When you begin the Caffeinated Coaching program with us, the very first thing we do is ask you a lot of questions, because we want to learn as much as we can about you. Why? Well, of course, the more we know, the better we can help. But we do have a sneaky, underlying reason, too.
We want to understand how you and your family are working together now, and how you will work together when you take on a work from home job or business.
A couple of weeks ago we talked about how family comes first and business is last. That’s a hard concept for many of us to consider. Maybe a scary concept. Because, isn’t working to gain money for your family putting your family first? Yes and no. If all you do is work, your family has lost you. Sure, they have a lot of money, but money isn’t driving them to soccer practice and reading them a bedtime story.
So, we like to ask questions about how your family life is. So many of us want to make the transition from going to a “regular” job to a work at home job because they want to spend more time with their families. They can gain so much independence by being on their own. They can spend actually time at home with their family.
And that’s great. But you actually have to do it.
When you work from home, especially when you’re starting your own business, you are going to work. A lot. Because it takes time to grow a business. Any business. But what we want to make sure you don’t do is to just change the location of where you work without firmly acknowledging that you’re making this move to put your family first. Because that’s what it’s all about, right?
If someone is sick, you can drop everything and go to them. If you want to volunteer at school, you go and do that. If you just want to be sure you’re at home when the kids get off the school bus, it can happen. But you have to remember that these things come first because they’re part of your family life.
It’s counter-intuitive. We should be telling you to work more. Work hard. And that sometimes you have to sacrifice time with family to get what you want. But isn’t what you wanted to spend more time with your family?
You can do both. You can work hard. You can spend a lot of time with your family. You can be successful with everything. You just need to remember to keep perspective and remember why you’re taking the journey to work from home.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.