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How do you do it? Balancing being a mom and an entrepreneur

Friday, May 2, 2008
I was talking with a freelance writer today about her services. She is also a mom, an author and the owner of a creative agency. Just as we were about to hang up the phone, she asked me "How do you do it?" I knew what she meant...I laughed. I wonder how I do it, how any of us do it.

Today I am working from my home office, my son is taking a nap and I have a limited window of opportunity in which to hold a phone conference with three panelists who are involved with a presentation I am making at the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility annual spring conference on May 15th, and finish a proposal for an author with a new book coming out. The goal is to work as effectively and efficiently as possible with the limited amount of time you have in a day.

I am certainly no stranger to working nights and weekends as well. In fact, some of the best conversations via email that I have had with the media have been late in the evening after my kids are in bed. I think I can do it because I have to and I cannot imagine not being an entrepreneur. Working for someone else certainly never gave me the flexibility like I have now for school assemblies, field trips, musical performances, baseball games, etc.

I have a supportive staff and family that also help me balance everything. I am admittedly not a one woman show, but I am a leader. Do you have a story to tell about your balancing act?

Tell me. When I receive enough responses, I will write an article and publish.