What Your Mom Can Teach You About Business

What Your Mom Can Teach You About Business




Much of what your mother taught you when you were a small child, can also be applied to running a business.


After all, we’re still interacting with other people and should do so in a kind and honest way.



Today, I am going to share with you the four lessons that we have all have learned from our moms that still hold true when it comes to doing business.



Lesson #1 – Always Make A Good First Impression

  • First impressions count and it’s something you want to work on.
  • Make sure the first interaction you have with your potential customers is a good one.
  • This means putting your best foot forward on social media sites and on your own website of course.
  • Do your best to make sure things are working and carefully plan your email messages.
  • Never forget that at the other end of that email is a real person.
  • Respond to emails, comments and social media posts you get and make sure each interaction with your audience is a positive one.


Lesson #2 – Be True To Your Word

  • We’re good at being true to our word in real live, but when it comes to online interactions or business transactions, we’re not afraid to stretch the true a little bit in the name of marketing.
  • Aggressive marketing tactics may work in the short term, but they won’t allow you to build a sustainable business.
  • Building it on strong core values like always telling the truth and making good on your word will.


Lesson #3 – Be Kind To Others

  • People like to do business with someone that’s nice to them. And those are the people they will recommend to family and friends.
  • Always be polite, be nice and don’t be afraid to go the extra mile for your customers.
  • They will reward you for it in the long run with plenty of good word-of-mouth advertising.


patienceinbusinessLesson #4 – Show Some Patience

  • Last but not least, let’s talk about patience.
  • It takes patience to get a business off the ground.
  • Make sure you’re prepared to stick it out until you make it.
  • But it doesn’t stop there.
  • You want to have some patience with your audience.
  • Just because they don’t jump at the first offer you make them, doesn’t mean they are less valuable.
  • Be patient and earn the trust of your subscribers and website visitors.
  • There will come a time when you’re presenting them with the right offer and they’ll gladly take out their wallet and buy.
  • Be patient with the people you work with.
  • This could be employees, independent contractors or other business owners you’re cooperating with.
  • We are all busy and sometimes things don’t work out exactly as planned.
  • Give those around you the benefit of the doubt and be patient with them.
  • Showing a little bit of grace may end up in long-term friendships that will benefit your business for years to come.




Who knew that the things you learned as a Kindergartener would come in handy now that you own your own business?



Gives you something to think about, right?




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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington


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45 thoughts on “What Your Mom Can Teach You About Business

  1. So true Joan. Those life lessons taught by our mums are great in all aspects of life. Funny how people sometimes forget to use them in their business, especially being kind and being true to your word.

  2. Good tips and while my mother and I don’t talk and I am dealing with the scars from her stabbing me in the back.. most of my lessons learned were from others.. and learning things on my own.. However, I think your point was noting that a lot of business are lacking the basics and these are simple old school tactics that many lack.

    • Thanks Kristen! Very true that so many businesses do lack these simple but old school tactics 🙂 Sorry to hear about you and your mom (you only have ONE mom ya know 🙂 Hope you patch things up with her soon!

  3. Yes, definitely gave me something to think about, especially patience. The others I do, but I do struggle with patience. I work so hard and long and eat and breath healthy living that I forget others don’t. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Yes, Karen, I do struggle with patience as well, but I am working on it daily 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post and it was a great reminder for you!

  4. These are great lessons for life, relationships & for business. Our mothers taught them by being this, not always by speaking it. I believe I’ve learned them from many people and we can benefit from reminders.

  5. These are such great tips. I was always taught, “Above all things, be kind,” and fairness was a close second. Now, about that patience thing…. Just what do you consider “patient”? What is a good timeline to continue?

    • Thanks Liz! Yes, I would agree about this “patience” thing lol Sometimes it can be so hard to be patient, I know things in my life have totally tested my patience in a HUGE way lately!! Hmmmmmm, will have to think about that…..

  6. These traits were so instilled in me when young that most come naturally without thinking about them, but we all need reminders from time to time. (such as patience in waiting for something to work).

    I was taught some of the more aggressive, impersonal marketing techniques when I first started online marketing. Not only didn’t they work very well they didn’t sit well with me. I nearly gave up. Thankfully I found courses and people who taught different methods.

    I read the other comments before posting this and I see that patience is something is perhaps something that can’t be totally taught. Some things we have to work on and learn for ourselves. I can be really patient with others but not so much with me.

    • Yes as they were instilled in me as well, Sue 🙂 As for the patience, always working on that one lol Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  7. Hi Joan,
    Firstly it was funny to read the headline of your post.
    Once again A great post on -How to be successful?

    Mom is the greatest gift to us sent by god. “I did not believe in god but I do believe in mom, bcoz she is the God for me” .They know us better than the world because they spent 9 months more than our age.
    I feel most connected and bonded with my mom than anyone else. Since our birth they teach us every aspect of life but as we grow older we forget that they know the world better than us.
    My mom has been always supportive and motivating to me, whatever I do she always has full trust on me.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful lessons; we can learn from our Mom.

    With regards,

  8. These are definitely lessons my mother taught me, Joan. Although I would have to admit that I still haven’t learned the “patience” lesson yet. I seem to always be practicing patience in all areas of my life…including my business. It’s amazing how wise our mothers are and yet often, we learn them the hard way as we move through life. Wouldn’t it be great if we listened when we were young and avoided many of life’s challenges because we listened and learned early!

    • I am always working on my patience as well, Beverley lol 🙂 Yes, it would be so much easier for us if we listened to our moms in the first place so as not to make our lives so hard, very true!! Appreciate your comment, thank you 🙂

  9. HI Joan great article and so true

    Your mom was right! People are people online offline and inline. Treat them well so they’ll remember you well.

    Online your reputation is so easy to lose and so hard to recover

    Keep shining


  10. Hi Joan,

    Great post. I’ve never really thought about it in this way but you are absolutely right. This further proves “Mama knows best.”

    Being kind, patient and honest may take a little time to build your business but as you said, it will be worth it in the long run.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Joan mam, Wonderful explanation with valid points. Yes these all steps are necessary to learn and implement in blogging journey and internet marketing. Thanks for sharing

  12. Hi Joan,

    Wow! Loved this post! Sometimes we forget where we came from. You must’a had a Mom like mine: smart; assertive and classy!

    Uh, the business advice was great, too…

  13. Hi Joan ,
    some of the things we learned as kids are always true .
    Being honest and kind is important. Patiens is needed
    to deal with clients ,if we are stressed out is not good it
    would not make a good forst impression..
    Thank you for this good reminder

  14. Hi Joan,
    You are right on here. My mama was very big on first impressions, this has stuck with me all my life.
    This does extend to online as well.
    Be careful with how all your emails and websites look there best and all things work well.
    Of course, she wanted me to always be true to my word. Operate on strong values, always tell the truth.
    She marched me back to the store to apologize for stealing candles for a birthday cake at 5, stuck with me forever
    Always treat others as you would like to be treated, the golden rule. Be kind to everyone, customers especially
    Patience This is the big one that most people don’t get.
    It does take a lot of patience to get a business off the ground. Be patient with people you work with.
    The big one, make sure you are prepared to stick it out with your business until you make it.
    Enjoyed this article very much. Mother was right!

  15. Hi Joan,

    It’s so true. What our mothers told us in life can be applied to business. And it really comes down to some common sense and manners. Especially when we are on the social media…my gosh…the things people do. If their mothers seen them they would be getting time out lol.

    I like the way you gave this message out to us because people just need to think!


    • Hey Donna 🙂
      Thank you my friend for your awesome comment! Yes, I agree with you about social media lol some people just need a time out!

  16. Right now, here in the UK, I think the most important of these is ‘be kind to others’. There seems to be so much hate and so much violence here, it’s dreadful. Lovely lessons, Joan.

    Enjoy the journey!

  17. Isn’t it amazing, Joan?

    We tend to trip all over ourselves to catch the latest trend, the newest software, the latest guru… when it really gets back to remembering the wise words or that wise woman you called “mom.” Can’t you just hear her now… “I told you so.” ha ha

    Interesting article as always.

  18. Hi Joan, this post hit home for me – I as a child have never been a patient person, even now at 45 I still have challenges with being patient (I have a deep rooted issue of being too hard on myself). My mom worked full time raised four daughters, my dad worked full time after retiring from the military and both worked for the veterans hospital. Dad an accountant and managing budgets, mom a secretary by trade, and then ran two wards as the head admin for two heart surgeons. Guess running and managing a business is in my blood. 🙂 Thanks mom and dad.

    • Hi Patty 🙂
      So great to hear that my post hit home for you! Yes, I would say you are right, running and managing a business is definately in your blood girl! Thanks so much for your feedback and awesome comment 🙂

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