Being a parent and running a business – week one
Last Monday I took the first steps to joining an inspiring group of people in the UK who are both raising a family and running their own business.
I am a week and a day into being a dad! Charles Fouracre was born at 6:56pm weighing 7 lbs 4 ounces on Monday 15th April 2013.
I’ve decided to take three weeks paternity leave and I’m toying with the idea of working a day from home for a while after. Running your own business affords you the luxury of choosing the time you take off but it’s a disadvantage in equal measure. The time you take off is the time you feel guilty that no one is leading your company. For sole traders and one man companies, it’s likely to be a time you are not earning any money.
I’m helped by having a great team around me and having shareholders who take a keen interest and are passionate about the company’s success.
In reality I am never far away from the business end. When mum and Charlie are asleep, daddy is always sneaking in a bit of work.
On our second night back from the hospital Charlie did not want to sleep. From 11pm we tried everything from feeding to cuddles to the rocking chair to frantically searching Spotify for white noise music. At 4am he finally fell asleep on me in bed. I didn’t dare move and as I couldn’t go to sleep with him on me, out came the iPhone for some early morning emails and work. The cloud is a brilliant enabler for small business owners.
P.S. tips to get newborn babies to sleep are very welcome!