Why I’m starting the Parent Your Business blog

A few weeks ago, I remarked to friend and business owner Thea Lopatka that I thought running a small business had a lot of parallels to raising children. The idea seemed to strike an instant chord. She recounted to me how, having read intentionally and deeply about pregnancy and childbirth, she could vividly recall her thoughts as she was handed her newborn son: “How did I not read anything to help me from this point forward?”

Wow. Did she get it right! There are tons of resources that tell you about starting a business but what do you do when you’re a year into it? Or 3 years? Or 10 years? How do you deal with its ever-changing characteristics, its different stages of development?

I’m hoping that those of us who are raising businesses– and children – can explore those parallels in my blog. Whether your business is a squalling infant, an unruly toddler, or a surly teenager I hope you’ll find some support here. And maybe be able to laugh a little. Stay tuned.

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8 thoughts on “Why I’m starting the Parent Your Business blog

  1. Can’t wait to read more! And as an entrepreneur just past the 5-year mark, to find out what life-stage my business is in.

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  2. Ditto, Diane as a fellow-5 year old biz owner and mom. Kudos, Sarah for starting this blog. I know you will provide us with great insight with your wonderful wit along with it. I can’t wait to read what you dish up!!!

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  3. What a great concept, Sarah! I’ll subscribe and look forward to reading what you have to say. I can definitely see the parallels between having a 15-yr old business and now 2-yr old business and children who range from 17 mos on up to 9 years. Can’t wait to have a few laughs with you!

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  4. Great idea. Although I have always been of the philosophy that spanking a child is not right for me…and I can say I have never spanked either of my children and they have turned out to be really nice…I have often wanted to spank my business. Sarah – should businesses be spanked?

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    • While “spanking” the business (or taking another immediate, drastic action of some kind) might make you feel vindicated in the moment it is not a long-term solution. You still need to deal with the symptoms or behaviors that brought you to the point of frustration. Is it a pattern or a one-time occurrence? Is it a symptom of another, larger problem? You will do yourself more justice if you take the time to look at the root cause of the problem. And if you do overact, give yourself a break. We all get frustrated and there are few sudden, business actions so drastic you cannot undo them.

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    • I was just talking to a Thinkspring Marketing guru Diane Fiderlein today about when a business becomes a “Mature Adult”. As you and I both know, Peter, many of them never do!

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  5. As with everything you do, your new blog is creative, sophisticated, sassy and fun! Love your innovative ideas and the child-like business metaphors you have created. This blog is a winner!

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