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Looking after a baby and a business at the same time might sound impossible to you right now, but there are many people out there who are doing it as we speak. In fact, people who can manage it will tell you that it is both exhausting and rewarding – you need to be organised, and there’s a lot of planning involved! If you don’t want to let your business stop you from having a baby, read on to figure out how you can make them work together.
When you have a baby and a business, you can’t be afraid to get help. This may be help in the form of an occasional nanny or a family member taking your baby when you need to get some sleep or you have an important Skype meeting.
You may decide to get help in the form of a cleaner or a virtual assistant. You could do these things yourself, but you risk spreading yourself too thin. As the most important things to you are likely your business and your baby, making them your priorities and finding ways around everything else will benefit you.
Get help wherever you need it, and don’t feel ashamed or guilty for doing so.
You need to be realistic about what you’re going to achieve when you have both a baby and a business. Don’t set the bar too high or you may become disheartened when you don’t manage to achieve it.
Having both a baby and a business means being as organised as you possibly can be. Plan ahead so that you know what’s to come and get as much in place as you can now. If you’re not yet pregnant and you’re looking to get help, it’s worth noting that sometimes the first IVF will fail. Preparing yourself for things in that respect is also important – you don’t want any curveballs thrown at you that you weren’t ready for while you’re trying to run and build your business.
Tell clients, customers, and readers what’s going on in your life. This may even lead to deeper connections as people get excited for you! At the very least, people will understand why you may not be as vocal on socials or elsewhere.
Certain things can wait, and knowing what they are is key to parenthood while being an entrepreneur.
Getting into a routine as best you can will be a help to both you and your baby. This way, you can at least plan to get a little work done while your baby is napping.
You should never beat yourself up for feeling like you can’t do it all. If you’re doing these two things at the same time, you’re already doing great. Being kind to yourself is key, as is knowing when to get help.