Today has brought home to me, yet again, the benefits of being your own boss. Yes, the initial decision was very scary – What’s it like to be your own boss? I would be solely responsible for my income, sick pay (what sick pay?), pension contributions and more. Would it leave me with time to be with my young family or would I spend less time with them? Endless questions! But today, my youngest daughter is poorly and is unable to go to school. So this morning, rather than do the dreaded phone call to my employer, debating whether to be truthful and say I needed to be home with a sick child, or lie and say it is me who is feeling ill, I get to stay and home and work – free of guilt.
It’s different when you work for yourself
But this morning was different. I am my own boss with the help of The Keepsake Co. I cuddled my little one back into her duvet and set up my laptop next to her ready to work.
When I researched how to be your own boss with a young family many years ago I knew it was because I wanted a better work-life balance. Now, when I get asked what it’s like to be your own boss with a young family – isn’t it really hard work? Do you find you are working and just leaving the children in front of their ipads? Are you working all hours into the night? – The answer for me is “no”. I could do I suppose but that would defeat the object of why I wanted to be my own boss. It was to get away from the disadvantages of being employed (see the above questions!) whilst lining someone else’s pockets with profit.
The best thing about working for yourself
The biggest and single bonus that always comes to mind first is “I get to spend more time with my family”. If you are your own boss your success is directly related to how hard you work but you can work smartly, at times to suit you and your family. If you get to be your own boss, you can do sick days with little ones guilt free. I never have to miss another school play, a music concert, even those assemblies where parents are invited to attend (to sit squished at the rear of the hall to look at the back of your child’s head). I could never justify being late for work to attend an assembly but now I see my children grinning away over their shoulders at me and it means so much for me to be there. The dreaded chicken pox, colds, coughs, sick bugs – bring it all on! I can deal with it. In order to be your own boss you need motivation and determination – but if you have a young family you already have that in bucket loads!
So, this morning I am able to work and answer my emails whilst being very close at hand to see to my daughter if she needs me – best of both worlds!
How to be your own boss
If you want to be your own boss – it is completely achievable with a young family.
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