Freelancing is great in many ways, it gives you the opportunity to branch out into as many avenues as you want, but being a freelancer and operating in the real world sometimes are at odds with each other. The best example is if you have children. Being a freelancer when you have a child that has no comprehension of schedules or deadlines is a very quick way to a stressful life. So how can you work effectively as a freelancer with children in tow?
Finding work around your children’s “schedules”
Any parent will tell you that a schedule is not necessarily something set in stone when you have kids! But you can still find ways to do something around their lives. If your children are able to go to nursery for a few hours a couple of times a week, it’s good for them, but it also gives you the opportunity to find the right work to complete in that set amount of time. You might not be able to find a full-time job, especially if it is too expensive to do nursery and work, but you can find odd freelance jobs. If you want to move an item from A to B or complete odds tasks online, there are many ways for you to make sure that you do something to earn some money. In addition, think about your children’s nap times. Also, think about when they sleep. As painful as it may become, you could get up a bit earlier than them and compete on freelancer tasks. There are websites like Appen and Pactera that you can sign up for which give you tasks to complete. But the benefit is that you don’t have to complete a set amount. You can do as much as you can, and still get paid for it!
Working with your children in tow!
It’s not easy when you have young children, and so there may be times when you need to bring your children on the job. And ultimately, it depends on the type of job you do. Being a freelancer means that you have a pretty flexible schedule. It depends if you need to conduct client meetings or work with others, but if you are at home and trying to keep on top of emails, you can placate your children for a short period of time while you get this done. It’s also important to remember that you won’t be the first freelancer with kids! You might worry that being a freelancer with children will lose you work, but you may find that there will be more people in your position than you realise, which takes the pressure off.
Give yourself a break when it gets tough
You may think that you need to be on the go constantly in order to provide, but there will be days when you cannot balance being a parent and doing your work. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. If you hit the wall on one day, give yourself a break, and realise that tomorrow is another day.