Work Life Balance – Managing a Business and Family Life
In my last post “Family Business – Team Slane!” I mentioned that working as a family business has its advantages and that it does come with its challenges. In this post I will share with you how we manage work life balance as a family run locksmith business.
As well as being a Locksmith I am a husband and father of 2 fantastic children. A girl 8, who will be going into year 4 and a boy nearly 5, who will be starting school in September. I have to admit that balancing work and family life is not something that I find easy. It is a constant challenge.
When I worked as an employed locksmith life was much more straightforward.
There was a definite divide between work time and time off with the family. I was on emergency call out every second weekend. I had a fixed number of days holiday which I could take when I wanted more often than not.
Also I focused on locksmithing alone.
Becoming a self employed locksmith has made achieving work and family balance more challenging.
Taking holiday has a whole new meaning as a business owner. To be honest I’m never really off duty. Even when I take time out I still take calls. My working hours are not fixed. We are a 24 hours locksmith in North London and I answer calls throughout the day, evening and night. Quality standards are important to me and I am keen that every caller gets a high quality response to their query.
As a self employed locksmith I now need to consider much more than just locksmithing;
- marketing and advertising
- ………..and more.
There are plus points about running my own business or else I wouldn’t be doing it.
I can manage my own work schedule. This helps when it comes to sports day, teacher meetings and other situations where I want to be there to support the children.
Having control over the way the business is run and performs is empowering and I do enjoy a challenge. I feel that I am suited to running my own business and less suited to working for others. I have ideas and ambitions that I want to be able to put into practice.
My wife Anne is based at home so she is able to deal with the needs of the children on a day to day basis, leaving me to focus on the day to day running of the business. I know she would like me take more time off.
I have to say that balancing work and family is something that we are always trying to work on. It is a real juggling act when it comes to running a business and having a family.
I would be interested to know how others manage. This is one subject I am not qualified to offer tips on!
My next diary post “Is It The Job For You?” will cover all the points to consider before embarking on a career as a locksmith.
Martin (The North London Locksmith)