By Kristen Daukas on January 20, 2012
Feeling a bit under the weather today so wasn’t sure if I was going to make my deadline today or not. But, here I am..refusing to let a little cold stop me from my committment!!
I saw this earlier today on Facebook and loved it:
I started my business almost three years ago and this statement could not be truer. Every time I get frustrated when business is slow or clients don’t pay and think about looking for a position back in corporate America, I remember why I don’t.
I work for myself so I can make my own rules and my own hours and be available to my family when they need me. By working for myself, I answer to four big bosses and they all live under my roof.
Some people have this wild notion that those of us who work for themselves have such a slack schedule so I’m here to dispel that notion.
Here’s a typical day in my life as a
I am up at 6am and begin getting everyone ready for their day while reading blogs, emails and getting ready for my day. After I drop everyone off at their respective schools, I hit the office (unless I have to backtrack to take someone something they forgot) where I’m handling client accounts, trying to win new business, juggling my own business’s marketing, probably a lunch with a colleague or networking, back to the office to finish out that portion of the day. Then it’s off to greet the school bus, see what homework hell faces us, figure out what to make dinner (which most likely means heading back out to the store), pick someone up from some activity, head back home, check homework status, kiss husband, quickly discuss our day, make dinner, oversee chores, insist that yes daughter – you DO need a shower, make sure lunche and backpacks are packed for tomorrow, 8:30, 9, 9:30 bedtime roll calls… and then 9, 9:30, 10 – get back in bed threats. Grab a glass of wine and my Macbook, find the Rooster in the living room, join him for a little TV and start back to work where I will stay until close to 11:30 at night. Oh yeah – and somewhere in all that I throw a load of laundry in, pick up the constant clutter (really?? that book belongs in the middle of the floor) and try to make sure our finances stay somewhat in order. ~~Kiss the Rooster~~
Then I get up at 6am and do it all again. And we don’t get sick days.
So when we ask you to support your small businesses, this is why. While I’m not taking away from any (male) executive job description (home or office), any mom can tell you that if they work for themselves, they’re packing in at least a 90 hour work week.
But at least we can choose which 90 hours of the week we work
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