Stay-Sane Tips for Mums Juggling a New Baby and a Small Business

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Being a mum is difficult, especially if you’re trying to balance a new baby and a small business; perhaps two of the toughest jobs in the world. It’s incredibly taxing to not only create a work-life balance that sets you up for success, but also to stick to it.

In a way, the running a business and raising a child are pretty similar. This is simply because both require almost undivided commitment and attention; along with a nurturing sensibility. Nevertheless, in order to balance both, one basic mantra that you should follow is that of “help!”

It is all about ‘support, support and support’; yet there are many mums out there are trying to do everything by themselves.

It’s entirely understandable: entrepreneurs are usually ‘Type A’ people; the ones who always want to take charge and have their hand in every aspect of their business. The same as with their baby.

So, how can new mums strike the perfect balance between successful business owner and parent; not to mention, managing all the other aspects of their life?

Here’s a few of our stay-sane tips and tricks, which mums can use in order to tackle their new list of priorities:

  • Always Look for Support

As a parent, we’d always advise you stay open to the idea of relying on a support network.

There are four main areas that, as a new parent, you should look for support. They are:

  • Support at home: What can your parents, spouse or other family members do for you within the home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be childcare, can they take any pressure off your shoulders with regards to general household chores?
  • Support at work: Whilst you might not like it, having a baby’s going to mean that you’re going to be delegating a lot more of the daily running of your business to other people. Make sure you have a team you can trust and who are able to pick up the slack whilst you focus on your family.
  • Support from clients: How much you embrace this will depend on the relationship you have with clients and the kind of business you operate. There are some business owners who shy away from telling their clients about them having a baby. However, you’ll likely find that many of your clients have children themselves and will make them incredibly understanding of the situation and your time. If you choose to say nothing, if delegated tasks end up going wrong or being delivered overdue, they may not be as understanding. Transparency is always key. 
  • Self-Support: This is often overlooked by most new mums, but it is absolutely imperative. After having a baby, you’ll find you’re not getting much sleep and feel exhausted most of the time. However, entrepreneurs find that they continue trying to work the same hours, checking emails whilst nursing their baby at 3am. Take care of yourself, otherwise you’re not going to succeed as a business owner, or parent.
  • Keep Everyone in the Loop

Let’s face it, the reason some women prefer not to inform customers or clients about having a baby or expecting one is because there can a bias against it. There could be the presumption by some clients that the service is going to slip or that they may suffer during maternity leave. One of the best ways to approach this is by meeting it head on.

Before taking maternity, it’s best to talk to your clients. Assure them that in your absence other expert members of your team will be managing their workload. Reassure your clients, tell them the solution and what your expectations are. You’ll be surprised, ultimately, clients are human too and will appreciate your honesty.

  • Keep Parenting and Work Separate

Whatever illusions you may have around feeding the baby whilst on the phone to clients, it’s best to forget them now. Whilst I’m sure there’s some super heroes out there, for most of us mere mortals, the reality is near impossible. In almost every instance of multi-tasking, one of the tasks you’re undertaking is going to suffer, so focus your attention on one at a time.

Even though babies sleep a lot, especially as newborns; you ought to be sleeping where possible, whilst they are. If you’re working when they’re sleeping, may find yourself becoming unfocused which could lead to unproductivity – to put it mildly.

Just like it’s best to separate work from home life in general, it’s even more important to keep parenting and work separate, allowing you to focus your all on both. Also, you’ll be able to be a mother to your kid when with him and whilst working you’ll be working.

  • Let your Business Grow

An interesting consequence of having to hand over tasks to your managers and employees, is that you may find the business is in fact better off for it in the long run.

You might see your business grow in a way it might not have otherwise. As a business owner it’s quite obvious that you’ll want to have a view of everything. However, it could open new opportunities for your employees (that you may not have had otherwise) if you simply delegate tasks.

Address and acknowledge that your employees are working for you for a reason. You hired them for a reason and chances are – they know what they’re doing.

Since you’re likely going to be away from the business from a while, it’s important to put certain safety measures in place. If, for whatever reason, you encounter cash flow issues whilst you’re away – what’s your strategy? You need to consider your working capital expenditure requirements. If you’re unable to meet them, then your business cannot grow. Whilst traditional bank loans are an option, generally far more effective are property finance or asset finance. Secured against the asset being financed it generally gives far better interest rates and allows for a great deal more flexibility.

  • Take your Time

This is a classic bit of advice for every new parent, whether they are a small business owner or not. Having a baby is full of massive physical and emotional strain, so it is better not to push it.

Having a child will change your life forever, so don’t try to rush back to work too quickly, especially if you’re not ready.

Take it from experience – multi-tasking whilst exhausted never ends well. Delegate your responsibilities to your staff in the meantime – if you’ve hired the right people, you need to trust them to run your business in your absence.

Finally, there is no perfect formula for juggling a new baby and your business; you have to find your own balance. However, combining a support system with honesty, a work/parenting balance, delegating and taking your time, you’ll likely be in a position to return to work sooner than expected.

The journey might not be easy, but the destination both at work and home will be well worth it.

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Stay-Sane Tips for Mums Juggling a New Baby and a Small Business

child-1073638_640

Being a mum is difficult, especially if you’re trying to balance a new baby and a small business; perhaps two of the toughest jobs in the world. It’s incredibly taxing to not only create a work-life balance that sets you up for success, but also to stick to it.

In a way, the running a business and raising a child are pretty similar. This is simply because both require almost undivided commitment and attention; along with a nurturing sensibility. Nevertheless, in order to balance both, one basic mantra that you should follow is that of “help!”

It is all about ‘support, support and support’; yet there are many mums out there are trying to do everything by themselves.

It’s entirely understandable: entrepreneurs are usually ‘Type A’ people; the ones who always want to take charge and have their hand in every aspect of their business. The same as with their baby.

So, how can new mums strike the perfect balance between successful business owner and parent; not to mention, managing all the other aspects of their life?

Here’s a few of our stay-sane tips and tricks, which mums can use in order to tackle their new list of priorities:

  • Always Look for Support

As a parent, we’d always advise you stay open to the idea of relying on a support network.

There are four main areas that, as a new parent, you should look for support. They are:

  • Support at home: What can your parents, spouse or other family members do for you within the home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be childcare, can they take any pressure off your shoulders with regards to general household chores?
  • Support at work: Whilst you might not like it, having a baby’s going to mean that you’re going to be delegating a lot more of the daily running of your business to other people. Make sure you have a team you can trust and who are able to pick up the slack whilst you focus on your family.
  • Support from clients: How much you embrace this will depend on the relationship you have with clients and the kind of business you operate. There are some business owners who shy away from telling their clients about them having a baby. However, you’ll likely find that many of your clients have children themselves and will make them incredibly understanding of the situation and your time. If you choose to say nothing, if delegated tasks end up going wrong or being delivered overdue, they may not be as understanding. Transparency is always key. 
  • Self-Support: This is often overlooked by most new mums, but it is absolutely imperative. After having a baby, you’ll find you’re not getting much sleep and feel exhausted most of the time. However, entrepreneurs find that they continue trying to work the same hours, checking emails whilst nursing their baby at 3am. Take care of yourself, otherwise you’re not going to succeed as a business owner, or parent.
  • Keep Everyone in the Loop

Let’s face it, the reason some women prefer not to inform customers or clients about having a baby or expecting one is because there can a bias against it. There could be the presumption by some clients that the service is going to slip or that they may suffer during maternity leave. One of the best ways to approach this is by meeting it head on.

Before taking maternity, it’s best to talk to your clients. Assure them that in your absence other expert members of your team will be managing their workload. Reassure your clients, tell them the solution and what your expectations are. You’ll be surprised, ultimately, clients are human too and will appreciate your honesty.

  • Keep Parenting and Work Separate

Whatever illusions you may have around feeding the baby whilst on the phone to clients, it’s best to forget them now. Whilst I’m sure there’s some super heroes out there, for most of us mere mortals, the reality is near impossible. In almost every instance of multi-tasking, one of the tasks you’re undertaking is going to suffer, so focus your attention on one at a time.

Even though babies sleep a lot, especially as newborns; you ought to be sleeping where possible, whilst they are. If you’re working when they’re sleeping, may find yourself becoming unfocused which could lead to unproductivity – to put it mildly.

Just like it’s best to separate work from home life in general, it’s even more important to keep parenting and work separate, allowing you to focus your all on both. Also, you’ll be able to be a mother to your kid when with him and whilst working you’ll be working.

  • Let your Business Grow

An interesting consequence of having to hand over tasks to your managers and employees, is that you may find the business is in fact better off for it in the long run.

You might see your business grow in a way it might not have otherwise. As a business owner it’s quite obvious that you’ll want to have a view of everything. However, it could open new opportunities for your employees (that you may not have had otherwise) if you simply delegate tasks.

Address and acknowledge that your employees are working for you for a reason. You hired them for a reason and chances are – they know what they’re doing.

Since you’re likely going to be away from the business from a while, it’s important to put certain safety measures in place. If, for whatever reason, you encounter cash flow issues whilst you’re away – what’s your strategy? You need to consider your working capital expenditure requirements. If you’re unable to meet them, then your business cannot grow. Whilst traditional bank loans are an option, generally far more effective are property finance or asset finance. Secured against the asset being financed it generally gives far better interest rates and allows for a great deal more flexibility.

  • Take your Time

This is a classic bit of advice for every new parent, whether they are a small business owner or not. Having a baby is full of massive physical and emotional strain, so it is better not to push it.

Having a child will change your life forever, so don’t try to rush back to work too quickly, especially if you’re not ready.

Take it from experience – multi-tasking whilst exhausted never ends well. Delegate your responsibilities to your staff in the meantime – if you’ve hired the right people, you need to trust them to run your business in your absence.

Finally, there is no perfect formula for juggling a new baby and your business; you have to find your own balance. However, combining a support system with honesty, a work/parenting balance, delegating and taking your time, you’ll likely be in a position to return to work sooner than expected.

The journey might not be easy, but the destination both at work and home will be well worth it.

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