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Thinking of Starting a Business… Just go for it, you won’t regret it!

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This guest Blog is written by our newest Business Directory entry, Kathryn Vincent, Founder of Long White Cloud and celebrates the work-life balance required for busy Mums bringing up the next generation. 

 

Mum’s often have the world on their shoulders, (I’m a Mum so have written this from my POV, the same applies to Dads, Carers and others who have a similar situation to me) they want to provide for their family but then also get laden with ‘Mum Guilt’ when they’re not around for the kids, I’ve been there! That’s why after having my 2 children (now 10 and 8) I took a bit of time out and fully expected to return to work as a Senior Finance Manager. 

However, I found myself in the same predicament a lot of working parents do. If I went back to work full-time, I’d have to put the kids in childcare. I’m originally from New Zealand so I don’t have the backup of a family support network around me. The fees I’d have to pay for childcare just meant it wasn’t worth me returning to work.

I thought I’d put my qualifications and experience to good use and in 2021 I decided to start my own accountancy and bookkeeping business and I’ve never looked back!

The business I have built has given me the opportunity to work from home and flexibly around family life. As a Mum of 2 this was really important to me, especially not having family support to back me up. My role allows me to work virtually during any time of the day, so if it means working when the kids go to bed then that’s what I can do. I don’t have to worry about childcare during the school holidays as I work from home, so I’m around for them. When your children are young they’re like sponges, they absorb everything they see and hear. I wanted to be a role model to my children, someone they look up to, inspire them to work hard so they can achieve anything.

When I decided I wanted to expand my team I knew it was essential that I offered the same flexibility to my staff or those I outsourced to. My employee is a local Mum who works for me around school runs and her level 3 accounting studies. Not many employers understand parents wanting to achieve a work life balance. They don’t seem to get that Mum’s want to be able to work but don’t want to miss out on important milestones in their children’s lives. They’re not young for long so it’s nice to be able to spend precious time with them. I want to be the type of employer who understands and who offers the flexibility around family life. I want our employees to understand that Long White Cloud Accounting is a great place to work with great family values and that we will support our growing team to achieve a great work life balance. Not only is this good for the wellbeing of our employees but it’s great for business too. A happy employee will be more productive and motivated, we will have a higher employee retention which keeps our clients happy too. 

When a Mum achieves the perfect work life balance she will feel more organised, managing her time better, with a healthier lifestyle, leading to professional success. A Mum who feels under pressure to get everything right and juggle everything will eventually lead to burnout and when you reach this point you’re no good to anyone.

If one thing the covid pandemic taught us, it’s that working virtually is possible and can be successful. Working virtually means we can meet clients and team members over Zoom without having the travelling time between meetings, giving us more time to do the client work and for me to work on the business.

If you’re a Mum struggling to achieve that work life balance you dream of, or you’re considering starting a business but don’t know how it will fit around your family life, then trust me, you can do it! Just go for it, you won’t regret it!

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