How Can Having Kids Influence Your Business Life?

Having kids can influence your business life, but is this going to be for better or worse? It’s impossible to tell for sure seeing as some people handle having kids differently, and you want to make sure that you are doing the best for your business as well as your kids. But, a lot of people seem to think that having kids is going to have no impact on their business life, or how they run their business, and this is just not going to be the case. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the ways that having kids can influence your business life. Are you interested in finding out more? Keep reading.

Working Out Your Time

The amount of time that you spend at your business, or working is going to change when you have kids. You might be adamant that it isn’t, but it will. This is especially the case if you were someone who would spend hours and hours working and not that much time at home. Or, you would prioritize going into the office over being at home simply because you wanted to. When you have kids, this is going to change. You will need to be home more because your kid(s) need you to be.

While this might be difficult at first, having kids is going to teach you to manage your time more effectively. You will learn to balance your work life and your home life, and you will learn to maximize the amount of stuff that you can get done in a small amount of time. It’s not going to be a simple thing to do, and it will take time to adapt to the new way of working and parenting, but you will be more efficient during the hours that you will be working.

Gives You More Creative Ideas

When you have a child, you have to come up with creative ways to keep them entertained, and you have to come up with creative ways to get them to do things. Consciously or not, you will find that this starts to carry over to your business life. You will start thinking with a more creative lens on the things that you do, which can be a massive plus for your business. At first you might not notice that it is happening, but you will be searching for ways to make your business better, and while you will be focusing on appealing to adults, you will also be looking at this with a new perspective.

For example, if you have previously focused on written content, then you might start moving away from this and towards more creative options. Kids love videos that have bright colors and explain things to them, but you know what? So do adults. A lot of people find video more appealing than massive blocks of text, which is why you need to find a video production company who can help you create this kind of content. The target audience will be adults, but you may have come up with the idea because of your kids.

See Things Through Their Eyes

As your kids get a little older, they might start to take more of an interest in your business. Not in the sense that they want to start working there per se, but in the sense of going to work with a parent and seeing what they do is cool when you’re younger. Your kids will see your business slightly differently to the way that you see it, and it’s a great idea to listen to their insights. What we often don’t realize is that kids usually see the most simplistic and basic form of things, or if they see things that are complicated, their brain tries to make it as simple as possible. There are often times in business where adults cannot do this as they are too close to the situation, or because they simply can’t figure out how.

Sometimes, listening to the things that your kids have to say about your business is going to be the very best thing for it. They will likely say things that they don’t realize are helpful about different areas of business, giving you that lightbulb moment that you see in the movies.

Allows You To Practice Patience

If there’s one thing that having kids will do for you it’s help you to practice your patience. It’s important that you are being as patient as you can be when your kids are growing up, and you’re going to tap into a supply that you didn’t even know you had. It’s a good thing, so don’t fight it. But, you will likely also find that your new and improved patience is becoming apparent with other people also. It can be a bit of an adjustment at first, and this is not to say that you should lose your edge as a business owner, allowing people to become complacent, not do their jobs and more, you just need to be a little more patient.

Try to think of your employees as grown versions of children, because news flash, that is what they are. Yes, this means that they should know how to behave and they should know what they are doing, but everyone makes mistakes. Too many business owners out there lose their patience the second that something goes wrong, or the second that someone makes a mistake. The only thing that this is going to do is boost your employee churn rate. Try to summon the patience, or at least some of the patience that you have with your kids, and we guarantee that you will see better results.

Helps You To Develop Your Leadership

Your newfound patience will massively help you to develop your leadership for the better, but there is also more to this. If you are not someone who is very good at problem solving, solving problems, and things like this, then being a business owner will have already been hard for you. But, becoming a parent means that you no longer have the choice to be bad at things like this, because you need to learn as soon as possible how to solve problems when they arise. There are always going to be things that are thrown up when you have kids, spanners being thrown in the works and general problems that you have got to work out a solution to, so if you can do it in this situation, you can do it at work too!

You will also find that you are likely a lot more approachable seeing as you handle people better. Now, this is not the case for everyone and it doesn’t automatically happen, but a lot of people find their inner parent coming out more often when they have kids, even if it’s with people that they don’t necessarily know. If you have heard of the expression ‘firm but fair’ this is what you should be aiming for with both your employees and kids. If you take this approach, then your leadership ability and the respect that people have for you will go through the roof, as you will no longer be barking orders from your office and expecting people to blindly follow them.


The final thing that we’re going to say is that you will learn how to prioritize things pretty fast. Having kids, you’re going to have to learn to prioritize things pretty fast as there’s no way that you are going to be able to get everything done as and when it’s demanded of you. As such, you will start to learn the importance of prioritizing and how to do this effectively. Your brain will automatically start to sort through the most important things that need to be done, and what can wait until a little bit later to be sorted.

This skill is going to be massively beneficial in business because running a successful, efficient business is all about managing things well. As a business grows this can become increasingly difficult, but having kids will kick this part of your brain into high gear and it should come a little easier. If you think that it will help, try writing out lists of things that need to be done, and then work through them as sometimes visual aids are extremely helpful.

Well, there you have it! Running a business and having kids is certainly not going to be easy, and it’s going to be completely impossible to separate the two, so it’s no use even trying. It’s important that you are willing to embrace the changes that your kids will bring out in you, even though some may find it difficult. At the end of the day, kids can actually improve the way that you conduct your business life, without them having to do anything. Just continue to be there for what your business and your family needs, and everything will turn out just fine.


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