We are lucky to have another fantastic guest blog from the lovely Kate at Forever Yours Keepsakes. Today, Kate explores that tricky subject of working after you have had a baby and becoming a Mumpreneur.
A lot of mums feel the pressure of returning to work after having their little ones. On the other hand, some mum’s can’t wait to get back to work and have a bit of a break from their children, and have some adult conversation.
I was in a position where I actually couldn’t afford to go back to work. The rising cost of nursery fees would have been the same, if not more, than my earnings. And that doesn’t take into account the emotional cost of being away from my son and missing out on seeing him develop into the cheeky littleman he is becoming.
Based on other parents I know who have gone back to work, majority of the childcare has fallen to the grandparents. This is a great opportunity for them to have quality time together, but also a big ask for them to commit to this for so many days a week. Especially if your little one is ill or playing up etc when with them – that’s not fun for anyone!
But wait, there is another option!! This isn’t for the faint hearted though, and by no means easy. How about using this new chapter in your life as an opportunity to start your own business.
You can work your own hours that suit you and get to be your own boss. The possibilities of what you do are endless whether it’s a franchise or your own set up. You also get the chance to network with other mumpreneurs.
What’s the catch I hear you say….No boss means YOU are the boss. No one will make the decisions for you, and sometimes you end up feeling like you need to give yourself a telling off if things aren’t going as planned. It’s all about getting the right work life balance as well. Just because you’re no longer working 9-5 doesn’t mean you’re always necessarily working better or less hours. Trying to fit things in around a small child is hard at the best of times.
While I feel running your own business isn’t for everyone, I also feel it isn’t something you should shy away from, or be scared of considering. Yeah, it’s hard and you have to be like Supermum sometimes, but it can be so rewarding. If all goes to plan you get more time with your little one which is the most important thing here. Any extra income is important I know, but when compared to time spent making memories with your children, is just an added bonus in the grand scheme of things.
It’s also good to have something for yourself. You get a sense of achievement and purpose. It’s common for parents to feel like they’ve lost their identity after a new arrival.
Whether you return to work, become a full time parent or mumpreneur, always remember, you are awesome and doing what’s best for you and your family 🙂
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