Most mums who run their own businesses run it from home, working around their kids as best they can.
One of the things that can plague people who work from home is loneliness, and it tends to be something that isn’t talked about very much.
Okay so you have your kids to keep you company but that just isn’t the same as adult conversation. But of course, because you have your kids to look after, you can’t just head to the local coffee shop whenever you feel like it either. So what do you do?
1) Get Involved Online
One of the easiest way to get at least a version of adult communication is to take part in the online communities surrounding your business.
Depending on what industry you’re in, you might find Facebook groups, online forums or even specialist websites. For example if you make your own arts and craft style products then you can setup a shop on Etsy and join in the community there.
Have a look to see if there is a section on Reddit for your industry also.
Of course there’s a couple of downsides to this technique. Firstly, it’s not face-to-face; and secondly, there’s always a danger of these online activities becoming too distracting and ending up sucking your time and killing your productivity so you have to be careful with that!
2) Take Your Kids Out
Kids don’t like to be cooped up inside the house for too long any more than you do so make effort now and then to just leave the house and go somewhere with them – preferably somewhere with other people.
Okay so you might find yourself just talking to other mums which might not be the most stimulating conversation but at least it is real human interaction!
3) Make use of Creche facilities
If your business is making some money then consider investing a little of it into the use of a creche now and then. Try looking for less obvious facilities such as your local university. Many community establishments have creche facilities which can be used by the hour fairly cheaply.
Then drop your kids off for a little while and use that time for yourself. Now perhaps you can head to that coffee shop to work!
4) Ask Your Partner for Support
If you are running your own business and you are also at home looking after the kids, you’re effectively squeezing two jobs into one day and as you know, that’s not an easy thing to do!
If you have a partner who is supportive, ask him to take the kids for an evening or two. An excellent way to use this time is to seek out local meetup groups in your area related to your business. This way you can get out and meet real people in your industry who understand what you are doing, and you may even get some more business opportunities from it!