Nobody told you this was going to be easy, running your own business. Running it from home while also caring for your children adds a whole new level of multi-tasking to the mix. You might have limited childcare, or none at all, and yet, your business needs nurturing as well.
Yes, we’ve all heard what the ‘experts’ have to say about TV and children, but let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world if your child watches a movie. Put in their favourite DVD and tackle the to-do list for an hour.
PUT THE CALL ON MUTE
Are you on a training call or Skype session? Put the computer or phone on MUTE on your end so that your colleagues don’t have to listen to yet another request for goldfish crackers.
CREATE A PHONE BASKET
When you’re on a call unexpectedly, your child will inevitably need you for something right that very moment. Keep a basket, bin or bag handy (near the phone but out of reach for everyday use). Fill it with interesting toys or games that your child has not seen or played with in a little while. This should buy you just enough time to complete your call professionally.
MEET AT THE PLAY AREA
Chances are some of your partners, vendors and mentors will have young children too – set up a meeting at the local indoor or outdoor playground with a goal to complete one specific conversation or task. Any more than that, and you’re just being too ambitious. Edmonton has some fantastic indoor coffee shop-playground venues to chose from like Cafe O’Play, Cafe Tirimisu, Java Mama and more to come. Even venues such as Let’s Play and Chuck e Cheese have toddler areas.
CREATE AN OFFICE FOR YOUR CHILD
As your child outgrows Dora, you still need some time to work, so set up an ‘office’ for him or her to ‘work’ alongside you. Equip their space with a desk (or room on yours), tape, markers, blank paper, paper clips, envelopes and a calculator. These simple tools will keep them busy for a lot longer than you might think.