It's working for Chris Pegula
Santa Monica, CA
“If something came up and I needed to cancel a client, I had no other choice. It was stressful since I felt like I wasn’t being responsible to my job yet I wanted to put my family first.”
Wow this is a great question. Often I look back and think to myself, dude you had no idea what stress was back then. Once kids come into the mix it’s a whole other ballgame. I wish I could’ve chilled out a bit more in regards to life goals, success, etc. Just enjoy the ride a bit more. Oddly enough my kids are the reason I am still self-employed today. They were my inspiration to start my current company Diaper Dude. At the end of the day all that matters now is my family and our happiness.
I have to admit, I was lucky because I was self-employed when we started having kids. At the time I had my own dog walking business. I took 2 weeks completely off at first (this was 15 years ago) and once I went back to work I was flexible to be available to my wife and newborn whenever they needed me. I was happy to be there as much as possible.
My clients were very understanding. They were cool with me coming back when I was ready. But unfortunately since I was my own boss I had to go back in order to get paid.
My wife, Meredith was my biggest source of support in returning to work.
My biggest challenge was being reliable. By that I mean I needed the flexibility to change my schedule from day to day. Since we didn’t have help, my wife depended on me the most. So if something came up and I needed to cancel a client, I had no other choice. It was stressful since I felt like I wasn’t being responsible to my job yet I wanted to put my family first. It was a tricky balance but eventually I figured it out.
I never expected finding alone time with my wife would be so hard and multitasking would be so much easier!