Freelance parents working from home know how it feels to be stretched from every conceivable direction. Coronavirus lockdown measures required freelance parents to take on a whole new level of multi-tasking. It meant juggling all the usual parenting tasks (a full time occupation in its own right), whilst simultaneously presuming the role of homeschooling teachers... All whilst trying to work from home and manage their own freelance career. Add the widespread mental health repercussions of lockdown into the mix, and achieving a “healthy” work-life balance became ludicrously unattainable.
Once you’ve wrapped your head around the financial support that expecting parents are entitled to, the reality of being a new parent while balancing a freelance career can start to sink in. Freelancers will know how hard it can be juggling a variety of clients and projects, so the thought of doing all of that with a baby in tow can be daunting, to say the least. But don’t fear. Having children while freelancing is manageable, and with a little organisation, it can even be a more balanced option than working full-time while being a new parent.
You’re self-employed and planning on having a child soon or you or your significant other is already pregnant. The panic has subsided and planning can begin. What are your options?
Freelancer mums are amazing. They run a business and raise a child. it's no easy task but with expert organisation and a lot of hard work, you can make it work for you to get the best of both worlds. The Freelancer Club spoke to two wonderfully talented freelancer mums to ask them how they manage.
So you’ve been a full time freelancer for a while now. You’ve got a good rhythm going and you’re handling the demands of family life like a professional. You’re not alone. According to a 2014 Guardian article, the number of freelancing mothers in the UK rose by 24% in the past two years. No matter where you are in your freelancing career there is always room for improvement. Whether that refinement is reflected in your professional or personal life, it is worth having a look at the range of courses that can help make your personal life that little bit easier or your professional life much more attractive to potential clients.
Freelancing is a way of life for many people for many different reasons. As one of many working mums out there, for me it came out of a necessity to find a better work/life balance, a desire to do something different and a rather large expenditure on shoes.