How kids teach parents to be the best freelancers
Five years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom with a six-month old daughter. As housing prices fluctuated, gas prices skyrocketed, and my husband’s job became precarious, we knew that we needed additional income.
However, I was adamant that I didn’t want to leave my baby to pursue a full-time career outside of the home. Being determined and open minded, I sequestered myself in our home office and applied to about a hundred jobs. A couple of weeks later, I got a call from Unitek College to blog for them, and I haven’t stopped writing as my full-time job since.
Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that parents make some of the best freelancers out there and here’s why: our kids are our motivation. Here are just a few ways that they inspire us to succeed in this feast or famine field.
1) We’re their role models
The importance and influence of a parent’s role in their child’s life can never be underestimated. When you work from home, you have little people sitting in the front row watching your character and work ethic. Regardless of what project we’re working on, we’re teaching our kids valuable life lessons about meeting deadlines, creating the best products that we possibly can, and the value of having a positive attitude even when working on less than desirable topics.
2) We need the money
“To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before,” sites CNN Money.
It’s no secret that it costs a small fortune to raise a child, and money is a great motivator. As freelancers, we honestly want our clients to be happy and it’s usually our passion and priority to create the perfect product, but I also know that we need happy clients to pay for school tuition, sports activities, and annual treks to the Promised Land complete with the little treasures of princess dresses, fairy wings, or overpriced mouse ears.
Our children and their needs and wants bring out our inner hustler. We’ll do whatever we need to do to provide them with a happy and healthy life, and that often translates to top-notch work delivered on deadline — because happy clients are loyal clients.
3) We’ve honed special (and relevant) skills
Raising kids introduces you a plethora of skills that can be used daily in your professional life. Infants show us that we can go days on end with little to no sleep; toddlers and potty training teaches us that crap happens and we just need to clean it up and move on; preschoolers hone our patience with difficult people; elementary school kids help us to practice conflict resolution; and teenagers prove that you can’t please everyone all the time (or sometimes anyone at anytime).
Being a parent also makes us more compassionate and empathetic if someone misses a deadline or is distracted at work due to a sick child or problems at home. Parenting is the great equalizer and we’re all doing the best we can with what we have to form productive, self aware little people.
No job is more important or difficult than being a parent. Nothing quite brings out both the best in you AND the worst in you. However, I am a better person for the two little girls that have changed my life… both personally and professionally.
Why you should hire a freelancing parent
If you’re considering hiring a freelancer and are afraid that if you hire a parent that they’ll be distracted or not have the time — you’re wrong. The majority of us are diligent, hard working professionals focused on getting the job done — for our clients, and more importantly, for our kids. You
Do you have kids? How have they impacted your life and work as a freelancer? Please share in the comments below!
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