How do you do it? How do you cope with family and working at home?
I was asked these questions recently at a networking breakfast but it’s not the first time I’ve been asked such questions. Perhaps the answers came naturally to me, perhaps they were instinctive, or maybe they were something instilled in me at a much younger age, but it all seems pretty much common sense these days. And yet not so for others. Hence why they ask the questions I suppose.
What am I talking about? Managing my business at home with a young family of 5 daughters. The girls are grown now and 3 have left home, but when I first started working at home, they were aged 7-13, with the eldest in her first year at high school. It was a juggle, but the juggle of being in a corporate job and trying to work out club activities, RDOs, days of sickness, after school care, school holiday care and so on was more difficult to handle. It was easier for me to be at home, find work to do and get it done whilst they were at school, or in bed and be available for them when the running around needed to be done – and it was cheaper than paying someone else to do it. Not only that, but if the girls were sick, they could be in their own beds, where they really needed to be.
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