Running your own business offers a flexibility that most other jobs cannot offer but can often feel like an overwhelming responsibility. With school holidays looming and the threat of strike days, it can be hard to figure out how you’ll manage to run your business while looking after your children. In this blog, we offer some advice as two how to navigate school holidays and strike days as a mum-in-business. 


Planning is key. Make sure you note down the school holiday dates and strike days as soon as you are made aware of them, highlighting any that may be problematic. It could be that you can navigate some clashes by delegating or taking creative action, such as giving the children some projects to do while you pack up orders or work on social media, for example. You could also delegate to team members, if you have any.


We all know that flexibility is key when trying to manage the load of being a mum in business. If there are meetings or calls that can be moved to a day when your children are in school, then address this as soon as you have the dates. 


You may find that other mums are in the same situation and will happily swap days or half-days with you, allowing you both to benefit from some quiet time to get on with work tasks. 


If you have family or friends who live locally and may be able to help out, don’t be afraid to reach out. 


If you are unable to find childcare, you may be able to get a local babysitter or temporary nanny to help. Ask family, friends and other mums for recommendations. There are also apps that help you find childcare in your local area, with recommendations from other parents. 


Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of running a business and taking care of the kids, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. A little self-care can go a long way in reducing stress and helping you stay focused and energised.


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