Juggling motherhood and a career is something that I have recently spent a lot of time considering. While I am excited about becoming a mother, I am also worried about my career. I have very strong career goals, but also don't want to miss out on my child's growth and development. Entrepreneurship may just be one way that women (and men) can do both.
Things to consider...
There are many benefits to running a business. Running a business or freelancing allows great flexibility in terms of work hours and location. This means that you could work after your child has gone to bed or while they nap and from the comfort of your own home. However, on the other hand, it also requires that you can multitask and devote enough time and effort to both.
In order to successfully run a business and juggle motherhood, it is important to have a good support system. Whether it's your partner, family, or friends, a good support system is essential as running a business and motherhood are both time-consuming. You may simply need someone to clean the house during a busy week or care for your child while you attend an important meeting or meet a deadline. It would be impossible to juggle so many important roles without responsibilities occasionally conflicting.
While running a business undoubtedly has many advantages, there are also some disadvantages. Entrepreneurship comes with a certain degree of risk. You may not be able to predict your monthly income or may suffer financial setbacks. My father was an entrepreneur and growing up our family went through many financial highs and lows. I don't believe that children need to be expensive, but some financial security is required to meet their basic needs. Therefore, it may be best to have savings before starting a business or a partner that can help provide some financial security.
From a personal perspective...
From a more personal perspective, freelancing allows me to continue to pursue my career goals despite being heavily pregnant. However, one of my biggest problems is motivation. It can be challenging to be motivated to complete assignments after not having slept well or when there are a million chores requiring my attention. I have two tricks that I find particularly useful when I'm struggling with motivation:
- Setting deadlines
I find it very useful to set deadlines (even for open-ended assignments) as this prevents me from waiting until the last moment. I also find it helpful to break longer assignments into multiple deadlines so that I don't end up overwhelmed. These deadlines help me to stay focused and accomplish my goals, while also juggling my other responsibilities.
- Leaving the house
I sometimes find working from home particularly challenging due to the number of distractions (chores, husband, etc.). Thankfully, this can easily be addressed by leaving the house and working in a coffee shop or library. Leaving the house also breaks up rather solitary days.