Can You Juggle a Home Business and Adoption?

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Managing a home Internet business can be time-consuming, especially when you are just getting started.

Juggling your new business with other responsibilities adds to the challenge, but maintaining that business as you go through the process of adopting a newborn can be overwhelming.

Even if you’re planning on putting the baby up for adoption, things may not work out the way you want them, leaving you to parent the child for a little while or even longer than expected until everything falls into place for the individual or couple looking to parent.

Set a Schedule

One of the reasons you chose to quit your day job and pursue a home business may have been to enjoy the flexibility it provides. However, with a newborn, you will need to set a schedule to ensure that everything gets done on time and correctly.

At the same time, you need to be flexible with your schedule to deal with unexpected issues.

If you spent half the night up caring for your new baby, you may need to sleep in later or take a nap.

It is important that you build in a cushion for your days to plan for those situations so that it doesn’t affect your clients.

Reach Out

You don’t have to handle everything alone.

Many people will assume that because you work from home, you have it easy. They won’t know there is a problem unless you tell them.

Ask for help with babysitting duties or with certain aspects of your business. If nothing else, hire someone to do some housecleaning or laundry.

Often, people are waiting to assist you but don’t say anything because they don’t want to offend you. Take the first step and let others know you need their help.

As the article, 4 Reasons Every Birth Mother Needs Professional Adoption Help says, you need to have a strong support network.

Even before you get to bring your new baby home, you can begin letting others know what they can do to help.

Little tasks such as picking up a take-out meal or prescriptions make a difference in your day.

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Back

Ask yourself if you need to cut down on your work.

If it is feasible, you may want to do less work for the first few weeks, until you have adjusted to a new routine. Let your clients know, so they can be prepared.

If time off is not possible, consider taking on a partner or hiring temporary help.

While you will still have to handle the big projects, the other person may be able to take over routine tasks.

This could give you more free time to focus on your main business and your new baby. You may even find that you like this arrangement enough to continue long term.

Find other mothers who would like part-time work or college students who would be happy to add the job to their resume.

Find tasks to delegate that are routine or less essential so that you can spend your limited time on the core aspects of your business.

Managing a home business and a new adopted baby is difficult, but it can be done with a little planning.

In the end, you will feel more fulfilled when you can devote the right amount of time to both of your priorities.

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About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including home businesses and families.

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