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  • Writer's pictureJill Devine

Don't Put Off Starting a Business Because You're Expecting

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You may think you have to choose between having a business in St. Louis and a family. Nowadays, this isn't the case, especially with the ability to run a company from the comforts of home. However, if you're unsure where to begin, the process can seem overwhelming. It doesn't have to be, though, when you know how to proceed.

Start a Routine Early

Babies can't distinguish between day and night without guidance. However, you can help your newborn recognize the difference if you continuously work with them to create a routine.

A schedule can also ensure your baby gets enough nourishment and rest.

This will give you the opportunity to get more rest at night and have some time to run your business during the day. When you establish designated nap times for your little one, you can use these times to make phone calls or complete other tasks that require your undivided attention.

Use Your Resources Wisely

A wealth of resources for both business and parenthood are available at your fingertips. For instance, you may use a payment program, such as PayPal for businesses. The app will let you transfer money to your suppliers, bill customers, and receive payment without giving out your personal information. When you have a newborn, you typically need to feed them every two to four hours during the first month if you nurse and every three to four hours if you bottle-feed. You can use an app to keep track of feedings.

Put Together an Activity Box

As your infant grows, they're going to need something to keep them occupied, especially if you have tasks you must focus on without a screaming child in the background.

Get a storage container or even a cardboard box and fill it with toys to keep your little one content. Anytime you need a few minutes to get something done for your business and all your child's needs have been met, pull out the box. Make sure you routinely change the items to keep your little one interested.

Consider Hiring Freelance Help

Look on online job boards for freelancers who can take care of the tasks you may not have expertise in, such as a logo or web design. You could also search for freelance writers to craft web content, social media posts, and other content. Fortunately, these jobs can be done remotely, so you don't need to worry about finding a freelancer in St. Louis, Missouri.

As you compare, read reviews to help you narrow down your options. Factor in experience and cost as you choose. How much do illustrators make? Keep in mind that the average illustrator usually charges $15 to $30 an hour. However, some illustrators charge more, depending on their experience and specific skills.

Develop a Support System

Having a baby is difficult at times, and so is running a business in St. Louis. Do yourself a favor and create a support system, which might consist of friends and family you can call when you're overly tired and stressed.

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