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Being a parent whilst ideating or running a successful business and maintaining a work-life balance is no easy feat! 

To invest in your dreams and kick-start your side hustle whilst maintaining your day job – may feel impossible!

However, to successfully juggle work, life, family and a side-hustle – in synergy – takes commitment, time management, self-discipline and prioritisation.

There are many secrets to finding success whilst combining both parenting and entrepreneurship.

Here, the CEO of Vistaprint Australia, Founder of Bondi Joe and father to two beautiful children shares his top 7x tips on how to go from Dad to successful entrepreneur.  

1. Prioritise:

Family always comes first! It’s a matter of priority and balancing 80:20, not focusing on perfect. The kids are only young once, make sure you are enjoying the little moments.

2. Be passionate:

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur it is critical to understand that success does not happen overnight.

A successful entrepreneur has experienced: hard work, resilience amongst failure, passion towards their project and a vision for the future.

3. Work, life, balance is key:

Work on your side hustle at night once you have put the kids to bed.

As important as having the efficient procedures in place; hard work, big ideas and a rigorous work ethic, don’t forget to implement a work-life-balance system.

It’s important to keep your mental health top of mind during this challenging time and keep a positive attitude at the forefront of your business structure.

4. Have a strong mission:

When bringing your small business dreams into reality have a strong mission behind the brand. Get as creative as possible during this unique time with the methods that work for you.

5. Open communication:

Whilst juggling a career and side hustle with family life, you must maintain open lines of communication with your partner!

6. Ups and downs as an entrepreneur are inevitable:

When stuck in a rut, try these five tips to pull yourself out: practice gratitude, remind yourself of ‘why’ you started, focus on past victories, walk it off and make a new plan with a fresh attitude.

Having gratitude on your side is a powerful tool to elevate yourself and utilise your potential to the highest ability.

When feeling discouraged, focusing on the feeling of gratitude for your struggles and for the constant learning experiences you are exposed to can aid in shifting your mindset.

7. Switch off:

As a Dad first and an entrepreneur second, you are going to have to put in an immense number of hours into your business. You must remember to switch off and look after your health.

Successful entrepreneurs take risks and maintain hope for their future successes. No system will work perfectly for every aspiring entrepreneur as all individuals have a unique standard workflow.

However, whether an aspiring or seasoned entrepreneur, ensuring your attitude is set up to maximise your talent will make the journey towards success an enjoyable one.

Marcus Marchant is the CEO of Vistaprint Australia, Founder of Bondi Joe, a Board Director, Digital, Innovation and Marketing Leader and Startup Advisor. Marcus is Sydney-based, and the father to two children.

Tips and tricks: How to go from dad to entrepreneur in 7 Steps - Vistaprint head

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