Having a baby changes your life in so many incredible ways. One of the biggest ways it can impact your life is how you view your career. Already, you’ve probably made memories with your child that will last a lifetime, creating your story with them and making you realize there are things you don’t want to miss as they grow.
As a result, having a child might make you rethink what you do for a living. Maybe you’ll choose to be a stay-at-home parent — but maybe that doesn’t feel like an option for you, either. Especially if you’re a single parent or if you don’t have a savings fund to support you, opting to be a stay at home parent might not be an option. So, why not consider starting your own business from home to achieve a greater work-life balance, allowing you to spend time with your child while also bringing in an income?
Having a better work-life balance is especially important to consider when it comes to maintaining your stress levels. Having more free time to yourself can actually make you more productive on the job, but some businesses don’t allow for much flexibility — which can feel increasingly frustrating when you have a new child involved. So, if you’ve ever considered starting your own endeavor, now could be the time to do it.
Is it possible to have a new baby and a business at the same time? Absolutely. Will it be stressful at times? Maybe, but with the right mindset and work ethic, you can enjoy every moment of your little one’s life while having a successful career. Let’s look at a few key ways you can start and/or maintain your business as a new parent.
Maximize Your Time
When you have your own business, especially if you work from home, one of the most important things to do is to stay as productive as possible. That’s not always easy with a little one demanding your attention. So, maximizing your time is crucial to success.
One of the best ways to do that is to create a plan for yourself. Define what you want your work-life balance to look like. Do you want to work 30 hours a week or 60? Don’t force yourself to conform to the specific work-life balance of others, especially if those restrictions don’t work for you. Instead, set a schedule that works for you specifically, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it without feeling guilty or burning out.
Once you have a plan in place, stick to it by improving your productivity as much as possible when it’s time to work. This includes things like setting specific working hours during the day or setting goals for yourself that you want to accomplish each day. It’s also important to have a working environment that’s free from distractions so you can stay focused. If you have extra time, don’t be afraid to do more to get ahead in your work, so you don’t start to feel overwhelmed.
When you’re committed to staying productive in your career, you’ll actually have more free time to spend with your family and child, because you won’t have to worry about the work you’re missing out on or what you need to catch up on.
Keep in mind that there is no perfect balance, and you’re going to have to be flexible and make adjustments — all new parents do! But by keeping some of these tips in mind, you can feel good about your own business and your ultimate career as a mother or father.
Understand Your Limits
Taking care of your mental and physical health should always be a priority, both as a parent and as a business owner. Staying physically active can actually make you more productive. But when you’re trying to run a business and take care of a new baby, it can start to feel like your mental and physical health aren’t as important. When you don’t take the time to take care of yourself and understand your limits, you’re more likely to burn out and feel overwhelmed.
To avoid that, you might want to consider hiring some help. As a small business, the hiring process might feel a little intimidating at first. The best thing you can do is to ask for referrals and network with people you can trust to find employees you can depend on. Trustworthy employees can take your business to the next level and allow you to avoid feeling defeated. As a result, you’ll have more opportunities to take care of yourself and your baby.
Give Yourself a Break
You don’t have to make a choice between starting a business or having a baby. If you already have your own business, you don’t have to give it up to grow your family. You can absolutely have a successful career of your own and be an incredible parent.
Hopefully, we’ve stressed the importance of a work-life balance enough, because it truly is the key to maintaining your business and being there as much as possible to see your little one grow. Everyone’s work-life balance is different, and it’s important to find something that works for you and your family.
The most important thing, though? Give yourself a break. You don’t have to be a superhero in your business and as a parent all of the time. If you start to focus on one over another, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel guilty. By creating your own balance, you’ll be able to conquer both without having to worry about how other CEOs and business owners do it.