I think it’s fitting that the first post on my new blog is one that mixes family and business. You see, this blog is a mashup of two blogs I previously ran. But we’ll get to that later. I’d like to start by asking a question of you dads (or moms) out there who also own a business. How to you balance the time needs of your family with the many tasks that are required when you own a business?
This is a tough situation because our family needs us there to spend time with them…but they also need us to earn a living by working hard. It comes down to priorities but it is not simple in any way shape or form. I don’t think any of us would prefer to work instead of spending time with your family (well, maybe a few of you) but there are times when your business must come first. The key is to minimizing these instances.
As I sit here writing this post, I’m watching Disney channel with my two boys. Sure, it will take me twice as long to finish it because I have to stop every few minutes to watch something the kids are doing. I don’t want to miss it when the 4 yr old flips off the couch (and maybe breaks an arm). I’ve been struggling the last few months as I balanced a full time job, small consulting business, and two blogs.
I started Mobile Apps 4 Biz a couple of years ago. It focused on mobile tools for small business owners and I was able to build it up over the course of a couple of years to something profitable. But I became bored with it so I started Dad’s Theory so I could write about my family and anything else I wanted to. But running two blogs with everything else was too much. I found myself staying up late working on them. This is usually the time my wife and I lay in bed and talk. This is precious time that I was missing out on.
So I made the tough choice to merge the two sites. The drawback here is that all of the rankings and status from Mobile Apps 4 Biz is gone. It will take time to build this blog up to that level. But it’s worth it in the long run. The benefit is that now I have more time to spend with my family and I don’t stay up late every night working on the sites.
There will be times when I have work I can’t avoid (usually with my consulting business) and I have to get it done regardless of what else is going on. The goal is to limit these moments and strike a better balance. There will also be times when we have family activities that cannot be shirked. These take priority. Your job is temporary but your family is not. The times you spend with you children will be precious as both of you get older.
So how do you manage to balance your family and business lives?