Having Three Children While Running a Freelance Writing Business
What is it like having three children? I’m asked all the time. 9 times out of 10, my children are attached to me in public. When I’m not busy running my business, I’m out and about doing errands. People see. People ask. They are always surprised by my response. When I explain to them what it’s like having three children, my answer is always one word, hilarious.
Surprised? I will explain.
To begin, I am uniquely fond of the way each one is different. It’s this difference, that brings such joy. The older two are at an age where they comprehend the stages that the youngest is going through. I don’t know if it’s from memory or empathy, but they literally put words in her mouth. They narrate the scene like they were hired voiceover comedians. All of the sudden, my 13-month-old is “talking”.
Moreover, the differences in my children’s personalities are uncanny. Sometimes it leads to sibling rivalry, but that’s natural with multiple children. Especially, when all three are so different. In our household, there are three separate children with three separate personalities. The fact that they all have the unified goal of entertainment is what makes our days so fun.
How do I manage them and my business?
Lot’s of planning. I’ll work when they nap, or after their bedtime. I’ve become very efficient at writing so productivity flows well. I think my biggest luxury is that being a freelancer is just that. Free. It’s the openness to be a digital nomad and flexibility to write when I want to.
In fact, working at home while my children are home can get very interesting.
Here are my top tips:
- Do things in short bursts.
- Give your child an activity to do alongside you.
- Try to do the majority of your work when they are having downtime.
- If you must complete a project, try to have patience.
It wasn’t easy at first but then I made some changes
When I first started working from home, I tried to do everything during the day without any help. I was unaware of a lot of business tools for growth, and I wasn’t reaching out. Even though I had three children, I began to develop burnout because I piled the task of running a business on top of it all. It wasn’t easy at first but after a lot of research, as well as good old trial and error, I finally created a system that works for me.
Ultimately, it’s amazing having three children! I get to see these incredible people grow and express themselves. The love that comes from a child is pure and higher than any reward out there. If you’d like to talk more about this subject, feel free to use my contact page. An answer is just an email away.