Working from home with my daughter is awesome. It also means a lot of starting and stopping and finding crayon scribbles all over your notebook when you come back from making more tea.
But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
In September she’ll be going to school. She’ll be 4 and she’ll be starting school! And my first thought was, think how much time I’ll have in the day! And then I thought about how much I’d miss her.
And that’s the funny thing, I started my business so that I could be with her and not have to go back and now she’s the one leaving me in the day! But I’ll be there to take her and I’ll be there to pick her up every day.
If she’s sick I won’t need to take time off work, I won’t need to work extra hours to make up for it, I won’t have to apologise to my boss for motherhood being more important to me.
I’m not trading my time for a paycheck each month. I am responsible for creating that income every month. And I know that’s where you want to be too.
You don’t want to have to find childcare all day and spend about an hour a day with your child before they go to bed. But running a business and looking after kids can be challenging.
So with that in mind, here’s my top 3 tips for taking some of the stress out of it:
1 – Know your numbers – Make sure you know how much you need each month to cover all your bills. If you’re still working, save the money you make from your business up so that when you quit, you won’t have to worry about money while you adjust to having all the extra time.
2 – Have daily tasks – make a list of the things you need to do in your business every single day. That way no matter what happens in the day, as long as you’ve done those tasks, you’re still being consistent.
3 – Be patient – it isn’t going to happen overnight. You’re not going to wake up tomorrow to 15 people wanting to pay $3k to work with you. But in 3 or 6 months, in a year? Who knows where you’ll be. Wherever the journey takes you, just enjoy the ride. Things don’t always work out how you think they will but they do work out for the best in the end.