Having young children around and running a business is one thing I haven’t had the joy to experience. But in this weeks #HandmadeChat the discussion was about the 21st century entrepreneur who has young children around at home while running their business. Many points were addressed ranging from child care, companion support and engaging your child in your business.
Here are some of the points I thought were key:
Q. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNEXPECTED “BABY AND TODDLER” NOISES IF YOU’RE ON A BUSINESS CALL?
A. Alyssa Middleton, the facilitator shared: For me, I don’t apologize for there being kid noises – I’m a proud mom entrepreneur, and my kids are why I do what I do. If it gets too loud or a child needs immediate attention you can reschedule the call.
Q. HOW DO YOU FIND PEOPLE TO HELP WITH KIDS DURING THE DAY SO YOU CAN GET WORK DONE?
A. Melissa Riverashared: I usually ask my mom, or I wait for when my son is with his dad to get a lot done in 24 hours. I usually work when he is asleep at night 9-5 job 6-9 mommy time 9-?? small biz owner.
Q. HOW CAN YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR PARTNER, IF ANY, TO HELP WITH TODDLERS SO YOU CAN WORK?
A. Donna Maria Coles Johnson shared: It’s about shared goals. If we share same goals, it’s a privilege to help me do my part to achieve them. And vice versa of course. It goes both ways. Like all things, individual personalities and sensitivity is important.
As you can see from the above, the conversation was good and if you have young children and trying to run/grow your small business be sure to read the full transcript for all the tips that were shared among the parentrepreneurs. You are not alone. Be sure to connect with your fellow parentrepreneurs on the transcript via twitter.
For the full conversation and transcripts you can download them here. Enjoy reading and don’t forget to join us for the next #HandmadeChat on Thursday, 8pm EST, where Mary Humphrey will co-host and chat it up about “Organizing Your Day For Maximum Productivity”.