February 17, 2017
Being a parent is a full time job. But when it comes to running a business in between diaper changes and parent teacher conferences, some entrepreneurs can get pretty stressed out. Yes, you’re going to lose sleep a lot of sleep. But what many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that there are some serious benefits to running a business whiling parenting your child.
We asked seven entrepreneurs what the best part of being and parent and a business owner is. Check out their answers below and stop letting your business prevent you from having it all.
Learning How to Prioritize
Becoming a parent put my entire career into perspective. If I was going to go to work and put my daughter into the care of someone else, I wasn’t going to waste time taking on projects that I didn’t really like or weren’t really focused on moving me forward, both in business and in my personal life. Whether it’s outsourcing small tasks or just referring projects I don’t want, I’m better at saying no.
– Allie Siarto of Photo Field Notes
Having the flexibility to spend important moments with your kids is the best part. Whether it is a doctor’s appointment or a school play, I can plan my schedule around them to make sure I’m there.
– Tom Cullen of LaunchPad Lab
Cross-Referencing Leadership Skills
I’ve founded multiple companies and employed over 30 employees in the past five years. I’d like to think I learned a thing or two when it comes to motivating the team and maintaining the hustle. That’s certainly the type of stuff I’d pass on to my newborn. On the flip side, as a new father, I’ve learned a lot about patience and mental balance, which is the stuff I’ve brought to work from home.
– Reuben Yonatan of GetVoIP
Watching Them Grow Together
My son Lucas is as old as my company, and it’s fun to see the parallels in their growth. When he started walking, we launched the first version of Rabbit. Lots of stumbling! As he started talking, we solved a major internal communication issue. And now he’s starting school, and Rabbit is moving into new, exciting areas. Like raising a child, it takes love and energy to help your startup thrive.
– Philippe Clavel of Rabbit
Continually Learning and Improving
The enriching experiences I’ve had as an entrepreneur as well as a father have many things in common, one of them being the amount you are continually learning. All the books you could read simply cannot fully prepare you for every moment and decision as a parent, nor as an entrepreneur. I’m constantly learning how to improve and how both parts apply to each other.
– David Tomas of Cyberclick
Having a Sense of Purpose
I’ve always worked with a sense of urgency and passion, but being a parent brings a different level of drive to long hours and the craziness of your own business. Having my little boy say, “Dad, I need to wear my Orange Mud today,” is an amazing feeling that constantly keeps my passion alive.
– Josh Sprague of Orange Mud
Setting a Strong Example
“Part of being a parent is being a role model, and I take that seriously as both a mother and an entrepreneur. Especially because my company, EarlyShares, operates at the intersection of three largely male-dominated industries (tech, real estate and private finance), exposing my three daughters to the business has shown them that there are no limits to where they can work or what they can achieve.”
– Heather Schwarz of EarlyShares
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