3 Ways that being a Self-Employed Dad Really Rocks

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One of the best parts of being a self-employed dad is the flexibility I have with my hours.  Just because I work a lot does not mean that I have to skimp on time I spend with my daughter.

This weekend I knew that…

  1. My wife would need some time away to recharge after a stressful few days at work.
  2. My kid would want some quality father-daughter time.
  3. I had not yet reached my goals for the week at work.

Here is how I created space to…

  1. Provide some breathing room for my wife
  2. Do some great father-daughter activities
  3. Fit 3 hours of work into a Saturday.

This Weekend’s Self-Employed Dad Schedule

The day begins fairly early for a Saturday…

  • 7:00 rise early and surprise my family with fresh Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • 7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast as a family.
  • 8:30 to 10:30 at Starbucks to do work for my business. Wife is spending time with daughter.
  • 10:30 Back home. Put ingredients in the bread machine for homemade pizza dough.
  • 11:30 to 12:30 Have lunch with the family, then wife is off to have fun.
  • 1:00 to 2:00 I take kid to Defy Gravity (indoor trampoline park)
  • 2:20 to 2:50 Take kid Sweet Frog for frozen yogurt after exhausting trampoline workout.
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Back at the house. Down time for the kid. Work time for me.
  • 4:00 Father-daughter prep home made pizza.  Wife returns home.  Dinner as a family.
  • 5:30 Set up our make shift theater for family movie night on the big screen

Some of you may wonder if I bailed on my kid while she was at the trampoline park.

No way.

I didn’t hole-up with the mass of bored parents in the lobby while my kid had fun.

Sure, I had planned on sticking my face in my laptop to steal an hour, but it just didn’t work out.  My kid still needed some help navigating some of the obstacles, so I jumped in to encourage her.

The 3 Ways that Being a Self-Employed Dad really rocks!

  1. When I’m not traveling to give a talk, this self-employed dad does most of his work from home.  This means I get to put my kid on the bus in the mornings.
  2. Once a month I schedule a special day with my daughter to go to school to have lunch with her.
  3. As mentioned above, my schedule is usually pretty flexible, so this allows me to be with my daughter when I need, and to work when I need.

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Comments

  1. Sara See says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jason!
    One way I help create family buy-in to my business (and the time they see me spend on it) is to get my kids involved. I look for tasks they can help with- labelling CDs, file folders, stapling, etc.- and they really enjoy helping. I like to think it also builds their confidence, I will give them a sense of the ‘familiar’ when they enter the workforce.

    1. Jason Owens says:

      Sara, thanks for writing! Including your kids in the work is a brilliant idea! Not only does this build their confidence, it could also lay the groundwork for a future generation of entrepreneurs!

  2. Indio John says:

    Great article jason. Self employes dads really rocks I totally agree on this point with you.

    1. Jason Owens says:

      Thanks, Indio John! Yes, being a self-employed dad is a good thing. I love the flexibility in my schedule, and my daughter enjoys having me home.