You’ve decorated the nursery, welcomed a new baby into the world, and now you’re thinking about starting a business. Whether you have practiced a skill for years or recently discovered a hidden talent, starting a business is both exhilarating and demanding. If you are trying to launch a new company while still loving your new bundle of joy, these three strategies can help you find a work-life balance.
1. Delegate Jobs
One of the best things you can do to stay on top of your personal and professional to-do lists is delegate tasks. Between the new company and a baby, you will likely fall behind or tasks will slip through the cracks without help.
If you have employees, ask how much bandwidth they have to take on additional assignments while you are adjusting. Otherwise, hire an assistant to take some of the basic tasks off your plate, such as answering phones, responding to emails, and researching projects.
If you have the budget, hire a third party to manage specific duties. For example, a formation service is extremely helpful when applying for a limited liability company. LLC businesses receive several benefits, such as tax advantages, less paperwork, limited liability, and increased flexibility. Instead of sacrificing time applying by yourself, a formation service can handle the legwork of LLC formation. They can also help you register your DBA name. Plus, they do not charge the hefty fees a lawyer does. Just remember that states have different regulations around forming an LLC, so research your state's rules before committing.
Your budget may not allow for hiring a billing specialist, so look into purchasing or upgrading your invoicing software. You’ll be able to make customized invoices that feature your business’s logo and colors, and they’ll help you get paid fast. If you don’t have a logo design yet, you can use a free-to-use logo maker tool to create one quickly and easily. It will work well until you can invest in a design from a graphic designer.
On the personal side, sit down with your partner and determine who handles which tasks moving forward. Ask if he or she can take on a few of yours for the time being. Many grocery stores offer delivery services for a fee or free pickup. Use one of these options to save time at the store.
If your budget allows, hire companies to help with household tasks, like lawn care, cleaning, and laundry. Otherwise, ask your friends if they know of a trustworthy teenager or young adult in need of extra cash. Chances are, there is someone out there who will happily help with jobs around the house for less money than professionals.
2. Purchase Useful Accessories
Certain accessories can make your double-duty job go much smoother. For example, a detailed calendar application makes sure every deadline, conference call, support group meeting and date night is recorded so nothing gets overlooked. A rocker or swing with a built-in white noise machine keeps baby comfy and cozy so you can get work done.
The right outfit can also support your family and entrepreneur goals. As your body recovers, invest in apparel that is both comfortable and work-appropriate, such as flat shoes with extra support and stretchy pants. If you are breastfeeding you will take breaks to breastfeed or pump, so a comfy nursing bra or nursing tank top will make it much easier to get the job done.
3. Hire Child Care
While it may be difficult to part with your little one, most parents utilize some form of child care on a weekly basis; according to one report, 59% of parents have nonparental care for their children at least once a week. Child care not only gives your baby a chance to interact with others but also gives you uninterrupted time to get work or household errands done. If you do not have family or friends available, daycares and professional babysitters make excellent alternatives.
Instead of becoming overwhelmed by these two new adventures, get the most out of both of them by planning ahead. Incorporating these three strategies into your routines help you excel as a parent and a professional.
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