The balancing act between life and running a small business is a fine line. I’ve read all the blogs about being your own boss, running your own business and working around your family and life commitments. How it’s so easy. You can work your own hours, get paid and life is great. Heck, I’ve even written a blog or fifty about it. Well the last few weeks I have been the centre of that exact subject. And to say it’s been a challenge is generous.
I am usually doing ok in my family / life balance since going out on my own. I tend to have more than 60% of my weekend off (depending on deadlines) and Friday nights are genuinely a night off. But the last few weeks have bordered on a fail in my books.
You see, we are planning a move. Not just around the corner, but 1800km up the road. We had a revelation at the start of the year that we needed a change. Life was just blah and we were going no where fast. A change in my husband’s work structure opened the door and we decided to jump. So on top of parenting life, partnering life, working life and life-life we have just been surviving.
We were in what felt like a holding pattern for months and then boom. In a matter of weeks, we’ve sold a house, bought a house, planned removal dates, done inspections, booked inspections and explained to our 4 year old son how his home isn’t going to be his home anymore. Luckily he has just been more fascinated with the For Sale board to worry about anything else. All the while still juggling the life-life part and running my own business as a solopreneur.
In that time, I have also built 3 client websites, written blogs and managed my clients (just!). But, there is still the part of me that knows I have failed. I feel I have let my son play on his own a little too much the last few weeks and I haven’t been able to work as I normally would on my business. I know I haven’t been as attentive to my clients as I usually am. I am generally overly generous with my time, it is just the way I am. But I just haven’t been able to give that extra 5% the last few weeks to anyone and it doesn’t sit well with me.
In case you are wondering, no, I don’t have a VA as such. I have a lovely lady who I call upon to help me out when I am looking at my to do list at 1am wondering how I will fit it all in. It is something I need to look into? Absolutely, it’s on my to do list!
So, is the work life balance a myth when you run your own business?
I’m going to say sometimes, yes. Yes it is a myth when you are working until 2am and everyone else is asleep. Yes, it is a myth when your son asks you to play cars and you tell him you’ll be there in a minute and 20 minutes passes. And yes, it is a myth because you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Even though we have a lot going on in life, I still need to work to help pay the bills. These are the realities of small business owners and I know many of you reading this would understand.
Has my opinion of being a work at home mum changed the last few weeks?
Sure, at times I have wondered if it would just be easier to work a 9-5 job. I could have taken a couple of weeks annual leave, forgotten about work and been able to do all I needed to. But, what about the other 50 weeks of the year? I wouldn’t be home with my son. Those times we do play cars or watch Shaun the Sheep together would be missed. So, even in my most stressful times, I wouldn’t actually change it. What the last few weeks has taught me though, I probably do need to look into a VA sooner rather than later. So I can at least fail a little less next time.
Are you’re weeks are looking like mine did and you need to free up some time? Luckily I have some of my time back! So, feel free to click the link below and have a look at my packages to see if I can help you out. Feel free to also check out my website design packages and website management packages.