One of the fantastic things about launching a business of your own is the fact that it gives you the freedom to work anywhere at any time. Of course, while this is a bonus, there’s also the concern of not getting that work and family life balance right. Trying to juggle family life and running a successful web design business is not a simple task, as there’s a lot that needs to be dealt with on both sides of the scales.
As a parent, you are stretching yourself between two very different types of ‘babies’ – your children who will always be your babies and your business, which becomes like a child in its own right as it needs just as much care and nurturing as a child or baby does. Doing both is hard work, but there are plenty of hacks that you can take advantage of to make life that little bit easier.
Delegate & time map
If you’re not a one-woman band, then you have the luxury of being able to delegate tasks to other team members when you need to spend time with your family. The idea behind starting a business where you are the boss is that you don’t miss out on those special moments such as school plays, sports days, and family celebrations, so learning to delegate is key.
However, if it’s just you – AKA you run your business solo – then you will need to find an alternative way to manage your time more effectively. Time mapping is a great option; this is where you set a period of time you’ll be at work each day, depending on what family commitments you have, and you work to a tight schedule to ensure that everything at work is able to be completed. Admittedly, this can sometimes mean starting work at five in the morning, but if it means you get to watch your little one graduate from pre-school or wave them off on their end of year residential trip, it’s worth it.
Get your kids involved
Okay, so this does not mean letting your little ones loose on a website design that you’ve been working on, regardless of how artsy they are. But that being said, there are ways you can get your kids involved in your business and take some of the pressure off. If you do decide to get the kids involved, ensure that you make it fun. You don’t want your venture to feel like a burden to them, as that’s not what a family business should be about.
Simple jobs like getting them to count your takings if you work with cash, or asking them to shred paper (using a child-safe shredder, of course) are ideal. Or, how about asking them to do some drawings to brighten up your office for you? As they get older, you can teach them more and more about your business, and help them to get to grips with each aspect of it, in case they choose to one day, go into it.
Go with the flow
As a parent, life is all about going with the flow. You need to learn that you can’t control every situation. So if you have a day in the office planned but then something else comes up, like your child is doing wonderfully well with their potty training and you don’t want to leave them with the childminder as they’re so close to cracking it, don’t be afraid to go with the flow.
Parentpreneurs have it tough at times. It’s not easy balancing family life and a web design business, but if you are smart about your approach to both aspects of your life, you can work out a way to make it work.