Work at home moms manage family and business responsibilities but they aren’t robots, they need help to avoid getting burned out. Burn out is very common for moms who run businesses and families according to the article by Carol Neshevich, Special to CBC News. It also helps if there is a support system to help work at home moms manage family and business.
“Owning and operating a small business while raising young children isn’t easy, but the rewards can make it all worthwhile.”
“Seven years ago, Karen McCauley left a demanding consumer-research job to launch her own market research company called Fresh Squeezed Ideas. As the mother of two young children, ages three and six at the time, she hoped running a business out of her Toronto home could be the best of both worlds: she would be her own boss in a professional field that she loved, and she would also get to spend more quality time with her family.”
“For the most part, this turned out to be true. McCauley’s business thrived, and she was still able to walk the kids to school, see them at lunchtime and occasionally volunteer in the classroom –– things she likely wouldn’t be doing if she worked for someone else. She admits, however, that she was initially a bit naive when it came to the challenges involved.“
“The flip side of having your own business, especially when you’re working from home, is that there are no boundaries,” she said.
“It can be difficult trying to be a business professional while at the same time having your kids run into your office asking you to be a mom,” she said. “I have to try to live these two personas at the same time, and it’s really hard.”
“The authors of a new book called Mom Inc.: How to Raise Your Family and Your Business Without Losing Your Mind or Your Shirt are very familiar with these challenges. Torontonians Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell are MBA graduates who left the fast-track of Bay Street to open their own custom baby-blanket business called Admiral Road Designs in 2002. They decided to write the book, published earlier this year by HarperCollins, to address misperceptions about what it’s like to run a business with young kids at home.”
“When it comes to balancing family needs with business needs, it’s all about communication, says Botterell.”
“McCauley agrees that communication is key. As her own kids have gotten older and she’s become more established in her business, she’s figured out new ways to make everything run more smoothly. Now that her children are 10 and 13, for instance, they all do their “homework” together.”
Include kids in business
“Paula McNamara runs her own talent agency, Playgroup Enterprises, out of her Toronto home. Her daughter is younger than McCauley’s children, but McNamara still has a similar strategy of “working” side by side with five-year-old Madison when there’s a deadline to meet while her daughter is at home.”
“I’ll let her sit next to me in my office and quietly colour, because some things do have to get done in a certain time limit, and there’s no getting around that,” says McNamara. “It’s also nice to try to make the kids feel involved with the business.”
Work around school schedules
“Eva Cooper of Wakefield, Que., also sings the praises of working around your children’s schedule. She opened her own retail business –– a clothing store called Boutique Burro Borracho in Wakefield –– in 2005 when her daughter, Delilah, was three. Since she has staff, Cooper has always been able to leave the store in time for the end of school, and then she’ll just pick up the laptop and start working again after her daughter has gone to sleep.”
“As children get older and become increasingly independent, there’s more time to focus on the business. With young children, it all goes by pretty quickly” she said.”
When work at home moms manage family and business operations there will be bumps in the road but the unity and stability that develops between the family when a parent is always there is something that can’t be bought. It’s priceless. When you figure out how work at home moms manage family and business that’s priceless too!
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