Since my youngest child began going to school last September, the days of working while breastfeeding and changing diapers feel like a distant past. All I can remember is it was a very difficult and frustrating time. I cannot imagine juggling freelance work and caring for TWO small children, and yet that’s exactly what today’s guest blogger, Maria Bellos Fisher, does every day. Read on to find out how Maria accomplishes this feat.
“It’s so great that you can work at home since you have the kids.”
I get that a lot. I’m a freelance magazine writer and blogger and I’ve worked at home for three years. I began working at home two months before I gave birth to my daughter, now three. I began freelancing exclusively two months before my son, now four months, was born.
Freelancing with small children takes determination, innovation and practice. Most of the time it also takes child care. When freelancing was my second job, I needed extreme organization but luck and timing played a big part in my productivity. I used to schedule my interviews during nap time just to ensure a professional, uninterrupted phone call. If my daughter refused to nap that day, I had to reschedule. Fortunately, I was writing parenting stories and my sources were used to life with small children.
Once I became a full-time freelancer, I had to work around my kids’ schedules and needs. Last summer, before my son came along, I had two blissful months of flying solo. My daughter went to the babysitter’s in the mornings so that I could work to build my business.