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How to Balance a Family and a Startup

Has it always been your dream to start a business? Now that you have a family, you may have more incentive than ever to finally turn your dreams of owning a business into a reality. Owning can provide your family with so many benefits, including financial security, as well as a future for your children (just picture your little guy taking over your business one day). 

However, while there are certainly a great many benefits to starting up a business, there are also some drawbacks. Getting a business off the ground takes a lot of time and devotion, and when you have a family, this can really cut into your quality family time
If you are starting a business venture, pull out the cape and the superhero costume, because there are ways that you can successfully start up a business and spend quality time with your family. Even if that time is spent changing diapers, your family will have the benefit of knowing that you are there for them while you get your business off the ground. 
Quality Time Ideas
So, when there are only so many hours in a day and so many of those hours are devoted to starting up your business, how do you find ways to spend quality time with the ones you love? 
Here are some suggestions of things you can do to fit time with the family in while juggling the time demands of starting your business:
Have a Meal: Make it a point to have at least one meal as a family together per day. It would, of course, be ideal to enjoy three square meals a day with your family, but when you are trying to start up a business, you may not have the time to eat three meals a day, let alone with your family. However, for the sake of your family, make sure to eat one meal a day together – you can fit it in. 
Go for a Walk: Go on a walk with your loved ones when you have a free minute. Hold hands with your wife and push your kids in a stroller or have them ride along on their bikes. Talk about your days and just enjoy spending time with one another. 
Give Baths: Take over the bath routine. If you haven’t been home with your kids all day, spend quality time with them while giving them a bath. Play in the bubbles, ask them what they did during the day, and sing songs. 
Read a Story: Let your kids pick out a favorite story, gather everyone around, and have a family read-aloud. You can be the reader, or you can ask everyone to get involved in the reading. 
There are only so many hours in a day, and those hours are extremely limited when you are starting up a business. Make the most of those precious minutes you do have enjoying your family. 
Published: November 7, 2013

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