19 Oct Preparing to Start Your Own Company for When the Schools go Back
Today, innumerable mothers are part of the UK workforce. As per a survey by Catalyst, 70% of women aged between 16 and 64 are employed. In 2014, as many mothers were part of the workforce as women without children (74.1% of all women with kids and 75% of all women without any children were part of the workforce).
For some women, it’s a choice to advance their career, for others it holds more fiscal importance. However, regardless of the motivation, maintaining a work-life balance is of utmost importance to them, more so when holidays come to an end and they need to look after their children once they return from school. Things are much easier, of course, if they’re independent small business owners working from home.
Intimidating as it may seem at first, working from home offers far greater flexibility and satisfaction. An easy starting point would be to identify your strengths and passions. Then work on those lines to build a business that’ll feel less like work and more like pursuing something you love to do!
Here are a few tips that can help work from home mothers strike a healthy work-life balance:
1. Make your mornings easier
Nobody wants to start their day in a haphazard and rushed manner. You can avoid that early morning chaos by being prepared beforehand. Pack your children’s lunch, lay out your and their clothes, and get their bags ready the night before.
Make a to-do list, divide your schedule, and have your partner help with the routine tasks. Decide beforehand who’s going to get the kids ready, drop them off, pick them up, do the groceries, and cook the meals. Try to get as much of your work done when your children are at school, so that you have more time with them when they get home.
2. Use an organizer
Failing to plan is the equivalent of planning to fail. As a remote worker, you can boast flexible hours and get things done as per your comfort. However, that doesn’t mean you should use that as a strategy.
Figure out family priorities and maintain a family calendar that details bill due dates, birthdays, events etc. Do the same for your work by listing down any meetings, deadlines etc. Make the most of Google Calendar, which can be synced on all your devices, making things easier for everyone.
3. Leverage efficient time hacks
There are a few easy hacks you can use to manage your time better. With these, your daily tasks will be sorted and you will have more time at hand for work and family.
- Batch cook meals that can be quickly prepared when you are short on time
- Sneak in errands whenever you can
- Outsource all tasks that you possibly can
4. Make time for yourself and your family
The best thing you can do to maintain a healthy work-life balance is to find some “me” time for yourself. Pampering yourself occasionally will go a long way in dealing with the stress of juggling your work and family.
You should also set aside regular time for some fun family activities such as picnics, family dinners, going to the movies etc. Taking care of yourself will help you take better care of your family.
5. Set clear boundaries
One of the most important lessons you can learn when starting your home business is saying “No”. Once you know your priorities, don’t shy away from saying no to things that don’t align with your priorities.
Learn to set boundaries between your personal and professional life. Don’t attend work related calls or emails when you’re supposed to be spending time with the kids and vice versa, unless it’s really urgent.
As you prepare for school to start and get your home business up and running, remember the aforesaid tips. They’ll help you navigate the tricky path of maintaining a better work-life balance. Your time management skills will be the key.
Feel free to reach out to us at Arise to explore the route to become an independent business owner.