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What’s it like to be your own boss with a young family?

What’s it like to be your own boss with a young family?

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.be your own boss with a young family

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 parenimg_1837ts 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.

We can help and support you to start your own business (not a franchise). We’ll help with websites, branding, income planning, marketing and social media, as well as moral support. We’d love to tell you more about how we do it, please get in touch here for more information.

10 Top Tips for Blogging

10 Top Tips For Blogging If, like me, you know your way around a computer a bit and you can kind of manage your iPhone and iPad then you will have heard about blogging. I decided it was time to invest in myself and I enrolled on a course to really learn about what bloggingContinue Reading

Running your own keepsake business

Running your own keepsake business

Being your own boss with a keepsake jewellery business We are delighted to share this blog with you from our lovely member Gemma, owner of Lasting Touch Fingerprint Jewellery and Keepsakes. Read Gemma’s journey and if your desire to run your own keepsake jewellery business ignites, contact us here. Welcome to Lasting Touch Fingerprint Jewellery and Keepsakes Lasting TouchContinue Reading

Caring and Sharing, Advice, Support and Inspiration

Caring and Sharing, Advice, Support and Inspiration

We have a private Facebook group for all our members to ask questions, share their knowledge and generally support each other. Our resident experts are on hand for technical queries, marketing advice, social media support, and all sorts of other things. Every Thursday we have a ‘Thank You Thursday’ giving people the opportunity to giveContinue Reading

Christmas at the Keepsake Co

Christmas at the Keepsake Co

Christmas is a busy time of year for keepsake businesses.  For all of us, it is a time for family, creating and capturing precious memories, and of course magical for little ones. All of the businesses we work with and support have been putting a huge amount of effort into making Christmas special for allContinue Reading

Be Your Own Boss: 10 reasons to go for it

Be Your Own Boss: 10 reasons to go for it

We love helping people to set up their own business, supporting them along their journey.  It can be a scary thought, but with our help, there’s no reason not to go for it. Here’s our top ten reasons to be your own boss: Passion – When you become your own boss, you decide what kindContinue Reading

Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers

Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers

We’re really excited, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on their way, so we’ve been planning our special offers. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own creative business you’re not going to want to miss this.  Black Friday offer Look out for something really special with our Black Friday Offer. Cyber Monday special AgainContinue Reading

How can working parents achieve work life balance?

How can working parents achieve work life balance?

There’s lots in the news today about the high numbers of mums and dads who are unhappy with their work life balance in Scotland.  We suspect the numbers in England probably aren’t that different. Research from Family Friendly Working Scotland, reported on the BBC and elsewhere, shows parents really struggling with inflexible employers. They say theirContinue Reading

Daysie Chain Designs – keepsakes for all the family

Daysie Chain Designs – keepsakes for all the family

Grandparents Day is a celebration of family and for one of our keepsake businesses, the generations are pulling together to make it a success. Trisha, mother of four, has gone into business with her two daughters Gerry and Nadine, as Daysie Chain Designs. She is a grandma to Gerry’s son Casey. Artistic skills run inContinue Reading

Two Green Lane hits the headlines

Two Green Lane hits the headlines

One of our new keepsake businesses Two Green Lane has started in style with some fantastic local press coverage in their area. When you start your own business it can be really daunting but you’ll find lots of people are willing to help and support you. Here at the Keepsake Association we’ll help with branding,Continue Reading