business, we must talk with our live partner because he needs to be there and gives us 200% throughout the whole time. Let him be the full time dad once in a while!

6) 創業媽媽群組

Momtrepreneurs group

同濟間的支持很重要,大家經歷和面對差不多的挑戰,互相安慰和鼓勵,亦更容易明白你的處境。而定期的交流活動,互相交換資訊,說不定會擦出合作的火花呢!

Peer supports are always important as we face similar challenges and we can encourage and support each others all the time. Regular meet ups over coffee or sharing on social media can indeed bring some new insights and inspirations to our businesses.

投稿者檔案

Aout the contributor

自第一個孩子出世以後,Florence 便脫離了職場,高薪厚職的銀行工作, 丁點兒都沒有阻礙她陪伴小朋友成長的決心。

Florence quitted her job right after her first kid was born. She’s so determined to grow with her kids even she had a decent job at the banking industry.

第二個孩子出世後,Florence決定重拾多年前的創業夢,希望從創業的過程中,讓孩子見證自己如何追夢, 讓孩子感受到生活的熱情, 讓孩子明白到人生的意義是令世界變得更美好。

After the second kid was born, Florence has decided to follow her dreams to start a business, hoping that her kids would live with passion, with dreams, with a heart to make a positive impact to the world.