Having a baby represents a huge change in your life. Starting a new business does as well. Though juggling a new business and a baby can be overwhelming, you can definitely do both at once with just a few resources and a good bit of organization.
Forming Your Business
To begin with, you need to form your business. Depending on where you live, you may need a special business license, a tax ID number, or other permits. For many businesses, setting up a limited liability corporation (LLC) is a wise idea.
This limits the liability you have personally for anything that happens with the business, in addition to providing many tax advantages. This can be a good way to financially protect your growing family.
Each state has its own requirements for forming an LLC. Your best bet is to use a service like Zenbusiness.com that helps you form your business entity to ensure it’s done right the first time.
Setting up a Home Office
It’s important to have a place set aside in your home for work. This gives you a place to focus and to notify others at home that when you’re here, you’re at work.
Additionally, a dedicated home office space can provide some tax benefits. For maximum efficiency, make sure you have an organized space with everything you need near you.
As a new parent, it’s helpful to have a place for your baby to be near you while you work. A bassinet or other baby bed works well for tiny babies while having a playpen or other gated area with toys for older babies helps keep them entertained.
To keep babies engaged in their space, rotate the toys available. This keeps them fresh and interesting. Also, be sure to keep a diaper changing area nearby with all the supplies you need. It’s much easier to get distracted from work when you have to walk all the way across the house for a new diaper or a snack cup.As a new parent, it's helpful to have a place for your baby to be near you while you work. Click To Tweet
Establish a Routine
You’ve probably heard many times that babies are all about routines. In fact, the same is true of home businesses. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the day, so having a routine helps make sure things stay on track and get done.
You’ll have to find what works best for you: play with your baby in the morning when they’re fresh and happy, then work during naptime? Work while the baby is easily entertained on their own and spend time with them in the afternoon when they’re fussier?
No matter what routine works best for you, using a time management app like Forest or Pomofocus can help you stay focused on all the important things in your life.
You Can Be a Work-at-Home Parent
You can start a business and start a family at the same time. Make sure to protect your family financially, set up a place for work, and get into a daily groove and you can be successful. For more on working from home, check out tips from Online Profitt.