Each year more and more parents join the ranks of the self-employed, choosing to launch their own small businesses that can be managed from home. The main reason for choosing to work remotely is simple: to spend more time with your children by being around more. However, as any virtual business owner will tell you, running a business from home doesn’t necessarily always equate to a good balance when it comes to your work and family life.
The issue is that as your business begins to grow, naturally you become busier, which can make juggling running a business and family life, somewhat of a struggle at times. Of course, that isn’t the only problem that parents who work from home face, there are also many other issues that cause all manner of issues.
Bearing all that in mind, below is a guide to all of the best virtual business hacks for parents who are juggling their work and family life. It is possible to make things work; it’s just a case of finding the right setup for you, your business, and your family.
This might be easier said than done, but when it comes to making a success of a virtual business while raising kids at the same time, balance is vital. What this means is finding a way to separate your business from your home life, regardless of the fact that you run it from home. The best way to do this is to have a dedicated workspace, with all of the vital items that you need to run your business. From a desk and computer system, including Eizo monitors, or your monitoring system of choice, to a filing cabinet and dedicated phone line, you need a space (and the materials) that is reserved for work. Don’t let your office become the family computer room – get your kids a computer to share that goes in the playroom or the kitchen. Your office should always be a dedicated workspace and nothing else.
It’s also vital to have a dedicated work schedule – aka a time when all you do is work. Ideally, you want your children to be at school, in bed, or out at playdates during this time, so that you can work without being disturbed. The fact is that in order to get anything done, you need to be able to focus on the task at hand, which is why it’s best to work when the house is empty so that you can crack on without being disturbed. To utilise your time effectively, use to-do lists and have daily plans to follow.
When your business is a one man band, you cannot physically do everything yourself. That is why outsourcing is such a vital tool and one that you should be taking advantage of. Whether you choose to outsource your marketing needs, content creation, or accounting, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are getting the help that you need so that you can spend the majority of your work time focusing on growing your business.
Set aside quality time
To ensure that you get to spend plenty of quality time with your children, set aside certain times that are for doing things as a family. Perhaps each morning between 7 am and 9 am, when the kids start school, could be family time – maybe you could always have breakfast together? After school from 3 pm until bedtime could also be family time, as could most of the weekends. There is no point quitting your job to work from home and spend more time with your kids if this doesn’t actually happen, which is why setting aside quality time is so important.
There you have it, your guide to all of the best hacks for running a virtual business around family life. It may not always be easy, but it is worth the time and effort if it means that you will get to spend more time with your family.