Top Tips for Juggling Motherhood and Self-Employment
14th February 2017
Being a self-employed mum of a toddler and a baby can be very challenging at times! If you are a mum who works for yourself, then I am sure you can relate to the conflict your brain has between spending time with your children and working on your business.
I know I constantly feel guilty that one of these is suffering, as I haven’t got enough time in the day to do everything! ……and as for household chores, I sometimes just give up, now have a cleaner!
So, here are my top ten tips for juggling motherhood and self-employment:
Make lists and prioritise
I like to have one list for both business and mum stuff as to not confuse myself by using separate ones. I also put everything in my diary so nothing is missed!
Find amazing childcare
I am lucky to have my parents and in-laws to look after the children whenever I need to. Although I still feel guilty when leaving them for a business-related appointment!
Get bags, clothes, lunches, etc ready the evening before. Mornings are the most crazy for us!
Work when the kids sleep
Schedule in work time when the kids are in bed. A few hours every evening can clear my work to-do list as well as a full working day will!
Outsource work and ask for help
I have 3 amazing ladies who help in my business, and they make me feel like all is not just on my shoulders. Plus, self-employment can be pretty lonely at times, so having a team to support me is lovely!
Find others in the same boat as you
Connecting with other self-employed mums who are in the same boat as you can help. Try joining us at a Her Business Brew meeting for support.
Get a box of tricks up your sleeve
Have a box of crafts or games that the kids can do themselves. This will keep them entertained if you have to make a business call or complete work when they are around! Even short bursts on a tablet, or half an hour in front of CBeebies isn’t going to do any harm either!
Schedule quality time with the family
Time with your family is very important as your kids grow up so fast. Even a quick trip to the park, or reading them a story makes all the difference!
Don’t worry if everything isn’t done that day. No woman is superwoman (even though we like to think we are!) just move stuff to next weeks to do list. Its not the end of the world!
Make time for yourself
All this juggling can leave you shattered, so make time for yourself. I like to get my nails/hair done, visit the spa, or have the occasional afternoon tea! Although a long soak in the bath (with no kids) is even a nice treat!