Success in work is important, but raising a family can be one of the greatest things we achieve in life. There are some professionals who feel that you have to choose between one or the other, but many entrepreneurs are now beginning to realize that you don’t have to put aside family for business success and vice versa. There are things you can do to maintain a healthy balance that allow both areas to grow, rather than one at the expense of the other.
Work With & Around Your Children
For some entrepreneurs that are running a business from home, this is not just a luxury, but a necessity. Having your own business means being able to make your decisions about space and scheduling, and if you don’t want to miss your child growing up, then work at home so that any great moments—or even emergencies—can be responded to quickly.
Depending on the type of product or service you provide, you may have the option of choosing when to sit down and do your work. If that’s the case, try keeping your days clear, so that you can be there for your kids when they’re alert and active.
At night, once things settle down and it’s time for bed, make use of the quiet time to be productive. If you’re the type that works better in the quiet of the night, this is an ideal schedule.
Network With Others
Networking doesn’t just have business advantages, it can provide parental benefits well. You’re not alone; there are other entrepreneurs out there that are parents too. By meeting with them, sharing knowledge, stories, experiences, parental and business lessons, you can learn valuable things. You may even make new friends and meet new “babysitters” that let you swap “childcare days” when things get hectic.