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Child Free by Choice: My Business is My Baby

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Child Free by Choice: My Business is My Baby

As a female in my late 30’s, I can honestly say I have never felt so much as the smallest desire to have and raise children. I’m married to the man of my dreams, have financial security and my friends are all having kids, but no cell in my body wants my own child.

I can’t help but feel that this is incredibly convenient for my entrepreneurial career.

Now before you all go on a social media rampage telling me that entrepreneurs can still be successful if they have children, don’t bother – I completely agree with you – they can be and they are. I witness this everyday. This post is simply casting a friendly light on a small subset of the population who are entrepreneurs and choose not to be parents.

At the start of the year my best friend had a baby, making her busier and happier than ever. At around the same time, some of my entrepreneurial projects really gained traction, making me busier and happier than ever too.

I have been observing with amusement the parallels between my best friend and I over the last 6 months. This is my light-hearted summary:

My best friend: New bub means she finds it hard to find time to shower.

Me: I sometimes get side-tracked by early morning messages, calls and projects and therefore forget to shower.

 

My best friend: New bub means she has been housebound and not able to go to many social engagements.

Me: Being really busy working from the home office has rendered me housebound and not able to go to many social engagements.

 

My best friend: Wakes frequently during the night to tend to baby.

Me: I wake frequently during the night to write down ideas.

 

My best friend: Worries about her child’s future and that she is being the best parent she can be.

Me: I worry about my business’ future and being the best leader I can be.

I love the entrepreneurial world because it doesn’t discriminate – success stories come from many personal landscapes: male, female, young, old, scraping for cash or rolling in it. There is room for anyone who is willing to solve problems and work hard enough.

But I’m here to fly the flag for the Child Free by Choice Entrepreneur. We’re passionate, flexible, focussed and consistent. Our business is our baby and will always come first (Ok ok, after our spouse and our dog).

I can plan for the future of my business knowing I will be available to oversee it, and I am happy… really happy – there is nothing missing from my life.

So I know what you’re thinking:  Who will look after me when I’m old? Well it won’t be my children of course…but with any luck, my successful empire will.

I would genuinely love to connect with other Child Free by Choice Entrepreneurs. If this is you (male or female), and you would love to share your journey with me, please comment below or if you prefer, email me privately at karen@physios-online.com.

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  • Elizabeth
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    I’m with you 100% Karen! All those parallels resonate and I love my business baby… although it’s in it’s teens now! As I write that, NO WONDER it’s given me a little grief as I pivot and add more dimensions to my business, the penny has dropped 🙂 Blessings to all who run their business, empire and family – however that looks – in a way that works for them!!

    • Karen Finnin
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      Thanks so much Elizabeth – your ‘teenager’ is amazing. I love the diversity in entrepreneurialism!

  • Drew Browne
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    Love the simplicity coming from the deep considered thoughts of this article by Karen. I’m child free by choice so I could juggle being a carer and an entrepreneur (even though my business is about helping business owners protect their families from their business risks). Familes come in all shapes and structures, biological and logical.
    What’s important is feeling free to make the choices you need to, to achieve the difference in the world you want to. Would love to learn more about this Karen.

    • Karen Finnin
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      Hi Drew, thank you so much for your insightful comments. What a great world we live in where so many life choices are available to us. Nice to know that whatever our life looks like, people like you can help to protect it for us. Thanks again.

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