The Work/Family Life Juggle
I have 9 month old twin boys and a 7 year old little girl. Whilst I love being a mum, I would be lost without my career and using what I learnt at university. I do feel that I have the best of both words, although it does feel like one big juggle at the best of times.
Myself and a close friend run 2 established ecommerce websites magicfairywings.com & footiemad.co.uk as well as a newer media website whatsgoodtodo.com. I am fortunate enough to have a finance & languages degree behind me and years of finance related work experience, but there is so much help out there for those with little or no experience too. Contacting your council is a great first port of call as there is help available in some areas for business start ups. The other piece of advice I would give is to research things thoroughly before taking the plunge.
A huge plus side to being your own boss is that if your children are ill or have a special activity on at school or preschool you can be there for them. The other is saving on childcare costs. Having baby twins, I looked into childcare costs and they were astronomical. Between my partner and I working flexible hours we can manage without a childminder, or rather we did until my boys became little TV stars which is another story.
A big downside many work from home mums have mentioned to me is how isolating it can be. I therefore would encourage attending business networking meetings. There is a wonderful site out there called www.mumsclub.co.uk which as well as giving a wealth of advice, provide child friendly business networking in many areas. Another great idea is to interact with other business mums and dads on www.netmums.com where there is a specific section for work from home discussion.
Whilst I have days where I feel very torn between work and spending quality time with my children, I know that I have made the right decision.