Finding the Balance Between Work and Family: Tips for Business Owners

Small business owner sitting in home office conducting client phone call
Finding the balance between work and family can seem impossible when you’re a business owner. Family time is precious and children grow up so fast. But owning a business is also one of the best ways to support your family. Therefore, if you want to own and grow a business while raising a family, it is important to find a way to manage your time. You need time to work and concentrate, but also some focused time with your family. So organization is a priority, and knowing your goals is essential. Here are some tips on how to prioritize:

Stay Focused

Make your time at every activity a priority. Treat it like an appointment. When you are scheduled for work activities, close your doors to outside interruptions unless they are emergencies. But do the same with your family time. Make family time a high priority and don’t give it up unless you have an emergency.

Set Goals and Stick to Them

In order to stay organized, you need to set firm goals and stick to them. Check in with your goals regularly, as often as you need to stay on track. For some people that means weekly, but for others checking daily is necessary. Visualize your end goal before you get started on your work each day.

Create an “Office” to Work In

Whether you work at home or away from home, find a place to use as your office. That can be a corner of your dining room or your favorite chair. The idea is to do your work in the same place daily unless you are meeting with clients or traveling for work. Then when you go to that place, you will transition to work mode more easily.

Create a Schedule and Stick to It

Having a regular weekly schedule will help you work regular hours. It is easy to let your family responsibilities reduce your work time, but you can’t run a business unless you put in the hours. You can have a flexible schedule to work around your children’s school hours; however, it is crucial that you make a schedule that you can follow. If you create unrealistic hours for yourself, you will set yourself up for failure. Create a schedule that you can work with so that you can succeed and work toward your goal incrementally.