September 6, 2013

A day in the life of a mom in business

Filed under: Biz Mama,Time Management — Tags: , , , , , , , — lidia @ 2:10 pm
My assistant, overseeing the office

My assistant, overseeing the office

A day in the life of a small business owner can be unpredictable. Throw a baby into the mix and…anything goes. It’s definitely not your typical 9-to-5 routine.

For me, some days are jam-packed with nothing else but client and in-house project work—while others involve early daycare pickups and pediatrician appointments (or if I’m lucky, playing hooky at a playdate!) Some evenings are spent playing catch-up on work after Little One is in bed or reading business magazines or articles. Fellow biz mamas, can you relate?

Here’s a snippet of one of my recent days:

7:30 am: Breakfast and morning routine

8:30 am: Drop off Little One at daycare

9 am: Check email, check to-do list for daily priorities

10 am: Impromptu meeting with client to discuss branding and packaging design project

12 pm: Lunch and errands (deposit checks, mail invoices)

1:30 pm: Work on client and typebaby projects

5:30 pm: Pick-up Little One at daycare

6–9 pm: Home stuff

9 pm: Work catch-up, scan social media and reading list for content to read and share

Moms in business: what’s a typical day like for you?

July 18, 2013

Baby AND a business? Yes, it’s possible!

Filed under: Biz Mama,Small Business — Tags: , , , , , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

baby & business? Yes it's possible!

Now that I’m a mom, I have a whole new appreciation for mothers—not to mention mothers who also run a small business.

My son is about to turn two years old and I’m comfortable with my new work-family routine (or lack, thereof). However, I went into motherhood with the concept of “balance” in my head. After the first few months of sleepless nights and baby-caring days, I realized balance is not humanly possible when you have a child.

Make it work.

I was happy to hear Meg Mateo Ilasco, co-author of Mom, Inc., introduce a new term for us working mamas in this Design*Sponge post: “making it work.” You may not achieve perfect balance every day, but you can make it work for you.

Do the juggle.

Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! wrote a wonderful post last year about how she prepared for and ran her creative business with a new baby. She calls it “the juggle,” which is truly accurate. My days are constantly shifting and changing, as I juggle whatever work/home situation arises.

Make a plan.

As Joy mentions, being prepared is key. I wrote a post on the Creative Freelancer blog about how I prepared my small business for baby. Of course, you can’t anticipate everything (like a baby who decides to arrive 2-1/2 weeks early!) but you will feel more relaxed if you have a plan.

I’m constantly inspired and uplifted by my fellow mama-business owners who truly are getting’ it done!

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Speaking of… please vote for me in the Red Tricycle Awards for Awesome Mom-Run Businesses in Chicago! Click here and vote for typebaby.

Do you know any other moms in business who are getting’ it done?

 

March 4, 2013

Good advice from a Biz Mama: work ahead of deadlines

Filed under: Small Business,Time Management — Tags: , , , , , , — lidia @ 5:28 pm

Biz mama tip: work ahead of deadlines

Earlier this year, I chatted with fellow biz mama Alisa Bonsignore of Clarifying Complex Ideas who had this great advice for busy moms:

..learn to work as far ahead of deadlines as possible, not just because it gives [you] an extra opportunity to read through things with clear eyes, but because you just never know when a sick kid is going to wreak havoc with your deadline.

This advice rang true for me this winter, when my toddler got sick and then I proceeded to catch a nasty cold that kept me out of the office for almost a week (somehow Hubby was spared of this germ fest).

Of course, during this time, I had a large proposal due and several other time-sensitive projects. I was grateful for: 1) my laptop at home with remote access to my office, and 2) working ahead of my deadlines.

Because I like to work ahead of schedule to give myself time to mull things over, I had already started on projects with upcoming due dates. So the day I had to miss work because of a pediatrician appointment—and subsequent pharmacy run—was not as stressful as it could have been. So, I’m glad I took Alisa’s advice and prepared in advance.

How do you manage to stay on top of your workload—especially when you have sick kids or an unpredictable schedule?

September 14, 2009

What I learned on my summer vacation: Part 10

Filed under: Small Business,Time Management — Tags: , , — lidia @ 5:12 pm

Part of a series of post-Creative Freelancer Conference postings:

10. Break large projects into small chunks.

This advice was actually via a Twitterview of CFC speaker Dyana Valentine (@dyanavalentine) by HOW Magazine (@HOWBrand). My question to Dyana was how to manage a large project that seems overwhelming. Her advice was: “Break that sucker down. Map time available, chunk it up, match tasks to chunks. Ask for help if you need it.”

I thought this was fabulous advice — especially the part about asking for help, which can be hard when you’re an “I can do it all” kind of person. I’ve also applied her advice to my blogging, realizing that a short post each day is a more realistic goal than a lengthy post (and easier for readers too, I think). Thanks Dyana!