As an entrepreneur I work a lot. But I am blessed to be able to work a lot from home, often from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Not only because my natural body rhythm points me in that direction but because it enables me to watch my son Birch grow as I grow our business. I devote my time to my business and to my family – I am a dadpreneur.
On a given day, I bounce around between caring for my 10-month-old-son, running my business, and spending time with my wife. A quick snapshot of how that goes: Birch pokes and pinches me awake at 6:30 a.m. As I slowly wake up, I play with my son and check my email, etc. to get a sense of my day. My wife, Rebecca, usually takes charge of breakfast, so I work while I eat, oftentimes putting out proverbial fires. At 9:30 I rock Birch to sleep for his morning nap; during this time I work if he actually naps and play if he doesn’t.
After a quick family lunch, Rebecca and I switch parenting duties and I get a good, productive stretch of work done in the afternoon (taking a break at 2:30 p.m. to rock Birch for his second nap). Sometimes I do chores and sometimes I shower – you cut out all kinds of things to be a good dadpreneur. I cook supper and we eat as a family, which is a daily priority unless I’m at the family farm or on a business trip. The day winds down by playing with Birch, putting him to bed, spending time with Rebecca before she goes to sleep, and finishing with work, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. Repeat seven days a week – relaxing weekends ended on August 14, 2013, when Birch was born.
This challenging lifestyle isn't for everyone. It takes sacrifices (my visits with friends involve once-a-month texts or DMs on twitter), and an amazing partner to pull it off. If this doesn’t sound like fun to you then you may want to hold off having kids (if you own a business already), or hold off being an entrepreneur (if you have kids and a steady job right now).
For me, this is my dream. When I think of the alternative of leaving the home to work an 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. job or hitting the road every second week (like my dad had to when I was growing up) I realize that I am one of the lucky ones. I might not get paid vacation days and I certainly haven’t paid any attention to statutory holidays for years, but that is okay. For me, and for all dadpreneurs, it’s Father’s Day every day.