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By Thea Theresa English

Ways to balance freelancing and motherhood

As a full-time mom and freelancer, you have a lot of responsibilities on your hands. You seem to be short on time and you want to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. One way to balance your mom duties with your work responsibilities is to develop a routine that is flexible yet that allows you to get a lot done within a certain amount of time. You can get up in the morning before the kids wake up to meditate and work on assignments. I do most of my assignments at night while the baby naps, and in the morning before she gets up.

Look for different forms of childcare

If you are a freelancer and full-time mom, it would be a good idea to seek out viable forms of childcare. Maybe you can hire a reliable babysitter from the neighborhood to come over and watch the kids for a few hours while you work in the home office. Another idea would be to drop off the kids with friends who are stay-at-home moms.

Do assignments ahead of schedule

If you've completed most of your household chores and the kids are entertaining themselves in their rooms, you can use this time to complete assignments ahead of schedule. My daughter is a year old but my parents watch her during the week so this gives me the extra time needed for my assignments. When my assignments are completed before the due date, I can spend a lot more time with my child and I won't feel as if I'm ignoring household duties.

Give yourself a break

One mistake I first made as a freelancing mom is to not give myself enough breaks. As a result I was stressed out and I wasn't fully present in my family's life. Now I'm more purposeful about my free time. Two days out of the week I will not work for long hours and there are now times when I won't work at all. I've built up a reasonable amount of work now and I don't have to write as frequently since I've earned money from the traffic my previous work received.

Turn down assignments if necessary

I choose not to be a workaholic who neglects my kids and home, and in recent months I turned down assignments to achieve a good work-family balance. After all, this is why I have worked from home for so many years. If a client wants you to complete a batch of blog posts but it's your family reunion, politely turn down the offer. There will be more opportunities in the future but you can't get family time back.

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