By Jenna Sherman
Nearly every new or expecting mom grapples with trying to choose between being home with their little one and furthering their career. This is a highly personal choice, and though there are no wrong answers, it can feel pretty challenging to figure out what the right move is for you and your family. After all, there’s a lot to consider, from time commitment to the cost of childcare to long-term goals for both your family and professional lives.
Here at Professional Mom, we’re dedicated to helping families find the absolute best solution for their situation. It may surprise you to learn that running your own business from home could be the answer you’re looking for. This road allows you to have plenty of one-on-one time with your little one, as well as continue to contribute to both your household budget and career aspirations. However, it’s far from simple, and it isn’t a good fit for everyone. Here’s a look at what you need to know to figure out if this is the right path for you:
What Are Your Goals?
The first step is taking some time to honestly assess what your goals are. This should include goals for every aspect of your life related to this choice, from how much time you want to be able to spend with your little one, to where you want your career to be in ten years, to how much downtime you need to rest, recharge, and take good care of yourself. Some goals may contradict one another. This allows you to assess what can – and can’t – be compromised on.
This is also a good way to set yourself up for success. For example, if you know you want to make your business a long-term career move, you can use that as a launching point for making big business decisions, such as deciding to register your business LLC. This business structure is a great move for anyone taking on legal risk, and can even offer some tax advantages. Although it’s not always the best move for short-term self-employment, it can make good sense for businesses you hope to sustain.
What Circumstances Are In Your Favor?
Next, take some time to figure out what tools you have that will help you achieve your goals. For example, running a business from home with a little one is certainly easier if you have family or friends who can help you with child care, chores, or other daily tasks. A partner with a flexible schedule can make things easier on you as well, as it can empower you to make a schedule where you swap working and child care throughout the day.
What Will You Need?
Next, work out what pieces are missing from your situation that will empower you to reach your goals. For example, you might want to invest in a baby-wearing wrap, or bassinet or swing you can keep in your office. This way you can knock out work while your little one naps or plays. Playards can also be invaluable, especially when your child gets a little more mobile. These give your little one room for floor time in a safe, enclosed space.
Prepare to Adapt
As your child gets older and moves through different stages, you will have to adapt your approach to running your home-based business. This is perfectly natural – after all, your routine will change alongside your little one’s needs. There will be windows when you may be able to work while your child plays independently; during others, it may only be possible to work during nap and after bedtime.
Going in with a flexible mindset from the start will make these fluctuations less stressful. The good part of running your own home-based business is that you have that flexibility. You set your own schedule and workload, so you can change it as necessary to suit your life overall. We hope this article has given you the information you need to figure out the path that will best allow you and your family to thrive!
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Guest writer, Jenna Sherman, hopes to help other parents acquire the skills they need to raise future leaders by providing a collection of valuable, up-to-date, authoritative resources. A mom of three (two girls and a boy) created parent-leaders.com as an avenue for parents who want to make sure their children grow up to be strong, independent, successful adults.”
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