How can two freelancers schedule in a baby?
August 18, 2008 10:59 PM Subscribe
How do two self-employed people who work at home (writers) deal with having their first child?
posted by gottabefunky to Human Relations (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So Funky Jr. is due in January, and Ms. F and I are wondering how in heaven's name we're going to keep our careers going when we both work at home.
We want to be equally and fully involved in raising the child, so we won't (and for financial reasons can't) just drop him/her off at daycare. One or both of us is (are?) going to have to start working outside the house, for reasons of concentration and space. (One of our offices will become baby central.) We already do about half our work in coffeeshops.
We're thinking about getting a nanny (or maybe daycare) a day or two a week, and splitting the rest of the hours. This will probably involve cutting back our working hours, but we're willing - and it'll probably make us work more efficiently anyway. We want to the baby to become a part of our lives, not the sole focus of them.
But the terrible freedom of freelancing is starting to make us antsy. We're wondering how exactly to go about dividing up the time: by days? Half days? Shifts? (7 a.m-1 p.m., 1-7 p.m.?) How can we make the line between home and work, already blurry as it is, more clear? How will we ever get enough quiet creative concentration time, let alone sleep?
Any advice would be great, but I'd especially love to hear from any dual-freelance couples out there...