Running a business as a parent to 5 with an auto-immune disorder.
28 January 2020
Wow where do I start. I suffer from a condition called ME/Chronic Fatigue which is very intermittent and used to cause me to take weeks off and participation in day to day life with my family such as school runs and making dinner are very difficult.
I am a mum to 5 children who range between the ages of 16 and 5. Aside from this we also have the dog, cat, and snake!
The idea for Jenny Hardman Coaching & Training came many years ago. I have always been in training, sales and management since being a teenager and I have owned my own successful businesses since being 20 years old. These range in sectors from a courier firm, landscaping business & a memorial jewellery business.
Back in 2016 I was one of the founders of a none for profit ladies networking group in the Fylde area which had over 1800 members! We helped with confidence, training and socials on a monthly basis. During the time of running the group I had to make the decision to close my own retail jewellery business as the group was becoming a full time job and my business became an emotional drain due to the work with ashes and hair of people that had sadly passed.
How do I cope?
I remember when I started working from home and I was working in my kitchen. (This is where the magic happened in our old house) remember I had a 1 year old at the time and I had a lot of clients either on the phone or emailing me every second of the day. I was trying to keep my youngest entertained, so I gave her some pans and spoons out for her to bash while I got on with some work. I got so engrossed into my work that when I came up for air, she had emptied the whole of our cupboards. Everything, the sugar, the flour, pots pans the lot! One covered child and a completely messy kitchen. It took me over 2 hours to clean everything down and get it back to normal.
Working from home isn’t always as easy as everyone thinks, it’s usually twice as hard as it’s meant to be. In the beginning when launching a business, we work long hours because we don’t want to work 8 hours a day for someone else. I was constantly running around in circles after the children and animals and some days did wonder what I was doing.
I used to sit here night after night past midnight working on new ideas, creating new workbooks or designing our websites, I can’t remember how many times I cried with the work load that I had but I would rather do what I did than work for someone else and building someone else’s dream.
For some reason when starting a business, there is a perception that it’s easy, loads of people do it (Any many fail!) Everyone thinks your loaded and because you work for yourself, they can come around for a coffee as your just at home clearly watching TV! We all know that this is not the case although you gain so much more satisfaction from working for yourself. It’s hard work juggling a huge family never mind a family and a business. How I manage I cannot explain. I carry on as am determined to make this even more of a success and show my children that it doesn’t matter what your background is, doesn’t matter where you came from, with hard work and determination you can be anywhere that you want to be.
If you are passionate about what you do, you will find a way. You won’t make excuses; you will find the reasons to carry on. Don’t make your family an excuse for not running your business, make them your reason for doing it.