Getting a business up and running can consume a good portion of your time and energy, making it difficult to keep the family happy at the same time. Use the following tips to find a satisfying balance between managing the household, running your home business and maintaining a healthy family atmosphere.
1. Keep the usual 9-5 business hours. Just because you’ve got a million things to take care of doesn’t mean the rest of your family has to go without seeing you for days on end. Try to attend to your professional duties during regular business and school hours, to remain an active participant in the family.
2. Don’t work on the weekends if possible. As a home business owner, your mind is always racing with ideas and creative solutions, but see if you can’t shut it off for the weekend. Sneak work in when everyone has gone to bed or is still asleep first thing in the mornings and keep weekends a time for fun and relaxation.
3. Plan regular vacations or getaways on the long weekends. When your kids are off from school and your spouse has time off to take, accommodate them. Do what you have to do in order to be with them during scheduled and school vacations. Most businesses are also closed on major holidays too, so take advantage of the down time and go skiing or camping as a family.
4. Give back to your family with fun-filled days and special dinners. While you’re pulling off the balancing act between business and family, fit a few surprises into their lives. It may not be easy, but it will keep the family going and prevent them from resenting your business. Order a pizza party for everyone once in a while or make their favorite homemade dish.
5. Attend your children’s soccer games, dance rehearsals and so forth. Your kids only have one childhood and despite your busy schedule, it’s essential that you make time for the important things in their lives. Go to the big games, film the ballet recital and remain as supportive and caring as you have always been for them.
6. Let family members participate in the business. As you deem appropriate, assign tasks to each person in your household and use the opportunity to teach them. Your kids could learn the importance of balancing a checkbook and math at the same time or how to be more responsible to others as you address client’s needs. You should benefit from their help too, giving you more time for family in the long run.
7. Sponsor community events for great advertising opportunities and more. When your children see the name of your home business up on the big board at soccer games or fund raising events, there will be no question of your priorities and support. This will bring your balancing act full-circle and also be a great way to promote your company.
Running your own home business is exhausting and can make it hard to keep up with family affairs. Use the above tips to find your balance and success in all the important areas of life.