Figuring It All Out ( With Kids)
Okay, so I gave you a bit of history on how and why I am writing this blog. Now it’s time to give you some information on how to figure it all out, or at least how I started to figure it all out. This is the part where you learn what it will take to make things work. First things first, I would like to say that how I figured things out will not be 100% politically correct. I will start with a scenario.
In the first blog post I explained that we had went a while without seeing any results in business. We made a click and we started to grow. Now came the part when we had to figure out how to handle the growth. My wife was still working and to cut out babysitters and daycare, I decided to keep the kids with me at my company. That was risk number one. Can you imagine walking into an office to handle important business with a briefcase, a car seat, and 3 children? Well I guess I just didn’t give it much thought. However, the question remained, would they take me and my company seriously? The answer was, YES, they did. Most of us believe that it is unprofessional to handle business with children present. The truth is, most people look at it as a breath of fresh air! My advice to you is, don’t look too hard into it. 90% of what you worry about never happens, 5% turns out to be good, and the other 5% you can’t control.
Was it tough handling appointments with children around, or selling a customer on service with interrupting kids? At first, yeah, it was. However, once I realized that those cute little faces where assets, it all changed. My perspective of my children changed and so did the outcomes of my meetings. See, like I stated earlier, it’s a breath of fresh air for most. The key is teaching your children how to present themselves before your meetings. Involve them in your business and they will treat it as a part of their lives also. Here is an example. Early in my business career, I had a meeting with a pretty large company. They wanted design services and they were willing to put my company in charge of 100 projects. I explained to my children the importance of this meeting in a way that they understood. Disney. If daddy landed this deal, Disney World was theirs. The outcome, they behaved and even put on extra charm during the meeting. They even felt the need to explain that they would go to Disney if we started working with their company. Well, it worked, and they are still clients of ours!
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination”- Christopher Columbus
Author: Ethan Evans
Passionate entrepreneur, self taught web developer and marketing consultant. I have been collaborating, marketing, and developing with companies for over 7 years now! Lets grow together!