Since returning to work running my business from home, this is one of the most common questions other business owners with children at home ask me. How do you balance both? Honestly, sometimes I don't balance them equally. Sometimes being a family oriented person who also runs a business out of her home is extremely difficult and I can't focus on all of my roles at once. Sometimes the business needs me more so I stay up until midnight, and sometimes my baby is sick and other than responding to emails on my phone, I have to neglect the business. Sometimes I'm nailing being mom and business owner but the laundry hasn't been done in a week and no one has clean underwear. And SOMETIMES, I manage to have a super clean house, thriving work hours, and amazing bonding time with my son and my husband, and on those days I feel unstoppable and like "you know I should write a parenting advice column because I totally know what I'm doing and have my life together right now." And then without fail the very next day it all goes downhill and my house is a disaster and my kid is angry and has a fever and I haven't posted something new online in three days.
It is HARD being a mom. It is HARD owning a business. It is HARD working from home. It is HARD fostering a happy and healthy marriage. Doing all of them at the same time? Sometimes it's more than I can really do alone. We're considering hiring a mother's helper at some point soon to give us some childcare and household help a few times a week in order to help create a better balance, but we aren't doing that today, so today I just do the best I can and forgive myself for what I can't do.
That's my biggest tip for work from home moms. Forgive yourself for the things you can't accomplish and celebrate the things you do. This is hard work but we are doing it! GO MOMS! Whether you stay at home full time, work outside the home, work from home...it's all hard, but it should all be celebrated. So if you're watching this on a struggle day, give yourself a hug from me. You've got this, momma. You're doing a great job, even on the days you can't remember if you even ate.