When you’re freelancing, it can be tough to find the time and energy to do your best work. With so many competing activities, finding a way to make work fun is essential for any freelance parent who wants to stay on top of deadlines and pitches. We’ve put together some tips on how to keep your freelancing life afloat while also having a little fun with your family.
The Benefits of Freelancing
There are many benefits to freelancing, and we’ve listed some of them below.
1. You have the freedom of hours.
2. You can work remotely or locally, as you please.
3. You get to choose your own clients and projects that suit your needs and interests.
4. Since you’re freelancing, you’re not at the mercy of a boss who is going to drop everything while they take their vacation or something else important comes up (like a family emergency).
The Challenges of Freelancing With Kids
The biggest challenges of freelancing with kids is finding a balance between the responsibilities of parenting and the responsibilities of your career.
It’s important to be organized and have a to-do list because you never know when those work deadlines are going to pop up. But, it’s also important to make some time for yourself in order to maintain your sanity. If you’re feeling stressed, then it’s time for some self-care.
You’ll also have to find time for fun-time with your family. It can be hard to balance work and play, but you should always prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to family time.
Some Solutions for Working While You’re Home with Your Kids
1. Put your pitch on the fridge
This is a pretty simple solution, but it can go a long way. The benefit of having your pitch on the fridge is that you’ll be more likely to remember to send it out in an expedient manner. Plus, when you’re home with your kids, you’re not always going to have a mess-free area for working. More often than not, work will happen at an impromptu moment and without warning, which means having your pitch nearby will ensure that it’s still pristine when you need it to be.
2. Stay organized
Freelancers are notorious for procrastination and forgetting about deadlines. Without time management skills, this can lead to serious consequences for your business and personal life. If you want to make sure that you stay on top of things while also keeping yourself happy and healthy, setting up a system is key. Whether or not you use an app like Trello or Basecamp, there are plenty of options for staying organized while juggling family life as well as freelance tasks at hand.
3. Have fun!
Working doesn’t have to mean sitting at the computer all day long with no breaks in between projects and no end in sight.
Fun Activities For Working With Kids
One way to keep your work and family life in sync is trying to find fun activities that can be done around the house. Whether it’s a board game or some arts and crafts, there are plenty of ways you can make a great time out of doing the things you love.
If your kids are big on technology, try installing some apps that they’ll enjoy and help keep them busy while you’re working. You could even get them involved in your work by asking them to help with finding new clients for your business.
Another fun activity for freelancers is looking for a project that will get your creative juices flowing without having to invest too much time or effort into it. If you’re feeling tired of the same old tasks, try creating something totally different from what you usually do–and if it doesn’t work out, no one will judge.
It’s worth noting that even though these options sound like they might not always be helpful, we’ve found that it’s important to find something pleasurable when working with kids–even when adults don’t want to participate.
It can be a challenge trying to do freelance work with kids in your house. But, keep in mind that it may be a good idea to split the work between you and your partner, or even hire someone to come in and help out. Keep in mind the benefits of working while you’re home, and you should be able to find a way to work with the kids and still maintain your sanity.