Starting your own business is something that is filled with excitement, adventure, fear, and stress and requires not just start-up cash but also a drive to succeed, and a whole lot of time on your part. With all that in mind, it can obviously be intimidating to go ahead with it, but if it’s your dream then clearly, it’s something you want to pursue.
So, what happens if you want to take on this adventure in life, but do it all from home so you can raise your young family at the same time? If you think this sounds impossible then it’s time to think again. In fact, there are many ways that you can go ahead and start your dream business from home, ensure it’s successful, and still play an active and major role in raising your young family. Here are some tips that can help make it happen.
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Set Up Reliable and Flexible Childcare
Even though the whole idea behind starting your business at home is to be home with the kids, there will be times when you just won’t be able to juggle it all. There is no shame in that, in fact, it takes a wise and strong person to know when they are taking on too much. It’s a good idea to secure reliable and flexible childcare that is available when you need it.
You may even want to consider setting up childcare for once or twice a week, allowing you to accomplish lots on those days. You can then build your schedule around childcare days, taking on the focus and labor-intensive tasks on those days.
Create a Work and Family Schedule
One of the complaints people have about working from home is that they end up putting in more hours than if they were in an office environment. Now, granted, starting your own business will take a lot of time and effort on your part, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up all your family time. It can be a good idea to create a work and family schedule that can help you to stay balanced.
Part of this schedule should be a routine that the whole family not only understands but follows. For example, maybe your work hours will be from 7am-9am and then 1pm-3pm each day. Stick with the schedule and ask that during that time you are interrupted as little as possible.
Look for Motivation and Inspiration
It can be hard to juggle being a full-time parent and starting your own business, which is why you want to take the time to look for motivation and inspiration. It could come in the form of an inspiring quote such as what you’d find on examinedexistence.com, or maybe it’s meeting and chatting with a mentor in the business, or perhaps it’s reading about other successful stay-at-home parents starting a business.
It is What You Make It
Starting your own business from home all while raising a young family doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Instead, with the right approach and a positive attitude, it can end up fulfilling all your dreams.