Research shows that families play an integral role in a woman entrepreneur’s journey – right from influencing career choices to helping with resources and support. Entrepreneurs who are also working mothers, usually opt for entrepreneurship due to the dual benefits of an income coupled with flexibility at work. It may come as a surprise to many that with a bit of careful planning, an entrepreneur can devote as much, if not more time, to the family compared to regular office goers. Being an entrepreneur thus, can actually help in leading a more fruitful family life.
Not being stuck to a regular 9 to 5 job and being their own boss, women entrepreneurs can plan their schedules in such a manner that family is also not neglected. Planning ahead with set times for various tasks, including dedicated family time, will help in achieving this balance. You might choose to not work on that critical presentation or email right now but wait to do so, after the children are asleep. It is about how you shape your working style to achieve the desired results.
Technology is also a great enabler in offering the flexibility to work from home and take care of family commitments when required, sometimes. But technology can be both a boon and a bane. Clients or partners may feel that you are available at all hours. Family may feel that you are not giving them full attention with one eye on the phone or laptop. An efficient and reliable team, who can shoulder responsibilities so that an entrepreneur can focus on the key tasks also help in managing family time.
Remembering to take “me time” to rejuvenate and come back with renewed vigor is very important. Family support, be it from husbands or in-laws or even children, are very important for women entrepreneurs. So, do reach out to them in your entrepreneurship journey, instead of trying to be the lone superwoman at all times.