Freelancing With A Family
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 10/25/2015 | Author: April Koenig
When working from home with a family, you start to notice a lot of shortages. Grocery shortages mean trips to the store. A shortage in help means dealing with the stress of work and home, both at once. This usually leads to a shortage in patience, which could very well lead to hiding in the bathroom with a bottle of wine (just kidding we hope!). There is, however, one shortage you can always depend on – time. It feels like there’s never enough time to juggle freelance work and family life, so you have to organize and maximize the time you do get. As hard as that may seem sometimes, there are ways to achieve a balance. Let’s take a look.
Set Your Schedule – Luxurious freelance schedules with maximum flexibility? That’s a single person’s game. You need to take your family into consideration when crafting a schedule, and stick to it as much as possible. Find the best time for work, preferably when the kids are in school or at rest for a while. You’ll then have a block of time with which to get work done. A set schedule means distractions and procrastination fall by the wayside.
Teamwork! – No matter how great you think you have things mapped out, it can’t be done alone. Make sure the family’s on board with helping you in the day-to-day grind. They need to understand work time is your time, and distractions need to be at a minimum. Your space is off limits for minor issues. Teamwork also means that your spouse needs to ‘tag in’ on certain errands when possible. Appointments for kids, unexpected issues and other matters should be shared, leaving extra time for you to dig in on that looming project deadline.
Remember What’s Important – Don’t lose sight of why you decided to freelance in the first place. Working from home means you’re there to be with your family, instead of stuck in an office all day. Leave work for your designated work schedule instead of letting it take up family time. Close the laptop and put down the phone; save checking emails for later when the kids are in bed. Finding the right work/family balance lets you get the most out of being a hands-on parent and spouse, while still doing quality work for clients.