When Cohere opened, I jumped at the chance to have a day or two per week away from the house just to focus on work. Being away meant that my husband was the one to whom the kids would run for attention, he was the one to do some of the chores (let’s be honest, I still do the tidying and vacuuming) and I could come home feeling like I had killed two birds with one stone – some housework had been done and the kids had been cared for by a parent and I had really accomplished my work goals (including earning money). On my days home, I could leave work alone and really focus on the kids and my housework and gardening. I felt like I played more with my kids after I started working away from home b/c I had a clear delineation in my time, home vs. work.
Over the past six months my business has really grown and I have gone from a 2.5 days-per-week membership at Cohere to a full-time membership. My husband is home full-time with our daughter (our son is in first grade now) and takes care of the household as well. Because I am self-employed, I can take time off as I need and let my husband have a break, or go volunteer at our son’s school. Because my membership at Cohere is flexible (Lindsay is on the Neighbor plan with 24/7 access), I can come in whenever it works for my family – early morning, late evening, mid-day, weekends even. Mostly I work through normal business hours, but having the work-hours flexibility that I need for my family dovetails right in with the flexibility I chose by becoming a freelancer in the first place.
Angel asked me if I have words of advice for other at-home mothers, especially those who don’t necessarily wish to do what I did but instead would like to keep their work a smaller part of their lives. My advice is that it is easier to keep it a smaller part of your life if you can separate it from your home environment and other commitments. If you can find an evening or afternoon once or twice a week to get away, into a supportive and fun environment of other professionals, you will see your productivity increase dramatically. I’d be willing to bet that your mental and emotional bandwidth will also increase dramatically. At-home moms know what I mean.