How being a Stay-at-Home Mom Prepared Me to be a Business Owner

Originally published by NAWBO Phoenix – see original article here!
When my husband and I got married, I was making twice as much money as him, but when it came time to start a family, we both agreed my time was best spent taking care of our children. In our opinion, there was nothing more important than raising confident, self-reliant, self-sufficient, productive, financially independent, and contributing members of our society. As such, I quit my job and spent the next 15 years being a stay-at-home mom.

While it was a difficult decision for us to make at the time, 33 years later, I can say with confidence, it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I am not advocating that all women should leave their jobs and become stay-at-home moms, but I want to show that deciding to focus on your family does not mean you can’t also succeed as a professional. In fact, now that my kids are all grown up and I reflect back on my last 10 years running KORE Accounting Solutions, it’s clear that the skills I gained during my time as a “domestic engineer” (as my kids like to say) prepared me for my life as a business owner:

  • Negotiating – kids are master negotiators
  • Problem Solving – managing limited resources and putting out fires is a daily occurrence in a family with four boys
  • Prioritizing – managing everyone’s needs and desires when it’s impossible to do it all.
  • Leadership – empowering kids by example to be true to their values
  • Multitasking – getting things done that you need to do while also getting things done that everyone else needs you to do
  • Time Management – using time wisely and fitting the activities of 6 people into 24 hour days
  • Budgeting – meeting the needs of a family of six on one salary
  • Utilizing Technology – I was an early user of Quicken to track and manage our family finances
  • Customer Service (aka Patience) – being patient while managing and resolving complaints, even when my kids weren’t being rational

My customers often hear me use analogies and examples from my stay-at-home days, and the skills I gained over my 15 years as a full-time parent are poignant and applicable to everything I do professionally today.

While being an entrepreneur and owning my own business has always been a dream of mine, there is no doubt that the most important job I’ve ever had or will have is being a mother to my four sons. Fortunately, my job as a stay-at-home mom was incredible preparation for my job as a business owner, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to do both!

Inna Korenzvit is Founder and Principal Accountant at KORE Accounting Solutions, a future-focused management accounting firm specializing in providing legal professionals and business owners with the data and insights they need to stay compliant and run more profitable firms.