Small businesses are pretty important to America today. Comprising 99.7% of all business that goes on in our country, the U.S. Small Business Administration estimates there are 28.8 million small businesses, employing 56.8 million people right now. As many have put it: small business is the backbone of the American economy. That’s why there’s an entire day, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29th, dedicated to it. And we’d like to support them with making Work Life balance work.
If you’re a small business owner, you know these statistics to be true. Working your hardest every day to keep your business afloat, provide pay for your employees, turn a profit to put food on your table… It’s no easy feat. You have to balance marketing and sales, bookkeeping, employee training, service and product development, repairs, and future trends all by yourself. You can feel like a one-man-band many hours of the day. This can make it hard to throw in work life balance on top of it all.
For the parents of the world running a small business and raising a family, it’s so important to prioritize emotional support for children. Managing the work life balance can be challenging. It just doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day. Apart from making a good living for them, which is essential, there are mental and emotional components to supporting your children, and that can only come from you.
Lifetime Wishes provides you with ways to be there for your kids, despite the hustle and bustle at work:
- Reminders: If your one child consistently forgets her backpack before school every week, schedule a reminder to be sent to her Monday morning before she wakes up. In the reminder, give her tips for remembering her backpack. Schedule one every week throughout the school year.
- Encouragement: If you know that one of your kids has a big test coming up, schedule a video of yourself encouraging them to study hard and do well. Find any downtime you can – maybe 15 minutes during lunch the week prior. Quickly go over how important and talented they are, and that you believe in them to do well.
- Congratulations: Whether it’s an award, an A+, a sports team announcement, or a college acceptance – nothing screams congratulations like a card or video. Get everyone at your work to shout congratulations in a video for your kid when they accomplish something amazing. This kind of praise will make them feel really special.
- Updates: Your kids want to know you and your business, believe it or not. Schedule little notes or video updates about advances you’re making at work. It will make them feel included in on your life.
Although we can’t always be as physically present as we want in our children’s lives, thanks to Lifetime Wishes, we can be emotionally present 24-7. Find time in your busy schedule to schedule up cards and videos of encouragement, praise, support, and love for each and every one of your children – don’t forget your spouse, too!