Answer – Get a childminder!
But what if you can't afford one or don't want to use childcare? Is it really possible to run a business with babies or toddlers in the house?
I thought I was pretty good at managing my time before I had my daughter. It's far harder now with tiny children demanding my attention. All the time. (Stressed? Who me?). The normal time management rules just don't apply any more.
So I was delighted to find not just one, but four articles on working around small children this week. All written by mums who have been there, done it and got the (carrot puree splattered) t-shirt.
The first three are from Natalie Lue at Self Employed Mum:
- Getting work done with kids at home: Offload and Outsource
- Getting work done with kids at home: Managing Your Time
- Getting work done with kids at home: Quick Tips For Survival
And the fourth is from Lexi Rodrigo of Freelance Folder:
These articles are packed with useful advice, but the most important message for me is to "have realistic expectations". How about you?