Owning a business itself is hard, and including a baby in the mix can be even harder. But then again, if you didn’t like the tension and stress, you wouldn’t have become an entrepreneur in the first place! Owning a business and having a baby doesn’t need to be as hard as it seems. Just follow the steps below, and hopefully, it can make your business-baby life a little easier!
Work from home
If you’re one of those moms that need to be home with your baby , especially around the first stages, then working from home is the key for you. You save time commuting to work and get to spend extra time with the baby. Besides, you can take a nap during the day as opposed to napping in the office- which you probably couldn’t have done in the first place. Think about this- working in your pj’s all day ( just change your shirt if you have a video call- it’ll be our little secret).
You can still be the boss without being the boss
You don’t have to do everything. This is why you hired employees in the first place. You hire people based on the specialties you lack in, therefore, you don’t have to feel as if you’re not in control just because you aren’t doing a specific task. If you don’t already have a manager, then make sure to promote an employee, or hire one. The manager can oversee everything while you are not there. Besides, you can still check-in via email or phone once or twice a day. If you’re worried about your customers, they’ll forgive you! There is nothing more worth than spending quality time with your baby. Before maternity leave, let your customers be aware you won’t be in- they will understand. Furthermore, set a schedule for yourself. Go into work twice a week, or whatever schedule fits you and your family’s needs.
You don’t have to be superman or superwoman. Getting help is a good way to balance both baby and business. If your parents or a family member offers to help, take it! It doesn’t make you less of a mom or dad or a “bad mother” or father if you accept help. Another option is to hire a baby sitter or nanny. In fact, it will make your life much easier. Of course, finding the right baby sitter or nanny isn’t easy. Make sure you interview each and only hire someone you truly feel like you will be able to trust. This way, your mind is at ease and you can run your business with no worries.
Take time out
Whether you will be working from home, or going into work- its always best to take a time out here and there. Your mind needs a mental break from business-baby life. Juggling both can be difficult even if you feel like you got everything under control. Everyone needs a break from time to time. Don’t feel like a bad mother or father when you do this. In order to run a successful business and raise a baby, your mind needs to be clear. For first time parents, this is especially needed as this is a new life you’re adapting to. However, no matter how many kids you have, a break/ vacation can really put your mind at ease.