January 19, 2006 10:02 PM Subscribe
Parents with home-based businesses -- how do you do it?
posted by acoutu to work & money (6 answers total)
I've been a home-based, self-employed consultant for many years. I've got a toddler now and I'm starting to ramp up my business again. I'm wondering how other self-employed parents work from home with a toddler at their feet. I'm not planning to work a lot of hours. I can schedule the work during naptime or in the evening. I can do a little bit of work when my toddler is awake, but childcare is the primary focus at that time. The biggest things for me are how to handle new clients who want to meet in person and unscheduled phone calls. I'm not really in a position to go to a meeting for more than an hour, given my childcare arrangements. And I typically only do phone calls during nap time -- but there's the risk my toddler will be in the background.
Hiring someone to do childcare is not an option right now.
Any tips on how to handle this? What works for you and other people you know?