5 Clever Ways To Balance Freelance Work With Motherhood
There is this erroneous belief that freelancing is a breeze because you have full control of your time and can work when you want. But this belief is so wrong because in spite of the fact that freelancing puts the power of your time in your hands. You still need to dedicate a lot of it to keep up with new trends in the industry and deliver a job for your client/s, and for mothers, this is often very hard to deal with.
Freelancing and motherhood are two different worlds entirely and if they are not well managed you could fail at the two, and that’s why I have curated 5 clever ways/tips that you should adopt to handle your freelancing career and take care of the home front like a boss.
1. Plan and Set Ground Rules
The term if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, might seem basic, but every single word in that quote is so true. Planning is the first step that is vital in balancing your freelance work and motherhood. It is important that you plan your day at the beginning of the day and allocate different times for different activities. The morning should ideally be for preparing the kids for school and taking care of family activities and after this is done, and the “dust” settles then you can relate to your clients and get right to the task of the day.
You should also set out ground rules with your loved ones so they will give you some alone time when you need to work and this would involve placing a simple “do not disturb” sign at the door.
2. Stay Organized
To make it easier for you to keep up with the demands of clients while you are dealing with the demands of motherhood, you will need to make a list of the tasks that you need to do for the day and add the timeline at the end of each task. So its a good idea to get the hang of your spreadsheets, appointment apps, calendars and other apps that can help you organize your day effectively.
3. Start Early
Getting started before others is one clever way to get a lot of jobs off the ground and still enjoy the joys of motherhood. This involves waking up earlier than usual so you can get a lot of things done before every other person’s day begins and get them wondering how you do so much with so little time on your hands (Don’t be surprised if they call you super Mom).
4. Get Help
Even Batman needs Robin so it is understandable that you might get overwhelmed some days. So it is important that you have a backup plan. A lot of freelancers belong to online communities where you can easily find someone to handle some orders when things get crazy, have a family emergency or just need a breather.
5. Just Wing It
Kids are going to be kids, so it doesn’t matter how much modalities you put in place, they can flip it around, and your man might just decide to take you out on a surprise date. So things can get in the way from time to time but if you have a great relationship with your client/s and communicate with them regularly they will be there when you get back.
Don’t let anything hold you back from living out your dreams because, with a little planning, you could boss being a mom and freelancer.